2020 Center for Ideas and Society Virtual Research Conference

April 30 – May 1, 2020
Virtual Event

Sessions will be hosted over Zoom – Registration is required. Except where noted, sessions will be hosted live and recorded for viewing at a later time.

Conference Schedule:

April 30, 2020

9:00 am – 10:30 am | Hispanic Studies Panel *Live session (not recorded)*– REGISTER HERE

Álvaro González Alba – “Marianopedia”: Teaching languages through the history of California
Covadonga Lamar Prieto – The Marianopedia as a Crowdsourced Californio Project for Heritage Speakers
Miriam Villazón Valbuena – The Fall of the Missions

Hispanic Studies Panel Abstracts

11:00 – 12:30 pm | Anthropology Panel – REGISTER HERE

Grecia Perez – Politics of Development and Sustainability: Trapped and Romanticized in the Costa Chica Region
Frank Ramos – Brevity and Ethnographic Prose of Kurt Vonnegut
Genesis Torres-Morales – Exploring Stress and Diet: A Bioarchaeological Understanding of the Chimú at Huaca de la Luna

Anthropology Panel Abstracts

1:00 – 2:30 pm | Performing Arts Panel (Anusha Kedhar and Eric Johns, respondents) – REGISTER HERE

jemuel jr. garerra garcia (Critical Dance Studies) – Circling Through the Space of Affect: When a Filipino Dances with Filipino-Americans
Preethi Ramaprasad (Critical Dance Studies) – Nandanar:  Visibilizing Caste in Bharatanatyam
Hermann Hudde (Music) – Ricardo Lorenz: A Post-Colonial/Modern Latin(/o) American Composer

Performing Arts Panel Abstracts

3:00 – 5:00 pm | Speculative Fiction Panel: (Rebekah Sheldon, University of Indiana, respondent) REGISTER HERE

The Politics of Speculative Fabulation 

Allie Arend (English) – The Ultrasound as a Technology of Racial Future-Making in Louise Erdrich’s “Future Home of the Living God”
Walter Merryman (Comparative Literature and Languages) – A Community ‘to which Anyone might Belong’: A Critique of Political Units in Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West
Sean Singh Matharoo (Comparative Literature and Languages) – Energy Aesthetics in J.-H. Rosny aîné’s La mort de la terre / The Death of the Earth
Summer Sutton (English) – Critical Fabulations vs. the Fabulist Imaginary of Donald Trump

Speculative Fiction Panel

May 1, 2020

9:00 – 10:00 am | Religious Studies Panel (Kimberly Diaz, respondent) – REGISTER HERE

Tejpaul Singh Bainiwal – Preservation of History through Stockton Gurdwara

Religious Studies Panel Abstracts

10:30 – 12:00 pm | Literature and Creative Writing Panel (Goldberry Long, respondent) – REGISTER HERE

Sumeyra Buran (English) – Daughters of Mother Earth Against Father Authority of Power, Capital, and Nature
Cathy Thomas (UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Creative Writing) – “The Troubles I’ve Seen”: Phantasmagoria and Black Survival in the Wake of Bayou and House of Whispers

Literature and Creative Writing Panel Abstracts

12:30 – 1:45 pm | History of Art Panel (Jeanette Kohl, respondent) – REGISTER HERE

Rebekkah Hart  – Decapitated Alabaster: Exegesis, Medicine, and Tactility in English Alabaster ‘St. John’s Heads’ (1432-1520)
Chloe Millhauser  – Menacing Banality: Examining the Uncanny in Neue Sachlichkeit Still Life Photography

History of Art Panel Abstracts