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Disruptive Disciplines: A Joint Conference of American Studies and Ethnomusicology
East Lansing, MI, April 1999

Call for Papers

Disruptive Disciplines:  A Joint Conference of American Studies and

Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan

April 17, 1999

Keynote Speaker: Eric Lott, University of Virginia
Author of Love and Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working

The American Studies Graduate Student Association at Michigan State
University and the Midwest Association of Ethnomusicology invite graduate
students and independent scholars across all disciplines to present their
work in a forum that reflects the breadth and variety of interdisciplinary

American Studies and Ethnomusicology are two of many academic sites that
encourage critical scholarship across disciplines. Graduate student work
is uniquely positioned to explore both the promise and limitations of this
recent scholarship. This conference is conceived as an opportunity to
consider the wide range of approaches and methods that challenge
disciplinary distinctions in both form and function. Therefore, we invite
a mix of presentations--from conventional research papers to
performances--that reflect the dynamic work done in our fields. 

All approaches from graduate students in (but not limited to) the
following areas are welcome: American Studies, Anthropology, Art History,
Communication Studies, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, English,
Ethnomusicology, Geography, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Queer
Theory, Race/Ethnicity studies, Rhetoric/Composition, Sociology, Visual
Arts, and Women's Studies. 

Respondents are asked to submit one page abstracts by February 7, 1999,
for papers of fifteen minutes. Panel proposals are encouraged. 

The following are just a few examples of the range of approaches and topics
we invite:

--Media: television, radio, music, and popular culture
--Education:  classroom practices, theory and policy
--Performance as scholarship/Music, Dance, and Drama in the academic conference
--The centrality of theory/the poverty of theory
--Modernism and its promises
--Internet/technology studies
--Culture and the "hard" sciences
--Race, gender, class, and sexuality
--Rhetoric, composition, and English studies
--Disciplinary boundaries and horizons
--Film, history, and literature
--Ethnography and the "New" Anthropology
--Communication Studies and Issues of Representation
--Narratives of Conquest, Postcolonialism, and Imperialism

The conference will be held in East Lansing, Michigan, at Michigan State
University. Submissions are due February 7, 1999. The conference will be
held in conjunction with the annual Russel B. Nye Lecture, given by Eric
Lott, and a jazz concert featuring faculty from the School of Music will
be held afterwards. To provide for ease of travel planning, applicants
will be notified of their acceptance as soon as possible. Early abstracts
would be greatly appreciated. Submission of abstracts and panel proposals
via e-mail is encouraged. Our web site address is:

Send abstracts/panel proposals to:

	ASGSA Conference
	Program in American Studies
	319 Linton Hall
	Michigan State University
	E. Lansing, MI 48824-1044

Or e-mail to:

Anthony Shiu:

Inquiries should be directed to:

April Herndon:
Anthony Michel: