Interdisciplinary Conference: 2018
Agency and Artificiality: Assembling Humanity in the 21st Century.
@ - The University of Tennessee, Knoxville - March 1-3, 2018

Conference Schedule:

Thursday, March 1
3:30-4:30 pm - Registration and Opening Reception (Mary Greer Room)
4:30-6:00 pm - Panel 1: Transmedia Storytelling (Rm 212)
Moderator: Dr. Hilary Havens
Participants: Tom Bair, Hannah C. Gunderman, Audrey Cheatham, Khaliah Peterson-Reed, Allison Pitinii Davis
  • Tom Bair - “Prophets for Profits”
  • Khaliah Peterson-Reed- “(Re) Writing Dystopia: Ecology, The Apocalypse, and Les Misérables Fanfiction”
  • Hannah C. Gunderman- “‘Doctor Who Predicted Brexit’: Fan Geographies and Engagement between Geopolitics and Doctor Who on Social Media”
  • Audrey Cheatham - "Fagin and the Adaptation Conundrum”
  • Allison Pitinii Davis- “Worked up into a point/now falling like Fahrenheit": Rust Belt Community and Poetics
6:00-7:30 pm - Plenary I: “Inevitable Writing: Digital, Public, Mobile” presented by Sid Dobrin (Lindsay Young Auditorium)
Friday, March 2
9:00-11:30 am - Registration (Mary Greer Room)
9:00-9:45 am - Breakfast (provided by Nexus)
10:00-11:00 am - Sid Dobrin Informal Q&A (Lindsay Young Auditorium)
11:10-12:15 pm - Lunch (provided by Nexus) (Mary Greer Room)
12:30-1:30 pm - Plenary II: “The Pursuit of Comfort”: Agency, Artificiality, and the Seven Senses presented by Michelle Sizemore (Lindsay Young Auditorium)
1:45-3:15 pm - Creative Roundtable Discussion: Creative Writing in the Digital Age (Rm 213)
Participants: Katie Condon, Brynn Martin, Jeremy Reed, Chloe Hanson, Samantha Edmonds, and Lance Dyzak
1:45-3:15 pm - Panel 2: Nat Turner Adapted (Rm 212)
Moderator: Dr. Bill Hardwig
Participants: Kathryn McClain, Jake Ferrington, Shannon Branfield, Brittany Sulzener
  • Kathryn McClain- “RUN, DADDY! RUN! RUN! run.”: The Impact of Text in Kyle Baker’s Graphic Novel Nat Turner
  • Jake Ferrington-“Affect and Violence in Kyle Baker’s Nat Turner: How a Graphic Novel Achieves Redemption through Illustrated Affect”
  • Shannon Branfield- “To Be Great, I Must Appear So”: Visual Representations of Violence in Kyle Barker’s Nat Turner & Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation
  • Brittany Sulzener- “Say Her Name: Nat Turner and the Erasure of the Black Female Resistance”
3:15-3:30 pm - Break
3:30-4:45 pm - LGBT Roundtable Discussion: Manifestations of Trauma (Rm 213)
Participants: Liliana Gonzalez, Kirsten Gonzalez, Bonnie Johnson
3:30-4:45 pm - Panel 3: Milton: Some Assembly Required (Rm 212)
Moderator: Dr. Anthony Welch
Participants: Caroline Jansen, Johnathan Johnson, Amy Smith
  • Amy Smith- “Like Mother, Like Son: Circe, Comus, and Reputation in Milton’s Masque Presented at Ludlow Castle”
  • Caroline Jansen -"Medieval Virginity in Milton's Comus"
  • Jonathan Johnson - "The Heavenly Host”
5:00–7:00 pm - Plenary III: “The Old Promise is New Writing” presented by Benjamin Gunsburg (Downtown Hilton)
-starts at 5:30, light food and cash bar beforehand and throughout the event
Saturday, March 3
10:00-11:00 am - Registration (Mary Greer Room)
10:00-11:00 am - Light Breakfast (provided by Nexus)
10:30-11:45 am - Disability Roundtable Discussion: Accessibility Beyond Academia (Rm 213)
Participants: Rob Spirko, Adam Cureton, Hannah Widdifield
10:30-11:45 am - Panel 4: Building the Everyday (Rm 212)
Moderator: Dr. Martin Griffin
Participants: Carlos Cambor, Tucker Foster, Katie Googe
  • Carlos Camblor- "Looking at Paintings with Smartphones”
  • Tucker Foster - "Plotting a Course into the Post-Human: How Science Fiction Informs Our Technological Reality"
  • Katie Googe- "Character from Woolf to Westworld"
11:45-12:00 am - Break
12:00–1:30 pm - Panel 5: Containment, Poverty, and Pollutants (Rm 212)
Moderator: Dr. Lisi Schoenbach
Participants: Shelby Roberts, Soo-Jin Kweon, Zachary Lundgren
  • Shelby Roberts -"A Family Dollar for Every Town: Deconstructing the Divide Between Poverty and Environmental Discourse"
  • Zachary Lundgren -"Pollutants and Agency: Applying Actor-Network-Theory to Environmental Treaties"
  • Soo-Jin Kweon “Containment and Concealment: Slow Death in Hiroshima and America”
1:30–3:00 pm Closing Reception: Lunch Provided (Mary Greer Room)
Made possible by The Department of English and The University of Tennessee