2014 EGSA Graduate Student Symposium

2014 EGSA Symposium 

Symposium Schedule

9:00 – 10:00 am: Welcome & Breakfast


10:00 – 11:00 am: “What Comes After the Conference Paper: A Series of Ignite Talks on ‘Post-ing’”

Leigha McReynolds, moderator


Emily Russell, George Washington University, “Phantasmic Affections”

Erin Vander Wall, George Washington University, “Monstrous Geographies”

Leigha McReynolds, George Washington University, “Mesmerized”

Lori Brister, George Washington University, “After Tourism”


11:00 am – 12:00 pm: This Time is Out of Joint: Post-Temporal

Shyama Rajendran, moderator


Nora Alfaiz, George Washington University, “‘The Point Where the Imperfections of Memory Meet the Inadequacies of Documentation’: The Unstable and Unreliable Memories in The Sense of an Ending

John Polanin, Villanova University, “‘A wound that's bled for a hundred years’:  The Ethics of a Post-Teleological Periodization in Warren Ellis and John Cassaday’s Planetary

Sukshma Vedere, George Washington University, “Translating Morals in Tales of Bidpai

Patrick Henry Thomas, George Washington University, “Detective Fiction and the Revision of National History:  Proving the Innocence of Richard III in Josephine Tey's The Daughter of Time


12:00 – 1:00 pm: Lunch (Provided)


1:00 – 2:00 pm:  Post-Sexuality/Post-Queer

Maia Gil’Adi, moderator


Laura Christiansen, College of Staten Island, “Postfeminism, Retrosexism, and Shit Girls Say

Kimberly Pendleton, George Washington University, “Saving the Strip: Evangelical Outreach to the Contemporary Sex Industry”

Lee Nevitt, “The Great Gay War: A Post-Queer Reading of Virginia Woolf and Ford Maddox Ford"


2:00 – 3:00 pm: Harrowing Transformations

Haylie Swenson and Alan Montroso, moderators


Samantha Vitale, Villanova University, “Time Traveling with Darwin: Anti-teleology in The Time Machine

M.W. Bychowski, George Washington University, “Quantum Medievalism: Merlin and the (Meta)physics of Superposition”

Alan S. Montroso, George Washington University, “Dead Birds/New Objects: Contact and Sympathy in Marie de France’s Yonec andLaüstic

Haylie Swenson, George Washington University, “On the Back of Whales”


3:00 – 4:00 pm:  Losing Sight of Race: Past, Present, Future

Justin Mann and Molly Lewis, moderators


Justin Mann, George Washington University, “Against the Odds: Postracial America and The Hunger Games Controversy”

Jason Demeter, George Washington University, “Racial Profiling: Embodied Identity in the Performance Archive”

D. Gilson, George Washington University, “Temporal Disavowal from the American Dream: Occupy Wall Street, Hipster Bodies, and the White Rhetoric of Revolution”

Molly Lewis, George Washington University, “Modern Critical Race Theorists and their Preracial Middle Ages”


4:30 – 5:30 pm:       Keynote Speaker, Roderick Ferguson

"To 'Post' the Nation: Race, Gender, Sexuality, and the Not-Yet-Imagined"

International Brotherhood of the Teamster, Gelman Library 702


6:00 – 7:00 pm: Reception, Rome Hall 771