Institute Schedule 

Futures 2024 Schedule

June 17th - June 23rd

Monday, June 17: Opening Session

7:00pm - 7:15pm: Welcome (Hayward Room, Hanover Inn)

7:15pm - 10:15pm: "What Should American Studies Want from AI?" (Hayward Room, Hanover Inn)

  • Michele Elam: "Beyond Human-in-the-Loop: AI & 'Human’ Rights'"
  • Lauren Goodlad: "The Lifecycle of Writing Subjects: An Interdisciplinary Look at Generative AI"
  • James E. Dobson: “Memorization, Hypomnemata, and GenAI: On the New Industrialization of Knowledge"


Tuesday, June 18th

9:30am - 12:30pm: The Ongoingness of Settler Colonialism (Hayward Room, Hanover Inn)

  • Heike Paul: "Lost Causism and Early America: The Case of Roanoke, ca. 1585"
  • Donald E. Pease: "The Scarlet Letter: the Ends of Hawthorne’s Romance with Settler Liberalism"


1:45pm – 4:30pm: Participant Seminars

7:15pm - 10:15pm: "Crises in US Democratic Cultures (Room B03 Moore Hall)

  • Liam Kennedy: “The End of the Irish American Dream”
  • Russ Castronovo:” “Vulnerability and Aesthetics at the End of the World”


Wednesday, June 19th

9:30am - 12:30pm: “Alternative African American Dramaturgies(Room B03 Moore Hall)

  • Shane Vogel: “Lorraine Hansberry and the Ordinary Absurd”
  • Sandy Alexandre: “Who's Afraid of Everyday Use? Giving Props their Propers in The Piano Lesson”
  • Alan Nadel: “August Wilson’s Time, Sylvester’s Stutter, and History’s Black Bottom”


Participant Seminars: 1:45 pm – 4:30 pm

4:45pm – 6:45pm: Institute Picnic

7:15pm - 10:15pm: "Queer Solidarities" (Room B03 Moore Hall)

  • Eng-Beng Lim: "What’s Queer about Megastructures of Feeling?"
  • Tim Dean: "Hatred of Sex: The Example of Claude McKay"
  • Robyn Wiegman: "Who’s Not Afraid of Gender? And Other Questions We Could Ask If Gender Was Not a Fascist Tool"


Thursday, June 20th

9:30am - 12:30pm: "African American Melancholia, A Black Radical Politics of Resistance" (Hayward Room, Hanover Inn)

  • Hortense Spillers: "Exploring Sorority: Mothers and Police Power"
  • Kimberly Juanita Brown: “Black Grief in the Atmosphere"
  • Sheldon George: "Knotting the Psyche: White Fantasy, Police Violence, and the Racialized Imago"


Participant Seminars: 1:45pm – 4:30pm


7:15pm - 10:15pm: Racial Capitalism and Rifts in Social and Sexual Reproduction (Hayward Room, Hanover Inn)

  • Tony Bogues:” Racial Capitalism ( s ) / Plantations, Racial Slavery and an Alternative Genealogy- Syliva Wynter and the New World Group
  • Elizabeth Maddock Dillon:” “Metabolic Rift: Barbados and Ground Zero of Racial Capitalism”
  • Duncan Faherty: “Racial Capitalism & Transgressive Circulation in the Age of Revolutions”


Friday, June 21

9:30am - 12:30pm: "The Cultural Front of 21st Century Social Movements" (Hayward Room, Hanover Inn)

  • Patricia Stuelke: "The Zombie Cultural Front and the TikTok Intifada" 
  • Winfried Fluck: “The Populist Promise: What Can We Learn from Changing Narratives about American Popular Culture?”
  • RA Judy: “Black Study of Poetic Socialities:  Africanité and Arabité, مسألة النَّحْو”


Participant Seminars: 1:45pm – 4:30pm


7:15pm - 10:15pm: “Re-Imagining Decoloniality(Hayward Room, Hanover Inn)

  • Josefina Saldaña-Portillo: "Imagining Decoloniality Otherwise: Equality with Difference" 
  • Israel Reyes: "The Boricua Gaze: Decolonialism in Puerto Rican Visual Culture"

Saturday June 22nd

9:30-12:30: North Atlantic Universals/Transnational Asian American Analytics (Hayward Room, Hanover Inn)

  • Jodi Kim: "Asian American Studies and the Palestine Exception"
  • Iyko Day: "Settler Colonialism and the Ends of Analogy"
  • Dylan Rodriguez: "Asian Americanism as Liberal Reaction: Examining the Logic/Limits of Asian American Studies (and beyond)"


Participant Seminars: 1:45pm – 3:30pm

4:00pm - 6:00pm: Reimagining Indigenous Sovereignty: Refusal, Reconfiguration, Resurgence (Hayward Room, Hanover Inn)

  • Jodi Byrd: "Indigenous Relationality in the Grind of the Shitty Future"
  • Manu Karuka: "Indigenous Futures at the 'End of History'"


Institute Banquet 6:15pm-10:00pm (Hayward Room, Hanover Inn)