The Triumph of the Will? Theoretical-Critical Assessments of the New Era in American Politics

February 24, 2017
1:00 pmto3:30 pm

Condon 260
UO campus
open to the public

Announcing the program for “The Triumph of the Will? Theoretical-Critical Assessments of the New Era in American Politics,” an interdisciplinary symposium on aspects of extreme right-wing tendencies in the present, their historical echoes, their potential consequences, and possible responses.

Topics include: the assault on language, populist co-optation of the media, circulation of nationalist ideologemes, corruption, the devalorization of science and knowledge, aesthetics, misogyny, and xenophobia.

Sponsored by the Editorial Board of Konturen, the German Studies Committee, and the Dept of German and Scandinavian at UO — co-organized by Professors Sonja Boos and Jeffrey Librett.


Panel 1: 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Moderator: Martin Klebes (German and Scandinavian)

Jeffrey Librett (German and Scandinavian) — “Sovereignty and the Cult of Immediacy

Nathalie Hester (Romance Languages) — “Trumpusconi”

Cory Browning (Romance Languages) — “Braggadocious! Père Ubu Goes to Washington”

Joe Lowndes (Political Science) — “From New Class Critique to White Nationalism: Telos, the Alt Right, and the Origins of Trumpism”


Panel 2: 2:00 – 2:45 pm

Moderator: TBD

Lynn Stephen (Anthropology) — “Immigration and Mexico in the Trump Era”

Kenneth Calhoon (Comparative Literature and German and Scandinavian) — “No Accounting for Taste: From Mar-a-Lago to the White House”

Anita Chari (Political Science) — “Political Hysteria: Conversion Disorders of the Trump Era”


Panel 3: 2:45 – 3:30 pm

Moderator: Gantt Gurley (German and Scandinavian)

Dawn Marlan (Comparative Literature and German and Scandinavian) — ” ‘Broad-Shouldered’ Rhetoric: the Trump Era and the Peculiar Contempt for Words”

Bonnie Mann (Philosophy) — “Pussy Politics”

Sonja Boos (German and Scandinavian) — “No Joke: Trump and Humor”