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2020 International Conference Schedule

Robert A. Jones '59 House Conference Room

Thursday, March 5

4:30-4:45 p.m. Welcome and Introduction

Tamar Mayer and Daniel Silva, Middlebury College

4:45-6:45 p.m.
Session 1: Borders and Narratives of Imperial Power

Chair:  Amanda Rodriguez '21
Moderator:  Trinh Tran

  • Borders and Anxieties of Empire

Yumna Siddiqi, Middlebury College

  • The Muslim Ban and the Imperial Anxieties of Colorblindness and Uneven Mobilities

Maryam Griffin, University of Washington, Bothell

  • "Crime and the Border": Locating imperial anxiety and narratives of crime

Molly Slavin, Georgia Institute of Technology

7:00 p.m. Dinner provided

Friday, March 6

10:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.
Session 2: Epistemology and Imperial Reproduction

Chair:  Benji Renton '21
Moderator:  Raquel Albarran

  • The Populist West: Critical subjectivity and the politics of counter-terrorism in Nigeria

Temitope Ogungbemi, McPherson University, Nigeria

  • Examining the Co-production of the "Imperial" University in Lahore and New York City

Mariam Durrani, Hamilton College

  • Empire’s Anxiety and Indigeneity: Recent American studies critiques of U.S. empire

Max Clayton, Yale University

12:00 p.m. Lunch provided

12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Session 3: Subjects of Empire and Occupation

Chair:  Lilly Cady '23
Moderator:  Amit Prakash

  • Gibraltar and the Making and Re-making of Europe

Jason Dittmer, University College London

  • Imperial Crisis and Racialized Militarization: Reconceptualizing the invasion and occupation of Iraq

Yousef Baker, California State University, Long Beach

  • The Power of Blank Spaces: A critical cartography of China's Belt and Road Initiative

Galen Murton '00, James Madison University

2:45 – 4:15 p.m.
Session 4: Staging Empire, Visualizing Otherness

Chair:  Elijah Willig '21
Moderator:  Guntram Herb

  • Cinema’s Hegemony: Imperial and cinematic futures at the start of the Asian century

Maria Bose, Clemson University

  • Race and Migrant Bodies in Contemporary African Poetry

Tosin Gbogi, Marquette University

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Session 5: Migration Divides: Race, religion, and othering  

Chair:  Isabella Mauceri '20.5
Moderator:  William Poulin-Deltour

  • The Prince and the Governors: The anxious locations of race and religion in South Asian American immigrant histories

Arun Chaudhuri, York University, Canada

  • Islam, Anti-Racism, and the Anxieties of French Diversity Politics

Kirsten Wesselhoeft, Vassar College

Saturday, March 7

8:30 a.m. Breakfast provided

9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Session 6: The Power to Police: Biopolitics and contemporary empire

Chair:  Jack Carew '20
Moderator:  Hemangini Gupta

  • Resistance and the Info-sphere

Salah Khan, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain

  • Strangers in Their Own Flesh: An intimate story about Trump and Modi

Kristin Bright, Middlebury College

  • Mechanisms of Empire’s Reproduction: An analysis of crisis pregnancy centers

Carly Thomsen, Middlebury College

11:00 a.m. Lunch provided

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Session 7: Conference Summary