Call for Papers | Mediating Mountains
mediating mountains mistThe 46th International Conference of the Austrian Association for American Studies has issued a call for panels and individual papers that explore the conference theme of 'Mediating Mountains.' The deadline for submissions is 19 May 2019. 

Taking place 22-24 November 2019 in Innsbruck, Austria, 'Mediating Mountains' sets out to explore mountains as objects and agents of mediation in all artforms and media, including painting, literature, theater, music, film, television, performance and video art, video gaming, photography, and architecture.

CONTRIBUTIONS
Possible areas for contributions may include but are not limited to:
  • Mountain imaginaries that analyze the ramifications of viewing mountains as romantic wilderness, national parks, sporting sites, material resources, etc.;
  • Mappings that locate and translate mountains in national, imperial, post-colonial, and global discourses as well as in theories of gender, media, and mobility;
  • Landscape research and the material, perceptual, emotional, and social ecologies of mountain images;
  • The temporality of mountains in historiographic, media-archeological, and eco-critical theories.
While the focus of this conference is on American cultures, contributions are also invited from transnational and global perspectives and interdisciplinary approaches in comparative mountain studies.

Proposals for entire panels and individual papers are welcome. The deadline for all submissions is 19 May 2019.

You can submit your proposal here.

ORGANIZATION
The conference is organized by the Austrian Association for American Studies (represented by Christian Quendler and Cornelia Klecker, University of Innsbruck) in cooperation with Appalachian State University, North Carolina. It will take place at the University of Innsbruck in the heart of the Austrian Alps.

CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Sean Cubitt
Professor of Film and Television in the Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London

Jennifer Peterson
Associate Professor, Chair of the Department of Communications, Woodbury University, California

Sascha Pöhlmann
Interim Professor of North American Literature and Culture, University of Konstanz

PLENARY PANEL ON APPALACHIA
Jessie Blackburn
Associate Professor and Assistant Chair of English, Appalachian State University

Cameron D. Lippard
Professor and Interim Chair of Sociology, Appalachian State University

Bruce Stewart
Associate Professor of History, Appalachian State University

To find out more, please visit the conference website.