Carnegie Mellon University

Conference Schedule

Bridges and Borders | April 23rd, 2021

Welcome | 8:30am - 9:00am EST
Sessions A - F | 9:00am - 4:50pm EST
Keynote by Jasbir Puar | 5:00pm - 6:30pm EST

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Welcome / Check-In | 8:30am - 9:00am EST

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Session A | 9:00am - 10:10am EST

A1- Borders of Race & Nation
Chair: Dr. Doug Coulson

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Shaymaa AlQahs
Stateless Kuwaiti Asylum Applicants and UK Law

Aditi Behl
Of Magical Doors and Illusionary Borders: Studying the Metaphor of Doors in Mohsin Hamid's Exit West 

Simran Dhingra
Displacement, Insurgency and the “Other”: Study of Siddhartha Deb’s The Point of Return

Rebecca Johnston
Crossing Borders of Marginalization Post World War One

A2- The Nature of Nation in the Long Eighteenth-Century
Chair: Dr. Jon Klancher

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Sarah Hancock

Craig Stamm

Katie Stallsmith

Session B | 10:20am - 11:30am EST

B1- Gender, Queerness, and Sexuality 
Chair: Dr. Stephanie Larson

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Jeana Moody
Words as Barbs: Borders Created through Gendered Language

Cody Januszko
White Coats and Closets: Queer Identities in Young Medical Professionals

Lede E Miki Pohshna
Sexuality from the Margin: Understand Queer Sexuality in Northeast India through its Absence on the Mainstream Discourse

Matthew Helm
‘Orgasm of Nostalgia’: Narrative and Sexual Desire in Aleksandar Hemon's Nowhere Man

B2- Genre and Disciplinary Borders
Chair: Dr. Jeff Williams

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Emma Jones
The Language of Science Fiction in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Sarah Ghazali
Reinforced Perimeters: Border-Making and The Critical Tradition of The Campus Novel Genre

Andrew Ash
Transcending Borders and Boundaries: The Creation of New Cultural Forms in the Extraordinary Use of Language

Session C | 11:40am - 12:50pm EST

C1-Women and the Borders of Identity
Chair: Dr. Koel Banerjee

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Laura McCann
‘Infertility Does Not Discriminate’: Bridging Racial Disparity Through Infertility Narratives 

Moulina Bhattacharya
The Partition: Threshold to the Psycho-cultural Shift of Women’s Question in Late Colonial Bengal

Bettina Hindes
Female Veteran Memoirs: Reclaiming Our Narratives and Ourselves

Catherine Evans
Belonging, Identity, and the Female Body as a Bridge in NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names

C2- (De)coloniality, Indigeneity, and Empire
Chair: Dr. Stephen Wittek

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Nicole Tanquary
Consuming the Maya: Choco-Story Uxmal as Neocolonial Performance

Timothy Maton
Surveying Dominion in Settler Colonial Canada, 1843-1870

Baron Glanvill
Stasis, Negation, and Defiance: Tsitsi Dangarembga’s "Tambudzai and Nyasha Trilogy"

Alex Helberg
Food Sovereignty, Indigenous Foodways, and Political Imagination in the Work of Winona LaDuke

Session D | 1:00pm - 2:10pm EST

D1- Representing Borders in Contemporary Media
Chair: Dr. Kathy Newman

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Benjamin Williams
Transmitting Aural Borders: Racialized Sounds, Automobility, and Criminality in "Calling All Cars"

Edgar Ulloa
The Narco-Orientalist Aesthetics in Mexican Cinema and Television

Jess Derr
“Women Don’t Buy Suitcases”: Unpacking Liminality and Gender in Mad Men

Mohammad Bagher Shabanpour Parisa Sadat Hosseini
Heterotopia, Liminality, and Reality in Tornatore's A Pure Formality

D2- Borders and Intersectionality
Chair: Dr. Andreea Ritivoi

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Julie Kidder
Narrative, Recognition, and Intersectionalities of the Self

Marietta Kosma
Liminality and the Space Between Borders in Austin Clarke's The Polished Hoe

Nisha Shanmugaraj
The Identity Borders of Indian American Women

Session E | 2:20pm - 3:30pm EST

E1- Bridges and Borders Project Showcases 
Chair: Dr. David Kaufer

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Dr. Candi S. Carter Olson and Dr. Tracy Everbach 
Testing Tolerance: Addressing Controversy in the Journalism and Mass Communication Classroom

Rebecca Maatta and Thora Brylowe
Bridging Disciplines: Students in English & Health Sciences Design a Gallery Exhibit

Elizabeth Laughlin
The Dreamer

Madeline Davids
Translation, Trauma, and the Boundaries of Identity within the German Language

E2- Redefining and Crossing Borders
Chair: Dr. James Wynn

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Arko Dasgupta
The Indian Abroad: Gandhi's Years in South Africa

Reid Dempsey
Monolingualism a la Ranchero: Passing the Border in American Sensationalist Fiction

S Sara Abbas
The Sufi Shrine as Border and Bridge

Clark Fennimore
Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Border to be Crossed on Chatting Sites

Session F | 3:40pm - 4:50pm EST

F1- Mobility, Immobility, and Narrative
Chair: Dr. Marian Aguiar 

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Pearl Nielsen
Gendered Mobility and Body Commodities in Martínez’s The Beast: Spatial Traversal and Subjectivity within Prostitution

Mauve Perle Tahat
Deep Ecology in Carceral Literature of Witness:  Psychogeography of Bordered Lives

Anindita Shome
Interweaving of Lives, Borders and Histories in Indian Diaspora Fiction: An Interpretation of Kiran Desai’s The Inheritance of Loss

Sunjay Mathuria
Spatial Violence & Everyday Borders in Cites of Conflict: Literary Representations of Border Narratives and Traumascapes in Anna Burns’s Milkman

F2- Language Teaching, Language Learning
Chair: Dr. Joanna Wolfe

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Mariya Ivanova
L2 Oral Proficiency: Variables within the Study Abroad Context

Maryam Jamali and Donny Garcia
Dual Enrollment First Year Writing Courses and the Valuing of Translingualism

Devon Renfroe 
Language as a Bridge or a Border: The Language Learning Experience of Guest English Teachers in Korea

F3- Bridging and Troubling Boundaries in the Study and Teaching of Writing
Chair: Dr. Linda Flower

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Hannah Ringler

Emily Dejeu

Michael Laudenbach

Beth Walter

Keynote by Jasbir Puar

"Rethinking Homonationalism (Redux) as Homocapitalism" | 5:00pm - 6:30pm EST

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