2011 Spring Event Schedule
Past Events | Past Conferences

All readings will be on electronic reserves, listed under UNIT 2011, Goodlad.

Monday, February 14
Levis Faculty Center, 3rd floor

"Re-Mapping the Trans-National Turn in American Studies"

Donald E. Pease (Dartmouth)

Introduction by Stephanie Foote (English, Gender and Women's Studies)

Background readings:
Laura Briggs, Gladys McCormick, and J.T. Way. "Transnationalism: A Category of Analysis." American Quarterly 60.3 (2008): 625-648.

Shelley Fisher Fishkin. "Crossroads of Culture: The Transnational Turn in American Studies - Presidential Address to the American Studies Association, November 12, 2004." American Quarterly 57.1 (2005): 17-57.

Paul Giles. "Transnationalism and Classic American Literature." PMLA 118.1 (2003): 62-77.

Donald E Pease. Introduction to The New American Exceptionalism. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2009. 1-39.

Donald E Pease. "Re-thinking 'American Studies after US Exceptionalism.'" American Literary History 21.1 (2009): 1-23.


Wednesday, February 16
Levis Faculty Center, 3rd floor

Graduate Studies at the University of Illinois

A roundtable discussion including representatives from the Graduate College, GEO, and UI faculty


Saturday, February 19
IPRH main room, 805 W. Pennsylvania, Urbana
1 - 5:15pm

New "British" Geographies

A graduate student conference

co-organized by the British Modernities Group

Monday, February 28
Levis Faculty Center, 3rd Floor

"Marketization, Social Protection, Emancipation: Re-Reading Karl Polanyi in the 21st Century"

Nancy Fraser (The New School)

Introduction by Zsuzsa Gille (Sociology)

Background readings:
Karl Polanyi. The Great Transformation:
    Chapter 6, “The Self-Regulating Market and the Fictitious Commodities”
    Chapter 11, “Man, Nature, and Productive Organization”

Tuesday, March 1
IPRH Seminar Room, 805 W. Pennsylvania, Urbana
By advance registration only

Seminar with Nancy Fraser (The New School), Nicholson Distinguished Visiting Scholar, “Feminism, Capitalism, and the Cunning of History”

Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Email unitcritga@gmail.com for registration information (SEMINAR FULL)


Monday, March 28
Levis Faculty Center, 3rd Floor

“'My Brother is Not a Pig': Philippine Cinema against Empire”

José B. Capino (English, Asian American Studies, Cinema Studies, Gender and Women's Studies)

Respondent: Augusto Espiritu (History, Asian American Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies)

Background readings:
Julian Madison, “American Military Bases in the Philippines, 1945–1965: Neo-Colonialism and Its Demise,” in Trans-Pacific Relations: America, Europe, and Asia in the Twentieth Century.

Giorgio Agamben, Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life, trans. Daniel Heller-Roazen. 81-87; 145-53; 160-65; 166-80.


Thursday, April 28 - Friday, April 29
Levis Faculty Center

Freedom and Its Discontents

A conference featuring keynotes by Svetlana Boym (Harvard), Audrey Kobayashi (Queen's University), and Linda Zerilli (University of Chicago), and participants including Jo-Marie Burt (George Mason University), Elaine Hadley (University of Chicago), David M. Hughes (Rutgers), Scott Kurashige (University of Michigan), Cris Mayo (University of Illinois), and Abdi Samatar (University of Minnesota). Also featuring a musical performance and discussion by Jason Finkelman and Yosef Ben Israel.

Co-organized by Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy Initiative (SDEP)and the Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS)