This is the first scholarly conference to examine the war in Iraq–both its origins and its opposition--in historical perspective. We especially invite papers that examine the history of resistance to U.S. empire, whether in North America, Latin America, southeast Asia, or the Middle East; the history of international peace and justice movements; and the defense of civil liberties and democratic institutions in wartime. In addition, we invite papers that set the Iraq war in long-term historical context. Do the policies of the Bush administration represent a reckless departure from multilateralism or a continuation of past expansion? Does the machinery of empire subvert democratic decision-making, or is the U.S. a privileged "imperial democracy" whose people receive real benefits? Does U.S. empire resemble Western empires of the past, or is it a new departure in the era of globalization? To what extent is U.S. empire in Latin America a prototype for U.S. expansion in southeast Asia and the Middle East?
Proposals should include a brief (up to 300 words) description of the paper and a brief biography of the proposer. They should be sent electronically to: email@example.com. Deadline: 1 November 2005.
University of Texas, Austin
February 17-19, 2006
Friday night plenary:
Keynote Speakers: Andrea Smith, author and activist
Howard Zinn, author and activist
Empire and resistance;
The U.S. in the Middle East;
Bush policies: change or continuity?
Defending democracy and civil liberties.
Sunday morning plenary: what activists and historians can learn from each other.
Historians Against the War is a network of history teachers, scholars, and activists seeking to bring historical analysis to bear on U.S. foreign policy and its social/political impact. To find out more, visit the HAW website at http://www.historiansagainstwar.org.
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