Centers & Research Groups

Americanist Colloquium

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The Americanist colloquium at Rutgers is a working group of students and faculty, which meets periodically to discuss contemporary scholarship in the field, primary texts, and student work in the department. The group is closely affiliated with the Americanist Seminar at the Center for Cultural Analysis, an interdisciplinary forum on American literature and culture, which invites a wide array of speakers each year to share current research. Colloquium participants typically attend these talks, often meeting in advance to discuss speakers’ work. The colloquium also works with other student interest groups to promote student research, collaborating on discussions and group workshops.

Dear all,

Now that summer’s coming to a close, we’d like to announce the first meeting of the Americanist Colloquium for the 2016/2017 academic year!

We’ll be meeting at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, September 13th in Murray Hall 107. Dinner (pizza) and snacks will be provided!

Our meetings this year will alternate between workshops for dissertation chapters or articles, and reading discussions centered on relevant primary or secondary texts. We’ve drawn the texts for our first meeting from Emily and Ariel’s qualifying exams: we’ll be reading selections from the introduction of Jump Jim Crow, W. T. Lhamon’s 2003 study of the history and evolution of blackface performance, along with one of his sources from the 1860s, The Virginia Mummy: A Negro Farce. Readings have been posted on the Sakai site; please e-mail Luc (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Alex (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or Rebecca (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to be added.

In addition, we’ll be discussing some our future plans for this semester, so if you have any suggestions or requests for the year to come (readings, discussion topics, workshops), please bring them (or send us an e-mail if you can’t make it)!

Finally, we wanted to enclose a short list of upcoming Americanist events this year. There are a lot of events coming up in the field, and you’ll hear more about these as they come up, but you can mark them off on your calendar now:

Pragmatism Working Group - CCA, 3-5 PM: Sept. 21; Oct. 19; and Nov. 16 (=“third Wednesdays”)

The 19th Century Workshop: Population - Oct. 6 & 7.

Asian American Literary Studies Reading Group - Oct. 26

The Culture of Experience: A Conference on Pragmatism and Twentieth-Century U.S. Literature - March 2 & 3.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns—we look forward to seeing you on the 13th!

Sincerely,

Alex Leslie, Rebecca Lipperini, and Luc Barton