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The Everchanging Monroe Doctrine and its Entanglements


June 7-9, 2023

Xplanatorium, Herrenhausen Palace

Hanover, Germany

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The Monroe Doctrine has been interpreted in diverse ways in multiple academic disciplines—as a legal principle, as a claim to a geopolitical sphere of influence, or as an expression of a distinct hemispheric identity, among others. At the Doctrine’s bicentennial, an interdisciplinary dialogue on its multiple forms and their legal, political and social entanglements is particularly necessary—due to the renewed discursive topicality of the doctrine, for example, in the context of the activities of extra-hemispheric powers in Latin America, or of Russian demands for a sphere of influence in Eastern Europe. The symposium will bring leading scholars from all relevant disciplines from the Americas, Europe and Oceania together to debate these and other connected issues. These discussions will impact not only on future academic debates on the Monroe Doctrine, but on macro-spatializations in world politics in general (North-South, East-West, and others), which is crucial at a time when these are undergoing drastic and multi-contextual transformations.


Please find the conference flyer and program as a PDF here.


Conference Program


Wednesday, June 7


From 10:00 AM                         Registration of participants


11:00 AM – 11:30 AM               Welcoming event


11:45 AM – 01:15 PM                Lunch


01:30 PM – 03:30 PM                Panel 1: Hierarchies and resistance


Tomoko Akami, Australian National University: “In Each Other’s Sphere of Influence: The Monroe Doctrine in China and Mexico in the 1910s”

Alex Bryne, University of Nottingham: “The Empire of the Monroe Doctrine in the Early Twentieth Century”

Eckart Conze, University of Marburg: “The Monroe Doctrine in Germany: Trajectories of a Geopolitical Concept”

Juan Pablo Scarfi, Universidad de San Andrés/CONICET: “The Meaning and Scope of the Monroe Doctrine in the Americas: Towards a Hemispheric Intellectual History”


Thomas Fischer, KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

Christine Hatzky, Leibniz-Universität Hannover


03:30 PM – 04:00 PM                Coffee break


04:00 PM – 06:00 PM                Panel 2: Spatializations


Dawn Berry, Henry M. Jackson Foundation: “The Arctic and The Monroe Doctrine: Barometers of Global Geopolitical Change”

Stefanie Ortmann, University of Sussex: “Return of spheres of influence? Russian spatial imaginaries and the war in Ukraine”

Benjamin Tallis, German Council on Foreign Relations: “Neo-Idealism’s Challenge to Realism: Spheres of Integration vs Spheres of Influence in North, Central and Eastern Europe”

Carlos Gustavo Poggio Teixeira, Berea College: “A ‘hemispheric’ policy? Reinterpreting the Monroe Doctrine”


Jochen Kleinschmidt, KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

Matthew Specter, UC Berkeley


07:00 PM                                  Dinner




Thursday, June 8


09:00 AM – 11:00 AM               Panel 3: Adaptation and Evolution


Tanja Bührer, LMU Munich: “The Monroe Doctrine and the legal regulation of global expansion at the Berlin Conference 1884-1885”

Thomas Fischer, KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt: “The Monroe Doctrine at the Paris Peace Negotiations of 1919: A Global History Approach”

María del Rosario Rodríguez Díaz, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo: “Reflections on the bicentennial of the Monroe Doctrine. The Corollaries Roosevelt and Lodge, 1904-1912”

David M. K. Sheinin, Trent University: “Argentina’s Shocking Entry into the US Sphere of Influence, the Secret Domingo Cavallo Recordings, and the End of Whatever was Left of the Monroe Doctrine”


Jochen Kleinschmidt, KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

Christine Hatzky, Leibniz-Universität Hannover


11:00 AM – 12:30 PM                Recording of participant statements


12:30 PM – 02:00 PM                Lunch


02:00 PM – 03:30 PM                Recording of participant statements


03:30 PM – 04:00 PM                Coffee break


04:00 PM – 06:00 PM               Roundtable I: The Everchanging Monroe Doctrine and its Historical Entanglements


07:00 PM                                  Dinner




Friday, June 9


09:00 AM – 11:00 AM               Panel 4: Aesthetics, Identities, Imaginaries


Juliette Dumont, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3: „Building ‘Nuestra (Pan)America’: The Pan American Union’s Division of Intellectual Cooperation and the making of an Hemispheric ‘Imagined Community’”

Jochen Kleinschmidt, KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt: “The Monroe Doctrine as a Semantic of Low-Intensity Securitization”

Christopher Robert Rossi, Arctic University of Norway: “Line of Amity, Line of Enmity: Hemispheric Fraternity, the Monroe Doctrine, and US Large Policy Men”

Arlene Tickner, Universidad del Rosario: TBA


Juan Pablo Scarfi, Universidad de San Andrés/CONICET

Christine Hatzky, Leibniz-Universität Hannover


11:00 AM – 01:00 PM               Roundtable II: The Everchanging Monroe Doctrine and its Entanglements in Geopolitics & International Law


01:00 PM – 02:00 PM                Lunch


02:00 PM – 04:00 PM                Conference plenary


From 04:00 PM                         End of conference



From 07:00 PM                         Conference dinner at outside venue – TBA





Prof. Dr. Thomas Fischer, KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

Dr. Jochen Kleinschmidt, KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt


Xplanatorium, Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover, Germany
Center for Latin American Studies (ZILAS), Catholic University of Eichstätt, and Volkswagen Foundation
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