The Graduate School of North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
Sparked by the compelling rhetoric in the U.S. presidential election campaign of 2008, this conference examines the concept of change within an interdisciplinary perspective. We invite inquiries into the different implications of "change." We ask to what extent and in what ways change appears as a recurring theme in North American history, culture, literature, politics, society, and economics.
Change brings with it a multitude of associations. We would like to discuss change in terms of both leaving something behind and entering a yet undefined future. Continuity and rupture, promise and threat, progress and stagnation, opportunity and crisis - these are various interpretations of change, an idea deeply engrained in the history of American society and culture. Change is thus a concept of transition and functions as a middle ground, a vantage point from which one looks both forward and backwards.
The guest-speakers at the conference will be:
Panels will address the following issues, among others:
The conference fee is €20.