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2017 Institute Schedule  TBA

Futures 2016 Schedule


Monday, June 20


Session 1 “What Explains the Enduring Power of (Under)Commons Democracy

Chair and Moderator: Elizabeth Maddock Dillon (Northeastern University) “Materializing the Commons: Sensus Communis and Aesthesis.”

Cindi Katz (CUNY Graduate Center) tba

Anthony Barrymore Bogues (Brown) Race and racism in a "post racial moment": Working through a history of the present


Tuesday AM, June 21

“How Has Digitization Changed the Archive of American Studies?

Chair and Moderator: Ivy Schweitzer (Dartmouth) “How the Archive of Native American Studies is changing Digital Humanities”

Duncan Faherty  (CUNY Graduate Center) “To Boldly Go Where Readers Have Gone Before: Digital Archives, Viral Texts, & the Chronicling of America”

James E. Dobson (Dartmouth) “The Exorbitant Question of (Digital) Method”



Tuesday, June 21 PM

“Are American Renaissance Writings (Post)Secular?”

Chair and Moderator: Donatella Izz0 (Napoli) ““One mighty blood-spot”: Nathaniel Hawthorne and the crime scene.

Jared Hickman (Johns Hopkins) “"Back to the American Romance, Toward a Translatlantic History of Secularity"

Caleb Smith (Yale) “'Attending to Earthly Things”


Wednesday, June 22 AM

“Why (not) Surface Reading Now?”

Chair and Moderator: Winfried Fluck (Freie Universitaett) “Self-Alienation.”

Jennifer Fleissner (Indiana University) “Romancing the Real: Latour, Sedgwick, and Post-Critical Monism.” 

Walter Benn Michaels (Illinois, Chicago Circle)


Picnic on Tuck Drive this year 5-8

No PM Session


Thursday, June 23 AM

Affirmative Biopolitics?”

Chair and Moderator: Christian Haines (Dartmouth) tba

Lee Medovoi (Arizona)  “Biopolitics Beyond the Body: from Michel Foucault to Mohsin Hamid”


No evening session


Friday, June 24 AM

“Is the Pivot to the Asia-Pacific a Left-Over Cold War Fiction?

Chair and Moderator: Alan Nadel (Kentucky) "Sayonara, Teahouse of the August Moon, and the Re-Openning of Japan"

Yuan Shu (Texas Tech): Back to the Future: the Cold War, the Pivot to Asia, and China’s Rise

Donald Pease (Dartmouth): “Toni Morrison’s Korean War Tale”


Friday, June 24 PM

“Was ….. a Neo-Liberal fantasy?

Chair and Moderator: Patricia Stuelke (Dartmouth) “Invasion Love Plots, Antiblack Acoustics, and the Neoliberal Makeover of Panama”

Annie McClanahan (University of California, Irvine): “Was Economic Growth a Neoliberal Fantasy?: The Culture of Secular Stagnation.”


Saturday, June 25, AM

“Afro-Pessimism? Afro-Optimism?”  "Freedom Practices In the Shadow of Death”

Chair and Moderator: Soyica Diggs Colbert (Georgetown)

Ronald Judy (Pittsburgh) ““On the Question of Losing Hope: Between Me and Afro-Pessimism”

Hortense Spillers (Vanderbilt) “Afro-Pessimism and the Elders: Report From Part 2.”



Saturday PM

“Post-Racial U.S. Culture?”Saturday evening, June 25

Chair and Moderator: Eric Lott (Cuny Graduate Center” "Post-Racial": A Postmortem”

Roland Vegso (Nebraska) "Perpetual Civil War”

Sandy Alexandre (MIT)” Black Lives, Matter: How to Make Stereotypes Get a (Shelf) Life!”

Last Updated: 3/30/17