SHAFR 2017 Annual Meeting: Power, Publics, and the United States in the World will be held at Renaissance Arlington Capital View
SHAFR 2017 Annual Meeting: Power, Publics, and the United States in the World
The production, exercise, and understanding of American power in the world takes many forms and touches myriad subjects. From exploring questions of strategy and statecraft to unpacking definitions of community, territory, and rights, scholars have illuminated the practice of American power and the many social and cultural processes that shape it. Members of various publics, domestic and foreign, also have commented on and constituted U.S. power. In policy and fiction, cultural production and political arrangement, scholars and their publics have worked—sometimes in tandem, sometimes at cross-purposes—to make meanings of the U.S. in the world.
SHAFR is dedicated to the study of the history of the United States in the world, broadly conceived. This includes not only foreign relations, diplomacy, statecraft, and strategy but also other approaches to Americans’ relations with the wider world, including (but not limited to) global governance, transnational movements, religion, human rights, race, gender, trade and economics, immigration, borderlands, the environment, and empire. SHAFR welcomes those who study any time period from the colonial era to the present.
The 2017 keynote address will be delivered by Mae Ngai, Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History at Columbia University. A renowned scholar of immigration history and policy, transnational history, and the American state, Ngai is the author of Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (Princeton, 2004) and The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America (Houghton Mifflin, 2010). She currently is working on a study of Chinese gold miners and racial politics in nineteenth-century California, Victoria, and the Transvaal.
The conference also will feature a Thursday afternoon panel entitled, “Can Law Restrain War?” Participants include:
Rosa Brooks, Professor of Law, Georgetown University
Author of How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon
Jack Goldsmith, Henry L. Shattuck Professor, Harvard Law School
Author of The Terror Presidency: Law and Judgment Inside the Bush Administration
Helen M. Kinsella, Associate Professor in Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Author of The Image Before the Weapon: A Critical History of the Distinction Between Combatant and Civilian
John Fabian Witt, Allen H. Duffy Class of 1960 Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Author of Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History
Moderator: Mary L. Dudziak, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law, Emory University
The 2017 program will also host SHAFR’s fifth annual Job Search Workshop to help prepare our graduate student and newly minted Ph.D. members for the job market. Students will have the opportunity to receive individualized feedback on their cover letters and CV’s from experienced faculty members. Those submitting proposals for the conference may indicate their interest in the workshop by checking a box on the online submission form. However, you do not have to be a panelist to participate. The Job Workshop is open to all current graduate students and newly minted Ph.D.’s. Priority will be given to first-time participants.
Information regarding paper proposals, travel funding, guidelines, venue and hotel information may be found on the conference website. Proposals and funding applications are due by December 1st, 2016.
Conference registration opens Spring 2017.