2013: Rethinking Work

Rethinking Work
The 15th Annual Conference of the Marxist Reading Group
Keynote Speakers: Michael Denning, Kathi Weeks, and Kevin Floyd
March 21-23, 2013 at the University of Florida
Sponsors: The Marston-Milbauer Professorship, The Department of English, and CLASSC
All Events Will Take Place in Smathers Library (East) 1A
Conference Hashtag: #mrg13

Thursday, March 21
7:30-8:00
Coffee & Bagels

8:00-9:15
PANEL 1: CLASS
Moderator: Rebekah Fitzsimmons (University of Florida)

  • Doug Kubreski (Florida State College, Jacksonville), “Plastic Weapons? On Credit and Class Consciousness”
  • Christiane Toledo Maria (University of São Paulo), “Michael Moore and the Crisis of Working-Class Identity in the Late 20th Century”
  • Kara Wedekind (Johns Hopkins University), “Mixed Form: Cognitive Estrangement, Tonal Inconsistency, and Incomplete Closure in Body Swap Fiction, 1882 to 1931”

9:30-10:45
PANEL 2: UTOPIA
Moderator: Robin Nuzum (University of Florida)

  • Ryan Culpepper (University of Toronto), “Working Together on Film: Labor and Utopia in the Later Vertov”
  • Elton Furlantetto (University of São Paulo), “Work in Utopian Fictions: ‘An Inelimanable Element’”?
  • Oded Nir (Ohio State University), “From Full Employment to Formal Utopia in Globalized Israeli Culture”

11:00-12:15
PANEL 3: REWORK
Moderator: Berit Brink (University of Florida)

  • Keith A. Manuel (University of Florida), “‘He Treats Us Like His Own Slaves’: Slavery, Race, and Military Service in Havana, 1762-1808”
  • Mike Mayne (Kennesaw State University), “Nkrumah and Rancière’s Work of the People”
  • John Woodward (Florida State College, Jacksonville), “Work and Labor: On the Physical and the Ideological in a Second Modern World”

LUNCH BREAK

1:45-3:00
PANEL 4: REFUSAL
Moderator: Sarah Hayes (University of Florida)

  • Joanna Fax (Rice University), “The Managed Heart of Lesbian Pulp: Postwar Homonationalism and Service Labor in Paula Christian’s The Edge of Twilight”
  • Derrick King (University of Florida), “‘Living this Way…is too Much Work’: Utopia, Dystopia, and the Refusal of Work in Kim Stanley Robinson’s Three Californias Trilogy”
  • Ann Manov (University of Florida), “Chaotic Sentiment and Complex Systems: Eroticism, Pseudoscience, and Things that Don’t Work”

3:15-4:30
PANEL 5: ARTWORK (I)
Moderator: Nathaniel Deyo (University of Florida)

  • Joshua Lubin-Levy (New York University), “Jack Smith Goes To Work: Performance, Anti-Labor Politics and Andy Warhol’s ‘Factory’”
  • Aliza Shvarts (New York University), “Contracting Consent: The Marriage Contract, the Labor Contract, and the Scene of Black Performance”
  • Fabiana de Lacerda Vilaço (University of São Paulo), “The Representation of Labor in Edgar Allan Poe’s Detective Stories”

4:45-6:00
PANEL 6: BUREAUCRACY
Moderator: Christina Quintana (University of Florida)

  • Karen Bullock (Denison University), “Problematic Philanthropy: Using ‘The Gospel of Wealth’ and ‘Bartleby’ to Critique the Susan G. Komen Foundation”
  • Patrick McHenry (Georgia Institute of Technology), “The Strategies of Poetry and Finance”
  • Patricia Ventura (Spelman College) “Slow Death, the War on Terror, and the Bureaucratic Entrepreneur”

DINNER BREAK

8:00
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Kevin Floyd (Kent State University), “Abstract Labor and Abstract Life”

Reception to follow

Friday, March 22

7:30-8:00
Coffee & Bagels

8:00-9:15
PANEL 7: ARTWORK (II)
Moderator: Alyssa Hunziker (University of Florida)

  • Jonathan Gagas (Temple University), “‘Adultery of the Brain’: The Anxious General Body in Between the Acts and Virginia Woolf’s Late Non-Fiction”
  • Brian Todd Mann, “On Choosing”

9:30-10:45
PANEL 8: MACHINES
Moderator: Yeonhaun Kang (University of Florida)

  • Megan Flocken (University of South Florida), “Disconnection Notice: Industrialization and The Grapes of Wrath”
  • Robbie McLaughlan, (Harvard University), “Pharmakonomics: Working Machines that Desire”
  • Andrew Reynolds (Florida State University), “Science Fiction and the End of Work”

11:00-12:15
PANEL 9: TEMPORALITY
Moderator: Rafael Hernandez (University of Florida)

  • Lakey (Florida State University), “Common Heart: Ethics, Time and Altermodernity in the Crossroads Between Negri and Moraga”
  • Mitch R. Murray (University of Florida), “Learning to Swim: Utopia, and the Rebuilding After the Zombie Apocalypse in Colson Whitehead’s Zone One”
  • Myka Tucker-Abramson (Simon Fraser University), “Looking for Labour in the 1950s”

12:30-1:30
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: “The MRG at 15 and the Lessons of Collective Work”
Moderator: Phil Wegner (University of Florida)

  • Participants: Wesley Beal (Lyon College), Michael Denning (Yale University), Kevin Floyd (Kent State University), Fredric Jameson (Duke University), Brian Todd Mann, Regina Martin (Denison University), Mike Mayne (Kennesaw State University), Patrick McHenry (Georgia Institute of Technology), Christina Van Houten (Georgia Institute of Technology), Kathi Weeks (Duke University)

Lunch will be provided

1:45-3:00
PANEL 10: REPRODUCTION
Moderator: Allison Rittmayer (University of Florida)

  • Katie Cruz (University of Nottingham), “Sex as work?”
  • Laura Schwartz (University of Warwick), “Work and Identity Politics: ‘Servants’ Trade Unions and Feminist Debates on Work, Britain 1900-1914”

3:15-4:30
PANEL 11: FAMILY
Moderator: Arun Pokhrel (University of Florida)

  • Wesley Beal (Lyon College), “Philip Marlowe, Family Man”
  • Regina Martin (Denison University), “Just Your Friendly Family-Owned Capitalism: Professionalism and the Family in the Imperial Politics of Conrad’s Lord Jim”
  • Navid Naderi (Duke University) & Karim Wissa (Duke University), “Beyond Work and Within Life: Polyamory as a Practice of Freedom”

4:45-6:00
PANEL 12: LABOR
Moderator: Barbara Mennel (University of Florida)

  • Emily Fedoruk (University of Minnesota), “That Familiar Sinking Feeling: Following Gestures in Labour-Power”
  • Eugene Holland (Ohio State University), “Surplus-labor Came First”
  • Garreth O’Brien (Univeristy of Oklahoma), “‘Subjects ‘Work,’ They ‘Work by Themselves’: Social Movements and the Ideology of Ideology”

DINNER BREAK

8:00
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Michael Denning (Yale University), “The Accumulation of Labor”

Reception to follow

Saturday, March 23

7:30-8:00
Coffee & Bagels

8:00-9:15
PANEL 13: MUSIC
Moderator: Asmaa Ghonim (University of Florida)

  • Victor Cruz (King’s College), “Actually Existing Utopias: Music, Populist Modernism and the Refusal of Work”
  • Steven Garabedian (Marist College), “Blues Music and White Alienation”
  • Christopher Ramos (Duke University), “The Overwrought Subjectivity of Beyoncé Knowles”

9:30-10:45
PANEL 14: SPATIALITY
Moderator: Paige Fowler (University of Florida)

  • Yeonhaun Kang (University of Florida), “In Search of Our Utopia: American Romanticism, Buddhism, and the Spiritualization of Work in Jack Kerouac’s The Dharma Bums”
  • Aron Pease (Georgia Institute of Technology), “The Mood of Work”
  • Richard Simpson (University of Miami), “Spatializing Worker Ownership: Campus as Critique of Capital”

11:00-12:15
PANEL 15: INTELLECTUALS
Moderator: Shannon Butts (University of Florida)

  • Alyssa Hunziker, (University of Florida), “Defining the Intellectual Work of the Public, Traditional, and Organic Intellectuals in the University System”
  • David Lawrimore (University of Florida) & David L. Reznik (Bridgewater College), “The Work of Organic Intellectualism in Take Shelter”
  • Christopher Leslie (Polytechnic Institute of New York University) “Quite Safe for Work: The Potential for Counterhegemony in the Use of Social Media”

LUNCH BREAK

1:45-3:00
PANEL 16: EDUCATION
Moderator: Caroline Stone (University of Florida)

  • Kim Emery (University of Florida), “Performance Counts: Productivity and Faculty Work”
  • Rebekah Fitzsimmons (University of Florida), “Professional Disputes and Early Reader Picture Books”

3:15-4:30
PANEL 17: AESTHETICS
Moderator: Christopher Garland (University of Florida)

  • Susan Hegeman (University of Florida), “Adaptation and the Indians”
  • Christina Van Houten (Georgia Institute of Technology), “Critical Regionalism and Second Wave Feminism: Three Case Studies”
  • Phil Wegner (University of Florida), “Stieg Larsson’s Working Girls: Labor and the Geopolitical Aesthetics of the Schwedenkrimi”

DINNER BREAK

8:00
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Kathi Weeks (Duke University), “After Work”

Reception to follow

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