Papers from the Seventeenth Biennial Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Dutch American Studies (AADAS), Ancaster, Ontario, Canada, June 2009.
The theme “across borders” was chosen for this conference in part to reflect the literal passage across borders, which this meeting in Canada entailed for AADAS members from the United States. Yet “across borders” also embodied more figurative meanings, such as comparisons between generations, as well as the search for identity which meant replicating or replacing previous ideas and practices in a new setting or because of different circumstances. Separation also featured prominently in the theme of Christian institutions: churches, labor unions and other groups. The ringing attention to religion found in previous AADAS conferences resonated even deeper in this case. In other ways, the conference echoed and amplified topics from the past.
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