The OASIS – Orientale American Studies International School is are now accepting applications for it’s fifth iteration. The school will be held in the Conference Center of University of Naples “L’Orientale” in the isle of Procida, Italy, from May 24 to May 29, 2020.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Jonathan Arac (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
  • Susan Balée (independent scholar)
  • Colleen Glenney Boggs (Dartmouth College, USA)
  • Derrais Carter (University of Arizona)
  • Jane Desmond (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Virginia R. Dominguez (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Ira Dworkin (Texas A&M University, USA)
  • Brian T. Edwards (Tulane University, USA)
  • Fred Gardaphé (Queens College-CUNY, USA)
  • May Hawas (American University in Cairo, Egypt)
  • Gordon Hutner (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Ronald A. Judy (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
  • Donald E. Pease (Dartmouth College, USA)
  • Mounira Soliman (American University in Cairo, Egypt)

Compact seminar: “How to Get Published” held by Gordon Hutner (editor of American Literary History).

We invite applications from doctoral students, recent Ph.D.s, and junior faculty in American Studies, English, Comparative Literature, and related fields.

The fee for the School (covering registration, tuition, housing, breakfast, and lunch) is € 620 for the whole week. Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2020; successful applicants will be notified by March 31. You can find the CFA for PhD students here and the CFA for M.A. students here. For more info please see the school’s website.

We appreciate your help in circulating the news among your students and colleagues!

Issue #31 (2020) of RSAJournal: Rivista di Studi Americani, the official journal of the Italian Association for North American Studies (Associazione Italiana di Studi Nord-Americani – AISNA) will feature a special issue on the broader impact that the nuclear era has had on the United States. The issue, edited by RSAJournal Assistant Editor, Elisabetta Bini (University of Naples Federico II), Dario Fazzi (Roosevelt Institute for American Studies), and Thomas Bishop (University of Lincoln) is titled American Apocalypse(s): Nuclear Imaginaries and the Reinvention of Modern America and scholars from different academic fields are invited to submit their proposals.

In 1982, while president Ronald Reagan was blessing a 40% increase in America’s nuclear spending, pop-singer Prince released his famous 1999 song. “Everybody’s got a bomb, we could all die any day, oh – But before I let that happen, I’ll dance my life away, oh oh,” the refrain went. By the early 1980s, threats of nuclear annihilation and prophecies of doom had become part and parcel of American popular culture.

The US’s mastery of nuclear power is an entrenched feature of modern America. Throughout the second half of the Twentieth century, nuclear power simultaneously fascinated and repelled US society, by embodying faith in scientific progress and ancestral fears at the same time. It raised fears of a potential nuclear conflict – and therefore of a total annihilation of mankind – and was simultaneously the object of widespread beliefs in the possibility of producing an unlimited, clean and efficient source of energy. This polarizing character enabled the proliferation of different nuclear discourses and narratives. Nuclear power’s outreach was total, and its breadth extended over any field of cultural production. Nuclear power reshuffled the very vocabulary of American politics and society writ large. The power of the atom, its universalism and contested sustainability alike, swayed the mindset and worldviews of generations of Americans.

This special issue aims to explore the multifaceted impact that nuclear power and culture have had and continue to have in the United States, in order to reassess and redraw the contours of an age, the nuclear one, the dark shadows of which still impinge upon us today. All disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches are welcome, and topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • The interactions among different nuclear visions, including philosophical, religious, literary and artistic conceptualizations;
  • Audiovisual representations of American nuclear culture, including literary, cinematographic, comic book, digital, and virtual renderings;
  • Indigenous, intersectional, or transnational encounters with nuclear power and culture;
  • Meta-geographies and material cultures of the nuclear;
  • Gendered and racialized renderings of nuclear culture and politics;
  • The international and global influence of American nuclear culture, and the multiple and complex forms of resistance to it;
  • The politicization of US anti-nuclear movements and their transnational dimensions;
  • Intersections between nuclear culture, and “apocalyptic culture” and “post-apocalyptic culture” writ large;
  • Similarities and differences between nuclear culture and climate fiction and criticism;
  • The relationship between the nuclear age and the Anthropocene.

Please send a 200-word abstract and a short biographical sketch to Elisabetta Bini, Dario Fazzi, and Tom Bishop by December 30. People whose abstracts have been accepted will be notified by January 15. The deadline for full-length articles (40.000 characters, including spaces, notes, and works cited) is April 15, 2020.

Condividiamo la locandina e il programma per il convegno Still White after Arrival? Americanization and Racialization of Early 20th-Century Italian Migrants to the United States  si terrà presso il Dipartimento di Studi umanistici dell’Università di Macerata il 19 e il 20 novembre. Il convegno è sponsorizzato dalla Commissione Fulbright, dall’Ambasciata degli Stati Uniti in Italia e dall’AISNA.

Siamo lieti di segnalarvi un’iniziativa dall’Ambasciata degli Stati Uniti d’America in Italia della quale ci auguriamo possiate mettere a parte i vostri studenti.
Si tratta di un video contest dal titolo “Italy-US ties”, rivolto a studenti di Scienze Politiche e Relazioni Internazionali, Scienze della Comunicazione, Economia, Giurisprudenza e Lingue e Letterature Straniere e a tutti coloro che hanno avuto un’importante esperienza di scambio con gli Stati Uniti.
Per partecipare, gli studenti dovranno caricare sul sito un video in italiano di massimo 30 secondi che racconti un’esperienza legata alla cultura americana o il proprio legame con gli Stati Uniti d’America.
In palio, per gli autori dei 10 migliori video, vi è l’opportunità di trascorrere una giornata formativa presso l’Ambasciata degli Stati Uniti d’America a Roma, che gli permetterà di comprendere al meglio il funzionamento della diplomazia americana.
La scadenza prevista per l’invio degli elaborati è fissata per il 3 Novembre 2019.
Maggiori informazioni, unitamente al regolamento completo, sono reperibili sul sito dell’iniziativa.

We warmly invite you to present a proposal for the special section of the next issue of RSAJournal (#31). The deadline for proposals is October 15, and if you are interested please send us a title, a very brief description (about 10 lines) and at least the name of one section editor.

If by October 15 no proposal reaches us, the special section will focus on “American Apocalypses.”

The call for papers will be published at the end of October on the OJS open access platform and the AISNA website. The deadline for the submission of abstracts will be the end of November, and the section editor(s) will choose the 7/8 most promising ones. Their authors will submit the full articles by March 31, and by April 15 only 5 of them will be selected for publication by the section editor(s) and sent to the peer reviewers – the other ones, if the authors agree, might be published in the “Articles” section, in the same issue or in issue #32. If one of the articles selected for the special section is rejected by the peer reviewers, one of the other submitted articles will be sent to the reviewers.

The Faculty of Modern Languages at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main welcomes applications for the following position as civil servant or public employee starting in the fall term 2020/21:

Professorship (W3) in American Studies 

Applicants are expected to represent the field of American studies with a focus on literary and cultural studies in its entire breadth in teaching and research. Desired fields of specialization within literary and cultural studies include aesthetics, literary theory, or media history. We are looking for scholars with an internationally visible research profile that is reflected in publications in leading international presses and journals.

Candidates are expected to contribute to and initiate collaborative research projects within the Faculty of Modern Languages, to take on committee duties, and to participate in academic events organized by fellow members of the faculty. The successful candidate will teach in the B.A. and M.A. programs “American Studies”, the M.A. program “Aesthetics,” and all relevant programs of teacher training. As the position will participate in teacher training, experience in and concepts for teaching academic contents at secondary schools are welcome.

The designated salary for the position is based on ‘W3’ on the German university scale or equivalent. Goethe University is an equal opportunity employer, which implies that applications from women are specifically encouraged. For further information regarding the general conditions for professorship appointments, please see:

Qualified academics with a demonstrably excellent record in teaching and research as well as internationally visible research output are invited to submit their applications accompanied by the usual documents (curriculum vitae, copy of transcripts for all degrees completed, publication list, records of teaching experience, research abroad, and extramural funding) until 26 September 2019 via email to the Dean of the Faculty of Modern Languages, Goethe University:

In occasione della prossima Assemblea annuale di Ragusa saremo tenuti a eleggere il/la nuovo/a Presidente e il nuovo Direttivo per il triennio 2020-22.

Vi ricordiamo che secondo il nuovo Statuto dell’Associazione (art. 9), “Il Consiglio Direttivo si compone di 7 membri tra cui il Presidente dell’Associazione”.

La Presidente e il Direttivo attualmente in carica hanno individuato una commissione elettorale formata dai soci Elisabetta Bini (, Daniela Ciani ( e Carlo Martinez (, affidando ad essa il compito di coordinare le operazioni elettorali.

Coloro che intendono presentare un/a socio/a come candidato/a per il Direttivo, sono pregati di scrivere alla commissione elettorale, mettendo in copia la segreteria ( entro il 31 agosto.


In occasione della 25th AISNA Biennial Conference – Gate(d) Ways. Enclosured, Breaches and Mobilities Across U.S. Boundaries and Beyond, Ragusa, 26-28 settembre 2019 – il Graduate Forum dell’AISNA bandisce, grazie al sostegno del Public Affairs Office dell’Ambasciata USA in Italia, 6 borse rivolte a giovani studiosi/e che siano iscritti/e o abbiano completato un dottorato di ricerca, o abbiano terminato la laurea magistrale e/o un master. In aggiunta l’AISNA finanzia con fondi propri 2 ulteriori borse.

Tutte le 8 borse consistono in un contributo di € 170.00 (rimborso per spese di viaggio e soggiorno) per la partecipazione alla conferenza. Il direttivo dell’AISNA intende in tal modo promuovere le attività di giovani studiosi/e nelle diverse discipline dell’americanistica nell’ambito dell’AISNA e nel contesto dell’americanistica internazionale.

Invitiamo socie e soci a diffondere questa iniziativa sollecitando dottorandi/e e studenti/studentesse presentare domanda. La scadenza per la presentazione delle domande è inderogabilmente il 15 AGOSTO 2019.

I requisiti per richiedere una borsa sono i seguenti:

  1. Essere iscritti all’AISNA o avere intenzione di presentare domanda di iscrizione contestualmente all’invio della presente domanda (per dettagli su come iscriversi all’associazione, si veda ).
  2. Dimostrare un interesse per lo studio e la ricerca in ambito americanistico (tramite CV e  lista pubblicazioni).

Nella selezione delle domande si terrà conto dei seguenti criteri:

  1. Presentazione di un paper alla conferenza.
  2. Persone che non hanno possibilità di accedere a fondi dottorali o di dipartimento o che non hanno un salario per coprire spese.
  3. Provenienza da sedi distanti.

Le domande, corredate di curriculum vitae, andranno inviate esclusivamente per posta elettronica, entro e non oltre il 15 agosto 2019, a Matteo Pretelli (, Delegato ai rapporti con il Graduate Forum, e al Segretario dell’AlSNA, Simone Francescato (

I/le selezionati/e dovranno inviare, esclusivamente per posta elettronica, i giustificativi delle loro spese alla Tesoriera dell’AISNA, Sabrina Vellucci (, che provvederà al rimborso tramite bonifico bancario.