HOTCUS Winter Symposium

War and Conflict in Twentieth Century US Society and Culture

The British Library Knowledge Centre

Saturday 18 February 2017


08.30 – 09.00 REGISTRATION

09.00 – 10.30 SESSION 1

A: War and the Popular Imagination (Bronte, Chair: Nick Witham)

  • Cara Rodway (The Eccles Centre), “Over There”, All Over Again: 1940s Musicals and the Reimagining of World War I
  • Samantha Desroches (University of Western Ontario), Uncle Sam Stole Christmas: How Christmas was Enlisted in World War II America
  • Shaul Mitelpunkt (University of York), “You’re Better off Here”: Bob Hope’s USO Performances During the Vietnam War and the Chasm in Civil-Military Relations

B: Ideas and War (Dickens, Chair: TBC)

  • Louisa Hotson (University of Oxford), Studying the Warfare State: Political Science in Three Wars
  • Christopher Brown (University of Oxford), The Old Right in a Brave New World
  • Tom Packer (University of Oxford), The Southern Conservative Movement and Foreign Policy in the Cold War Era

C: Welfare, Manpower and Equality in Wartime (Eliot, Chair: TBC)

  • Yukako Otori (Harvard University), From Urban to Rural: World War I and Child Welfare in the United States
  • Oliver Ayers (New College of the Humanities), “Seedtime” for the Civil Rights Movement or a “Decisive First Phase”? The Fair Employment Practices Committee (FEPC) and Black Protest during the Second World War
  • Amy Rutenberg (Iowa State University), From National Defense to Domestic Security: How Cold War Military Manpower Policies Caused the Inequities of the Vietnam-Era Draft

10.30 – 10.55 TEA & COFFEE

10.55 – 11.25 SESSION 2

A: Nuclear Cultures (Bronte, Chair: Cara Rodway)

  • Timothy Peacock (University of Glasgow), “Atomic Crossroads”? US Public Relations Management and the Filmic Memory of Nuclear Weapons Tests
  • John Wills (University of Kent), Missile Command: Representations of the Cold War in Videogames
  • Mara Keire (University of Oxford) and Patrick Andelic (Queen Mary, University of London), Dr. Strangelove’s Legacy: Herman Kahn, Scenario Planning, and Apocalyptic Narratives, 1960-2016

B: Wartime Dissent (Dickens, Chair: TBC)

  • Thomas Carhart (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg), William Jennings Bryan and U.S. Real Politics
  • Victor Cazares (University of Edinburgh), Charles A. Beard and World War I
  • Thomas Weyant (University of Akron), As Student and Citizen: Harry F. Shaw, Jr., West Virginia University, and the Vietnam War Era

C: Race and Ethnicity in War and Its Aftermaths (Eliot, Chair: TBC)

  • Nadja Klopprogge (Freie Universität Berlin), “People treat me like a man”: The Postwar Occupation of Germany and the African American Quest for Equality
  • Rachel Pistol (University of Exeter), Second World War Internment: Race, Conflict and Memory in the Japanese American Community
  • Reeta Humalajoki (Durham University), “I am an American and I am proud of it”: World War II, the Cold War and Native American Identities, 1947-1961

11.25 – 11.50 TEA & COFFEE

 11.50 – 13.30 SESSION 3

A: Rethinking America’s World War II (Bronte, Chair: TBC)

  • Olivier Burtin (Princeton University), The 1944 G.I. Bill: A Failure?
  • Steven Casey (London School of Economics), War Beat Europe: The American Media at War Against Nazi Germany
  • Brian Kennedy (Independent), Protestant-Catholic Relations during the World War II Era

B: Internationalism and Conflict (Dickens, Chair: TBC)

  • Regina Poertner (Swansea University), Wartime Legislation and the American Constitution, 1917-1919
  • Ben Offiler (Sheffield Hallam University), From World War to Cold War: The Near East Foundation in Iran

C: Wartime Nursing and Trauma (Eliot, Chair: TBC)

  • Jane Potter (Oxford Brookes University), “The memory remains indelible”: American Nurses’ Memoirs of World War I
  • Kayla Campana (University of Central Florida), “Death Was Choice of Red Cross Twins”: Preconceptions of Female War Trauma during the Great War
  • Carol Acton (University of Waterloo), Vietnam War Nurses and Medical Personnel Trauma

13.30 – 14.20 LUNCH

14.20 – 15.50 SESSION 4

A: New Perspectives on Cold War Conflicts (Bronte, Chair: TBC)

  • Rebecca Stone (University of Warwick), WomanPower: Progress and Stagnation for College Women in the Early Cold War
  • Jessica Johnson (University of Queensland), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest as a Critique of the Condemnation of American Korean War POWs
  • Tom Ellis (University of Southampton), Death Beams on the High Frontier: Visions of the Coming War in Space During the Age of the Strategic Defense Initiative

B: World War I Dissent (Dickens, Chair: TBC)

  • Amy Aronson (Fordham University), Manufacturing Dissent: Crystal Eastman, Media Activism and the Campaign to Prevent War
  • Joshua Jeffery (University of Tennessee), Losing My Religion: The Effect of World War I on Pacifism in the Stone-Campbell Movement
  • Jeff Johnson (Providence College), ‘This Dastardly Act’: San Francisco’s 1916 Preparedness Day Bombing 

C: Soldierly Identities (Eliot, Chair: TBC)

  • Lawrence McDonnell (Iowa State University), The Trouble with Camp Jackson: Race, Sexuality, and Military Training in South Carolina, 1917-1922
  • David Ulbrich (Rogers State University), Cultural Categories of Gender and Race in the U.S. Marine Corps, 1900-1945
  • Paul Kramer (Vanderbilt University), Foreign Legions: Immigrant Soldiers in the American Century
  • David Fitzgerald (University College Cork), Warriors who Don’t Fight: The American Soldier and the Identity Politics of Peacekeeping Operations

15.50 – 16.15 TEA & COFFEE

16.15 – 17.30 PLENARY LECTURE

  • Professor Joanna Bourke (Birkbeck, University of London), “Warrior Men are Born”: Rites of Manliness in Military Training in Twentieth-Century America