Sunday, October 19, 2003

* Indicates Hartford Resource Committee Event or Sponsorship

 

8:00 - 9:45 AM

"Local Community" and the Imperial Horizon: U.S. Globalism through Community Development

CHAIR:
Michael Latham, Department of History, Fordham University
PAPERS:
Nicole Sackley, Department of History, Princeton University
Pilot Project, India: Albert Mayer and the American Imagination of Global Development, 1943-1958

David Ekbladh, Department of History, Columbia University
Grass Roots for the Globe: U.S. Modernization, Participation, and Cold War Confrontation

Alyosha Goldstein, American Studies Program, New York University
Local Communities and Internal Colonies in the Making of United States Globalism

COMMENT:
Michael Latham

 

8:00 - 9:45 AM

Brothers and Sisters in the Nineteenth Century

CHAIR:
Jay Grossman, Department of English, Northwestern University
PAPERS:
Jennifer Blanchard, American Studies Program, The College of William and Mary
Such Devoted Sisters: Little Women and the Alcott Vision of Siblinghood

Matthew R. Davis, Department of English, University of Puget Sound
"Brother against Brother": Reconstructing the Post-Bellum American Family in Louisa May Alcott's "My Contraband" and Edward H. Dixon's The Terrible Mysteries of the Ku-Klux-Klan

Nicholas L. Syrett, Program in American Culture, University of Michigan
Reputation and Belonging: The Spread of College Fraternities in Nineteenth-Century America

COMMENT:
Mary Kelley, Department of History & Programs in American Culture and Women's Studies, University of Michigan

 

8:00 - 9:45 AM

Homeland Insecurity: Policing the Boundaries of Citizenship through Domestic Terror(isms)

CHAIR:
Shirley Samuels, Department of English, Cornell University
PAPERS:
Nicole Waligora-Davis, Department of English, Cornell University
Domestic Terror(isms): Public Executions

Laura Browder, Department of English, Virginia Commonwealth University
Women and Guns, or the Rise of "Armed Feminism"

Megan Sweeney, Department of English, Georgetown University
"If You Have a Cancer, Cut It Out": Reversing the Pathologizing Gaze of Law-and- Order Culture

COMMENT:
Shirley Samuels

 

8:00 - 9:45 AM

Race, Riots, and Resistance: Irish Americans and Strategies and Stereotypes of Violence

CHAIR:
Bret Benjamin, Department of English, The University of Albany, State University of New York
PAPERS:
Laura E. Lyons, Department of English, University of Hawai'i, Manoa
"Taxonomies of Terrorism": Irish Republican Responses to 9/11

Rachel Jennings, Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia
The Lynching in San Patricio: Chipita Rodriguez, Irish-Americans, and the White Race in Texas

Katie Kane, Department of English, University of Montana "America Was Born in the Streets": Violence, Irish Americans in American Cinema, and the Wages of Assimilation and Belonging

COMMENT:
Bret Benjamin

 

8:00 - 9:45 AM

The Ethics of Representing Violence: A Roundtable Dialogue

This roundtable discussion examines the ethnical implications of representing violence in a variety of forms and contexts—eighteenth-century slave culture, nineteenth-century literature, and contemporary media practices.

CHAIR:
Gillian Silverman, Department of English, University of Colorado, Denver
PANELISTS:
Vincent Brown, Department of History, Harvard University

Philip Joseph, Department of English, University of Colorado, Denver

Valli Rajah, Department of Sociology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

COMMENT:
The Audience

 

8:00 - 9:45 AM

Bodily Mediations of the Nation

CHAIR:
Patricia Yaeger, Department of English, University of Michigan
PAPERS:
Ann Chisholm, Department of Communication Studies, California State University, Northridge
Ladies of the House: Nineteenth-Century Gymnastics for U.S. Women, Comportment, Rectitude, and Enactments of Middle-Class Belonging

Karen Kidd, Department of History, The Claremount Graduate University
The Gendered Axe: An American Iconography, 1697-1997

Kimani Paul-Emile, Program in American Studies, New York University
Maternal Drug Addiction: Disciplinary Normalization and the Legal Boundaries of "Belonging"

Peter Coviello, Department of English, Bowdoin College
Affect-Nation: The Sexual Child and Traumatic Affiliation

COMMENT:
The Audience

 

8:00 - 9:45 AM

Perspectives on the Corporation

CHAIR:
Melissa Fisher, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University
PAPERS:
Isis I. O. M. Leslie, Department of Political Science, Rutgers University
Romanticism and the Incorporation of America

Douglas J. Goldstein, Department of English, Columbia University
Consumerism and the Defense of the American Corporation

Mike O'Connor, Department of American Studies, University of Texas, Austin
Marjorie Kelly and the Anti-Corporate Left

COMMENT:
Melissa Fisher

 

8:00 - 9:45 AM

Revisiting False Consciousness (Roundtable)

This roundtable explores the 20th century instances of what might be called false consciousness, and discusses how and why the term may or may not be useful for scholars grappling with the complex social and psychological formations of advanced consumer capitalism.

CHAIR:
Fred Pfeil, Department of English, Trinity College
PANELISTS:
Michelle Nickerson, American Studies Program, Yale University

Trysh Travis, Department of English, Southern Methodist University

Carrie Lane Chet, American Studies Program, Yale University

Julia Ehrhardt, Honors and Women's Studies, Honors College, University of Oklahoma

COMMENT:
The Audience

 

8:00 - 9:45 AM

Routes, Roots, and Ruts: Claude McKay and the New Black Transnationalism

CHAIR:
William J. Maxwell, Department of English, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
PAPERS:
Gary E. Holcomb, Department of English, Emporia State University
Diaspora Cruises: Claude McKay's Sojourn in Tangier

Jennifer C. James, Department of English, George Washington University
"White Folks' Business": World War I and Claude McKay's Home to Harlem

Mark Christian Thompson, Department of English, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
In Turban and Gorgeous Robe: Fascism, Violence and Black Liberation Struggle in Claude McKay's Later Work

Shane Vogel, Department of Performance Studies, New York University
Cabaret Performance, the Underworld, and Interclass Intimacies in Claude McKay's Home to Harlem

COMMENT:
William J. Maxwell

 

8:00 - 9:45 AM

Legal Histories: Sex, Crime and Punishment

CHAIR:
Darren Hutchinson, Washington College of Law, American University
PAPERS:
Felicia Smith-Kleiner, Department of Humanities, Curry College
Gendered Transactions in the Conquest and Settlement of North America: An Examination of the Perceptions and Punishments of Sexual Deviance in Colonial New England and New Spain

Pablo Mitchell, Department of History, Oberlin College
Cross Examinations: Sex and Citizenship in the American Southwest, 1850-1930

Thomas J. Ferraro, Department of English, Duke University
Friday Bloody Friday: Persecution, Intercession, and Vengeance in the Trials of Maria Barbella

COMMENT:
Darren Hutchinson

 

8:00 - 9:45 AM

Ritual Violence

CHAIR:
Joseph Roach, Department of English & Program in Theater Studies, Yale University
PAPERS:
Amy Hungerford, Department of English, Yale University
Cattle Killing and Community

Marc David, Department of Anthropology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
A History of Cursing, A Cursing of History: Race, Temporality, and 'Voudou' in South Louisiana

David L. Moore, Department of English, University of Montana
Native Whaling, Ecocriticism, and Dialogic Violence

COMMENT:
Joseph Roach

 

8:00 - 9:45 AM

Blackademe Warrior: The Radical Pedagogy of Robin D. G. Kelley

CHAIR:
Ingrid Banks, Department of Black Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
PAPERS:
Lisa Thompson, Department of English, State University of New York, Albany
Freedom Dreams: Black Radical Mentoring

Nicole Fleetwood, Program in American Studies, University of California, Davis
Looking for the "Real Nigga": Robin Kelley's Interventions in Urban Ethnography and Ghetto Play

Mark Anthony Neal, Department of English, State University of New York, Albany
Race Rebel

COMMENT:
Farah Jasmine Griffin, Department of English, Columbia University

S. Craig Watkins, Department of Radio and Television, University of Texas, Austin

 

8:00 - 9:45 AM

Domestic Violence: Familial Victims and the Making of Non-Citizens in Early America

CHAIR:
Sarah E. Chinn, Department of English, Hunter College
PAPERS:
Terri Snyder, Department of American Studies, California State University, Fullerton
Suicide, the Family, and the State in Revolutionary America

Anna Mae Duane, Department of English, Fordham University
"The Degraded Descendants of Despised Parents": The Child and the Slave in Antislavery Rhetoric

John Schuelter, Department of English, Loyola University, Chicago
What's in a (Family) Name?: Prophesying and the Possibilities for Agency and Belonging in Antebellum America

COMMENT:
The Audience

 

10:00 - 11:45 AM

Possession, Power, and Patriarchy: Marital Conflict in Early America

CHAIR:

Cornelia Hughes Dayton, Department of History, University of Connecticut

Randolph A. Roth, Department of History, The Ohio State University

PAPERS:
Kirsten Sword, Department of History, Georgetown University
"Taker a way and hoald hur by law.": Husbands' Possessory Rights, Anti-Slavery, and Legal Change in Revolutionary America

Honor Sachs, Department of History, University of Wisconsin, Madison
The Myth of the Abandoned Wife: Married Women's Agency and the Legal Narrative of Gender in Eighteenth-Century Kentucky

Mary Beth Sievens, Department of History, State University of New York, Fredonia
Disobedient Wives and Abusive Husbands: The Contest Over Authority and Violence in Early National Marriages

COMMENT:

Cornelia Hughes Dayton

Randolph A. Roth

 

10:00 - 11:45 AM

Contexts and Critiques of the Liberal Imagination

CHAIR:
Ross Posnock, Department of English, New York University
PAPERS:
Mary Esteve, Department of English, Concordia University, Montréal
Trilling, Mark Twain, and the Meaning of Liberalism

Deak Nabors, Department of English, Vanderbilt University
Trilling and Civil Rights Liberalism

Gregg Crane, Department of English, Miami University of Ohio
The Transitional Moment in Trilling, Ellison, and Burke

COMMENT:
Ross Posnock

 

10:00 - 11:45 AM

Dancing Rights

CHAIR:
Jane C. Desmond, Department of American Studies, University of Iowa
PAPERS:
Genevieve McCoy, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington, Bothell Fannyelsslermaniaphobia: Ethnicity, Class, and Republicanism in the United States, 1840-1842

Paisley Harris, Department of History, University of Wisconsin, Fond du Lac
The Right to Dance at Harvest Time: Negro Minstrels' Legal Challenges to White Violence in the Early Twentieth Century

Jayna Jennifer Brown, Ethnic Studies Program, University of Oregon
"Raising Our Buful Hands": Natural Science, Racial Violence and Black Dance

Kirsche Dickson, Department of Theater, Christopher Newport University
Liberty Dances: Domesticity, Democracy, and American Women's Movements

COMMENT:
Jane Desmond

 

10:00 - 11:45 AM

Nisei Intellectuals after the Internment: Destruction, Rebirth, and Belonging

CHAIR:
Cheryl Greenberg, Department of History, Trinity College
PAPERS:
Matthew Manuel Briones, History of American Civilization, Harvard University
Charles Kikuchi's American Dilemma

C. K. Doreski, Independent Scholar
Essentially . . . an American: The Semantics of Citizenship in S. I. Hayakawa's Language in Thought and Action

Greg Robinson, Department of History, Université du Québec à Montréal
Farewell to L'il Tokyo: Wartime Nisei Writers and the Ambiguities of Assimilation

COMMENT:
Moon-Ho Jung, Department of History, University of Washington

 

10:00 - 11:45 AM

Borders and Belonging: The Challenge of Working across (Inter) Disciplinary Boundaries

CHAIR:
Jeff Berglund, Department of English, Northern Arizona University
PAPERS:
Melinda de Jesús, Asian Pacific American Studies Program, Arizona State University
Sexuality: The Final Frontier? Que(e)rying Asian America

Monica Brown, Center for Chicano Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
Race, Violence, and Silence: the Politics of Belonging in Women's Studies

Karen J. Leong, Women's Studies Program, Arizona State University
Community Violence and Community Silence: The Necessity of Challenging the Collective Memories of Ethnic Communities

COMMENT:
Jeff Berglund

 

10:00 - 11:45 AM

Neo-Pragmatism and Nineteenth-Century Radicalisms (Roundtable)

This panel will interrogate the power of the popular, and increasingly pervasive neo-pragmatist interpretation of the nineteenth-century U.S. Participants will discuss the ways a range of interconnected antebellum radicalisms challenge the very instrumentalist terms of the neo-pragmatist narratives, offering cultural, political, intellectual, and aesthetic practices whose legacies are still very much alive today.

CHAIR:
David Kazanjian, Department of English, Queens College, City University of New York
PANELISTS:
Fred Moten, Program in African American Studies, University of California, Irvine

Bethany Schneider, Department of English, Bryn Mawr College

Gus Stadler, Department of English, Haverford College

COMMENT:
The Audience

 

10:00 - 11:45 AM

(Un) Faithful to the Original: Racial Belonging in Protest Movements and Protest Fiction of the 1940s and 50s

CHAIR:
John-Michael Rivera, Department of English, University of Colorado, Boulder
PAPERS:
Cheryl Higashida, Department of English, University of Colorado, Boulder
Internationalism, Black Transnationalism, and Sexuality: Queering the Left with Lorraine Hansberry

Alex Lubin, Department of American Studies, University of New Mexico
The Violence of Racial Belonging: Authenticity and Race in Post-WWII African American Fiction

Gaye T. M. Okoh, Department of History and Program in American Studies, University of Texas, San Antonio
Between the Fight and the Celebration: The Mexican Influence on the Concept of the "New Negro"

COMMENT:
The Audience

 

10:00 - 11:45 AM

Surveying the Crossroads: Haiti and the American South

CHAIR:
Veronica Makowsky, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs
PAPERS:
Keith Cartwright, Department of English, Roanoke College
At the Crossroads: Haitian and Louisianan Cultures

Susan V. Donaldson, Department of English, College of William and Mary
"Revolution from Below": Madison Smartt Bell's Haitian Novels

John Lowe, Department of English, Louisiana State University
Haiti Through Southern Eyes, Black and White

COMMENT:
Veronica Makowsky

 

10:00 - 11:45 AM

Making Meaning at the Fights

CHAIR:
Ruth Feldstein, Department of History, Harvard University
PAPERS:
Eoin Cannon, Department of English, Boston University
The "Irish Explosion": The Persistence of White Ethnic Identity in Professional Boxing

Jill Dupont, Department of History, University of North Texas
Turning the Body Inside Out: Joe Louis and the Making of National Identity

Michael Ezra, American Multicultural Studies Department, Sonoma State University
Main Bout Inc.: Muhammad Ali's Battle for Control of the Heavyweight Title

COMMENT:
Carlo Rotella, Program in American Studies, Boston College

 

10:00 - 11:45 AM

Ethical Violence

CHAIR:
Franny Nudelman, Department of English, University of Virginia
PAPERS:
Linda Grasso, Department of English, York College, City University of New York
Anger, Violence, and Belonging in Woman-Authored Infanticide Stories

Christopher Peterson, Department of Comparative Literature, University of Southern California
Beloved's Claim: Ethical Violence in Toni Morrison's Beloved

Rachel Peterson, Program in American Culture, University of Michigan
Theodore Ward's John Brown: Staging Wars against Slavery, Colonialism, and Capitalism

Scott DeShong, Department of English, Quinebaug Valley Community College
Violence between Us: Ethical Negotiation of Amiri Baraka's Black American Revolutionary Poetics and Politics

COMMENT:
Franny Nudelman

 

10:00 - 11:45 AM

The Violence of Reading

CHAIR:
Barbara Sicherman, Department of American Studies, Trinity College
PAPERS:
Kristin L. Matthews, Department of English, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Reading is Fundamental: Cold War Nationalism and the Reading Crusade

Paul Lopes, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Mount Holyoke College
Cold War Hysteria: Juvenile Delinquency and the Moral Crusade against Violence in American Comics

Carol Mason,Women's Studies Department, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Soul on Appalachian Ice: Writing as Racial Violence in a West Virginia Community

COMMENT:
Barbara Sicherman

 

10:00 - 11:45 AM

Rereading Racial Violence: Sex, Gender, and the Varieties of Racial Formation

CHAIR:
Robert Reid-Pharr, Department of English, City University of New York, Graduate Center
PAPERS:
Gabrielle Foreman, Department of English, Occidental College
The Preacher and the Apologist: Transnational Anti-Lynching Campaigns Wed Black Plantation Nostalgia

Glenn Hendler, Department of English, University of Notre Dame
Public Violence, Becoming White and The Garies and Their Friends

Robert Fanuzzi, Department of English, St. John's University
Civic Culture and Public Sex: Race Riots in Marie

COMMENT:
Robert Reid-Pharr

 

10:00 - 11:45 AM

Generating Community: Marriage, Sexuality, and Reproduction in Feminist Utopian Writing

CHAIR:
Bret E. Carroll, Department of History, California State University, Stanislaus
PAPERS:
Joanne E. Passet, Department of History, Indiana University East
Power Through Print: Nineteenth-Century Free Lovers and the Quest for Women's Sexual Freedom

Dana Luciano, Department of English, Hamilton College
Where the Boys Aren't: Reproduction and Desire in Two Turn-of-the-Century Women's Utopias

Jennifer Nelson, Sara Isom Center for Women, University of Mississippi
Beyond Equality vs. Difference in the Feminist Utopian Writing of Octavia Butler

COMMENT:
Bret E. Carroll