2nd HELAAS Young Scholar Symposium

Conflict and Negotiation in American Culture(s)

March 7-8, 2020
Museum of Byzantine Culture, Thessaloniki
EXTENDED Submission deadline: February 10, 2020

Building upon the success of its 1st Young Scholar Symposium, the Hellenic Association for American Studies (HELAAS) offers another promising event focused on promoting communication and interconnections, as well as scholarly and professional development among young scholars interested in American Studies. The 2nd HELAAS Young Scholar Symposium seeks to bring together postgraduate students, Ph.D. candidates, as well as early career researchers and Americanists whose current research and/or art projects explore “Conflict and Negotiation,” as concepts and experiences, in various American, American-derived, or American-inflected cultural contexts.

Pertinently, it was the Greek thinker Heraclitus who first postulated that conflict maintains the world. Thenceforth, scholars and artists of disparate backgrounds have elaborated on the idea that conflict is generative of human culture. It is through historical conflicts and the attendant processes of negotiation to resolve, or at least make sense of them, that America in particular has evolved, since its inception, to become a cultural stage where world-shaking performances play out: performances of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, faith, among others. Realities of conflict and negotiation have assumed renewed urgency after the paradigm shift initiated by the 9/11 events and, more recently, with the several crises – financial, sovereign, ideological, humanitarian, environmental, and linguistic, among others – in which America has been directly or indirectly implicated. Given America’s pivotal role in international politics and sociocultural affairs within an increasingly globalized world, the said realities have the potential to and often do transform not only America’s/as’ internal workings, but also other cultures caught in its orbit. At the same time, they are productive of new spaces for study, research, and meaning-making within the interdisciplinary field of American Studies. It is these new spaces that the 2nd HELAAS Young Scholar Symposium seeks to address, with the hope to, in its turn, stimulate more generative conflicts and negotiations.

Therefore, the Symposium organizers invite contributions that critically engage with different facets and layers of “Conflicts and Negotiations in American Culture(s),” through multiple lenses of expertise, including those of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. We are particularly interested in proposals evincing an inter-/transdisciplinary and/or inter-/transmedial approach to any of the following issues –and beyond them:

  • Conflicts in American/American-inflected art, literature, and other media
  • American/American-inflected art, literature, and media as conflict and negotiation platforms
  • Conflict across modes of expression – the multimodality of conflict
  • The role of new media and technologies vis-a-vis conflict and negotiation
  • Conflicts and negotiations across various media
  • Conflictual co-existence and the negotiation of diversity in America
  • Conflicts among/across Americas – Latinx America, Asian America, African America, South America, etc.
  • Intersectional manifestations of conflict and negotiation
  • Past conflicts versus present negotiations
  • Past negotiations versus present conflicts
  • Persistent conflicts in American culture(s) and their effects
  • Current crises involving America as narratives of conflict and negotiation
  • New and emergent conflicts and negotiations
  • Negotiating urban, non-urban and post-urban conflicts
  • Environment-related conflicts and negotiations
  • Conflict on conflict: conflicting interpretations of conflict(s) in America
  • Conflict(s), resolution(s), and transformation(s) in American culture(s)
  • Conflicts and negotiations in the field of American Studies

Contributions may consist of individual or collaborative (15-minute) papers, (3-speaker) panels, roundtables, workshops, praxis sessions, provocations, lecture performances, or even actual performances and installations. After all, our primary aim is to demonstrate the plurality, diversity, and breadth of young scholar research and expression within the field of American Studies, besides offering a unique networking opportunity to early career scholars. With that in mind, we strongly encourage formats that transgress disciplinary boundaries and challenge distinctions between different areas of knowledge and experience. We are looking forward to welcoming contributors inclined to think out of/rethink the “academic box”; those whose work resides at the interface between art and science, epistemology, and practice, and/or offers bold readings of past and present conflicts and negotiations related to American culture(s).

In the same spirit, and in order to help young scholars navigate the world of academia, the programme of the Symposium will accommodate opportunities to discover more about practical aspects of scholarly and professional development, from thesis publication and conference tracking to syllabus construction and design. Participants will also be invited to submit full-text articles (5,000-7,000 words) for possible inclusion after being blind reviewed to a special issue of the interdisciplinary journal of the Hellenic Association for American Studies, Ex-centric Narratives: Journal of Anglophone Literature, Culture and Media (e-ISSN: 2585-3538).

Please, send your proposal by February 10, 2020, to youngscholars@enl.auth.gr. Each proposal submission should include a 300-word abstract and a 100-word biographical note of the contributor(s).

For further information, please, direct your emails to Dr. Theodora Tsimpouki, President of HELAAS (tsimpouki@enl.uoa.gr) or Dr. Aikaterini Delikonstantinidou, Young Scholar Representative (aikaterini@enl.auth.gr).


The Museum of Byzantine Culture is considered to be the best museum of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine art internationally known. It is located downtown, close to the most important sites of the city. It is within walking distance from the majority of city hotels and has very interesting exhibits and warm amphitheatres.

The Museum of Byzantine Culture presents various aspects of life during the byzantine and post-byzantine periods: art, ideology, social structure and religion, as well as how historical changes and the political situation were affecting people’ s everyday life. It was awarded the Council of Europe Museum Prize for 2005, following the concurrent recommendation of the Council’ s Committee for Culture, Science and Education. The founding of the Museum of Byzantine Culture and its official opening in 1994 in Thessaloniki, the most “Byzantine” city of the modern Greek state, marks the end of a story that had begun long before, just after the city’ s liberation in 1912.


The easiest way to get to Thessaloniki city center from the airport is by taxi which is relatively cheap in Greece (approx. 20 Euros). Alternatively you can catch the 78 bus route from the airport. Check the route here. You can buy the ticket on the bus (change needed) or at the kiosk near the bus stop.

Below you’ll find a selection of hotels in various areas of the city. For central locations, please tick in the district list below the following: Thessaloniki City Center, Paralia, Port, Ladadika. Ano Poli locations offer excellent views of the city.

Organizing Committee
  • Aikaterini Delikonstantinidou, Postdoctoral Researcher (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
  • Konstantinos Chatzipapatheodoridis, Ph.D. (Independent Postdoctoral Researcher)
  • Vassilis Delioglanis, Ph.D. Candidate (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
Advising Committee
  • Dimitra Nikolaidou, Ph.D. Candidate (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
  • Penny Koutsi, Ph.D. Candidate (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
  • Maria Virginia Tsikopoulou, M.A. (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)