Call for Book Chapter Submissions: In Authentic America: Heritage, identity, performance and commemoration in the United States

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Call for Papers
April 1, 2018
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Black History / Studies, Film and Film History, Native American History / Studies, Urban Design and Planning

Call for Book Chapter Submissions: In Authentic America: Heritage, identity, performance and commemoration in the United States


This book addresses the highly relevant debates about authenticity and inauthenticity in America. America may have difficult and troubled relationships with the rest of the world, but its culture strongly influences global heritage. The topic of post-truth and discussions of racial and sexual equality and politics of identity often shape the news and agendas in the United States. While many works cover American identity, American dream, American tourism and topics such as hyperreality and gentrification, no current work specifically examines the controversial theme of American authenticity.

Authenticity can be laterally applied to many fields, including the study of culture, heritage, history, politics, tourism, placemaking, geography and film. Permutations of authenticity include invented traditions, constructions, recreations, restorations, re-enactment and post-truth, all of which shape the agenda and profoundly influence the image of the United States in the contemporary world.

We invite you to participate in this exciting project by submitting chapter proposals in the form of abstracts about aspects of authenticity and inauthenticity on the following topics, but not limited to:


Constructions of the West and South

Race and Race Relations

Regions (the South, the West)


Representations of Indigenous cultures



Identity politics

The Creative Classes

Festivals and events

Theme parks (heritage or other)


Intangible cultural heritage 

Americana and hipsters


Cities or urban villages


Film or literature


  • Representation
  • Cultural appropriation
  • Commemoration
  • Identity politics
  • Gentrification
  • Placemaking
  • Heritage management
  • Politics
  • Policy-making
  • Hyperreality or alternative realities
  • Existential, objective and experiential authenticity
  • International relations 
  • Inclusion and exclusion
  • Race and race relations
  • Urban design
  • Marketing


  • Dr Jane Lovell (Canterbury Christ Church University)
  • Dr Sam Hitchmough (University of Bristol)


We are currently in negotiation with Routledge Publishers for this volume and we aim for the release in Summer 2019.

Target Audience

We seek contributions of particular interest to academics, researchers, policy makers, educators and training professionals, education and training institutions, industry and the wider international community.


Abstract submission deadline:                             1 April 2018

Proposal acceptance notification:                        1 May 2018 

Contributions submission deadline:                     15 August 2018 

Contributions reviewed returned to authors:        1 November 2018 

Revised contributions submission:                      1 February  2019


Please submit your proposals by sending your application by 1 April 2018 to both: and

This should include:

1.      your 200-word abstract.

2.      Bio and contact information: Last name, first name, role, institution and mail (50- 75 words)

3.      A brief statement on the theme of the book within which your proposed contribution addresses.The abstract must be in English and submitted in Word Doc format - Times Romans 12.  Full contributions are expected to be a maximum of 6500 words including references.

Each contribution must be original and unpublished work, not submitted for publication elsewhere.

With best wishes,

Jane and Sam

Contact Info: 

Dr Jane Lovell

Canterbury Christ Church University

Dr Sam Hitchmough

University of Bristol