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States of Damage Conference

We invite members of the American Studies community in the UK and abroad to attend a one-day colloquium entitled “States of Damage: New Paradigms for the Study of US Writing and Culture in the C21,” to be held March 8, 2008 at the University of Warwick, in conjunction with the Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College Dublin.

Questions to be considered at the colloquium include the following:

• What distinctive themes and problems have emerged during the post-9/11 era?
• How might we periodize the current moment?
• How does the range of contemporary cultural production prompt reappraisal of critical Americanist paradigms?
• What challenges face non-host nation scholars in the field?
• What new forms of scholarly interaction and exchange might be developed for the dissemination of research and teaching, both within academe and for a broader public?

Registration is free.

The colloquium is designed to create an informal environment conducive to collegial exchange, debate and mutual support, while promoting intensive discussions on the parameters of the field. We encourage non-presenters, but if you are planning to attend, please email us so that we can plan for catering.

For further information, please contact Nick Lawrence ( or Stephen Shapiro (

The colloquium will be held in the Writer's Room at Milburn House (CAPITAL Centre). Information on how to find Milburn House.

Saturday, 8 March 2008

10.15 – Welcome

10.30-12 – Session 1

Nikolai Duffy (Manchester Metropolitan) and Anna Hartnell (Birmingham):
‘States of Damage and States of Exception’

Ken Fox (Canterbury): ‘9/11 and Katrina: Divergent Responses’

12-1 – Lunch

1-2.30 – Session 2

Anthony Hutchison (Nottingham), Adam Kelly (UCD), Ben Williamson (UWE):
‘“Fictional Futures and the Conspicuously Young”: Significant Trends in Contemporary American Fiction’

2.30-3 – Coffee

3-4.30 – Session 3

Kathryn Nicol (UCD): ‘The Retreat from “Infinite Justice”: Exceptionalism and Autoimmunity in Post-9/11 American Fiction’

Daniel Cojocaru (Oxford): ‘Post-9/11 Masculinities’

Alistair Hird (Oxford): ‘Transatlantic Collaborations over September 11: Coalitions for a World without Hurt’

4.30-6 – General discussion, wine and snacks served