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Call for Papers, 12th Annual Student & Graduate Conference, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, November 7th-9th, 2013
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Amerikanistik, Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
American Wars: Material & Ideological Battlegrounds
“This nation is peaceful, but fierce when stirred to anger” (George W. Bush, National Day of Prayer and Re-membrance for the Victims Of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001 Washington National CathedralSeptember 14, 2001). The contradiction of the United States’ commitment to the values of freedom, justice
The history of the United States, in line with notions of Manifest Destiny and American Exceptionalism, hasdemonstrated that its proclaimed ‘peacefulness’ has been readily ‘stirred to anger’ by factors from within and without the nation, at the domestic and the foreign policy level. This history has not only been marked by military wars, but by social and cultural wars, such as racialization, the ‘war on women’ and ‘class wars’.
What is the rhetoric of American wars? How do the US deal with the contradiction of fighting a war against terror and for justice when standing up for a cause implies agency through conflictual positioning, often against (a) constructed ‘Other(s)’? The grounds of war are usually framed as ‘difference’, the main factor that produces enemies in the logics of American imperialism. How has the rhetoric of wars changed since claims that all men [sic!] are created equal and through the struggles to signal and eliminate American cultural inconsistencies set in motion by personalities such as W. E. B. Du Bois or Martin Luther King?
The 12th Annual Students and Graduate Conference seeks to explore the topic of American wars through an interdisciplinary approach, inviting students and researchers from various fields.
Possible paper subjects may include, but are not limited to:
• The US politics of bordering and separation - geographical, cultural, physical, etc., borders erected between
Please submit your paper proposals (max. 200 words) for a 20 minute presentation via email by August 31, 2013 to: ASGConference.Berlin@gmail.com.
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