Call for Papers 2016

Transatlantic Studies Association

15th Annual Conference

University of Plymouth

4 - 6 July 2016

Keynote Lectures:

The Mayflower Lecture: Mary Nolan (NYU)

SHAFR Lecture: Barbara Keys (University of Melbourne)

Fionnghuala Sweeney (Newcastle University)

Plenary Roundtable:

The State of the Art: The United States and Transatlantic Relations as an Academic Field
(with representatives from BAAS, HOTCUS, BrANCH, USFPWG, APG, Eccles Centre)

Call for Papers

In 2016 the Transatlantic Studies Association celebrates its 15th anniversary. For such an occasion it is appropriate that we open the conference on 4 July, and that the location is Plymouth, the last place of contact with England for the Pilgrim Fathers before they set sail across the Atlantic in 1620.

Established in 2002, the TSA is a broad network of scholars who use the ‘transatlantic’ as a frame of reference for their work in political, economic, cultural, historical, environmental, literary, and IR/security studies. All transatlantic-themed paper and panel proposals from these and related disciplines are welcome.

This conference also welcomes the following:

  1. scholars focusing on early America from historical/cultural/literary perspectives;
  2. proposals that explore the meaning/significance of the environment in a transatlantic context;
  3. proposals that investigate the ‘transatlantic’ and explore it through frames of reference such as ideology, empire, race, religion, migration, political mobilisation, or social movements;
  4. proposals that incorporate perspectives that involve north-south and south-south transatlantic connections, as well as north-north;
  5. proposals that link the ‘transatlantic’ to other key perspectives such as the transnational or the cosmopolitan.

Both panel proposals and individual papers are welcome. Panel proposals are encouraged to include a discussant. New members and junior scholars are especially welcome.

Please send individual paper proposals (a 300 word abstract + brief CV) and complete panel proposals (300 word overview + 300 word abstracts for the papers + brief CVs) to the conference email:

Deadline for panel and paper proposals: 15 January 2016

The Conference Location

Plymouth University, Plymouth, is located in Devon in the South West of England, close to some of the most beautiful coastlines and countryside in the UK. This maritime city sits on the border with Cornwall and at the edge of Dartmoor National Park. It is easily accessible by train from around the UK, and travelers from Europe, the US, or further afield, can fly to London, Bristol or Exeter and connect to national train lines very easily from each of these cities. Ferries also connect Plymouth with Santander in Spain and Roscoff in France. The university campus is located in the centre of the city, just 5 minutes’ walk from the train station.


Accommodation in Plymouth is affordable across the spectrum, including hotels, B&Bs and student halls of residence. Plymouth can be busy in the summertime, so it is advisable to book your accommodation early. We can secure accommodation as part of the conference package on a first come first serve basis. For those wishing to make their own arrangements, a list of B&Bs and other hotels will be made available on the conference website.

For further information or enquiries please contact the following:

Local Conference Organiser

Kathryn Gray:

Chair of TSA

Giles Scott-Smith:

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