2012: Toward a Democracy with Rights

mrg12-page-001Toward a Democracy with Rights
The 14th Annual Conference of the Marxist Reading Group
Keynote Speaker: Rosemary Hennessy
March 15-17, 2012 at the University of Florida
A Conference in Memory of Nicole LaRose
Sponsors: CLASSC, Department of English, & the UF Center for Women’s Studies & Gender Research

Thursday, March 15

1:45-3:15 (Reitz Union 357)
PANEL 1: Media
Moderator: Caroline Stone

  1. Liz Murphy Thomas, “Breaking Through the Glass Floor”
  2. Rob Short (University of Florida), “‘Under No Nation Will We Ever Be’: The Punk Rock Politics of Postnationalism”
  3. Jon Whooley and Kevin Funk  (University of Florida), “’The Arab Street is on Fire’: Protest Movements and Pan-Arab Identity in Today’s Middle East”

Friday, March 16

Coffee & Bagels

10:45-12:15 (Pugh 210)
PANEL 2: Institutions
Moderator: Rebekah Fitzsimmons

  1. Nick Sciullo (Georgia State), “Marx and Museums”
  2. Patrick McGowan (University of Florida), “Detective Fiction, Sociology, Objectivity”


1:45-3:15 (Pugh 210)
PANEL 3: Modernism
Moderator: Andrea Kraftt

  1. Patrick McHenry (University of Florida), “Charles Olson, Negative Totality, and the Contingent Polis
  2. Susan Hegeman (University of Florida), “TBA”
  3. Emily McCann (University of Florida), “Total War and Queer Spaces in Elizabeth Bowen’s Heat of the Day”

3:30-5:00 (Pugh 210)
PANEL 4: Diaspora
Moderator: Shoniqua Roach

  1. Robin Brooks (University of Florida), “Marxist Insights in Caribbean Literary Works”
  2. Mark Tabone (University of Floirda), “Toni Cade Bambara’s The Salt Eaters and the Structuring of Revolutionary Desires”
  3. Yen Loh (University of Florida), “Haunting Locke, California and Shawna Yang Ryan’s Water Ghosts


7:00-9:00 (Ustler Hall Atrium, 2nd Floor)

Rosemary Hennessy, “The Value of a Second Skin”

Reception to follow

Saturday, March 17

Coffee & Bagels

9:00-10:30 (Pugh 210)
PANEL 5: Consumerism
Moderator: Renee Dowbnia

  1. Lisa Daily (George Mason University), “De-Fetishizing the Ethical Market: Global Girlfriends & Fair-Trade”
  2. Asmaa Ghonim (University of Florida), “As Soon As Their Insurance Runs Out”
  3. Jeff Nall (Florida Atlantic University), “Stereotyping the Poor: How the Common Sense of the Power Functions to Justify the Oppression of the Poor”

10:45-12:15 (Pugh 210)
PANEL 6: Nature
Moderator: Asmaa Ghonim

  1. Renee Dowbnia (University of Florida), “‘Everybody is Indigenous:’ Eco-Cosmopolitanism in the Novels of Linda Hogan”
  2. Cameron Williams (New York University), ““Queer Farmers and the Imaginative Geographies of US Sexual and Ecological Politics”
  3. Tace Hedrick (University of Florida), “”Do you feel like I do?: Queer Feelings, Alien Temporalities in Gloria Anzaldua”


1:45-3:15 (Pugh 210)
PANEL 7: Form
Moderator: David Lawrimore

  1. Phillip E. Wegner (University of Florida) “Representing Jameson”
  2. Richard Simpson (University of Miami), “‘Labor Hires its Own Employer:’ Campus, Capital, and Cooperation at Stanford University”
  3. Aron Pease (Georgia Institute of Technology), “We Must Terraform Ourselves: Megastructural Alchemy on Red Mars

3:30-5:00 (Pugh 210)
ROUNDTABLE: Democratic Praxis
Moderator: Susan Hegeman (University of Florida, English)
Participants: Rosemary Hennessy (Rice University), Kim Emery (University of Florida), John Leavey (University of Florida), and Paul Ortiz (University of Florida)