Conspiracy: A Graduate Conference in American Studies
The Princeton Program in American Studies will host “Conspiracy,” a daylong interdisciplinary conference examining conspiracy in the United States and its imperial reach, starting at 8:30 a.m. Friday, April 12, in Jadwin Hall, Room A08. A full conference schedule is available online.
From slave revolts to counter-surveillance movements and sovereign citizenship, conspiracy in the social imagination suggests the potential for resistance and revolution. What we often shorthand as simply “conspiracy” often accompanies seismic cultural, political, and economic upheavals. This conference will explore how conspiracies operate as modes through which individuals and communities might demand accountability outside of legal frameworks. Conspiracies offer commentary on dire circumstances and provide insight on how people build worlds and reconstruct systems with limited information. Joseph Masco, professor of anthropology and social sciences at the University of Chicago, will deliver the keynote talk, “A False Flag.”
The conference is free and open to the public. “Conspiracy” is sponsored by the Princeton Department of African American Studies, Department of English, the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI), the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies and the University Center for Human Values (UCHV).