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The Cultural Agencies of American Institutions: Analyzing Sites for the Production, Dissemination, and Appropriation of Cultural Capital, Madison, WI, April 2001


                        CALL FOR PAPERS

"The Cultural Agencies of American Institutions:  Analyzing Sites for the
Production, Dissemination, and Appropriation of Cultural Capital"

Annual Conference of the Mid-America American Studies Association (MAASA),
April 20-21, 2001, Madison, Wisconsin, USA


Sponsored by the Center for the History of Print Culture in Modern America
(a joint program of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and The State
Historical Society of Wisconsin)

Keynote Address:  Dr. Timothy Tyson (University of Wisconsin-Madison
Department of Afro-American Studies), author of the award-winning RADIO
FREE DIXIE (University of North Carolina Press, 1998).


As in previous years, MAASA continues to welcome and encourage proposals
for papers and panels that cover ANY aspect of American Studies, but for
the 2001 conference the conference committee is especially interested in
papers and panels that analyze how publicly-funded institutions like
museums (e.g., art, natural history, technology, and children's),
historical societies, the military, prisons, libraries (e.g., public,
school, academic, and special [including music, art, rare books. etc.], and
schools (primary, secondary, and higher education) function as contested
sites for the production, storage, and dissemination of cultural capital,
but are often appropriated differently than founders, funders and
institutional managers intend(ed) by the millions of patrons (male and
female) of all ethnicities, ages, races, creeds, classes, and sexual
orientations who use(d) them.  We also welcome papers and panels that
attempt to examine the impact that the collections these institutions
acquired have had on the evolution of American and other area studies
(e.g., gender, sexuality, race, creed).

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION:  JANUARY 3, 2001

Proposals (five copies) should include a ONE-PAGE SUMMARY and a ONE-PAGE CV
for each of the presenters, session chairs, and commentators.  Submit
proposal or send inquiries to:

Wayne A. Wiegand
School of Library and Information Studies
4232 Helen C. White Hall
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin 53706
USA
(Please direct email inquiries to:  wwiegand@facstaff.wisc.edu)