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Review of International American Studies
Review of International American Studies

Publishing House: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Language and Literature Studies
Frequency: 2 issues
Print ISSN: 1991-2773
Status: Active

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Short Description

Review of International American Studies is the online/print-on-demand journal of the International American Studies Association (IASA). IASA, which held its first conference in Leiden in 2003, is organized around the understanding that in the twenty-first century American Studies, however that term is defined, can be properly discussed only in a global perspective. Many different views have been put forward as to what ‘America’ should mean—country, continent, hemisphere?—but the one thing on which most people are agreed is that in an era of increasing global circulation the international dimensions of American Studies can no longer be ignored.

RIAS, available free not only to all members of IASA, but also offering all issues for free to the general Americanist public, is designed to facilitate that conversation. National associations of American Studies continue to make very valuable contributions to the subject, but much of their focus is necessarily on matters close to home: the protection of local programs, safeguarding faculty positions, attempting to raise the subject’s profile in often difficult circumstances, and so on. IASA, by contrast, offers the possibility of complementary or contrary perspectives which can expose practitioners of American Studies to intellectual outlooks very different from their own. This is not an ‘export’ model of American Studies, but one based upon the idea of reciprocal interaction, of mutual exchange and enlightenment. For academics based in North America or Europe, seeing how things appear from Australasia or Asia, Latin America or Africa, can often appear as a salutary corrective to the insularity of ideas often assumed, wrongly, to enjoy universal validity.

The function of RIAS, as indeed of IASA in general, is to enhance channels of communication among scholars concerned with American Studies in different parts of the world, so as to enable the subject to grow and develop in ways that may not be visible to any of us at the present time. While RIAS has no preconceived academic agenda, it will of course depend crucially for its usefulness on the participation of scholars in many different parts of the world. This e-journal is a venue of global intellectual exchange in American Studies, and, to this end, we warmly welcome contributions from all quarters.

Editorial board
  • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Giorgio Mariani, University of Rome »Sapienza«, Italy
  • Managing Editor Prof. Paweł Krzysztof Jędrzejko, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland, Poland
  • Associate Editor Dr György Tóth, University of Stirling, United Kingdom

Founding Editors

Prof. Paweł Krzysztof Jędrzejko, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland, Poland
Dr Michael Boyden, English Department Uppsala University Sweden, Sweden

Past Editors-in-Chief

  • Dr Michael Boyden, English Department Uppsala University Sweden, Sweden
  • Prof. Cyraina Johnson-Roullier, RIAS Editor-in-Chief University of Notre Dame 260 Decio Faculty Hall Department of English 356 O’Shaughnessy Notre Dame, IN 46556 USA, United States
Submission guidelines

• Send your document in RTF format.
• Start with your name, followed by your affiliation between brackets, and the full title on the next line.
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