CAAS Conference, Homeland Insecurities (Extended Deadline: March 31, 2016)

Homeland Insecurities

October 21-23, 2016 / Fredericton, New Brunswick

Neoliberalism has ushered in new forms of global insecurity, which instill in American citizens the desire for enforced security. Through tightened border controls, antiterrorism laws, the expansion of the prison system, the war on drugs, and other measures, the U.S. government both provokes and assuages American insecurities about imagined and real terrors, both foreign and domestic. Often, these measures erode welfare institutions that actually provide a degree of safety against economic and social uncertainty, thereby perpetuating a vicious cycle intrinsic to neoliberalism’s creative destruction.


What are the origins of the insecurity state, and how has it shaped American culture? More broadly, what does it mean to imagine the United States as a secure homeland? Can non-indigenous Americans ever feel at home in North America without inventing abject social categories meant to contain their insecurities?

The 2016 CAAS conference invites proposals for papers on the topic of Homeland Insecurities. We welcome approaches to this theme from all disciplines, fields, and historical periods. Papers on other topics relevant to American Studies will also be considered.

To participate, submit abstracts of 300-words to the conference organizers, Stephen Schryer ( and Jennifer Andrews (, by March 31, 2016. Please include a brief bio. Panel submissions will also be considered.


Topics and themes might include but are not limited to:


Border Insecurity

The Prison Industrial Complex

Crime and Poverty

Capital Punishment

The War on Terror

The War on Drugs

Nuclear Insecurity

Environmental Insecurity

Social Security

Post 9/11 Narratives

The Rise and Fall of the Middle Class

Conspiracy Theory

The Welfare / Warfare / Prison State


Insecure Communications

Insecure Spaces

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