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International Graduate Conference 2023

Graduate School of North American Studies, John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität Berlin

We the People? Perspectives on Crises, Conflicts and Social Movements in North America and Beyond

16th International Graduate Conference, Lansstr. 7-9, 14195 Berlin, Thursday, 15 June, 10.00am-7.00pm,
Room 340 (2nd floor)

9.30am - Registration

10.00am - Opening Remarks

  • Max Steinhardt
    Professor of Economics, John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität Berlin; Director of the Graduate School of North American Studies

10.15am - Session 1

  • Hanne Nijtmans
    “We, The Paranoid People: The Legacy of the Paranoid Style in American Culture”
  • Simon Voss
    “Language Proficiency and Homeownership: Evidence from U.S. Immigrants”
  • Maxime McKenna
    “The Oil Embargo, Fifty Years Later: Fueling the Crisis of American Automobility”

11.45am - Lunch Break
Restaurant “Esskultur”
Museum Europäischer Kulturen (MEK), Arnimallee 25, 14195 Berlin

1.00pm - Session 2

  • Maria Wiegel
    “If you could swing it” – The Neoliberal Transformation of Black Lives in Colson Whitehead’s Harlem Shuffle (2022)”
  • Fleur Renkema
    “The system can still work sometimes when good people are involved:” The influence of the Black Lives Matter movement on representations of the US police in Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Salma Bouacha
    “The Migration of The Thousand and One Nights: Scheherazade and the Question of Female Authorship in John Barth’s “Dunyazadiad” and Güneli Gün’s On the Road to Baghdad”

2.30pm - Coffee Break

3.00pm - Session 3

  • Tim Lazaroff
    “Back to School (Maybe): Neoliberal Crisis Governance in COVID-19 School Reopenings”
  • Kristi Dehan-Schmidt
    “Dangerous Snowflakes? Realities of the (Post) Pandemic Campus; Protesting Students; and Challenging the Ivory Tower

4.30pm - Coffee Break

5.00pm - Keynote Speech

  • Eric P. Schwartz

    Professor of Public Affairs and former dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
    Former President, Refugees International
    Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, Migration
    Former UN Deputy Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery

    “Human Rights, Migration, and the U.S. Southern Border - A Practitioner’s View on Advocacy and Transformational versus Incremental Change”

6.00pm - Reception

Open to all! If you would like to attend, please send a message with your name and affiliation (if appropriate) to office@gsnas.fu-berlin.de, until Monday 12 June, 2023.

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