Schedule

Wednesday, May 22 | Thursday, May 23 | Friday, May 24

Wednesday, May 22

12:30PM

Registration

1:30PM

Opening Address

2:15PM

The Life and Death of Theory

Chair: Dominique Haensell (Freie Universität Berlin)

Silvia Ammary (John Cabot University)
The Aesthetics of Ambiguity in the Modernist American Novel

Sonja Pyykkö (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
“Hybridity” and Generic Ambiguity in Contemporary American Life Writing

Vedran Catovic (University of Michigan)
Radical Relativism and Relative Radicalism in the US Humanities

3:45PM

Coffee Break

4:15PM

Representation and Race from the Harlem Renaissance to #BlackLivesMatter

Birte Wege (Freie Universität Berlin)

Anne Urbanowski (Université de Tours)
Fur Coats and Cadillacs: The Disambiguation of the Black Middle Class in James VanDerZee’s Photographs

Meili Steele (University of South Carolina)
Ambiguities of Race and Normativity: Ta Nehisi Coates’s Challenge to Barack Obama and the Brown v. Board of Education Paradigm

Sabine Elisabeth Aretz (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn)
“We Are Expansive”: The Rhetoric and Aesthetic of Ambiguity in the #BlackLivesMatter Movement

5:45PM

Coffee Break

6:15PM

Keynote

Andrew Hartman (Illinois State University/Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library)
A War for the Soul of America: A History of the Culture Wars

8PM

Buffet

Thursday, May 23

09:30AM

Snacks & Coffee

10:15AM

Keynote

Laura M. Stevens (University of Tulsa)

11:45AM

Coffee Break

12:15PM

Flickering Enlightenment: Ambiguity in Early America

Chair: Cameron Seglias (Freie Universität Berlin)

Nicole Hirschfelder (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen)
Great (Un)Equalizers? A Re-Consideration of Early American Quakerism

Lee Flamand (Freie Universität Berlin)
Dark Enlightenment? Charles Brockden Brown’s Gothic Novels and the Riotous Young Republic

Christine Marie Koch (Universität Paderborn)
“He can take everything away from me, but he can’t take my heritage!” Ambiguous Representations of Colonial Georgia, Identity Constructs, and Exclusion through Memory Politics

1:30PM

Coffee Break

2:15PM

Reassessing Liberalism in the American Century

Chair: Maximilian Klose (Freie Universität Berlin)

Ben Zdencanovic (Yale University)
“It Would Be a Strange Paradox”: US Global Economic Power, the End of New Deal Reform, and the Birth of the British Welfare State, 1944-1951

Heleen Bloomers (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Changing the Narrative: Assessing Legacy-Writing on the War on Poverty

Salvador Santino F. Regilme Jr. (Universiteit Leiden)
Human Rights in Distress Amidst American Decline and Trumpism

3:45PM

Coffee Break

4:15PM

Negotiating Space in the Country and the City

Sönke Kunkel (Freie Universität Berlin

Eugénie Clément (EHESS)
Protecting the Territory: Practices, Ontologies, and Dialectics of Diné Resistances

Laura Kettel (Freie Universität Berlin)
Freedom and Constraint: The Ambiguities of Public Space

Laura op de Beke (Universiteit Leiden)
Ecoambiguity in Walden, a Game, and Other Environmental Video Games

5:45PM

Coffee Break

6:15PM

Keynote

Jared Farmer (Stony Brook University)
"Tree-rings and Empire in the Late Holocene"

Friday, May 24

09:30AM

Snacks & Coffee

10:15AM

Keynote

Anne Driscoll (Brandeis University/National University of Ireland, Galway)
The Ambiguities of Losing Innocence and Finding Justice in the Age of the Internet

11:45AM

Coffee Break

12:15PM

Not Just Fun and Games: Popular Culture and the American Self-Image

Chair: Annelot Prins (Freie Universität Berlin)

Meike Robaard (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
What’s in a Game? Playful Puzzling Histories and the Cultural Symbolism of Monopoly, 1900-1950

Gizem Tellioğlu (İstanbul Üniversitesi)
The Ambiguity in Social Roles of Women in 1950s American Advertisements

Ilias Ben-Mna (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Post-Imperial Ambiguities in Hollywood Superhero Movies

This schedule is subject to change.