School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences

Swedish Association for American Studies Conference, October 6-7

Registration form SAAS 2022

I wish to register for the conference.

Please note that the conference fee must be paid to SAAS Swedish plusgiro 121 65 44-5 by September 25.

I wish to participate in the lunch on Friday, October 7 (vegetarian and vegan buffé, included in the conference fee)
I wish to participate in the conference dinner on Thursday, October 6 (not included in the conference fee, more information forthcoming)
Which roundtable discussion do you wish to participate in:

Archipelagic American Studies

The last decade has seen an increase in scholarship on the archipelago and what some, inspired by the later work of Caribbean thinker Édouard Glissant, call “archipelagic thought.” Appearing in a vast range of disciplines, the idea is most used to propagate a way of thinking that resists dominant continental narratives and shifts the focus to island spaces and the waters between landmasses as productive ways to negotiate space. In the editors’ introduction to Archipelagic American Studies (Duke University Press 2017), Brian Russell Roberts and Michelle Ann Stephens stress the need “decontinentalize” American Studies and reorient from the perspectives of islands. Applied to the Americas more broadly, archipelagic thought has the potential to offer insight into the region’s culture, history, and tides of political power. During this roundtable we will discuss the implication of archipelagic approaches to American Studies and ways it may, or may not, be productive across our disciplines.


The More-than-Human in/and American Studies

Environmental crises highlight tensions between the local and the planetary, or the individual and the collective. Local disasters have dispersed global causes, and a lack of political will frequently shifts the focus to individual environmental efforts. The impact of climate change is unjust, often having the greatest effect on more-than-human nature and those humans least responsible for global emissions and industrialization.

The fields of American Studies and the Environmental Humanities, broadly speaking, have shared roots, not least in their focus on power, privilege and belonging, as Joni Adamson has argued. During this roundtable we will discuss the role of American Studies in the transnational context of environmental crisis. How does American Studies deal with the more-than-human? What productive intersections can be found between American Studies, and schools of thought prominent in the Environmental Humanities such as new materialism, environmental history, environmental justice, and ecocriticism? 


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