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EAAS Archive & History
Pursuing the Rooseveltian Century: Investigating a Historical Frame

The Roosevelt Institute for American Studies, Middelburg, Netherlands
November 30-December 1, 2017

The deadline for paper proposals is 31 March 2017

Theodore, Eleanor, and Franklin Roosevelt are three of the most inspiring and dynamic
political leaders in 20th century US history. Theodore and Franklin both redefined the
presidency and political leadership, each in their unique way. Eleanor, the first modern First
Lady, as a widow became a prominent media personality and advocate of political causes such
as human rights and the anti-nuclear movement. Each of the three Roosevelts had a specific
impact, influence, and legacy, shaping the foreign and domestic policy of the United States,
and the relations between the US and the world, through the twentieth century and beyond.
The Rooseveltian Century is a new concept for contemporary history. The nearest equivalent
is the idea of the Wilsonian Century, based on the worldview of President Woodrow Wilson
and how he conceived of US power being used to shape world politics through WWI ('making
the world safe for democracy'). In contrast, the Rooseveltian Century examines the three
Roosevelts as a 'collective agent' who, through both domestic and foreign policies, changed
our understanding of the responsibilities of government and the global role of the United
States. This mean that the Rooseveltian Century, as a historical frame, makes use of the three
Roosevelts to view, critically consider and explore key themes in US history and international
relations, without necessarily stating that the three acted in unison or that they expressed
the same views or policies.

This conference builds on the experimental MOOC, 'The Rooseveltian Century', produced by
Giles Scott-Smith and Dario Fazzi in 2016. The event, the first to be held at the newly-founded
Roosevelt Institute for American Studies, has two main purposes. Firstly, it will uniquely
combine research on each of the three principal Roosevelts within an overarching historical
investigation into their influence and legacies. Secondly, it will frame the debate around the
central themes, motifs and images that can be represented by the term Rooseveltian Century,
identifying the longer-lasting meaning and importance of this frame in current-day
(international) politics.


Paper proposals on the following topics are welcome:

1) Domestic and International Public Policy – which fields were initiated, shaped, or heavily
influenced by the Roosevelts;
2) 'Rooseveltian Transfer' – how public policy initiatives were taken up by and shared
between the Roosevelts and their supporters;
3) Who Influences Who – the roots of Rooseveltian idealism and realism;
4) Public Memory – how the Roosevelts both shaped their own public legacies and have been
used by advocates (and adversaries) to represent distinct identities and causes in the
public realm;
5) Partisan Politics – how the Roosevelts influenced socio-political and party-based activism;
6) Style and Media – how the Roosevelts responded to and used a changing media
environment for their personal and political purposes;
7) Institutions and Alliances – how did the Roosevelts transform US foreign relations and the
US role in the world;
8) Principles and Values – how did the Roosevelts broaden conceptions and understanding of
such ideals as democracy, freedom, and equality?

Please send a 250-word proposal, together with a CV, to rooseveltiancentury@gmail.com.
The deadline for paper proposals is 31 March 2017.
Draft papers of 5000 words will be required no later than 1 November 2017, in time for
circulation to all participants prior to the conference.
For all enquiries please contact Giles Scott-Smith.


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