Monday, May 28, 2012

The Galway American Studies Forum Presents...

Destroying the ‘silver linings’:
The American media and the Vietnam War, 1968-71

With guest speaker Gavin Wilk, University of Limerick 

Tuesday, 5th June, at 12.30pm
in
The Moore Institute Seminar Room


Abstract: This paper will demonstrate through relevant examples how the American media, from the 1968 Tet Offensive to the publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971, offered a subjective and unfiltered view of the Vietnam War to the American public. During this period, the American media abandoned a previously close connection with the military and government and instead moved independently through various mediums to denounce the Vietnam War. This dramatic period transformed the way American journalists cover conflicts and also significantly altered the relationship between the American media, government and military officials.

About Gavin Wilk: A Visiting Lecturer in History at the University of Limerick, Gavin recently completed a PhD in History and was an IRCHSS Postgraduate Scholar from 2008-11. His thesis examines the militant Irish republican movement in the United States from 1923 to 1939 and focuses on the important role of Irish Republican Army (IRA) veterans in the US-based Irish republican movement. Gavin has completed a number of articles for reference works in American history, including a recent contribution of fourteen articles to the M.E. Sharpe publication, America in World History, an encyclopaedia which presents American history through an international context.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

CFP EXTENSION: Transatlantic Studies Association Annual Conference

University College Cork, Ireland,
July 9-12, 2012

The Chairman of the TSA, Prof Alan Dobson (University of Dundee and St. Andrews University) and Professor David Ryan (UCC) would like to extend an invitation to the 2012 Transatlantic Studies Association Annual Conference.

Our outstanding 2012 plenary guests are:
  • Professor Constance Post (Iowa State University)
    "Particles, Waves, and Fields:  Momentum and the Transatlantic Turn in Literary and Cultural Studies"
  • Professor Fredrik Logevall (Cornell University)
    ‘Same Bed, Different Dreams: France and America in Vietnam’
Panel proposals and individual papers are welcome for any of the general or sub-panels. A 300 word abstract of proposal and brief CV to panel leaders or to Alan Dobson a.p.dobson@dundee.ac.uk and David Ryan david.ryan@ucc.ie  by 31 May 2012.

IAAS Postgraduate BAAS Conference Bursary

From 2012, as part of a reciprocal arrangement with the British Association for American Studies (BAAS), the IAAS is introducing a new scheme for two awards to be made annually to two postgraduate members of the IAAS to travel to BAAS events: one award to attend and present at the BAAS postgraduate symposium (November), and the second to attend and present at the BAAS conference (April).

Each bursary will be to the value of £250.

Applications are invited from postgraduate and early career scholars (those in the first three years after the successful completion of the Ph.D.) normally resident in Ireland or Northern Ireland, and currently working at universities and institutions of higher education. All applicants MUST be IAAS members. Preference may be given to those who have had no previous opportunities for attendance at BAAS events.

Upon completion of their trip, successful recipients will submit a brief report on their experience, their conference presentation etc., for publication on the IAAS website.

For more information, or to apply, contact:
Dr Philip McGowan
School of English
Queen's University Belfast
Belfast BT7 1NN
Tel. +4428 90973261
Fax. +4428 90973334
Webpage: http://go.qub.ac.uk/McGowan

IAAS Postdoctoral/Early Career Research & Travel Bursary

From 2012, the IAAS is introducing a new scheme open to postdoctoral and early career members of the IAAS to assist with research and/or travel requirements (e.g. visits to archives, travel to conferences). The resources available, while modest, are aimed at making the difference between a successful applicant being able to travel to an archive or attend a conference, and not.  It is envisaged that grants will be supplemented by funds from other sources. The maximum monies available under this scheme each year will be €500. (Unclaimed monies in any year will be added to the available funds for the following calendar year.)

While there is no specific time limit for the duration of the award, the funds should be exhausted within the calendar year. It is not intended that the award should be used to supplement or extend much longer-term awards.

Applications are invited from persons normally resident in Ireland or Northern Ireland, and from early career scholars (those in the first three years after the successful completion of the Ph.D.) currently working at universities and institutions of higher education. All applicants MUST be IAAS members. Preference will be given to those who have had no previous opportunities for research-related visits to the USA, and to young scholars, including postdoctoral students. IAAS particularly welcomes applications from postgraduates needing to visit the USA for research purposes.

Upon completion of their research and/or travel to the USA, successful recipients will submit a brief report detailing how long they were in America, which resources they accessed, libraries and archives that they visited etc., for publication on the IAAS website.

For more information, or to apply, contact:
Dr Philip McGowan
School of English
Queen's University Belfast
Belfast BT7 1NN
Tel. +4428 90973261
Fax. +4428 90973334