Cultural Networks in the U.S.: Past and Present Challenges

The American Studies Program at the University of Bucharest

invites proposals for its annual student conference on the topic

Cultural Networks in the U.S.: Past and Present Challenges 

to be held at the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission 

(2, Ing. Nicolae Costinescu St, Bucharest)

on Thursday, May 16, 2024.

We invite proposals for 15-minute presentations from undergraduate and graduate students whose research is relevant to the topic of the conference. Papers may come from the fields of literature, film, theater and performance arts, popular culture, visual culture and the media, history, politics, intercultural and interdisciplinary communication, transatlantic relations, as well as other academic areas that are relevant to the subject, and may address issues such as (but not necessarily limited to): cultural, economic and political networks in American history; the network as category of analysis in American studies and a model of conceptualizing America; media and popular culture as cultural networks in the U.S.; U.S. minorities, migration and the development of cultural networks of solidarity and empathy; American cultural networks as subversive discourses of the status quo; war, conflict, and network cultures in the U.S.; transnational relations and cultural networks; gender, sexuality, and the development of cultural networks in the U.S.; AI, deepfake and other network technologies and processes in American literary and cultural spaces. 

Submission Guidelines. Please submit the following:

1) a 250-word abstract attached as an MS Word file. Your abstract must include the title of your paper and the name of the academic coordinator who has agreed to supervise your paper. Please note that, considering that each presentation will be 15 minutes long, final papers should be approximately 5-6 pages long (Times New Roman, font 12, double-spaced). However, we strongly encourage participants to present and not simply read their papers.

2) 3-5 keywords from your essay;

3) Contact information (name, affiliation, phone number, and email address).

Please email your submissions to

Deadline for submissions: April 26, 2024.

Notifications of acceptance: April 30, 2024.

For any questions, please contact the conference organizer, Dr. Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru ( 

 Our partners: US Embassy | Fulbright Commission in Romania | English Department, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Bucharest