British Association for American Studies


Trump’s America (University College Dublin, Clinton Institute)

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Trump’s America (University College Dublin, Clinton Institute)

May 5, 2017 - May 6, 2017

This conference will examine the political and cultural significance of Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States, and consider the first 100 days of his administration.

Speakers include: Robert Brigham (Vassar College), Mary Fitzgerald (Irish Times), Scott Lucas (University of Birmingham), Clodagh Harrington (De Montfort University),  Diane Negra (University College Dublin), Inderjeet Parmar (City, University of London),Donald E. Pease (Dartmouth College), Stephen Shapiro (University of Warwick)

Topics may include but are not confined to:

  • “Make America Great Again” – American exceptionalism, nostalgia
  • “America First” – foreign policy and diplomacy
  • “Protect our borders” – immigration and terrorism
  • “Drain the swamp” – Washington elites, lobbying and corruption
  • “A historic movement” – white nationalism, identity politics, protest
  • “American carnage” – dystopian visions of the US, narratives of decline
  • “Crime and gangs and guns” – race and the cities, gun violence, civic anxiety
  • “Fake news” – politics in the new media age, post-truth, alternative facts
  • “I have great respect for women” – gender and politics
  • “Grab ‘em by the pussy” – misogyny, civility
  • “I am very rich” – inequality, wealth
  • “I’ll be so presidential” – celebrity, reality tv, satire
  • “Bing, bing, bong, bong” – Trump’s language, rhetoric
  • “Buy American and hire American” – trade, protectionism
  • “Brexit’s a great thing” – transatlantic relations, populism, ethnonationalism

Registration Fees

€120 or €65 for students  – to register please email catherine.carey@ucd.ie.  Payment will be taken on the day at the reception desk (cash only please).


May 5, 2017
May 6, 2017
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