Oceans Apart: In Search of New Wor(l)ds

International American Studies Association Sixth World Congress
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America. America . AmeRICA. The Americas. A mythologized New World, oceans apart from the Old, yet not a day younger. America: a projection that first obliterated and then replaced the reality of the dual continent before its existence, rhetorically undone, could be acknowledged. Re-textualized anew before they could be explored and exploited, contemporary Americas have since become a complex palimpsest: the oldest text barely visible from under the plethora others, inscribed upon the erasure of previous ones.

Americas’ “vertical” histories are constantly being added: with every passing year, the palimpsest transforms by the power of “horizontal” discourses of history rolling across the oceans to the landmasses of the world: to Americas, across Americas, and from Americas again. It is the transoceanic dynamics of history that the debate proposed focuses upon. Its aspects include, but are not limited by, the following:

— Americas Between the Oceans

  • The Ocean and the Making of Americas
  • In-Between the Oceans: American Geopolitics and Transoceanic Policies
  • American Selves and the Experience of the Ocean
  • Americas and The World: Mutual Transoceanic Projections
  • Cultures of Americas as Maritime Cultures
  • Americas, the Oceans, and Discourses of Exploration
  • American Seagoing Metaphors and Inland Americas


— The Atlantic/the Pacific Between Continents

  • Oceans as Connectors/Oceans as Separators
  • A Wet Inscription: Nautical/Naval Histories of America
  • American Literatures of the Sea and the National Canons
  • The Black Atlantic« D’une mare à l’autre »: Towards Interoceanic America in French
  • The Atlantic/the Pacific and the Struggle for Hegemony
  • The Atlantic/the Pacific and American Economies
  • Mythologizing the Atlantic/Mythologizing the Pacific
  • Lands Between Lands: Americas and the Atlantic/Pacific Islands
  • Transatlantic/Transpacific Transfer of Cultural Values: On Perishables
  • Transatlantic/Transpacific Peregrinations. From Pilgrimage to Business Flight
 

— Navigators, Surveyors, Toilers-at-Sea: the Birth, Expansion and Decline of the N/new France from Gaspésie to Guiana

  • Towards Tran-Atlantic and Trans-American Creoleness
  • "Briser l’écrou du Golfe": The French-Canadian Sense of Nostalgia and the French Curiosity in 19th and 20th Centuries
  • « D’une mare à l’autre »: Towards Interoceanic America in French
  • In Melville's Wake: Transoceanic and Transtextual Old Salts in the Francophone Literature

Interpretations of the conference themes ranging from the predictable to the surprising are highly encouraged. Interdisciplinary perspectives are particularly welcome since all these topics in themselves stretch across several disciplines: history, literary studies, psychology, linguistics, political sciences, educational sciences, ethnology, gender/queer studies, anthropology, sociology. Graduate students are most welcome to participate.

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