Futures 2015
Photo courtesy of Min Young Kim


Monday, June 22, 2015

2:00-6:30 PM Participant Check In, Brace Commons (East Wheelock Cluster)

6:30-7:00 PM  Opening Session including Seminar Orientation, Filene Auditorium (Moore Hall)

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


Evening Session, “What are the strengths and limitations to the digitalization of American Studies?” 7:00 PM-10:00 PM, Filene Auditorium (Moore Hall)

  • Elizabeth Maddock Dillon (Northeastern University) Moderator
  • Judith Roof (Rice University): “Imaginary Genealogies”
  • Jonathan Senchyne (University of Wisconsin): “Surface and Depth, from Book History to Digital Humanities"
  • Caroline Levander (Rice University): "American Studies@Scale"

10:30 PM Opening Reception, Filene Foyer 


Tuesday, June 23

Morning Session, "How have historical, cultural, and geo-political forces brought about changes in the periodization of American Literary studies?" 9:15 AM-12:30 PM, Filene Auditorium (Moore Hall)

  • Eric Lott (City University of New York Graduate Center) Moderator
  • Duncan Faherty (City University of New York Graduate Center): "Circa 1820"
  • Russ Castronovo (University of Wisconsin at Madison):  "Sex and the Conservative Girl:  Consent, Masochism, and Ayn Rand’s Vibrator."
  • Cindi Katz (City University of New York Graduate Center): "What was the Detroit Geographical Expedition and Institute?"


2:00-5:00 PM - Seminar Rooms (see seminar list in folder)


Evening Session, "What are the new European perspectives on Trans-Atlantic American studies?” 7:30-10:30 PM,  Filene Auditorium (Moore Hall)

  • Donald Pease (Dartmouth College) Moderator.
  • Giorgio Mariani (Sapienza University): "'European' American Studies Today: The Conditions of Production"
  • Heike Paul (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg): “(New) Perspectives on European American Studies: Histories, Practices, Trajectories” 
  • Michael Boyden (Uppsala University): “Palmyra on the Mississippi: Environmental Orientalism in Early American Literature”



Wednesday, June 24

Morning Session, “How has Afro-Pessimism reconfigured African-American Studies?” 9:15 AM-12:30 PM,  Filene Auditorium (Moore Hall)

  • Soyica Diggs Colbert (Georgetown University) Moderator
  • Anthony Bogues (Brown University): “Reimagining the Genealogies of Black Radicalism Today”
  • Michael Chaney (Dartmouth): "Simultaneous History: Re-Seeing John Lewis’s Graphic Memoir March After Ferguson and Baltimore"
  • Hortense Spillers (Vanderbilt University): "Afro Pessimism and the Elders: Critical Transformations."


2:00-5:00 PM - Seminar Rooms (see seminar list in folder) 

5:15 -6:45 PM - Barbecue at Lord Lawn on Tuck Drive (see map)

Evening Session, 7:30-10:30 PM,  Filene Auditorium (Moore Hall)

  • Nancy Fraser (New School): "Legitimation Crisis? On the Political contradictions of Financialized Capitalism"


Thursday, June 25

Morning Session,  “What is Surface Reading? Why did it emerge? What are its strengths and limitations?” 9:15 AM-12:30 PM,  Filene Auditorium (Moore Hall)

  • Winfried Fluck (JFK Institute: Freie Universitatt) Moderator
  • Heather Love (University of Pennsylvania): “The Temptations: Observation, Description, and the Limits of Critique”
  • Stephen Best (UC Berkeley): "On Thinking Like a Work of Art"  
  • Caleb Smith (Yale University): “"On the Type of Writing Known as 'Reading’”


2:00-5:00 PM - Seminar Rooms (see seminar list in folder)

Evening Session, “What are the new directions in Queer Theory?” 7:30-10:30 PM,  Filene Auditorium (Moore Hall)

  • J. Martin Favor (Dartmouth) Moderator 
  • Elizabeth Freeman (University of California at Davis): “Queer Sense-Methods?”
  • Chris Castiglia (Penn State University): "The Queerness of Critical Allegory”
  • Tavia Nyong’o (New York University): “Decelerating Queerness: Intimacy, Conspiracy, Solidarity”   


Friday, June 26

Morning Session, Why have US American literary studies scholars returned to the literatures of the Civil War at this historical conjuncture?” 9:15 AM-12:30 PM,  105 Dartmouth Hall.

  • Colleen Boggs (Dartmouth) Moderator
  • Kimberly Juanita Brown (Harvard University) "Mortevivum: Racialized Mourning and the Civil War in the American Imaginary"
  • Eliza Richards (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill): "Civil War Studies and Post-Nationalist Literary Histories”
  • Glenn Hendler (Fordham University): “The Civil War and the Ends of the State."

2:00-5:00 PM - Seminar Rooms (see seminar list in folder)


Saturday, June 27

Morning Session, "How have financial speculation and state securitization influenced the mode of production of Contemporary US Literature?” 9:15 AM-12:30 PM,  105 Dartmouth Hall

  • Elizabeth Maddock Dillon (Northeastern) Moderator
  • Hamilton Carroll (University of Leeds): "'Anticipating the Fall': Art, Memory, and Historical Reclamation in Colum McCann’s 'Let the Great World Spin'."
  • Christian Haines (Dartmouth): "On Subaltern Finance”
  • Annie McClanahan (University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee): “The Novel in the Age of Microeconomics”

5:15-11:30 PM, Final Banquet for Participants and Faculty, Grand Ballroom, Hanover Inn (See Map!)

“What are the new directions in Hemispheric and Trans-Pacific studies?” 

  • Ivy Schweitzer (Dartmouth) Moderator
  • John Carlos Rowe (University of Southern California): “’Shades of Paradise’: Craig Santos Perez’s Transpacific Voyages”
  • Lisa Lowe (Tufts University): “Beyond Compare: Asymmetries as Method”


Sunday, June 28

11 AM – Participant Check out (Brace Commons, Wheelock Cluster). Please check your rooms to make sure you haven't forgotten anything, place your keys in the drop box that has been provided for you in Brace Commons (where you checked in), and have safe travels!