|Brian Roberts & Elaine Stratford||
“The Archipelagic Americas and Archipelagic American Studies”
Brian Russell Roberts is Associate Professor of English at Brigham Young University, where he teaches courses in US literature and American Studies. His work on African American literature and archipelagic American studies has appeared in American Literary History, American Literature, and PMLA, and his book Artistic Ambassadors: Literary and International Representation of the New Negro Era was published by the University of Virginia Press in 2013. This year, Duke University Press published his second book, co-written with Keith Foulcher, titled Indonesian Notebook: A Sourcebook on Richard Wright and the Bandung Conference. He and Michelle Stephens have collaborated to edit and introduce the forthcoming essay collection Archipelagic American Studies: Decontinentalizing the Study of American Culture, and he is now working on book tentatively titled Archipelagic States of America: Approaching US Culture after the Continent.
"Imagining the Archipelago”
Elaine Stratford is Professor of Cultural and Political Geography at the University of Tasmania. For over twenty-five years, she has engaged in local, national, and international research focused on children, climate change, and island futures; skateboarding and the place of young people in regional settlements; the social and institutional dimensions of natural resource management, including the wellbeing of rural and regional communities; social and environmental planning and policy; the contributions of the arts to island life; and the social determinants of isolation and connection among the rural elderly. As well as working within the Geography and Environmental Studies discipline, Professor Stratford is the Director of the Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment, and much of her work is presently directed to leading efforts to champion educational attainment and raise aspirations for lifelong learning among children and young people in Tasmania.
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