Politics and International Relations Seminar Series

Making America great again: US exceptionalism redux

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The Division of Politics and International Relations in the School of Social Sciences, holds a regular seminar series over the academic year to invite excellent internal and external speakers to present their research findings.

  • From: Wednesday 2 November 2016, 1 pm
  • To: Wednesday 2 November 2016, 2 pm
  • Location: Chaucer Room 2702, Chaucer building, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LT

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The Department of Politics and International Relations, in the School of Social Sciences, holds a regular seminar series over the academic year to invite excellent internal and external speakers to present their research findings.

This is an integral part of our research culture in the department, which stimulates thought and debate, and informs about current developments in the various subfields of Politics and International Relations.

Staff and students from the Department of Politics and International Relations and the wider University are welcome to attend.

This week's seminar is from NTU's Dr David Hughes who will be presenting on 'Making America great again: US exceptionalism redux.'

Abstract

As the US Presidential election draws near, this paper asks what it means to 'make America great again' and argues that Donald Trump's campaign slogan taps a deep seam of exceptionalist sentiment in the United States. From a critical IR perspective, the paper casts 'American exceptionalism' as a discourse that enables adherents to reconcile the United States' extralegal behaviour with pre-existing beliefs about the nation's inherent virtue. It explores the impoverished treatment of US exceptionalism in IR scholarship and constructs a critical genealogy that explodes many of the myths surrounding US exceptionalism. It concludes that as US imperialism has become ever more visible in recent decades, so the propaganda used to justify it has become ever more blatant, and that IR scholars need to do much more to speak truth to power.

Booking information

Staff and students from the Department of Politics and International Relations and the wider University are welcome to attend.

Should you be external to the University and wish to listen to one of our speakers, please inform the Research Seminar Coordinator, Dr Kevin Love via email prior to the event you wish to attend.

Location details

Room/Building:

Chaucer Room 2702, Chaucer building

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street
Nottingham
NG1 5LT

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