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International Graduate Conference 2015

Alliances: Un/Common Causes and the Politics of Participation

Keynote lectures will be held by

  • José David Saldívar (Literature, Stanford University),
  • Wil Verhoeven (Culture, University of Groningen), and
  • Andrei Markovits (Sociology, University of Michigan Ann Arbor).

The conference will be concluded with closing remarks delivered by Aliyyah Abdur-Rahman (Brandeis University / FU Berlin).


We encourage you to register as early as possible. In order to do so, please send an email to alliances@gsnas.fu-berlin.de stating your full name, contact information and institutional affiliation.

Unfortunately, the Graduate School of North American Studies cannot provide any grants to cover your participation fee and travel expenses.

If you have any questions concerning the registration process, please contact us at alliances@gsnas.fu-berlin.de.

Panel Structure and Conference Program

Thursday 7th May 
3.30 pm Registration
4.00 pm Opening Address by Ulla Haselstein (Director of the GSNAS, Freie Universität Berlin)
4.30 pm Coffee Break
Thursday 7th May, 4.45 pmPanel I

The State(s) and its Others: Institutions and the Politics of Representation

Panel Chair: Jasper Verlinden (Freie Universität Berlin)

Alexia Schemien
(University of Duisburg-Essen)
Of Librotraficantes and MAS Races: Alliance Building in the Aftermath of Arizona’s Book Ban
Jiann-Chyng Tu
(Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)
An Alliance with the “other America”: East German Solidarity with the African American Civil  Rights Struggle 
5.45 pm Coffee Break 
6.00 pm Keynote Address: José David Saldívar (Stanford University)



Friday 8th May 
9.30 am Registration
10.00 am Keynote Address: Wil Verhoeven (University of Groningen)
11.00 am Coffee Break
Friday 8th May, 11.15 amPanel II

The Limits of Subversion: Cooperation and Cooptation in the Neoliberal Age

Panel Chair: Mathias Großklaus (Freie Universität Berlin)

Blair Taylor
(New School of Social Research)
Social Movements and the New Spirit of Capitalism: The Strange Bedfellows of Neoanarchism and Neoliberalism
Funda Çoban
(Aksaray University)
Electronic Faces of Counter-Public Spaces
Cord-Heinrich Plinke
(Freie Universität Berlin)
Equality–But for Whom?
12.45 pm Lunch Break 
Friday 8th May, 2.00 pmPanel III & IV

Mobilizing Across Borders: Transnational Alliances

Panel Chair: Aliyyah Abdur-Rahman (Brandeis University / Freie Universität Berlin)

Denijal Jegić
(Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz)
#FromFergusonToGaza - The (Re)Emergence of Afro-Arab Solidarity through Social Media
Maurits Meijers
(Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies)
Transnational Far Right Alliances: The Case of Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party
Imke Brust
(Haverford College)
Alliances Beyond Borders: Transnational Activists
David Jünger
(ZJS – Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg)
Legacies of an (Un)common Past: German-Jewish Refugees and the Civil Rights Movement in Postwar America
4.00 pm Coffee Break
Friday 8th May, 4.30 pmPanel V

Stories of Change: Narrating Movements, Moving Narratives

Panel Chair: Simon Schleusener (Freie Universität  Berlin) 

Talel Ben Jemia
(Freie Universität Berlin)
It Gets Better (?!) - Cross-generational Alliances in the LGBTQ-Community
Carmen Séra
(University of Vienna)
Participation and Cultural Production Regarding Responses to Well-Known clandestine Alliances
5.45 pm Coffee Break
6.00 pm Keynote Address: Andrei S. Markovits (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
7.00 pm Reception



Saturday 9th May, 9.30 amPanel VI

Getting Together: The Aesthetics of Collaboration 

Panel Chair: Birte Wege (Freie Universität Berlin)

Sonja Longolius
(Freie Universität Berlin)
Double Game: Paul Auster’s and Sophie Calle’s Authorial Collaboration
Rieke Jordan
(Freie Universität Berlin)
Imagined Alliances and Fandom in Beck Hansen's Song Reader
Katharina Metz
(Freie Universität Berlin)
Knitting Together: Woman Reform in the Late 19th Century
11.00 am Coffee Break 
Saturday 9th May, 11.30 amPanel VII

Whose City? Claiming Space in the (Sub-)Urban Environment

Panel Chair:  Marius Dahmen (Freie Universität Berlin)

Dennis Büscher-Ulbrich
(University of Kiel)
The Right to New York City? Democratic Politics and the Trouble with La Police
Jeremy Williams
(Freie Universität Berlin)
Revolt from the Suburbs: Populist Conservative Coalitions in North American Cities
Simone Knewitz  
(University of Bonn)
"Nobody’s Home Is Safe": Eminent Domain and the Cultural Work of the Property Rights Movement
1.00 pm Closing Remarks: Aliyyah Abdur-Rahman (Brandeis University / Freie Universität Berlin) 
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