Saturday, December 10, 2011

Draft program of 2012 AAALS Conference








2012 AAALS Conference

"Trans-Hemispheric Connections" 

Delta Chelsea Hotel, Toronto 

Thursday, February 16

6-8 PM, Reception


Friday, February 17


8 to 9 am continental breakfast

9 AM welcome 

9: 15-10:30 am Session 1 Transnational Texts. John Scheckter, Chair 

"Francis Webb's Canada," Toby Davidson, Macquarie University. 

"Stepping into America in Australian Literature." David Callahan, University of Aveiro, Portugal


 "The Banality of Evil: Family Trauma and Everyday Violence in Animal Kingdom", Eva Rueschmann, Hampshire College. 

"Epistemological Crisis: Place, Nation, and Identity in Eve Langley and Robin Hyde," Sophie Clarke, University of New South Wales.

10:30-10:45 break 

10:45-12 Session 2  Para-Indigenous Discourses, Per Henningsgaard, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, chair. 

“The Girl in the White Dress”:  Iris Milutinovic takes on the “Aboriginal question”, Brenda Machosky, University of Hawai'i

The White Usurper’s Power:’ Figurations of Shanawdithit and Truganini in Settler Culture Writing," Fiona Polack, Memorial University, Newfoundland. 



12-1:30  PM Lunch. Emergent Settler and Indigenous Imaginaries: Learning to Read in Pacific Contexts." Diana Brydon, Canada Research Chair in Globalization and
Cultural Studies, University of Manitoba



1: 30-2:45  Indigeneity and Trauma
 Eva Rueschmann, Hampshire College, Chair.

"The Notions of Permanence: Autochthony, Indigeneity, Locality in Alexis Wright’s Carpentaria," Nicholas  Birns, Eugene Lang College. the New School. 

On Being Serious About Welcome to Country: Deconstructing and Repositioning Reconciliation and Recognition in Noongar Theater and Activist Performance. Michael Griffiths, Rice University,


"John Marsden’s “Tomorrow Series”: An Escher-Like Political Text", Theodore Sheckels, Randolph-Macon College.  



2:45-3  break 

3-4:15   Creative Session: Poetry reading by Nathanael  O'Reilly, Paul Kane, Jonathan Bennett, 
4: 15 Plenary session  "From Winds to God, The Deviland Me: Alf Taylor on poetry and memoir.

6: 30 PM BANQUET


 The game of nationhood: Federation, recreation and modernity
Chris McAuliffe, Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Visiting Professor of Australian Studies, Harvard University 2011-12

SATURDAY February 17 

Continental breakfast 8-9 


9:15-10:30 6. Australian Classics in Context
Nicholas Birns, Eugene Lang College. Chair 
"Patrick White and Suburbia: Disdain or Ambivalence?”, Nathanael O'Reilly, Texas Christian University, 

The Age of Gas: Marcus Clarke, George Augustus Sala and Colonial Bohemia 
Peter Blake, University of Brighton 

"Witkacy in Oz" John Scheckter, Long Island University. 


10:30-10:45 break 

10:45-12  7.  Australian Contexts
Three Generations of McCrae Writers, 1804 – 1958
Mark Klemens, Columbus, OH. 

Brenda Walker’s Challenge to the Anzac Legend in her Great War Novel The Wing of Night Donna Coates, University of Calgary. 


12-1:30 Lunch, Professor Cecilia Morgan 'From Rupert's Land to Port Phillip: the Voyages of Duncan and Donald McTavish Within the British Empire, 1830s-1850s.'
1:30-2:45 Education and Cognition 




How can a writer of historical fiction ethically negotiate the divide between fact and imagination?
Marcia van Zeller, Curtin University

"Psychology and Book History: A New Frontier," Per Henningsgaard, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, 


"The Power of the Pen: Teaching Politics Via Political Cartoons." Kathleen Burns, George Mason University

2:45-3 PM break
3 PM Business Meeting




Alf Taylor's presence is assisted by The Western Australian Department of Culture and the Arts