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Rendering Responsibility:State Imaginaries and the Movements against the Vietnam and Iraq Wars
Monday, May 4, 2015

The movement against the Vietnam War began modestly, but grew in both size and intensity as the years and the war dragged on. The movement against the Iraq War, in contrast, came together quickly and massively in the space of months and then largely receded from public view. Although the presence (and then absence) of the draft is often invoked as an explanation for the different trajectories of these movements, military recruitment practices are not the most important thing to have changed since the Vietnam era. Drawing on original archival work, this talk will trace how basic understandings of the nature of the state and citizenship (what I call “state imaginaries”) have also changed, and argue that this had profound consequences for antiwar activism in each moment by shaping how and where activists located responsibility for war.

Time: 1:30 pm
Location: RKC 102B
Sponsor: Dean of the College; Sociology Program
Contact: Yuval Elmelech.
E-mail: elmelech@bard.edu
Phone: 845-758-7547

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