The American Way of Life – Images of the United
States in Nineteenth Century Europe and Latin America
As part of the project, UCL and the Institute for the Study of
the Americas will host a two-day international workshop in London
on 8th-9th May 2008.
This workshop will investigate perceptions of the United States
in mid to late 19th century Europe and Latin America and the way
in which these ideas and imaginings of the US informed and shaped
notions of identity, nationhood and modernity elsewhere. Although
most existing work on the idea of America focuses on the twentieth-century
era of US hegemony, the purpose of this workshop is to explore
the origins of the widespread perception that the United
States is the epitome not only of modern power but of modernity
itself. The workshop will reveal the findings of the six researchers
working on this topic as part of the AHRC-funded project of the
same name, as well as engaging with international
scholars researching similar questions across different national
case-studies in Europe and Latin America. Papers will focus on
the United States as a model republic, ‘techno-utopia’,
land of ‘domestic goddesses’ and of ‘barbarism’ among
other themes. In addition, the workshop will provide a forum for
discussion of theoretical tools and approaches to the study of
Thursday 8th May
6.00pm: Opening lecture – Nicola Miller, Professor of Latin
American History, UCL
Gustave Tuck lecture theatre, UCL
7.00pm: Reception – South Cloisters, UCL
Friday 9th May
ISA: Rooms 11 & 12, 35 Tavistock Square
9.30-11.00 Panel 1
Axel Körner, UCL: “Between Barbarism and Model Republic.
Italian image of the United States 1861-1890.”
Maike Thier, UCL: “A world apart, a race apart? The United
States in the eyes of the French Right.”
Adam Smith, UCL: “Images of America and working class politics
11.30-13.00 Panel 2
Nicola Miller, UCL: “How to be a domestic goddess: US Images
of Womanhood in Argentina and Cuba.”
Natalia Bas, UCL: “The model of the United States in the
Brazilian debates on slavery and abolition, 1861-1888.”
Kate Ferris, UCL: “Contested republics: The United States
and the constitutional question in Spain 1868-1876.”
14.00-15.30 Panel 3
Guy Thomson, University of Warwick: "Yanquis, come in! Mexico and
the United States, 1832-1910".
Duncan Bell, Christ’s College, University of Cambridge:"Dreaming
Fin de Siecle Anglo-America as Techno-Utopia."
Jörg Requate, University of Bielefeld: "American journalism
from a Nineteenth-century European perspective."
16.00-17.30 General discussion
Discussants: Donald Sassoon, Queen Mary, University of London;
James Dunkerley, ISA.
Attendance at this workshop is free. If you would
like to attend, please contact Olga
Jimenez with your name,
institution and contact details.
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27 January, 2010