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Preview of Cultural Studies Dept Participation in the Upcoming CSA Conference, 2017

This article is a preview of the Fifteenth Annual Cultural Studies Association Conference at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The conference is titled, "Culture in the Age of Mass Debt, and Dealing with Trump," held on May 25-27th.

GMU Cultural Studies continues its tradition of being heavily involved in the planning and execution of the annual CSA Conference. Our very own Paul Smith is President and Acting Executive Director of the Cultural Studies Association, as well as the Site Director of this year's conference. GMU Cultural Studies is an institutional member of CSA. In addition, recent graduate of the program, Lisa Daily, is on the CSA Governing Board. Prof. Dina Coppelman and PhD student, Amy Zhang, are on this year’s site committee.

The following panels featuring members affiliated with the Cultural Studies Department are listed below for your convenience. (Please consult the final schedule on site in order to verify dates, times and locations.)

Click here for the full program (Once again, this is subject to change, so please consult the CSA Website for verification)



Thursday, 1:00-2-30


ICC ROOM 118 - Globalization and Culture Working Group Panel
“Doing Development: Debt, Empowerment, and Dignity”

They Should Want to Pay": Exploring Dignity and Debt in FLOW and The Take
Kathalene Razzano, George Mason University (CS Alum and GMU Instructor)

Valuing Voluntourism: Moral Economy and the Debt of Doing Development
Margaret Zeddies, George Mason University (Sociology PhD Program)

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Thursday, 1:00-2:30

ICC ROOM 106, Panel

"Landmarks of Dissent: Imperialism, Incorporation, and Commodification"
 
Hawai`i Island’s Saddle: Shaping the Landscape, Deepening the Conflict, & Protecting Resources
Christine Rosenfeld, George Mason University
 

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Thursday, 1:00-2:30

ICC ROOM 105, Environment, Space and Place Working Group Panel
“Visualizing Environments: Imagining Futures Otherwise”

The Art of Coal Waste: Disjunct temporalities and the use of coal waste as a material in contemporary fine art
Richard Todd Stafford, George Mason University

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Thursday, 1:00-2:30

ICC ROOM 120, Panel
“The Trump Affect: Media, Violence, and Cognitive Bias



The Affective Violence of Trumpian Politics
Christina Riley, George Mason University

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Thursday, 2:45-4:15

ICC ROOM 106, Panel
“Petro-landscapes: Aesthetics, Gender, and Geopolitics”

Petroculture, Water, and the Sublime in Lake Chad, the Great Lakes, and Standing Rock
Michael Malouf, George Mason University (Faculty, English Department)

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Thursday, 2:45-4:15

ICC ROOM 119, Panel
“Who will (get paid to) watch the watchers?”

Undercover Surveillance and Disorder in New York City
Austin Gallas, George Mason University

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Thursday, 2:45-4:15

ICC ROOM  117, Panel
“Unpacking Politics: Populism, Progressives, and Power”

Election 2016: Right-Wing Populism and the Crises of Capitalism
Lindsey Macdonald, George Mason University

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Friday, 8:45-10:15

ICC ROOM 117, Panel
“Immigrant Imaginaries and the Politics of Hope and Debt”

The Great Weight of Debt on Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors
Hansel Aguilar, George Mason University (Dept. of Sociology)

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Friday, 10:30-12:00

ICC ROOM 106, Panel
“Visual Representation of Heritage, Protest, and Post-Racial Politics”

Envisioning America's Presidents
M. Liz Andrews, George Mason University

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Friday, 10:30-12:00

ICC ROOM 213, Panel
“Love, Debt, and the Ends of the University”

A student body in debt: value, labour, and sports
Kimberly Klinger, George Mason University

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Friday, 1:00-2:30

ICC ROOM 105, Visual Cultures Working Group Panel
“Resistant Images: How to Make Injustice Visible”

Looking at Appalachia: Poverty Photography Rebranded
Caroline West, George Mason University

Why the Locust: Parallel Trading in Hong Kong
Annie Hui, George Mason University
 

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Friday, 2:45 – 4:15

ICC ROOM 105, Visual Cultures Working Group Panel
“Digital Truths: The Visual ReConstruction of Reality in New Media”

The Googlization of the Gallery
Savannah Fetterolf, George Mason University

Crafting Identity: Affective Engagement and Representation in an Etsy
Economy
Kayla Keener, George Mason University
 
“Windows & Wormholes:” Virtual Reality as “Empathy Machine”
Lisa Daily, New York University (Recent GMU Graduate)


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Saturday, 8:45-10:15

ICC ROOM 118, Panel
“Social Media Activism and the Spectacle of Accountability”

Putin’s Celebrity Spectacle: Mobilizing Anti-fascist Affect Among Russian Youth
David Zeglen, George Mason University

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Saturday, 1:00-2:30


ICC ROOM 119, Race and Critical Ethnic Studies Working Group Panel

Teaching Resistance: Commodifying the Students of Color Bodies in
the Neoliberal Universities
Khoi Nguyen, George Mason University


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Saturday 2:45-4:15

ICC ROOM 118, Panel
“The Spectacle Imperfected: Post-fact Propaganda and the Social Media Economy”

Fake News Spectacle
Tai Neilson, George Mason University


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The following panels feature members from our expansive alumni network, which will also interest the broader GMU Cultural Studies community:

 

Thursday, 2:45-4:15

ICC ROOM 120, Panel
Debt, Social crime, and Anti-social Finance: Some recent films
 
Race, Debt, and Social Crime in Hell or High Water (and Trump’s America) - “You boys robbing a bank? That’s Crazy Ya’ll Ain’t Even Mexicans”
Sean Johnson Andrews, Columbia College Chicago (GMU Cultural Studies '08)
 

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Friday, 8:45-10:15
 
ICC ROOM 106, Globalization and Culture Working Group Panel
Interface: The Cultural Politics of U.S.-China Transnationalism
 
Unsettling the State: China, House of Cards, and Transnational Media
Fan Yang, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (GMU Cultural Studies '11)
 

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Friday, 8:45-10:15

ICC ROOM 119, Panel
The Emergent Crafts Of Gendered Protest: A Guide For Nasty, Gross, Foul Women
 
Guidebook for the Revolution: An Analysis of Anti-Trump Activists through Their Handbooks
Sara Mitcho, Independent Scholar (GMU Cultural Studies '14)
 

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Friday, 1:00-2:30

ICC ROOM 120, Panel
"Drones, Doomsday, and other features of Late Exterminism à la Trump"
 
Notes on Late Exterminism, the Trump Stage of Civilization
John Carl Baker, Mellon-ACLS Public Fellow/Ploughshares Fund (GMU Cultural Studies '15)
 
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Friday, 1:00-2:30
 
ICC ROOM 118, Ethnography Working Group Panel
Dispatches from the Field
 
Why We Marched: A feminist ethnography of women's resistance the day after the inauguration
Wendy Burns-Ardolino, Grand Valley State University (GMU Cultural Studies '04)
 

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Saturday, 1:00-2:30

ICC ROOM 105, Panel
"Loving the Nerds; Smashing their Machines"
 
High Tech Luddism
Gavin Mueller, University of Texas at Dallas (GMU Cultural Studies '16)
 

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Saturday, 1:00-2:30

ICC ROOM 106, Critical Pedagogies Working Group
Critical Pedagogies Working Group Panel
 
Teaching "Truth" in the Age of Trump
Sara Mitcho, Independent Scholar (GMU Cultural Studies '14)
 

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Saturday, 2:45-4:15

ICC ROOM 120, Praxis Roundtable
Optimism of the Will: Resistance, Persistence, and Critical Drinking
 
Sean Johnson Andrews, Columbia College Chicago (GMU Cultural Studies '08)
Lisa Daily, New York University (GMU Cultural Studies '17)
 

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Saturday, 2:45-4:15
 
ICC ROOM 106, Theories of Cultural Studies Working Group
Cultural Studies in the Era of Trump: A Roundtable
 
Featuring (among others):
Jaafar Aksikas, Columbia College Chicago (GMU Cultural Studies '05)
 

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Other panels and sessions related to George Mason University:



The Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University
Saturday May 27, 10:30–12:00
ICC ROOM 108

The Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University was founded in 2009 as an interdisciplinary facility for the advancement of critical Islamic studies with focus on the history, culture, and religion of Muslim communities in a global context. Its mission is to advance a sound and nuanced understanding of Muslim societies and the Islamic faith, its role in world history, and its current patterns of globalization. Since its inception, the Center has established itself as one of the leading academic institutions of its kind by supporting research, interdisciplinary academic programs, and community outreach. Most recently, it launched an online publication, Maydan (https://www.themaydan.com), offering expert analysis on a wide variety of issues in the field of Islamic Studies for academic and public audiences.
“Islam, the Middle East, and the United States in the Trump Era”

Chair:
Hüseyin Yılmaz

The United States and Syria under Trump
Bassam Haddad

The Politics of Sectarianism in the Trump Era
Sumaiya Hamdani

Islam and Governmentality
Peter Mandaville

American Muslim Intersectionality and the Trump Era
Ahmet Tekelioglu

The Origins of the Muslim Other in European and American Imagination
Hüseyin Yılmaz

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