Seeking Panelists for AHA 2020-Conceptions of Totalitarianism in Modern U.S. History

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January 5, 2020
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Diplomacy and International Relations, Intellectual History, World History / Studies

Seeking panelists and/or chair for AHA 2020. The panel will focus on the role of ideas about totalitarianism in shaping US foreign policies and political identities in the 20th and 21st centuries. This panel address two key questions: 1. What are the policy consequences of framing another state, society, or ideology as totalitarian? 2. How have encounters with and understandings of totalitarianism shaped political identities in the United States? Scholars of the following fields/topics may be particularly well-suited to this panel: authoritarianism, totalitarianism, U.S. political, diplomatic, and intellectual history, political psychology, U.S.-European intellectual connections, key 20th century thinkers about the problem of totalitarianism and authoritarianism such as Arendt, Solzhenitsyn, and Canetti. Please email at

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