How should we understand the American elections of 2016? As a collapse? Tragedy? Farce? Circus? Or a storm before the calm? What is really at stake, and how should we view those stakes from abroad? Five experts analyse the elections from different angles: from distrust and satire to health, wealth, women, democracy and tactics. Five experts analyse the elections from different angles: from distrust and satire to health, wealth, women, democracy and tactics.

On November 8 the United States may elect, at long last, the first female, but unpopular, president, or a misogynist who promises to “make America great again.” That evening, the American Studies programme of the University of Amsterdam invites you to pause and consider this election’s less obvious but more profound implications. We might make predictions, but our real purpose is analytical—and maybe therapeutic.

About the speakers

  • Eduard van de Bilt (assistant professor of American history) – On Distrust
  • George Blaustein (assistant professor of History) – On Satire, Politics, and the Insult
  • Manon Parry (assistant professor of Public history) – On Health, Wealth, and Women
  • Darryl Barthé (assistant professor of American Studies) – On the Present Crisis in American Democracy
  • Ruud Janssens (professor of American studies) – On Tactics: Campaigns, Databases, and Tweets

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