Global webinar series to deconstruct the colonial, imperial and hierarchical core of American power.
The study of US foreign policy is arguably one of the most significant areas of scholarship dealing as it does with the external relations of the world’s lone superpower. The US is the world’s most powerful military, economic, financial, and cultural force. Its domestic system of power is fundamental to its global role, including the politics of the Congress, White House and a range of executive agencies such as the CIA, NSA, National Security Council, and the Pentagon.
As significantly, the power of the ‘military-industrial complex’ as well its elite knowledge networks of state-connected universities, foundations and think tanks remains as important today, if not more so, than when President Eisenhower warned of the dangers of such concentrated power in a democracy. In addition, US hegemony and power is embedded in and essential to an international system that it (in alliance with Britain) built in and after WWII.
American historical and political development is also controversial, mired in claims, counter-claims and mythologies. Yet, scholarship on this state remains almost completely dominated by scholars wedded to fairly narrow theoretical frameworks and lenses, dominated by Global North mainstream perspectives and approaches. This elides serious consideration of the experiences and perspectives of Global South peoples. It also illustrates a powerful tendency indicating how elite knowledge networks with deep roots in corporate wealth, establishment politics and a party-state, work to safeguard the arcanities and secrets of how American power works.
This particular Global Webinar series aims to interrogate the character, ideologies, mythologies, elite mindsets and multiple sinews of US power – and its domestic and global effects – by bringing into conversation serious analysts drawn from around the world so we can better understand and make sense of Global America.
Each webinar in the series will be co-hosted and chaired by Professor Inderjeet Parmar (City, University of London), Dr Juvaria Jafri (City, University of London; University of Cambridge) and Dr Oz Hassan (University of Warwick).
Friday 22nd April 2022, 15:00 - 16:30 (UK time)
- US Exceptionalist Imperialism
- Associate Professor Hilde Restad (Oslo Nye University College)
- Professor Raul Rodriguez (Havana University)
- Professor Mick Cox (London School of Economics)
Friday 29th April 2022, 15:00 - 16:30 (UK time)
- Global Racial Capitalism
- Associate Professor Alexander Barder (Florida International University)
- Professor Gargi Bhattarcharyya (University of East London)
- Dr Mark Ledwidge (City, University of London)
Thursday 5th May 2022, 15:00 - 16:30 (UK time)
- America, Britain and White World Order
- Dr Maribel Morey (Miami Institute for the Social Sciences)
- Professor Srdjan Vucetic (University of Ottawa)
- Dr Waqar Zaidi (Lahore University of Management Sciences)
Friday 13th May 2022, 15:00 - 16:30 (UK time)
- The World and the Violent American Century
- Dr Uma Uma Purushothaman (Central University of Kerala)
- Dr Jeremy Kuzmarov (Tulsa Community College)
- Dr Kellie Carter Jackson (Wellesley College)
Friday 20th May 2022, 15:00 - 16:30 (UK time)
- American and a Global Empire of Knowledge
- Professor Miriam Kingsberg Kadia (University of Colorado Boulder)
- Dr Ahmed Waqas Waheed (Research on Advancement and Development of Social Sciences)
- Dr Matthew Hill (Liverpool John Moores University)
Friday 27th May 2022, 15:00 - 16:30 (UK time)
- Imperial Threat-Construction? Yellow Peril Politics, again?
- Professor Li Xing (Aalborg University)
- Dr Rizwana Abbasi (NUML)
- Dr Chenchen Zhang (Queen's University Belfast)
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