Announcement: New Co-Editors
Comparative American Studies: An International Journal
Since its inception in 2003, Comparative American Studies has established itself as an indispensable part of the global scholarly conversation about the shape and direction of American Studies. In its first issue, then editors Richard Ellis and Paul Giles made the argument that Comparative American Studies emerged from a “widely perceived need within the academic community to reposition the study of America hemispherically and internationally, rather than according to the older agendas of area studies that held sway in the middle years of the 20th century.” If anything, this need has only intensified. At a time when narratives of American exceptionalism are being trumpeted anew and nationalism is newly invigorated, an international and interdisciplinary approach to American Studies, which responds and contributes to new advances in area studies, seems more vital than ever. Indeed, it now seems probable that the task of constantly and productively questioning its ‘position’ is central to the work of American Studies.
We aim to make sure that this journal remains a vital and distinctive voice in those ongoing and urgent discussions. In so doing, we are indebted to the work of this journal’s previous editor, Nick Selby. Over the last ten years of his editorship, Nick has skilfully developed and furthered the original mission of the journal in vital ways. We pay tribute to his significant achievements in this position, and will endeavour to maintain the standards of professionalism and collegiality that were cemented under his lead. He leaves behind a formidable legacy. We also believe that the Department of American Studies at the University of East Anglia, remains an excellent home for the journal’s editorship.
We welcome contributions for individual articles or special issues looking to examine the state of the field through a variety of lenses, consolidating and developing the journal’s standing and profile in the wider academic community, and furthering its links to cognate disciplinary areas like Area Studies. Those who are so inclined are also encouraged to follow the journal’s new twitter account, @CompAmStudies, which is the first of a number of planned profile-raising initiatives to help bring the work of the journal to as wide an audience as possible.
Dr Rachael McLennan and Dr Thomas Ruys Smith