Call for Papers

General Call for Papers:

New: Deadline for Proposals Extended to March 31st, 2016

The Canadian Association for American Studies welcomes all proposals for papers on the topic of Homeland Insecurities. We welcome approaches to this theme from all disciplines, fields, and historical periods. Papers on other topics relevant to American Studies will also be considered.

To participate, submit abstracts of 300-words to the conference organizers, Stephen Schryer ( and Jennifer Andrews (, by March 31, 2016. Please include a brief bio. Panel submissions will also be considered.

Topics and themes might include but are not limited to:

  • Border Insecurity
  • The Prison Industrial Complex
  • Crime and Poverty
  • Capital Punishment
  • The War on Terror
  • The War on Drugs
  • Nuclear Insecurity
  • Environmental Insecurity
  • Social Security
  • The Rise and Fall of the Middle Class
  • Conspiracy Theory
  • The Welfare / Warfare / Prison State
  • Espionage
  • Insecure Communications
  • Insecure Spaces
Special Session Call for Papers:

“Southern Homeland Insecurities”

Deadline: March 1, 2016

In their description of the conference’s broader theme, “Homeland Insecurities,” the CAAS 2016 organizers ask: “What are the origins of the insecurity state, and how has it shaped American culture? More broadly, what does it mean to imagine the United States as a secure homeland? Can non-indigenous Americans ever feel at home in North America without inventing abject social categories meant to contain their insecurities?” In such an insecure environment, where “home” and “homeland” first and foremost describe a nation state, what happens to other notions of “home,” particularly local and regional ones? Can particular southern spaces, let alone “the South” writ larger, be understood as insecure? If not, what are the implications of “the insecurity state” in and for “the South?” If yes, what are these southern insecurities? How do they work? Where and when do they seem to come from, what do they do and fail to do, and what are their consequences?

Proposals might take up one or more of these questions, but I’m really happy to consider work on any topic that speaks in any way to “southern homeland insecurities.” In addition, the general CFP for CAAS 2016 offers a potentially helpful (and by no means exhaustive collection of suggested questions, approaches, and topics. I also hope that CAAS 2016 will give us the opportunity to continue the “South in the North” conversations we had in Vancouver just before MLA 2015, thanks to Jon Smith, and the ones we’ll have in Boston at SSSL 2016, thanks to Jack Matthews. Please e-mail a 300-word abstract to Eric Gary Anderson (