Celebrating American Studies Conference

The 2nd Annual 'Celebrating American Studies' Conference

Saturday, March 8, 2014
Alumni House
9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Register for the FREE conference

Luncheon & Keynote Speaker: (12:15-1:45 p.m.)
Carla L. Peterson, University of Maryland, College Park
"Black Cosmopolitanism and the Reshaping of African American Local and National Identities (1830-1910)

The American Studies Program at Fairfield Unviersity is pleased to present the second annual on-campus conference celebrating American Studies. Students, faculty, alumni, and community members are invited to share and celebrate American Studies scholarship within and across the disciplines at Fairfield Unviersity. Panels will be composed of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty. This conference is FREE and includes continental breakfast, lunch, and a reception following the presentations. We hope you'll join us!

Conference Schedule

Session 1: Zombies! Knock-Outs! and the Fourth Estate: Fixations in Contemporary Visual Culture 

Lindsey Petronella, “The Distracted Google Eyes of the Fourth Estate”

Chris Buza, “A Walking Dead Hopes for the Post”

Kalee Brunelle, “The Knock Out Games Human Decency on YouTube”


Session 2: Crafting Racial and Ethnic Identity in American Media 

Jamie Debicella, “Ethnomusicology in the Contemporary Film Portrayal of Native American Culture”

Margaret DeMoura, “What’s the Way Forward? The Shifting American Electorate and Presidential Campaign Messages”

Ben Gott, “The Case of ‘The Bronze Buckaroo’: Race and National Identity in the All-Black ‘Singing Western’ Films of Herb Jeffries 


Session 3: Imagined Gender Ideals: "Hysterical" Patients, Choice Moms, and Teen Heroines

Lindsay Wrinn, “Hysteria: Patriarchal Healthcare and Sexual Domination in The Yellow Wallpaper”

Taylor Trenchard, “Choice Moms and the Changing Landscape of American Families”

Susan Williamson, “Hunger Games and Heroines: The Rise of Dystopic Literature and the Female Protagonist in Popular Culture”


Session 4: The Material Origins of American Plays, Punk Rock, and Chemistry Departments 

Alexandra Turner, “The Birth of American Theatre”

Dawn Marie Murray, “Xeroxed Americana: The Messages and Imagery of 1980s Hardcore Punk Rock Flyers”

Cathryn Prince, “A President, A Professor, and a Meteor: The Birth of American Science”


Call for Papers 

All Fairfield students are invited to propose papers on any topic in American Studies. 

The purpose of the conference is to bring together students and faculty in American Studies to share and celebrate scholarship across the disciplines at Fairfield.  Plenary panels will be composed of undergraduate and graduate students and alumni.  Papers will be selected on the basis of the quality of the proposal and will be grouped according to theme. 

Submissions must include a 250-word abstract, name, contact information and AV requests. 

(If your paper was for a class assignment, please indicate the course and professor.) 

Deadline For Submissions: February 7, 2014

Submit hardcopy or electronic proposals to Peter L. Bayers, English Department. A committee of American Studies faculty will read and select the papers and will inform all participants prior a few weeks after submission. 

Contact Prof. Peter Bayers or Prof. Marti LoMonaco, American Studies Faculty Directors with questions or for further information.


2013 Conference:
Sunday, April 21, 2013

From the Black Panthers and Nixon to Obama and the Tea Party: Interpretingthe "Post" of "Post-Civil Rights"
Keynote Speaker: Matthew Jacobson, President of the American Studies Association and the William Robertson Coe Professor of American Studies and History at Yale University