Program in Comparative Literature

15th Annual Conference - Beyond the Breakdown: Re-Viewing Our Disciplines and Our World

Fri, September 28, 2018
15th Annual Conference - Beyond the Breakdown: Re-Viewing Our Disciplines and Our World
Re-Viewing Our Disciplines and Our World

An Interdisciplinary Conference at The University of Texas at Austin organized by the Graduate Association of Comparative Literature Students (GRACLS) and the Program in Comparative Literature.

September 28-29, 2018

Conference programming will take place in the Student Activity Center (SAC) Friday and Saturday.

The keynote conversation will take place at the Glickman Conference Center in Patton Hall (RLP) on Saturday evening, with a reception to follow.

We welcome our keynote conversationalists:

Dr. Alison Kafer(Southwestern University) 

Alison Kafer is a professor of feminist studies at Southwestern University, where she also teaches in the environmental studies and race & ethnicity studies programs. She is the author of Feminist, Queer, Crip (Indiana, 2013). Her work has also appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including Disability Studies Quarterly, Feminist Disability Studies, the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, and Sex and Disability. 

Dr. Sami Schalk(University of Wisconsin-Madison) 

Sami Schalk is an assistant professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on race, disability, and gender in contemporary American literature and culture. Her first book, Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race, and Gender in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction (Duke UP 2018) explores how black women writers of speculative fiction use the non-realist genre to re-imagine the possibilities, limits, and meanings of (dis)ability, race, and gender. Dr. Schalk is currently working on a new project on black disability politics in the post-Civil Rights era. 


See the full conference program here.


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