Program in Comparative Literature

14th Annual Conference: Reclaiming the Swamp (Thing): Popular Culture and the Public Academy - Oct. 27th-28th, 2017

Graduate Student Conference for the Program in Comparative Literature at The University of Texas at Austin

Fri, October 27, 2017

Keynote Talk: Dr. Richard T. Rodriguez
Keynote Talk: Dr. Richard T. Rodriguez "Latino/U.K.: Postpunk's Transatlantic Touches"


Keynote Talk:

Dr. Richard T. Rodríguez (UC Riverside)

“Latino/U.K.: Postpunk’s Transatlantic Touches”

October 28 at 6 p.m. - Texas Union Building 3.116 Governor’s Room wtih reception to follow.



 Keynote Talk Summary: 

The talk examines the varied collaborations, physical convergences, and mutual influences of British post-punk music artists and Latina/o communities in the U.S. during the 1980s. Exploring the reciprocal touches of seemingly disparate parties, the talk traces analogous histories and cultures of working-class Latina/o and British youth in the late Cold War era to make sense of the way popular music established—and continues to facilitate—intimate contact across the Atlantic divide.

Dr. Rodríguez is the author of the award-winning Next of Kin: The Family in Chi- cano/a Cultural Poli-
tics (Duke University Press, 2009). He is also at work on another project: Undocumented Desires: Fantasies of Latino Male Sexuality.

The talk is free and open to the public. 

Save the Dates: October 27th-28th 2017

This conference hopes to bridge the gap between the popular and the academic. Our presenters examine forms of popular cultural inquiry and expression. Panel topics include celebrity culture, identity formation, space/place/non-space, media and new textualities, popular social and gender politics, the divides between “high” and “low” culture, and the role of the intellectual and the humanities beyond the academy. 

Individual panels will take place on Friday, October 27 from 12:00 - 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, October 28 from 11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. in the Student Activity Center.

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Our conference will be held in Association with the English Department's “Barbara Harlow, The Sequel” Conference.

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GRACLS Conference Organizers

Xinyao Xiao, Monica Mohseni, Tia Butler


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