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.
Time and Location
- Thursday, May 7 to Saturday, May 9, 2015
- John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Lans Street 7 – 9, 14195 Berlin; subway station: Dahlem-Dorf (U3)