16th Annual Conference of the Cultural Studies Association (USA) returns to Pittsburgh, and features Pitt Graduate Students and Faculty

The Annual Conference of the Cultural Studies Association (USA) held its first meeting in Pittsburgh 16 years ago and will return to town, at Carnegie Mellon University, from 31 May through 2 June 2018, with the timely theme of "Interventions" (click here for the online program).  CLST will be highlighted at the conference through several related events, as well as by having affiliates on the conference program.

CLST's major Voicing Disability Conference (see the Events column on the front page for details) at Frick Fine Arts Building has been given plenary status on Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, with time accorded to the reception in Frick Cloister.  Eight dissertations-stage CLST students will discuss their work at the Annual Lightning Rounds in 235A Baker Hall from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM.  Their presentations will be in Pecha Kucha format (i.e., 20 slides, 20 seconds each, for each participant).  Presenters include Dr. Olga Blackledge (COMMRC), Logan Blizzard (COMMRC),  Olga Kim (SLAV), Benjamin W. Ogrodnik (HAA), Dr. Donica O'Malley (COMMRC), Ellina Sattarova (SLAV), Marina Tyquiengco (HAA), and Juan Fernando Velasquez Ospina (MUSIC). For further information, see the Events column).  CLST and the Humanities have helped underwrite the Thursday evening post-plenary address reception at the Wyndham.

CLST Director Ron Zboray, who with CLST Affilliate and Visiting Scholar in Communication Mary Saracino Zboray had at the 2003 conference previewed their award-winning Everyday Ideas: Socioliterary Experience among Antebellum New Englanders (U Tenn P 2006), return to the podium in the Cohen University Center's Pake Room on Thursday 31 May from 1:00PM to 2:30, to preview material from another book they are completing, The Bullet in the Book: Volumes that Saved Civil War Soldiers' Lives, in their paper, "Exhibiting U.S. Civil War Disability: Competing Nationalisms and the Union’s 'Armless Hero.'"

Other CLST faculty members presenting include Lisa Brush (SOC) at the closing plenary session on Saturday (2 June) at 5:00-7:00 PM at the Rangos Auditorium in the University Center, Calum Matheson (COMMRC) speaking on "Analytic Interventions: Trump as God-Emporer" on a Marxism, Psychoanalysis, and Critical Cultural Studies panel on Friday (1 June) from 1:30 to 3:00 (255B Baker Hall), and Julian Gill-Peterson (ENGLIT) will play the role of critic in an Author-Meets-Critics Session on Heath Fogg Davis's Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter?  Jessica Ghilania, a recent CLST alum who is now an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, will be presenting a slice of her book forthcoming from the University of Iowa Press in the Pake Room from 2:45 to 3:15 on 31 May; her paper is "The Army Sees Green: Neoliberal Economics and the Cooptation of Civil Rights and Second Wave Feminism in Early Volunteer-Era Military Recruiting."

CLST student presenters at sessions other than Lightning Rounds include Olga Blackledge (COMMRC), Logan Blizzard (COMMRC), Olga Kim (SLAV), Nick Marsellas (ENGCOMP), Benjamin Ogrodnik (HAA), Alyssa Quintanilla (ENGLIT), and Jeff Weston (MUSIC).