UMD English at MLA

January 2, 2019

Faculty presenting current research include Julius Fleming, Matthew Kirschenbaum, Lee Konstantinou, Kari Kraus, Sharada Balachandran Orihuela, David Carroll Simon, and Edlie Wong.

Colleagues from American Studies and Women's Studies will also discuss their research.

151: Scholarly Making: Pedagogy, Printing, Publics
7:00 PM–8:15 PM Thursday, Jan 3, 2019

Hyatt Regency - Atlanta
https://mla19.org/event/member/522547

  1. Makeademia: Paper-Digital Prototyping as Multimodal Composition. Emily Brooks, U of Florida
  2. Medieval Drama on the Modern Stage: Reflections on Five Years of Community Making. Ann Hubert, St. Lawrence U
  3. Critical Plastic: Crafting Humanities Research with 3-D Printing. DB Bauer, Women's Studies, U of Maryland, College Park

157: Drug Talk: Narcotics, Discourse, and the State in Contemporary Literature
7:00 PM–8:15 PM Thursday, Jan 3, 2019

Hyatt Regency - Michigan 1AB
https://mla19.org/event/member/522929

  1. Marijuana, Crack Cocaine, and Political Protest in Alfredo Vea’s Gods Go Begging. Kevin Pickard, Southern Methodist U
  2. Thinking Drugs: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Drugs. Amanda McCourt, U of Washington, Seattle
  3. Neoliberalism and Violence: Narconarratives and States of Emergence. Sharada Balachandran Orihuela, English, U of Maryland, College Park
  4. Presider: Lindsey Banco, U of Saskatchewan

212: Sciences of Nonmodernity, Now
10:15 AM–11:30 AM Friday, Jan 4, 2019

Hyatt Regency - Columbus G
https://mla19.org/event/member/522855

This roundtable brings together scholars studying various traditions of understanding the natural world that have been deemed nonmodern—from panpsychism to medieval remedies, from indigenous practices to early modern outlooks. What insights and critical challenges does “nonmodernity” bring to the humanistic study of science today?

Presider: Julie Orlemanski, U of Chicago

Speakers:

  • Stephanie Bernhard, Salisbury U
  • Jennifer Jahner, California Inst. of Tech.
  • Eric Gurevitch, U of Chicago
  • Susan Lanzoni, Harvard U Division of Continuing Education
  • Stephanie Shirilan, Syracuse U
  • David Simon, English, U of Maryland, College Park

222: Activist Imagination: Speculative Fiction for Decolonial Futures
10:15 AM–11:30 AM Friday, Jan 4, 2019

Hyatt Regency - Michigan 2
https://mla19.org/event/member/522736

  1. Theorizing with Visionary Fiction for a Decolonial Future. Lauren J. Lacey, Edgewood C
  2. Worlds ‘for Women, by Women’: Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain’s Literary Activism. Sarita O. Mizin, Lehigh U
  3. Decolonizing Perception: Visionary Fiction, Xenogenesis, and Critical Dystopia. Elizabeth C. Brown, U of Washington, Seattle
  4. From Emergent Strategy to Creative Destruction: Octavia Butler and the Onto-Ethics of Change. Rebecca Wilbanks, Johns Hopkins U, MD
  5. Presider: Alexis Lothian, Women's Studies, U of Maryland, College Park

258: Southern Foodways: Textual Transactions and Regional Food Writing
12:00 PM–1:15 PM Friday, Jan 4, 2019

Hyatt Regency - Michigan 1AB
https://mla19.org/event/member/522497

  1. Ones to Watch in Southern Food Writing. Carrie Tippen, Chatham U
  2. Eating in Another Woman’s Kitchen: Reading Food and Class in the Woman-Loving Fiction of Ann Allen Shockley. Psyche Williams-Forson, American Studies, U of Maryland, College Park
  3. Sounding Soul (Food): Blackness, Food, and Place in Southern Hip-Hop. Tyler Bunzey, U of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  4. Respondent: David A. Davis, Mercer U
  5. Presider: Katharine A. Burnett, Fisk U

433: Rethinking the Genteel Tradition
8:30 AM–9:45 AM Saturday, Jan 5, 2019

Hyatt Regency - San Francisco
https://mla19.org/event/member/522434

  1. Aldrich’s Antiwar War Poetry. Travis M. Foster, Villanova U
  2. ‘The Genteel Tradition’: A Reappraisal. Elizabeth Renker, Ohio State U, Columbus
  3. Genteel Aesthetics of Familiarity. Claudia Stokes, Trinity U
  4. Stedman, Stoddard, Whitman, Poe: Antebellum Bohemia and the Making of the American Literary Canon. Edward Whitley, Lehigh U
  5. Presider: Edlie L. Wong, U of Maryland, College Park

481: Bookish Transactions: Publishing, Media, and Materialism
12:00 PM–1:15 PM Saturday, Jan 5, 2019

Hyatt Regency - Crystal Ballroom C
https://mla19.org/event/member/522857

Aiming to explore publishing in an age of consolidation and digitization, this session brings together scholars who study publishing from a range of perspectives, putting into dialogue quantitative methods, media studies, literary sociology, and aesthetic analysis of individual works and careers.

Speakers

  • Lee Konstantinou, English, U of Maryland, College Park
  • Matthew Kirschenbaum, English, U of Maryland, College Park
  • N. Katherine Hayles, Duke U
  • Dan Sinykin, U of Notre Dame
  • Richard So, McGill U
  • Laura McGrath, Stanford U

598: What Makes It Cool to Be Southern? Reimagining the New Black American South
5:15 PM–6:30 PM Saturday, Jan 5, 2019

Hyatt Regency - New Orleans
https://mla19.org/event/member/522499

Narratives of the American South, especially black life in the South, are at the forefront of America’s popular imagination. However, these renderings often obscure regional and racial complexities. This interdisciplinary roundtable interprets southern studies and black studies as mutually constitutive. Participants approach the contemporary black South as a multidimensional cultural space, a locus of black intellectual and cultural production.

Speakers:

  • Jarvis McInnis, Duke U
  • Regina N. Bradley, Kennesaw State U
  • Julius Fleming, English, U of Maryland, College Park
  • John Jennings, U of California, Riverside

635: Design and Fiction: Transactions between Page and Practice
8:30 AM–9:45 AM Sunday, Jan 6, 2019

Hyatt Regency - Grand Suite 3
https://mla19.org/event/member/523055

  1. Speculative Design’s Missing Futurisms. Jentery Sayers, U of Victoria
  2. From Science Fiction Novelists to Chief Futurists: Science Fiction’s Influence on Software Design. Nicholas M. Kelly, U of Iowa
  3. Imprints: Diegetic Data Shadows and Altered Books. Kari M. Kraus, English & Library Science, U of Maryland, College Park

675: Geographies and Genealogies of Black Western Print Culture

10:15 AM–11:30 AM Sunday, Jan 6, 2019

Hyatt Regency - Columbian
https://mla19.org/event/member/522867

  1. Black Gold. Jonathan Schroeder, U of Warwick
  2. ‘Wherever a Railroad or Horse and Buggy Could Go’: Delilah Beasley and the Origins of Black Western Historiography. Janet Neary, Hunter C, City U of New York
  3. The Black Pacific and the Colored American Magazine. Edlie L. Wong, U of Maryland, College Park
  4. Cartographies of Success: Print Culture, Political Possibility, and Mapping Black San Francisco. Autumn Womack, Princeton U
  5. Presider: Janet Neary, Hunter C, City U of New York

2018.01.02: UMD at MLA in Chicago, Jan. 3-6, 2019