Wednesday, May 15, 2019

 7:00 p.m.

Public Event: “What to Read in the Age of Trump,” Literaturhaus Wiesbaden

Nicholas Brown, Caren Irr, Madhu Krishnan, Mathias Nilges

8:45 P.M.

Joint Dinner (Andechser, Wiesbaden)

 

Thursday, May 16, 2019

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Welcome

  • Alfred Hornung, Speaker of the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies

Opening Remarks

  • Tim Lanzendörfer (U Mainz) and Mathias Nilges (St. Francis Xavier U)

 

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Panel 1: Reading, Critique, and Society

Chair: Laura Blinn (St. Francis Xavier U)

·      Johannes Voelz (U Frankfurt): “Polarization and Critique”

·      Günter Leypoldt (U Heidelberg): “Populism and the Moral Economies of Reading”

·      Merve Emre (Oxford U): “Toward a Sociology of Not Reading”

 

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Coffee Break

 

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Panel 2: Fiction and the Critic Now

Chair: Emma Hofland-Burry (St. Francis Xavier U)

·      Timothy Bewes (Brown U): “What Does It Mean to Write Fiction? What Does Fiction Refer To?”

·      Matthew Hart (Columbia U): “Contemporary Literature and the Incompetent Critic”

·      Josh Toth (MacEwan U): “The Notion of Criticism at the Present Time”

 

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Lunch Break

 

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Panel 3: Commitment, Ethics, Politics

Chair: Jennifer Aftanas (St. Francis Xavier)

·      Clemens Spahr (U Mainz): “Literature and Commitment in the Age of Trump”

·      Mitchum Huehls (UCLA): “An Irrational Leftism?”

·      Sascha Seiler (U Mainz): “Literary Criticism in the Age of ‘Fake News’”

 

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Coffee Break

 

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Keynote 1

Caren Irr (Brandeis U): “Phronesis, or the Aims of Political Critique in the Environmental Humanities”

 

7:00 p.m.

Joint Dinner (Haus des Deutschen Weines, Mainz)

 

 

Friday, May 17, 2019

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Panel 4: Critique, Aesthetics, and Politics

Chair: Renée Proctor (St. Francis Xavier U)

·      Emilio Sauri (U Mass. Boston): “Postcritical Critical Acts”

·      Matthew Mullins (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary): “The Politics of Postcritique”

·      Rachel Greenwald Smith (St. Louis U): “Compromise Aesthetics”

 

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Coffee Break

 

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Panel 5: Theory and Politics I

Chair: Jessica Morrison (St. Francis Xavier U)

·      Carolyn Lesjak (Simon Fraser U): “The Perils of the Present, Theory, and the University”

·      Philip Wegner (U Florida): “Reading Theory and Utopia in Dark Times”

 

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Lunch Break

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Panel 6: Theory and Politics II

Chair: Erin Rieser (John F. Kennedy Institute, Free U Berlin)

·      Nicholas Brown (U Illinois Chicago): “Mimesis and the Politics of Representation”

·      Susan Hegeman (U Florida): “21st Century Criticism and the Problem of Class”

·      Madhu Krishnan (U Bristol): “Locating African Literature in the Neoliberal Contemporary: Affect, Ethics, and Entrepreneurship”

 

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Coffee Break

 

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Keynote 2

Ellen Rooney (Brown U): “The Contingency of Critique: Spoken and Unspoken”

 

7:00 p.m.

Joint Dinner (Heiliggeist)

 

 

Saturday, May 18, 2019

 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Panel 7: The Flipped Panel—Students Keeping Us on Our Toes

Chair: Alejandra Torres (St. Francis Xavier U)

·      Jennifer Aftanas (St. Francis Xavier U)

·      Laura Blinn (St. Francis Xavier U)

·      Emma Hofland-Burry (St. Francis Xavier U)

·      Jessica Morrison (St. Francis Xavier U)

·      Erin Rieser (John F. Kennedy Institute, Free U Berlin)

 

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 P.m.

“Keywords” Video Project

12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Concluding Remarks

Tim Lanzendörfer (U Mainz) and Mathias Nilges (St. Francis Xavier U)

6:00 p.m.

Public Event: “What to Read in the Age of Trump,” Hessisches Literaturforum, Frankfurt

8:00 P.M.

Joint Dinner (Mosebach, Frankfurt)