Conference Schedule

(All events are at HG 1030 unless otherwise mentioned)


Thursday March 2

9:30 – 10:00 Coffee, Breakfast
10:00 – 10:30 Opening remarks by conference organizers: Robert Barrett, Anders Johnson, Wujun Ke, Amanda Mixon, and Anandi Rao
10:30 – 12:00

Moderator: Arlene Keizer, English, African-American Studies, and Comparative Literature

Panel 1: Foregrounding Poetics, Destabilizing Identities

“Transparency and Racialization in Claudia Rankine’s Citizen,” presented by Sarah Schwartz, English, UC-Irvine

“Ante-secular Blackness: A critique of Categorical Distinctions,” presented by Tapji Garba, Religion and Culture, University of Winnipeg

“No-Place: Maps / Volcanos / Ivy: Bhanu Kapil’s Ban en Banlieue,” presented by John Rufo, English, UC-Riverside

“Over Here and Over There: Samuel R. Delany, ‘Citre et Trans,’ and the Dark Queer Matter of an (Other) World,” presented by Evan Duncan, English, UC-Riverside

12:00 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 3:00

Moderator: Jessica Millward, History

Panel 2: (Re)racing Feminist Discourses

“In Dubious Battle,” presented by James Bliss, Culture and Theory, UC-Irvine

“Erasing Theory, Transnationalism, and the (Im)possibility of Coalition,” presented by Noelle Sepina, Ethnic Studies, UC-San Diego

“A Battle for Beloved: Limitations Between Morrison’s Motherhood and Spillers’ Matriarchal,” presented by Bethany Csomay, English, Duquesne University

“Decoding Anti-Blackness Within the Medico-Scientific Classification of Sexual Inversion,” presented by Meredith Lee, Culture and Theory, UC-Irvine

3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 4:45

Moderator: Allison Perlman, History and Film & Media Studies

Panel 3 Queer Interventions

“Queering the Intersection: Using Drag rhetoric and Intersectional Theory in Critical Composition pedagogy,” presented by Nathaniel Hagemaster, Rhetoric & Composition, Texas State University-San Marcos

“Thinking Blackness with Trans Bodies: Problems and Questions,” presented by Jonas Weaver, Philosophy and German, Calvin College

“Transnational Knowledge Production and Sexual Surgeries in 19th Century Britain,” presented by Ashley Achee, History, UC-Irvine: “Irritant Nerve”

“Courtly Love and Its Referents: Sex and Pain in The Miller’s Tale,” presented by Margaret Speer, English, UC-Irvine

5:00 – 6:00 Reception
Doors Open at 6:30, Performance starts at 7.

Winifred Smith Hall

“Lordship and Bondage: The Birth of the Negro Superman”

Performance by M.Lamar followed by Q&A with Professors Nahum Chandler and John Smith


Friday March 3

9:00 – 9:30 Coffee, Breakfast
9:30 – 11:00

Moderator: Annie McClanahan, English

Panel 4: Disrupting Governmentality, Envisioning Politics

“Now We’re Sharing the Same Dream: Using Utopia to Construct a Coherent Left Counterpublic,” presented by Nathaniel Murphy, Comparative Literature, UC-Irvine

“Left Out: Academic Practices and Activist Politics in the Age of Counter-terrorism,” presented by Swatie, English, University of Delhi

“Jumpsuit Education for Social Justice: Reconciling Theory and Practice in the Incarcerated Classroom,” presented by Jeremy Lunasco, English, Cal State San Bernardino

“Searching for Osama’s Porn Stash: Pornography and US National Security in the War on Terror,” presented by Mohammed Ali, History, UC-Irvine

11:15 – 12:45

Moderator: Liron Mor, Comparative Literature

Panel 5: (Post)Colonial Encounters

“In Search of Literary Anthropology: Theory as Cultural Product,” presented by Charlie Curtis, Anthropology, UC-Irvine

“Sense-making and making-sense: Of conversations and negotiations around money infrastructures in Manipur, North-East India,” presented by Nima Yolmo, Anthropology, UC-Irvine

“Killing Theory: A Defiance of Trauma Theory  in Nayomi Munaweera’s Island of A Thousand Mirrors,” presented by Soraya Zarook, English, UC-Riverside

“Sayed Kashua, Hany Abu-Assad and The coloniality of human rights,” presented by Daniel Carnie, Comparative Literature, UC-Irvine

12:45 – 2:00 Lunch
2:00 – 3:30

Moderator: Annette Schlichter, Comparative Literature

Panel 6: Embodiment and Materiality

“Reimagining Interethnic Identity in Ken Liu’s ‘The Paper Menagerie,’” presented by Heejoo Park, English UC Riverside

“Poetics of Endurance: Chronic Pain in Hilary Mantel’s Giving Up the Ghost: A Memoir,” presented by Anirban Halder, University of Mainz

“The body that functions: an analysis of feminine and disabled representation in Ferré, Valenzuela, and Allende,” presented by Chelsey Smith, Spanish and Portuguese, UCLA

Real, Raw, and Rural (Short Film), presented by Erika M Ramirez Mayoral, Communication, UC San Diego

3:45 – 5:15

Moderator: James Goebel

Round-table Discussion

M Lamar

Rei Terada

Jaye Austin Williams

Simon Leung

Nasrin Rahimieh

7 -10

For location please contact conference organizers

Dinner Reception