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21st Annual CLIFF 2017

The Comparative Literature Intra-Student Faculty Forum (CLIFF) is an annual conference sponsored by the graduate students of the Department of Comparative Literature. CLIFF is designed to promote increased awareness of research being conducted in various languages and interdisciplinary studies at the University of Michigan.

CLIFF 2017 – 21st Annual Conference

Undisciplined Readings: Rethinking Practices and Methods

March 17-18 2017, Ann Arbor, Michigan


10:00-10:30: Breakfast

10:30-12:00: Panel #1

·         “The Candles Burn to the Stump”: Reading Márai Sándor in the West/ McKenna Marko, University of Michigan, Slavic Languages and Literatures

·         On Reading Colonial Documents from the Subaltern Point of View: The hiding of indigenous knowledge/ Laura Pensa, University of Michigan, Romance Languages and Literatures

·         How to Read Early Modern Ottoman Fiction?/ Ipek Huner-Cora, University of Chicago, Near Eastern Languages and Literatures

12:00-1:00: Lunch
1:00-2:30: Panel #2

·         A Meaningful Beast: Reading Bertolt Brecht’s “Die Bestie”/ Vanessa Gubbins, Yale University, Comparative Literature

·         Chinese Slow Cinema in the Time of the Network/ Jason Lester, University of Oregon, Comparative Literature

·         Seven Ways of Looking at an Octopus/ Lauren Benjamin, University of Michigan, Comparative Literature

2:30-3:00: Break
3:00-4:30: Panel #3

·         How to Read a Breitbart Article: A Reading Praxis from a Visually Queer, White, Latinx GSI/ Mariane Stanev, University of Michigan, Comparative Literature

·         Making the Sense-able Make Sense: Reading Racist Microaggressions in Claudia Rankine’s Citizen/ Cera Smith, Yale University, English

·         Shadows of Fiction: King Lear, The Common Core, and Unreasonable Expectations/ Nick Talbott, University of California, Davis, Comparative Literature

4:30-5:30: Reception
5:30-7:00: Ilya Kaminsky, Keynote


9:00-9:30: Breakfast
9:30-11:00: Panel #4

·         Yeats’s Poetic Thinking/ Felix Green, Brown University, Comparative Literature

·         Lyric Conversions, or Shakespeare Without Voice/ Joseph Gamble, University of Michigan, English 

·         Podrimja Against Podrimja: How to Read “Rewritten” Poems/ Genta Nishku, University of Michigan, Comparative Literature

11:00-11:15: Break
11:15-12:45: Panel #5

·         Toward an S/M theory of MacKinnon/ Samia Vasa, Emory University, Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

·         Suspended Bodies, Arresting Texts: the Material-Semiotics of Amenorrhea in the Women's Gap- Year Yeshiva/ Shira Schwartz, University of Michigan, Comparative Literature

·         Transgressive Readings: Hermaphroditic moments in medieval texts/ Shalmali Jadhav, University of Michigan, Comparative Literature

12:45-3:00: Lunch, + Special Event
3:15-4:45: Panel #6

·         [Title TBA] / Talia Huss, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Romance and Latin American Literature

·         Reading for Universality, Universality in Reading: Slippery Surfaces and Significance of Re-reading in Book from the Ground/ Honglan Huang, Yale University, Department of Comparative Literature, 

·         [Title TBA] / David Martin, University of Michigan, Comparative Literature

4:45-5:00: Closing remarks