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Futures 2017 Schedule


Monday, June 19th      

2:00 - 6:30 PM– Participant Check-In, Brace Commons. On East Wheelock Street, just west of North Park Street.

6:30 - 7:00 PMFilene Auditorium, Moore Hall

Opening session (including Seminar Orientation)

  • Donald Pease (Dartmouth College)
  • Elizabeth Maddock Dillon (Northeastern University)

 7:00 PM-10:00 PM - Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall

“What explains the enduring power of (under)commons democracy?” 

  • Donald Pease, Chair
  • Dana Nelson: "The Durable Lessons--and Challenges--of the Commons."
  • Lisa Lowe: “Of under(commons) / democracy?”
  • Elizabeth Maddock Dillon: "A Brief History of Uncommoning: Atlantic World Geographies of Gender, Race, and Social Death"

 10:30 PM – Welcome Reception, Filene Foyer in Moore Hall


Tuesday, June 20th

9:15 AM-12:30 PM – Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall

“How has the ‘new materialism’ affected your research project?”

  • Duncan Faherty, Chair 
  • Branka Arsić: "Coral Psyches:  Melville's Material Minds"
  • Christian Haines: "What's the Matter with Utopia?" 


2:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Seminar Rooms 

7:30 - 10:30 PM  Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall

"Do spectres of colonial settler capitalism haunt contemporary US literature?”

  • Alan Nadel, Chair,  "August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson: The Haunted Properties of the Piano and the Legacy of Human Property.”
  • Susan Strehle: "Schooled in Disavowal:  Louise Erdrich's LaRose and the Indian Boarding Schools"
  • Patricia Stuelke: "The Hemisphere Beyond Repair"

Wednesday, June 21 

9:15 AM-12:30 PM  Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall

“Does Digital Humanities have a method?

  • Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, Chair
  • Russ Castronovo: “Digital Gothic Humanities”?
  • James E. Dobson: "The Cultural  Significance of kNN"
  • David Golumbia: "The Methods of Digital Humanities"

2:00 PM- 5:00 PM - Seminar Rooms 

5:15 - 6:45 PM - Barbecue at Tuck Drive 


Thursday, June 22 

9:15 AM-12:00 PM Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall

“Does the recent U.S. election call for a significant alteration of the research analytics of Asian/American culture?” 

  • Eng-Beng Lim, Chair
  • David Eng:  "A Dialogue on Racial Dissociation."
  • Rachel Lee: "Flaming Kleptocrats, Flame Retardants, and Orange Fatigue: How Asian American Studies Can Learn from Endocrinologists."
  • Karen Shimakawa: "Agnostic Performance"

2:00 PM- 5:00 PM - Seminar Rooms 

7:30-10:30 PM  Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall

"Why has ‘Black Freedom’ become so precarious (yet again!) at this historical conjuncture?"

  • Soyica Diggs Colbert  Chair "Practices of Freedom: Lorraine Hansberry's and James Baldwin's Freedom Writing."
  • Ronald Judy: “What Kind Freedom is This: The Historical Question of Work and Blackness"

Friday, June 23

9:15 AM-12:00 PM 105 Dartmouth Hall 

“How can critique take hold in ‘post-truth’ U.S. culture?”

  • Winfried Fluck, Chair
  • Hortense Spillers: "Time and Change: Nodal Points in African-American Literature"
  • John Carlos Rowe: "Beyond Critique? The Novel and Social Media"
  • Tim Melley: "The Conspiracy Imaginary and the 'Post-Truth' Public Sphere.”

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM  Seminar Rooms 

7:30 - 10:30 PM – Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall

"What can European Americanists teach US scholars about American fascism?”

  • Donatella Izzo, Chair and presenter "'‘Who thinks I should fly the plane?’ Leadership, charisma, expertise, and other superstitions.”
  • Heike Paul: "The Politics of Purity: Fictions of a 'White Atlantic' Reconsidered"
  • Liam Kennedy: "Something Happened: Making Sense of Trump's America."


Saturday, June 24

9:15 AM-12:30 PM Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall

“Why has whiteness become a (dis)possessive agency of the working class at this historical conjuncture?” 

  • Eric Lott, Chair
  • Hamilton Carroll: "'If You Want to Know Why 2016 Happened, Read This Book':  Class, Race, and the Literature of Disinvestment"
  • Annie McClanahan: “Neoliberal Subjects and Surplus Populations”


2:00 - 3:00PM – Publication Session with Colleen Boggs and Duncan Faherty (Rockefeller 003)

4:15 - 6:30 PM – Grand Ballroom, Hanover Inn 

“Capitalocene/Anthropocene: how can the end of human exceptionalism become imaginable?”

  •  Colleen Boggs, Chair and Presenter, "After Human Exceptionalism: Biopolitics in the Anthropocene"
  •  Dana Luciano: "Love and Death in the Anthropocene: Affect, Genre, Moby-Dick"

6:30 - 11:00 PM – Banquet, Grand Ballroom, Hanover Inn 

Last Updated: 6/24/17