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Postcolonial Representation[s] & the U.S.
An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Centennial House, UC Santa Barbara


Conference Schedule

8:30 – 9:00 AM Registration and Light Breakfast
9:00 – 9:10 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • Conference organizers: Yanoula Athanassakis, Sarah Hirsch, Caroline Hong, Dan Pecchenino
9:10 – 10:30 AM Panel 1 – Postcolonial Theory in the Age of Globalization
  Moderator: Professor Giles Gunn (English and Global and International Studies, UCSB)
  • Stefka Hristova (Visual Studies, UC Irvine)
“Unlawful Combatants under the Nomos of the Empire” (abstract)
  • Lily Wong (Comparative Lit, UCSB)
“Skins for Emergence: Sounding a Possible Language of Transformation in Post-Colonial Critique” (abstract)
  • Mark Young (American Lit, San Diego State U)
“The Forbidden Story: A Look at Manlio Argueta’s One Day of Life Through the Lens of James C. Scott’s ‘Behind the Official Story’” (abstract)
10:30 – 10:40 AM Break
10:40 AM – 12:00 PM Panel 2 – Speaking Transnationally: Postcolonial Identities in Diaspora
  Moderator: Professor James Kyung-Jin Lee (Asian American Studies, UCSB)
  • Ann Marie Alfonso-Forero (English, U Miami)
“Immigrant Motherhood and Transnationality in Jhumpa Lahiri’s Fiction” (abstract)
  • Rosie Kar (Comparative Lit, UCSB)
“D for Desire, ABD for American Born Desi” (abstract)
  • Eric Martinsen (English, UCSB)
“Reading the Movies: Spectatorship and Global Moments in Transnational Fiction” (abstract)
12:00 – 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 – 2:50 PM KEYNOTE ADDRESS: "Opening Elsewhere: The Postcolonial Logics of Telepathy," Bishnupriya Ghosh
2:50 – 3:00 PM Break
3:00 – 4:00 PM Panel 3 – Postcolonial Empire: Narrative Transformations of U.S. National Identity
  Moderator: Professor Stephanie LeMenager (English, UCSB)
  • Gabriela Frank (English, Cal State U, Stanislaus)
“Toward a Founding Moment: Violence as a Sign of Social Transformation in James Fenimore Cooper’s Novel The Last of the Mohicans” (abstract)
  • Elizabeth Nixon (English, Ohio State)
“Past and Post: Metafiction in Catherine Sedgwick’s Hope Leslie” (abstract)
4:00 – 4:10 PM Break
4:10 – 5:30 PM Panel 4 – Expanding the Canon of Postcolonial Literatures
  Moderator: Professor Christopher Newfield (English, UCSB)
  • Michial Farmer (U Nebraska, Omaha)
“Classism as the New Racism in ‘Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man’” (abstract)
  • Danielle La France (Comparative Lit, UCSB)
“Fronteriza Identity in Leonor Villegas and Jovita Gonzalez” (abstract)
  • Mary Seliger (Comparative Lit, UCSB)
“The Symbolic and Political Logic of Contracts in George Washington Gómez” (abstract)
5:30 – 5:45 PM Closing Remarks
  • Carl Gutiérrez-Jones, ACGCC Director (English, UCSB; Director, Center for Chicano Studies)