AOA Symposium

Date(s) - 10/07/2016
All Day


The Archipelagoes, Oceans, Americas research group will host a 2-day symposium on October 6-7, 2016. Events will take place throughout the day on both Thursday and Friday in various locations.

This symposium offers a critical opportunity to reflect on contemporary currents in archipelagic and oceanic thought within the humanities, inviting participants to imagine a variety of terraqueous futures. For more information about the Symposium click AOA Symposium 2016.

Institutional Sponsors: Humanities Center, BYU; English Department Reading Series, BYU; Fine Arts Department, BYU; Center for Cultural Analysis, Rutgers–New Brunswick

Thursday’s schedule

Friday, 7 October 2016

9:00–11:00am               Session Three                Moderator: Michael Taylor (Brigham Young U)                 4186 JFSB 

  • Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel (Rutgers–New Brunswick) “Terri-pelagoes: Transforming Colonial Overseas Territories through Archipelagic Thinking”
  • Daniel Elam (U of Toronto) “Sociological and Archipelagic Modernism: An Indian Ocean Genealogy”
  • Kathleen DeGuzman (San Francisco State U) “Novel Archipelagoes: Navigating Narration in Villette and Wide Sargasso Sea
  • George Handley (Brigham Young U) “Biocentrism at Sea: Melville’s Pip and the Dark Side of the Biocentric Experience”

11:00 –11:45am            Brunch               4186 JFSB                        

Noon–1:30pm              Session Four (Library Auditorium):

  • Poetry reading by Craig Santos Perez (U of Hawai‘i–Mānoa)

Reception follows

2:00–4:00pm                Session Five            Moderator: Trent Hickman (Brigham Young U)                4186 JFSB

  • Cherene Sherrard-Johnson (U of Wisconsin–Madison) “Devilish Islands: Pauline Hopkins’s Circum-Caribbean Ancestral Prologues”
  • Anjali Nerlekar (Rutgers–New Brunswick) “Literary Maps and Indo-Caribbean Histories in Selvon and Ladoo’s Fiction”
  • Kyle McAuley (Rutgers–New Brunswick) “A Bet on a Treasure Map: Robert Louis Stevenson, H. Rider Haggard, and the Creation of the Nineteenth-Century Global South”
  • Lisa Swanstrom (U of Utah) “Encoding the Ocean: Water as Reader in slippingglimpse

4:00pm                         Break/refreshments                4186 JFSB

4:30–6:30pm                 Session Six: Keynote Speakers                Moderator: Brian Russell Roberts (Brigham Young U)                 4186 JFSB

  • Craig Santos Perez (U of Hawai‘i–Mānoa) “Territorial Struggles in the New Oceania”
  • Hester Blum (Pennsylvania State U) “Oceanic Studies and Polar Ecomedia”

Commentator: Mary Eyring (Brigham Young U)

6:30-7:00pm                 Closing take-away discussion                4186 JFSB

  • Led by Brian Russell Roberts  (Brigham Young U)

7:30–9:30pm                 Group dinner at Bombay House (closing discussion continued)


Image: Fidalis Buehler, Bali Hai-Series 2. Used with permission

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