CFP: The United States and the World: from Imitation to Challenge

Chair of American Studies, Jagiellonian University
3rd International Conference
“The United States and the World: from Imitation to Challenge”
Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
29-30 May 2009


This two-day conference, hosted by the Jagiellonian University’s Chair of American Studies, will explore various aspects of the mutual connections between the United States and the world. It will concentrate on the problem of the model of American democracy, the presidential system, American politics, society, culture, and the world’s reflections about them – from imitation to challenge. The conference aims to provide a forum for discussion of a range of ideas concerning the above-mentioned topic, and the conference will reflect on the significance of this phenomenon in current research. The conference will provide an exciting opportunity for colleagues to debate new developments in the field, and it is hoped that selected conference papers will form the basis of an edited collection.

The steering committee – chaired by Prof. Andrzej Mania – welcomes proposals for individual papers and complete panels from scholars in all fields, especially from those examining aspects of American politics, philosophy, gender studies, law, culture studies, economy, and sociology.

Papers are welcome from individuals and/or panels (of not more than four papers) that explore one of three broad themes:

  1. The American impact on the world: normative and analytical aspects. Integration in Pax Americana and patterns of integration in other parts of the world, different and/or similar approaches to challenges to international order and dealing with international threats, continuity and change in politics.
  2. The American “export” of values: separation of church and state, human rights, idea of sovereignty, the rule of separation of powers, the rule of accountability, modern federalism, democratization patterns, presidentialism.
  3. The American credo, Americanism, American Studies: in search for a definition of America. American exceptionalism and uniqueness, contemporary American society, impact of/on American values.


Proposals for 15-minute papers should include the name, affiliation, and contact details (including email address) for all authors, as well as a brief (max. 250 words) abstract and paper title.

Proposals for whole panels should include the full details for each paper (as above), plus the name, affiliation, and contact details for the panel convenor, as well as a short (max. 100 word) panel synopsis.

For further details about the conference, please email
Dr. Lukasz Wordliczek at
or go to

Proposals should be sent in PDF or Word format to the above address.

Key dates and deadlines:

  • 15 January 2009: deadline to submit panel/paper proposals
  • 31 January 2009: academic convenors confirm acceptance of panels and papers
  • 15 February 2009: academic program and timetable are announced
  • 1 March 2009: papers can be uploaded
  • 15 May 2009: deadline to upload papers
  • 29-30 May 2009: the conference
  • 30 June 2009: deadline to submit revised papers
  • 31 December 2009: publishing of selected papers in a hard copy ISBN themed volume

Conference fee is Euro 150. This covers conference registration fee, accommodation (3 nights), Friday and Saturday receptions, Friday and Saturday lunches, coffee breaks, and publishing of a post-conference volume.