Conference Program

Thursday, 31 March

4:00—4:30PM     Registration


4:30—4:45PM     Opening Remarks

Max Cavitch, University of Pennsylvania


Brian Connolly, University of South Florida


4:45—6:00 PM     Keynote 1


Introduction: Daniel Richter, University of Pennsylvania, McNeil Center for Early American Studies


Michael Meranze, University of California, Los Angeles

“Foucault’s Oedipus”


6:15—7:30  PM     Reception


Friday, 1 April


8:30—9:00  AM     Coffee and Registration


9:00—10:15 AM     Keynote 2


Introduction: Amy Kaplan, University of Pennsylvania


Joan W. Scott, Institute for Advanced Study

“Psychoanalysis and the Indeterminacy of History”


10:30—12:15 AM     Perversion’s Aspirations


Chair:   Rodney Mader, West Chester University


Mark Miller, Hunter College

“Queer Studies and George Whitefield’s ‘Secret Sin’”


Justine Murison, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

“Critical Privacies and Perverse Intimacies”


Jen Manion, Connecticut College

“Critical Trans-Studies and the Political Category of Female-Husbands”


Respondent: Nicole Eustace, New York University


12:15—2:00 PM     Lunch on your own


2:00—3:45 PM     What Comes of Empiricism?


Chair: Katherine Henry, Temple University           


Britt Rusert, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

“Black Studies/Black Study in Early America”


Carrie Hyde, University of California, Los Angeles

“Politics Untethered: Romantic Hermeneutics and the Limits of Empiricism”


Jordan Alexander Stein, Fordham University

“Queering Slavery and Abolition”


Respondent: Lara Langer Cohen, Swarthmore College


4:00—5:15 PM     Keynote 3


Introduction: David Kazanjian, University of Pennsylvania


Herman Bennett, CUNY-Graduate Center

“Re-configuring the Political: Slavery, Neo-liberalism, and the Black Body”


5:15—6:30 PM Reception    


Saturday, 2 April

8:30—9:00 AM     Coffee and Registration


9:00—10:15 AM     Keynote 4


Introduction: James Green, Library Company of Philadelphia


Michael Warner, Yale University

“Critique in the Anthropocene”


10:30—12:15 PM     Material Matters


Chair: Robert Blair St. George, University of Pennsylvania


Peter Jaros, Franklin and Marshall University

“Banking on Materiality, Historicizing Immateriality”


Meredith McGill, Rutgers University

“What’s the Matter with the History of the Book?”


Jonathan Senchyne, University of Wisconsin, Madison

“Post Print, Material Text: Print Culture After the Public Sphere”


Respondent: Joseph Rezek, Boston University


12:15—2:00 PM     Lunch on your own


2:00—3:45 PM     Good Time, Bad Times


Chair: Marcy Dinius, DePaul University


Matt Crow, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

“Equity in the Time of Moby Dick


John Garcia, American Antiquarian Society

“Antebellum or Interbellum?: Critical Bibliography, the U.S. Mexican War,
and the End of an Early American Paradigm”


Chris Lukasik, Purdue University

“Literary Studies’ Image Problem”


Respondent: Christina Zwarg, Haverford College


4:00—5:30 PM     Closing Roundtable: What is Critique?


Chair: Brian Connolly, University of South Florida


Corey Capers, Independent Scholar

Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, Northeastern University

Jonathan Beecher Field, Clemson University
Greta Lafleur, Yale University
David Waldstreicher, CUNY-Graduate Center