Update: ACLA 2015, Contamination and Quarantine

I’ve been working hard to complete revisions to the dissertation — which I will be filing in the next two weeks — so my blog activity has slowed considerably. After things calm down later in the month I should have a post or two ready to go.

Until then, let me just plug the seminar I co-organized with the ever-awesome Lindsay Thomas, an Assistant Professor at Clemson.

If you’ll be at the annual meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association in Seattle in a couple weeks, be sure to stop by our two day seminar: “Contamination and Quarantine.”

Here is a link to our abstract/cfp: http://acla.org/contamination-and-quarantine

We’ve got a great lineup of speakers talking on a pretty broad range of ecological, environmental, medical, and social formulations of contamination that inform the global contemporary.

Here is the breakdown of the crucial information for our seminar, including participants and paper titles:

  • Friday, March 27thStream D (5:00 – 6:40)Suite Parlor 4
    • Viral Control: W.S. Burroughs and the Autopoietics of PowerSteven Pokornowski, University of California, Santa Barbara
    • AIDS in the Great Society: Prosthesis, Containment, and Neoliberal Flexibility in David Foster Wallace’s ‘Lyndon’Travis Alexander, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • Too Inoculated to Be Contaminated: Viral Disasters and Betting on Biopolitical Futures in Alexander Laing’s The Motives of Nicholas HoltzRachel Walsh, St. Bonaventure University
    • “Infected Carrier{s}”: Djuna Barnes’ “Blood-Consciousness”Katherine Ryan, San Jacinto College
  • Saturday, March 28thStream D (5:00 – 6:40)Suite Parlor 4
    • Disease Surveillance in Real TimeLindsay Thomas, Clemson University
    • Wall Street Containment: Bartleby’s contagious languageBrett Brehm, Northwestern University
    • Touch – : Samuel Delany’s Sexual EcologySarah Ensor, Portland State University

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