April 12-13, 2013

University of California, Merced


Conference Program


Friday April 12th, California Room


3:30 pm to 4:00 pm - Registration


4:00 pm to 4:20 pm - Welcome Remarks

Marco Valesi and Paola Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco (Conference Chairs)
Mark Aldenderfer (Professor and Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts)
Susan Amussen (Director of the Center for Research in the Humanities and Arts, UC Merced)
Ruth Mostern (Chair of the World Cultures Graduate Students Group, UC Merced)
Kristynn Sullivan (President of the Graduate Students Association, UC Merced)

4:20 pm to 5:20 pm - Keynote speaker Al Young

Address: Culture, Torture, Nurture: What Can Save the World? 

5:30 pm to 7:00 pm - Reception


Saturday April 13th


8:30 am to 9:00 am - Breakfast and Registration


9:00 am to 10:30 am - Panel I: Ancient History, Archaeology, and Heritage

Moderator: Ruth Mostern (UC Merced)
9:00 am to 9:20 am               
Myles Cameron (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville)
The Coins and Community of Alexander the Great: From Hellas to the Indus
9:20 am to 9:40 am               
Marieka Arksey (UC Merced)
Ancient Maya Performance and Cave Rituals: Defining a Space for Public Participation
9:40 am to 10:00 am            
Fabrizio Galeazzi (UC Merced)
3D Virtual Simulations of the Past: Real or Fake Representations?
10:00 am to 10:30 am - Discussion

10:30 am to 12:00 am - Panel II: Anthropology and Sociology

Moderator: Robin Maria De Lugan (UC Merced)
10:30 am to 10:50 am                       
Patrick Wilkinson (UC Merced)
Goat and Mattresses
10:50 am to 11:10 am           
Erin McElroy (Independent Researcher)
A Postnational Double-Displacement: The Blurring of Anti-Roma Violence from Romania to Northern Ireland
11:10 am to 11:30 am           
Carlos Bazua Morales (UC Merced)
Doing ethnography in a "Democratic" Dictatorship: Images of police brutality against participants of the Occupy movement
11:30 am to 12:00 pm - Discussion

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm - Lunch (on your own) in the Elizabeth Garden


1:00 pm to 2:30 pm - Panel III: Literature (Spanish speaking)

Moderator: Virginia Adan  Lifante (UC Merced)
1:00 pm to 1:20 pm                    
Mabel Orjuela Bowser (UC Merced)
Procesos de hibridación (o interculturalidad) en el libro Después de Tánger de Larbi El-Harti
1:20 pm to 1:40 pm               
Roselia Ekhause (UC Merced)
Lamiae El Amrani: voces nómadas
1:40 pm to 2:00 pm               
Alicia Ramos Jordán (UC Merced)
Transmigrafía: Desalojando el Lenguaje
2:00 pm to 2:30 pm - Discussion

2:30 pm to 4 pm - Panel IV: Literature (English speaking)

Moderator: Manuel Martin Rodriguez (UC Merced)
2:30 pm to 2:50 pm               
Ruth Rubio Rodriguez (UC Merced)
The Importance of Poetry as a Didactic and Political Tool in Poems by Three Mapuches
2:50 pm to 3:10 pm               
Alvaro Martinez-Lacabe (CSU Stanislaus)
Clarissa’s Passion
3:10 pm to 3:30 pm               
Beth Hernandez-Jason (UC Merced)
Blogging as Lit Crit, Community-Building and Memoir: Online Reader Responses to the work of John Rechy
3:30-4:00 pm - Discussion

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm - Panel V: Literature (English speaking)

Moderator:  Anne Zanzucchi (UC Merced)
4:00 pm to 4:20 pm               
Şermin Sezer (Middle East Technical University, Ankara-Turkey)
The Performative identities: First Generation Immigrants Haroon and Anwar in Hanif Kureishi’s The Buddha of Suburbia
4:20 pm to 4:40 pm   
Nicole Birch-Bayley (University of Victoria, Canada)
Becoming “The Gradual Instant”: Diasporic Materiality and Agency in Jane Bennett’sVibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things and Anne Michaels’ Fugitive Pieces
4:40 pm to 5:00 pm              
Kirkley Silverman-Mehndiratta (Temple University)
John Donne's Songs and SonnetsCleanth Brooks 'Language of Paradox' from The Well-Wrought Urn, and the Rejection of the Anti-Petrarchan 'ideal': Destabilization of Female Identity in Donne's "The Apparition"
5:00 pm to 5:30 pm - Discussion