19th Bavarian American Academy Conference, July 4-6, 2019 - New Perspectives on Transatlantic Relations
Topic: New Perspectives on Transatlantic Relations: Multidisciplinary Approaches
Organizer: Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations
When: Thursday, 4th July (1800-2100), Friday, 5th July (0900-1800) and Saturday, 6th July (0900-1300).
Where: Amerika Haus (temporary site), Barer Str. 19a, 80333 Munich
Talk about the crisis of liberal democracy, the decline of the West, and the end of transatlantic relations as we knew them is ubiquitous these days. It is largely triggered by the election of Donald Trump to the office of U.S. President and the tumultuous turmoil European-American relations were thrust into by it.
A closer look, however, reveals that the much quoted „Atlantic Drift“ already set in shortly after the end of the Cold War, that the history of European-American relations during the Cold War was one of conflict and confrontation just as much as it was one of cooperation and unity, and that the further back in history one goes, the more ambivalent and contradictory European-American relations appear.
Taking the complexity, multi-dimensionality, and ambivalence of European-American relations throughout the ages as points of departure, and pursuing a historical perspective encompassing the early modern and modern periods, the Annual Conference of the Bavarian American Academy seeks to critically re-assess the topics, dimensions, processes, and problems of transatlantic relations from a multi-disciplinary angle.
It will thematize the political, economic, and cultural dimensions of European-American relations from the seventeenth century to today, and reflect them in categories of cooperation and conflict, convergence and divergence. Its overall scholarly aim is to arrive at a deeper and fuller understanding not only of transatlantic relations as such but also of the situation we are currently acting in.
The conference opening at 1800 on 4th July will be followed by the keynote speech by New York Times Senior Journalist Roger Cohen on 4th July.The following two days will feature a series of panel discussions on a variety of topics. For further info, please see the above listed website link.