Conference Schedule

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Monday, April 28, 2014, John F. Kennedy Institute, Berlin

15.00 Registration, Tea and Coffee

16.00-17.00 Introduction and Keynote Speech Room 340

Jessica Gienow-Hecht, Freie Universität Berlin;
Chair: Irwin Collier, Freie Universität Berlin

17.30-19.30 First Session

Panel 1: Now What? The Search for a Framework of Cultural Relations and U.S. Public Diplomacy Room 340

Chair: Giles Scott-Smith, Leiden University

Nation Branding before Nation Branding? Reputation and Image at the International Maritime Exposition of 1907 Michael Louis Krenn, Appalachian State University

The Limits of Nation Branding: U.S. Public Diplomacy and the Perils of Image Management Justin Hart, Texas Tech University

Staging American Values: The Foreign Relations of the United States Series as Representational Vehicle William McAllister, Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State

19.30 Dinner

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, John F. Kennedy Institute, Berlin

8.00-9.00 Breakfast

9.00-11.00 Second Session

Panel 2: Political Theatricality Before 1815 Room 201

Chair: Tilman Pietz, Freie Universität Berlin

The Theatre of Negotiations at the Congress of Rijswijk, 1697 Rebekah Ahrendt, Yale University

Ceremonial between Staged Sovereignty and the Performance of Aristocratic Values: The Evolution of Diplomatic Protocol, 1650-1750 Niels Fabian May, University Paris-Sorbonne

Harmony on the World Stage: Metternich's Designs for Diplomatic Entertainments Damien Mahiet, Denison University

Panel 3: NGOs on the International Stage  Room 305

Chair: Michael Louis Krenn, Appalachian State University

State Self-Representation: At the Crossroads of States’ and NGOs’ Interests Aurélie Élisa Gfeller, Swiss National Science Foundation
The Performance of Revolution: The "World Council of Churches" and Its Struggle against the Loss of Importance of Religion Hedwig Richter, Universität Greifswald

11.30-13.30 Third Session

Panel 4: Staging the French Struggle for Cultural Supremacy   Room 201

Chair: William McAllister, Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State

Cultural and Political Power: French and American Higher Education Diplomacy in the Middle East from the 1860s Rasmus Bertelsen, Aalborg University

Reflections on the Political History of French Cultural Exceptionalism David Ellwood, Johns Hopkins Bologna Center

Panel 5: Staging National Interest  Room 305

Chair: Laura Belmonte, Oklahoma State University

“A Parade of Nations”: The Asian-African Conference in Bandung 1955 as Cultural History Jürgen Dinkel, Justus-Liebig-Universität, Gießen

World Stage, Domestic Audience: The United Nations Security Council and Henry C. Lodge's Battle for the 1960 Republican Vice-Presidential Nomination Tilman Pietz, Freie Universität Berlin

“The Deng Show“: Making Sino-American Normalization Palatable Marcel Will, Universität zu Köln

Panel 6: Branding in South America  Room 319

Chair: Christian Lammert,Freie Universität Berlin

The World’s Concert Hall: Cultural Diplomacy and European Emigres in Buenos Aires during the Second World War Andrea Orzoff, New Mexcio State University

Suriname: The Branding of a Young Nation in South America Rosemarijn Hoefte, KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, Leiden

Cultural Diplomacy and Nation Branding in Redemocratized Chile: Agents, Strategies and International Tendencies Judith Gelke, Universität Rostock

13.30-14.30 Lunch

14.30-16.30 Fourth Session

Panel 7: Performing Empire  Room 201

Chair: Fabian Hilfrich, University of Edinburgh

Performing the Conquest of Africa: Theatricality in the German Emin Pasha and Bushiri War Expeditions, 1889-1891 Matthew Unangst, Temple University

A Welcome to the “Hero of Manila”: New York’s Victory Parades for Admiral George Dewey in 1899  Sebastian Jobs, Freie Universität Berlin

Enacting and Writing the Encounter: Performing British Diplomacy in Afghanistan (c. 1922-1941) Maximilian Drephal, Loughborough University

Panel 8: Dance in International Relations  Room 305

Chair: Yoko Kawamura, Seikei University, Tokyo

"Counteracting Foreign Propagandas": Ballet Tours as Cultural Diplomatic Tool in the 20th Century, France and Great Britain Stéphanie Gonçalves, Université Libre de Bruxelles

Japan’s Cultural Diplomacy in Western Europe through Dance during the 1930s Kazumi Kuwahara, Shujitsu University

Panel 9: The International Performance of Statehood  Room 319

Chair: Rosemarijn Hoefte, KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, Leiden

Performing Justice: America’s Liberal-democratic Justice System Facing International Criticism during the Angela Davis Trial 1971 Kristina Kütt, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Performing Sovereignty: The British State and the Hunger Strike in Northern Ireland in the Context of International Criticism 1981 Andreas Spreier,

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Performing Dissent: The Controversies over Nuclear Weapons and the East-West Antagonism in West Germany Jan Hansen, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

16.30-20.30 Guided Tour at the Berlin Wall Memorial and Dinner

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014, John F. Kennedy Institute, Berlin

8.00-9.00 Breakfast

9.00-11.00 Fifth Session

Panel 10: Culture and Internationalism on Display  Room 305

Chair: Frank Kelleter, Freie Universität Berlin

Exhibiting Internationalism? The League of Nations at New York’s World Fair 1939/40 Frank Beyersdorf, Universität Mannheim

The Aesthetics of Internationalism: Art and Politics on Display at the 1935-1936 International Exhibition of Chinese Art Ilaria Scaglia, Columbus State University

From Diamonds to Samosas: The Professionalization, Democratization and Expansion of the Parsi Theatre Rashna Darius Nicholson, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Panel 11: German Civil Society and Cultural Diplomacy  Room 319

Chair: Gertrud Pickhan, Freie Universität Berlin

Jazz and the Black Other in German Culture Paul J. Edwards, Boston University

Citizen Propaganda: The Last Years of East Germany Alison Furlong, Ohio State University

Establishing a German Cultural Institute in Tokyo Yoko Kawamura, Seikei University, Tokyo

Panel 12: Performing Gender: On Earth and in Space  Room 340

Chair: Michaela Hampf, Freie Universität Berlin

U.S. Propaganda and Gender Equality, 1945-1990 Laura Belmonte, Oklahoma State University

Blasting Women’s Equality into Outer Space: Valentina Tereshkova and the Crisis of Masculinity at NASA Petra Goedde, Temple University

The United States’ Portrayal of Women in the Field of Manned Space Travel during the Cold War Karin Hagen, Jacobs University Bremen

11.30-13.30 Sixth Session

Panel 13: Selling a State’s Culture: Marketing and Commerce in International Relations  Room 305

Chair: Irwin Collier, Freie Universität Berlin

Promoting National Products as Nation Branding? The Cases of Austria and Switzerland, 1915-2000 Oliver Kühschelm, University of Vienna

The Dictator and His Artist: Salvador Dalí's Support in Branding Francoist Spain on the European Stage Carolin Viktorin, Universität zu KölnThe

Commercial Anthropology of Postcolonialism: Swedish Businesses and the Commerce of Culture in the Third World in the 1950s and 1960s Nikolas Glover, Uppsala Universitet

Panel 14: New Insights in the Study of U.S. Cultural and Public Diplomacy  Room 319

Chair: Ulla Haselstein, Freie Universität Berlin

Leonard Bernstein, the New York Philharmonic, and the Cold War Jonathan Rosenberg, Hunter College

Performance and Identity: The Anti-war Movement Abroad Fabian Hilfrich, University of Edinburgh

U.S. Public Diplomacy: A Theoretical Treatise Foad Izadi, University of Tehran

Panel 15: Branding Contemporary European Identities  Room 340

Chair: David Ellwood, Johns Hopkins Bologna Center

Sovereignty without Theatricality: The Performative Deficit of the European Union Klaas Tindemans, RITS School of Arts, Brussels

Branding and Public Diplomacy as Tools Accompanying “Coming back to Europe” Beata Ociepka, University of Wroclaw

Beyond the Edelweiss: Austrian Image in the United States Hannes Richter, Austrian Press and Information Service, Embassy of Austria, Washington, DC

13.30-15.00 Final Discussion: Reports of the Chairs and Lunch  Room 340