From 27 to 28 May 2011, the doctoral candidates of the Graduate School for North American Studies will host the school’s yearly international conference. This year’s two-day program titled “American Bodies: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Modes of Power” is the fourth in a successful series of annual interdisciplinary conferences. In twelve interdisciplinary panels, international academics will discuss the many different facets and meanings of American bodies – from full body scanners and the connected exposure of human bodies they entail to the politically regulated bodies of the American finance sector.
As part of the conference, two public lectures will be taking place. Robert D. Putnam, Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University, will give a lecture based on his most recent book, American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us, about the influence of religion in America. The lecture, to be held at the Ethnological Museum in Dahlem, Berlin on 27 May 2011 at 5:30pm, presents the rare opportunity to hear the author of major contemporary academic works such as Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community and Making Democracy Work speak in Berlin.
On the second day of the conference, Wai Chee Dimock, Professor of English and American Studies at Yale University, will give a lecture on the poetic craftsmanship of the American war poets at 9.30am in room 340 of the John F. Kennedy Institute.
Interested parties can find more information about the conference and the program of events at http://www.jfki.fu-berlin.de/graduateschool/conference/2011/index.html. The number of places for attendees at the conference is limited. You can register your participation by 24 May via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ben Robbins, Ruth Steinhof
Conference 2011 Public Relations Team
Graduate School for North American Studies
John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität Berlin
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