: the act of changing the direction or use of something : the act of diverting something
: something that people do because it is enjoyable, entertaining, or pleasant*
: something that takes attention away from what is happening
*DISCLAIMER: The primary use of “diversion” at The AD will emphasize the second entry above. While it is possible that blog entries might be a diversion of the first nature, and may take a tangential characteristic, it will never take away from “what is happening” – unless what is happening is boring and lame, and a diversion is necessary for the moment.
What is American Studies?
American Studies takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of American culture. In other words, an Americanist chooses to look at a variety of elements: literature, visual culture, popular trends, music, economics, history, politics, etc, to gain a broad understanding of American culture. We identify themes, patterns and trends, while continuing to recognize the essential diversity. This may seem like a daunting task, and it would be for anyone trying to place one identity or one characteristic to the entire nation. In reality, Americanists seek to find the threads (themes) that tie the nation together. The great thing about American Studies is that we are able to utilize cultural texts, symbols, performances, historical events, documents, landscapes, and artifacts as evidence in the problems we try to solve.
In this way, The Americanist Diversion cannot promise to continue one idea during the existence of the project, but will entertain an assortment of questions, problems, interests, and topics. Everything is on the table. Though, environmental humanities and the intersection of gender, race, and ethnicity is the speciality.