Mark your calendars now! The American Studies Student Organization (AMSTO) is hosting their annual symposium, titled "Perspectives on America from across the Disciplines," on February 9th, 2017 with keynote speaker J. Jack Halberstam! This


KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan 2, 2017) 


The American Studies Student Organization (AMSTO) invites you to attend their 3rd annual graduate student research symposium on Thursday, February 9, 2017, with keynote speaker, Dr. Jack Halberstam, Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Gender Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California.



This year’s symposium is titled, “Perspectives on America from across the Disciplines,” and aims to promote interdisciplinary research and collaboration among peers to explore issues from multiple perspectives on topics relevant to the Americas: society, politics, religion, sports, economy, science, history and more. 


Proposals for individual papers, panels, and posters are still being accepted. AMSTO invites fellow students in all Kennesaw State University graduate programs and highly accomplished undergraduate students to propose their research on all subjects that touch in some way on American history or culture.


American Studies is an interdisciplinary field of scholarship that examines American history, society, and culture. It traditionally incorporates the study of history, literature, and critical theory, but also welcomes research methods from a variety of other disciplines. The American Studies program at Kennesaw State University offers a minor, a Graduate Certificate, and a Master of the Arts degree.


If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact for more information.



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Keynote Speaker Biography: 

Jack Halberstam is Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Gender Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. Halberstam is the author of five books including: Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters (Duke UP, 1995), Female Masculinity (Duke UP, 1998), In A Queer Time and Place (NYU Press, 2005), The Queer Art of Failure (Duke UP, 2011) and Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal (Beacon Press, 2012) and has written articles that have appeared in numerous journals, magazines and collections. Halberstam is currently working on several projects including a book on Fascism and (homo)sexuality.

Halberstam has co-edited a number of anthologies including Posthuman Bodies with Ira Livingston (Indiana University Press, 1995) and a special issue of Social Text with Jose Munoz and David Eng titled “What’s Queer About Queer Studies Now?” Jack is a popular speaker and gives lectures around the country and internationally every year. Lecture topics include: queer failure, sex and media, subcultures, visual culture, gender variance, popular film, animation.