16th SAAS Conference

“A return to (what never was) normal: Discourses of (ab)normalcy in US culture, literature, arts and politics; past, present and future”

Universidad de Granada, March 28-30, 2023.

We are very excited to start talking about the upcoming SAAS conference of 2023!

There are many important dates, deadlines, and plans to be made. If you are a young scholar in the field of American Studies do keep a close eye on this conference, as many of us at SAAS Young Scholars know, it is such a great opportunity and environment to set off your academic conference participation.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is October 15, 2022. If you are a doctoral student, you can send your proposals for the Feliz Martín Doctoral Seminar to get some feedback on your work. Here is all the info, don’t miss out!

>> Doctoral Students: proposals for the Felix Martín Doctoral Seminar
Proposals should be sent electronically to ROSA MORILLAS SANCHEZ (rmorilla@ugr.es), using this form. When submitting the proposal, the student is required to include a letter from his/her Ph.D. supervisor giving the (working) title of the dissertation and confirming that the student is working under his/her supervision and has completed at least his/her first year of Ph.D. studies. The Proposal should also include a summary of the project (of no more than 500 words), indicating:
1. The main topic and issues, including the thesis proposed/hypothesis defended
2. The methodology (theoretical tools and standpoints)
3. Where relevant, the corpus under consideration
4. The results so far obtained.

>> SAAS Conference Panels. Abstracts of proposed papers are to be e-mailed directly to the chair of the selected panel using this form. Check out this list with all the thematic panels where you can send your proposal. Do not forget to check out the full summary for each panel on the official SAAS website!
1) “When the Music Stops… Things Will Be Complicated”: Post-Great Recession US or the Decade of Morbid Neoliberalism.” Chair: Fabián Orán Llarena Institution: Universidad de la Laguna, forallar@ull.edu.es 
2) “Abnormal Houses as Sanctuary in US Literature.” Chair: Cristina Alsina Rísquez, Universitat de Barcelona, alsina@ub.edu 
3) “Questioning the Normalcy of the Domestic Space in American Literature.” Chair: Rodrigo Andrés, Universitat de Barcelona, rodrigoandres@ub.edu 
4) “Disposable Bodies: Textual and Visual Narratives that Challenge the (Ab)Normalcy of Human Waste.” Chair: Rocío Cobo Piñero, Universidad de Sevilla, rociocobo@us.es 
5) “(Ab)normalcy in the American West: Has the West Ever Been ‘Normal’?” Chairs: Jesús Ángel González, Amaia Ibarraran-Bigalondo, Universidad de Cantabria, Universidad del País Vasco (UPV-EHU), gonzalezja@unican.es, amaia.ibarraran@ehu.eus 
6) “(Ab)Normal Humor? Literary/Cultural Manifestations and Interpretations of Humor in the US (and Beyond).” Chair: Carolina Núñez-Puente, Universidade da Coruña, c.nunez@udc.es  
7) “Posthumanism and the Return to Normal: Questions and Challenges.” Chair: Sonia Baelo-Allué, Universidad de Zaragoza, baelo@unizar.es 
8) “The Soundtrack of (Ab)Normalcy.” Chair: Ángel Chaparro Sainz, Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU), angel.chaparro@ehu.eus 
9) “Ominous Future, Damaged Present and Nostalgia for the Past: Return to Normalcy?” Chairs: Laura Álvarez Trigo, alvarez.trigo.laura@gmail.com, Anna Marta Marini, Universidad de Alcalá (Instituto Franklin-UAH), annamarta.marini@gmail.com  
10) “Illness, Recovery, and the American (Im)Possibility of Normative Bodies/Minds.” Chair: Claudia Alonso-Recarte, Universitat de València, Claudia.Alonso@uv.es  
11) “Normalized Assumptions about Inequality and Precarity in Contemporary US Fiction.” Virginia Pignagnoli, Laura Roldán-Sevillano, Universidad de Zaragoza, vpignagnoli@unizar.es, iroldan@unizar.es 
12) “Challenging the Assumptions of “Normalcy:” Reversal and Defamiliarization in Activist Discourses in the US.” Chair: María Ángeles Toda Iglesia, Universidad de Sevilla, mtoda@us.es  
13) “Deviant Encounters: Liminal Hospitality as Symbolic Resistance in American Literature and Culture.” Chairs: Paula Barba Guerrero, Universidad de Salamanca, paulabarbaguerrero@usal.es, and Mónica Fernández Jiménez, Universidad de Valladolid, monica.fernandez@uva.es 
14) “The Limits of the (Ab)Normal: Native American Literature, Art, And Activism.” Chair: Silvia Martínez Falquina, Universidad de Zaragoza, smfalqui@unizar.es 
15) “Does Normalcy Exist in Poetry?” Chair: Viorica Patea, Universidad de Salamanca, vioricap@usal.es 
16) “Deviation from the Norm: Intersectional Discourses in American Literature and Culture.” Chair: María Laura Arce Álvarez, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, laura.arce@uam.es 
17) “Cuando lo extraordinario se hace cotidiano: Revolutionary Histories of the Everyday.” Chair: Daniel Widener, University of California, San Diego, dwidener@ucsd.edu 
18) “Miscellaneous Panel.” Chairs: Carmen M. Méndez García, Universidad Complutense de Madrid; Aitor Ibarrola Armendariz Universidad de Deusto

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