[csaa-forum] CFP: The Material of American Studies

me melissa.hardie at sydney.edu.au
Mon Jun 6 13:19:44 CST 2011

AJAS Call for Papers
The Materials of American Studies, December 2012.
Bill Brown observes that by the end of the nineteenth century, ³the
invention, production, distribution and consumption of things rather
suddenly came to define a national culture² [Sense of Things 4]. This issue
of the Australasian Journal of American Studies, ³The Materials of American
Studies,² explores the role of objects in understanding, representing,
tracing and conceptualising America, its past and present. We invite essays
that explore the material of American Studies: the production, reproduction,
consumption and circulation of objects from the colonial period to the

Possible topics:

thing theory
the uses, values and desires surrounding objects
the instruments of everyday life: furniture, food, magazines, clothing
modes of production, new technologies
the archive, museum, library
local places, architecture, interior design, urban planning
memorabilia, souvenirs, memorials
collecting and hoarding
crime scenes 
historical documents such as maps, ephemera, ledgers
private and public, unofficial and official records
moviegoing, reading practices
Please send a 250-word abstract and a brief bio to Sarah Gleeson-White
sarah.gleeson-white at sydney.edu.au or Melissa Hardie
melissa.hardie at sydney.edu.au by 1 October 2011. Final submissions will be
due 1 February 2012. All articles are refereed and should not normally
exceed 6, 000 words in length.  Enquiries welcome.
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