The 8th International Tartu Conference on North-American Studies
A Return of History?
26-28 April, 2007
University of Tartu
The conference aims to explore how the dramatic developments in today's world are echoed in academic interpretations. The conference theme is meant to be understood broadly from an interdisciplinary perspective. The objective is to bring together scholars from different disciplines (cultural studies, sociology, political science, anthropology, literature, linguistics, history, etc) to foster dialogue and cross-fertilization between diverse academic discourses. A great variety of issues could be addressed: Does the stance towards the Grand Narratives need to be revisited? How do (geo)political and corporate identities interact with gender, race, class, language? Have ways of imagining and modes of representation changed and how does this affect academic inquiry? How have external perspectives on America evolved? These are but a few of the possible topics to be tackled; the list is by no means exhaustive.
The conference will work in the format of plenary sessions and workshops. The presentation time in workshops is 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion. The length of the plenary talks will be 40 minutes, with 20 minutes for questions and discussion. Speakers should submit a short annotation of their presentations (no longer than 100 words), an abstract (no longer than 350 words) and a brief CV by February 26, 2007 at the latest. Early submissions are encouraged. Selected papers will be published in the Cultural Studies Series of the University of Tartu.
Annotations, abstracts and CVs should be submitted via e-mail to Professor Krista Vogelberg (krista.vogelberg [ät] ut.ee), cc Raili Põldsaar (raili.poldsaar [ät] ut.ee) or mailed to the following address:
The Baltic Center for North-American Studies
University of Tartu
Fax: +372-7-375 228
Tel: +372-7-375 218
Professor Krista Vogelberg
Chair of the Conference Committee
The Baltic Centre for North-American Studies at the University of Tartu