The conference will take place from Thursday, May 25, to Saturday, May 27, 2023, starting around 9.00 am on Thursday and ending in the late afternoon on Saturday.

Please click here for a detailed version of the conference program, including information on sessions and presenters.

NOTE that last-minute changes to the program will be posted in the foyer at Campus Blåsenhus (by the registration desk).

Maze Map – Finding the Conference Venues

Uppsala university uses an interactive map, called MazeMap. Please use MazeMap whenever you need to find your way around campus. To find the room you are looking for, you enter the room designation in the search field.

The conference will open in a building called ”Engelska parken” (the English Park Campus) in the lecture hall ”Ihresalen”. Registration will take place outside of the lecture hall.

All of the panel sessions and the plenary lectures will take place in a building called Blåsenhus. Lunch will be served in the neighbouring building, at Segerstedthuset. The room for the plenary lectures is called Eva Netzelius-salen: 10:K102 Eva Netzelius-salen, in Blåsenhus.

The reception on Thursday evening will take place in Universitetshuset,  and Friday night’s conference dinner will be held at Norrlands nation.

Keynote Lectures

Kristin Hoganson (University of Illinois)
The Tell-Tale Heart: Reconsidering the Mythical Core of the Nation in Light of the Turn to the Global

The heartland myth holds up the small town and rural Midwest as the quintessentially all-American place. Celebrants regard the heartland nostalgically, believing that it is under siege; critics associate it with exclusionary and small-minded impulses. Love it or hate it, Americans tend to regard the heartland as local, insulated, isolationist, and provincial; as the ultimate national safe space. This talk considers how local histories that look both in and out can challenge such conceptions, helping us to root U.S. history more deeply in global history and to counter imperial denial.

Imre Szeman (University of Waterloo)
The Future of the Sun

”The Future of the Sun” assesses claims being made about the best approach to energy transition and the shape of the renewable world that lies just over the horizon. Nation-states and entrepreneurs are offering publics competing visions of energy and environmental futures, even as right-wing ideologues fight to ensure the future looks much like the past. This lecture will provide an account of the discursive struggles now being fought to establish (in the words of Bill Gates) “the dull, factually correct middle” in which our green futures are supposed to be lived out.

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