2009 EAAS Rob Kroes Award

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Dear EAAS Board Members,

During last year’s Board Meeting in Oslo we decided to create an award for the best book manuscript in American Studies, thus honoring the special services to EAAS of Professor Rob Kroes. The following announcement is also available online at www.eaas.eu/2009_rob_kroes_award.htm.

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2009 EAAS Rob Kroes Award

The European Association for American Studies (EAAS) is pleased to announce a new, henceforth biennial, award for the best book manuscript in American Studies. The award is named for Rob Kroes, who served as Treasurer (1976–1988) and President (1992–1996) of EAAS. For many years, Rob Kroes also edited the series European Contributions to American Studies where the EAAS Biennial Conference volumes appeared from 1980 to 2006. The competition is open to all members of the twenty-one national and joint-national American Studies organizations in the EAAS (see www.eaas.eu/national.htm).

The EAAS defines “American Studies” broadly. To be eligible, a manuscript should be in the fields of literary, cultural, or historical studies. Interdisciplinary studies are also welcome. All entries should be concerned with phenomena or events that focus on what is now the United States of America. We welcome comparative and international studies that fall within these guidelines. To be considered, manuscripts should be between 250 and 400 pages long (375,000 to 670,000 characters equaling 1,500 characters per page).

Authors of eligible manuscripts are invited to nominate their work. We urge scholars who know of eligible manuscripts written by others to inform those authors of the prize. The award is open to authors of English-language manuscripts only. Entrants are requested to write a one- to two-page essay explaining why the manuscript is a significant and original contribution to American Studies. The winning work will be published at no cost to the author in the series European Views of the United States (Universitätsverlag Winter Heidelberg). The author is expected to provide the publisher with a camera-ready manuscript or PDF file. Manuscript guidelines are available upon request. Four copies of the manuscript, clearly labeled “2009 Rob Kroes Award Entry,” must be mailed to the following address and received by June 30, 2009:

Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Grabbe
Center for United States Studies (ZUSAS)
Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
06099 Halle (Saale)
The winner will be announced by September 1, 2009