Eastern American Studies Association Conference: Tradition and Innovation in American Culture

Update 3/13/2012:  The conference schedule (scroll to page 5) has been published online.

The Eastern American Studies Association annual conference will be held at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, on Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31, 2012, with the theme “Tradition and Innovation in American Culture,” Proposals are invited for presentations that give interdisciplinary perspectives on “Tradition and Innovation in American Culture.” Tradition, of course, is the handing down of information, beliefs, and customs by word of mouth or by example from one generation to another without written instruction. Innovation, on the other hand, is the introduction of something new. The binary opposition of tradition and innovation is a concept quite familiar to folklorists, but it can be readily applied to ideas in the realm of popular culture and elite culture as well.

Graduate students should identify their status and program/school affiliation when making submissions. Accepted graduate students will be encouraged to submit their final papers electronically several weeks prior to the conference, so as to be considered for the Simon J. Bronner Award for the outstanding graduate paper in American Studies. During the luncheon near the conclusion of the conference, the award is presented along with the Francis Ryan Award for Undergraduate Research.

Submit abstracts and resumes no longer than two pages to “EASA Conference” at agillespie@amst.rutgers.edu before January 10, 2012. For more information, call the American Studies Department at Rutgers University at 732.932.9174.

(From H-Net Announcements)