2012 Forces at Play Conference Schedule

UMass English Graduate Organization Interdisciplinary Conference

Forces at Play: Bodies, Power, and Spaces

March 31, 2012

Registration, Coffee, Breakfast
(provided with conference admission)
Bartlett Hall Lobby

Session 1: 9-10:20

Displaced Identities and Narratives
Chair: Lauren Rollins, Doctoral Candidate in Literature, UMass Amherst
Bartlett 131

• “Transience and Private Space in the Exillic Fiction of V.S. Naipaul,” Megan Crotty (Boston College)
• “Wife and Mother: Underground Exile and Female Violence in the Wife’s Lament and Beowulf,” Marjorie Housley

Bodies at Natural Borders,
Chair: Ron Welburn, Professor of English, UMass Amherst
Bartlett 119

• “The Blue Hole,” creative non-fiction, Joy Jansen (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
• “The Ecopoetics of Space in Snyder, Merwin, and Sze,” Jenny Morse (University of Illinois Chicago)
• “AilaminaMManimaliA, AnimanliAAilnaminA: Humanized Animals & Animalized Humans in Bresson’s Balthazar & Coetzee’s Costello,” Jimmy Duggan (University of Massachusetts Boston)

Disrupting Language Production and Identity
Chair: Jenny Krichevsky, MA/PhD in Composition and Rhetoric, UMass Amherst
Bartlett 127

• “Shirley Ann Williams: The Brightness of ‘Dessa Rose,’” Noreen Cleffi (University of Massachusetts Boston)
• “Native Sovereignty and Linguistic Identity: Multilingual Writing en América,” Rachel Bloom (University of Kansas)
• “Outrunning Our Monitor: A Psycholinguistic View of Freewriting,” Airlie Sattler Rose (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Session 2: 10:30-11:50

Queering Citizenship and the National Body
Chair: Anna-Claire Simpson, MA/PhD in Literature, UMass Amherst
Bartlett 125

• “Gender and Sex, Nationhood, and Citizenship: Revising How the West Was Won in Emma Pérez’s Forgetting the Alamo, or Blood Memory,” Karen A Fielder (University of Wyoming)
• “The Legacy of the Body in Mario Vargos Llosa’s The Feast of the Goat,” Emily Lepkowski (University of New Hampshire)
• “The Queerest of Them All: Cutting and Female Self-Injury in Spenser’s Knight of Chastity,” Alexander McAdams (University of Massachusetts Boston)

Performing Knowledge, Narratives, and Poetics: The Body in Response
Chair: Neelofer Qadir, Doctoral Candidate in Literature, UMass Amherst
Bartlett 109

• “Performing Narratives: Mawlid and the Moral Habitus in Keralite Sunni Islam,” A.K Muneer Hudawi (EFL University Hyderabad, India)
• “Performing Knowledges: Getting to Know What ‘Really’ Happened Between Henry Louis Gates and James Crowley,” performative piece, hari stephen kumar (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
• “‘Projective Verse’ and the ‘Open Text’ Considered as Practices of Body,” Sam Cha (University of Massachusetts Boston)

(En)Gendering Space
Chair: Gina Ocasion, Doctoral Candidate in Literature, UMass Amherst
Bartlett 131

• “The Pink Room: Seeing Her Self Multiplied and Emptied,” artist presentation, Anna Chiaretta Lavatelli (University of California San Diego)
• “Female Embodiment and Beat Success: Gendered Spaces in a Borderless Generation,” Raven See (Boston College)
• “Re-Forming Orphans: Gendered Space and the Surrogate Family in The Secret Garden and James and The Giant Peach,” Catherine Welter (University of New Hampshire)

Roundtable: “Play as Organizing Force; Men and Women in Ludic Spaces”
Chair: TreaAndrea Russworm, Assistant Professor of English, UMass Amherst
Bartlett 119

• James Hodges (New York University)
• Maxwell Foxman (New York University)
• Kimberly Thompson-Almanzor (New York University)
• Michelle C. Forelle (New York University)
• Stephanie Llamas (New York University)
• Holly Robbins (New York University)

12:00-1:00 LUNCH
(provided with conference admission)
Bartlett Lobby

1:00-2:30: Roundtable
Bartlett 61, Basement, to the left of the lecture hall

“‘Bodies Acting Together’: Collaborating and Colliding in the Academy,” moderated by Lauren Silber and Jenny Krichevsky, with Professors Amilcar Shabbaz (Afro-American Studies), Donna LeCourt (Critical and Cultural Composition Pedagogies), Laura Doyle (Transnational Fictions), and Ventura Perez (Violence Studies and Physical Anthropology)

Session 3: 2:40-4:00

Interrogating Solidarity in Alternative Spaces
Chair: Anna Waltman, Doctoral Candidate in Literature, UMass Amherst
Bartlett 127

• “Sweating the SlutWalk: Replications of Exclusionary Hospitality in Activist Movements,” Laura Hahn (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
• “Playing by Their Own Rules: Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby as a Potential Site of Resistance,” Amanda Draft (Wayne State University)
• “Alternative Identities: Women, Sexuality, and Altporn,” Paige MacGregor (New York University)

Public Projections and Circulation of Bodies
Chair: Elise Swinford, Doctoral Candidate in Literature, UMass Amherst
Bartlett 125

• “Chowing Down: How Actresses Use Food to Gain Attention and Lose Respect,” Alexandra Cale (New York University)
• “The Rebecca Spencer/K. Spencer Project,” photography, K. Spencer Carey and Rebecca Katherine Hirsch (New York University)
• “A Blood Red Cosmo: The Female Body in Cosmopolitan Magazine,” Saniya Ghanoui (New York University)

Agents of Empire
Chair: Nicholas Bromell, Professor of English, UMass Amherst
Bartlett 109

• “‘The Colonial Sin of Imitation’: Inter-Imperialism in Poe’s ‘A Tale of The Ragged Mountain,’” Sean Gordon (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
• “Very Important Persons,” fiction, Nick Sansone (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
• “Playing the Empire: Where Does Empire Stand in The Age of Empires,” Mahshid Mayar (Universität Bielefeld)

Articulating the Female Body
Chair: Emily Lordi, Assistant Professor of English, UMass Amherst
Bartlett 131

• “Negotiating the Conceptualization of Black Femininity in Lil Kim’s Album Hard Core,” Samina Ali (Duquesne University)
• “A Peak of Disorientation: The Fetishizing of the Female Breast in the Novels of Philip Roth,” Mike Witcombe (University of Southampton)
• “Why Not Mama, Dada?: Mina Loy’s Embodied Female Poetics,” Aidan Patricia Thompson (State University of New York Albany)

Session 4: 4:10-5:30

Marking Movement and the City Space
Chair: Ruth Lahti, Doctoral Candidate in Literature, UMass Amherst
Bartlett 131

• “There’s No Place Like Homeplace in The Street,” Pamela Worth (University of Massachusetts Boston)
• “The Yoke’s on You: Mugging as Cultural Practice in Jonathan Lethem’s The Fortress of Solitude,” Osvaldo Oyola (Binghamton University)
• “Monuments to Migration in Boston’s Public Spaces,” Zoe Sherman (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

American Futurity: Envisioning Present Bodies
Chair: Sean Gordon, MA/PhD in Literature, UMass Amherst
Bartlett 127

• “Daring to Take the ‘Full Forced Shock’: Melville’s Electromagnetic Corporeality in ‘The Lighting-Rod Man’ and Moby Dick,” James Patrick Gorham (University of Rhode Island)
• “Taking Place: The Creation of Heterotopic Space in the Work of William Gibson,” Wesley Dalton (Boston University)
• “A Cemetery and a Prison: Elements of [Anti-]Utopia in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Blithedale Romance,” Kimberly Young (University of New Hampshire)

Doing Time: Collections of Space
Chair: Rachael Katz, MFA Candidate in Fiction, UMass Amherst
Bartlett 119

• “Stone: A Storyteller,” fiction, Shastri Akella (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
• “‘The Prospect of Cluttered Cellar’: Joseph Cornell, Marianne Moore, and the Infinite, ‘Endless Associations of Process,’” Gale Marie Thompson (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
• “Approaches to the Asylum,” poetic project, Julia Madsen (Brown University)

//6:00: Meet in Bartlett Lobby to walk to reception

6-8:30: RECEPTION at University Club, provided with conference admission//

Post Reception…
Please join us for informal post reception
Festivities at the High Horse upstairs bar.
(Located at 24 N. Pleasant Street in Amherst,
right in the middle of town and a 15 minute
walk from the University Club.)

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