4-6 July 2022, University of Kent, Canterbury/UK
Deadline for panel and paper proposals: 15 January 2021
The TSA is a broad network of scholars who use the ‘transatlantic’ as a frame of reference for their work in a variety of disciplines, including (but not limited to): history, politics and international relations, and literary studies. All transatlantic-themed paper and panel proposals from these and related disciplines are welcome.
The conference is organised around a number of subject themes, each of which is convened by members of the conference programme committee. If you would like to discuss your paper or panel proposal prior to submission, please contact the relevant programme committee members. This year’s subject themes are:
Diplomatic and international history
David Ryan, firstname.lastname@example.org, Chris Jespersen, email@example.com
Political and intellectual history
Joe Renouard, firstname.lastname@example.org, Gaynor Johnson, G.L.Johnson@kent.ac.uk
Social, cultural and religious history
Finn Pollard, email@example.com, Kathryn Gray, firstname.lastname@example.org
International Relations and Security Studies
Michele Testoni, email@example.com, Joe Renouard, firstname.lastname@example.org
Literature, film, and theatre
Donna Gessell, email@example.com, Finn Pollard, firstname.lastname@example.org
Transatlantic memory and heritage
Kristin Cook, email@example.com, Kathryn Gray, firstname.lastname@example.org
Latin America in a transatlantic context
Robert Howes, email@example.com, Thomas Mills, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ethnicity, race and migration
Thomas Mills, email@example.com, Tony McCulloch, firstname.lastname@example.org
Special subject theme:
The TSA is pleased to join SOAS and the University of York in welcoming proposals that seek to better understand the UK-US nuclear relationship as enshrined in the 1958 Mutual Defence Agreement (MDA). This arrangement formalizes the US support for the UK’s nuclear weapons system, and regulates exchanges of sensitive nuclear materials and know-how between the two countries. The Mutual Defence Agreement has been regularly renewed since its inception, with the next renewal due in 2024.
While the nuclear relationship is commonly thought of as being at the heart of what is referred to as the “special relationship”, there is no academic centre in either the US and UK that has a sustained focus on this topic, and scholarly literature about it is sparse. The TSA thus encourages proposals for papers that elucidate and interrogate the Mutual Defence Agreement and UK-US nuclear relationship, drawing on traditional strategic studies, peace studies and critical perspectives.
For queries, please contact Professor Dan Plesch: email@example.com