3rd Annual American Studies Workshop in Zagreb
Call for Proposals: Quarter of a Century after the Fall of the Berlin Wall - Perspectives and Directions in Croatian and Regional American Studies.
3rd Annual American Studies Workshop in Zagreb: Quarter of a Century after the Fall of the Berlin Wall - Perspectives and Directions in Croatian and Regional American Studies; Zagreb, October 3, 2015.
Co-organizers: American Studies Program, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb; HUAmS (Croatian Association for American Studies); CSF project: A Cultural History of Capitalism - Britain, America, Croatia.
Call for Proposals
Quarter of a Century after the Fall of the Berlin Wall—Perspectives and Directions in Croatian and Regional American Studies
Taking stock of the last quarter century, the workshop intends to explore the ways the United States, conceptualized through the discipline of American Studies, had made its presence felt in the breakup of Yugoslavia and how its culture, diplomacy, economic influence, its images and values have continued to play a role in the countries that came into being after the dissolution of the federation. The departure point of the workshop acknowledges the important role the American presence had in the dismemberment of the socialist world. This will serve as its theoretical-historical context. A further assumption of the workshop is that that presence was not identical in all the places where this dismemberment took place. The case of former Yugoslavia is an instructive case study for present-day EU developments. Not only did the former federation before its dissolution evince a relationship to the United States different than the other entities of the socialist bloc but, in addition, the countries that have emerged during the last quarter century have shown various engagements with the United States polity.
The topics include, but are not restricted to, the following areas of concern:
Literature (fiction and faction); Popular culture; Visual media; Politics and diplomacy; Economy; Material life and social practices; Technology and science
Key note speaker (tbc): Professor Russell Reising (University of Toledo, USA)
The language of the workshop is English. Presentations should not exceed 15’. Please send your proposals, together with a short, 300-word bio, no later than May 15, 2015 to the following addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com . Notifications of acceptance will be sent by May 30, 2015.
For non-members of the CAAS the workshop fee is 150 kn (20 Euros). The fee is waived for the members of the founding associations of the AASSEE. The presentations will be published in the CAAS digital publication, Working Papers in American Studies, after a due editorial process.