2016: Extracting the Resources of History


  1. Historiographies of the Postcolonial and Imperial

9:30 – 10:50
David Piro, Jr. (Florida Gulf Coast University)
Syrian Refugees: The Historical Repression of an Exiled Autonomy

Amrita Bandopadhyay (University of Florida)
The Betrayal of History: Failed Romance as Rupture in Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s Devil on the Cross and The River Between

Temitope Abisoye Noah
Duvernay Making History/Making Film: Reading Selma’s Aftermath through Fanon

  1. #VanishingMediators

11:00 – 12:20
Brittany Murray (Northwestern University)
French Feminism as a Vanishing Mediator

Shannon Butts (University of Florida)
Mapping a Movement: Image as Event and Mobility

Ameen Mettawa (University of Florida)
Metaphysics of the Future Collective Subject

  1. Labor, Leisure, Commons

12:30 – 2:15
Lakey (Florida State University)
A Crow’s Eye View: Magical Realism as Resistance Literature in Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s Wizard of the Crow

Berit Brink (University of Florida)
“Not Just a Future Worker”: Creativity, Critical Thinking, and Other Lessons from the Unschooling Movement

Emanuel Rota (University of Illinois)
Refusing to Work: The Italian Workerist Tradition and the Forgotten Battle     against Wage Labor



  1.  Producing Histories

9:30 – 10:50
Craig Rinne (Florida Atlantic University)
Manufactured in America:  Clint, Chrysler, and the Convention

Asmaa Ghonim (University of Florida)
Body Swap: Reading “History” as Fiction / Reading Fiction as “History”

Derrick King (University of Florida)
Periodizing Electronic Dance Music, or, The Music of Late Capitalism

  1. Histories of the Already Dead

11:00 – 12:20
David Reznik (Bridgewater College)
A Marxist (Reading Group) Historiography of HBO’s The Leftovers

Katherine Leveling (UC Davis)
Humans and Nature: The (Fr)enemies of the Anthropocene

M.P. Jones IV (University of Florida)
Extracting Plato’s Material Rhetoric: Exploitation and the Mines at Laurium

Lunch 12:20-1:20

  1. Memory & Mourning

Joel Woller (Carlow University)
‘A Weak Messianic Power’: Collective Memory and the Resources of History

Sarah Portella (Florida Gulf Coast University)
Spectrality, Critique, and the Politics of Mourning

Sarah Hamblin (U Mass Boston)
Radical Melancholia: Loss, Mourning, and Revolutionary Possibility in Indian     Parallel Cinema

  1. The Utopias of Film

3:00 – 4:40
Zachary Williams (Simon Fraser University)
The Dialectic of Becoming Modern: Utopia and Massification in the Era of Classical Cinema

Morgan Adamson (Macalester College)
Toward a New Mode of Study: Militant Student Filmmaking and the Long 1960s

Daniel Norford (University of Florida)
Extraterrestrial Cosmopolitics: Kluge and Utopian Spectatorship

Dan Jakubowski (University of Florida)
Lara’s Digital Archive; or, Coming to Terms with Being a Late Capitalist, Partially         Digital, but Fully Revolutionary Subject

Christopher Pavsek:
Ustler Hall Atrium, 6-7:30


  1. The Contemporaneity of the 19th Century

Lindsey Mcdonald (George Mason University)
Representing Marx in Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate

Kelly Beck (University of Florida)
A Man Out of His Time”: Conflating and Reversing Historical Periodization in the     Sherlock Special

Matt Gallman (University of Florida)
“What is doing well?: The turn to new texts in Antebellum America”

Teresa Fisher (University of Alabama-Huntsville)
Reclaiming Previous Futures: Post-Postmodern Narrative in China Miéville’s Perdido Street Station


Susan Buck-Morss
Ustler Hall Atrium 11:30-1:00


Lunch 1:00-2:00

  1. Im/material Histories

Matthew Noble-Olsen
Purchasing the Future

Carolyn Elerding (Ohio State University)
Digital Aesthetics and Materiality, from Commune to Sweatshop

Aron Pease (Georgia Institute of Technology)
A Marxist History of the Microprocessor

  1. Genres of the Present

Mitch R. Murray (University of Florida)
Evil Narratives: David Mitchell’s Slade House and Storytelling after the Program Era

Susan Hegeman (University of Florida)

Phillip E. Wegner (University of Florida)
Innocent in Every Sense of the Word: Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Roosting Chickens, and the Challenges of Historical Amnesia

Kristin Ross: “The Lived and the Conceived”
Ustler Hall Atrium