2011: Nature of the Contradiction

2011nature 1-page-001Nature of the Contradiction
The 13th Annual Conference of the Marxist Reading Group
Keynote Speaker: John Bellamy Foster
March 31-April 2, 2011 at the University of Florida
Sponsors: CLASSC, Department of English, & the UF Center for Women’s Studies & Gender Research
Conference Posters: 1 2 3 4 5 6

Thursday, March 31

12:00-1:30 (Pugh 210)
PANEL 1: Place
Moderator: Emily McCann

  1. Georg Koszulinski (University of Florida), “Imaginary Landscapes and the Invention of Florida: notes on an expedition to Cape Sable”
  2. Asmaa Ghonim (University of Florida), “Black Market White Noise”
  3. Renee Dowbnia (University of Florida), “Uprooting the Seeds of Capitalism: The Potential for Social Change in Toni Morrison’s Fictionalized Utopias”

1:45-3:15 (Pugh 210)
Moderator: Jordan Dominy (University of Florida)
Participants: Amber Pearson (Florida State University), John Tinnell (University of Florida), Renee Dowbnia (University of Florida)

3:30-5:00 (Pugh 210)
PANEL 2: Posthuman
Moderator: Cameron Williams

  1. John Tinnell (University of Florida), “Ecology ≠ Environmentalism, Or, Felix Guattari’s Contribution to Ecosophy”
  2. Mauro J. Caraccioli and Seaton Tarrant (University of Florida), “Why Materialism Still Matters: Lessons for Sustainability from the Deep Water Horizon Disaster”
  3. Anna Peterson (University of Florida), “The Zoological Marx”

Friday, April 1

Coffee & Bagels

9:00-10:30 (Pugh 210)
PANEL 3: Praxis
Moderator: Sarah Mitchem

  1. Alex Stoner (University of Tennessee, Knoxville), “Toward a Dynamic Social Theory of the Environment: Modernity, Capitalism, and Social Action”
  2. Arun Kumar Pokhrel (University of Florida), “The Postcolonial and the Global: Examining the Intersections of Development, Modernity, and the Ecological Turn”
  3. Sodam Choi (SUNY Buffalo), “(Inter)national Consciousness and Eco-political Reading: Ngugi wa Thiong’o and Chi Ha Kim”

10:45-12:15 (Pugh 210)
PANEL 4: Farming
Moderator: Mindy Cardozo

  1. Liam Hysjulien (University of Tennessee, Knoxville), “Waiting For a Disaster:” Food Regimes, Food Disasters, and Food Traumas
  2. Ashok Kumbamu (University of Alberta), “Dispossession and Metabolic Rift in Indian Agriculture: The Dynamics of Adoption and Abandonment of Genetically Modified Cotton in Kadavendi, A South Indian Village”
  3. Sarah Ruth Jacobs (CUNY), “A Garden on Wheels: The Aestheticization of Nature in Advertisement, 2000-2011”


1:45-3:15 (Pugh 210)
ROUNDTABLE: Sustainability, Community, and Labor in a University Context
Moderator: Susan Hegeman (University of Florida, English)
Participants: John Bellamy Foster (University of Oregon, Sociology), John Leavey (University of Florida, English), Anna Peterson (University of Florida, Religion)

3:30-5:00 (Pugh 210)
PANEL 5: Modernism
Moderator: Paige Fowler

  1. Emily McCann (University of Florida), “Economic Modernization of a Haunted Landscape in Elizabeth Bowen’s A World of Love
  2. Patrick McHenry (University of Florida), “William Carlos Williams, Paterson, Nature, Totality”
  3. Christina Van Houten (University of Florida), “Domestic Battles: Mahony Griffin’s The Magic of America and the Politics of Regional Modernism”


7:00-9:00 (Pugh 210)
Georg Koszulinski (University of Florida), “A Highway Called 301” (54:00)

Saturday, April 2

Coffee & Bagels

9:00-10:30 (Pugh 210)
PANEL 6: Production
Moderator: Rob Short

  1. Craig Smith (University of Florida), “Represented by Earth; On Santiago Sierra’s Anthropometric Modules Made from Human Faeces”
  2. Aron Pease (Georgia Southern University), “Ecology and the Law of Value”
  3. Scott Nygren (University of Florida), “Blind Spots in the Mirror of Reason: William Kentridge and The Magic Flute

10:45-12:15 (Pugh 210)
PANEL 7: Communities
Moderator: Aaron Kashtan

  1. Stephanie Boluk (University of Florida), “State of Play: Procedural Love and Political Games”
  2. Jack Stenner (University of Florida) and Patrick LeMieux (Duke University), “Open House: Squatting the U.S. Housing Collapse”
  3. Mindy Cardozo (University of Florida), “Community/Action/Center: New Queer Art as Performative Community”
  4. Wylie Lenz (University of Florida), “Railroads, Tramps, and Human Geography”


1:45-3:15 (Pugh 210)
PANEL 8: Genre
Moderator: David Lawrimore

  1. Regina Martin (Georgia Tech University), “Object Oriented Ontology and the Post-9/11 Landscape of Fear”
  2. Ryan Brooks (University of Illinois-Chicago), “‘Clean Hands’: Post-Political Form in Richard Powers’ Gain
  3. Phillip E. Wegner (University of Florida), “Evental Genres: Science Fiction, Love, and Utopia in Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker

3:30-5:00 (Ustler Hall Atrium, 2nd Floor)
John Bellamy Foster, “The Last Stage of Denial: The Reification of Ecological Crisis”
Reception to Follow