Futures of American Studies

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The Futures of American Studies is a weeklong academic summer institute on the field of American Studies held at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. The first Futures of American Studies Institute was held in the summer of 1997.[1] Donald E. Pease, Professor of English at Dartmouth College, founded, organizes, and directs the annual Institute.[2]

Founding of the institute[edit]

After the School of Criticism and Theory left Dartmouth for Cornell University in 1995, Dartmouth faculty member Donald E. Pease started the Futures Institute as an alternative summer program for faculty and graduate students.[3] In 2017 the Futures Institute will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of its founding.

Institute description[edit]

The Institute is divided into two-daily plenary sessions, which feature current work from institute faculty, and a three-hour research seminars in which all participants present and discuss their own work-in-progress. Speakers in the plenary sessions typically examine the relation between emergent and residual practices in the field of American Studies from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives. Participants come from a variety of programs and schools and represent fields as diverse as American history, social geography, American literature, gender studies, and the digital humanities. The Institute welcomes participants who are involved in a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields and who are interested in current critical debates in American Studies.[4]

Past Institutes[edit]

2016 institute[edit]

Along with Institute Director Donald E. Pease, the institute co-directors were 2016 are:

2014 institute[edit]

Along with Institute Director Donald E. Pease, the institute co-directors were 2014 are:

2012 institute[edit]

Along with Institute Director Donald E. Pease, the institute co-directors were 2012 are:

Notable Plenary Lecturers[edit]

Each year the Futures Institute brings practicing Americanists and well-known critics and theorists working outside American studies. Notable plenary speakers include:

Recent books written by Institute plenary faculty or students[edit]

  • Hamilton Carroll, Affirmative Reaction: New Formations of White Masculinity, New Americanist Series, Duke University Press, 2011
  • Johannes Voelz, Transcendental Resistance: The New Americanists and Emerson's Challenge, Re-Mapping the Transnational: A Dartmouth Series in American Studies, Dartmouth College Press, 2010, ISBN 978-1-58465-937-2
  • Donald E. Pease, The New American Exceptionalism, University of Minnesota Press, 2009, ISBN 978-0-8166-2783-7
  • Jonathan Beecher Field, Errands into the Metropolis: New England Dissidents in Revolutionary London, Dartmouth College Press, 2009, ISBN 978-1-58465-821-4
  • Jonathan Elmer, On Lingering and Being Last: Fictions of Race and Sovereignty in the New World, Fordham University Press, 2008, ISBN 978-0-8232-2941-3
  • Christopher Castiglia, Interior States: Institutional Consciousness and the Inner Life of Democracy in the Antebellum U.S. New Americanist Series, Duke University Press, 2008, ISBN 978-0-8223-4267-0
  • Hester Blum, The View from the Mast-Head: Maritime Imagination and Antebellum American Sea Narratives, University of North Carolina Press, 2008, ISBN 978-0-8078-3169-4
  • Colleen Glenney Boggs, Transnationalism and American Literature: Literary Translation 1773-1892, CRC Press, 2007, ISBN 978-0-415-77068-2
  • Eng-Beng Lim, Brown Boys and Rice Queens: Spellbinding Performance in the Asias. New York University Press, 2013, ISBN 978-0-814-759400
  • Randall Fuller, Emerson's Ghosts: Literature, Politics, and the Making of Americanists, Oxford University Press US, 2007, ISBN 978-0-19-531392-5

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Futures of American Studies. http://www.dartmouth.edu/~futures
  2. ^ Futures of American Studies, Edited by Donald E. Pease, Robyn Wiegman, Duke University Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-8223-2957-2.
  3. ^ http://www.dartmouth.edu/~futures/about/
  4. ^ http://www.dartmouth.edu/~futures/about/

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