KEYNOTES, PANELS & SPEAKERS

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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS FOR 2018 MLE CONFERENCE

Amy Kaplan (University of Pennsylvania)
Amy Kaplan is working in the interdisciplinary field of American studies, her scholarship and teaching focusing on the culture of imperialism, comparative perspectives on the Americas, prison writing, the American novel, and mourning, memory and war. A past president of the American Studies Association, Kaplan received her Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University, with a specialty in late-nineteenth-century American literature. Her first book was The Social Construction of American Realism (U Chicago P, 1988). She co-edited, with Donald Pease, Cultures of U. S. Imperialism (Duke, 1993). In her book The Anarchy of Empire in the Making of U.S. Culture (Harvard UP 2002) Kaplan shows how imperial expansion abroad—from the US-Mexico War of 1848 to the First World War—profoundly shaped key elements of American culture at home. She has received an NEH Fellowship and the Norman Forster prize for the best essay in American Literature in 1998 for “Manifest Domesticity.” A wide-ranging critic of contemporary American culture and policy, Kaplan has published essays on the place of Guantanamo Bay in American history, the discourse of “homeland security” in response to 9/11, analogies between the American and Roman Empires, academic life in Palestine in the Chronicle of Higher Ed, as well as articles on Mark Twain and Herman Melville. She is currently writing a cultural history of American representations of Israel.

Alan Taylor (University of Virginia)
Alan Taylor was born in Portland, Maine on June 17, 1955, Alan Taylor attended Colby College, graduating in 1977. After serving as a researcher for historic preservation in the United States Virgin Islands (1977-79), he pursued graduate study at Brandeis University, receiving his Ph.D in American History in 1986. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Early American History and Culture (Williamsburg, Virginia), he taught in the history department at Boston University from 1987 to 1994. From 1994 to 2014 he was a professor at the University of California at Davis, since 2014 he has held the Thomas Jefferson Chair in American History at the University of Virginia. In 2002 he won the University of California at Davis Award for Teaching and Scholarly Achievement and the Phi Beta Kappa, Northern California Association, Teaching Excellence Award. In 2016 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. As an awarded author of numerous books he has, for example, won the Pulitzer Prize for American History twice, for both The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 (New York: W. W. Norton Co., 2013) and for William Cooper’s Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early Republic (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996).

Grame Wynn (University of British Columbia)
Graeme Wynn (PhD) is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia and an author of several monographs and edited volumes. He is the general editor of Nature/History/Society book series for UBS Press and editor of BC Studies and a former co-editor of Journal of Historical Geography. Professor Wynn is also fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and received Massey Medal of Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 2012. His publications include Timber Colony: A Historical Geography of Early Nineteenth-Century New Brunswick (1980); Canada and Arctic North America: An Environmental History (2006), and Home Truths: Highlights from BC History with Richard Mackie (2012).

 

PANELS

PANEL: “The Fierce Urgency of Now”: The Long Civil Rights Movement in Popular Memory and Public History

by Francoise Hamlin (Brown University), Patrick Miller (Northeastern Illinois University);  & Elliott Gorn (Loyola University)

This session embraces diverse perspectives on how the past informs the present.  Instructively, the title quote is attributed to Martin Luther King, Jr. during the classic years of the Civil Rights Movement, but that phrase was taken up on several occasions fully fifty years later by Barack Obama in presidential laments and eulogies. Our respective projects speak to the significance of ‘civic remembering’: specifically the politics linking popular memory and public history. The papers of the panel are: Gorn: “Forgetting Emmett. Then Remembering Him”; Hamlin: “Remembering Anne Moody and Coming of Age in Mississippi”; and Miller: “From Charleston to Charlottesville: Race and the Politics of Popular Memory.”

 

PANEL: Fascism Comes to the US: Three Fictional Renderings of the Rise of American Nazism

by Bent Sørensen (Aalborg University); Howard Sklar (University of Helsinki); & Bo Pettersson (University of Helsinki)

The questions of “what-if” and “what-might-have-been” hold particular fascination for people in all places and times. This is perhaps especially true in connection with periods of tremendous danger and trauma, as occurred during the 1930s and 1940s, when German Nazism gained ascendance. What if Hitler had won? What if the Nazi ideology had found a stronger foothold in the United States?

This panel explores these questions through the prism of three fictional alternative “histories,” by Sinclair Lewis, Philip K. Dick, and Philip Roth, respectively. Each of these novels, despite their reassuring status as “fictions,” hew close enough to historical and/or autobiographical truth to lend the works the semblance of plausibility. In this sense, they serve as vehicles for commenting on nationalism, ideology, race, religion, and other significant issues. Equally importantly, as each presenter will demonstrate, they provide a prescient commentary on the divisive and volatile political and social climate of present-day America.

 

PANEL: Mutatis Mutandis?: Honor Culture in the Mid-Nineteenth Century South

by Anne Koivusalo (University of Helsinki); Lawrence T. McDonnell (Iowa State University); & Sarah E. Gardner (Mercer University)

This panel explores honor’s contours in the American South during the mid-nineteenth century. Anna Koivusalo examines a duel that never took place, noting the ways in which fluency in the language of honor could stave off physical violence while simultaneously safeguarding the eloquent wordsmith’s reputation. Lawrence McDonnell then turns to competing status systems ascendant at mid-century that threatened to pervert – if not overturn – honor’s code of ethics. Sarah Gardner concludes the panel by examining the ways in which the Civil War’s carnage, contingencies, and destruction undercut Confederates’ faith in honor to stabilize and order a society destroyed.

 

PANEL: The United States and Finland: Managing Identities and Membership in Racially Complex Societies

by Paul Spickard; Rana Razek; & Jasmine Kelekay (University of California, Santa Barbara)

The United States has long been known as a racially complex society, with large percentages of its population coming from every continent and country around the world.  Indeed, many would argue that the management of racial and ethnic relationships has been the most consistent social and political issue throughout all of United States history.  Throughout American history, full membership in society has been powerfully impacted by race.  Since a person’s life chances were determined to such a great extent by race, Americans have been at great pains to parse out just what should be the social position of people who possess multiple racial ancestries.  That parsing has changed several times over US history, most dramatically in the most recent generation.

Finland, by contrast, has long thought of itself as homogeneous.  There were ethnic minorities in Finnish society, to be sure: Sami in the north, a Swedish-speaking population in the southwest, plus some connections with Russia and the other Baltic states.  But Finland has until recent decades been able to conceive of itself as a monoethnic state.  A title like “True Finn” has both an association with an assumed set of Finnish values and a clear ethnic connotation.  By comparison, “True American” might have a slight racial tinge but it speaks mainly to an assertion of a particular set of values.

In recent decades, Finland has become much less monoethnic.  Migrants have come from other parts of Europe, from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and elsewhere in large enough numbers to have a substantial impact on the popular consciousness.  Many have children born as Finnish citizens, but who do not perhaps experience full social membership in Finnish society.  More than a few have made families with ethnic Finns, adding a dimension of racial complexity to their identities.  So parts of the experience that the United States has had for centuries are now coming to Finland.

The papers in this session offer perspectives on these issues.  Two of them talk about issues such as racial identity, racial multiplicity, racial positioning, and indeed racial change in the United States.  One brings this mode of analysis to Finnish society, and examines racial identity, multiplicity, and belonging in multiracial Finland, specifically as a reflection of themes and issues generated in the American context.

 

PANEL: Presidential Politics, Clashing Ideologies, and the Future of the Two-Party System in the United States

by James Henson (University of Texas); Jeanine E. Kraybill (California State University); Jerry Pubantz (University of North Carolina); & chaired by John Moore (California State Polytechnic University)

The late eminent political scientist Austin Ranney once entitled an article “Political Parties and Article VIII of the Constitution.” Of course, there is no Article VIII in the US Constitution. Ranney, however, argued that the two-party system was essential to make the Constitution’s adversatively balanced arrangement work. For him, provision for two parties was equivalent to a necessary additional Article to the founding document. Yet recently, some scholars have noted that presidential campaigns—and now a presidency—have increasingly been “candidate-centered,” not “party-centered.” Have prevailing politics made Ranney’s insistence an inadequate premise for our time? What is the future of the U.S. two party system? This panel, bringing together a diverse group of scholars, will probe these and related questions. In the event, the panel should dovetail harmoniously with the overall theme of the 17th Maple Leaf & Eagle Conference: “Ideas, Ideals, and Ideologies.”

 

PANEL: Cold War Neighbors: North American Ideals and Visions of the Soviet Menace

by Lauren Turek (Trinity University, TX); Susan Colbourn (University of Toronto); &  Simon Miles (Duke University)

During the Cold War, the United States and Canada worked together to promote a global order conducive to their shared ideals of peace, order, and liberty. Collaborative efforts to confront Soviet communism and decrease Cold War tensions emerged both at the grassroots level through cross-border citizen activism and at the highest diplomatic levels through cooperative state relations. Despite the significance of this relationship, these joint efforts remain underexplored in the scholarly literature. This panel will consider several key moments of Cold War collaboration between the United States and Canada (or U.S. and Canadian citizens) in order to explain how core national values, ideologies, and visions for the future influenced international politics. Turek will examine Christian human rights activism targeting Soviet religious persecution during the 1970s as part of a larger effort to compel Soviet compliance with international norms. Colbourn will explore how Canadian and U.S. citizens worked to reduce tensions between the superpowers and thus reduce the threat of nuclear war in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Miles will discuss U.S. and Canadian efforts to improve relations between the superpowers during the Reagan administration.

 

PANEL: Peace With Honor? Nation-Building and Human Rights in the Twilight of American Empire

by Sheyda Jahanbani (University of Kansas); Sarah B. Snyder (American University); Vanessa Walker (Amherst College), and Chair Elliott Gorn (Loyola University Chicago)

Over the past decade, scholars of US foreign relations have directed new attention to the size and scope of the US’s “soft power” arsenal in the years after World War II. Seeking to engage more fully with the breadth and depth of America’s postwar empire, historians of the US & the world have focused on development/nation-building and human rights promotion as among the most significant “soft power” activities, both for the US and the rest of the world. This panel brings together three of these scholars to reconsider the shifting sands under US “soft power” in the years in which the US’s postwar hegemony began to wane. How did challenges to American power transform the state’s “soft power” activities? How did these challenges reshape political activities and networks in the US and abroad? Attending to the ideas that undergirded discourses of nation-building and human rights promotion in American social and political thought, as well as to the manifestations of these changes in domestic and foreign policy, these papers present a new paradigm for thinking about the US and the world in the twilight of empire.

 

PANEL “Words Can Change”: Identities, Ideology, Boundaries, and Revision in the Writing of Louise Erdrich

by John Moe (Ohio State University); Tina Parke-Sutherland (Stephens College); Mark Shackleton (University of Helsinki) and chairing by John Moe

The so-called Native American Renaissance began in the late 1960’s and continued on for two decades, at which point the reading public began to expect even more writers to appear. Beginning with the 1969 Pulitzer Award winning House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momday, published in 1968, followed with Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony, published in 1977, and Silko’s national recognition as an important writer in receiving the MacArthur Foundation Grant in 1981, many Native American writers have emerged. Among those writers, Louise Erdrich received many honors including the National Book Award for Fiction (The Round House) and has emerged as perhaps the most widely read Native American writer.

The scope of many writers shrink beside Erdrich’s growing library of marvelous novels. Louise Erdrich began her writing career with Love Medicine in 1984. This panel will address three areas of concern in Erdrich’s writing: first, what has become known as the “justice triology”, the novels: The Plague of Doves (2008), The Round House (2012), and LaRose (2016); secondly, Erdrich’s penchant for revision of earlier texts, primarily the novel entitled Antelope Woman  (2016), earlier known in two versions as Antelope Wife (1998 and 2012) and thirdly, Erdrich’s concern for tribal, nation, boundaries and borders that yield information concerning Native American legal standing within the American legal system. Erdrich herself notes about revision, “After all, a book is a temporary fix on the world, a set of words, and words can change.” (Erdrich, 2016)

Each of the panelists address, in one way or another, the timeless questions of Native American, or First Nation, identity, legal dual-ness, the dual identity paradigm, journey, and the complex historical American experience. The dominant tropes within Louise Erdrich’s fiction have been and continue to be; justice and reconciliation for Native American peoples, the nature of geographical and legal boundaries, and fundamental biological identification by blood, mixed blood, and family/clan identity. Louise Erdrich addresses these questions and, over time, articulates the constant revision of the Native American position in North American society. The panel will include an opportunity for audience participation on the entire range of Louise Erdrich’s fiction.

 

ALL SPEAKERS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

 

Rani-Henrik Andersson, University of Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies

Bridging Cultural Concepts of Nature: A Transnational Study on Indigenous Places and Public Spaces

 

Wilma Andersson, University of Helsinki

Burial rites and assimilation in Maxine Hong Kingston’s China Men

 

Mátyás Bánhegyi, Budapest Business School & Judit Nagy, Károli Gáspár University

Ideas and Ideals of Koreanness in Canada: Teaching Materials for the English Classroom

 

Mike Barthelemy, University of New Mexico

Hidatsa Iruck-pah-goo-ah Ida Awadi – Hidatsa and Mandan geographies: Using Indigenous Topographies to further our Understanding of Indigenous Perspectives in the Historical Narrative

 

Michel S. Beaulieu, Lakehead University, Canada

“On The Highway of Destiny”?  Reconceiving the Lakehead as a Liminal Space

 

Adela Belly-Scratcher, Manchester Metropolitan University

161 Crew’s American Mission

 

Ibrahim Berrada, Laurentian University

Promoting Canadian Media Content in a Digitalized, Globalized and Competitive World

 

Andreanne Bissonnette, University of Quebec at Montreal

Caged Women: Migration, mobility and access to health services in Texas and Arizona

 

Jan Björke, University of Tampere

Texas — Part of West or South in Movies and Television Series about Texas Rangers

 

Mark A. Brandon, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich

Aleš Hrdlička, Race Expert

 

Robert H. Brinkmeyer, Jr., University of South Carolina

Citizenship and Patriotism:  Wendell Berry in the Global Age

 

Rachel Cassidy, University of New Mexico

Buried History: Reclaiming Native Sovereignty in the Nation’s Capital

 

William H. Chafe, Duke University

Personality and Politics: The Modern American Presidency

 

Daniel M. Cobb, University of Helsinki

“Long Time Gone?”:  The Poor People’s Campaign Turns Fifty

 

Thomas Cobb, University of Birmingham

Decade of Disarray: Hollywood allegories of US foreign policy, 1999-2009

 

Susan Colbourn, University of Toronto

Creating Détente From Below: Canadian and US Citizen Diplomacy in the Late Cold War

 

Margaret Connell-Szasz, University of New Mexico

The Tribal Nation College: An Idea Rooted in the Tradition of Storytelling

 

Boyd Cothran, York University

Spreading Freedom Around the World: Discourses of Economic and Political Liberalism in the United States in 1873

 

Sean Dinces, Long Beach City College, California

Cookies, Capital, and Labor on Chicago’s South Side: A Case Study in Urban American Employment Policy since 1980

 

Jie Feng, Freie Universität Berlin

Memory, Amnesia, and Diasporic Revelations: The Melodramatic Memory of 1989 in Yiyun Li’s Novel Kinder Than Solitude

 

Frédérick Gagnon, University of Québec, Montreal

“I Love Canada”: Pessimistic and Optimistic Scenarios for Canada-U.S. Relations in Donald Trump’s Time

 

Sarah E. Gardner, Mercer University

“What Like a Bullet Can Undeceive?”: Honor’s Failings in the Wartime Confederacy

 

John S. Gilkeson, Arizona State University

The “Myth-and-Symbol School” in Retrospect: Thoughts toward a History of the American Studies Movement

 

Sasha Gora, University of Munich

Seal: Food, Ideology and Indigenous Sovereignty

 

Elliott Gorn, Loyola University

Forgetting Emmett. Then Remembering Him

 

Constante González Groba, University of Santiago

Making Black Lives Matter: Keeping the Memory of Emmett Till Alive in Southern Autobiography

 

Susan E. Gray, Arizona State University

Indigenous Resistance, the Benevolent Empire, and Federal Indian Policy:  The Case of the Twinsburg Institute

 

Cheryl Greenberg, Trinity College in Hartford, CT

Teaching the Civil Rights Movement in the Age of Trump

 

Christian Gunkel, University of Tübingen

Eco-Capitalism: A Short Cut to Sustainability or just a Band-Aid Solution?

 

Jonathan C. Hagel, University of Kansas

“Man’s Most Dangerous Myth”: The Global Fight Against Fascism and the Origins of Modern Antiracist Ideology

 

Françoise N. Hamlin, Brown University

Remembering Anne Moody and Coming of Age in Mississippi

 

Mihaela Harper, Bilkent University

The Mechanics of American Guilt: The Leftovers and the Impasse of Contemporary Life

 

Niko Heikkilä, University of Turku

Ideology and Race in the Cultural Politics of the Civil Rights-Era Klan

 

James Henson, University of Texas

Conservative Ideology in the U.S. at the Intersection of the Tea Party and Donald Trump: Some Evidence from Texas

 

Mark D. Hersey, Mississippi State University

The Ecology of Segregation: Race and the Southern Landscape in the New Deal Era

 

Maria Holmgren Troy, Karlstad University

Adapting Ideologies: Stephen King’s Kingdom Hospital and Matt Reeves’s Let Me In

 

Hanna Honkamäkilä, University of Oulu

How the United States influenced the development of the Finnish higher education system: The founding of the University of Oulu in 1958

 

Reetta Humalajoki, JMC, University of Turku

Lifting the ‘Buckskin Curtain’: Native Intellectual Writing in the U.S. and Canada in 1969

 

Sheyda Jahanbani, University of Kansas

“New Directions:” Nation-Building After Vietnam

 

Clara Juncker, University of Southern Denmark

Inhabiting Fantasyland:  J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy (2016)

 

Pasi J. Kallio, University of Helsinki

The Eagle of Minerva Flies Only at Dusk? Classic U.S. (Idea of) History Meets the Conundrum of History

 

Amy Kaplan (See Keynotes.)

 

Saara Kekki, University of Helsinki

Ideas, Ideals, and Ideologies: How the Japanese Americans Were Dispersed and Came Back Together

 

Jasmine Kelekay, University of California, Santa Barbara

Who Gets to be Finnish? Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality in Afro-Finnish Hip Hop

 

Jenna Kirker, McMaster University

“Ferocious Women”: Questions of gender, ethnicity and race surrounding the 1909 Freight Handler’s Strike

 

Christopher Kirkey, State University of New York, College at Plattsburgh & Michael Hawes, Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the USA (Fulbright Canada)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Directions in Canadian Foreign Policy: Historical Forces and Current Trends

 

Anna Koivusalo, University of Helsinki

Humiliating Attack and Gentlemanly Riposte: Safeguarding a Reputation with Honorable Emotional Expression in the Nineteenth-Century South

 

Pekka Kolehmainen, University of Turku

“Not a high form of patriotism, but there is in the coltishness something very American:” Ideas of Rock in Defining “Americanness” in the National Review during the 1980s

 

Tuula Kolehmainen, University of Helsinki

Narrating Disability, Narrating Ideology: Toni Cade Bambara’s Short Fiction

 

Anna-Leena Korpijärvi, University of Helsinki

Bitter Tea on the Shanghai Express: Race, religion and womanhood in the films The Bitter Tea of General Yen and Shanghai Express

 

Peter V. Krats, University of Western Ontario

Northern Barrens, Treasure Chests, Resource Wastelands and Environmental Successes: Changing Ideologies of Staples and Nature in the Keweenaw, Michigan and Sudbury, Ontario regions

 

Jeanine E. Kraybill, California State University, Bakersfield

Tweeting Congressional-Executive Relations: A Case Study of President Trump and the Healthcare Debate

 

Parker Krieg, University of Helsinki

Networks beyond Extraction: The Aesthetics of Peripheral Oil Industries

 

Roman Kushnir, University of Jyväskylä

Music in Constructing Transcultural Finnish American Identities in a Selection of Finnish American Fiction

 

Elise Lemire, Purchase College, NY

Maurice Richard, the Quiet Revolution, and the Symbol of the Maple Leaf in “Le Chandail de Hockey”

 

Chang Liu, Heidelberg University

Between Environmental Justice and Environmental Racism: On American Media’s Beijing APEC Blue Narrative

 

Brian Lloyd, University of California, Riverside

Gary Snyder, the Great Subculture, and the 1960s

 

Elizabeth McCallion, Queen’s University

Towards a Gender Equal Senate

 

Lawrence T. McDonnell, Iowa State University

The Scoundrel in the Wax Museum: Honor, Celebrity, and Crime in Antebellum America

 

Jeffrey L. Meikle, University of Texas at Austin

Virtual Identities and Ideologies: Laurie Anderson’s United States I-IV

 

Simon Miles, Duke University

Bridges and Bridgekeepers: Western Intermediaries in Konstantin Chernenko’s Kremlin

 

Mark C. Miller, Clark University

Trump v. The U.S. Federal Courts

 

Patrick B. Miller, Northeastern Illinois University

From Charleston to Charlottesville: Race and the Politics of Popular Memory

 

John F. Moe, Ohio State University

Contemporary Ideologies of American Indian Identity, Dual Identity, Spanning Boundaries, and a Sense of Belonging: Literary and Historic Judgment in the Writing of Louise Erdrich

 

John Allphin Moore, Jr., California State Polytechnic University

James Madison, David Hume, and Modern Political Parties

 

Barbara Mossberg, University of Oregon

The Origin of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Yosemite Grant: The Underestimated Role of Poetry

 

Kaveh Mowahed, University of New Mexico

Insanity in Late Territorial New Mexico

 

Judit Nagy (See for the joint paper, Bánhegyi)

 

Roger L. Nichols, University of Arizona

The Wild West and Tourism

 

Henry Oinas-Kukkonen, University of Oulu

Isolationism or help to Finland as Congressman Francis H. Case’s Dilemma

 

Marc-William Palen, University of Exeter

American Anti-Imperialism and Economic Liberalism, 1846-1921

 

Tina Parke-Sutherland, Stephens College, Missouri

Beadworking the Page: Louise Erdrich and The Antelope Wife

 

Michael E. Parrish, University of California, San Diego

Atticus Finch doesn’t live here anymore: Law, Lawyers, and Justice in American Films since World War II

 

Anna Pehkoranta, University of Jyväskylä

“Seeking Sanctuary in Misremembering:” Social Responsibility and Historical Injustice in Yiyun Li’s Kinder Than Solitude and Ha Jin’s The Boat Rocker

 

Bo Pettersson, University of Helsinki

The Problems with Liberal Humanism: J. S. Mill, Sinclair Lewis, Timothy Snyder

 

Andrew J. Ploeg, Bilkent University

Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead and the Legacy of John Brown

 

Małgorzata Poks, University of Silesia

The Non-Human Damné and the Colonial Paradigm of War

 

Tatiana Potnitseva, Oles’ Honchar National University

American Greatcoat for Ostap Bender: Mark Twain’s Impact on the Soviet Literature

 

Tatiana Prorokova, Philipps University of Marburg, Germany

Apocalypse, Religion, and Faith in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road

 

Jerry Pubantz, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

The Preeminence of the Rural/Urban Divide in Contemporary U.S. National and State Elections

 

Sangeetha Puthiyedath, The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, India

Exterior as Interior: The depiction of Canadian landscape in Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing

 

Noemi Quagliati, Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich

Modern Representations of Nature: Transatlantic Explorations into Photography

 

Mona Raeisian, Philipps Universität Marburg

(De)-constructing Bodies: Ideology and Representation of the Human Body in American Serial Killer Fiction

 

Rana Razek, University of California, Santa Barbara

Between Arab and Black: Zammouri, Race, and Arab American Identity

 

Josh Reid, University of Washington

Indigenous Activism in the Era of Standing Rock: The Limits of Liberty

 

Markku Ruotsila, University of Helsinki

Trump and the Christian Right: The Political Theology Behind the Mutual Attraction

 

Luana Salvarani, University of Parma

“Rushing up to a giant manhood”: Educational Roots of American Exceptionalism

 

James Schwoch, Northwestern University

North America and the Hockey Stick: the Face-Off over Climate Change

 

Mark Shackleton, University of Helsinki

Louise Erdrich’s Justice Trilogy: Can Old Wounds be Healed, Can Justice Be Found?

 

Alon Shalev, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Counter Ideology of the “Yeshivish” Jewish Orthodoxy in America

 

Sherri Sheu, University of Colorado, Boulder

“Ghastly Relics of a Merciless Slaughter”: Visualizing Extinction at the 1888 Ohio Valley Exposition

 

Howard Sklar, University of Helsinki

Memoir as Counter-Narrative: Re-imagining the Self in Roth’s The Plot Against America

 

Hanna Smyth, University of Oxford

“Here Canada has poured forth her soul”: Canadian and American First World War graves as negotiations of identity

 

Sarah B. Snyder, American University

Pistolas de la Paz: Challenging Ideas about U.S. Foreign Policy in the 1960s

 

Paul Spickard, University of California, Santa Barbara

Shape Shifters: A Theory of Racial Change

 

Scott Manning Stevens, Syracuse University

Indigenous Travel as Activism

 

Inna Sukhenko, University of Helsinki

“Nuclear” Narrative within the North-American Environmental Literary Studies: From “Nuclear” Memoirs to Nuclear Diplomacy

 

Bent Sørensen, Aalborg University

Ideologies and Realities in Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle (1963)

 

Alan Taylor (See Keynotes.)

 

Lauren F. Turek, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX

To Free Georgi Vins: U.S.-Canadian Baptists and the Fight for International Religious Liberty

 

Vanessa Walker, Amherst College

Normalization and Human Rights: The Curious Case of Carter and Cuba

 

Jane Weiss, Kingsborough Community College of CUNY

“Oughtn’t We To Think About People?” Nineteenth-Century American Domestic Fiction and Reformist Ideals

 

Mimi White, Northwestern University

“Living the American Ideal in Made-for-Hallmark Movies”

 

Oscar Winberg, Åbo Akademi University

Family Viewing Hour: The Fights over Censorship of Television Entertainment in the 1970s

 

Allan M. Winkler, Miami University, Ohio

American Folksongs: A Reflection of American Culture (musical performance)

 

Greame Wynn (See Keynotes.)

 

Wenjun Yang, University of Kansas

Cleaning Up the Country: History of By-products in the Great Plains 1850s-1950s

 

WE GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGE THE SUPPORT OF THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS

  • University of Helsinki
  • Embassy of Canada to Finland | Ambassade du Canada en Finlande
  • Embassy of the United States to Finland
  • Fulbright Finland Foundation