New Orleans as subject: Beyond authenticity and exceptionalism

When

7.00pm–5.00pm

18 September 2014 - 20 September 2014

Where

Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana

This international conference brought together leading international scholars to question what lies beyond New Orleans’ exceptional history and authentic culture. The event was organised by Centre lecturer Thomas Adams and Matt Sakakeeny from Tulane University and featured a keynote address by Adolph Reed, Jr. of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a presentation from Centre lecturer Aaron Nyerges.

Since Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has witnessed an outpouring of scholarly interest across the social sciences and humanities. Much of this scholarship has opened up new lines of analysis regarding the city and its place in broader regional, national, and international contexts. At the same time, writing and research about New Orleans continues to romanticize the city as exceptional. In many accounts, New Orleans appears as an autonomous and a historical zone populated solely by unique social formations and authentic cultures, isolated from other postindustrial cities. This conference brought together scholars in anthropology, English, history, media studies, and political science to situate studies of New Orleans within larger global patterns and cross-cultural comparisons.

Featuring

  • Dr Thomas Adams
    Dr Thomas Adams
    Lecturer in American Studies and History, United States Studies Centre (jointly appointed with the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, University of Sydney)

    Dr Thomas Jessen Adams is Lecturer in American Studies and History at the United States Studies Centre and in the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry. His research and writing focuses on political economy, labour, social movements, urban history, and race, gender, and American politics.

  • Dr Aaron Nyerges
    Dr Aaron Nyerges
    Lecturer in American Studies, United States Studies Centre

    Aaron Nyerges is a Lecturer in American Studies at the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He holds a PhD in English from the University of Sydney and a BA from the State University of New York. His articles have appeared in Textual PracticeSound Studies, the Australasian Journal of American Studies, and the Journal of Popular Culture.