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The 51st International Conference
Organized by The American Studies Association of Korea (ASAK)
Yongin, South Korea
September 30–October 1, 2016
The ASAK is pleased to announce an international conference on “The United States in Change” to be held in Yongin, South Korea, between September 30 and October 1, 2016.
The United States was, and always is, “at a moment of change.” Contemporary Americans have experienced the emergence and pervasiveness of consumer and popular culture, mass communications, industrialization, (sub)urbanization, and multiple expressions of religious faith. It is not only domestic but also international development and forces that have shaped and reshaped the lives of people in the United States, as America’s interaction with the rest of the world has grown in the political, economic, military, and cultural arenas. Moreover, in the aftermath of the watershed 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, the mass influx of immigrants from Asia and Latin America has radically transformed the demographics and identities of immigrant communities and of American society as a whole.
This year’s ASAK International Conference specifically aims at delving into the challenging and transformative dimensions of historical, cultural, social, political, and economic development in American society, both domestically and within a transnational context. We particularly welcome papers that focus on the phenomena and critical issues of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries in the United States, reflecting multiple contextual layers, crisscrossing the temporal and spatial moments of the past, and anticipating changes in the future. Special topics include the advent of digital culture, globalization, technological innovation, the deteriorating urban poverty, inequality in the neoliberal age, the emergence and development of global cities, the (in)validity of the American Dream, and the (in)effectiveness of the American political system. An analysis of an ever-changing United States, retrospectively and prospectively, will allow for a critical grasp and understanding of a range of the current socioeconomic and political issues facing both Americans and the world.
Paper topics should be related to, but are not limited to, the following areas and themes: American Studies, American Literature, American History, Politics, Sociology, Economics, Ethnic Studies, Urban Studies, Geography, Architecture, or a related discipline.
For more detailed information, please refer to the previously posted announcement in the following link:
International Affairs Secretary
The American Studies Association of Korea