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Registration: BAAS Postgraduate Conference (University of Sussex)

November 3, 2014

The BAAS Postgraduate Conference will take place on Saturday 15 November at the University of Sussex. Due to generous support from BAAS, the cost of attendance is only £10. We encourage all postgraduates working in the field of American Studies to attend: information on registration can be found here. The Draft Programme is as follows:

8:30 – 9:00 Registration
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome
9:15 – 10:35 Session 1

The Sounds of Protest
Craig Doughty –
African-American Cultural Entrepreneurship in Twenties Boston, Massachusetts.
Rosie Knight –
The Sound of Resistance: African American Musical Cultures in the 19th and 20thCenturies.
Ellen O’Donoghue Oddy –
A Protest Against Print: Reclaiming and Reinventing Language in Toni Morrison’s Jazz.

Nature, Environment, and Disobedience
Amel Kheirat 
Hurricane Katrina: The Southern Belle’s Illegitimate Child.
Joanne Mildenhall –
“Little Things”: The Civil Disobedience of Thoreau’s “Huckleberries”.
Thomas Williams –
“The sun is but a morning star”: Upstream Color and the New American Ecology.

Ethnicity and Dissent
Alys Beverton –
“Shall We Be Mexicanized?”: Perceptions of Mexico in E. L. Godkin’s Critique of U.S. Political Culture, 1876-1884.
Emma Scanlan –
Pacific Protest: Haunani-Kay Trask’s Decolonising Poetics.
Angela Sparks –
How are the Goals and Protests of AIM Represented in Works by Contemporary Native American authors?

10:35 – 10:50 Break
10:50 – 12:10 Session 2

Poetics of Resistance
Kristen Grogan –
Labor and Resistance in William Carlos Williams’ Paterson.
Arun Sood –
Robert Burns and the Transatlantic Radical Dissenters.
Jennifer Wong –
Poetics of resistance in the work of Marilyn Chin: from Protest to Dual Allegiance.

Challenging Gendered and Sexual Identities
Josh Hollands –
Boycott Coors: Solidarity and the Role of Labour Activism in the Struggle for Gay Liberation, 1970s San Francisco.
Bianca Scoti –
Persian Carpets as Protest and Symbols of Emancipation.
Sarah Stratton –
Butch Gender Identity and Clothing as Dissent: 1950-1969.

Race, Class, and Stereotypes
Sara Gray –
Deploying Stereotypes as Resistance: American Indian Appropriation of Stereotypes on Tribal Web Sites.
Megan Hunt –
A Monster of the South’: Cape Fear, White Trash, and the Oppositional Region.
Hannah Murray –
An Inexplicable Voice: The Protesting Corpse in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar.”

12:10 – 12:20 Break
12:20 – 1:20 Keynote Speaker

Dr Joe Street (Northumbria University)
The Shadow of the Soul Breaker: Understanding Huey P. Newton.

1:20 – 2:20 Lunch
2:20 – 3:40 Session 3

Religious Dissent
Nathan Alexander 
Infidel Anti-Racism: The Case of ‘the Great Agnostic’ Robert Ingersoll (1833-1899).
David Deacon –
“Atheists with Souls”: Rebecca Goldstein’s 36 Arguments for the Existence of God, American (ir)religious identity and dissent.
Jonathan Sudholt –
Religion as Plan B: The Book of Mormon’s Critique of the Public Sphere.

Rebel, Youth, and Counter-Culture
Barry Germansky – The Generational Gaze: Nicholas Ray’s Anti-Capitalist Rebellion Through the Development of a New Film Syntax.
Ciaran Leinster –
The Youth is Revolting, or is it?: The Most Dangerous Teen in America v. Michael Cera.
Patricia Malone –
The Times They Are Unchangin’: The Complexities of Counterculture in the Work of Jennifer Egan.

Political and Legal Resistance
Henna Karhapaa –
The Bostonians in Distress: Satirical Prints Protesting British Blockade of Boston 1774.
James Nixon 
“You Think I’m Joking”: President Obama’s Stand-Up Comedy Addresses at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and the Utilisation of Comedy to Deflect Political Resistance and Criticism.
Vaia-Vanessa Zidros –
The Examination of Anne Hutchinson by the General Court (1637): Resolving Nonconforming Views in the Context of the Courtroom from a Historical Pragmatic Approach with Special Attention to Discourse Strategies.

3:40 – 3:50 Break
3:50 – 5:10 Session 4

Media and Resistance
Ryan Boothroyd 
“They are Talking About Me:” A Protest to Silence and Misogynoir in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americana.
Shaun Wallace –
“Endeavouring to Pass as a Free Man”: Black Literacy and Slave Rebelliousness in the US South c. 1790-1810.
Mark Joseph Walmsley 
All the Protest Fit to Print: How Newspaper Coverage Can Affect our Understanding of Social Activism.

Liberty, Race and Civil Rights
Darryl Barthe –
Consumed in Flames: A Genealogy of African American Avengers.
Conall MacMichael –
Remembering Dissent: The Memory of the Black Power Movement.
Rosemary Pearce 
The Reverse Freedom Rides: “a diabolical, inhuman game of revenge.”

Protesting War
Thomas Pollard –
Kurt Vonnegut’s Patriotism and Protest in a Draft Letter: Killing as the Touchstone inSlaughterhouse Five.
Jonathan Stewart – Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and a Typology of Anti-War Protest Songs.

5:10 – 5:20 Break
5:20 – 6:20 Keynote Speaker

Professor Will Kaufman (University of Central Lancashire)
The Politicisation of Woody Guthrie.

6:30 – 7:15 Drinks Reception
8:00 – Conference dinner


November 3, 2014
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