Globalizing American Studies | Newberry

Globalizing American Studies

Thursday, February 25, 2016

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Led by Brian Edwards, Northwestern University
Full, wait list available
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

What is American Studies? Is it the study of “America” (a notoriously slippery and porous category) or an interdisciplinary methodology that puts literary and cultural studies in rich dialog with history and the social sciences—and therefore can be transposed to the study of other national cultures? American Studies itself has a history—as a interdisciplinary discipline it was established in the early days of World War II and drew on the mythology of American exceptionalism as well as the prevalent idea that it was an “American Century.” In the wake of the Cold War, the history of the discipline and both its limits and possibilities of have been vigorously debated. Now that we have entered a period after the American Century, what would a globalized approach to the study of America mean to our self-understanding? This seminar discusses the transnational turn in American studies, surveys new approaches to the study of U.S. history, literature, and culture that take comparative, multilingual, or multisited approaches into account, and investigates the fascinating ways in which foreign scholars and students—particularly from the Middle East—study and represent American history and culture.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 2, 2015. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.

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