Maple Leaf and Eagle Conference 2020

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Call for Papers
October 15, 2019
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Area Studies, Ethnic History / Studies, Canadian History / Studies, Borderlands





The 18th Maple Leaf and Eagle Conference in North American Studies, May 13-15, 2020, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland


Call deadline: October 15, 2019


North America today looks like an increasingly contested part of the world, scarred with discord, disparate realities, and battling truths. In fact, Canada and the United States have long traditions of contestation, conquest, segregation, and exploitation played out in and marked by inclusion, exclusion, and exceptionalism. Yet at the same time, foundational ideas about democracy and justice shaping the two countries have proven regenerative of new visions for the future. The 2020 Maple Leaf and Eagle Conference seeks to address these complicated questions in their myriad of forms, multidirectional entanglements, widespread ramifications, and global implications. We seek submissions on the fluid boundaries and meanings of inclusion, exclusion, and exceptionalism in North American contexts.


Papers can discuss, for instance:

-political cultures, social phenomena, demographics, religion, and economics; media, representations, and memory; literary traditions and discourses, local, regional, national, comparative, transnational, and global North America; race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class; border studies; the environment; materialities, immaterialities, and ephemerality; legal and economic aspects of nation and empire; modes of knowledge production, e.g. participatory methodologies; higher education in a time of change


We welcome individual papers and panel proposals. We are also interested in poster proposals, especially from graduate students. Unfortunately, we cannot accept roundtable proposals. Your proposal should include a short abstract for a 20-minute individual presentation (max. 200 words) or a 90-minute panel (max. 400 words), as well as a short academic bio and contact information for all participants (max one page). Send your proposal as a single Word document to by October 15, 2019. If you have any further inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact:


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