The Presidential Plenary: Boundary Conditions

Friday, 6 January, 10:15 a.m.–12:00 noon, Liberty Ballroom ABC, Philadelphia Marriott

Panelists consider the permeable boundary between criticism and composition. How do new forms of communication reshape the boundary conditions of our work? How are these boundary conditions affected by the new material circumstances in our universities?

Linked Session: The Refugee Crisis: At-Risk Students and Scholars

Friday, 6 January, 3:30–4:45 p.m., Liberty Ballroom Salon A, Philadelphia Marriott

Speakers discuss the work of Scholars at Risk and the experiences of two scholars forced to flee massive conflicts in their countries.

Domna Stanton

Previously the Elizabeth M. Douvan Collegiate Professor at the University of Michigan, Domna Stanton is a renowned scholar of seventeenth-century and early modern French studies.

Lauren Crain

Lauren Crain is acting director of research and learning at Scholars at Risk, an international network whose mission is to protect scholars and promote academic freedom.

Salam Al Kuntar

Salam Al Kuntar is a research fellow at the Penn Museum of the University of Pennsylvania.

Sayed Hassan Akhlaq

Born in Bamyan, Afghanistan, Sayed Hassan Akhlaq immigrated to Iran when his father was under prosecution by the dominant Communist Party and grew up in an immigration area, where jihad, ideological clashes, notions of stranger and countryman, the search for truth, and the conflict between ideals and the reality of actual conditions were all lived experiences.

Linked Session: New Classroom Boundaries

Saturday, 7 January, 10:15–11:30 a.m., Liberty Ballroom Salon A, Philadelphia Marriott

Speakers reflect on the classroom as a site of increasingly fraught conversations about identity and propose strategies for responding.

Sally Haslanger

Sally Haslanger is Ford Professor of Philosophy and Women’s and Gender Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Laura Kipnis

Laura Kipnis is a cultural critic and former video artist whose work focuses on sexual politics, aesthetics, emotion, acting out, bad behavior, and various other crevices of the American psyche.

Bruce Robbins

Bruce Robbins is Old Dominion Foundation Professor of the Humanities in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.
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