Sunday, February 3, 2013

            The 2013 AAALS program is available here

American Association of Australasian Literary Studies (AAALS)
2013 Conference Program

February 15 – 16, 2013. Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

Friday, February 15

8:00am                         Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00am                        Welcoming Remarks

9:15 - 10.30             Panel 1. Colonialism & Modernism. Chair: Carolyn Bliss, University of Utah
1.     Susan Laverick, Charles Sturt University - “Negotiating Desire in Rosa Praed’s Outlaw and Lawmaker (1894).”
2.     Nicholas Birns, The New School – “Medium-Sized Mortals: Elizabeth Harrower, The Watch Tower and Late Modernity.”
3.     John Scheckter, Long Island University – “‘Modern in Every Respect’: The 1914 Conference of the British Association for the Advancement of Science.”

10:30 - 10:45            Break

10:45 - 12.15             Panel 2. Contemporary Fiction. Chair: John Scheckter, Long Island University
1.     Libbie Chellew, Deakin University - “The Uncanny Everyday: Suburbia in Two Short Stories.”
2.     Nathanael O’Reilly, Texas Christian University – “Finding the Extraordinary in the Everyday: Shaun Tan’s Tales From Outer Suburbia.”
3.     Richard Carr, University of Alaska, Fairbanks – “Nick Carmody, Entertainment Reporter, or ... ?:  Seven Mile Beach as Guide to Contemporary Identity.”

12:15 - 1.30            Lunch - Staff Faculty Club. Keynote Speaker:  Michael J. Green, Georgetown University and CSIS.

1:30 - 2.45            Panel 3. Children’s & Young Adult Literature. Chair: Nathanael O’Reilly, Texas Christian University
1.     Sue Page, University of South Australia – “The Invisible Made Visible: Representations of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Children’s and Young Adult Novels.”
2.     Theodore F. Sheckels, Randolph-Macon College – “Disciplining and Punishing Down Under: Being in and Speaking from Confinement in the Fiction of John Marsden.”

2:45 - 3:00                        Break

3:00 - 4.20            Panel 4. Post-WW2 Women Writers. Chair: Nicholas Birns, The New School
1.     Donna Coates, University of Calgary – “Fascinating Rhythms: The Pursuit of Life, Liberty, and Happiness in World War Two Novels by Mandy Sayer and Mardi McConnchie.”
2.     Diviani Chaudhuri, SUNY Binghamton – “Narrating the Nation: Female Patricide, Traumatic Misrecognition, and Apology in Gail Jones’ Sorry.”
3.     Shinjini Chattopadhyay, Jadavpur University – “‘What Message does Death Send’: The ‘Living Dead’ and the Australian Landscape in the Poetry of Judith Wright.”

6:30            Conference Dinner: Copley Lounge. Keynote Speaker Professor David Hackett Fischer, University Professor and Earl Warren Professor of History, Brandeis University.

Saturday, February 16

8:30                                    AAALS Board Meeting.

9.15 - 10.30            Panel 5. Experimental Fictions. Chair: Per Henningsgaard, Portland State University
1.     Stephan Kraitsowits, University of Picardie, France – “Australian Science Fiction: The Borders Within.”
2.     Mark Klemens, Columbus, Ohio – “Discontinuous Narratives: Pickwick, Ben Hackworth’s Corroboree, and The Americans, Baby.”
3.     Brenda Machosky, University of Hawai’i – “Writing the Body from Where the Paper Starts:  Kim Scott’s Benang.”

10:30 - 10:45            Break

10:45 - 12:00             Panel 6. New Directions. Chair: Eva Rueschmann, Hampshire College
1.     Per Henningsgaard, Portland State University – “Digital Publishing and the Future of Place-Based Literatures.”
2.     Alison Broinowski, University of Wollongong – “COSMOPOLITAN: The New Direction of Asian Australian Fiction in the Asian Century.”

12:00 - 1.30                        Lunch: McShain Lounge. AAALS Keynote Speaker Andrew McCann,
Associate Professor of English, Dartmouth College "Metrocolonialism, Biopolitics, and the Pursuit of Literature."
This keynote speech is generously supported by the Addran College of Liberal Arts at Texas Christian University.

1.30 - 3.00            Panel 7. New Zealand Literature & Culture. Chair: Theodore F. Sheckels, Randolph-Macon College
1.     Ivy McDaniels, Independent Scholar - “Ocean Greyhounds and French Cows: Katherine Mansfield’s Materialisms.”
2.     Cyrena Mazlin, University of Queensland – “Janet Frame’s Returned Soldiers.”
3.     Kathy Burns, George Mason University – “Cauldron for Controversy:  NZ Prime Minister Helen Clark.”

3:00 - 3.15                        Break

3.15 - 4.00                        AAALS Business Meeting.

Conference Concludes 4.00pm

AAALS Officers
President: Nathanael O’Reilly, Texas Christian University
Vice-President: Eva Rueschmann, Hampshire College
Treasurer: Per Henningsgaard, Portland State University
Secretary: Peter Mathews, Hanyang University

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