The 60th annual conference of the British Association for American Studies (BAAS)


Northumbria University

The 60th annual conference of the British Association for American Studies (BAAS) will be hosted by the Department of Humanities at Northumbria University, Newcastle, 9-12 April, 2015.

The British Association for American Studies was founded in 1955. It exists to promote, support and encourage the study of the United States in the Universities, Colleges and Schools of the United Kingdom, and by independent scholars. The 2015 conference commemorates the 60th anniversary of the founding of BAAS and promises to be a hugely stimulating and enjoyable occasion. We look forward to welcoming you to Newcastle upon Tyne, the most vibrant urban centre in the North East of England.

The conference will begin after lunch on Thursday April 9, and will close after lunch on Sunday April 12.

We are delighted to announce our plenary speakers:
Gary Younge. Author, broadcaster and award-winning columnist for The Guardian and The Nation.
Dana Nelson. Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English, Vanderbilt University.
Sarah Churchwell. Professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities, University of East Anglia

Paper and panel proposals are welcomed on any subject that falls under the remit of American Studies. We invite proposals from individuals and from other interest groups including associations linked to BAAS, such as the APG, BGEAH, BrANCH, TSA and HOTCUS. The conference marks the sixtieth anniversary of BAAS, the fiftieth of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and the 150th of the end of the Civil War, and we warmly welcome suggestions for related papers and panels.

Proposals for 20-minute presentations should be a maximum of 250 words and include a provisional title. Proposals by two or more people sharing a common theme are warmly invited and we welcome panels that cross disciplinary boundaries. The conference organisers hope to continue the initiative shown at previous BAAS Annual Conferences by scheduling roundtable discussions and innovative panel presentations, and we encourage such proposals as appropriate. All proposals should be submitted to by 1 November 2014. Deadline extended to 7 November.

Registration for the conference closed on Monday 23rd March. If you have any queries, please contact the organisers at 

Accommodation is not included as part of the delegate fee, if you require accommodation please click here.

Programme information will shortly be available to view here.

Information for Exhibitors/Sponsors

Conference programme

Please note that panels will not change unless there are exceptional circumstances. More details regarding locations etc. will be made available nearer the time.

In 2013 Northumbria launched the biggest initiative in American Studies in the UK for more than a generation. Amongst numerous new academic posts was the University’s first Professor in American Studies. The University’s innovative and exciting BA programme in American Studies accepted its first students in September 2013. The research interests of staff include religion, race, ethnicity, presidential studies, horror film, poetry, the South, the San Francisco Bay Area, music, modernist fiction, immigration and urban studies, the Atlantic world and expansionism. The University holds numerous major resources that are of interest to American Studies scholars, including the papers of the Black Panther Party and the Records of Students for a Democratic Society. 

Northumbria University is located in Newcastle upon Tyne, the most vibrant urban centre in the North East of England. Situated on the north bank of the Tyne River, Newcastle is at the heart of the ancient kingdom of Northumbria, and is near Northumberland National Park, Hadrian’s Wall, Holy Island and several Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The city itself is famed for its nightlife, art galleries, and the locals’ friendliness. 

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Event Details

Northumbria University
City Campus
Newcastle upon Tyne