20th International James Fenimore Cooper and
Susan Fenimore Cooper Conference and Seminar

Imagined Frontiers/Imagined Communities

Oneonta, New York

June 1 - June 5, 2015  

For our 20th conference, we are seeking papers that address the theme "Imagined Frontiers/Imagined Communities". The Coopers wrote at a time when America was growing as a nation, both geographically through westward expansion and conceptually, as writers, artists, politicians, and citizens worked through the process of defining national, regional, and even local identities. We seek papers that explore the role the Coopers (and their contemporary writers and artists) played in imagining, representing, and interrogating the landscapes and communities of antebellum America. Paper topics may include (but not limited to): From "Hideous Wilderness" to "Nature's Nation"; Gender and the Frontier; Slavery in New York; Exploration and Natural History; Displacing Native American Communities; Populism and Democracy; Social Conflicts in Frontier Communities; Early Nature Writing; Painters of the Hudson River School; Nativism and Immigration

Papers should be 8-10 pages in length (20 minute presentation).
Send proposals via email to : Dr. Roger W. Hecht (

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Monday, June 01, 2015 - Friday, June 05, 2015