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Thursday October 8, 2015


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The papers and commentaries presented during this meeting are intended solely for the hearing of those present and should not be tape-recorded, copied, or otherwise reproduced without the consent of the authors. Recording, copying, or reproducing a paper/presentation without the consent of the author(s) may be a violation of common law copyright and may result in legal difficulties for the person recording, copying, or reproducing.

8:00 am – 9:45 am

003. Spatio-Sexual Politics and Racial Justice in Chicago and Los Angeles

Sheraton Centre, Birchwood Ballroom

How does racial segregation in urban planning, public housing architecture, suburbanization, defense industry production, and the so-called wars on crime, drugs, gangs, and terror, implicate health care delivery systems, health status, and basic bodily integrity? What ethical standards should be applied to the study of social movements such that we attend to, at the level of practice, the erotic dimension of communal politics, and at the level of theory, sex and gender as inherently socio-spatial categories.

CHAIR:
Tryon P. Woods, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth (MA)
PANELISTS:
Jenna Loyd, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (WI)
Angel David Nieves, Hamilton College (NY)
Rashad Shabazz, Arizona State University (AZ)
COMMENT:
Tryon P. Woods, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth (MA)

8:00 am – 9:45 am

004. Spectacles of Misery: Violence, Resistance, and Subversive Performance

Sheraton Centre, Cedar

CHAIR:
Lindsay Adamson Livingston, Brigham Young University (UT)
PAPERS:
Elizabeth Mesok, Harvard University (MA)
The Subversive Potential of U.S. Military Women's Affective Labor at War
Myrna Pérez Sheldon, Rice University (TX)
How Did Gender and Sexuality Become Weapons on the American Religio-Political Scene?
Anna Ioanes, University of Virginia (VA)
The Risks of Representing Black Misery: A Subtlety's Performance of Violence
Kevin Prescott Morris, Syracuse University (NY)
Death Certificate: The Death and Rebirth of the Violent Black Radical
Bryan Brentus Carter, Johns Hopkins University (MD)
Saved in Henceforward: Blackening Whiteness and the Rise of the Black Cyborg in America
COMMENT:
Lindsay Adamson Livingston, Brigham Young University (UT)

8:00 am – 9:45 am

005. Where Misery Meets Agency: A Critique of the Empowerment, Resilience, and Bearing Witness Models of Intervention

Sheraton Centre, Chestnut East

CHAIR:
TBA
PAPERS:
Mimi Thi Nguyen, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)
The Politics of Misery, the Aesthetics of Resilience
Soo Ah Kwon, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)
Reproduction of Youth Misery in Global Youth Empowerment
Gada Mahrouse, Concordia University, Montreal (Canada)
The Virtues and Dangers of Seeing Misery Up Close: Bearing Witness on War Zone Tours
COMMENT:
The Audience

8:00 am – 9:45 am

006. Technologies of Misery and [In]security in the Military-Industrial Complex

Sheraton Centre, Chestnut West

CHAIR:
Sara Matthews, Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada)
PAPERS: Carrie Andersen, University of Texas, Austin (TX)
"Dwell, Detect, Destroy": Marketing the Drone in the Post-9/11 Era
Patrick Vitale, New York University (NY)
Nuclear Suburbs: Learning to Live with the Military Industrial Complex
Stefka Hristova, Michigan Technological University (MI)
Charting the Territory: Space and Power in the Iraq War
COMMENT:
Sara Matthews, Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada)

8:00 am – 9:45 am

007. Temporalities of Resistance: Media and the Miseries of Race

Sheraton Centre, City Hall Room

CHAIR:
Elizabeth Reich, Connecticut College (CT)
PAPERS:
Kevin Ball, Wayne State University (MI)
The Blood of the Fang is the Truth of the Thang: Desegregating Vampirism in Bill Gunn's Ganja and Hess
Chera Kee, Wayne State University (MI)
Racial Misery and (Mis)Perception: Milestone Comics, Xombi, and the Curious Case of David Kim
Carrie Malcom, Independent Scholar
"This Book is not a Prescription for Repair": The Undercommons and Black Anarchist Temporality
COMMENT:
Elizabeth Reich, Connecticut College (CT)

8:00 am – 9:45 am

008. The Angel of Misery: Temporality, Political Ecologies, and Public Feeling

Sheraton Centre, Davenport

CHAIR:
Kadji Amin, State University of New York, Stony Brook (NY)
PAPERS:
Amber Jamilla Musser, Washington University in St. Louis (MO)
Out of Fashion: Miserable Feminists and Queer Time
John Andrews, Williams College (MA)
Preparing for Misery: A Sociality for the End of the World
Aimee Bahng, Dartmouth College (NH)
The Half-Lives of Misery: Transpacific Ecologies in the Era of Global Finance Capitalism
COMMENT:
Kadji Amin, State University of New York, Stony Brook (NY)

8:00 am – 9:45 am

009. The Emotion of Photography

Sheraton Centre, Forest Hill

CHAIR:
Elizabeth Young, Mount Holyoke College (MA)
PAPERS:
Emily A. Roehl, University of Texas, Austin (TX)
Oil Landscape Photography and the Performance of Resistance
Jenna Brager, Rutgers University, New Brunswick/Piscataway (NJ)
#me #in #auschwitz: Holocaust Remembrance Selfies and the Performative Politics of Sadness
Janet Zandy, Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)
Photography Between Shame and Desire or How to Photograph People Without Shaming Them
COMMENT:
The Audience

8:00 am – 9:45 am

010. The Miseries of Reproduction: Intractable Media and American Art of the Long Nineteenth Century

Sheraton Centre, Kensington

CHAIR:
Ellery Foutch, Middlebury College (VT)
PAPERS:
Amy Torbert, University of Delaware (DE)
Miserable Fragments: The Material and Political Resistance of Mezzotints
Sarah Beetham, University of Delaware (DE)
Resorting to Reproduction: The Elbert County Confederate Monument and the Failure of Originality
COMMENT:
Ellery Foutch, Middlebury College (VT)

8:00 am – 9:45 am

011. The Production of Misery in Media Forms: Neoliberalism, Resistance, and Repression

Sheraton Centre, Leaside

CHAIR:
Catherine Zuromskis, Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)
PAPERS:
A. Joan Saab, University of Rochester (NY)
Darkness Falls Across the Land: Vincent Price, Michael Jackson and the Dawn of Zombie Neoliberalism
Margot Bouman, New School University (NY)
Spatializing the Meme [Are you talkin' to me?]
Catherine Zuromskis, Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)
Feeling Eric Garner and Oscar Grant: Citizen Journalism and American Neoliberalism
COMMENT:
Nic Sammond, University of Toronto (Canada)

8:00 am – 9:45 am

012. The Ambiguity of Belonging: Space and Place in the Writing of Dionne Brand

Sheraton Centre, Linden

CHAIR:
Andrea Fatona, OCAD University (Canada)
PAPERS:
Natalie Léger, City University of New York, Queens College (NY)
Mourning the Un-mourned: Dionne Brand's Elegy of Love for Black Women
Ronald Cummings, Brock University (Canada)
Maroon Flight and "Locations of Not Here" in Dionne Brand's In Another Place, Not Here
Laurie Lambert, University of California, Davis (CA)
A Radical Inheritance: Cuba and Grenada in the Writing of Dionne Brand
COMMENT The Audience

8:00 am – 9:45 am

013. The Progressive Era's Afterlives

Sheraton Centre, Maple

CHAIR:
Jade Ferguson, University of Guelph (Canada)
PAPERS:
Laura Fisher, Ryerson University (Canada)
Progressive Reform and the "Subtle Problem" of Friendship
Emily Hainze, Columbia University (NY)
Engendering the Case History
Paul Lawrie, University of Winnipeg (Canada)
New Negro Typologies: Wartime Ergonomics and the Production of The Negro Problem in Progressive America
Autumn Womack, University of Pittsburgh (PA)
Re-Citing the Social Problem
COMMENT:
Jade Ferguson, University of Guelph (Canada)

8:00 am – 9:45 am

014. Indigenous Persistence Where We Meet

Sheraton Centre, Pine

How can ASA acknowledge, consider, and increase awareness of the ongoing presence and persistence of Indigenous peoples in the very place where we hold our annual meeting? Jill Carter (Ojibwe) and Hayden King (Ojibwe and Pottawatomi) will provide meeting attendees an opportunity to learn about and be challenged by the realities of Indigenous Toronto and of First Nations communities across Ontario. These highly regarded scholars are well-known beyond the academy for their public performances and other public intellectual work. They will be joined by Rick Monture, a Mohawk literary scholar whose work focuses on two centuries of writing from the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario.

8:00 am – 9:45 am

015. Monuments to (In)justice

Sheraton Centre, Provincial Room North

CHAIR:
David Brody, Parsons School of Design (NY)
PAPERS:
Karen Stanworth, York University (Canada)
Visible Culture: The Toronto AIDS Memorial and the Negotiation of Personal Grief and Public Anger
Lyndsey P. Beutin, University of Pennsylvania (PA)
The Biopolitics of Social Practice Art: Autonomy and Social Control in the Gramsci Monument
Masami Usui, Doshisha University (Japan)
Memorial Sites, Globalized Networks, and the Literature of Catastrophe 'Before and After' 9/11
COMMENT:
The Audience

8:00 am – 9:45 am

016. Social Tragedies of Music Making? Child Stars, Digital Patronage, and Aging R&B Performers

Sheraton Centre, Provincial Room South

CHAIR:
Susan Fast, McMaster University (Canada)
PAPERS:
Jacqueline Warwick, Dalhousie University (Canada)
Child's Play: Child Stars and Child Labor
Jonathan Karpetz, McGill University (Canada)
Crowdsourced Music Patronage in Contemporary Creative Economies
Matt Stahl, University of Western Ontario (Canada)
The Very Thing that Makes You Rich Made Me Poor: The R&B Royalty Reform Movement
COMMENT:
Susan Fast, McMaster University (Canada)

8:00 am – 9:45 am

017. Speaking Askance: Experimental Aesthetics and Social Critique in Black Expressive Culture

Sheraton Centre, Rosedale

CHAIR:
Herman Gray, University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)
PAPERS:
Shelly Eversley, City University of New York, Baruch College (NY)
Black Art
Tonya M. Foster, City University of New York, Graduate Center (NY)
Difficult Subjects. Talking Sh*t. At the Crossroads
Phillip Brian Harper, New York University (NY)
Poetics of Contemporary Racial Critique: Claudia Rankine's Citizen
COMMENT:
Herman Gray, University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

8:00 am – 9:45 am

018. Black Misery in Word and World

Sheraton Centre, Simcoe / Dufferin

CHAIR:
TBA
PAPERS:
Anton Smith, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (AL)
Transcending Modern Misery Through Faith and Music: Toward an Understanding of Black Freedom in James Baldwin's Sonny's Blues
Stephen Knadler, Spelman College (GA)
Vibrant Naturalism: The Unbecoming Political Ecologies of African American Misery
Leila Mansouri, University of California, Berkeley (CA)
The Electoral Geography of Misery and Douglass's Invention of the Self-Made Man
COMMENT:
The Audience

8:00 am – 9:45 am

019. Then Again: Race, Recurrent Misery, and Resistant Futures

Sheraton Centre, Willow East

CHAIR:
Catherine John, University of Oklahoma (OK)
PAPERS:
Bruce Barnhart, University of Oslo (Norway)
Lindon Barrett, W.E.B. Du Bois, and the Temporal Structure of Racial Violence
James Zeigler, University of Oklahoma (OK)
Slow Racial Violence: "Ruin-Reading" Anthropocene Americas
Janet Neary, City University of New York, Hunter College (NY)
Aftermath, or "Thinking Like a Black Woman": Kara Walker's Slave Narrative After the Deluge
COMMENT:
Catherine John, University of Oklahoma (OK)

8:00 am – 9:45 am

020. Decolonial Feminism in Theory and Practice

Sheraton Centre, Willow Centre,

CHAIR:
Nikolay Karkov, State University of New York, College at Cortland (NY)
PAPERS:
Daphne Taylor-García, University of California, San Diego (CA)
All That is Solid Melts into Air: Gender and Sexuality in the Modern/Colonial/Capitalist System
Xhercis Mendez, California State University, Fullerton (CA)
Notes Toward a Decolonial Feminist Methodology
Yomaira Figueroa, Michigan State University (MI)
Faithful Witnessing as a Practice of Decolonial Deminism
COMMENT:
Nikolay Karkov, State University of New York, College at Cortland (NY)

8:00 am – 9:45 am

021. Abolition and Decolonization in Canada and the U.S.

Sheraton Centre, Willow West

CHAIR:
Brett Story, University of Toronto (Canada)
PAPERS:
Stephanie Lumsden, Portland State University (OR)
Reimagining our Futures: Indigenous Sovereignty and Prison Abolition
Nasrin Himada, University of Montreal (Canada)
"Incarceration is Colonization": On Violence Against Indigenous Women
Bronwyn Dobchuk-Land, University of Winnipeg (Canada)
Community-based Crime Prevention and Carceral Control in Manitoba
Ted Rutland, Concordia University (Canada)
Abolition, Decolonization, and the Afterlives of Black and Indigenous Slavery in Montreal
COMMENT:
Anne Bonds, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (WI)

8:00 am – 9:45 am

022. The Urban Environment

Sheraton Centre, Yorkville West

CHAIR:
Johana Londoño, State University of New York, Albany (NY)
PAPERS:
Rebecca H. Jacobs, Yale University (CT)
Wartime Production and Its Afterlife at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
Patrick Dennis Nugent, George Washington University (DC)
Ol' Dirty Bastard Environmentalism: The Staten Island Secession Movement and Wu-Tang Clan's 36 Chambers, 1990–1993
Kathryn J. Oberdeck, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)
The Miseries of "Blight" and Gendered Resistance: Women and Urban Space in Post-War Durban and Chicago
Chloe Taft, Yale University (CT)
Church Closures and Casino Capitalism: Landscapes of Loss in Postindustrial Bethlehem, PA
COMMENT:
The Audience

8:00 am – 3:00 pm

023. Business Meeting: National Council

Sheraton Centre, Pinnacle – 43rd Floor

10:00 am – 11:45 am

024. Mapping Violence, Projecting Desire, Seeing Futures

Sheraton Centre, Birchwood Ballroom

CHAIR:
Dina Georgis, University of Toronto (Canada)
PAPERS:
Hannah Dyer, Sheridan College (Canada) and Dina Georgis, University of Toronto (Canada)
Play Interrupted: Difficult Futures for the Children of Gaza
Sharlene Bamboat, Artist and Alexis Mitchell, University of Toronto (Canada)
Border Sounds
Natalie Kouri-Towe, University of Toronto (Canada)
Transnational Solidarity and the Politics of Attachment in the Queer Palestine Movement
COMMENT:
The Audience

10:00 am – 11:45 am

025. Canadian Association for American Studies: Wildcat Currencies: America's Alternative Economies

Sheraton Centre, Cedar

CHAIR:
Jenna Hunnef, University of Toronto (Canada)
PAPERS:
David Carruthers, Queen's University (Canada)
The Ceded Seed: Sustaining the Green Market by Means of Silko's Ceremony and Butler's Bloodchild
Joe Conway, University of Alabama, Huntsville (AL)
Shinplasters, Bed Dogs, and Fips: The Demotic Sense of Money in Antebellum Culture
Riley McDonald, Western University (Canada)
Threshold States: The Viral Dialectics of William Gibson's Blue Ant Trilogy
Ross Bullen, OCAD University (Canada)
"The Mysteries of Futurity": William Wells Brown, Gresham's Law, and Reproductive Futurism
COMMENT:
The Audience

10:00 am – 11:45 am

026. Transnational History of Japan–North America Migration and Contact: Labour, Culture, and Transracial Relationships

Sheraton Centre, Chestnut East

CHAIR:
Edward Tang, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (AL)
PAPERS:
Yukari Takai, University of Windsor (Canada)
Ocean-Bound Borderland and Transnational History: Japanese Transmigration via Hawai'i
Masumi Izumi, Doshisha University (Japan)
Transpacific Analysis of the 1907 Vancouver Race Riot: Connecting Japan, Hawai'i, California and Canada
Greg Robinson, University of Quebec at Montreal (Canada)
Transnational and Transracial: The Early History of Mixed-Race Japanese Americans
Mari Nagatomi, Doshisha University (Japan)
Recuperating Masculinity: Hiroshi Toyama, Charlie Walker and American Country Music across the Pacific
COMMENT:
The Audience

10:00 am – 11:45 am

027. Death/Work: Afterlives of the Black Mortuary

Sheraton Centre, Chestnut West

CHAIR:
Nicole R. Fleetwood, Rutgers University, New Brunswick/Piscataway (NJ)
PAPERS:
Jamal A. Batts, University of California, Berkeley (CA)
Black Don't Crack: Social Death and Contemporary Black Postmortem Photography
Cecilio Cooper, Northwestern University (IL)
Black Intersexuality and the Gender Indeterminacy of Social Death
Brittany Meche, University of California, Berkeley (CA)
Mortuary States: Economies of (Black) Death and Political Community
Jerry Philogene, Dickinson College (PA)
"Dead Citizen" and the Abject Nation: Social Death and the Strategic Power of the Image
COMMENT:
Nicole R. Fleetwood, Rutgers University, New Brunswick/Piscataway (NJ)

10:00 am – 11:45 am

028. Throwaway People: The Production and Productivity of Black Urban Misery in the Long 1980s

Sheraton Centre, City Hall Room

CHAIR:
Kai Green, Northwestern University (IL)
PAPERS:
Treva Ellison, University of Southern California (CA)
In the Business of Misery: Race, Policing and Making 'Gay L.A.'
Elizabeth Todd-Breland, University of Illinois, Chicago (IL)
Good Kid, Mad City: The Politics of "The Good Kid" in 1980s Chicago
Kwame Holmes, University of Colorado, Boulder (CO)
A Kindler, Gentler Carceral State: In-Prison HIV-AIDS Treatment and the Politics of Land in Late 1980s D.C.
COMMENT:
Kai Green, Northwestern University (IL)

10:00 am – 11:45 am

029. Depatriarchal Practice In/Against Neoliberalism: Migrations of Misery and Resistance in Las Américas

Sheraton Centre, Davenport

This trans-American roundtable will explore the following questions: What does depatriarchal practice look like in and against neoliberalism in the Americas? What role do gender and sexuality play in the manifestation of new political subjectivities and practices? How do depatriarchal practices reconstruct the social fabric on different scales (barrio, state, global)? How do depatriarchal discourses and practices travel? What technologies and tools are created or adapted in translocal circuits? What is the pedagogical potentiality of depatriarchal practice? Specifically, what does it contribute to our conceptualization of feminist theory and practice in the twenty-first century?

CHAIR:
Magalí Rabasa, University of Kansas (KS)
PANELISTS:
Elisa Oceguera, University of California, Davis (CA)
Margaret Cerullo, Hampshire College (MA)
Michal Osterweil, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (NC)
Magalí Rabasa, University of Kansas (KS)

10:00 am – 11:45 am

030. Refusing Erasure: Black Women's Bodies as Sites of National, Colonial, and Sexual Oppression and Resistance

Sheraton Centre, Forest Hill

CHAIR:
Dorothy Roberts, University of Pennsylvania (PA)
PAPERS:
Courtney Bryan, Princeton University (NJ)
"Divine Songs": Sounds of Transcendence in the Music of Alice Coltrane
Yasmeen Chism, New York University (NY)
Sexual Taboos: Interracial Relationships and Female Resistance in Nella Larsen's Quicksand and Shonda Rhimes' Scandal
Emanuela Kucik, Princeton University (NJ)
"Her First Death": Rwanda, Genocidal Rape Warfare, and Romance in Tadjo's The Shadow of Imana
COMMENT:
The Audience

10:00 am – 11:45 am

031. Digital Death Worlds: Mediating Necropolitics

Sheraton Centre, Kensington

CHAIR:
Alexis Lothian, University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
PAPERS:
Fiona Barnett, Duke University (NC)
Postmortem Subjectivities
Amanda Phillips, University of California, Davis (CA)
The Playful Dead: Mechropolitics and Ragdoll Physics
Margaret Rhee, University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
The Necropolitical Meaning of Machines: Asian American Racial Formation and Death by Collision
Micha Cárdenas, University of Washington, Bothell (WA)
Stitching Poetics: Algorithmic Identity and Networked Bodies
COMMENT:
Alexis Lothian, University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

10:00 am – 11:45 am

032. Diminishing Attachments: Feminist Politics and Aesthetics in the Miserable 1970s

Sheraton Centre, Leaside

CHAIR:
Susie O'Brien, McMaster University (Canada)
PAPERS:
Marissa Brostoff, City University of New York, Graduate Center (NY)
Stage Fright: Shulamith Firestone and the Feminist Rewriting of Adulthood
Emily Hella Tsaconas, New York University (NY)
Liberating the Body: Title IX and the Promises of Legislative Feminism
Jean-Thomas Tremblay, University of Chicago (IL)
A User's Guide to Deregulation: On Experimental Feminist Literature
Ethan Philbrick, New York University (NY)
A Connection That Feels More Like a Separation: Feminism, Race, and Technologies of the Group
COMMENT:
Susie O'Brien, McMaster University (Canada)

10:00 am – 11:45 am

033. Facing Post-gentrification: On the Politics of Home in an Era of Rapid Change

Sheraton Centre, Linden

This roundtable is interested in a range of questions to include gentrification as an unfolding process, how traditional 'remedies' against urban inequality are buried, and how policy choices intersect with new waves of hyper- or super-gentrification. What new forms of politics emerge in places where the unevenness of gentrification is most evident, where anti-displacement politics are undercut by global finance capital and its post-recessionary clutch on local urban processes?

CHAIR:
Rachel Brahinsky, University of San Francisco (CA)
PANELISTS:
Rachel Brahinsky, University of San Francisco (CA)
Anna Joo Kim, Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
Nancy Raquel Mirabal, University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

10:00 am – 11:45 am

034. Gender, Sexuality, and the Politics of (De)institutionalization, 1955–1988

Sheraton Centre, Maple

CHAIR:
Chris Chapman, York University (Canada)
PAPERS:
Stephen Dillon, Hampshire College (MA)
The Control to Come: Sexuality, Terror, and the Control Unit
Abram J. Lewis, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
"This Is the End of the Sixties!" Schizo-Culture and the Politics of Sexuality
COMMENT:
Chris Chapman, York University (Canada)

10:00 am – 11:45 am

035. Geographies of Indigenous and Settler Immiseration, Commiseration, and Resistance

Sheraton Centre, Pine

CHAIR:
Lauren Stuart Muller, City College of San Francisco (CA)
PAPERS:
Candace Fujikane, University of Hawai'i, Manoa (HI)
Cartographies of Indigenous and Settler Commiseration: Affinities for a Mo'o 'A|ina Beyond the Settler State
Martha Nandorfy, University of Guelph (Canada)
The History of the Future: Re-entering Time Immemorial in Emergent Biotic Worldviews
Laura Lyons, University of Hawai'i, Manoa (HI)
Pushed to the Limit: Indigenous and Settler Alliance on the Island of La\na'i
Myla Vicenti Carpio, Arizona State University (AZ)
"[G]reat Physical Discomfort ... and ... Perfectly Marvelous Human Spirit": The Multi-settler Engagements of Poston Relocation Center
COMMENT:
Lauren Stuart Muller, City College of San Francisco (CA)

10:00 am – 11:45 am

036. Institutions of Misery: Abjection, Sexuality, and Aesthetic Practices

Sheraton Centre, Provincial Room North

CHAIR:
Barry Shank, Ohio State University, Columbus (OH)
PAPERS:
Joan Lubin, University of Pennsylvania (PA)
Sex, Narrative, Number: Social Facts circa '48
Gustavus Stadler, Haverford College in Pennsylvania (PA)
Look Away: Woody Guthrie, Illness, and Racial-Sexual Shame
Ruby Tapia, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (MI)
Between Sex and Maternity: Prison Photography and the Abject Sentimentality of Incarcerated Pregnancies
COMMENT:
Barry Shank, Ohio State University, Columbus (OH)

10:00 am – 11:45 am

037. Sex, Misère, and the Redemptive: Barebacking and Historicity

Sheraton Centre, Provincial Room South

CHAIR:
Ricky Varghese, Independent Scholar
PAPERS:
Jonathan A. Allan, Brandon University (Canada)
The Foreskin Archive: Circumcision as Biomedical and Nationalist Imperative
Matthew Halse, Western University (Canada)
Barebacking, PrEP, and the Deferment of a Virus
John Paul Ricco, University of Toronto (Canada)
Barebacking and the Essential Risk of Existence
COMMENT:
Ricky Varghese, Independent Scholar

10:00 am – 11:45 am

038. Hooray for the Riff-Raff: Shiftless Hustlers, Tramps and Street Punks Resisting Carcerality and Capitalism

Sheraton Centre, Rosedale

CHAIR:
Melinda Chateauvert, Independent Scholar
PAPERS:
Heather Berg, University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
Porn Work, Post-Work
Tanya Gulliver-Garcia, York University (Canada)
Safe for Whom? The Safe Streets Act and Criminalization of Ontario's Homeless Population
COMMENT:
Melinda Chateauvert, Independent Scholar

10:00 am – 11:45 am

039. Intimate Industries in the Making of Precarity: A Transnational Conversation on How Bodies Matter

Sheraton Centre, Simcoe / Dufferin

CHAIR:
Cynthia Cranford, University of Toronto (Canada)
PAPERS:
Premilla Nadasen, Barnard College (NY)
Domestic Service and the Construction of Precarity
Eileen Boris, University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
Elder Companions and Quasi-Public Employees: Racialized Gender and the Devaluing of Home Care Work
Maria Cecilia Hwang, Brown University (RI)
Insecure Freedom: Precarity and Agency in Informal Labor Migration
Rhacel Parreñas, University of Southern California (CA)
Consuming Bodies: Food and Labor of Migrant Domestic Workers in Dubai and Singapore
Rachel Silvey, University of Toronto (Canada)
Body/Market: Making and Managing Indonesian Overseas Labor Migrants
COMMENT:
The Audience

10:00 am – 11:45 am

040. Queer Spaces

Sheraton Centre, Willow East

CHAIR:
Lauren Heintz, University of California, San Diego (CA)
PAPERS:
Rachel Gelfand, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (NC)
Layers of Return and Reproduction: Terezín Art, Queer Family, and Critical Holocaust Studies
Brad Congdon, Dalhousie University (Canada)
Answered Prayers and Queer Spaces of Resistance
Ryan Conrad, Concordia University (Canada)
Revisiting AIDS and Its Metaphors
COMMENT:
The Audience

10:00 am – 11:45 am

041. Public Education, National Security State, and Insurgent Black Life: Tracing Genealogies and Infrastructures of the Racial State

Sheraton Centre, Willow Centre,

CHAIR:
Mark Campbell, Nia Center for the Arts (Canada)
PAPERS:
Edwin Mayorga, Swarthmore College (PA)
Mapping and Resisting the Contours of Dominance: Barrio Education Policy Work and State Power in this Era of Racial Capitalism
Connie Wun, University of Illinois, Chicago (IL)
Forging Anger: Racialized and Gendered Resistance Against the Misery of U.S. Carceral Schooling
Corinna Mullin, University of Tunis (Tunisia)
Resisting the Miseries of the Racialized National Security State
Ujju Aggarwal, University of Texas, Austin (TX)
Fixing Broken Windows: Racial Isolation, the Achievement Gap, and the Ideological Architecture of Whiteness as Property in Education Reform
Samar Al-Bulushi, Yale University (CT)
Civic Education, Community Policing, and the 'Right to Security' in Coastal Kenya
COMMENT:
The Audience

10:00 am – 11:45 am

042. Colonialism and the Settler State

Sheraton Centre, Willow West

CHAIR:
Jean O'Brien, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
PAPERS:
Christina Juhasz-Wood, University of New Mexico (NM)
Producing Homelessness: Colonialism, Social Death, and Violence in New Mexico
Amber Annis, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
Re-Locating Relocation: The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and Cold War Public Diplomacy
Caitlin Keliiaa, University of California, Berkeley (CA)
Unsettling Domesticity: Native Women Derailing U.S. Indian Policy in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1926–1946
COMMENT:
The Audience

10:00 am – 11:45 am

043. Object Misery and the Resistant Art of Scavenge

Sheraton Centre, Yorkville West

CHAIR:
Michael Epp, Trent University (Canada)
PAPERS:
Rebecca Falkoff, New York University (NY)
Future Unused: On Hoarding and the 'Scavenge Effect'
Caroline Langill, OCAD University (Canada)
Inviting Misery In: Fred Wilson and the Maryland Historical Society Collection
Charmaine M. Eddy, Trent University (Canada)
Does the Object Feel?: Speculative Affect and Object Misery in Hoarders
COMMENT:
Michael Epp, Trent University (Canada)

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

044. First Story Indigneous Toronto Walking Tour with Jill Carter (Check-In at Sheraton Main Lobby)

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

045. Defiant Assembly: Resisting Misery through Performance and Visual Art in the Americas

Sheraton Centre, Birchwood Ballroom

CHAIR:
Macarena Gómez-Barris, University of Southern California (CA)
PAPERS:
Ana Paulina Lee, Columbia University (NY)
The City of Dance and Feathers: Parade Cultures and the Postmemory of New Orleans
Kency Cornejo, University of New Mexico (NM)
Framing Postwar Violence: An Analysis of Video Art in Central America
Laura Beth Harris, University of California, Riverside (CA)
Reconstructing the City in Natalia Almada's El Velador
COMMENT:
Macarena Gómez-Barris, University of Southern California (CA)

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

046. Canadian Association for American Studies: American Realisms and the Pursuit of Unhappiness

Sheraton Centre, Cedar

CHAIR:
Luke Bresky, St. Mary's University (Canada)
PAPERS:
Rita Bode, Trent University (Canada)
Ending in Misery: From Howells' Criticism to Wharton's Fiction
Lindsey Michael Banco, University of Saskatchewan (Canada)
The "Skyward Trend of Thought": From the Atom Bomb to JFK to 9/11
Peter Robert Brown, Mount Allison University (Canada)
"We Must Bleed": Misery, Realism, and Los Angeles Punk Rock
COMMENT:
Brenda Austin-Smith, University of Manitoba (Canada)

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

047. Abjection and the Consumption of the Body

Sheraton Centre, Chestnut East

CHAIR:
Nora Tataryan, University of Toronto (Canada)
PAPERS:
David Huebert, University of Western Ontario (Canada)
Eating the Corpse of the World: Ecology and Cannibalism in Cormac McCarthy's The Road
Keerthi Potluri, University of California, Berkeley (CA)
Separating Ashes from Dirt: Building the Ethical State at Freshkills Park
Nicholas Gamso, City University of New York, Graduate Center (NY)
Aesthetics, Abjection, "Slow Cinema"
Molly Wallace, Queen's University (Canada)
The Bounty of the Commons: Toward a Permacultural Studies
COMMENT:
The Audience

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

048. (Not) Talking Back to Empire

Sheraton Centre, Chestnut West

CHAIR:
Asha Nadkarni, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (MA)
PAPERS:
Nick Krebs, Washington State University, Pullman (WA)
The Necropolitics of Neill Blomkamp: Deportation and Maiming in District 9 and Elysium
Iván Chaar-López, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (MI)
Drone Control: Race and Algorithmic Sovereignty on the U.S.-Mexico Border
Shawn M. Higgins, University of Connecticut (CT)
The Silence of Struggle in Américo Paredes' George Washington Gómez
Simón Ventura Trujillo, New York University (NY)
Writing Land Away from Property in So Far from God and El Grito del Norte
COMMENT:
The Audience

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

049. Boundaries and Beyond

Sheraton Centre, City Hall Room

CHAIR:
Maya Stitski, Queen's University (Canada)
PAPERS:
Sophia Azeb, University of Southern California (CA)
Miserable Jazz: African Americans Making Music and Race in Cold War Cairo
Carmen Laura Phillips, New York University (NY)
Mining the Spectacular "Failures" of the Black Panther Party and Charting New Visions of Multi-Ethnic Black Solidarity
Ebony Coletu, Pennsylvania State University, University Park Main Campus (PA)
Reframing the Problem with Personal Stories in Immigration Advocacy
Tallie Ben Daniel, Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY)
The Promise of a Normal Life: Jewish Anti-Zionism in San Francisco, 1942–1948
COMMENT:
The Audience

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

050. Amateur Hour: Performances of Race in Twentieth Century American Popular Culture

Sheraton Centre, Davenport

CHAIR:
TBA
PAPERS:
Greg Carter, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (WI)
Patsy O'Wang's Remarkable Dual Nature: Asian Racial Mixture and the Choice to Be White
John Troutman, University of Louisiana, Lafayette (LA)
'The Hawai'ian boys knew we were sincere': Performances of Music and Race during the Hawai'ian Steel Guitar Craze
Stephen A. Berrey, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (MI)
When Blackface Went Local: Racial Anxiety and Amateur Minstrel Shows in the U.S. North, 1940–1954
COMMENT:
Erin D. Chapman, George Washington University (DC)

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

051. Insidious Discourses: U.S. Settler Colonialism and Territorialization

Sheraton Centre, Forest Hill

CHAIR:
Scott Morgensen, Queen's University (Canada)
PAPERS:
Tiara R. Na'puti, Western Kentucky University (KY)
From Pågat to Pagan: Resisting Settler Colonialism in the Mariana Islands
Judy Rohrer, Western Kentucky University (KY)
Racializing Hawai'ians, Indigenizing non-Hawai'ians: Discourses of Settler Colonialism in Hawai'i
Akikwe Cornell, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
Tracking in the "Third Space": The Shadow Wolves and Homeland Security
Jessi Quizar, Northwestern University (IL)
"Go (Mid)West, Young Man!" Development Discourse, Anti-Black Racism, and Settler Colonialism in Detroit
COMMENT:
Scott Morgensen, Queen's University (Canada)

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

052. American Exceptionalism and the Biopolitical Turn

Sheraton Centre, Kensington

CHAIR:
Priscilla Wald, Duke University (NC)
PAPERS:
Christopher Breu, Illinois State University (IL)
Oppositional Dwelling: Materiality, Transnationalism, and Biopolitics in Karen Tei Yamashita's I Hotel
Ashley Byock, Edgewood College (WI)
Nat Turner's Body: A Revisionist Historiography of Biopower
Christian Haines, Dartmouth College (NH)
Marooned: Naturalism, Surplus Life, and the Biopolitical Turn
COMMENT:
Priscilla Wald, Duke University (NC)

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

053. Border Crossing Music

Sheraton Centre, Leaside

CHAIR:
Ulrich Adelt, University of Wyoming (WY)
PAPERS:
Kreg Abshire, Johnson & Wales University, Denver (CO)
Listening to Country on the Left Side of the Dial
Mikiko Tachi, Chiba University (Japan)
Translating Misery and Resistance: The Reception of Country Music in Post-WWII Japan
Gabriela Jimenez, University of Toronto (Canada)
Versioning Mexico Since NAFTA: Two Accounts on Gender, Sexuality, Technology, and the Body
Lorena Alvarado, Northwestern University (IL)
Black Doves: Transnational Sonic Motherhood and Jenni Rivera's Paloma Negra
COMMENT:
The Audience

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

054. Blackness and the Miseries of Law in the Long Afterlife of Slavery

Sheraton Centre, Linden

CHAIR:
Koritha Mitchell, Ohio State University, Columbus (OH)
PAPERS:
Jermaine Singleton, Hamline University (MN)
Loaded Dice: The Wages of Structural Bias Along Racial Lines in Queer and Neoliberal Times
Courtney D. Marshall, University of New Hampshire (NH)
Cruel and Inedible: Consuming Black Bodies in Beyond Scared Straight
Jesse Goldberg, Cornell University (NY)
On the (Extra)Legal Killing of Eric Garner and the Law's Imaginary Archive
Theodora Danylevich, George Washington University (DC)
Legal Gaslighting/Performing Criminality: Miserable Tactics for Surviving Continuums of Domestic and State Violence
COMMENT:
Koritha Mitchell, Ohio State University, Columbus (OH)

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

055. Disability and Performances of Citizenship

Sheraton Centre, Maple

CHAIR:
Robert McRuer, George Washington University (DC)
PAPERS:
Jessica Rae Waggoner, Indiana University–Bloomington (IN)
"A Displaced Person of American Democracy": Black Medical Citizenship in the 1940s
Ally Day, University of Toledo (MI)
Feminist Disability Bioethics: Theorizing Citizenship Through the Work of Joseph Beam, Essex Hemphill and Audre Lorde
Sami Schalk, State University of New York, Albany (NY)
Neoliberal Ableism and the American Girl Brand
COMMENT:
Robert McRuer, George Washington University (DC)

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

056. Forcefields of U.S. Imperialism: The Management of Warfare in the War on Terror

Sheraton Centre, Pine

CHAIR:
Carol Fadda-Conrey, Syracuse University (NY)
PAPERS:
Amira Jarmakani, Georgia State University (GA)
Like a Nuclear Shockwave: WMDs as an Ideological Forcefield in the War on Terror
Ahmed Kanna, University of the Pacific (CA)
The Emergence of the Urban in U.S. Counterinsurgency: Kilcullen's Behavioral Urbanism
Andrea Miller, University of California, Davis (CA)
Ghost Photography in the War on Terror: al-Jamadi, Abu Ghraib, and the Biopolitics of Detention
COMMENT:
Carol Fadda-Conrey, Syracuse University (NY)

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

057. Forms and Fantasies of Annihilation

Sheraton Centre, Provincial Room North

CHAIR:
Michael Cobb, University of Toronto (Canada)
PAPERS:
Pam Thurschwell, University of Sussex (United Kingdom)
Adolescent Apocalypses in America: Willa Cather to Jennifer Egan
Peter Coviello, University of Illinois, Chicago (IL)
Annihilation and Unkowing in New Millennial Capital; or, The Shining
Dana Seitler, University of Toronto (Canada)
Suicidal Tendencies: "Paul's Case," Thelma and Louise, and Oslo, August 31st
Dana Luciano, Georgetown University (DC)
Love and Death in the "Anthropocene"
COMMENT:
The Audience

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

058. Hemispheric Trauma and the Latina/o-Indigenous Cultural Imagination

Sheraton Centre, Provincial Room South

CHAIR:
Rosa-Linda Fregoso, University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)
PAPERS:
John Gronbeck-Tedesco, Ramapo College (NJ)
Revolutionizing Trauma: Operation Pedro Pan and the (Re)production of Cuban American Memory
Carrie Tirado Bramen, State University of New York, Buffalo (NY)
How Does Trauma Travel? The Case of Demetria Martínez’s Mother Tongue"
Frans Weiser, University of Georgia (GA)
"The Converging Politics of New Inter-American Studies and the New Historical Novel,"
COMMENT:
Rosa-Linda Fregoso, University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

059. Feeling Shitty: The Affective Miseries of Multiculturalism and Corporeal Ways of Resistance

Sheraton Centre, Rosedale

CHAIR:
Laura Anh Williams, New Mexico State University (NM)
PAPERS:
Brianna Brickley, City University of New York, Graduate Center (NY)
On Beauty and the Miseries of Multicultural Institutions
John M. Burdick, State University of New York, Buffalo (NY)
Gentrification Sure Tastes Good!: The Sensory Devouring of Multiculturalism and the Miseries of Exclusion
Joseph C. Hall, State University of New York, Buffalo (NY)
"Better the Smell than Nothing": Sewage, Olfaction, and Affect in Sahar Khalifeh's West Bank
Channon S. Miller, Boston University (MA)
Grieving Black Mothers Lifting the Netted Veil of Multiculturalism and Post-Racialism
COMMENT:
The Audience

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

060. Infrastructure, Race, and Misery

Sheraton Centre, Simcoe / Dufferin

CHAIR:
Elizabeth Esch, University of Kansas (KS)
PAPERS:
Keith Morton, Providence College (RI)
Misery and Resistance: Gang-affiliated Youth in Providence
Caitlin McKinney, York University (Canada)
"Finding the Lines to My People": Bibliographies of Affect
Nicole Van Lier, University of Toronto (Canada)
Thirsty for Justice: The Carceral Condition of Detroit's Water Crisis
COMMENT:
The Audience

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

061. Queer and Transgender Misery

Sheraton Centre, Willow East

CHAIR:
Marcellus Blount, Columbia University (NY)
PAPERS:
Aaron Goldsman, Emory University (GA)
Spicer's Misery
Avery Dame, University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
Does It Get Better?: Narratives of Transgender Misery Online
Mariam Mai Mustafa, University of Michigan, Dearborn (MI)
Resisting Reconciliation: Middle Eastern and Queer Identities
Laura Westengard, New York City College of Technology (NY)
Strategic Discomfort: Sadomasochism and Traumatic History in M. Lamar's Negrogothic
COMMENT:
The Audience

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

062. Blackness, Relation, and Liberal Ways of War

Sheraton Centre, Willow Centre,

CHAIR:
Vivek Bald, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
PAPERS:
Keith Feldman, University of California, Berkeley (CA)
Ferguson/Palestine: Blackness and the Substrates of Settler Democracy
A. Naomi Paik, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)
Rightlessness: Guantánamo in the Genealogy of the U.S. Imprisonment Regime
Eric Tang, University of Texas, Austin (TX)
Refugee Exceptionalism and Antiblackness
COMMENT:
Vivek Bald, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

063. Sites of Trauma and the Making of Disability

Sheraton Centre, Willow West

CHAIR:
Lynne Adrian, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (AL)
PAPERS:
Jina B. Kim, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (MI)
Unsupported Lives: Witnessing Disability and Infrastructural Neglect in Detroit and New Orleans
Kevin Rozario, Smith College (MA)
Yoko Ono's Tears, or The Art That Makes You Hurt: Capitalism, Misery, and the Art of Destruction
Jan Huebenthal, College of William and Mary (VA)
"Looking for Mr. Right or Mr. Right Now, Never Stop Talking": HIV/AIDS, Disability Studies, and Health in Times of Equality
Kate Schnur, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (MI)
Misery, Disability, and American Regionalism in The Sound and the Fury and Winesburg, Ohio
COMMENT:
The Audience

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

064. Negotiating Difference, Forging Solidarities

Sheraton Centre, Yorkville West

CHAIR:
Ruben Gaztambide-Fernandez, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (Canada)
PAPERS:
Shahrzad Mojab, University of Toronto (Canada)
Prison Performance: Women Political Prisoners and the Art of Resistance
Lance McCready, University of San Francisco (CA)
Picasso's Black Canvas: Verbatim Theatre as Sexuality Education Towards Collective Action
Miglena Todorova, University of Toronto (Canada)
Vertical Solidarities? Women's Relational Architectures in Education
COMMENT:
Ruben Gaztambide-Fernandez, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (Canada)

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

065. International Partnership Luncheon

Sheraton Centre,, Sheraton Hall A

2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

066. Borderlands, Culture, and the State: A Conversation Across Disciplines

Sheraton Centre, Birchwood Ballroom

Panelists will briefly discuss their own research and writing on borderlands and situate it within a broader debate about what borders and borderlands are and what we reveal and/or mask by studying them in different ways. A discussion with the audience will include the following. How might social history and social movements figure into a geopolitical account of U.S. borderlands? What intellectual boundaries need to be crossed within borderlands studies in order to construct a more effective counter-narrative to American power?

CHAIR:
Amy Sara Carroll, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (MI)
PANELISTS:
Ryan Archibald, University of Washington, Seattle (WA)
Hannah Gurman, New York University (NY)
John McKiernan-Gonzalez, Texas State University–San Marcos (TX)
Elliott Young, Lewis & Clark College (OR)

2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

067. Canadian Association for American Studies: Free Market Fictions

Sheraton Centre, Cedar

CHAIR:
Geordie Miller, Mount Allison University (Canada)
PAPERS:
Brent Ryan Bellamy, University of Alberta (Canada)
Frontier Liberalism in The Postman and The Wild Shore
Jeffrey Severs, University of British Columbia (Canada)
Love in the Time of Financialization: Other Halves, Currency in Crisis, and Wallace's Brief Interviews
Olga Stein, York University (Canada)
Scotiabank Giller Prize and Worldly Canons: Vehicles for Hegemony or Contestation?
COMMENT:
Marija Cetinic, York University (Canada)

2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

068. International Committee: The Locations of American Studies

Sheraton Centre, Chestnut East

This talk-shop poses the following questions. Are there credible 'international locations' of American studies in the era recently referred to as the Anthropocene? Are such places—Toronto, Cairo, Taipei—examples of a successfully trans- or inter-nationalized American studies, or are they really locations where different agendas for American studies recapitulate certain conditions and strains of U.S.-centric critical agency.

CHAIR:
Bryce Traister, University of Western Ontario (Canada)
PANELISTS:
Joni Adamson, Arizona State University (AZ)
Tzu-I Chung, Royal British Columbia Museum (Canada)
Dalia El-Shayal, Cairo University (Egypt)
Jang Wook Huh, State University of New York, Buffalo (NY)
William Nessly, West Chester University of Pennsylvania (PA)
Brian K. Goodman, Harvard University (MA)
Lianggong Luo, Central China Normal University (China)
COMMENT:
Hsinya Huang, National Sun Yat-sen University (Taiwan)

2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

069. Redefining Freedom and Sexual Justice in the Caribbean: A Roundtable

Sheraton Centre, Chestnut West

This roundtable will bring together scholars/activists/artists who work through a broad spectrum of creating, theorizing, and movement building for Caribbean sexual minorities and gender and sexual justice. They will engage the expansive and complex landscape of Caribbean LGBTIQ experiences inside and outside the region—looking specifically at local/regional/global terms and embodied theories that trouble and/or utilize "Queer" while privileging the local. And they will focus on strategies of resistance particularly at the intersections and margins of gender, sex, sexuality, class, and race/color in the Caribbean.

CHAIR:
Kamala Kempadoo, York University (Canada)
PANELISTS:
Rosamond King, City University of New York, Brooklyn College (NY)
Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (MI)
Angelique V. Nixon, University of the West Indies (Trinidad and Tobago)

2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

070. Race, Ethnicity, Indigeneity: Critical Static Across the U.S./Canada Border

Sheraton Centre, City Hall Room

CHAIR:
David Palumbo-Liu, Stanford University (CA)
PAPERS:
Denise Cruz, University of Toronto (Canada)
Retelling Toronto's Aboriginal History
Iyko Day, Mount Holyoke College (MA)
Race, Indigeneity and the Postmodern Continent
Robert Diaz, Wilfred Laurier University (Canada)
Tense Proximities, Unruly Memories: Queer Filipino/as and the Canadian Multicultural State
Cheryl Suzack, University of Toronto (Canada)
Comparative Racialization and Indigenous Studies
Jenny Wills, University of Winnipeg (Canada)
American Scapegoating and Canadian Ethnic Studies
COMMENT:
The Audience

2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

071. Afterlives of Misery: Legacies and Prophecies in the Neo-Slave Narrative

Sheraton Centre, Davenport

CHAIR:
Thomas Vernon Reed, Washington State University, Pullman (WA)
PAPERS:
Arthur F. Redding, York University (Canada)
Flights to—and from—Canada: The Misery of Exile and Expropriation in Narratives of 'Uncle Tom'
William Merrill Decker, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater (OK)
Geography, Empathy: Octavia Butler and the Perils of Sharing
Ilka Saal, Universiity of Erfurt (Germany)
The Pleasures and Displeasures of Misery: Suzan-Lori Parks and Kara Walker
COMMENT:
Thomas Vernon Reed, Washington State University, Pullman (WA)

2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

072. Unseen and In Motion

Sheraton Centre, Forest Hill

CHAIR:
Jessica Bay, York and Ryerson Universities (Canada)
PAPERS:
Brady James Forrest, George Washington University (DC)
They Don't Know About Us: A Queer Epistemology of One Direction
Rachel Miller, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (MI)
The Problem of Alien Actors: A Pre-History of the Global Creative Economy
Jennifer Loft, State University of New York, Buffalo (NY)
Moving Towards a Decolonial Body: Exploring Indigenous Dance Performance as Healing
Aleksandra Szaniawska, State University of New York, Buffalo (NY)
Dancing the "Other": Performance of Monstrosity in Nora Chipaumire's Miriam
COMMENT:
The Audience

2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

073. And Now a Word From Our Miserable Sponsors!

Sheraton Centre, Kensington

CHAIR:
Simone Drake, Ohio State University, Columbus (OH)
PAPERS:
Eva Hageman, New York University (NY)
Producing Misery: Race, Gender, and Narrative in Reality Television
Omari Weekes, University of Pennsylvania (PA)
A Path of Decent Pleasures: On the Time of Black Affective Historiography
Diego Alonso Millan, Tufts University (MA)
Does Company Love Misery: Toward a Theory of the Miserable
Kai Hang Cheang, University of California, Riverside (CA)
Fantasy in the Gachimuchi Fandom; or the Production of Pleasure in Pain in Japanese Popular Culture Post–World War II
COMMENT:
The Audience

2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

074. Asian American Sexualities and the Reproduction of Misery in U.S. Popular Culture

Sheraton Centre, Leaside

CHAIR:
Thea Quiray Tagle, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)
PAPERS:
Kimberly McKee, Grand Valley State University (MI)
The Female Adoptee as Sexual Deviant: Reimagining Soon Yi Previn
Douglas S. Ishii, University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
A "F*cking Indian Woman" Meets "Uncle Chan": The Sexual Logics of the Asian American Sitcom
Adrienne Winans, Ohio State University, Columbus (OH)
Bridge: Asian American Perspectives: Asian American Feminisms as Multiracial Feminisms in Periodical 'Special Issues'
Thomas X. Sarmiento, Kansas State University (KS)
Filipina/o Excess: Televisual Representations of Queerness, Multiraciality, and A-Coastal Diaspora
COMMENT:
Thea Quiray Tagle, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

075. Black Sites and Fugitive Visions

Sheraton Centre, Linden

CHAIR:
Sampada Aranke, University of Illinois, Chicago (IL)
PAPERS:
Marissa H. Baker, University of Illinois, Chicago (IL)
"The City is the Black Man's Land": Billy Abernathy's Photographs of a Black Futurity
Jed Murr, University of Washington, Bothell (WA)
"Enough to Destroy": The Fugitive Insurgency of the Omowale Mural
Yumi Pak, California State University, San Bernardino (CA)
"Boys will be boys": Black and Blue in Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric
Nikolas Oscar Sparks, Duke University (NC)
Picturing Storyville: Erotics, Corporeality, and the Archival Imagination
COMMENT:
Sampada Aranke, University of Illinois, Chicago (IL)

2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

076. Defining and Contesting Miserabilism: Migrant Confrontations with Inequality in Mexico and the United States

Sheraton Centre, Maple

CHAIR:
Donna R. Gabaccia, University of Toronto, Scarborough (Canada)
PAPERS:
M. Bianet Castellanos, University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)
Misery in Paradise: Migrant Squatter Settlements in Mexico's Riviera Maya
Patricia Zavella, University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)
Contesting Miserabilism through Reproductive Justice with Latina Migrant Women in California
Claudia Anguiano, California State University, Fullerton (CA) and Lourdes Gutierrez Najera, Drake University (IA)
Mitigating Misery: Undocumented Students Countering Isolation and Injustice through Activism
COMMENT:
Donna R. Gabaccia, University of Toronto, Scarborough (Canada)

2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

077. Dis/Enabling Misery: Racial Trauma, Resistance, and the Black Body in Literature and Film

Sheraton Centre, Pine

CHAIR:
Nigel Hatton, University of California, Merced (CA)
PAPERS:
Deborah Elizabeth Whaley, University of Iowa (IA)
Racial Trauma in The Drawing of the Three and Frankie & Alice
Heike Raphael-Hernandez, University of Maryland, University College (MD)
From White Gaze to Black Female Resistance: Overcoming Trauma and Melancholia in Street Lit and Popular Cultural Productions
Vershawn Ashanti Young, University of Waterloo (Canada)
Manhood Is Burning in Morrison's Sula and Fisher's Antwone Fisher
COMMENT:
Nigel Hatton, University of California, Merced (CA)

2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

078. Racial Capitalism and Settler Colonialism: Thinking Through the Relationship

Sheraton Centre, Provincial Room North

CHAIR:
Eve Haque, York University (Canada)
PAPERS:
Beenash Jafri, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth (MA)
Imagining Decolonization: Indigenous and Diasporic Mediations on the Future
Phanuel Antwi, University of British Columbia (Canada)
Faithful Bodies and their Affective Currencies in the Black Atlantic
John Munro, Saint Mary's University (Canada)
Rethinking the Red Scare: The Black Radical Tradition and the Structure of Colonialism
COMMENT:
Amanda Walker Johnson, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (MA)

2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

079. Fighting Choreographies: Dance and Violence in American Popular Culture

Sheraton Centre, Provincial Room South

CHAIR:
TBA
PAPERS:
Jessica Behm, CITYatwork (NY)
Engineering the Choreography of 21st-Century U.S. Warfare
Daniel Belgrad, University of South Florida (FL)
Fighting Angry: "Cool" Violence in the Dancing of West Side Story
COMMENT:
The Audience

2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

080. How Do We Teach Research? Pedagogical Practice in Interdisciplinary Methodologies

Sheraton Centre, Rosedale

CHAIR:
Jo B. Paoletti, University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
PAPERS:
Courtney Rivard, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (NC)
Misery and Resistance in the Federal Writers' Project Archives: Teaching Archival Methods to First-Year Undergraduates
Maureen L. Marsh, Purdue University (IN)
Making and Thinking: Craft History and Practice as Undergraduate Research in American Cultural Studies
Erica Hannickel, Northland College, Ashland (WI)
Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Capstones: From "Misery and Resistance" to Headway and Completion
Nicole King, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (MD)
Preserving Places, Making Spaces in Baltimore: Applied Research in Collaboration with Communities
Megan J. Elias, Borough of Manhattan Community College (NY)
Cultivating Curiosity in an Introductory Food Studies Course
COMMENT:
The Audience

2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

081. Finance Capital and the Reproduction of Misery: 'Moral Hazard,' Settler Colonialism, and Hashtags against Housing Violence

Sheraton Centre, Simcoe / Dufferin

CHAIR:
Miranda Joseph, University of Arizona (AZ)
PAPERS:
Marcia Klotz, University of Arizona (AZ)
"Morality" of Moral Hazard and the Ethics of Finance Capital
Catherine R. Squires, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
Resisting the Impulse to Hide Pain & Shame: Mediated Visibility, Police and Housing Violence
COMMENT:
Miranda Joseph, University of Arizona (AZ)

2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

082. Public Representations of Misery

Sheraton Centre, Willow East

CHAIR:
Brian Hochman, Georgetown University (DC)
PAPERS:
Jennifer DeClue, University of Southern California (CA)
Mulatto Hung By A Grapevine: The Misery of Lynching for Black Women
Natalie Zelt, University of Texas, Austin (TX)
Out of Africa? Race, Olmec Colossal Heads and Contested History at LACMA
Minh-Ha Pham, Pratt Institute (NY)
The Emotional Politics of Fashion Design Piracy and Cultural Theft
Elena Gonzales, Brown University (RI)
Mitigating Misery through the Museum: Using Pleasure and Horror for Social Justice
COMMENT:
The Audience

2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

083. Lady Justice?: Black Women, Sexuality, and the U.S. Legal System

Sheraton Centre, Willow Centre,

CHAIR:
Adrienne D. Davis, Washington University in St. Louis (MO)
PAPERS:
Miriam Thaggert, University of Iowa (IA)
Before Plessy: Black Women, Public Travel, and the 19th Century Railroad
Derrais Carter, Portland State University (OR)
Real Prime Venuses: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Moens Scandal of 1919
Wanda Raiford, Florida International University (FL)
Joan Little and the 1970s Anti-Rape Movement
COMMENT:
Adrienne D. Davis, Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

084. Race-Radical Black Feminists at the Forefront of Transformative Justice Movements in Settler Societies

Sheraton Centre, Willow West

CHAIR:
Erica Meiners, Northeastern Illinois University (IL)
PAPERS:
Whitney Richards-Calathes, City University of New York, Graduate Center (NY)
Transformative Justice with System Impacted Youth: Starving the Beast in Los Angeles
Délice Mugabo, Concordia University (Canada)
Rebirth of Slick: Transformative Justice and New Black Feminist Possibilities in Montreal
Rachel Zellars, McGill University (Canada)
Black Men, Race-d Masculinities, and the Historical Silencing of Violence against Black Women in Canada
Hirut Eyob, Independent Scholar (Canada)
Black Women as Guardians of Black Communities Living under Patriarchal Black Consciousness
Lena Carla Palacios, City University of New York, Graduate Center (NY)
Race-radical Black Feminists' Transformative Justice Activism: Enacting Decolonial Resurgence
COMMENT:
Erica Meiners, Northeastern Illinois University (IL)

2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

085. Katrina: Ten Years After

Sheraton Centre, Yorkville West

CHAIR:
Alfred Hornung, Johannes Gutenberg University (Germany)
PAPERS:
Caroline Booth Pinkston, University of Texas, Austin (TX)
Katrina in the Eye of the Beholder: Hurricane Katrina Tourism and the Commodification of Disaster
Fareed Ben-Youssef, University of California, Berkeley (CA)
Seeing Spectacular State Violence Anew: The Shadow of Hurricane Katrina in The Dark Knight Rises
Paul Fess, City University of New York, Graduate Center (NY)
"The Real Misery": The Dirty Dozen Brass Band responds to Hurricane Katrina
COMMENT:
The Audience

2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

086. Business Meeting: Minority Scholars Committee

Sheraton Centre, Peel

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

087. First Peoples Resistances and Rebellions Tour at the Royal Ontario Museum

Sheraton Centre, Art Gallery of Ontario (Offsite)

4:00 pm – 5:45 pm

088. Settler Colonialism and the Question of Indigenous Studies: A Position Paper and Three Responses

Sheraton Centre, Birchwood Ballroom

The growth of Indigenous studies over the past decade has been due in no small part to the influence of settler colonial studies. This session is built around a position paper and three comments focused on the relationship between these related, but distinct critical discourses. The panel focuses on sorting through these distinctions, asking along the way what the scholarly projects of Indigenous studies and settler studies prioritize and offer within broader agendas in American studies.

CHAIR:
Jean O'Brien, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
PAPER:
Robert Warrior, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)
Settler Colonialism and the Question of Indigenous Studies
COMMENTS:
Glen Coulthard, University of British Columbia (Canada)
J. Kehaulani Kauanui, Wesleyan University (CT)
Vicente Diaz, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

4:00 pm – 5:45 pm

089. Canadian Association for American Studies: Stand Your Ground: Incarcerations, Lynchings, and Executions

Sheraton Centre, Cedar

CHAIR:
Chris Vanderwees, George Brown College (Canada)
PAPERS:
Andrew Connolly, Carleton University (Canada)
"I'm Not Crazy, I'm Chosen": Pentecostalism in Orange is the New Black
Priscilla L. Walton, Carleton University (Canada)
From Cell 2455 Death Row to Rectify: Changes in Cruel and Unusual
Chris Vanderwees, George Brown College (Canada)
Of Subjectivity and Truth-Telling: Jack Henry Abbott's In the Belly of the Beast
Jennifer Andrews, University of New Brunswick (Canada)
Discipline & Punish: The Police State in Richard Ford's Canada
COMMENT:
The Audience

4:00 pm – 5:45 pm

090. Committee on Graduate Education: Precarious Resistance to the University of Austerity

Sheraton Centre, Chestnut East

Despite working from the precarious positions of students and/or contingent workers, the panelists represent those who continue to find ways of resistance against a university restructured into more corporate, market-based, and anti-intellectual form. Their experiences will anchor our discussion of how to remake academia to be shaped by the interests of justice and democracy as well as inquiry.

CHAIR:
Ben Chappell, University of Kansas (KS)
PANELISTS:
Kerry Knerr, University of Texas, Austin (TX)
Sara Matthiesen, Brown University (RI)
Michael O'Bryan, Washington University in St. Louis (MO)
Lilian Radovac, New York University (NY)
Jason Zachary Resnikoff, Columbia University (NY)
Anna Waltman, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (MA)

4:00 pm – 5:45 pm

091. Cultivating Communal Sites of Knowledge Production in the Critical Latin@ Studies Classroom

Sheraton Centre, Chestnut West

This panel brings together educators from various humanities disciplines to reimagine and rethink the boundaries of digital pedagogies in the Latin@ Studies classroom. The panelists will explore ways in which Chicana feminist perspectives, social justice scholarship, community activism, and critical ethnic studies inform and respond to the perceived limitations of the college classroom.

CHAIR:
Cary Cordova, University of Texas, Austin (TX)
PANELISTS:
Michael Cucher, Colorado College (CO)
Amanda E. Gray, University of Texas, Austin (TX)
Annemarie Pérez, Loyola Marymount University (CA)
Genevieve Carpio, Yale University (CT)
COMMENT:
Cary Cordova, University of Texas, Austin (TX)

4:00 pm – 5:45 pm

092. Transnational Capital, Security State, and Militarized Racial Modernity in America's Asia Pacific

Sheraton Centre, City Hall Room

This roundtable foregrounds heterogeneous convergences of military racial technologies and transnational capitalism as key analytics to unravel the reproduction of unequal miseries across America's Asia Pacific, where the long histories of transpacific and hemispheric circuits of overlapping European and Asian settler colonialisms exist in tension with U.S. military and political economic dominance. Specifically, this roundtable seeks to explore such convergences as productive nexuses that open up critiques of militarized racial modernity as well as alternative imagination about ways of resistance.

CHAIR:
Yu-Fang Cho, Miami University of Ohio (OH)
PANELISTS:
Neel Ahuja, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (NC)
Yu-Fang Cho, Miami University of Ohio (OH)
Camilla Fojas, DePaul University (IL)
Lynn Itagaki, Ohio State University, Columbus (OH)
Jinah Kim, Northwestern University (IL)

4:00 pm – 5:45 pm

093. Accept, Articulate, Mis(use): What's Afro-pessimism Without Misery?

Sheraton Centre, Davenport

As we read images that embrace social tragedy we wonder about the disruptive potential of Afro-pessimistic inspired critique in pushing beyond a simple narrative of Black progress. In explaining spectacular scenes of Black misery and suffering, how does one move past simply feeling empathy when faced with black suffering? To that end, the roundtable panelists will each explore the role of misery in Afro-pessimism in order to argue that privileging misery and death has the potential to unsettle an overly simplistic call to grant meaning to Black life through overcoming struggle.

CHAIR:
Jessica Kenyatta Walker, University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
PANELISTS:
Bimbola Akinbola, University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
Kyera Singleton, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (MI)
LaCharles Ward, Northwestern University (IL)
Jessica Kenyatta Walker, University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
Izetta Autumn Mobley, University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
COMMENT:
Tiffany King, Georgia State University (GA)

4:00 pm – 5:45 pm

094. States of Injury

Sheraton Centre, Forest Hill

CHAIR:
Amy Farrell, Dickinson College
PAPERS:
J.C. Sibara, Colby College (ME)
Bare Life? Slow Death? Premature Disability? Theorizing Imperial Injury in Muriel Rukeyser's The Book of the Dead
Maria O'Malley, University of Nebraska, Kearney (NE)
The Aesthetic Response to Torture in Emily Dickinson's Poetry
Robert Mousseau, Carleton University (Canada)
Reading in Reaction to Misery: Observing Therapeutic Responses to Social Tragedy in Dave Eggers's Literature
Sören Fröhlich, University of California, San Diego (CA)
Blood Writ: Tissue Economies and the Misery of Parasitic in Sherman Alexie's The Sin Eaters
COMMENT:
The Audience

4:00 pm – 5:45 pm

095. Architecture and Narrative: The Production and Renovation of Everyday Space

Sheraton Centre, Kensington

CHAIR:
Annmarie Adams, McGill University (Canada)
PAPERS:
Julia A. Sienkewicz, Duquesne University (PA)
"A Stranger in Your Own Country": Foreign and Familiar Space in Latrobe's Writings and Watercolors
Erin Sweeney, University of California, Irvine (CA)
Resistance as Reiteration: Freedmen, Charles Chesnutt's Carolina Cottage, and Slavery's Architectural Legacies
Kirin Makker, Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY)
Painting and Producing a Rockwellian Main Street: One Canvas, Myth-spinning and Stockbridge, MA
Katherine Alice Fama, Winterthur Library/ University of Konstanz (Germany)
Architectures of Marital Deferral: Edna Ferber's Mobile Homes and Serial Fictions
COMMENT:
Annmarie Adams, McGill University (Canada)

4:00 pm – 5:45 pm

096. Asian American Miseries: The Sounds of Silence

Sheraton Centre, Leaside

CHAIR:
John Cheng, State University of New York, Binghamton (NY)
PAPERS:
Patricia P. Chu, George Washington University (DC)
Post-imperial Melancholia and Resistance: Yung Wing's Life in China and America, Kazuko Kuramoto's Manchurian Legacy
Christine So, Georgetown University (DC)
Imploding Oppositions in Takao Ozawa v. United States
Yoonmee Chang, George Mason University (VA)
"Prove It": Disabled Asian Americans
Juliana Chang, Santa Clara University (CA)
Toward an Asian American Blues
COMMENT:
John Cheng, State University of New York, Binghamton (NY)

4:00 pm – 5:45 pm

097. Miserable Circulations: Race, Sex, Labor, and Creativity

Sheraton Centre, Linden

CHAIR:
Lavelle Porter, William Paterson University (NJ)
PAPERS:
Laurie A. Rodrigues, University of La Verne (CA)
Angela Davis and the [Miserable] Labor of Citizenship
Stacie Elizabeth McCormick, Texas Christian University (TX)
The Sight of Memory: Re-visioning Slave Subjectivity in Lydia Diamond's Harriet Jacobs
Rosanna Simons, University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
Los Invisibles Inmigrantes of the Post-Katrina New Orleans Reconstruction Apocalypse Blues: A Performance of Misery
COMMENT:
Cynthia Young, Boston College (MA)

4:00 pm – 5:45 pm

098. Data and Diaspora Catalogues: Black Life and Death in the Future Space

Sheraton Centre, Maple

The panelists examine how Black life and death meet in a world where the digital and analog intersect to build new humans. Questions include: How is Black life replicated and rationalized on screen and as data? How do we engage with new cyborg racializing assemblages at the interface level? What do we gain and lose in such engagements? In what ways can the digital serve as a hotspot for the throbbing resilience of Black life? Panelists engage these questions and present original research from their work as scholars and practitioners in digital blackness and diaspora studies.

CHAIR:
Alex Weheliye, Northwestern University (IL)
PANELISTS:
Jessica Marie Johnson, Michigan State University (MI)
Kevin Browne, Yale University (CT)
Schuyler Esprit, Dominica State College (Dominica)
Marisa Parham, Amherst College (MA)

4:00 pm – 5:45 pm

099. Catastrophe and American Studies

Sheraton Centre, Pine

Focusing on five case studies, the panelists explore the complex interactions between catastrophic events and the shared dimensions of collective community. Together, they ask which instances of catastrophe claim our attention and why/how they function as instances of shared misery and resistance.

CHAIR:
Caroline Field Levander, Rice University (TX)
PANELISTS:
Anna Campbell Brickhouse, University of Virginia (VA)
Xiomara Santamarina, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (MI)
Susan Gillman, University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)
Caroline Field Levander, Rice University (TX)
Susan Parrish, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (MI)

4:00 pm – 5:45 pm

100. Disruptive Attachments: Kinship, Adoption, and the (Re)production of Loss

Sheraton Centre, Provincial Room North

CHAIR:
Laura Sachiko Fugikawa, University of Illinois, Chicago (IL)
PAPERS:
S. Moon Cassinelli, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)
Multiple Identities, Multiple Returns: Adoptee Subject Formation and Kinship Within Deann Borshay Liem's Documentaries
Jesus Hernandez, Williams College (MA)
Abandoned Latinidades: Transcultural Adoption and the Feeling Brown of Kinship
Rachel Jones, State University of New York, Binghamton (NY)
Performing "Modern" Wounds: Giving Voice to the Asian Adoptee in Modern Family
COMMENT:
Laura Sachiko Fugikawa, University of Illinois, Chicago (IL)

4:00 pm – 5:45 pm

101. Does Misery Move You? Transnational Mobility, Affective Vulnerability, and the Gendering of Racialized Criminality

Sheraton Centre, Provincial Room South

CHAIR:
Minoo Moallem, University of California, Berkeley (CA)
PAPERS:
Sima Shakhsari, Wellesley College (MA)
Moving Confessions: The Affective Politics of Misery in Transgender Refugee Rights
Aren Aizura, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
Mobile Vulnerabilities
Aisha Beliso-De Jesus, Harvard University (MA)
The Politics of Policing: Race, Religion and Law Enforcement
Lalaie Ameeriar, University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
State of Responsibility: Misery and the Global War on Terror
Attiya Ahmad, George Washington University, Mount Vernon (DC)
The Indeterminacy of Malleability: South Asian Gendered Misery and Mobilities
COMMENT:
Minoo Moallem, University of California, Berkeley (CA)

4:00 pm – 5:45 pm

102. Genealogies of Diasporic Resistance: Imagining Transnational Filipina/o American Studies

Sheraton Centre, Rosedale

CHAIR:
M. Sarita See, University of California, Riverside (CA)
PAPERS:
Harrod Suarez, Oberlin College (OH)
The Time of the Archipelago: On Transnational Filipina/o Critique
Joyce Mariano, University of Hawai'i, Manoa (HI)
Homeland Orientations and the Continuing Significance of "the Filipino Exile" in America
Gina Velasco, Gettysburg College (PA)
Imagining the Filipina "Trafficked Woman": The Politics of Filipina/o American Solidarity
COMMENT:
M. Sarita See, University of California, Riverside (CA)

4:00 pm – 5:45 pm

103. This is Your Life?

Sheraton Centre, Simcoe / Dufferin

CHAIR:
Susan M. Ryan, University of Louisville (KY)
PAPERS:
Faye Guenther, York University (Canada)
Misery and Resistance as Radical Queer Negativity in Memoirs by Myles, Delany, and Wojnarowicz
Birgit M. Bauridl, University of Regensburg (Germany)
Auma Obama: Un-Placing Misery
Gayle Wald, George Washington University (DC)
Can the Object of Rendition Speak?: Black Sites and Blacked-Out Language in Mahamedou Ould Slahi's The Guantanamo Diaries
Guadalupe Escobar, University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
Testimonio at 50
COMMENT:
The Audience

4:00 pm – 5:45 pm

104. Pedagogies of Misery: (Re)Working the Limits of Neo-liberal Higher Education

Sheraton Centre, Willow East

This roundtable argues that while critiques of the neoliberal miserabilism of the university are necessary, it is also crucial to interrogate the productive potential of misery in higher education. Can we tap into misery to denaturalize, resist and transform neo-liberalizing rationalities? What kinds of possibilities emerge from misery? Where, within our own particular spaces of immiseration, are we committing acts of resistance? Can we articulate a pedagogy of immiseration?

CHAIR:
Leah Perry, State University of New York, Empire State College (NY)
PANELISTS:
Leah Perry, State University of New York, Empire State College (NY)
Christine Quail, McMaster University (Canada)
Pia Moller, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (WI)
Kathalene Razzano, George Mason University (VA)
Rachel R. Martin, Northern Virginia Community College–Alexandria Campus (VA)

4:00 pm – 5:45 pm

105. Re/Centering AIDS in the Age of Gay Liberalism

Sheraton Centre, Willow Centre,

CHAIR:
Robert F. Reid-Pharr, City University of New York, Graduate Center (NY)
PAPERS:
David Román, University of Southern California (CA)
Undetectable
Rinaldo Walcott, University of Toronto (Canada)
Black Cumjoy: Moving Towards Death
Dagmawi Woubshet, Cornell University (NY)
The Grammar of Loss
Régine Michelle Jean-Charles, Boston College (MA)
Toward a Haitian AIDS Literature
COMMENT:
Robert F. Reid-Pharr, City University of New York, Graduate Center (NY)

4:00 pm – 5:45 pm

106. Does Property Resist Capitalism's Reproduction, and Does it Make Us Miserable?

Sheraton Centre, Willow West

CHAIR:
Jordana Rosenberg, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (MA)
PAPERS:
Jackson Smith, New York University (NY)
Civil Asset Forfeiture and the Politics of Dispossession in Philadelphia
Cristina Marie D'Amico, University of Toronto (Canada)
Housing Crises in Upstream Colour (2013) and Walden (1854)
Samantha Bernstein, York University (Canada)
The Cost of a Clean Conscience: Theaster Gates and the Urban Picturesque
COMMENT:
Katherine Adams, Tulane University (LA)

4:00 pm – 5:45 pm

107. I'm with Ridunculous!

Sheraton Centre, Yorkville West

CHAIR:
Hannah Anneliese Bailey, University of Kansas (KS)
PAPERS:
Jasmine Rault, New School University (NY)
Uncivilized Affects: The Queer Arts of Ridiculization in the Hemispheric Americas
Majida Kargbo, Brown University (RI)
The Intimate Gesture: Mumblecore Film, Black Aesthetics, and "Medicine for Melancholy"
COMMENT:
The Audience

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

108. Business Meeting: Nominating Committee

Sheraton Centre, Pinnacle – 43rd Floor

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

109. Business Meeting: Committee on Regional Chapters

Sheraton Centre, Yorkville East

6:00 pm – 7:45 pm

110. Ferguson: A Report from Occupied Territory

Sheraton Centre, Birchwood Ballroom

This panel focuses specifically on Ferguson and, more generally, the social, political, historical, and legal issues this case raises for scholars who teach about institutionalized racism in American Studies. It begins with Orlando de Guzman's sixty-minute documentary, Ferguson: A Report from Occupied Territory that was just released in March 2015. Following the film, the panel, moderated by Jennifer L. Pierce, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN), will open up for questions and answers with Orlando de Guzman, the film maker, and Brendan Roediger, a St. Louis University law professor and advocate who has played a key role in litigation against local municipalities for revenue-based policing and racial profiling.

6:00 pm – 7:45 pm

111. Miserable Failures! American Studies and the Ideologies of Failure

Sheraton Centre, Chestnut West

CHAIR:
Moustafa Bayoumi, City University of New York, Brooklyn College (NY)
PAPERS:
Jessica Blatt, Marymount Manhattan College (NY)
With a Little Help From Our Friends? Interwar U.S. Political Scientists and Scientific Racism
Rebecca Amato, New York University (NY)
Failure to Plan or Planned Failure? Urban Planning and Gentrification on the Lower East Side
Karen Miller, City University of New York, LaGuardia Community College (NY)
The Colonial Philippines and the Misery of the Failed State
Brian T. Edwards, Northwestern University (IL)
Failures of the American Century
COMMENT:
Moustafa Bayoumi, City University of New York, Brooklyn College (NY)

6:00 pm – 7:45 pm

112. Contesting Anti-Muslim Racism in Canada: An Activist/Academic Roundtable

Sheraton Centre, Provincial Room North

This panel brings together leading, locally-based activists and academics to discuss the prevalence of anti-Muslim racism and the particular forms it takes in a Canadian context. They will discuss both the long history of anti-Muslim racism (pre and post 9/11) in the context of immigration debates in Canada, and how it manifests given the explicitly and officially "multicultural" nature of the Canadian state. They will also consider the ways in which anti-Muslim racism manifests in the context of Quebecois nationalism, and the alliances between Indigenous communities and non-white racialized communities that these forms of racism have engendered.

CHAIR:
Nadine Suleiman Naber, University of Illinois, Chicago (IL)
PANELISTS:
Sherene Razack, University of Toronto (Canada)
Sirma Bilge, University of Montreal (Canada)
Amar Wahab, York University (Canada)
Kusha Amir Dadui, Sherbourne Health Centre (Canada)
Eve Haque, York University (Canada)
Farrah Khan, Independent Scholar

6:00 pm – 7:45 pm

113. Feminist/Queer Activism in the Post-Industrial City (A Live Oral History/Storytelling Session)

Sheraton Centre, Simcoe / Dufferin

As a live oral history/storytelling session, this non-traditional panel seeks to explore how local activists in rust-belt Western New York (99 miles from conference site in Toronto, ON) incorporate differences related to race, gender, sexuality and class into their sexual health and reproductive justice activism and advocacy. These first-person accounts from the front lines are essential to advancing our understanding of why social change efforts succeed and fail, and to informing future efforts to improve health outcomes for marginalized groups, including low-income women, immigrant women, gay men of color, and transgender people.

CHAIR:
Tamar Carroll, Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)
PANELISTS:
Maisha Drayton, Evergreen Heath Services (NY)
Mary Badame, Buffalo WomenServices (NY)
Stanley Byrd, The MOCHA Center (NY)
William Valenti, Trillium Health (NY)
COMMENT:
LaKisha Simmons, State University of New York, Buffalo (NY)

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

114. Reception: Lifetime ASA Members

Sheraton Centre, Sheraton Hall A

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

115. Reception: American Studies at Arizona State University Celebrates International Participants

Sheraton Centre, Churchill Room

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

116. Reception: Welcome/Celebration of ASA Authors/Exhibits Open

Sheraton Centre, Grand W & C Book Exhibits

7:00 pm

Book Signing by Shelley Fisher Fishkin
Writing America: Literary Landmarks From Walden Pond To Wounded Knee

Rutgers University Press Exhibit Booth #402

7:00 pm

Book Signings by
Brian Eugenio Herrera - Latin Numbers
David T. Mitchell - Biopolitics of Disability
Christian O'Connell - Blues, How Do You Do?

University of Michigan Press Booth #309

7:00 pm

Reception for Celebration of New Authors
The New Black Studies Series

University of Illinois Press Booth #302

8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

117. Film Screening: Love and Solidarity, director, Michael Honey (38 minutes)

Sheraton Centre, Birchwood Ballroom

What can people do to change a world full of violence and hate? Is nonviolent revolution possible? Love and Solidarity addresses these questions through the life and thought of Rev. James Lawson, an African American Methodist minister who worked with Martin Luther King, Jr., to initiate civil rights struggles in the South in the 1960s, and in recent years taught nonviolence organizing to poor Black and Latino workers in coalitions that have remade the labor movement in Los Angeles. Through interviews with Rev. Lawson and historic film footage, acclaimed labor and civil rights historian Michael Honey and award-winning filmmaker Errol Webber place a needed discourse on nonviolent social change at the forefront of today's struggles against violence and for human rights, peace, and economic justice. Free to all ASA participants with invitations extended to CUPE 3902 and CUPE 3903, Sheraton Hotel Union. Q&A with Michael Honey and Sam Tecle. (Graduate Student Cocktail Party follows the screening, see 121.)

8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

118. Film Screening: Spirits of Rebellion and Discussion of Resistance and Misery in Black American Cinema (90 minutes)

Sheraton Centre, Chestnut East

This screening and discussion takes up the conference theme of resistance and miserabilism through a reflexive consideration of radical black independent cinema in Los Angeles between the Watts riots of 1965 and the urban uprising that followed the Rodney King beating verdict of 1992.

Spirits of Rebellion (https://www.cinema.ucla.edu/la-rebellion/films/spirits-rebellion-black-film-ucla) addresses a series of questions about what we might learn from the LA Rebellion today. Through intimate interviews with the filmmakers, archival research, and discussions with younger black artists, Spirits of Rebellion inquires into the future of a media-based social movement that started in the 1960s. How do the filmmakers assess the successes and failures of their efforts to create alternative cinematic forms for political ends? In what ways do they see their films expressing these aims? Where and how does the spirit of this movement manifest itself today, and what kinds of work practices innovated through the LA Rebellion might inform the principles of marginalized cinema collectives of the future? Q&A with Zeinabu Irene Davis, University of California, San Diego (CA).

8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

119. A Staged Reading of Lisa B. Thompson's Underground: Trauma, History and the Limits of Resistance

Sheraton Centre, City Hall Room

Underground centers on the reunion of two college friends, Mason Dixon, an attorney, and Kyle Brown, a nationally renowned cultural and political activist. Once leaders of a radical student organization, they are now facing the dawn of middle age and are struggling to find their footing among the realities of a shifting racial climate. As a major snowstorm rages outside Mason and Kyle debate the state of black Americans and examine their own lives. The evening takes a turn when they discuss a new activist movement demanding slavery reparations and an end to police brutality. When it becomes clear that this group is linked to a series of increasingly brutal domestic terrorist acts they are forced to confront their different views about the need for militancy. When the authorities begin to close in on the movement leaders the bond between the old friends is tested further.

Underground takes up a question that all activists and people of good conscience must encounter. The drama asks audiences to contemplate how they would react when confronted with the real dangers associated with their political beliefs? What are the limits of resistance? It also considers the ways black cultural traumas such as slavery and its afterlife still shape the experiences of contemporary African Americans. The show is particularly interested in the ways notions of history and freedom circumscribe contemporary life even for the most privileged African Americans despite a black family residing in the White House.

The staged reading of Lisa B. Thompson's Underground will be directed by Isaiah Wooden with Diana Paulin who will serve as a respondent. Dr. Paulin will also facilitate a talkback with the playwright, director and actors.

8:00 pm – 9:45 pm

120. Beyond Ayaan Hiirsi Ali: On Being Black, Muslim, and from East Africa in Liberal North American Societies

Sheraton Centre, Provincial Room North

As the ASA meets this year in Toronto, Ontario—a major North American city famed for its multicultural veneer—to discuss misery under liberalism, this roundtable focuses on recent migrations from East Africa—a commonly misunderstood geographic region of the world stereotypically constructed as a hot-bed for piracy, warlords, FGM, and Islamic fanaticism in the Western cultural imagination. This panel explores the miserable realities of racialization that people from this region of the world endure in North America today. What does it mean to be "American" today from the perspective of people of East African heritage living in North America? The panel invites the audience to think about life "here" at the intersections of continued anti-Black violence, the anti-Muslim racism of the War on Terror, and contemporary debates on immigration.

CHAIR:
Robert Michael Zecker, Saint Francis Xavier University (Canada)
PANELISTS:
Ifrah Magan, University of Illinois at Chicago
Huda Hassan, York University (Canada)
Ilyas Abukar, University of Maryland, College Park

9:00 pm – Close

121. Graduate Student Cocktail Party at Imperial Pub (offsite)

A cocktail party after the screening of Love and Solidarity for Graduate Students who are attending ASA! All are welcome! No cover. Cash bar. At 9:00 pm, meet Nathaniel Weiner in Hotel Lobby and walk to the Imperial Pub (54 Dundas Street East or imperialpub.com).

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