№ 121/2015 from May 04, 2015
This year's annual conference of the Graduate School of North American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin will deal with the past, present, and future of forming alliances. Experts from Europe and the USA will discuss the global power shifts that result when alliances are formed or ended. The focus will be on geopolitical or global economic processes as well as socio-economic and ecological issues that affect culture and everyday life. The conference language will be English. The event is entitled "Alliances: Un/Common Causes and the Politics of Participation." It is public, and admission is free.
Seventy years after the so-called anti-Hitler coalition of the United States, Britain, and the Soviet Union, unusual alliances even on a smaller scale continue to affect the balance of power in our society. Due to the dissemination of information in real-time via the Internet, local events such as those in Ferguson, Missouri, on the Tahrir Square in Egypt, the Zucotti Park in New York City, or in Ayotzinapa, Mexico, are often representative of problems and demands that occur simultaneously in various locations around the world. The speakers at this year's graduate conference will address how fleeting alliances are that emanate from movements founded via the Internet, the similarities between demonstrators in Ferguson and Hong Kong, and to what extent global networking reinforces the sense of shared experience.