Call for Papers: "Transatlantic Cooperation" - Student Workshop


Workshop Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 / 10a.m. - 6p.m.


Recent developments in international politics have created an environment in which the transatlantic partnership seems increasingly unstable. This development calls for closer examination. A promising strategy to approach the topic is to shed light on the ways in which cooperation across the Atlantic has functioned. Do cooperative frameworks continue to operate as before? Have the circumstances changed to the extent that their foundation is eroding? Can this partnership be analyzed and understood in purely political terms?

We wish to approach the topic from a holistic perspective that may help to illustrate the makeup of a relationship that has been built on the political, economic, historical and cultural plain. The aim of the conference is to examine the various channels that enable, and have enabled, collaborations across the Atlantic even in times of crisis – or especially then.

Speaking to the interdisciplinary character of American Studies, this student conference invites MA and advanced BA students from across Bavaria to present their work on transatlantic cooperation. Both, finished projects and works in progress are welcome. We hope to have a conversation on different types of collaborations across the Atlantic – throughout history, on different levels and through a variety of channels. The goal is to involve fellow students in a dialogue in our day-long conference in Munich. We will be welcomed at the Amerikahaus by the Bavarian American Academy (BAA). The event is hosted by the LMU Amerika Institute and kindly funded by the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universtät through the Lehre@LMU program. We are looking forward to contributions on transatlantic cooperation in a short paper presentation.

Topics of discussion may include, but are not limited to:
• (Pre-) colonial settlements and their ties to Europe
• Transatlantic dimensions of cultural production in the arts, music and more
• Environmental challenges
• Transatlantic official and backchannel diplomacy
• Transatlantic activism and forums of engagement
• Migration
• Actors in transatlantic governmental and non-governmental frameworks

Papers may investigate the following question:
What are the ties that bind groups across the Atlantic in a centuries-old tradition and what does the current climate mean in that context?

Apply with short (approx. 300 words) abstracts of papers for 15-minute presentations along with a one-paragraph bio statement.

Please submit your contribution by January 30, 2019 to student.conference.transatlantic@gmail.com
Participants will be notified by February 5, 2019.

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Organizer: Amerika Institute, LMU Munich - supported by Lehre@LMU and the Bavarian American Academy.