New Perspectives on Transatlantic Relations: Multidisciplinary Approaches
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19th international annual conference of the Bavarian American Academy (BAA)
Talk about the crisis of liberal democracy, the decline of the West, and the end of transatlantic relations as we knew them is ubiquitous these days. It is largely triggered by the election of Donald Trump to the office of U.S. President and the tumultuous turmoil European-American relations were thrust into by it.
A closer look, however, reveals that the much quoted „Atlantic Drift“ set in shortly after the end of the Cold War already, that the history of European-American relations during the Cold War was one of conflict and confrontation just as much as it was one of cooperation and unity, and that the further back in history one goes, the more ambivalent and contradictory European-American relations appear.
Taking the complexity, multi-dimensionality, and ambivalence of European-American relations throughout the ages as points of departure, and pursuing a historical perspective encompassing the early modern and modern periods, the Annual Conference of the Bavarian American Academy seeks to critically re-assess the topics, dimensions, processes, and problems of transatlantic relations from a multi-disciplinary angle. It will thematize the political, economic, and cultural dimensions of European-American relations from the seventeenth century to today, and reflect them in categories cooperation and conflict, convergence and divergence. Its overall scholarly aim is to arrive at a deeper and fuller understanding not only of transatlantic relations as such but also of the situation we are currently acting in.
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Organizer: Bavarian American Academy
Generously supported by Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism, Stiftung Melior, Lasky Center for Transatlantic Studies and Hofbräu München.
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