USAbroad – Journal of American History and Politics: Announcements https://usabroad.unibo.it/ <strong>USAbroad – Journal of American History and Politics – ISSN 2611-2752</strong> is the first Italian academic journal published annually by an editorial board of early-career scholars and entirely dedicated to the study of U.S. history and politics. It sets out to offer the occasion to postgraduates and early career Italian and international scholars to publish innovative and ground-breaking academic research. en-US Sun, 14 Mar 2021 16:27:03 +0100 OJS 3.2.1.1 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 Social Change and Political Representation in the Long Cycles of American History https://usabroad.unibo.it/announcement/view/447 <p>In an op-ed article published in the “New York Times” in January 2021, opinion columnist Michelle Goldberg wondered whether Joe Biden’s Presidency would be the first post-Reagan Presidency. According to a theory that divides American political history into cycles or “political times” (Skowronek, 2008), long-term political regimes in the United States are based on shared beliefs that change through time after exhausting their strength. In this theoretical approach, presidents can either shape their action to “reconstruct” a political order or be “preemptive” of a new one. Thus, American political history can be partitioned into the eras of Federalist nationalism (1789-1800), Jeffersonian democracy (1800-1828), Jacksonian democracy (1828-1860), Republican nationalism (1860-1932), New Deal liberalism (1932-1980), and the Reagan era (1980-present). Each of these phases has relied on the empowerment of a coalition of political and social groups defined by race, ethnicity and gender, ideology, political and scientific culture, economic status and professionalism, even geographical distribution of their components.</p> <p>Several aspects concur to the idea that a new phase is in sight: seismic demographic and economic changes, realignments in the country’s political map, cultural clashes over the racial, gender and class makeup of the country and the rising popularity of some measures in antithesis with Reagan’s small-government mantra (such as a minimum-wage rise and the strengthening of some forms of public healthcare). What can we learn on the next chapter of American history by looking back at past developments and conflicts in US society, culture, and politics?</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The fifth issue of <em>USAbroad</em> invites to reflect on the “long cycles” of American history from a broad historical perspective. We are interested in analyses that detail the historical reasons and actors that drove change in political cycles across time; explorations of the social, cultural and economic features of, and transformations along, one or more phases of U.S. history; research that focus on presidential policy and shifts in political and scientific culture in the progressive and conservative spheres; critiques and counter-narratives to the “cycle” thesis in American political history.</p> <p>Contributions may include but are not limited to:</p> <ul> <li class="show">Theoretical perspectives on political orders, party-system and party realignments in the United States</li> <li class="show">Social and economic, racial and gender perspectives on American political history</li> <li class="show">Immigration, race and party representation in the United States</li> <li class="show">The role and agendas of American Presidents in creating, restructuring or affirming political and social realignments</li> <li class="show">Regional shifts in party coalitions and local case-studies</li> <li class="show">Social and Political activism and party coalitions</li> <li class="show">Ideology, political and scientific culture and party realignments</li> <li class="show">International Relations, external shocks and economic and political change</li> <li class="show">Transnational and comparative perspectives on “cycles” in political history</li> <li class="show">Critiques and counternarratives to the “cycle” thesis</li> </ul> <p>Applicants are asked to submit an abstract of approximately 500 words, along with a résumé including their main publications, by <strong>April 23, 2021.</strong> Please send your proposal by email to: usabroad@unibo.it Applicants will be notified regarding the status of the submission by <strong>May 3, 2021</strong>. The selection of abstracts will be based on a range of criteria including: scientific originality (how does the proposed paper differs from existing literature in the field), use of primary sources (on what sources is the paper based) and adherence to the themes of the call for papers. Abstracts that do not clearly address these three criteria will not be considered for publication. Please note that a final version of the accepted essay must be submitted by <strong>August 23, 2021. </strong></p> <p>More info can be found at <a href="http://usabroad.unibo.it/">http://usabroad.unibo.it/</a> &nbsp;</p> <p>You can also download the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ceraunavoltalamerica.it/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Social-Change-and-Political-Representation-2021.pdf">Call for Papers in PDF</a></p> https://usabroad.unibo.it/announcement/view/447 Sun, 14 Mar 2021 16:27:03 +0100 New Call for Papers – Gender and Empowerment in American History and Politics https://usabroad.unibo.it/announcement/view/382 <h3>Deadline extended</h3> <p>On August 26, 2020, the United States will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which extended the franchise to American women. After the narrow defeat of Hillary Clinton in 2016 and the significant increase of women elected in Congress during the 2018 mid-term elections, in November 2020 Americans will choose their President between two white men. The current Presidential campaign, already started with the Democratic primaries, has made evident one crucial fact: despite the century passed from the first vote of American women, political equality is far from being achieved.</p> <p>Starting from this premise, the fourth issue of&nbsp;<em>USAbroad</em>&nbsp;seeks to reflect on how gender interacted and still interacts with political discourse and practice at large. This means exploring not only how gender has influenced political participation and mobilization but also how gender issues have shaped and have been shaped by the society that underpins common political norms and institutions. The stated goal is to investigate the complex and multi-faceted link between gender and empowerment in American history and politics. We seek to understand how straight women as well as members of the LGBTQ+ community have defined empowerment in terms of policy and outcomes, and what approaches have devised to reach autonomy and self-determination in American society broadly defined; how underprivileged people across the entire gender spectrum have found their voice and gained agency through their gender identity and experiences or despite them; and how traditionally disempowered groups have organized their gendered interests and needs through social movements, associations, unions, parties, and institutions. We are also interested in analyses that use intersectionality as a framework, thus looking at the interplay of gender and race, class, religion, and social background in shaping individuals' and groups' activism and empowerment process.</p> <p>The editors encourage and look forward to receiving papers offering historical and / or political analysis, in the American context, of:</p> <ul> <li class="show"> <p>Women and LGBTQ+ peoples' political representation and participation;</p> </li> <li class="show"> <p>Women and LGBTQ+ people and political parties;</p> </li> <li class="show"> <p>Women and LGBTQ+ people's in grass-roots politics, associationism, social movements and working-class struggles;</p> </li> <li class="show"> <p>Suffrage movements;</p> </li> <li class="show"> <p>First Ladies' political and social activism;</p> </li> <li class="show"> <p>Women and LGBTQ+ people in cultural diplomacy;</p> </li> <li class="show"> <p>Women and LGBTQ+ people in foreign policy and international affairs;</p> </li> <li class="show"> <p>Women and LGBTQ+ people and leadership;</p> </li> <li class="show"> <p>Women's and LGBTQ+ people's agency in the economic system;</p> </li> <li class="show"> <p>Women's and LGBTQ+ people's role in families and local communities;</p> </li> <li class="show"> <p>Domesticity and women's and LGBTQ+ people's cultural agency;</p> </li> <li class="show"> <p>Welfare system and its interaction with women and LGBTQ+ people;</p> </li> <li class="show"> <p>Women and LGBTQ+ people and the political communication system and propaganda;</p> </li> <li class="show"> <p>Women and LGBTQ+ people and media in general;</p> </li> <li class="show"> <p>The intersection of class, race, religion and sexuality in the empowerment process of women and LGBTQ+ people;</p> </li> <li class="show"> <p>Comparative analysis of the topics mentioned above.</p> </li> </ul> <p>Applicants are asked to submit an abstract of approximately 500 words, along with a résumé including their main publications, by&nbsp;<strong><del>April 30</del> <ins>May 25</ins></strong>. Please send your proposal by email to: usabroad@unibo.it Applicants will be notified regarding the status of the submission by&nbsp;<strong><del>May 18</del> <ins>June 15</ins></strong>. The selection of abstracts will be based on a range of criteria including: scientific originality (how does the proposed paper differs from existing literature in the field), use of primary sources (on what sources is the paper based) and adherence to the themes of the call for papers. Abstracts that do not clearly address these three criteria will not be considered for publication. Please note that a final version of the accepted essay must be submitted by&nbsp;<strong><del>September 13</del> <ins>October 4</ins></strong>.</p> <p>More info can be found at&nbsp;<a class="uri" href="http://usabroad.unibo.it/">http://usabroad.unibo.it/</a></p> <p>You can also download the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ceraunavoltalamerica.it/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Gender-and-Empowerment.pdf">Call for Papers in PDF</a></p> https://usabroad.unibo.it/announcement/view/382 Thu, 19 Mar 2020 00:00:00 +0100 New Call for Submissions – 2020 https://usabroad.unibo.it/announcement/view/380 <p>The USAbroad Editorial Committee is pleased to announce that our call for submissions of articles is now open.</p><p>USAbroad is the first Italian academic journal published annually by an editorial board of early- career scholars and entirely dedicated to the study of U.S. history and politics. The journal sets out to offer the occasion to international postgraduates and early career scholars to publish innovative and ground-breaking academic research.</p><p>We invite articles, written in English, that investigate any aspects of U.S. history and politics: social, economic and intellectual developments, relations of gender, race and class, foreign policy, international relations, history of policies and institutions. The journal pays specific attention to recent historiographical trends, in particular global, transatlantic and Atlantic history, and to multidisciplinary approaches which successfully intermingle history with social and political sciences.</p><p>Please visit our website to submit your article. You will need to register as an Author and follow our five step procedure. Please make sure you follow the Author guidelines and read our Editorial Policies. Once submitted, your article will undergo a double-blind peer review process with external reviewers. If accepted, you article will be included in the third issue of the journal which has just been published: <a class="uri" href="/issue/view/839">https://usabroad.unibo.it/issue/view/839</a>.</p><p>You have time until April 2020 to submit your article, and we ensure that — if accepted — the article will be out before September 2020. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Editorial Committee (at usabroad@unibo.it) if you have any questions.</p> https://usabroad.unibo.it/announcement/view/380 Fri, 06 Mar 2020 13:07:59 +0100 Call for Papers – A Nation Divided: Conflict in US History and Politics https://usabroad.unibo.it/announcement/view/335 <p>The financial and economic crisis that started in 2008 represented a decisive moment in the recent past, leading to the resurfacing and, to some extent, the redefinition of a multiplicity of dormant and deep-­seated conflicts: from social movements such as Occupy Wall Street to workers’ movements such as fight4fifteen, from Black Lives Matter to a new white backlash. Within the United States, these conflicts led to a crisis of political and national identities, with the re­emergence of nationalism and nativism, progressivism and socialism. In the international context, conflicts have characterized relations between states, not in the traditional form of war, but as clashes over economic and financial policies, the management of contemporary crises, such as the migration crisis or the environmental one, and at a more general level on the role of nation­ states facing a crisis of the international order. These trends continued during Trump’s Presidency. Both on the international and on the domestic front, the last two years have been characterized by an exceptional level of political, social, institutional and cultural conflict. Not by chance, a series of grassroots movements that have developed to advance their vision of the state and society, such as the new wave of the feminist movement or the mobilization against climate change, has grown and thrived in response to Trump’s actions.</p><p>The emergence of different forms of social, political and economic conflict in times of crisis is certainly not a new phenomenon. These trends have already emerged in the past centuries, not only in the United States but also elsewhere. Starting from these premises, the third issue of USAbroad seeks to reflect on the complex and multifaceted notion of conflict and its role in promoting political, economic, social and cultural change. The goal is to understand how conflict has manifested itself and shaped American society, economy, and politics over time, but also how it has influenced relations between the United States and the rest of the world. USAbroad invites submissions discussing any periods of U.S. history that address the theme of “conflict” in its broader meaning, from political, to social, cultural, racial, and institutional. Understanding conflict as a crucial catalyst of change, we are interested in problems of historical causation, action and reaction, crisis, progress and advancement.</p><p>While considering each proposal received, the editors encourage and look forward to receiving papers that sit within the following historiographical trends:</p><ol style="list-style-type: decimal;"><li><strong>The New History of Capitalism</strong> (the new historiographical tendency toward the integration of several histories—and of their methodologies and approaches—such as business and economic history, social and labor history, intellectual history, political and policy history)</li><li><strong>Women’s History and Gender Studies</strong> (women in the labor movement; old and new feminisms; LGBTQ+ rights and social change; transnational social mobilization; studies on families and on the role of women in politics and workspaces)</li><li><strong>Environmental History</strong> (climate change and global warming; conflicts over resources; neo­environmentalism; the history of environmental policies; history of environmentalism; history of environmentalist movements)</li><li><strong>International Relations and Conflicts</strong> (trade wars; transatlantic crisis; the definition and redefinition of US international role; nationalism and hegemony; relations between the US and Latin America; relations between the US and the Asiatic continent)</li><li><strong>Presidential and institutional studies</strong> (domestic federal relations, sectional/regional cleavages, conflicts between states and the federal government).</li></ol><p>Applicants are asked to submit an abstract of approximately <em>500 words</em>, along with a résumé including their main publications, by <strong>May 19</strong>. Please send your proposal by email to: <a href="mailto:usabroad@unibo.it">usabroad@unibo.it</a> Applicants will be notified regarding the status of the submission by May 31. The selection of abstracts will be based on a range of criteria including: scientific originality (how does the proposed paper differs from existing literature in the field), use of primary sources (on what sources is the paper based) and adherence to the themes of the call for papers. Abstracts that do not clearly address these three criteria will not be considered for publication. Please note that a final version of the accepted essay must be submitted by <strong>September 20.</strong></p><p>You can also <a href="https://www.ceraunavoltalamerica.it/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/USAbroad-Call-2019-A-Nation-Divided.-Conflict-in-US-History-and-Politics.pdf">download the Call for Papers in PDF</a></p> https://usabroad.unibo.it/announcement/view/335 Tue, 09 Apr 2019 12:54:46 +0200 New Call for Submissions – 2019 https://usabroad.unibo.it/announcement/view/312 <p>The USAbroad Editorial Committee is pleased to announce that our call for submissions of articles is now open.</p><p>USAbroad is the first Italian academic journal published annually by an editorial board of early-career scholars and entirely dedicated to the study of U.S. history and politics. The journal sets out to offer the occasion to <strong>international postgraduates and early career scholars</strong> to publish innovative and ground-breaking academic research.</p><p><strong>We invite articles, written in English, that investigate any aspects of U.S. history and politics</strong>: social, economic and intellectual developments, relations of gender, race and class, foreign policy, international relations, history of policies and institutions. The journal pays specific attention to recent historiographical trends, in particular global, transatlantic and Atlantic history, and to multidisciplinary approaches which successfully intermingle history with social and political sciences.</p><p>Please visit our website to submit your article. You will need to <em>register as an Author</em> and follow our five step procedure. Please make sure you follow the <a href="/about/submissions#authorGuidelines">Author guidelines</a> and read our <em>Editorial Policies</em>. Once submitted, your article will undergo a double-blind peer review process with external reviewers. If accepted, you article will be included in <strong>the second issue of the journal</strong>. The issue will be split into two parts, the first originating from a Call for Papers circulated early in 2018 and dedicated to nationalism in the United States (you can access the CFP <a href="/announcement/view/278">here</a>), the second with no overarching theme. <strong>You have time until April 2019 to submit your article, and we ensure that — if accepted — the article will be out before the end of October 2019.</strong> </p><p>Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Editorial Committee (at <a href="mailto:usabroad@unibo.it">usabroad@unibo.it</a>) if you have any questions.</p><p>You can also <a href="http://www.ceraunavoltalamerica.it/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Call-aperta-PDF.pdf">download the Call for Paper in PDF</a>.</p> https://usabroad.unibo.it/announcement/view/312 Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Call for proposals – Rewinding Global America: Nationalism and Contested Power https://usabroad.unibo.it/announcement/view/278 <h3>Deadline Extended</h3><p>Nationalism has been a defining feature of American history, politics, and international relations. From the Declaration of Independence and the Four Freedoms of Franklin D. Roosevelt, through the “shining city upon a hill,” the “melting pot,” “affluent society,” and consumerism, the United States has created an exceptional, expansive, and open image of itself as the “global nation” founded on a set of seemingly universal principles. The ways Americans have thought about their nation have been a boundless force for overseas expansion and an irresistible attraction for many outsiders. Despite the success of the global America, however, or possibly because of it, recent but not unprecedented nationalistic trends have contributed to dispute, contest or even reject its very tenets.</p><p>As the country questions itself on the essential principles of its national character and international leadership, it seems more than appropriate to reflect on the multifaceted notion of nationalism in the United States. The second issue of <em>USAbroad</em> aims to reassess and discuss the composite meaning of American nationalism from the early republic to contemporary developments, by looking at its historical making and re-making, often achieved through exclusionary processes that shifted the boundaries of citizenship and belonging. Our objective is to learn about continuity and change in nationalistic discourses, practices, and policies, avoiding teleological and presentist interpretations. The editors envision two different lines of investigation, which are neither exclusive nor necessarily separated.</p><ol style="list-style-type: upper-alpha;"><li><p>The first is to analyze American nationalism from a transnational perspective, exploring tensions and contradictions between the international projections of the nation and its insular manifestations; its messianic rhetoric and its selfishness; its self-representation at home and its perception abroad; its ideology and its interest. This means, respectively, looking at how nationalism has been constantly redefined to serve US foreign policy, and focusing on the gap between its theoretical construction and its practical display and reception overseas.</p></li><li><p>The other involves reconstructing how American nationalism has been defined and appropriated within the nation by different political and social actors. Throughout time, Americans have appealed to their national principles and used them to support the government as well as to oppose it, both to consolidate American society around specific values and to contest—and even revolutionize—established order, considered from time to time despotic, unjust, or imperialistic. The goal, therefore, is to study how political and social activism combines with nationalism and its multiple imageries.</p></li></ol><p>We encourage the submission of proposals for original research articles related to:</p><ul><li><p>Nationalism and Internationalism in U.S. Foreign Policy</p></li><li><p>War and Empire in the Process of Nation-Building</p></li><li><p>Nationalism and Sectionalism in American Political Development</p></li><li><p>Class, Gender, and Race as Divisive/Inclusive Issues</p></li><li><p>Nativism and Religion in the American Nationalism</p></li><li><p>Social Movements Reframing Nation and Nationalism</p></li><li><p>Cultural and Artistic Representations of Nation and Nationalism</p></li><li><p>National Reactions to Anti-Americanism</p></li><li><p>International Appropriations or Contestations of the American socio-economic model</p></li></ul><p>We particularly encourage proposals from Italian PhD students as well as early-career scholars.</p><p>Applicants are asked to submit an abstract of approximately <em>500 words</em>, along with a résumé including their main publications, by <strong><del>April 22</del> <ins>May 13</ins></strong>. Please send your proposal by email to: <a class="email" href="mailto:usabroad@unibo.it">usabroad@unibo.it</a>. By <strong><del>May 6</del> <ins>May 27</ins></strong>, applicants will be notified about the status of the submission. The selection of abstracts will be based on a range of criteria that include: scientific originality (how does your paper differ from existing literature in the field?), use of primary sources (on what sources is the paper based?) and adherence to the themes of the call for papers. Abstracts that do not clearly address these three criteria will not be considered for publication. Please note that a final version of the accepted essay will have to be submitted by <strong><del>August 31</del> <ins>September 13</ins></strong>.</p><p>You can <a href="http://www.ceraunavoltalamerica.it/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/UsAbroad_Call-for-submissions_2018.pdf">download the Call for Paper in PDF</a>.</p> https://usabroad.unibo.it/announcement/view/278 Mon, 12 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 USAbroad - Submissions https://usabroad.unibo.it/announcement/view/251 <p>The USAbroad Editorial committee is pleased to announce that the call for submissions of articles is now open!</p><p>The articles, written in English, should investigate any aspects of U.S. history and politics: social, economic and intellectual developments, relations of gender, race and class, foreign policy, international relations, history of policies and institutions. The journal pays specific attention to recent historiographical trends, in particular global, transatlantic and Atlantic history, and to multidisciplinary approaches which successfully intermingle history with social and political sciences.</p><p>In order to correctly submit your articles, you have to <a href="/user/register">register as an Author</a> on our website. Once you are logged in, you will be able to <a href="/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions">submit your article</a> directly within our website by picking out the section “Articles”, that is the section outside the thematic annual call for essays.</p><p>Once submitted, your article will undergo a double-blind peer review process with external reviewers. We remind you to follow the <a href="/about/submissions#authorGuidelines">Author guidelines</a>, where you can find all the information on the journal’s policies regarding formatting, citations, quotations, acronyms etc. Please read also our <a href="/about/editorialPolicies">Editorial Policies</a>.</p> https://usabroad.unibo.it/announcement/view/251 Tue, 04 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200