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2015 American Studies Students’ Conference “Correlations: Prejudice, Anti-Discrimination Policies and Minority Rights in American Culture”


May 22, 2015

2, Ing. Nicolae Costinescu St, Bucharest (Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission)




Center for American Studies, University of Bucharest (Dana Mihăilescu, Roxana Oltean, Mihaela Precup)

Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission


Friday, May 22, 2015

10.00-10.20 Opening Remarks

Marjorie Stern, Cultural Attaché, Embassy of the United States in Romania

Octavian Roske, Assoc. Prof., Head of the English Department, University of Bucharest

Ruxandra Rădulescu, Educational Adviser, Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission


10.20-11.45 Chair: Dragoş Manea (University of Bucharest)

Karina Pătrăşcanu (3rd year student, American Studies, University of Bucharest), “Homosexuality: Tolerance versus Acceptance in The Laramie Project


Andreea Camelia Tudor (3rd year student, Romanian-English, University of Bucharest), “Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl”: An “Explosive” Scream Ordering a Sexual Revolution and the Gay Community Liberation”


Andrei Nae (doctoral student at University of Bucharest), “Remediating Pornography in Game of Thrones: Where Sex and Memory Intertwine


11.45-12.00 Coffee/Tea break


12.00-13.00 Keynote address. Chair: Dana Mihăilescu (University of Bucharest)

Assoc. Prof. Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru (University of Bucharest), “Ethical Concerns in South Asian American Women's Migration


13.00-14.00 Lunch break


14.00-15.00 Chair: Mihaela Precup (University of Bucharest)

Cosmina Valent  (1st year M.A. student, American Studies, University of Bucharest), “Representations of Immigrant Life on New York’s Lower East Side in Leela Corman’s Unterzakhn


Andreea Maria Sava (2nd year student, American Studies, University of Bucharest), “Misrepresented Womanhood and Implicit Prejudice – Strategies in Cigarette Advertising for American Women



15.00-15.30 Coffee/Tea break


15.30-16.30 Chair: Andrei Nae (University of Bucharest)

Laura E. Jones (doctoral student at Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA), “Successful Educational Strategies for Minority Populations: American Practices with Romanian Applications”


Laura Comănescu (1st year M.A. student, American Studies, University of Bucharest), “Representations of the Romani Minority in American Media. The Role of Social Class in the Construction of Romani Identity”


16.30-17.00 Coffee/Tea break


17.00-18.00 Chair: Diana Benea (University of Bucharest)

Roxana Dumitru, (2nd year M.A. student, American Studies, University of Bucharest), “A Wound Needs a Witness. Discussing Colorism in Oprah Winfrey’s Lifeclass


Diana Dănău (3rd year student, American Studies, University of Bucharest), “Discrimination against the Chinese American Minority in David Henry Hwang’s Yellow Face





The American Studies Program at the University of Bucharest invites proposals for its annual students’ conference. This year's topic is "Correlations: Prejudice, Anti-Discrimination Policies and Minority Rights in American Culture." The conference will be held at the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission (2, Ing. Nicolae Costinescu St, Bucharest), on May 22, 2015.

We particularly welcome proposals for 15-minute presentations from both graduate and undergraduate students that address issues pertaining to prejudice, anti-discrimination, minority rights and struggles in the United States, applied to literature, film, popular culture, visual culture, media content etc., from a wide range of perspectives and (cross-)disciplinary approaches.

Submission Guidelines
Your submission must include:
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, phone number, and email address).
Please send your submissions via e-mail to dmihailes@yahoo.com.

Deadline for submissions: Sunday, May 10, 2015.
Notifications of proposal acceptance will be communicated by May 12, 2015.
If you have any questions, please write to Dana Mihailescu (dmihailes@yahoo.com).

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