2011 Graduate Student Symposium

Call for presentations

The French Association for American Studies invites doctoral students in American studies
to take part in the Graduate Symposium (“Doctoriales”) specifically organized on their behalf
during its annual conference. This year’s workshops will be held on Wednesday May 25,
2011 (9.30 am to 6 pm.)
at the Université de Bretagne Occidentale in Brest (France). The
conference itself will take place on May 26 to 28, 2011.

Since 2008, the AFEA has been encouraging the internationalization of its Graduate Student
Symposium by offering grants (up to 500 euros each) for a maximum of ten European
candidates (other than French) to help cover their travel expenses. All students are, in
addition, invited to attend the whole conference free of registration charges. The symposium
provides an opportunity for Ph.D. students to present their research in a less formal session
than that of a full conference panel, and confront it to that of other European scholars.
Doctoral students may be at an early or more advanced stage of their research. The proposals
will be commented upon by professors specializing in related fields of expertise. A general
methodology lecture will be given during the workshop sessions. Candidates are invited to
give their presentations in English within one of the two workshops offered:

1) American
literature, or

2) « American civilization » (history, sociology, political science…).

relevant to both fields (film studies, visual arts or music, for instance), or to another field
(such as translation studies or linguistics) can be sent to either of the co-chairs.

– Candidates must send a Curriculum Vitae and a 500-word abstract summarizing their
dissertation proposal plus an estimated budget of traveling expenses and funding otherwise
available to them.

– Proposals in literature must be sent electronically to both
Professor Helene AJI and Professor François SPECQ

– Proposals in civilization must be sent electronically to both
Professor Luc BENOÎT À LA GUILLAUME and Professor Naomi

Deadline for application: February 15, 2011. The symposium organizers will respond to
all applicants by March 15, 2011.

Professors Hélène AJI, Luc BENOÎT À LA GUILLAUME, François SPECQ, and Naomi WULF.