Crossing Over: Borders & Bridges

Kentucky-Tennessee American Studies Association (KTASA) Biennial Conference

May 16, & 17, 2014 in Murfreesboro, TN at the Murfreesboro & Rutherford County Heritage Center; In partnership with the Center for Historic Preservation, MTSU

PROPOSALS DUE: January 15, 2014

The program committee for the Kentucky-Tennessee American Studies Association invites panel and paper proposals for its May 2014 conference in partnership with the Center for Historic Preservation and the Murfreesboro and Rutherford County Heritage Center. This year’s theme is “Crossing Over: Borders and Bridges.”

The committee is especially interested in proposals that incorporate the conference theme: how borders and bridges, real or imaginary, shape the American experience broadly understood. We encourage proposals that creatively explore the meaning of crossing over, whether politically, culturally, economically, or socially. In keeping with the conference theme, we welcome cross-disciplinary work.

Topics, might include, but are not limited to:

  • people, consumer goods, and foodstuffs crossing national, state, or regional borders
  • crossing spiritual borders, moving from one world to the next and back, spiritualism and mediums, death and dying, new religious movements
  • crossing health borders, moving between mental health and insanity, physical health and illness, or in and out of institutions
  • crossing gender borders, including transgender, cross dressing, and gendered workspaces
  • bridging cultures as in intermarriage across ethnic or racial lines, peace movements, international tourism, religious pilgrimage, or the slow food movement
  • crossing and bridging the landscape literally—roads, bridges, hedges, walls, and rivers

Individual papers are welcome and graduate students are encouraged to submit. Panel proposals should be limited to either two or three papers (commentator optional), or four papers and no commentator.

Proposals should include a one-page c.v., with contact information and a one-paragraph description of the proposed paper. If submitting a panel proposal, please include brief c.v., contact information, and paper description for each participant.

Please indicate any technology requirements at the time of submission.  The conference will be held May 16 & 17, 2014. Proposals are due by January 15, 2014 and may be submitted electronically to program chair, Leigh Ann Gardner at LeighAnn.Gardner@mtsu.edu or in hard copy to: Leigh Ann Gardner, MTSU Center for Historic Preservation, Box 80, Murfreesboro, TN 37132.


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