CAAS: Homeland Insecurities Conference

Fredericton, New Brunswick
Friday, October 21, 2016

CAAS: Homeland Insecurities Conference

Friday, October 21, 2016 - Sunday, October 23, 2016

Crowne Plaza Fredericton - Lord Beaverbrook
659 Queen Street
Fredericton, New Brunswick E3B 5A6

Phone: (506) 458-7298
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Homeland ​Insecurities ​is ​an ​interdisciplinary ​conference, ​hosted ​by ​the ​University ​of ​New ​Brunswick ​and ​the ​Canadian ​Association ​for ​American ​Studies ​(CAAS) ​at ​the ​Crowne ​Plaza ​Hotel ​in ​Fredericton, ​New ​Brunswick, ​from ​October ​21-23, ​2016.

Neoliberalism ​has ​ushered ​in ​new ​forms ​of ​global ​insecurity, ​which ​instill ​in ​American ​citizens ​the ​desire ​for ​enforced ​security. ​Through ​tightened ​border ​controls, ​antiterrorism ​laws, ​the ​expansion ​of ​the ​prison ​system, ​the ​war ​on ​drugs, ​and ​other ​measures, ​the ​United ​States ​government ​both ​provokes ​and ​assuages ​American ​insecurities ​about ​imagined ​and ​real ​terrors, ​both ​foreign ​and ​domestic. ​Often, ​these ​measures ​erode ​welfare ​institutions ​that ​actually ​provide ​a ​degree ​of ​safety ​against ​economic ​and ​social ​uncertainty, ​thereby ​perpetuating ​a ​vicious ​cycle ​intrinsic ​to ​neoliberalism’s ​creative ​destruction.

What ​are ​the ​origins ​of ​the ​insecurity ​state, ​and ​how ​has ​it ​shaped ​American ​culture? ​More ​broadly, ​what ​does ​it ​mean ​to ​imagine ​the ​United ​States ​as ​a ​secure ​homeland? ​Can ​non-indigenous ​Americans ​ever ​feel ​at ​home ​in ​North ​America ​without ​inventing ​abject ​social ​categories ​meant ​to ​contain ​their ​insecurities?
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