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Conference: Oceanic Archives and Transnational American Studies
Date: 4-6 June 2012 

American studies SMLC Conference

Oceanic Archives and Transnational American Studies

This symposium brings together scholars and writers working in transnational American Studies and Oceanic Studies in dialogue probing the critical connections between navigations of the past and imaginative charts of the future. It intends to connect and confront the oceanic and the transnational as two paradigms of globality that critically question and reframe history and cultural memory. Participants will address the significance of specific oceanic regions and histories as well as the ocean as a connecting and encompassing environment on a trans-regional and global scale, and discuss in what ways attention to oceanic histories may orient American Studies and promote work across regional and hemispheric borders. While exploring how transnational American Studies, in critical attention to textual and material foundations, can draw on and add to oceanic archives, the symposium also aims to ask how oceanic and transnational perspectives may critically stretch or reframe notions and methodologies of knowledge production, maintenance and accessibility that have more often been defined in terms of national and continental frontiers.

The symposium is generously funded by the Louis Cha Fund, the Henry Luce Foundation, the School of English and the School of Modern Languages and Cultures.

Venue: Main Building, The University of Hong Kong
June 4 and 5: Convocation Room (MB218)
June 6: MB07

Details information:

Otto Heim ( or Kendall Johnson (

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