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Snowed-In, But Not Snowed-Out


It was with defeat in my heart that—at 9 in the morning—I told Tracy that I was going to take a little nap to sleep through my despair. We’d spent the past two-and-a-half hours on the phone and computer disseminating the bad news he had woken me up with at 6:30 that morning: the Graduate Center had closed their building due to the inclement weather. After nine months of work, this turn of events seemed a bizarre bad dream.

I awoke to another phone call. It was Tracy again, but this time I heard him smiling as he told me that we were going to be able to meet in the closed building after all. I jumped quickly into the shower only to realize moments later that I had showered the night before. Without being able to check my messages due to an internet outage, I threw on some weather combat clothes and my favorite skirt and flew out the door and into the flurry, running to catch the 4 train as it thundered into the station.

Almost as suddenly, I was in Manhattan, making my way down 34th Street where one business owner was building an army of small snowmen while other proprietors shoveled snow drifts. I trudged into the building and burst into action, taping signs along the semi-darkened corridors and giving instructions to the security downstairs. People began to slowly filter into the English department, and—despite the snow—around fifty people made it in and were privileged to hear wonderful speakers throughout the afternoon. I’ve assembled our snow day schedule; click “read more” below to view it. This post will be followed up by a review of the conference by Mia Chen, who presented a paper entitled “Rooms [sic].”


Session 1: 1:30-3:00
“Fisting-as-écoute: Anality, Musicality, and the Materiality of Language,” , University of Chicago
“National Beatings: American Rhythm and Bodily Metaphor in the Work of William Carlos Williams,” Vaclav Paris, University of Pennsylvania
“A Spanking Trot: Liveliness, Playtime, Alterity, and Experimentation in the Work of Stein, Cage and Retallack,” Astrid Lorange, University of Technology, Sydney (Australia)
“Reading the Male Skin: Touching and Feeling in Shakespeare,” Kristina Huang, The Graduate Center (CUNY)

Session 2: 3:30-4:30
UPSTAIRS (A/V), 5489
“Is Violence Reparative? Ron Athey, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, and the Erotics of Boundary,” Leon J. Hilton, New York University
“Reparative Reading, Aestheticism, and Argumentation,” Rachel O’Connell, New York University
“Reparative Practices and the Exemption from Meaning: Sedgwick, Barthes, Affect, Ethics, Happiness,” Alec Magnet, The Graduate Center (CUNY)

“Falling in Love (again?!): Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s Loving Criticism and Jane Austen’s Critical Loving,” Olivia Murphy, Oxford University
“Reading Queer,” Lisa McNally, Oxford University
“Queer Appropriation: Reading in(to) Jealousy,” Nina Pick, University of California-Berkeley

Session 3: 4:45-5:50
UPSTAIRS (A/V), 5489
“Thinking Beside: Empire, Affective Labor, and Tone in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go,” Taly Ravid, University of California-Los Angeles
“Transgendered Subjectivity: The Homeless Girl in Giovanni’s Room,” Kristi-Lynn Cassaro, The Graduate Center (CUNY)
“Queering Roman Sexuality: A Reparative Reading of Priapus and His Poetry,” Michael Broder, The Graduate Center (CUNY)

“’Coming into Excess of Every Kind’: Victorian Drag in the History of Fashion,” Abigail Joseph, Columbia University
“Unspeakable Privilege: The Kynde Crafte of Clannesse,” David J. Fine, Lehigh University
“Cognitive Dissonance: Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Affect Studies, and the Question of Intelligence,” Marissa Brostoff, Independent Scholar

Session 4: 6:10-7:30
UPSTAIRS (A/V), 5489
“Rooms [sic],” Mia Chen, The Graduate Center (CUNY)
“Embodying the Lived Experience of Teaching: Periperformative Intimations,” Warren Mark Liew, Stanford University
“The Ethics of Affect: Bringing Eve Sedgwick to Bear on Prison Studies,” Emma Kaufman, Oxford University

“Eve’s Ethics,” Rebekah Sheldon, The Graduate Center (CUNY)
“‘Pricked’: Navigating Negative Affects in the Digitalized Classroom,” David Bahr, The Graduate Center (CUNY)
“The Bride Wore Pants: Palimpsestic Periperformativity in Sylvia Scarlett and The Bride Wore Red,” Paul Mitchell, University of Oklahoma

“Taken By Surprise: Henry James’s Trans-Atlantic Feelings,” Kate Stanley, Columbia University
“Changing the Subject: Ellipticism, Opacity, and Reparative Reading in Contemporary Poetry,” Tim Peterson, The Graduate Center (CUNY)
“The Mirror Stage as Formative of the Ego on the Planet Gethen,” Julian Gunn, University of Victoria

Reception/Keynote Reading: 7:45 in 4406—More wine, cheese, vegetables, and pizza.

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