Citizenship and Crisis Conference Poster

Schedule of Events

Friday, May 8

MU 208, La Raza Room

4:00–5:15 | OSU Research Roundtable  

What is citizenship? Five disciplinary Perspectives

Natchee Barnd, Ethnic Studies

School of Language, Culture, and Society

Crystal Boson, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

School of Language, Culture, and Society

Marisa Chappell, History

School of History, Philosophy, and Religion

Christina León, Hemispheric American Literature

School of Writing, Literature, and Film

Megan Spencer, MA Candidate, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

School of Language, Culture, and Society 


Saturday, May 9 

Autzen House
811 SW Jefferson Avenue, Corvallis 

9:45–10:45 | Panel 1 

New Identities and New Politics: Protest, Free Speech, and Education 

Chair: Ambika Natarajan

Tenure and Free Speech in Academia at Oregon State University 1967-1970 — Andrea Simpson

Citizenship Through Language and Practice: Who ‘Belongs’ on the OSU Campus, and How? — Alexandria Miller & Vahid Ghadakchi

Law Enforcement and the Long Civil Rights Movement — Thomas Jimenez  

9:00 | Registration & Coffee

9:30 | Welcome by Prof. Ray Malewitz  

11:00–12:00 | Panel 2

American Dreams and American Nightmares

Chair: André Habet

Jay Gatsby: Epitome of the American Dream? — Adrienne Engle

Nation and Individual: The Effects of Capitalism on Identity in Jimmy Corrigan — Shanna Killeen

The Aesthetic of America: Racism in the U.S. as Portrayed by Jimmy Corrigan and His Family — Keegan Flores 

12:00–1:15 | LUNCH  

1:15–2:15 | Panel 3

Historical Legacies of Race, Place and Power

Chair: Elizabeth Nielsen

Race and Crime in the Jim Crow Era — Gabriel Massey

The Atlantic Theatre: Why the British Stopped Confederate Shipbuilding in Great Britain — Andy Su

Systems of Criminal Justice in the Jim Crow South — Elise Ewens 

2:30–3:30 | Panel 4

Crises of Self in American Literature

Chair: Samara Surface

Revisiting Cane — Lindsay LeMay & Karleigh Taylor

Art Spiegelman: Casting Off the Shadow of a Ghost Brother — Jessica Tran

A Performance of Instinct: Bechdel’s Experience as Criticism of Butler’s Gender Trouble — Megan Haverman 

Sunday, May 10 

Autzen House
811 SW Jefferson 

10:30–12:00 | Panel 5 

Institutional Languages: Discursive Crises of 21st Century America and Beyond

Chair: Chris Nichols, OSU School of History, Philosophy, and Religion

Examining Migration in an American Community College: Multiculturalism’s 21st Century Salad Bowl — Chris Foertsch, MA Candidate, Applied Anthropology

Progress, Process, and Problem: Reuniting Diversity Discourse with American Citizenship — Chris Gasser, MA Candidate, English: Writing, Rhetoric, and Culture

Oregon Agricultural College Taught the Rock of Marne How to Teach American Boys How to Win World War I — Anthony Miller III, MA Candidate, Interdisciplinary Studies

Global Girl Power: Entrenching the White-Savior Industrial Complex in a New Generation — Tami Fawcett, MA Candidate, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 

12:00–1:15 | Lunch 

1:15–2:15 | Panel 6

Modern and Postmodern Encounters: Self, Nature, and Trauma

Chair: Ray Malewitz, OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film

So We Beat On Into The Past: Eliot (Re)Interprets the Classics — Rich Collins, MA Candidate, English: Literature and Culture

Rough Grafts: Breaking the Modernist Binary of Nature and Culture in The Waste Land — Austin Schauer, MA Candidate, English: Literature and Culture

A View From Somewhere: September 11, Citizenship, and Time of Death — Jonathan Josten, MA Candidate, English: Literature and Culture

9:45 | Registration & Coffee

10:15 | Welcome by Prof. Marisa Chappell

2:30–3:30 | Panel 7

Crises of Belonging: Science, Animality, and Immigration

Chair: Christina León, OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film

“If They Cannot Take It Straight, They Will Get It In Fiction:” How Leó Szilárd Turned His Scientific Ideas Into Fictional Truths — Anna Elizabeth Dvorak, PhD Candidate, History of Science

Racial and Queer Animality and the Breakdown of Language in Justin Torres’ We the Animals — Amy Kennedy, MA Candidate, English: Literature and Culture

Racialization and Exclusion from the 19th Century to Today: The Experience of Algerians and their Female Descendants in Marseille, France — Nicole Wiseman, MA Candidate, Applied Anthropology

Monday, May 11

MU 104, Journey Room

4:00–5:00 | Critical Questions Lecture

Bears That Dance: Blood Meridian, History, and Performance

Stacey Peebles, Assistant Professor of English and Director of Film Studies Centre College, Danville, KY; Author of Welcome to the Suck: Narrating the American Soldier’s Experience in Iraq (Cornell University Press, 2011)


Call for Papers

All undergraduate and graduate students in CLA are invited to propose papers for the upcoming Citizenship and Crisis Student Research Conference, which will take place May 9-10, 2015. The goal of the conference is to approach the idea of citizenship from a large number of disciplinary perspectives.

The American Conversations Conference Committee invites presentation proposals from undergraduate and graduate students for our first annual student research conference at Oregon State University. The theme for this year’s conference is Citizenship and Crisis, and students are encouraged to submit proposals built on previous OSU coursework. Conference participation meets an eligibility requirement for recognition as “Research Fellow” on your final transcript.

Presentation Format

  • Presentations will be 15 minutes each, and will be organized into 3-person panels lasting 1 hour. Prospective panelists are asked to submit 150-200 word abstracts in Word format, plus a list of 5 keyword tags to identify the topic(s) of your paper (e.g. area of study, research question, subject of analysis, methodology, or theoretical perspective). Proposals should include the title of your paper, your name, a short bio (<100 words), and email address. Please specify if you will need A/V support.
  • Deadline for submission is Saturday, March 21, 2015. Send proposals and any questions to
  • Presentation topics may include, but are not limited to: Nationalism; transnationalism; economic, agricultural, technological, or environmental citizenship; dissent and free speech; immigration; citizenship and education; regionalism and rurality/urbanity; indigenous perspectives; citizenship and the law.

Possible research questions

  • What are the obligations of citizens to the state and reciprocally, what are the obligations of the state to citizens? In the U.S.? Across the Americas?
  • How have particular cultural artifacts (in literature, art, film, TV, music, etc.) or artists represented, interrogated, or reimagined American citizenship and/or the complicated history of the U.S.?
  • How has the U.S.’s place in the world been debated?
How might American citizenship be understood in a hemispheric context?
  • How do notions of citizenship complicate or create racial, gender, ethnic, or species boundaries and connections?

Support for this event provided by The Center for the Humanities, the American Studies Working Group, and the Citizenship and Crisis Initiative