Crossroads VI: Conflicts, Contrasts, and Contradictions

September 28-30, 2018

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Conference Program

All events in Herter Hall 301, unless otherwise noted


8:45-9:15 Registration and breakfast (Herter Hall, 3rd floor lobby)

9:15-10:30 Panel 1: Transnational Political Imaginations (Chair: Juan Carlos Cabrera Pons)

Nebojša Todorović, Ajaxes in the Balkans and Beyond: Working Through the Fourth Wall”

Cindy Guo, Enclosing the Conflicts: Locating the Imprisoned Identity Enveloped in Bei Dao’s New Year

10:30-10:45 Break (Herter Hall, 3rd floor lobby)

10:45-12:00 Panel 2: Fragmented Bodies: Queer and Trans* Perspectives (Chair: Elif Savas)

Ata Sunucu, Gaps of Identity: Discrepancy and Embodiment in Hasan Ali Toptaş’s Ölü Zaman Gezginleri

Lubna Abdul-Hadi, Translation, Transgression, and Transition: The Annihilation of the Lesbian Body”

Shastri Akella, Queering the Bollywood Melodrama: Apparatus and Narrative as Devices of Resistance in Kapoor and Sons (2016)”

12-12:45 Lunch (Herter Hall, 3rd floor lobby)

12:45-2:00 Keynote lecture: Frances Negrón-Muntaner, “Blackout and other Scenarios of Catastrophe in Post-Maria Puerto Rico”

2:00-2:15 Break (Herter Hall, 3rd floor lobby)

2:15–3:15 Alternative academic careers panel (Chair: Noor Habib)

3:15-4:30 Panel 3: Fractured Temporalities in Visual Representations (Chair: Shastri Akella)

Corinne Black, Give Me a Body, Give Me a Brain: Deleuze’s Time-Image in A Woman Under the Influence and 2001: A Space Odyssey

Brett Driben, Characterizing Chaos: Fractured Timelines and the Inability of the Reader in Lynda Barry’s One! Hundred! Demons!

Hyemin Kim, Pixelvision videos: Imperfect Cinema and Sadie Benning’s hybrid queer ethnography”

4:30-4:45 Break (Herter Hall, 3rd floor lobby)

4:45-6:00 Panel 4: Female Subjectivities Across Genres and Languages (Chair: Dan Armenti)

Violeta Orozco Barrera, The Foreigner and her Conflicting Monologues: A Comparison between Castellano’s Poems and Adrienne Rich’s Poems as Contributors to the Visibilization and Development of the Female Subjectivity in Women’s Literature in the Americas”

Pilar Osorio Lora, “Political Consciousness in Balún Canán by Rosario Castellanos”

Sandra Joy Russell, “Queering the Ancestral Body: Ukrainian-Canadian Feminists Writing between Homelands”

7:00-10:00 Reception (Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall)


9:30-10:00 Breakfast (Herter Hall, 3rd floor lobby)

10:00-11:15 Panel 5: Transliminal Spaces and the Invention of Possibilities (Chair: Nefeli Forni Zervoudaki)

Joseph Boisvere, Friday: Silence and Ontology”

Patti Jeane Pangborn, Pausing in the Portal: Use of Liminal States and Transgressive Narratives in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s ‘Wakefield,’ ‘The Haunted Mind,’ and ‘Alice Doane’s Appeal’”

Adrienne Jacaruso, “‘La possibilité de l'invention’: The creative potential of encyclopedic form in Raymond Queneau’s Les enfants du Limon

11:15-12:15 Lunch (Herter Hall, 3rd floor lobby)

1:00-2:15 Closing event (place TBA)

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