Call for Papers – HAAS 11

11th Biennial Conference of the Hungarian Association for American Studies (HAAS 11),

organized in association with the Hungarian Association for Ibero-American Studies

The Americas: Global Challenges and Responsibilities

12-14 May 2016


Convenors: Institute of English Studies, Institute of History, Institute of Romance Studies

Venue: Zsolnay cultural district and the University Library and Center for Learning Pécs

Working languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese


Call for Papers

The Hungarian Association for American Studies and the Hungarian Association for Ibero-American Studies jointly organize a tri-lingual conference that brings together specialists from the fields of North American and Ibero-American Studies in order to address issues related to the Americas in a way that transcends nation-based models of academic inquiry.

The Americas are not only a geographical entity but also a region sharing a history of coloniality, anti-colonial revolutions and imperialist interventions. South, Central and North America exist in a state of economic, political and cultural interdependence. Recent interdisciplinary approaches to the history, economics, as well as the cultures and literatures of the Americas resist normative definitions that reflect European political epistemologies and/or national models. International scholars of the 20th and 21st century like Fernando Henrique Cardoso (development and dependency), Immanuel Wallerstein (world systems), Anibal Quijano and Walter Mignolo (colonial semiosis and the coloniality of power), Marie Louise Pratt and Gayatri Spivak (planetary consciousness, planetarity), Emma Perez (the decolonial imaginary), Wai-Chee Dimock (literatures of the Americas and deep time), Eric Cheyfitz and Donald E. Pease (Americas Cultural Studies) have opened new perspectives in the study of the North American, Ibero-American, and Afro-Caribbean regions. In the context of US Studies, the New American Studies, the Borders School in American Studies, and Inter-American Studies have moved towards transnationality, postnationality and globality in the study of forms of knowledge and expression.

The organizers of the conference invite presentations and panel proposals addressing themes and issues related to the study of “the Americas” in hemispheric, global and planetary contexts. Contributions should address, but are not restricted to, one or more of the following issues related to the general, economic, diplomatic, political and legal history, as well as to the literatures and cultures of “the Americas”:

Geographic, economic and political formations

  • contextualization of the Americas in national, regional and global frames of reference
  • travel and contact between continents, regions and polities
  • circulation and traffic of goods and ideologies
  • political, economic, cultural borders; borderlands and  frontiers
  • class and race, Creole elites and indigenous populations

Coloniality and diasporic cultures

  • intersections between North, Central, and South American history
  • decolonization and nation building
  • Latin-American diasporic cultures in North America
  • “chronological time” vs. “deep time” in measuring vs. sensing history
  • imperial hegemony and deep history
  • colonial expansion and ethnic/racial subalternity

Intersections of the epistemic, the economic and the aesthetic

  • economy, religion, politics and the aesthetic subjective
  • orality and literacy, cultural translation in the colonial episteme
  • ethnic, racial and cultural heterogeneity vs. homogenizing political, social and cultural discourses
  • historical memory and cultural heritage in literature, the arts and the media
  • commercial or independent audiovisual media, audiences, and the global marketplace

Language and linguistics

  • translation and cultural negotiation
  • plurilinguality, code-switching and translation
  • native languages in the Americas and problems related to their classification
  • debating the issue of official language(s) in the USA
  • ongoing changes in US-American English
  • the role of US-American English outside the USA/the Americas


For both presentations and panel proposals, an abstract of around 250 words (in English, Spanish or Portuguese) and a short bio should be sent to the organizers at the following email address:


Please fill in the online Registration Form at

Bilingual (or trilingual) scholars are encouraged to give their presentations in Spanish or Portuguese as well, in the Ibero-American sections. Please fill in the Registration Form accordingly.


In matters other than registration, abstract submission and information provided on the conference website please contact the organizing team via email at

Also, feel free to contact members of the organizing team, Dr. Gabriella Vöő at or Dr. Mónika Fodor

Deadline for registration and submission of abstracts: 31 January 2016.

Acceptance notifications will be issued by 15 February 2016.

Registration fees

The registration fee includes the cost of the conference folder, coffee and small snacks during the breaks and the reception. Participants are also welcome to the conference dinner on Friday evening (13 May). The cost of the conference dinner (between 3,000 and 4,000 HUF) is to be paid separately and in cash upon registration at the conference site. Further details about the cost, location and the menu will be provided in a circular at a later time.

“Early Bird” registration fee, before 31 March 2016 (bank transfer):

HAAS members:                    9,000 HUF

Non-HAAS members:           14,000 HUF

Ph.D. students:                      5,000 HUF

Grace period: The registration fee must be in the HAAS bank account by 23 March; otherwise regular registration rate applies.

“Regular” registration fee, after 1 April:

HAAS members:                   11,000 HUF

Non-HAAS members:            16,000 HUF

Ph.D. students:                      7,000 HUF

Regular registration fee transfer closes: 17 March (there is no grace period in this case)

At the conference site (cash only):

HAAS members:                   12,000 HUF

Non-HAAS members:           17,000 HUF

Ph.D. students:                      8,000 HUF

Please transfer your payment to the account of the Hungarian Association for American Studies (HAAS) with your name and“HAAS 2016 conference” clearly indicated in the “notice” box.

Name and address of bank:   OTP BANK HUNGARY H-1077 Budapest, Király u. 49.

Bank account number:                       11707024-20400268-00000000

BIC (SWIFT) CODE:                        OTPVHUHB

IBAN code:                                        HU09 1170 7024 2040 0268 0000 0000

Bank account holder:                         Amerikanisták Magyarországi Társasága (HAAS) H-4032 Debrecen, Egyetem tér 1.

Please note that the cost of the bank transfer is at your side. If registration is cancelled not later than a month before the conference (by 9 April 2016), 90% minus bank charge of the paid registration fee is refunded.


HAAS Membership Dues for 2016

Individual:                             5,000 HUF

Students:                              3,000 HUF

HAAS membership automatically includes membership in EAAS, the European Association for American Studies. Members can participate at international conferences organized by member associations.

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