Program

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Thursday, February 9

4.00 pm REGISTRATION
5.00 – 5.30 pm OPENING REMARKS

Andrew S. Gross & Susann Köhler │University of Göttingen

5.30  – 7.00 pm OPENING KEYNOTE

Elizabeth T. Shermer│Loyola University Chicago
Collapse or Triumph? A Sixty-Year Assessment of the Modern American Conservative Movement

7.30 pm RECEPTION

Friday, February 10

10.00 – 12.00 am CONSERVATISM AND THE WEST 
(Chair: Babette Tischleder)

Michael Kimmage│The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C.

How the West Was Won: Ronald Reagan and the Ideal of Western Civilization

Volker Depkat│University of Regensburg
Has the Age of Reagan Now Ended? Reflections on U.S. Conservatism in Light of Donald Trump’s Election

Susann Köhler│University of Goettingen
Barry Goldwater and the Conservative Picture of the West

10.00 – 12.00 am PARALLEL PANEL: STUDENT FORUM
12.00 – 1.30 pm LUNCH
1.30 – 3.30 pm CRIME AND PUNISHMENT 
(Chair: Madita Oeming)

Greta Olson│Giessen University
The Seductions of Conservatism: On Interpreting Fifty Shades of Grey

James Dowthwaite│University of Göttingen
Conservatism and Populism in the Modernist Era: Irving Babbitt, T.S. Eliot, and Ezra Pound

Thomas Talhelm│University of Chicago
Using Culture to Understand Politics: Evidence that Liberals are WEIRD

3.30 – 4.00 pm COFFEE BREAK
4.00 – 6.00 pm THEORY, INTELLIGENCE, AND SECURITY
(Chair: Gordon Whittaker)

Crister Garrett│Leipzig University
Toward a Radical Conservatism in American Foreign Policy? Legacies of the Bush and Obama Presidencies and Their Implications for the Construction of a National Security Strategy

Andrew Majeske│John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Donald Trump, American Caesarism and the Legacy of Leo Strauss

Andreas Etges│LMU Munich
A Manhattan Project of the Psycho-Political War against Communism? Anticommunism and the Failed Initiative to Found a ‘Freedom Academy,’ 1959-1967

7.30 CONFERENCE DINNER AT „BULLERJAHN“
Saturday, February 11th
10.00 – 12.00 am CONSERVATISM AND RELIGION
(Chair: Jeff Stone)

Maryann Snyder-Körber│Free University Berlin
Reed Smoot’s Prayers and the ‘Mormon Moment’ of U.S.-American Politics

Axel Schäfer│Transnational American Studies Institute Mainz
Conservative Protestant Globalization: American Evangelicals and International Engagement after World War II

Monika Sauter│FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg
‘Pro-Life’ Conversion Narratives and the Politics of Motherhood

12.00 – 1.30 pm LUNCH
1.30 – 3.30 pm MOVEMENTS, FACTIONS, AND COALITIONS
(Chair: James Dowthwaite)

Rebecca Brückmann│University of Cologne
“Work Mostly Done by Men”? White (Supremacist) Women and Massive Resistance in South Carolina

Maria Ryan│University of Nottingham
The Rise and Demise of American Unipolarism: Neoconservatism and U.S.: Foreign Policy, 1989-2009

Andreas Falke│FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg
The Fracturing of American Conservatism

Matthew Feldman│Teesside University
Between ‘Alt-Right’ and Mainstream Conservatism: The ‘Near-Right’ in Contemporary American Politics and Culture

1.30 – 3.30 pm PARALLEL PANEL: STUDENT FORUM
3.30 – 4.00 pm COFFEE BREAK
4.00 – 6.00 pm CONSERVATISM AND CULTURE I 
(Chair: Wiebke Kartheus)

Pierre-Héli Monot│LMU Munich
Possibilities, Responsibilities: Cornelius Castoriadis, George Oppen, Wendell Berry and the Rise of Cultural Conservationism

Florian Zappe│University of Goettingen
William F. Buckley, Jr. and the Question of Atheism

Robert H. Brinkmeyer│University of South Carolina
Defending Social Order and Segregation: Atticus Finch and Stoic Paternalism

8.00 pm EVENING EVENT
Sunday, February 12th
10.00 – 12.00 am CONSERVATISM AND CULTURE II
(Chair: Nasrin Babakhani)

James Dorson│Free University Berlin
Beast/Businessman/Bohemian: American Literary Naturalism and the Manager-Myth in Conservative Politics

Andrew S. Gross│University of Goettingen
Conservatism and Pastoralism

Bill Bell│Cardiff University/Lichtenberg-Kolleg
When Washington Came to Lynchburg