Revisioning America: History, Myth, and Reality

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Call for Papers
March 31, 2018
Korea South
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Humanities

Revisioning America: History, Myth, and Reality


The 53rd International Conference organized by

The American Studies Association of Korea (ASAK)

Seoul, South Korea, September 14-15, 2018


The American Studies Association of Korea (ASAK) is pleased to announce an international conference on “Revisioning America: History, Myth, and Creed” to be held in Seoul, South Korea, from September 14 to 15, 2018. The 2018 conference invites scholarly discussions about the dynamic mode of envisioning and revisioning the idea of “America” in consideration of U. S. society, history, culture, politics, economy, media, arts and literature.  


From the Colonial period until present, America has been driven by visions. The Puritans made their way to the North American continent with a view of building a “city upon a hill.” The Founding Fathers and their descendants joined forces together by imagining an unprecedented community of universal equality and unrestrained freedom. The new nation strove to consolidate their independence under the widely shared prospect of realizing the American Dream, which has continued its influence upon the popular mind as most recently demonstrated by the choice of the project of “making America great again” in the 2016 presidential election. Meanwhile, there have been appearing other kinds of outlook that focus on racial, gender, and regional diversities, challenging the mainstream versions of the American roadmap. What becomes evident is, then, that the United States is a country made of contending visions for the future and that the overarching vision of “America” is always undergoing revision. The 2018 ASAK conference calls for insightful and thought-provoking examinations of this ever-fluctuating truth of America. Scholars are encouraged to contemplate upon different trajectories through which the conflicting visions based on the past and present recast America’s domestic and international missions, and upon varied patterns in which those revisionings articulate and complicate the American histories, myths, and realities.   


Paper topics include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

• Race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality

• Racism, xenophobia, and segregation

• Immigration, citizenship, and globalization

• Crossing borders vs. border walls

• Imperialism, exceptionalism, expansionism, and regionalism

• Urbanization, suburbanization, and gentrification

• Nation and nationality

• Multiculturalism, transculturalism, transnationalism, and cosmopolitanism

• Memory, identity, and representation

• Democracy and its discontents

• Puritanism, Manifest Destiny, American Dream

• Political correctness and social justice

• Wars, disasters, and crimes

• History and historiography

• Religion and ethics

• Activism and protests

• Economy and neoliberalism

• Media cultures of television, cinema, theater, and SNS

• Fashion and cuisines

• Civil rights movements and human rights movements

• Nature and the environment

Interdisciplinary perspectives and new research methodologies are welcome.


Proposals may be submitted for either individual papers or sessions.

• Individual paper proposals should include an abstract of no more than 250 words and a one-page abbreviated CV, along with a short bio.

• Session proposals should include a one-page proposal with a title and topics for a session of three to four presentation papers, along with individual abstracts and short bios.

Delivered in either Korean or English, each presentation will be no longer than 20 minutes, followed by discussions and Q&A sessions.

Graduate students are also welcome to submit proposals and to participate in the conference. All proposals should be sent to the Organizing Committee at by March 31, 2018.


Applicants will be notified of the acceptance of their proposals by April 30, 2018.


For further inquiry, please contact the Organizing Committee.


Important Dates:

• Deadline for submitting abstracts: March 31, 2018

• Notification of acceptance of papers: April 30, 2018

• Submission of papers for the conference proceedings: June 30, 2018


Registration Fees:





USD 30

USD 90 per night


USD 50

USD 90 per night


Accommodations include:

• Accommodations for two nights (September 13 and 14, 2018)

• 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches (September 14-15, 2018)

• Reception and dinner banquet (September 14, 2018)

• Two daily refreshment/coffee/snack breaks

• Conference program and proceedings


Contact Info: 

Ki Yoon Jang, Ph. D.

Associate Professor of English

Sogang University

Secretary of International Affairs at ASAK

Seoul, South Korea

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