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American Studies and War Narratives
Friday, May 10

8:45 a.m.
Van pick-up at hotel for participants staying at South Coast Inn

Registration, Pastries and Coffee

Introductory Remarks
Carl Gutiérrez-Jones, Chair, English Department
David Marshall, Dean, Humanities and Fine Arts


10:00-12:00 p.m.

War and Popular History in Early America
Stephanie LeMenager, Chair
Trish Loughran, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Re-remembering the Revolution: The History, Memory, and Meaning of Popular Fiction

Elisa Tamarkin, UC Santa Barbara

The Revolution, With Due Respect: History, Loyalty, and the British Occupation

Shelley Streeby, UC San Diego

The Culture of Sensation: 1848, Empire, and American Exceptionalism




“For the Union Dead”: Domestic Engagements and Civil War
Mark Maslan, Chair
Michael Cowan, UC Santa Cruz

Political Male Bodies and the Male Body Politic: POWs and the Civil War

Shirley Samuels, Cornell University

Facing America: Visual Culture During the Civil War

Christopher Looby, UC Los Angeles

Chiefly About Hawthorne’s “War Matters”


Raids, Riots, and Border Wars
Candace Waid, Chair
James Brooks, UC Santa Barbara

“They carry on the war in all respects like two Indian nations”: American Discourses on the Navajo-New Mexican Raiding Economy, 1848-1868

Curtis Márez, UC Santa Cruz

Drug Wars are Indian Wars: The US Military Attack on the American Indian Movement and the Recent History of Drug Enforcement in the Americas

George Marsical, UC San Diego

Osama bin Lopez or Mexicans in the American Imaginary of Terror

7:00 p.m.
18E Cota Street
Tel / 805-962-5393
Day Two
Saturday, May 11

9:15 a.m.
Van pick-up at hotel for participants staying at South Coast Inn

Pastries and Coffee

10:00-12:00 p.m.

Legacies of the “ Good War”
Katherine Kinney, Chair
Eileen Borris, UC Santa Barbara

World War II / Cold War on Race, Gender, and Rights on the Job

Nelson Lictenstein, UC Santa Barbara

Market Triumphalism and the Wishful Liberals

Ellie Hernandez, UC Santa Barbara

Cinematic Representations of Gay / Lesbian Homoerotics during World War II


Shell Shocked: Psychologies of War and Remembrance
Michael Cowan, Chair
Mark Maslan, UC Santa Barbara

Inventing Vietnam: Trauma, Imposture, and Philip Roth’s The Human Stain

Katharine Kinney, UC Riverside

The Good War and its Other: Behind Private Ryan

Jack Talbott, UC Santa Barbara

Trauma in ’14-18 and 9/11


National Attachments, Foreign Affairs
George Mariscal, Chair
Giles Gunn, UC Santa Barbara

American Exceptionalism, International Human Rights, and Nuclear War

John Carlos Rowe, UC Irvine

Nationalism, Post-Nationalism, and Terrorism

Jim Dawes, Macalester College

Humanitarian Guilt: Interrogating Survivors of Atrocities


Roundtable Discussion
Stephanie LeMenager, UCSB
Mark Maslan, UCSB
Candace Waid, UCSB
Katherine Kinney, UCR
Michael Cowan, UCSC
George Mariscal, UCSD

8:00 p .m.
3132 State Street
Tel / 805-563-2007