Feb 11

February 10-11, 2023 | In-person at UC Irvine & live-streamed

Pre-register for the in-person conference (lunch order): https://bit.ly/empire-resurgent-2023

Pre-register to live-stream the conference on Zoom: https://bit.ly/empire-resurgent-zoom

We ostensibly live in a postcolonial age, but imperialist behaviors, broadly defined, have not gone away. On the contrary, they seem to be manifesting themselves in all sorts of contexts. The U.S. and the international community continue to intervene in Haiti and elsewhere in the hemisphere; China is asserting control in Hong Kong and presiding over a “soft empire” in many parts of the globe; and, of course, Putin is attempting to reconquer Ukraine and revive the old tsarist empire. Meanwhile, the residues of European empires persist, and the EU and NATO have imperialist aspects as well. This conference will consider all of these issues, as well as the impact of supranational empires such as tech, finance, and energy.

Friday, February 10

4:00 to 4:30 PM | Welcoming remarks and introduction of keynote speaker

Dean Tyrus Miller (School of Humanities) and Amy Wilentz

4:30 to 5:15 PM | Keynote

Lea Ypi, “Freedom and Dignity in the Shadow of Empires: The Story of an Albanian Family”

5:15 to 6:15 PM | Keynote response panel

Adam Hochschild (moderator) with Samuel Moyn, Helon Habila, and Priya Satia

Saturday, Feb. 11

9:00 to 9:15 AM | Welcome back remarks

Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Tom Lutz, and UCI Law School Dean Austen Parrish

9:15 to 10:30 AM | Recidivist Imperialism: Foreign Intervention in Haiti and the Ongoing Crisis

Felix Jean-Louis (moderator) with Amara Enyia, Marlene Daut, Mamyrah Prosper, and Howard French

10:45 AM to 12:00 PM | The Three Great Powers and The Endless Battle for Global Hegemony

Jeffrey Wasserstrom (moderator) with Adam Brookes, Katie Stallard, William Dobson, and Judy Wu

Luncheon address 12:15-1:00 

Jonathan Katz, “Empire of Amnesia: Memory and Hegemony in a U.S.-Dominated World”

1:15 to 2:30 PM | Between Empires: Struggles for Self-Rule in Imperial Conflicts

Vinayak Charturvedi (moderator) with Holly Miowak Guise, Omer Bartov, Jeffrey Ngo, and Vincente Rafael

2:45 to 4:00 PM | Supranational Order in a Disordered Age: U.N. Dreams, Big Data, Finance Czars, Climate Change, & Mushroom Cloud Nightmares

David Kaye (moderator) with Kal Raustiala, Alex Wang, Etel Solingen, and Aynne Kokas

4:15 to 5:00 PM | Closing remarks by Amy Wilentz


Art by Edouard Duval Carrié