Research Seminar Series

American Cultures Workshop: The struggle for reproductive autonomy in Chicago, 1969-present

27 October 2016

Dr Sekile Nzinga-Johnson is formerly Assistant Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago and the founding director of Nazareth College's Women and Gender Studies Bachelor of Arts Program. She is currently the Senior Program Director at the Health and Medicine Policy Research Group and the President of the Chicago Abortion Fund. She is the editor of Laboring Positions: Black Women, Mothering, and the Academy and is completing a monograph entitled Lean Semesters: The University as Hyper Producer of Inequity (Johns Hopkins).

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White trash/trashed whites: Questions of class and whiteness in US history

19 October 2016

White trash. The phrase immediately conjures up a host of derogatory popular culture images from the fictional Dukes of Hazzard to the reality show antics of Honey Boo Boo. More recently, the blame for the ascendancy of the Republican Presidential Nominee, Donald Trump, has fallen upon ‘white trash’ communities. At this academic seminar, researchers Sarah Dunstan, Hollie Pich and Daniel Dixon will explore the history of the US in terms of white trash.

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Three Mile Island and the Birth of Biotic Nationalism

18 August 2016

On March 28, 1979, the worst accident in the history of US nuclear energy occurred at Unit Two of the Three Mile Island nuclear facility in Central Pennsylvania. In this seminar, USSC visiting fellow Dr Natasha Zaretsky will use the accident as a lens for exploring the US political realignment of the late 1970s, as the New Deal liberal consensus came apart and conservatives consolidated their power.

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American Cultures Workshop: Mark Steven on Comedy Communism, from Karl Marx to the Marx Brothers

10 August 2016

The American Cultures Workshop unites scholars of disparate disciplinary and methodological backgrounds from across the Asia/Pacific region who share a common research focus on the United States. This workshop features guest speaker Mark Steven, a visiting fellow at the United States Studies Centre. 

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American Cultures Workshop: Carceral Mobility and Mass Deportation in the Early 20th-Century US

25 November 2015

The American Cultures Workshop unites scholars of disparate disciplinary and methodological backgrounds from across the Asia/Pacific region who share a common research focus on the United States. This workshop featured guest speaker Dr Ethan Blue, University of Western Australia.

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American Cultures Workshop: Dan Dixon and Pamela Maddock

11 November 2015

The American Cultures Workshop unites scholars of disparate disciplinary and methodological backgrounds from across the Asia/Pacific region who share a common research focus on the United States. This workshop featured guest speakers Dan Dixon of the University of Sydney on the topic "'Try to Stay Awake': David Foster Wallace’s search for an authentic John McCain" and Pamela Maddock of the University of Sydney "Managing Venereal Disease in the US Army, 1900-1916."

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American Cultures Workshop: Together We Shall Be Heard - Exploring the 1981 Solidarity Day Mass March

28 October 2015

The American Cultures Workshop unites scholars of disparate disciplinary and methodological backgrounds from across the Asia/Pacific region who share a common research focus on the United States. This workshop featured guest speaker Professor Timothy Minchin of La Trobe University.

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American Cultures Workshop: Concerning Gore Vidal

14 October 2015

The American Cultures Workshop unites scholars of disparate disciplinary and methodological backgrounds from across the Asia/Pacific region who share a common research focus on the United States. This workshop featured guest speaker Dr Guy Davidson of the University of Wollongong.

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American Cultures Workshop: Chicago Meat-Tropolis

23 September 2015

The American Cultures Workshop unites scholars of disparate disciplinary and methodological backgrounds from across the Asia/Pacific region who share a common research focus on the United States. This workshop featured guest speaker Professor Thomas Mical, University of South Australia.

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American Cultures Workshop: The United States and the Transnational Rhetoric of Women’s Liberation

9 September 2015

The American Cultures Workshop unites scholars of disparate disciplinary and methodological backgrounds from across the Asia/Pacific region who share a common research focus on the United States. This workshop featured guest speaker Ana Stevenson, University of Queensland.

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