Panels and Program

Third International Graduate Conference:
“States of Emergency – Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Dynamics of Crisis”

June 11-12, 2010, at the John F. Kennedy Institute/Berlin


Friday, June 11


8:00 - 9:00

Registration and Coffee

Conference Opening by Ulla Haselstein (Director of the GSNAS) and the Conference Committee


9:00 - 11:00

Opening Address by Keynote Speaker
Linda B. Miller
(Wellesley College and Brown University)
"Revisiting the U.S. and the Middle East in Theory and Practice Since 9/11"
Introduction TBA


11:00 - 11:15

Coffee Break


11:15 - 12:45

Session 1


Panel I: Theorizing States of Exception

Chair: Ida Jahr (GSNAS)

Karin Loevy

NYU Law School, U.S.

An Introduction to the Question of

Normative Containment

Christina Mohr

Graduate Center for the Study of Culture, Giessen, Germany

The Cognitive Cultural Dynamics of Crisis:

Between Chaos and Premediation

Simon Schleusener

JFK Institute

Sovereignty at Sea: Power and Affect in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick



Panel II: Crisis and Representation

Chair: Frank Mehring (JFK Institute/Culture)

Sophia Frese


Literary Representations of the Middle East Conflict

Christoph Raetzsch


"All the News That's Fit to Circulate" - Reframing Journalistic Practices after Journalism




12:45 - 14:00

Lunch Break


14:00 - 15:30

Session 2

Panel III: Mediating 9/11

Chair: Bärbel Tischleder (JFK Institute/Literature)

Marcel Hartwig

TU Chemnitz, Germany

American Studies Dept.

Reel Representations of Cultural Traumata: Pearl Harbor and 9/11 as National States of Emergency

Sarah Wasserman

Princeton University, U.S.

English Dept.

No Place Like Home: 9/11 and the Crisis of Nostalgia



Panel IV: Perspectives on Genocide

Chair: Hanno Scheerer (JFK Institute/History)

Shashi Thandra

Wayne State University, U.S.

English Dept.

“The Same Bodies Everywhere”: Returning to Post-Genocide Rwanda in Murambi’s The Book of Bones

Edvins Snore

University of Latvia, Latvia

History Dept.

Attitudes towards Foreign Genocide in Times of Domestic Economic Crisis: Case Study of the U.S. Reaction to the Holodomor

Norbert Finzsch

University of Cologne, Germany

Anglo-American History Dept.

Genocide and Settler Imperialism in the United States and Australia



15:30 - 15:45

Coffee Break


15:45 - 17:15

Session 3


Panel V: Narratives and Counternarratives of Crisis

Chair: James Dorson (GSNAS)

Michał Różycki

University of Warsaw, Poland

Government Goons with Death Rays: The Depiction of Natural Disasters in Conspiracy Narratives

Michael Butter

Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies,

School of Language and Literature, Germany

The Crisis of Representation and the Representation of Crisis: American Conspiracy Theories from Salem to 9/11



Panel VI: Invisible Enemies

Chair: Thomas Greven (JFK Institute/Political Science)

Sonja Schillings


The Founding Myth of Somali Piracy. U.S. Constructions of Pirates and the

Question of Legitimate Violence

Jacob Parakilas

London School of Economics and Political Science, U.K.

Drugs and the New War: American Counter - Drug Policy and the Shape of Violence in Mexico

Mattia Toaldo

University of Rome III, Italy

International Studies Dept.

Attack and Withdrawal: The American Reaction to the Attack Against the Marines in Beirut and the Beginning of the War on Terror



17:15 - 18:00



18:00 - 20:00

Keynote Address by Hayden White (Stanford University)
“Crisis: A Deception”
Introduction by Ulla Haselstein (JFK Institute/Literature)


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Saturday, June 12


9:30 - 11:30

Keynote Address by Walter Benn Michaels (University of Illinois/Chicago)
"Homo Sacher-Masoch: Agamben's American Dream"
Introduction by Winfried Fluck (JFK Institute/Culture)


11:30 - 11:45

Coffee Break


11:45 - 13:15

Session 4


Panel VII: Precarious Others

Chair: Harald Wenzel (JFK Institute/Sociology)

Kathy-Ann Tan

University of Tübingen, Germany

American Studies Dept.

Sleeping Rough: Homelessness in a State of Exception

Katharina Motyl


The Trouble with Essentialism – The Arab and Muslim American Experience after 9/11

Catherine Lejeune

Université Paris Diderot

Paris 7, France

Borderland Encounters: Mexican Immigrants and Law Enforcement



Panel VIII: The New Wars

Chair: Andreas Etges (JFK Institute/History)

Caroline Varin

London School of Economics, U.K.

Department of International Relations

Niche Warfare: The Rebirth of Mercenaries in America’s New Wars

Jarema Drozdowicz

Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań, Poland

Human Terrain System and the Anthropology of Crisis



13:15 - 14:30

Lunch Break


14:30 - 16:00

Session 5


Panel IX: Masculinities

Chair: Michaela Hampf (JFK Institute/History)

Jan Kucharzewski

University of Hamburg, Germany

American Studies Dept.

“Only after Disaster Can We Be Resurrected” – Hollywood’s Recent Representations of Masculinities in Crisis

Nina Mackert/

Felix Krämer

Erfurt University, Germany/

University of Münster, Germany


Crisis as a Productive Signifier? Masculinity, Adolescence, and Hegemony

Robert Reid-Pharr

City University of New York (Graduate Center), U.S.

English Program

(un)Sexing/(de)Nationalizing Federico García Lorca



Panel X: Modes of Control

Chair: TBA

Beatrice de Graaf/

Coreline Boot/

Constant Hijzen

Leiden University, The Hague Campus (Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism), Netherlands

The Performative Power of Security Politics: The Construction of a Security State in Postwar Germany, the Netherlands and the U.S. (1945-1950)

Boris Vormann


Divide and Conquer – The Separation of Uses in post-9/11 North American Port Cities




Coffee Break


16:15 - 17:45

Session 6


Panel XI: Environment at Risk

Chair: Catrin Gersdorf (JFK Institute/Literature)

Karen Smith Stegen/

Patrick Gubry

Bremer Energie Institut, Germany

Climate Checkmate: The Energy Policies of the U.S. and China and the post-Copenhagen World

Ralph Stern

University of Manitoba, Canada

Faculty of Architecture


Las Vegas and the Dynamics of Crisis: Economic and Environmental Perspectives



Panel XII: Deconstructing Blackness

Chair: Elisabeth Engel (GSNAS)

Christopher Young

University of Freiburg, Germany

North American Studies Dept.

A Tiger in the White House, an Enemy in Your Own Backyard: Racialization and the Neoconservative Crisis

Jonathan Gaboury

Queen’s University, Canada

Diffuse Monomania in Martin Delany's Blake

Kim Singletary

Northwestern University, U.S.

Rhetoric and Public Culture Dept.

Opposing Blackness: Black American Women and Questions of Citizenship in the U.S. Media



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