University of Chicago
Rosenwald Hall 405
November 19-20, 2015

Thursday, November 19

4:30p – 6:00p                Keynote Address, Prof. Susan Phillips (Northwestern)
                                              “Medieval Mischief 101: Teaching the Art of Disorderly
6:00p – 7:00p                Welcome Reception

Friday, November 20

8:30a – 9:00a                Breakfast 
9:00a – 10:20a             PANEL I: Gossip and Presence
                                              Moderator: Prof. Timothy Harrison (University of Chicago)

  • Jaclyn Carter (University of Calgary): “Perpetuating ‘Margery’: Medieval Gossip and its Effects on Performance in The Book of Margery Kempe.
  • Caroline Boreham (McGill University): “At Rebecca’s Writing Desk: Gossipy Fantasies in Du Maurier’s Rebecca
  • Toby Altman (Northwestern University): “Holes and Nets: Jen Bervin, Dianna Frid, and the Materiality of the Past”

10:30a – 11:50p          PANEL II: Media(tion)
                                              Moderator: Prof. Adrienne Brown (University of Chicago)

  • John James (Georgetown University): “Authorial Bricolage: Poetry of Mediation in the Age of Surveillance”
  • Julia Cox (University of Pennsylvania): “Sounding Scandal: Soul Music, Sexuality, and Stereotypes on Shonda Rhimes Drama”
  • Sean Dotson (University of Chicago): “Caught in Translation: Ambivalent Spectacles of Violence in Phoebe Gloeckner’s ‘La Tristeza’”

12:00p – 2:00p             Lunch & Roundtable
Moderator: Prof. Julie Orlemanski (University of Chicago)

Prof. Natasha Barnes (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Prof. Peter Coviello (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Prof. Patrick Jagoda (University of Chicago)
Prof. Lynn Spigel (Northwestern University)

2:10p – 3:30p              PANEL III: Calculated Babble
Moderator: Prof. Benjamin Morgan (University of Chicago)

  • Rebecca L. Fall (Northwestern University): “Nonsense as Rebellion: Ophelia and the Ballad Medley”
  • Sarah Driscoll (Arizona State University): “Radio Shows: Oral Tradition, Storytelling, and Performance in Daniel Alarcón’s Lost City Radio (2007)”
  • Adam Karr (United States Military Academy at West Point): “(Mis)Translation in the Veteran Literature of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars”

3:40p – 5:00p              PANEL IV: Tenuous Transmissions
Moderator: Prof. Zachary Samalin (University of Chicago)

  • Angus Reid (University of British Columbia): “On Weak Totality and Worldly Contingency”
  • Davide Carozza (Duke University): “Powers of the Imagination: Infection and Immunization in Defoe and Eighteenth-Century Novels”
  • Courtney Chatellier (The Graduate Center, CUNY): “Madame Genlis and the American Print Public Sphere”

5:00p – 5:15p              Closing Remarks