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Consent: Terms of Agreement

The 10th Annual International Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference

Friday, March 22, 2013, 5:15pm

Consent: Terms of Agreement
The 10th Annual International Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference

Please join us in our 10th Annual International Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, “Consent: Terms of Agreement,” hosted by the graduate students of the department of English at Indiana University-Bloomington, from March 21 to March 23, 2013, in the Tree Rooms of the Indiana Memorial Union.  Panels and keynote speakers are open to the public with no registration fee required.

Lauren Berlant, University of Chicago, Keynote Speaker
Friday, March 22, 5:15-6:30 p.m. in Ballantine 013

Lauren Berlant is George M. Pullman Professor of English at the University of Chicago. A theorist and historian of political affect, her interest in the public genres and scenes of sentimentality, sexuality, and suffering have most recently appeared in Desire/Love (2012) and Cruel Optimism (2011), on precarious publics and the aesthetics of affective adjustment in the U.S. and Europe.

Adrian Matejka, Indiana University, Creative Keynote Speaker
Thursday, March 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Walnut Room of the Indiana Memorial Union

Adrian Matejka is the author of three poetry collections: The Devil’s Garden (Alice James Books, 2003), Mixology (Penguin, 2009) which was a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series and a finalist for an NAACP Image Award, and The Big Smoke (Penguin, 2013). He is the recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards and fellowships from Cave Canem and the Lannan Foundation. His work has appeared in American Poetry ReviewThe Best American PoetryPloughshares, and Poetry among other journals and anthologies. He is the co-director of the River Styx at the Tavern Reading Series in St. Louis.

Penelope Anderson, Indiana University, Closing Keynote Speaker
Saturday, March 23, 4:00-5:30 p.m. in the Walnut Room of the Indiana Memorial Union

Penelope Anderson, Assistant Professor of English at IU Bloomington, specializes in early modern British literature. Both her first book, Friendship’s Shadows: Women’s Ethical Friendship and the Politics of Betrayal in England, 1640-1705, and her current project, Humanity in Suspension: Gender and International Law in Seventeenth-Century Literature, investigate the intersections of literature, gender, and political theory. In her first book, she argued that friendship’s betrayals offer a paradoxically robust model for political obligation in the English Civil Wars and their aftermath. In her current book project, she is studying the genealogy of human rights through the figures of political prisoner, slave, and subjected woman. Her keynote will draw from both of these works.