2017 Conference

Australian Catholic University
North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
27-29 June 2017

Call For Papers:

ANZASA is an association dedicated to the research of all aspects of U.S. culture, history, politics and society. In 2017, its biennial conference is hosted by the Australian Catholic University’s National School of Arts, and will be held at its North Sydney campus between 27 and 29 June.

All scholars working in the field of American studies – or whose work considers the place of American history, literature, culture, politics or foreign policy in global or transnational contexts – are invited to submit abstracts for panels or individual papers to anzasa@acu.edu.au by the submission deadline.

Download the conference program here.

Keynote Speakers:

Elizabeth Freeman is a Professor of English at UC Davis, specialising in American literature and gender/sexuality/queer Studies. She has written two books – The Wedding Complex: Forms of Belonging in Modern American Culture (Duke UP, 2002), and Time Binds: Queer Temporalities, Queer Histories (Duke UP, 2010) along with articles in numerous scholarly journals. She was also the editor of a special issue of GLQ, ‘Queer Temporalities’ (2007). She now serves as Editor of GLQ with Associate Professor of Feminist Studies, Marcia Ochoa (UC Santa Cruz).

Shane White, as student, postgrad, member of staff and eventually the august Challis Professor of History, has been in the History Department at the University of Sydney since he was seventeen years old. He writes African American history and much of it is about New York City. He has authored or co-authored a number of books including Stylin’ (1998), The Sounds of Slavery (2005) and Playing the Numbers (2010). He is also part of the Harlem team that put together the website Digital Harlem. His most recent book, Prince of Darkness (2015) has been optioned by Hollywood (though he confidently expects nothing to happen and ain’t quitting his day job quite yet). He has been collecting material about black con men and women for three decades – they have long fascinated him.

Brendon O’Connor is an Associate Professor in American Politics at the University of Sydney’s US Studies Centre and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. He was a Fulbright Fellow at Georgetown University in 2006, a Visiting Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC in 2008 and 2015, and life member of Clare Hall at University of Cambridge. Brendon is the editor of seven books on anti-Americanism and has also published articles and books on American welfare policy, presidential politics, US foreign policy, and Australian–American relations. He is a regular commentator in the Australian media on American politics and foreign policy.

Kumuda Simpson is a lecturer in International Relations in the Department of Politics and Philosophy at La Trobe University. She received her PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2012 and has taught at several Australian universities. Her research interests include climate change and security, nuclear proliferation and energy security, arms control, Middle Eastern Politics, and American politics. She has published on a range of issues including gun control in America and regional security issues in the Middle East. Her recent book is titled America’s Nuclear Diplomacy with Iran. She is currently working on a book looking at the security implications of global climate change. She is a regular commentator on ABC Radio and local radio stations, and a regular columnist for The Conversation.

Ian Tyrrell is Emeritus Professor of History at UNSW. Many of his books and essays have pioneered transnational approaches to United States history, including ‘American Exceptionalism in an Age of International History’ (American Historical Review 1991); Woman’s World/Woman’s Empire, True Gardens of the Gods, Transnational Nation, and Reforming the World. His latest book is Crisis of the Wasteful Nation: Empire and Conservation in Theodore Roosevelt’s America. A former ANZASA President and Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, Ian was awarded a Commonwealth of Australia Centenary Medal in 2003, and has been a visiting professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris; and Joyce Appleby (Visiting) Professor of United States History at the University of California, Los Angeles, Fall 2009. He served as the Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Professor of American History in the University of Oxford for 2010–11; and was appointed a Professorial Fellow of the Queen’s College, Oxford.

Conference Convener:

Melissa Bellanta


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