[AIW] CFP: North America: Inclusive, Exclusive, and Exceptional, University of Helsinki, Helsinki/Finland, May 13-15, 2020

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Call for Papers

Maple Leaf and Eagle Conference in North American Studies

North America: Inclusive, Exclusive, and Exceptional

University of Helsinki, Helsinki/Finland

May 13-15, 2020



North America today looks like an increasingly contested part of the world,
scarred with discord, disparate realities, and battling truths. In fact,
Canada and the United States have long traditions of contestation, conquest,
segregation, and exploitation played out in and marked by inclusion,
exclusion, and exceptionalism. Yet at the same time, foundational ideas
about democracy and justice shaping the two countries have proven
regenerative of new visions for the future. The 2020 Maple Leaf and Eagle
Conference seeks to address these complicated questions in their myriad of
forms, multidirectional entanglements, widespread ramifications, and global
implications. We seek submissions on the fluid boundaries and meanings of
inclusion, exclusion, and exceptionalism in North American contexts. We
encourage proposals focusing on historical as well as contemporary social
and political movements, materialities, and ideas made visible in economic,
cultural, political, social, and geographical arenas.


For decades, the Maple Leaf and Eagle Conference in North American Studies
has presented a dynamic setting for examining and describing the phenomenon
that is North America, involving the study of North America itself. We
thrive on being interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary, welcoming to
academic specialties as varied as history, literature, politics, geography,
media studies, ethnic studies, culture studies, law, and economics.
Presentations are sought from a wide range of research traditions and from a
variety of political and ideological backgrounds.


Papers can discuss, for instance:

*	Political cultures, social phenomena, demographics, religion, and
*	Media, representations, and memory
*	Literary traditions and discourses
*	Local, regional, national, comparative, transnational, and global
North America
*	Race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class
*	Border studies
*	The environment
*	Materialities, immaterialities, and ephemerality
*	Legal and economic aspects of nation and empire
*	Modes of knowledge production, e.g. participatory methodologies
*	Higher education institutions in a time of change


We welcome individual papers and panel proposals. We are also interested in
poster proposals, especially from graduate students. Unfortunately, we
cannot accept roundtable proposals. Your proposal should include a short
abstract for a 20-minute individual presentation (max. 200 words) or a
90-minute panel (max. 400 words), as well as a short academic bio and
contact information for all participants (max one page). Send your proposal
as a single Word document to mapleleaf-eagle at helsinki.fi
<mailto:mapleleaf-eagle at helsinki.fi>  by October 15, 2019. If you have any
further inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact:
mapleleaf-eagle at helsinki.fi <mailto:mapleleaf-eagle at helsinki.fi> .


For more information about the conference, go to our website at
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