Presentation Details

The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Americanization and anti-Americanism: Cultural Blowback?

Dr. Daniele Conversi.

Since the beginning of the 'war on terror' Anti-Americanism has propagated like wildfire touching virtually the entire ecumene. After exploring its global impact, the paper will speculate as to whether this new universal trend can be conceived as a response to a common threat. The definition and articulation of 'threat' will provide the central subject of the paper. It is argued that the contemporary perception of global insecurity, far from being only military and economic, has deep cultural roots. Indeed, despite the increasing centralization of the global economy accompanied by continuing US military expansion, these provide a reminder that Americanization is not always based on consensus, but on corruption and coercion. However, the legitimacy of the US 'cultural-military' order has become unprecedentedly uncertain ensuing the war on Afghanistan and Iraq, with their legacy of occupation and corruption. The paper goes on to demonstrate its major point, namely that these various forms of threat have a common cultural meaning, and their expression can be effectively articulated in cultural terms.


Dr. Daniele Conversi  (United Kingdom)
Senior Lecturer in Politics/Sociology/IR

Daniele Conversi received his PhD at the London School of Economics. He taught at the Government and History Depts. at Cornell and Syracuse Universities, as well as at the Central European University, Budapest. He is currently Senior Lecturer at the University of Lincoln.
His first book, 'The Basques, the Catalans, and Spain',  was acclaimed by political scientists, historians and sociologists alike, and has been positively reviewed in nearly fourty international journals (also available in a US paperback edition). His latest volume, Ethnonationalism in the Contemporary World,  is a collection of essays by some of the top international scholars entirely devoted Walker Connor's seminal contribution. 

  • Nationalism
  • Ethnic conflict
  • Globalization
  • Culture
  • Americanization
  • anti-Americanism

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)