Panels and Program

The Continuity of Change
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on North America

Conference of the Second Cohort of the Graduate School of North American Studies


10 – 11 July 2009
John F. Kennedy Institute
Freie Universität Berlin


Friday, 10 July 2009

9.00 – 10.30 

Official Opening

Welcome by Azadeh Ghahghaei (GSNAS)

Welcome by the Director of the Graduate School Winfried Fluck

Keynote Lecture by Paul S. Boyer(Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison)

"The End of the Cold War, 9/11, and Obama's Election: Patterns of Change and Continuity in Recent American History"

Comment: Andreas Etges (John F. Kennedy Institute, History)


Coffee Break


11.00 – 13.15

Panel 1 “Media Representations of Change”

Chair :Frank Mehring (John F. Kennedy Institute, Culture)

Wüst, Sarah(Ludwigsburg University of Education), “Always and Never the Same: American Remaking and the Re-negotiation of Cultural Narratives”

Schleusener, Simon(Freie Universität Berlin), “Processuality and Modern Culture: Can the Photographic Image Capture Change?”

Stieglitz, Olaf(University of Cologne), “Cinema of Change: Fantasies of New Leadership in Hollywood Movies of the Early Great Depression”




14.30 – 16.45

Panel 2 “Transformative Elements in Religion and Community”

Chair: Harald Wenzel (John F. Kennedy Institute, Sociology)

Nascimento, Amos(University of Washington, Tacoma), “Changing Practices of Community Change”

Jörgensen, Jenny(Freie Universität Berlin), “Evangelical Perspectives on Justice”

Wiegmann, Patricia(University of Erfurt), “‘Mr. Black Man, Watch Your Step! Ethiopia’s Queens Will Reign Again […]’: Amy Jacques Garvey’s Struggle to Change Continuities”



Coffee Break


17.30 – 19.00

Introduction: Kanishka Goonewardena (University of Toronto/John F. Kennedy Institute, Political Science)

Keynote Lecture by David Harvey(CUNY)

“Is This the Beginning of the Long Revolution?”

Comment: Hindeja Farah (GSNAS)






Saturday, 11 July 2009


9.00 – 11.00

Panel 3 “Political Rhetoric of Change”

Chair: Thomas Greven (John F. Kennedy Institute, Political Science)

Bashir, Hassan / Creel, Brady(Texas A&M University at Qatar), “The Anarchist and the Uncompromising Liberal: An Analysis of Candidates’ Rhetorical Strategies during the 2008 U.S. Presidential Campaign”

Neufeld, Mark(Trent University), “Canada’s Foreign Policy in the Age of Obama: Change if Necessary (but Not Necessarily Change)”

Weiten, Barbara(University of Passau), “Change and Political Discourse”


Coffee Break


11.30 – 13.30

Panel 4 “Shifting Perspectives on Race and Immigration”

Chair: Susanne Hamscha (GSNAS)

Singletary, Kimberly(Northwestern University), “Redefining Normal: Shifts in Visual Campaigns for Race Equality”

Gerken, Christina (Indiana University, South Bend), “‘One Nation under Threat’: Changing Attitudes towards Immigration”

Vrzina, Anita(Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich), “Change as a Source of Crisis in Toni Morrison’s Paradise




14.30 – 16.00

Panel 5 “(Dis)continous Images of the Nation”

Chair: Winfried Fluck (John F. Kennedy Institute, Culture)

Petersen, Felix / Särkelä, Arvi-Antti(Goethe University Frankfurt/Main), “From Tocqueville to Dewey to Obama? On the Continuity and Discontinuity of the American Democratic Spirit”

Bergthaller, Hannes(National Taipei University of Technology), “Coming of Age, Once More: Americanism, Cosmopolitanism, and the Allegories of National Maturity”


Coffee Break


16.30 – 18.00

Panel 6 “Literary Negotiations of Change”

Chair: Andrew Gross (John F. Kennedy Institute, Literature)

Mokrani, Selma(University of Annaba), “Inflections of the ’National Symbolic’ in Henry James’s The American Scene

O'Neill, Kevin(Goldsmiths College, University of London), “Hold Still! How McSweeney’sCreates a Stable Identity Through Constant Experimentation”


Coffee Break



Concluding Panel Discussion

Paul S. Boyer (Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison), David Harvey (CUNY), Ursula Lehmkuhl (First Vice President, FU Berlin), Winfried Fluck (John F. Kennedy Institute, Culture)

Chair: Sophia Frese (GSNAS)




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