Events And Opportunities


  • Dates: 29 Jul – 14 Aug, 2017
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Contact: Joseph Ressler Hartman
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  • Phone: 574-536-3280, 574-536-3280
The empire of the United States began with a bang in 1898. The US Navy docked the Maine battleship in Havana’s bay to protect Americans living in war-torn Cuba. It exploded under mysterious circumstances. The US blamed Spain and joined rebel forces to liberate the island in the Spanish-American War. Three months later, the US (not Cuban) flag replaced Spain’s atop Havana’s Morro Castle. Cubans soon found themselves under the power of a new American Imperium. By the end of the so-called “Splendid Little War,” the United States had taken possession of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines. Massive infrastructural investments and bureaucratic overhauls from the United States redefined the ex-colonies of Spain, creating a visible confrontation of local indigenous, Spanish, and US imperial cultures. This session invites papers that reconsider how the United States and the island nations of the Americas and Southeast Asia were transformed through histories of visual, spatial, and material culture after 1898; including, but not limited to, studies on photography, print culture, popular media, performance, urbanism, and architecture. Papers might address embodied and artistic forms of resistance to US cultural presence; the role of architecture in expressions of state power; visual regimes of race and racism; or gendered representations of the United States and its foreign holdings in the Pacific and Caribbean. Papers examining the consumption and production of art in support or critique of US imperialism at the turn of the century in Havana, Manila, and San Juan are particularly welcome.

Proposals for participation in sessions should be sent no later than August 14 to the chair listed below. Every proposal should include the following items:
1. Completed session participation proposal form. Make sure your name appears as you would like it listed in the conference program and conference website. Please make sure your affiliation appears as the official, recognized name of your institution and do not list multiple affiliations.
2. Paper abstract (strict 250 word maximum). Please make sure your paper title and abstract appear exactly as you would like them published in the 2018 conference program.
3. Letter explaining your interest, expertise in the topic, and CAA membership status. All participants must be current members by August 28, 2017.
4. CV
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