this book’s framework and community grew in significant ways out of
a series of four special conference sessions that Brian and Michelle or ga nized
from 2010 to 2014: “Island Chains, Insularity, and the American Archipelago” for
the 2010 asa Convention; “Archipelagic American Discourses: Decontinental-
izing American Studies” for the 2012 mla Convention; “Archipelagic American
Studies” for the 2012 asa Convention; and a second session titled “Archipelagic
American Studies” for the 2014 asa Convention. Participation in other con-
ferences further expanded our thinking and set of interlocutors: “Archipelagic
Thinking: Redefining Ca ribbean Studies in Dialogue with Archipelago and Is-
land Studies” at the 2013 Ca ribbean Philosophical Association Conference; “The
Grave Wave Off the Shores: Pacific and Ca ribbean Island Ecologies and Imagi-
naries” at the 2014 asa Convention; and “Rethinking Postwar Anglophone Ca-
rib bean Lit er a ture” at the 34th West Indian Lit er a ture Conference at the Uni-
versity of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, in 2015. During these sessions, we found
a stellar set of interlocutors in our fellow participants, many of whom became
contributors to this volume, and all of whom have provocatively directed our
thinking along routes we might not have considered other wise: Keith Camacho,
Elizabeth DeLoughrey, Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, Beatriz Llenín Figueroa, Paul
Giles, Matthew Pratt Guterl, Susan K. Harris, Hsinya Huang, Allan Isaac, Iping
Joy Liang, Judith Madera, Yolanda Martínez- San Miguel, William J. Maxwell,
Sean Aaron Metzger, Ifeoma Kiddoe Nwankwo, Lizabeth Paravisini- Gebert,
Ramón E. Soto- Crespo, and Lanny Thompson.
At Brigham Young University the proj ect has benefited from Brian’s associa-
tion with two research groups and numerous colleagues. Early on, the American
Modernity Research Group workshopped a proj ect overview/proposal, where
we received valuable feedback from Frank Christianson, Jamin Rowan, Emron
Esplin, Jill Rudy, Jesse Crisler, Ed Cutler, and Stacey Margolis (who joined us from
the University of Utah). More recently, the Humanities Center’s Archipelagoes/
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