March 16-17, 2018
THINKING THE GLOBAL SOUTH, PENN STATE UNIVERSITY
I am thrilled to have been invited to participate in this two-day event. I will be part of a roundtable discussing Macarena Gómez-Barris' new book, The Extractive Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives (Duke UP, 2017). This book has already helped me rethink extractive aesthetics in sites with which I am most familiar--North Dakota and Louisiana. For now, the plan is to link documentary realism, Bakken extractivism, and the resistance at Standing Rock to some of the claims and methodological turns in The Extractive Zone. You can find out more about the conference here: Thinking the Global South: A Critical Vocabulary for the Twenty-First Century. You can also hear Gómez-Barris discuss the book on a recent podcast from the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences.
APRIL 17, 2018
MAHINDRA HUMANITIES CENTER AT HARVARD: MODERNISM SEMINAR
I will be sharing some work from a new book project on literature, film, and culture at midcentury. This talk is titled "Fossils of Tomorrow: Late Modernism and the Great Acceleration." I take up some of the recent methodological debates about anthropocene readings before pivoting to an analysis of Len Lye's 1936 petro-aesthetic masterpiece "The Birth of the Robot," and J.G. Ballard's 1962 novel The Drowned World. An essay version of this talk has been accepted for publication in Modern Fiction Studies and will be forthcoming later this yea.
MAY 31-JUNE 2, 2018
AUGUST 2018, TBA
november 8-11, 2018
NOVEL THEORY: BIENNIAL CONFERENCE OF THE SOCIETY FOR NOVEL STUDIES
I will join Jed Esty, Paul K. Saint Amour, Rachel Buurma, Nathan Hensley, and Nirvana Tanoukhi on a seminar around "genre/scale." Check out the other amazing events schedules for the weekend.
THE MODERNIST STUDIES ANNUAL CONFERENCE: COLUMBUS, OH
Jesse Schotter (OSU) and I are co-organizing this year's MSA conference around the theme "Graphic Modernisms." Our two keynote events will include a conversation with the graphic narrative artist and cartoonist Joe Sacco and a roundtable with Hillary Chute, Madelyn Detloff, and Tsitsi Jaji.