University College Dublin | An Coláiste Ollscoile, Baile Átha Cliath

UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland | Director: Professor Liam Kennedy

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Prospective Students

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War and American Identity

Friday 20 – Saturday 21, March 2009

Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College Dublin, Ireland


Plenary speakers include:
Professor Lloyd Gardner, Department of History, Rutgers University
Professor Marilyn Young, Department of History, New York University
Professor Scott Lucas, American and Canadian Studies, University of Birmingham
Professor Liam Kennedy, the Clinton Institute, UCD
Professor Robert Brigham, Vassar College
Professor Michaela Hoenicke Moore, Iowa University

US identity is a highly contested subject. This conference seeks to explore the relationship between war and identity through a range of disciplines to examine the disparate constructions of the United States during and after pivotal wars from the 19th to 21st centuries. Participants will examine the dominant sites of identity formation and contestation within the United States, analyse its projection and crucially consider identity formation at the so-called periphery. It will for example deal with the construction of the traditional meta-narrative of US diplomacy and war aims, with the discourses both domestic and foreign on US identity, with the literature and archives associated with 'victory culture' and more recently, with the 'culture of defeat' by way of example. All ideas are welcome for consideration.

Participants are encouraged to focus on a particular aspect within the parameters of the conference and where possible to decentre traditional approaches to the subject. Where possible papers should engage a range of methodologies that transcend traditional disciplines and participants from American Studies departments will be encouraged to operate in the post-nationalist context.

­­­For further information, visit: war_and_american_identity

Please email single paper and panel proposals to Dr. David Ryan, ( giving your name, contact details, academic affiliation, a 200-300 word abstract, and brief biographical statement.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 10 January 2009

For queries or further information contact:
Dr. David Ryan
Catherine Carey,
Tel:+353 1 7161560
Clinton Institute for American Studies
Belfield House, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.

Registration Information

Registration fee includes a conference pack and admission to all conference seminars, plenary sessions, teas/coffees, lunch on Saturday and reception.

A conference meal will take place on the evening of Saturday 21 March. For those interested in participating, an additional payment of €34 is to be made in advance or at the start of the conference.

Once you have filled in the necessary details, please return to:
Ms. Catherine Carey
Manager, Clinton Institute for American Studies
Belfield House
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

Alternatively, email the form as an attachment to:
You will then receive confirmation of your booking.

Please copy the following information into a word document before completing and returning:

Payment can be made by cheque in advance or by cash at the start of the event

Accommodation & Food

Attendees are responsible for booking and paying their own accommodation.

Food on Campus

Aside from lunch on Saturday, other meals are not provided as part of the registration fee. Details of additional places to eat on campus are listed below and can be located on the UCD Campus Map.
There are a number of restaurants and snack bars also available on campus.


For full programme please click here

How to get to University College Dublin and the UCD Clinton Institute

Registration and the conference will take place in the William Jefferson Clinton Auditorium at University College Dublin.
Delegates are responsible for booking their own travel and accommodation.

Contact Details

Contact details are available on our contact page.


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