The Concept of Crisis in American Culture

The Center for American Studies at the University of Bucharest

and the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission

invite proposals for their annual student conference on the topic

The Concept of Crisis in American Culture

to be held online

on Friday, May 21, 2021

We invite proposals for 15-minute presentations from undergraduate and MA 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, and transatlantic relations and may address issues such as (but not necessarily limited to): cultural, economic and political crises in American history; epidemics as crisis; the environment in crisis; American ways of dealing with crisis; crisis, minorities and otherness in American culture; democracy and crisis; the United States and world crises; crises of literary and cultural canons. The best presentation will be awarded the “Dan Grigorescu” prize (US$ 200). Doctoral students are welcome to present outside the competition for the “Dan Grigorescu” prize.

Submission Guidelines

Please submit the following:

1. a 250-word abstract attached as an MS Word file. Your abstract must include the paper title 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 (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: Friday, May 14, 2021.

Notifications of proposal acceptance: Monday, May 17, 2021 (earlier notifications available upon request).

For any questions, please contact dr. Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru (