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American Identities & Global Crises
An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
Saturday, May 14th, 2005
Centennial House, UC Santa Barbara


Conference Schedule

8:15-9:00: Registration and Light Breakfast

9:00-9:10: Welcoming Remarks: Sarah Hirsch, Caroline Hong and Eric Martinsen,
                                                       Conference Co-Organizers

9:10-10:30: Reading American Identities, Writing National Spaces:
                     Moderator Chris Hoffpauir (UCSB)

  Ly Chong Thong Jalao (UCSB) Amalia Gomez: The Politics of a Miracle
  Sarah Park (U of Illinois at
                   Urbana-Champaign)
Constructing Identities: Korean American Adoptees in Children’s Books
  Sarah Hirsch (UCSB) Beyond a Binary: C.L.R. James and the Chronotope of Narrative

10:30-10:40: Break

10:40-12:00: Borders Between Bodies, Spectacles of Difference:
                       Moderator Andrea Tinnemeyer, Assistant Professor, Utah State University

  Andrea Tinnemeyer (Utah State) Body Parts: The U.S.-Mexican War and Amputation
  Laurie Clements Lambeth (U of Houston) Cinema’s Fraudulent Blindness: Thomas Edison to Yimou
  James Hall (U of Houston) "Exposed in a Free Society":  The American Sous-Text of Abu Ghraib

12:00-1:00: Lunch

1:00-

2:20: Keynote: George Lipsitz
          Professor and Chair,
          American Studies, UC Santa Cruz

The Metaphor of Two Worlds: Abolition Democracy and Global Justice

2:20-2:30: Break

2:30-3:50: Constructing Violence, Mapping Global Crises:
                   Moderator Erik Love (UCSB)

  Jacob Berman (UCSB) William Eaton and the 200 year anniversary of the U.S. War with Tripoli, 1801-1805
  Stefanie Stauffer (UCSB) The Social Construction of Terror: What are the motives of Al-Qaeda and where did they come from?
  Sol Neely (Purdue) From Abu Ghraib to Attica: The Biopolitical Organization of Torture Under the State of Exception (or, "We Are All Undesirables")

3:50-4:00: Break

4:00-5:20: Moving Icons, Globalizing Pop Culture:
                   Moderator Emily Davis (UCSB)

  Sumita Lall (UCSB) India's Elvis: Signifiers of American Freedom in Junglee (Hindi film, 1961)
  Brandon Fastman (U of Arizona) What Can The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Teach Us About The Postcolonial World?
  Kenneth S. Habib (UCSB) Arab-Americans Locating Home with the Lebanese Superstar Singer Fairouz
5:20-5:30: Closing Remarks: Giles Gunn, ACGCC Director; Professor of English and of Global
                                                      and International Studies, UC Santa Barbara