Contesting Power: Rights, Justice, and Dissent in America and Beyond, Postgraduate Conference
The United States has recently witnessed dissent on a scale unprecedented in recent decades. Mass protests like the Women’s March on Washington, Black Lives Matter, Occupy Wall Street, and Standing Rock demonstrations, as well as the renegotiation of boundaries of free speech and minority representation on university campuses nationwide are testament to the increasingly visible forms of resistance and activism that have emerged. As nationalist sentiment grows in the US and across western Europe, and with the prospect of major shifts in American policies in foreign relations, voting rights, immigration, labour, civil rights, education, healthcare and elsewhere, 2017 presents an important time to consider the contestation of power in modern American history, both domestically and internationally. At present, efforts to gain control of media narratives, direct resources in times of war and peace, and redefine rights and identities are particularly relevant scholarly discussions.