BAAS Annual Conference 2017

The 62nd Annual British Association for American Studies conference will take place 6-8 April, 2017, at Canterbury Christ Church University.

The Annual BAAS Conference brings together scholars from all across the world to speak on any subject related to furthering our understanding of the United States. Delegates are warmly invited to attend a diverse range of papers and roundtables by specialists in American history, culture, literature, politics, art, film, and any combination of the above.

The programme for BAAS2017 is available as a pdf download on the right of this page. Please note that this programme is subject to change.

Please note that registration for the conference has now closed. Information on our plenary speakers, accommodation, recommended restaurants, and how to get to CCCU can be found on this page. Instructions for speakers and chairs can be found on the right of this page.

We look forward to seeing you in Canterbury!

We are thrilled this year to be joined by three eminent leaders in the field of American Studies, who have been invited to present plenary lectures:

Plenary Speakers

Trudier Harris Trudier Harris

Professor of English, University of Alabama, sponsored by Canterbury Christ Church University

"Home in African American Literature: Difficult to Define, Impossible to Claim"

Marjorie Spruill Marjorie Spruill

Professor of History, University of South Carolina, sponsored by the Journal of American Studies

"Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women's Rights and Family Values that Polarized American Politics"

Brian Ward Brian Ward

Professor of American Studies, Northumbria University, sponsored by the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library

"Sounds Southern?: The Southern Operas of Delius, Davidson and the Drive-by Truckers"


The conference rate does not include accommodation. There are a large number of hotels and B&Bs in Canterbury, but we suggest you book as early as possible. A list of suggested hotels is available as a download on the right of this page.


Please note that restaurants in Canterbury are often fully booked on the weekends, so we recommend that you make reservations for dinner on the nights of the conference. A list of recommend restaurants is available on the right of this page.

Getting to Canterbury Christ Church University

See this page for information about how to get to CCCU. BAAS sessions will all take place on the Canterbury Campus, and drinks receptions and the Banquet will take place in Augustine House (about a 10-15 minute walk from the Canterbury Campus).

Please note that there is NO parking on the Canterbury Campus or at Augustine House, so we advise you travel by public transport (including local park and ride services) where possible to avoid the high cost of parking in the city centre.

For those travelling from/via London, we recommend you get the high speed train service from St Pancras to Canterbury West, which is about a 20 minute walk from the Canterbury Campus.

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