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International Graduate Conference 2017

The Revolution Will Not Be Peer-Reviewed

American Disconnects and the Production of Knowledge

Graduate Conference at the Graduate School of North American Studies
John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität Berlin – May 5 and 6, 2017

The conference will be held at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Lansstr. 7- 9, 14195 Berlin-Dahlem (close to U3 station Dahlem-Dorf). All events will take place in Room 340 (top floor). Coffee will be provided during breaks. 

Friday, May 5

8.30 am Welcome and registration
9.00 am Opening remarks by Frank Kelleter (John F. Kennedy Institute)
9.30 am – 11.00 amRoom 340

The Politics of Academic Knowledge

Chair: Simon Strick, Freie Universität Berlin (Cultural Studies) 

Heleen Blommers
(Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam)
“Lyndon B. Johnson and the experts: How Academia shaped the War on Poverty”
Gonçalo Piolti Cholant
(Universidade de Coimbra)
“From Intersectionality to an Ecology of Knowledges”
Rahab Njeri
(Universität Trier)
“Reclaiming Black Spaces in German Academia”
11.00 am Break
11.30 am – 1.00 pmRoom 340

Poetics of Dis/Reconnection

Chair: Birte Wege, Freie Universität Berlin (Literature)

Johannes Kohrs
(Freie Universität Berlin)
The Black Radical in the Ivory Tower: Satire Satirized in Percival Everett’s Erasure
Riley Nisbet
(Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)
“Radical Code Switching and Immigrant Identity in Junot Diaz's 'The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao'”
Najoua Stambouli
(Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences, Sousse)
“Postmodern Poetics in Adrienne Rich’s 'Heroines': A Step toward Social Change”
1.00 pm Lunch break (meal not provided but several options nearby)
2.00 pm – 3.00 pmRoom 340

Trump and the Circumstances: The Making of a New Populism

Chair: Ilaria Scaglia, Freie Universität Berlin (History) 
Katharina Thalmann
(Universität Tübingen)
“Conspiracy Theory in the Age of Trump(ism)”
Simon Schleusener
(Universität Würzburg): 
“Political Disconnects: Donald Trump, the Cultural Left, and the Crisis of Neoliberalism”
3.00 pm Break
3.30 pm – 5.00 pmRoom 340

Disconnected: Questioning the Academic Production of Knowledge

Chair: Sebastian Jobs, Freie Universität Berlin (History)

Thorn Kray
(JLU Gießen)
“Unpractical, Inaccessible, Contentious, and Always Ready for Critique: Four Reasons Why the Humanities Are Disconnected From Civil Society”
Madita Oeming
(Universität Paderborn)
“Out of the Box – Lessons Learnt from Being a Porn Scholar”
Fabius Mayland
(Freie Universität Berlin)
“Attached You Find My Proposal”
5.00 pm Break
5.30 pm

Keynote: Larycia Hawkins (University of Virginia)
“Academic Freedom in the Iron Cage of the Ivory Tower”

Chair: Teresa de Lauretis (UC Santa Cruz/Freie Universität Berlin) 

After Dinner (free buffet provided by GSNAS, set up outside Room 340) 


Saturday, May 6

10.30 am Welcome and registration
11.00 am – 12.30 pmRoom 340

Performing Politics: Activism in Popular Culture

Chair: Martin Lüthe, Freie Universität Berlin (Cultural Studies)
Ewa Adamkiewicz
(Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz)
“Traditions of Black Dissent: Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar”
Teresa Teklic
(Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)
“The Stories We Tell: Cultural Activism in Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher’s Art Project Learning To Love You More”
Lee Flamand
(Freie Universität Berlin)
“Entertainment is the New Activism: The Impassioned Politics of Orange is the New Black
12.30 pm Lunch break (meal not provided but several options nearby)
1.30 pm – 3.00 pmRoom 340

America in Global Perspectives

Chair: Nadja Klopprogge, Freie Universität Berlin (History)
Karin Louise Hermes
(Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
“'We are not Americans!' – Indigenous Sovereignty in Hawai‘i in the Age of Trump”
Olga Korytowska
(Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw)
“American Studies and Gender Trouble: ‘Gender’ as a Foreign Ideology in Right-Wing Polish Discourse”

Muhammad Naseem Khan Achakzai
(University of Management and Technology, Lahore) 

“'Foreign' Perspectives on American Foreign Policy” [video contribution]

3.00 pm Break
15.30 pm – 4.30 pmRoom 340

Reconnecting: Movements in the University and Beyond

Chair: Markus Kienscherf, Freie Universität Berlin (Sociology)
Amanda Priebe
(Abolition Journal)
“Against and Beyond Academia: the Abolition Journal Project“
Michael C. Gilbert
(independent researcher): 
“The Third Sector Becomes Movement: Academia-in-Civil-Society at the Existential Abyss”
4.30 pm Break
5.00 pm “Media, New Authoritarianism, and the Trials of the Next Left”
A Roundtable Discussion with Chris Spannos (New Internationalist) and Jerome Roos (University of Cambridge/ROAR Magazine)
Dahlem Research School
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft