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British Association for American Studies, University of Manchester, April 12-15, 2012

57th Annual Conference

British Association for American Studies, University of Manchester, April 12-15, 2012

Plenary Speakers:
Joyce Chaplin, James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History at Harvard University
Thomas Doherty, Professor of American Studies at Brandeis University
Peter Coates, Professor of American and Environmental History at Bristol University

PLEASE NOTE: Registration is now closed.

There are limited placed left for the conference banquet so if you wish to attend please contact the conference administrator Hannah Mansell via email: hannah.mansell@manchester.ac.uk.

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The fifty-seventh annual conference of the British Association for American Studies will be hosted by the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Manchester from 12-15 April, 2012. The University of Manchester was the first American Studies programme in the UK beginning in September 1947. Since then, it has had a pioneering role in the development of the discipline in this country. In the 2000s, as part of a revamped department and playing an integral role in the newly amalgamated University after 2004, the programme has gone from strength-to-strength. The RAE saw the department achieve 2nd place in the 2008 audit, while the American Studies programme has been the only unit at the university to feature in the “Top 5” of all three league tables (The Times, The Guardian, The Complete University Guide) for three years running from 2009. The interests of the team range from blaxpoitation culture to British musical influence upon the South, from Civil War history to Truman Capote, and from cultures of the market to the culture of political movies. Manchester’s own links across the Atlantic stretch far and wide and recognition of the connections and affinity the city has with North America abound, from public statues to musical culture, from football to finance.