Netherlands American Studies Association

Call for Papers: 2024 NASA Conference

The 2024 NASA Conference, titled “Democracy in Action: Radical Cultures, Protest Movements & Resistance in the Americas,” will take place in Utrecht on Oct 31st-Nov 1st.

The conference will be primarily in-person, but will include a limited number of hybrid/online panels. We hope to collect a range of approaches to the study and practice of democracy in the Americas from the radical & institutional to the decolonial, Indigenous & anti-racist to the queer & anti-specieist to the Left & anti-authoritarian. Transnational/comparative/auto-ethnographic approaches are also welcome.

There is a desperate need for re-imagining the new: democratic forms and practices which are beyond the imagination of our current institutions, cultural relations, political dead-ends and violence. We intend and hope that this conference may contribute to such a project!

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Democracy as practice and culture, as identity and community, as ethics, and/or as theology
  • Geographies of democracy (democracy in and of the Americas; trans-Atlantic or trans-Pacific democracy; urban democracy; agrarian democracy; empires of democracy …)
  • Democracy under/against/beyond the nation-state
  • Species democracy
  • Democracy as war by other means
  • Embodied democracy (medical, infrastructural, carceral, weaponized …)
  • Pedagogies of democracy
  • Arts of democracy
  • Anti-democracy

The purpose of this conference is to bring together scholars from a range of national, institutional and disciplinary backgrounds. We particularly encourage early career researchers and (post)graduate students, as well as those who do not typically work within the field of American Studies, to apply.

Proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, poster session and workshops should be sent by email to the NASA board ( no later than 1 May 2024. Proposals should include a title, 300-word abstract, and a brief biographical statement or CV. Please also indicate if you would need to participate virtually (this can be adjusted later, but is useful in organizing the conference).

For more information, please look at the full Call for Papers.