Program

Keynote Speakers

May 30, 2019

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Danielle Wong is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English Language and Literatures at the University of British Columbia. Prior to joining UBC’s English Department, she was a postdoctoral associate in the Asian American Studies Program at Cornell University. Her research and teaching interests focus on historical and contemporary relationships between race, gender, migration, Empire, and “new” technologies. Her current book project examines Asian North American new media productions and performances, and traces a genealogy of “virtual Asianness” by analyzing how Asian North American racialization has, and continues to be, interwoven with social and academic conceptualizations of mediation and virtuality.

May 31, 2019

authorphoto2Jordan Abel is a Nisga’a writer from Vancouver. He is the author of The Place of Scraps (winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), Un/inhabited, and Injun (winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize). Abel’s latest project NISHGA (forthcoming from McClelland & Stewart in 2020) is a deeply personal and autobiographical book that attempts to address the complications of contemporary Indigenous existence and the often invisible intergenerational impact of residential schools. Abel is finishing off a PhD at Simon Fraser University, and he is currently teaching Indigenous Literatures and Creative Writing at the University of Alberta.


 

Tentative Program

*Conference program is subject to change.

All events will be held at Coach House and Graham Room, Green College unless noted otherwise.

Thursday, May 30

9:30-10:30

Registration with coffee and snacks

Graham Lobby, Green College

10:30-11:50

Panel 1a: The Music of Resistance (Chair: TBD), Graham Room

Christine Frim (University of British Columbia): “‘The Name of That Moment’: Resonating Intimacy in Jan Zwicky’s ‘Open Strings’”

Natalie Shefler (Carleton University): “‘With his kiss the riot starts’: On Anaïs Mitchell’s musical Hadestown”

Panel 1b: Resistant Sexualities (Chair: TBD), Coach House

Trigger warning: explicit sexual content, slurs, depression, homophobia

Simon Turner (Carleton University): “Ecstatic Death as Biopolitical Resistance in E. M. Forster’s ‘Dr. Woolacott’

Ariel Kersey (University of Toronto): “Monsters in the Closet and Closeted Monsters: Queerness, Monstrosity, and De(con)struction”

Gordon J.R. Cork (University of Toronto): “FISTING FOR FREEDOM: An Investigation of Sex Clubs”

12:00-1:00

Lunch

Served in Coach House

1:00-2:20

Panel 2: Nations, Borders and Diaspora – Part 1 (Chair: TBD), Coach House

Trigger warning: racism, sexual violence, intergenerational trauma, internment, social exclusion

Eury Colin Chang (University of British Columbia): “Disrupting ‘Archival Ghosts’ in The Japanese Problem

Daniel J. De Paola  (University of Western Ontario): “‘This is you girl’: Orientalism, Diaspora, and Identity in Dionne Brand’s No Language is Neutral, Land to Light On, and A Map to the Door of No Return”

Sylvanna Baugh (University of British Columbia): “Anarchic Vitality of a Failed Resistance in Dambudzo Marechera’s ‘Black Sunlight’”

2:30-3:50

Panel 3: Resistant Voices from Body to Tongue (Chair: Kelsey Wilson), Coach House

Trigger warning: transphobia, sexual assault, misogyny, incest, political violence

Jasmeen Boparai (McGill University): “‘Thought I, ‘This is so queynt a sweven’’: Assigning Narrative Voice in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Book of the Duchess

Gage K. Diabo (University of British Columbia): “Fucking Your Fear: (Un)learning How We Listen to Trans Voices with Gwen Benaway’s Holy Wild”

Oliver Bedard (University of Victoria): “The Uncertain Body in Radcliffe’s Corpus”

3:50-4:20

Break 

4:30-5:30

Keynote Address, Coach House

Danielle Wong (University of British Columbia): “The Disruptive Virtuality of Asian Sleep”

Abstract: This talk examines how the online circulation of photos and videos depicting Asians napping in public spaces brings neoliberal notions of agency to their limit. I suggest that the “biologically impossible” body of the Asian sleeper visualizes techno-Orientalist genealogies of Asian/North American racialization, but also offers a mode of theorizing Asianness in the margins of the autonomous subject. I analyze Asian sleep as a performance of waking dreams and consider how such temporalities foreground the virtuality–the undetermined, unintended and mediated processes–of racial formation.

6:00-8:00

Reception

The Gallery Patio & Lounge, Level Four of The Nest

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and one free drink with ticket (valid for draught, cider, single hi-balls, and all non-alcoholic).

Walking directions from Green College to The Nest

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Friday, May 31

All events will be held at Coach House and Graham Room, Green College unless noted otherwise.

10:00-10:30

Registration with coffee and snacks

Graham Lobby, Green College

10:30-11:50

Panel 1a: Disrupting Humanity post-WWII (Chair: Roisin Boyle), Graham Room

Dorothee Leesing (University of British Columbia): “Layered Ruptures – the Fall, the Fire, the Frequency in Early Handheld Gaming

Roisin Boyle (University of British Columbia): “Resisting Entropy: Dark Humour in Thomas Pynchon’s V.

Panel 1b: Non-Human Disruption (Chair: Sarah-Nelle Jackson), Coach House

Trigger warning: sexual assault

Dylan Bateman (University of British Columbia): “(Non-)Disruption and (Anti-)Resistance: Erasing Resilience in The Secret Life of Pets

Fiona Tinwei Lam (Simon Fraser University): “Moving the Message: Environmental Advocacy through Lyric, Concrete and Video Poems”

Molly Dawe (University of Toronto): “Folklore, Myth, and Ecological Forgetting in George Eliot’s Adam Bede

12:00-1:00

Lunch

Served in Coach House

1:00-2:20

Panel 2: Nations, Borders and Diaspora – Part 2 (Chair: TBD), Coach House

Prateek Paul (University of Delhi): “Reading the Resistance of the Resilient Dalits: Analysing the disruptions in Hindi literature through dalit writer Ajay Navaria”

Andrew W. French (University of British Columbia): “Disrupting Canadian Nationalism: Why Regional Poetry Means Canadian Poems Do Not Exist”

Maša Torbica (University of Waterloo): “Fault Lines: The ethics and poetics of textual approaches to contested territories”

2:30-3:50

Panel 3: Shakespearean Resistance and Resilience (Chair: TBD), Coach House

Trigger warning: sexual assault

Danilo Caputo (University of California, Irvine): “Marina’s Resilience”

Miriam Helmers (University of British Columbia): “Shakespeare and the Epistle of James: The ‘Catholic Question Mark’ in The Taming of the Shrew”

Brenna Goodwin-McCabe (University of British Columbia): “’Shall I Speak for Thee?’: The Legacy of Philomela, Shakespeare’s Lavinia, and the Nightingale”

3:50-4:20

Break 

4:30-5:30

Keynote Address

Jordan Abel (University of Alberta): “Title Forthcoming”

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