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2017 - Association for Asian Studies - Annual Conference Words: 249 words || 
1. Nguyen-Marshall, Van. "Press Freedom or Death: The Struggle for Transparency and Freedom of the Press in South Vietnam, 1972-1975" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Asian Studies - Annual Conference, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Toronto, Canada, <Not Available>. 2020-02-24 <>
Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: As South Vietnamese President Nguyễn Văn Thiệu began clamping down on freedom of the press and of association in 1972, a movement for more transparency and rights emerged. Led by both the left-wing, anti-war opposition and the anti-communist intelligentsia, this movement first called for the repeal of Thiệu’s restrictive new laws, particularly the exacting Press Law 007. By 1974, however, this protest effort had exploded into a larger movement that demanded not only press freedom, but also an end to government corruption. Unique to this collective protest action was the prominent leadership of anti-communist Roman Catholic priests, such as Father Trần Hữu Thanh, erstwhile supporters of the regime. Father Thanh’s irreproachable anti-communist credentials created an awkward dilemma for Thiệu, who could not dismiss the priest as a communist sympathizer. Ironically, Hà Nội also found Father Thanh’s anti-government activities objectionable because his highly popular movement could undermine communist covert political work in South Vietnam. Labeled as reactionary by communist propaganda, Father Thanh’s movement reveals that, despite ideological differences, the two governments shared an intolerance for civil society.

By examining this protest struggle as it unfolded in the print media and later recounted in participants’ memoirs and interviews, my paper provides insight into the social and political dynamics of South Vietnam at a time when the United States was negotiating its way out of the war. Furthermore, the paper explores state-society relations and assesses the vitality of civil society and its ability to respond to both dictatorial state policies and wartime exigencies.

2014 - Tenth Annual Congress of Qualitative Inquiry Words: 149 words || 
2. Golovátina-Mora, Polina. "Hunger Games to reality? A fear of freedom, or a fight for freedom?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Tenth Annual Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, <Not Available>. 2020-02-24 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: This paper analyzes the popularity of “The Hunger Games” in the context of Fromm’s theory of individual development and social reality. I will look at the novel’s proposal regarding the relations between an individual and the society, how it is reflected in the movies, and the follow-up development of the theme on the HG Facebook page. I will address the questions as follows: Is it another message of the collective unconscious, as Jung and Fromm suggested, and the novel represents a literary response to the occupy movement as it already has been suggested on many occasions? If so, how far did it sink then in the conscious society? In order to answer that, I would like to compare the narrative of the novel with more populist exploration of the narrative, including the project of HG theme park in the context of recent global social events and recent vampire literature.

2015 - ASALH Centennial Annual Meeting and Conference Words: 254 words || 
3. Bernier, Julia. "“‘As much as I love freedom, I do not like to look upon it:’ Buying Freedom in Harriet Jacobs’ Narrative"" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASALH Centennial Annual Meeting and Conference, Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, Atlanta, GA, <Not Available>. 2020-02-24 <>
Publication Type: Abstract
Abstract: Harriet Jacobs, closes her 1861 narrative with the purchase of her freedom by her employer and friend, Mrs. Bruce. Jacobs, while thankful to Bruce for removing the dangers of fugitivity, wavers in her acceptance of how she achieves that freedom. Indeed, hearing that her freedom was to be found in a bill of sale strikes Jacobs “like a blow,” because although finally free, she was yet a “human being sold.” While she appreciated this legal unburdening, Jacobs ends her narrative pondering the true value of her freedom papers, admitting that, “I well know the value of that bit of paper; but much as I love freedom, I do not like to look upon it.” Jacobs desires to know a freedom outside the limits of a piece of paper. She wishes to see her freedom as expansive and unbounded, not as bestowed upon her by a square of paper written out by a former master who had long haunted her existence.
Not only does Jacobs frame the purchase of her freedom as a stain upon the nation whose laws make it necessary, but it is also in this context where she explores what her personal freedom means and how she wishes to complete it on her own terms. This paper will examine the rhetorical function of buying freedom in Jacobs’ narrative. It will also discuss the ways that Jacobs attempts to trouble and define the meaning of freedom and also make visible the market of slavery and the laws of the nation that sanctioned it.

2016 - American Studies Association Annual Meeting Words: 479 words || 
4. Coffey, Michele Grigsby. "Scarred by Freedom: Analyzing the Impact of Freedom Summer on Childhood" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association Annual Meeting, TBA, Denver, Colorado, <Not Available>. 2020-02-24 <>
Publication Type: Internal Paper
Abstract: The remarkable activism of and horrifying resistance to the Mississippi Freedom Project in the summer of 1964 fundamentally altered the social fabric of Lauderdale County. Home to the state’s second largest city, Meridian, the county became an organizational hub for the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO), initially under the leadership of Michael "Mickey" Schwerner of the Congress for Racial Equality, and was the site of the state’s largest Freedom School. However, Lauderdale County and Meridian are perhaps better known as the tragic site of the memorial service for James Chaney who was murdered along-side Mickey Schwerner and another COFO volunteer Andrew Goodman. As mourners marched from the church the day of Chaney’s service, angered whites threw stones and hurled racial slurs. And, years later, the city was also the site of the federal trials the three men’s killers faced for violating the civil rights of those they murdered. After serving their sentences, several of those who were convicted returned to live out their lives in Meridian as neighbors to some of the very Civil Rights activists they had terrorized in the long hot summer of 1964.

Even now, as I am conducting extensive oral histories with individuals who either supported or actively resisting the Civil Rights Movement in Meridian, it is impossible to speak to those who participated and not hear about the intense psychological and emotional damage individuals inflicted on one another. There is a pervasive sense of distrust of and hostility towards individuals and the mechanisms of government, the police and those who seek to improve any part of Mississippi today. However, for one group of Meridianites the upheaval was particularly foundationally traumatic: those who were children. Through the oral histories of individuals who were between the ages of eleven and sixteen at the time, this paper explores the ways in which childhood was affected for both white and black individuals who were either personally involved with the movement or whose parents participated.

For some, the movement forced them to abandon childhood prematurely and has left them fighting desperately for the recognition of their loss as well as the loss they believe others like them faced. For others, they were forced to make adult decisions and at times take violent actions even as they retained much of their intellectual and emotional childishness, leading them to long-term internal conflicts that remain unsettled. These individuals’ experiences and the ways in which they now relate them, provide valuable and troubling insights into the complexity of the Civil Rights Movement and the resistance against it. Additionally, when placed into the larger American Studies and especially sociological literature, they complicate notions of belonging, place, and fundamentally home as these individuals who remained or returned to Mississippi explore their connections to their state, their governments and their fellow citizens.

2019 - American Sociological Association Pages: unavailable || Words: unavailable || 
5. Goff, Kerby. "Escape from (Academic) Freedom: Towards a Social, Personal and Realist Heuristic for Evaluating Academic Freedom" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Hilton New York Midtown & Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, New York City, Aug 09, 2019 Online <PDF>. 2020-02-24 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Erich Fromm observed that society’s inability to achieve the full uniqueness of each individual, or freedom to, had compromised gains in freedom from external constraint, or freedom from. I suggest that freedom from is similarly connected to freedom to in academic freedom. I draw on the analysis of Michael Polanyi, Karl Mannheim, and Robert Merton as they analyzed the changing nature of knowledge production in modern society. Following Merton, I argue that any account of freedom from in academic freedom must assess the relationship between academia and public opinion. Synthesizing Mannheim and Polanyi, I find that both awareness of the personal and social sources of knowledge and belief in an accessible, transcendent reality are necessary for freedom to in academic freedom. This dual acknowledgment constitutes a recursive organizing principle and helps correct the overemphasis on freedom from to the detriment of freedom to that erodes both.

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