Netherlands American Studies Association

Program for the Amerikanistendag 2017

Amerikanistendag 2017, 2 June, University of Amsterdam


On Friday 2 June 2017, the University of Amsterdam will host the 23rd Amerikanistendag, the annual student conference of the Netherlands American Studies Association. This conference is a forum for BA, MA, Research-MA, Ph.D. students, and recent graduates to present their research to fellow students and scholars in the Netherlands.

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9.30                 Coffee/Registration

10.00-10:15:   Welcome


10:15-11.15:   Keynote Lecture, Damian Pargas (Leiden University)

Oudemanhuispoort 4-6, 1012CN Amsterdam


N.B.: the remainder of the conference will take place in the Bushuis/Oost-Indisch Huis at the University of Amsterdam, Kloveniersburgwal 48, 1012CX Amsterdam


First Round of Parallel Sessions

11.45-13.00: Session 1

International Encounters and Projections; Or, the Sanctuary and the Mission

  • Nawel Zbidi, “Trauma and Exile in Post- 9/11 Contemporary Arab-American Fiction by Women Writers: Laila Halaby’s Once in a Promised Land as a Case in Point”
  • Dejan Duric, “Liberating the Two Kingdoms: Church and State, Immigration, and Sanctuary Practices”
  • Taran Draper, “Missionaries from the New World: LDS Borderlands, Missionaries, and the Challenge of Redefining a Religion”
  • Hicham Mazouz, “The Shaping of African-American Racial Politics and the Algerian Encounters in France”

11.45-13.00: Session 2

Genres and their Habitats, Habitats and their Genres

  • Mona Raeisian, “New York, New York; the City, the Serial Killer and the Liminality of Consumption in Jeffrey Deaver’s The Bone Collector and the Broken Window
  • Lisa van Kessel, “What is Justice? Legal Conflicts in Zones of Liminality in Louise Erdrich’s Justice Trilogy
  • Meike Robaard, “Father Nature: Masculinization of Space and Space of Masculinization in the Alaskan Wilderness”
  • Panpan Shi, “The Triadic Little People in American Disaster Movies

13.00-14.00: Lunch


Second Round of Parallel Sessions

14.00-15.15: Session 3

Power and Culture; Or, the Institutional and the Arbitrary

  • Erik Olsen, “Congressional Regulation and Oversight on the White House – Intelligence Community Relationship, 1973-1980”
  • Liesbeth Hameeteman, “The Clean Water Act in Theory and Practice”
  • Floris Heidsma, “Cultural Consequences of U.S. Military Presence in Okinawa in Recent Decades”
  • Miriam Johanna Laufer, “Cultural Memory and Identity Formation: The Internment of Japanese-Americans in the US during the Second World War”


14.00-15.15: Session 4

The Activist, the Radical, and the Performer

  • Maroucha Veerman, “‘Ladies, Now Let’s Get in Formation’: Understanding Activism, Empowerment, and Feminism of Black Female Popular Artists”
  • Stefan Ionescu Ambrosie, “‘This Shit is For Us’: Solange and the Evolution of Black Body Feminism”
  • Megan Griffiths, “Radicals, Conservatives, and the Salem Witchcraft Crisis: Exploiting the Fragile Communities of Colonial New England”
  • Charlotte Knoors, “Renaming the Racist: How White Anti-Racist Students Unconsciously Keep Racism Intact”

15.15-15.45: Coffee


Third Round of Parallel Sessions

15.45-17.00: Session 5

Discontents Then and Now: Politics, Class, Culture

  • Emma van Toorn, “Strange Bedfellows: The Remarkable Coalition of Rural Socialists and Language Federations within the American Socialist Party, 1901-1914”
  • Jasper Gerretsen, “Pushing Back Against the Tide: The American Working Class and Republican Presidential Candidates in Times of Unrest”
  • Genesee Powell, “Gender and Media in the 2016 Elections”
  • Hannah Kooy, “Culture Wars Revisited: The Texas Curriculum Controversy”


15.45-17.00: Session 6

Utopia, Dystopia, and the Screen

  • Maarten Arnoldus, “‘I’m a bit torn between revolution and finishing the miniseries I’m halfway through on Netflix’: Narrative Excess and the Reception of Critique in Mr. Robot as Reflected in Online Comments”
  • Anne Wester, “The Big Apple: Utopian Discourse in Apple Advertisements”
  • Maria Rozhdestvenskaya, “Paul Verhoeven’s Sci-Fi Trilogy Robocop, Total Recall, Starship Troopers: Screening American Identity in Science-Fiction Movies from a Dutch Point of View”

17.00: Borrel