The Arthur Miller Centre for American Studies is an initiative designed to further interest in the study of the United States, to promote major new research projects and to facilitate the movement of people between Britain and America.
Based in the School of American Studies at the University of East Anglia in Norwich we seek to establish and maintain international networks of contacts in Europe and North America.
The Arthur Miller Centre has published books (Writers in Conversation, 2 volumes; America Embattled: The Militia Movement); with Methuen Books Arthur Miller and Company and Arthur Miller Remembered) and a CD ROM on Arthur Miller's The Crucible. It sponsors conferences ("Classes and Class Struggle in the Early Modern Atlantic World," "In Our Time: Godfrey Hodgson and America," "1968," "Race, Memory and Reclamation.")
Within the University, the Miller Centre offers travel scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students. Beyond the University, it sponsors an annual £500 prize for the best journal length article on any aspect of the United States published by a member of the British Association for American Studies. As a member of the American Studies Network, of which it was a founder member, it is involved in the biennial award of 1000 Euros to the best book on any aspect of the United States by a member of the European Association for American Studies.
Each Autumn, the Miller Centre holds an International Literary Festival. The list of writers includes Arthur Miller, Norman Mailer, Kurt Vonnegut, Joseph Heller, Richard Ford, Toni Morrison, Jane Smiley, William Styron, William Gibson, Frank McCourt, Susan Sontag, Gore Vidal, Elmore Leonard, Jonathan Franzen, Grace Paley, Bill Bryson, John Ashbery, E. L. Doctorow, T. Caragheson Boyle, Donna Tartt, Jay McInerney, David Guterson, Amy Tan (with Canadians Margaret Atwood, Jane Urquhart, Mordecai Richler, Michael Ondaatje and Australians Peter Carey, Les Patterson, Thomas Keneally).
Writers who were hosted by the Arthur Miller Centre in the Autumn 2009 International literary festival included AS Byatt, Carol Ann Duffy, Richard Eyre, Richard Flanagan, Javier Marias, Alexander McCall Smith, Colm Toibin and Shirley Williams.