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(Last Updated April 16th, 2021)

Craft Critique Culture Conference:

Justice Framed
April 16th – 17th, 2021

Times (CST)All Presentations Zoom Room 1 LinkAll Presentations Zoom Room 2 Link
Domesticity, Deviancy, and Dystopia
Moderator: Paul Schmitt, University of Iowa
Christine Stevens, University of St. Thomas
Examining Migrant Filipina Domestic Work in the United Arab Emirates
Elizabeth Laughlin, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Dikshit Sarma Bhagabati, Devangha Singh, Ishan Vijay, Malini Chidambai, Jindal Global Law School
Crafting Criminality: Into a Magical Dystopia with Delinquent Objects
Griffin Reed, Saint Louis University
Use as Well as a Delight”: A Materialist Critique of Representations of Underage Sex in Film

Watch the Asynchronous Panels Here!

Participate in the Q&A for the Asynchronous Panels Here!

9:00 am – 10:15 amA1. Feminism beyond Borders
Moderator: Laura Hayes, University of Iowa

Tove Conway, University of Iowa
Feminist Forms and Borderless Landscapes in Ali Smith’s Seasonal Quartet
Cali Mellin, University of St. Thomas
Visibility and Community in Ciudad Juárez: Returning to Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera
Kanishka Sikri, University of Toronto
“Are you sure that’s violence?”: Unpacking Knowledge as Violence
A2. Towards a Moral Politic
Moderator: Joshua Foley, University of Iowa

Farhan Lakhany, University of Iowa
The Demands of Morality
Max Bouratoglou, Pomona College
Bureaucratic Totalitarianism: Reading Arendt in the Age of Neoliberalism

10:30 am – 11:45 am

B1. Fund Counselors Not Cops: CANCELLED
Moderator: Lisa Covington, University of Iowa

Panelists TBA

**In the wake of recent murders of unarmed black men coupled with the continuing fight against Covid-19,
the panel of scholar-activists,

community organizers and counselors could not meet today;
however, this conversation continues to be at the center of national dialogue and will continue at a later date.

If anyone is still interested in having this discussion publicly or privately,
please add your name/email to the following Google Doc,
and we will have the panelists reach out to you at a more appropriate time.
You can also email Leia Belt directly at who can connect you.
Fund Counselors Not Cops Panel Interest List (Google Doc) 
1:00 pm – 2:15 pmPLENARY ADDRESS
Dr. Rachel Williams, “Research, Reflect, & Amplify: Engagement through Art”
Professor, School of Art and Art History, Gender Women’s and Sexuality Studies, University of Iowa
With Introduction by Caroline Cheung, University of Iowa

Zoom Link to the Plenary Address!
3:00 pm – 4:15 pmKEYNOTE ADDRESS
Harsha Walia, “Abolish I.C.E., Abolish Borders”

With Introduction by Dr. Lina-Maria Murillo, Professor of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies and History, University of Iowa

Zoom Link to the Keynote Speech!
4:30 pm – 5:45 pm

C1. Paths to Career Activism 


Marvin Logan, Strategist, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan

Isaac Floyd, Research and Development Food Scientist 

Marcus Wright, Kent State University

C2. Reimagined Communities
Moderator: Maddison McGann, University of Iowa

Conor Hilton
A Pirate’s Life for Me: Imagining a Heterotopia in “The Encantadas” and The Black Avenger of the Spanish Main
Kathleen Shaughnessy
Citizen Hyde: Cosmopolitan Contradictions in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
9:30 am – 10:45 am

D. Educators as Activists

Zoom Room 1 (Direct Link)

Amanda Paniagua, Bowling Green State University

Leia Belt, University of Iowa

Devin Bates, Lead Pre-K Teacher, Assistant Childcare Administrator, East End Neighborhood House

11:00 am – 12:15 pm

E1. Arts as Activism

Kaylene Abernathy, Digital Artist, Kent State University

Leia Belt, University of Iowa

Sierra Shepard, Film Maker, Michigan University

E2. Trauma Art in the Media Age
Moderator: Kyler Dill, University of Iowa

Maddison McGann, University of Iowa
Writing the Line: Railway Fiction and the Industrialization of Nineteenth-Century Print
Jeremy Lowenthal, University of Iowa
Air Pixel Paper Tape: Trauma and Transmediality in Kamau Braithwaite
Tom Jackson, University of Iowa
Drawing a Lineage: Alain Resnais’s Painting Films and the Animated Trace
K. Agbebiyi
With Introduction by

Zoom Link to the Workshop!
2:45 pm – 4:00 pmF1. Intersections of Racial Embodiment
Moderator: Enrico Bruno, University of Iowa

Dani Putney, Oklahoma State University
Miscegenation & Racial Deviancy: A Poetry Reading
Leia Belt, University of Iowa
Abali has to Boo-Boo
Rajorshi Das, University of Iowa
Negotiating Cis-whiteness in Iowa City
F2. Mediating Female Agency
Moderator: Jamie Chen, University of Iowa

Bryanne Estes, University of Iowa
“Ready for Other Eyes”: The Recording Angel as Vampire in Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Bronwyn Stewart, University of Iowa
Cyborgs, Sexploitation, and Lumpy Women, Oh My! Performing Deviancy on the Cybernetic Stage of House/Lights
Maria Capecchi, University of Iowa
To Spy or to View: The Gaze of the “Other” in Book III of Spenser’s The Fairie Queene
4:15 pm – 5:30 pmG1. Levinas and Literature, Ethics and Aesthetics
Moderator: Konrad Swartz, University of Iowa

James Neisen, Indiana University
Attending to the Saying, Not the Said: Levinas and Derrida on the Ethics of Bearing Witness
Pedro Martinez, University of Iowa
Everybody Knows this is Nowhere: Levinas and the Frantic Quest for Metaphysical Fulfillment in Jack Kerouac’s On the Road
Philip Zaborowski, University of Iowa
Of Badger and Beavers: Medieval Race-Making in Gerald of Wales’ Topographica Hibernica
G2. Literary Means, Political Ends
Moderator: Kassie Baron, University of Iowa

Jamie Chen, University of Iowa
Activist Aesthetics: The Ends of Imagination in Arundhati’s Prose Politics
Orit Klein Vartsky, Tel Aviv University
Critique of the Courtly Class in Ballad Analogues of “The Clerk’s Tale”
Spencer W. Shin, Independent Scholar
Contesting Colonialism: Paratext and British Hegemony in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart

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