American Studies Area
The “Friends of Thoreau” Program on Conservation of Nature and the Environment in North America, inspired by the philosopher, activist, and writer Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), was established in the Instituto Franklin-UAH in 2001.
The core funding of the Program is a foundational fund (“endowment”) by Dr. Marvin Douglas, who died in 2003. This foundation fund or endowment, consolidated the future continuity of the activities initiated in 2001 under the sponsorship of the non-profit organization of the same name, “Friends of Thoreau”.
The purpose of the symposium was the inauguration of the Dewey Center at the Universidad de Alcalá, discussing present-day topics and the meaning of reading the works of J. Dewey today, and doing the same with the latest proposals of Pragmatism, especially those of R. Rorty, which are perhaps keeping far behind as they are closely linked to thoughts of the late twentieth century.Leer más >
The main objective of the project is to approach, from an interdisciplinary and transnational perspective, the various cultural, social and political expressions to satisfactorily cover the study of modernity in the US and its fractures. This project addresses two specific historical moments, modernity (the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries) and the genesis of the modern subject.Leer más >
The regulation in this area is a real democratic and moral test for the States, and comparing the status of rights of illegal aliens in the Spanish legal system and in the United States may be of extraordinary mutual interest given the confluence of a number of similarities and differences.Leer más >
The study of US policy in different geographical areas such as Russia, the Greater Middle East, Iran, AF-PAK is interlinked with other issues such as terrorism, energy or competition between States. This causes the project to be approached from a multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral approach, aiming to analyze the international system where the US is, and the actors, elements and dynamics to understand the construction of its foreign policy and its interests and policies from a point of view that will also include a socio-historical analysis.Leer más >