By Theo D'haen, Paul Giles, Djelal Kadir, Lois Parkinson Zamora
How a long way is the USA From the following? methods American countries and cultures from a comparative and interdisciplinary point of view. it's very a lot on the middle of this comparative time table that “America” be regarded as a hemispheric and international topic. It discusses American identities relationally, even if the kinfolk below dialogue function in the borders of the USA, during the Americas, and/or around the globe. many of the articles right here accrued interrogate the very inspiration of “America”: which, whose the United States, whilst, why now, how? what's intended by way of “far”—distance, discursive formations, beliefs and ideologies, foundational narratives, political conformities, aberrations, inconsistencies? the place is here—positionality, geographies, spatial compressions, hegemonic and subaltern loci, disciplinary formations, reflexes and reflexivities? those questions are addressed with reference to the a number of Americas in the united states and the bi-continental western hemisphere, as a part of and past inter-American cultural kinfolk, ethnicities around the nationwide and cultural plurality of the USA, mutual buildings of North and South, borderlands, problems with migration and diaspora. the bigger contexts of globalization and America’s position inside of this strategy also are mentioned, along problems with geographical exploration, capital enlargement, integration, transculturalism, transnationalism and worldwide flows, pre-Columbian and modern local American cultures, the Atlantic slave alternate, the environmental quandary, U.S. literature when it comes to Canadian or Latin American literature, non secular clash either in the Americas and among the Americas and the remainder of the realm, with such concerns as American Zionism, American exceptionalism, and the discourse of/on terror and terrorism.
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It demands real foundational changes. The confounding of all existing ideologies, systems and traditional belief systems in the new phenomenon of terrorism thwarts any attempts at clarity or universally acceptable answers. Like any other force, terror also percolates in the constitution and practice of knowledge. It creates an environment of doubt and suspicion in which free thinking and freedom of expression yield ground to intolerance or tactical silence. How does one pursue knowledge and truth in such an environment?
1 See Kousar J. Azam, “Resisting Terror, Resisting Empire: The Evolving Ethos of American Studies,” in this volume, p. — 36 — Amy Kaplan While endorsing the need for critical international American studies, I would like to point out some of the risks and blind spots in the way this project could be formulated. Dividing international from national perspectives may, paradoxically, recuperate a national paradigm that this conference is committed to undoing. Stressing the difference between American and non-American practitioners of the field risks resurrecting the rigid binary divisions between inside and outside, between the foreign and the domestic.
They do not have a center but circulate according to the circulation of American power which is not only economic, political or military, but practically encompasses all aspects of social life, in some form or the other everywhere in the world. It is no longer America alone contending with the other world, it is America the other world is increasingly contending with. The parameters of this contention are as complex as the complexities of the modem world itself. They have complex and multiple ontologies and move into more than one telos.