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Sound at MLA 2012

Unlike MLA 2011 in Los Angeles, which overflowed with audio-themed research delights–see our last year’s round up here —MLA 2012 in Seattle seems, well, a lot less sonic.  I have a few theories as to why this may be (and of course, I would love to hear your thoughts as to MLA’s relative silence in the comment section. Drop us a line!).  First off, even in our networked universe, conferences always seem to take on some local flavor, so last year’s event in L.A., whose main industry continues to be entertainment, may have been a magnet for panels about music, sound, and other audio-visual inquiries.  Without implying that sound studies is mutually exclusive with Digital Humanities–quite the opposite–perhaps the move to Seattle, long a technology hub thanks to Amazon.com and Microsoft, helps account for the veritable explosion of  DH panels in the PMLA this year.  Being the Editor-in-Chief of a blog, I have included some of the many excellent DH panels in this round up that I think are of interest to fellow research bloggers and sound studies peeps; see Professor (and ProfHacker) Mark Sample’s comprehensive Digital MLA listing on his blog Sample Reality for the full line up (and a great discussion of the growth of digital humanities as a field).

While the sharp decline in overtly labeled “sound studies” panels at MLA seems a bit troubling for a fledgling field, it could also be a backhanded marker of its growing success.  As sound studies grows and expands into more academic venues, this extremely interdisciplinary field is becoming more diffuse and multivalent.  2011 marked the year that the American Studies Association hosted its first official meeting of the sound studies caucus, for example, and published a sound studies special issue of American Quarterly. Three years strong, the Sound Studies Special Interest Group of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies hosted a full slate of events and sound studies panels in New Orleans this past March. And the Sound Studies Special Interest Group at the Society for Ethnomusicology meeting this year in Philadelphia, two years old, did the same. Perhaps the time has come for us to coalesce at MLA in a similar way, forming a society with standing meetings and panels to ensure that the nexus of sound studies and literary inquiry continues to break new ground and thrive instead of waxing and waning along with the market and successive conference themes.  Far from being antithetical or ancillary to studies of soundscapes, recordings, and other audible forms, language constructs and shapes our sensory experience of and the meanings we make from “actual” sound; we are only beginning to understand how.

Or perhaps not. Perhaps the way in which sound studies research has been absorbed into studies of literature and language is not so much a muting but rather a healthy sign of what audio engineers refer to as “bleed.”  This year’s slate of panels shows how Sound Studies has proven undeniably useful to some of the core issues of the discipline: identity, translation, poetics, affect, tone, and especially voice. With the advent of sound studies, “voice” in literary study has ceased to be a solely a metaphor or an abstract symbol of agency, but panels like “Pinter’s Voice,” “Dissenting Voices,” and “Dickinson’s Fictions of Voice” suggest that the field now hears “voice” as a living, breathing, and sounding entity in its own right, a sensory element of literary craft bearing material traces (and social consequences–see “Gender and Voice: Orality, Dissent, and Community in the Late Middle Ages” and Arabic Language and Identity: Transregional Texts and Transnational Discourse”).

Finally, I must mention that the MLA’s strength continues to be its international range; sound studies is frequently critiqued for a largely U.S. and British-based focus, so it is refreshing to see sound studies work from (and on) Germany, France, Australia, Morocco, Jordan, Lebanon, Ireland, and Iraq (among others) as well as inquiries that question the idea of borders and nation-states altogether.   Whether revivifying the concept of voice or questioning the rhetorical construction of bodies and spaces across the globe, sound studies emerges as a critical mediator between sound and language at MLA 2012, a rich conversation that has really only just begun.

Please comment to let us know what you think–both before and after MLA 2012.  If I somehow missed you or your panel in this round up, please let me know!: jsa@soundingoutblog.com

Jennifer Stoever-Ackerman is co-founder, Editor-in-Chief and Guest Posts Editor for Sounding Out! She is also Assistant Professor of English at Binghamton University and a Fellow at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University.

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THURSDAY, January 5

Thursday, 5 January


8:30–11:30 a.m.

.1.  Evaluating Digital Work for Tenure and Promotion: A Workshop for Evaluators and Candidates

Willow A, Sheraton

Presiding: Alison Byerly, Middlebury Coll.; Katherine A. Rowe, Bryn Mawr Coll.; Susan Schreibman, Trinity Coll. Dublin

The workshop will provide materials and facilitated discussion about evaluating work in digital media (e.g., scholarly editions, databases, digital mapping projects, born- digital creative or scholarly work). Designed for both creators of digital materials (candidates for tenure and promotion) and administrators or colleagues who evaluate those materials, the workshop will propose strategies for documenting, presenting, and evaluating such work.

Preregistration required.


1:45–3:00 p.m.

.44.  Pinter’s Voice

303, WSCC

Program arranged by the Harold Pinter Society.  Presiding: Judith A. Roof, Rice Univ.

Saumya Rajan, Univ. of Allahabad, “Ruth: Harold Pinter’s Voice of Postmodernist Politics”

William Crooke, East Tennessee State Univ., “What Dyou Mean? The Cockney Voice in Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter,”

Susan Hollis Merritt, Pinter Review, “Pinter’s Voices”


1:45–3:00 p.m.

67.  Race and Digital Humanities

 611, WSCC

Program arranged by the Division on Black American Literature and Culture. Presiding: Howard Rambsy, Southern Illinois Univ.

Kimberly D. Blockett, Penn State Univ., Brandywine, “Digitizing the Past: The Technologies of Recovering Black Lives”

Bryan Carter, Univ. of Central Missouri, “Digital Africana Studies 3.0: Singularity, Performativity, and Technologizing the Field”

Maryemma Graham, Univ. of Kansas, “The Project on the History of Black Writing and Digital Possibilities”

For abstracts, write to hrambsy@siue.edu.


3:30–4:45 p.m.

.70.  Multimediated Brecht 

Cedar, Sheraton

Program arranged by the International Brecht Society. Presiding: Kristopher Imbrigotta, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison

Michael Shane Boyle, Univ. of California, Berkeley, “‘Literarization’ and the Radical Potential of Media”

Julia Draganovic, Modena, Italy, “Brecht’s Radio and Its Italian Legacy”

Michael Ryan, Duke Univ., “Brecht’s Media Theory: A Popular Reassessment”

Respondent: Henning Wrage, Haverford College


82.  Arabic Language and Identity: Transregional Texts and Transnational Discourses

Columbia, Sheraton

A special session. Presiding: Karin C. Ryding, Georgetown Univ.

Elizabeth M. Bergman, Miami Univ., Oxford,  “Animating Linguistic Nationalism in Jordan”

Clara Shea, Georgetown Univ., “The Sound of the People: Popular Music and Identity in Lebanon”

Georgette Jabbour, Defense Language Inst., “The Way Forward to Teaching Arabic: Incorporating Dialect with Modern Standard Arabic (MSA)”

Emily J. Selove, Univ. of California, Los Angeles, “A Baghdadi Party Crasher in Isfahan”

For abstracts, write to rydingk@georgetown.edu


97.  Voicing Documentary

307, WSCC

Program arranged by the Division on Language and Society. Presiding: James V. Catano, Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge

Jose Capino, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, “Voice- Over Narration in the Cold War Documentary”

Rebecca Sheehan, Harvard Univ., “The Essay Film and the Ontology of the Epistolary Image: Akerman, Marker, Godard”

James V. Catano, Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge, “Voicing Authority: Confessing before God and Errol Morris”


5:15–6:30 p.m.

115.  Gender and Voice: Orality, Dissent, and Community in the Late Middle Ages

Virginia, Sheraton

Program arranged by the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship. Presiding: Dorothy Kim, Vassar Coll.

Katherine G. Zieman, Univ. of Notre Dame, “Performing Ourselves: Gendering and Voicing in Pater Noster Commentaries”

Nicole Nolan Sidhu, East Carolina Univ., “Gender and the Unruly Female Voice in Piers Plowman

Dorian Lugo- Bertrán, Univ. of Puerto Rico, “The Inscription of the Voice and Medieval Materiality in Teresa of Ávila’s Camino de perfección

Anthony J. Cárdenas- Rotunno, Univ. of New Mexico, Albuquerque, “The Gendered Voices of Leonor López de Córdoba and Teresa de Cartagena”

For abstracts, visit hosted .lib.uiowa .edu/smfs/mff/


7:00–8:15 p.m.

142.  Affect, Distance, Confession: Emotion and Popular Music

620, WSC

Program arranged by the Division on Popular Culture. Presiding: Sonnet Retman, Univ. of Washington, Seattle

John W. Mowitt, Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities, “(I Can’t Get No) Affect”

Barry Shank, Ohio State Univ., Columbus, “Approaching Odd Future (OFWGKTA) from a Distant Place”

David R. Shumway, Carnegie Mellon Univ., “‘A Compulsion to Be Honest with My Audience’: Joni Mitchell and Confession”

Respondent: Sonnet Retman


150.  Digital Humanities and Internet Research

613, WSCC

A special session. Presiding: John Jones, Univ. of Texas, Dallas

Robin A. Reid, Texas A&M Univ., Commerce, “Creating a Conceptual Search Engine and Multimodal Corpus for Humanities Research”

John Jones, Univ. of Texas, Dallas, “What the Digital Can’t Remember”

Jennifer Sano­ Franchini, Michigan State Univ., “Toward a Rhetoric of Collaboration: An Online Resource for Teaching and Learning Re­search”

For abstracts, visit http://robin-anne-reid.dreamwidth.org/


Thursday Individual Papers of Interest 

Mark Deggan, Univ. of British Columbia, “‘Not Bleeding, Singing’:The Operatic Legacy of ’Twixt Land and Sea,” 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 616, WSCC

Emilie Brancato, Univ. of Toronto, “Exploring Marguerite’s Voice in the Middle English Translation of the Mirouer des simples âmes,” 3:30–4:45 p.m., Virginia, Sheraton

Eric J.Hyman, Fayetteville State Univ., “The Filtered Voices of Margery Kempe,” 3:30–4:45 p.m., Virginia, Sheraton

John Melillo, Univ. of Arizona, “Empathic Noise,” 3:30–4:45 p.m., 608, WSCC2.

Benjamin Conisbee Baer, Princeton Univ, “Césaire’s Voice Lessons,” 5:15–6:30 p.m., 618, WSCC

Robert J. Patterson, Georgetown Univ., “She Heard Nothing: Traumatized Cat and the Unsympathetic Listener in Gayl Jones’s Corregidora,” 5:15–6:30 p.m., 615, WSCC

Yonsoo Kim, Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, “Women’s Voiced Desire and Muted Passions: Teresa de Cartagena and Santa Teresa,” 7:00–8:15 p.m., 620, WSC


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8:30–9:45 a.m.

166.  Tone in Narrative

617, WSCC

Program arranged by the International Society for the Study of Narrative. Presiding: Molly Hite, Cornell Univ.

James Phelan, Ohio State Univ., Columbus, “Dialogue, Voice, and Tone; or, Exploring a Neglected Channel of Narrative Communication”

Debra Fried, Cornell Univ., “Taking a Wrong Tone”

Chris Rideout, Seattle Univ. School of Law, “Voice, Self, and Tonal Cues in Legal Discourse”


174.  The Opera Libretto

620, WSCC

Program arranged by the Lyrica Society for Word-Music Relations. Presiding: Jeff Dailey, Five Towns Coll.

Edward Anderson, Rice Univ. “Staging Authority—Ariosto, Early Opera, and the Society of Dead Poets”

Matthew Paul Carlson, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, “English Verse Translations of Die Zauberlöte: Auden and Kallman versus McClatchy”

Ryan Kangas, Univ. of Houston, “Encountering the Mirror in ‘The Birthday of the Infanta’ and Der Zwerg

Douglas Fisher, Florida State Univ., “Willie Stark: Carlisle Floyd’s Libretto Based on William Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men

For abstracts, visit http://www.lyricasociety.org/


188.  Jimi Hendrix and the Poetics of Song

611, WSCC

A special session. Presiding: Jacob Wilkenfeld, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Jeffrey Carroll, Univ. of Hawai‘i, Mānoa, “Dancing in Dylan’s Head: Jimi Hendrix and the Folk Tradition”

Daniel Barlow, Univ. of Pittsburgh, “Jimi Hendrix and the Politics of Blackness”

Michael New, Penn State Univ., University Park, “Voodoo Child: Jimi Hendrix and the African American Experimental Tradition”

Jacob Wilkenfeld, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, “Are You Experienced? Jimi Hendrix and the Poetics of Black Experience”


10:15–11:30 a.m.

236.  Remixing Present-Day English

306, WSCC

Program arranged by the Discussion Group on Present-Day English Language. Presiding: Dulce M. Estevez, Arizona State Univ.

Nils Olov Fors, Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania, “A Critical Analysis of Language Use Constructs in Discourses Related to Language Education in South Texas, 2000–10”

Jennifer M. Santos, Virginia Military Inst., “Agog or a Gag? Lady Gaga’s Remixes Remixed”

Dulce M. Estevez, Arizona State Univ., “Mixteando Languages in the United States”

Sarah Catherine Dean, Arizona State Univ., “Remixing English to Represent Trauma and Identity”


12:00 noon–1:15 p.m.

244.  Dickinson’s Fictions of Voice

303, WSCC

Program arranged by the Emily Dickinson International Society. Presiding: Elizabeth Petrino, Fairield Univ.

Vivian R. Pollak, Washington Univ. in St. Louis, “Dickinson and Sincerity: The Nineteenth-Century Context”

Margaret Rennix, Harvard Univ., “The Speaking Dead: Animated Corpses and National Crisis in the Poetry of Emily Dickinson and Alfred Tennyson”

Ai’fe Murray, San Francisco, CA, “The Influence of Her Servants’ Ethnic Vernaculars on Emily Dickinson’s Language”

For abstracts, write to epetrino@ fairfield.edu


245.  Narrativity and Musicality: The Confluence of Language, Literature, and Culture

305, WSCC

Program arranged by the College Language Association. Presiding: Warren Carson, Univ. of South Carolina, Spartanburg

Kameelah Martin Samuel, Georgia State Univ., “Of Blues Narrative and Conjure Magic: A Symbiotic Dialectic in the Fiction of Arthur Flowers and J. J. Phillips”

Dolan Hubbard, Morgan State Univ., “DuBois, Hansberry, and a Knock at Midnight”

Thabiti Lewis, Washington State Univ., Vancouver, “Teaching Hip-Hop and Black Vernacular Tradition While Tackling the Boogie Man”


249.  Building Digital Humanities in the Undergraduate Classroom

Grand A, Sheraton

A special session. Presiding: Kathi Inman Berens, Univ. of Southern California

Speakers: Kathryn E. Crowther, Georgia Inst. of Tech.; Brian Croxall, Emory Univ.; Maureen Engel, Univ. of Alberta; Paul Fyfe, Florida State Univ.; Kathi Inman Berens; Janelle A. Jenstad, Univ. of Victoria; Charlotte Nunes, Univ. of Texas, Austin; Heather Zwicker, Univ. of Alberta

This electronic roundtable assumes that “building stuff” is foundational to the digital humanities and that the technical barriers to participation can be low. When teaching undergraduates digital humanities, simple tools allow students to focus on the simultaneous practices of building and interpreting. This show-and-tell presents projects of variable technical complexity that foster robust interpretation.

For abstracts, visit briancroxall.net/buildingDH


259.  Representation in the Shadow of New Media Technologies

304, WSCC

Program arranged by the MLA Committee on the Literatures of People of Color in the United States and Canada. Presiding: Lan Dong, Univ. of Illinois, Springield

Aymar Jean Christian, Univ. of Pennsylvania, “Web Video and Ethnic Media: Linking Representation and Distribution”

Daniel Greene, Univ. of Maryland, College Park, “Among Friends: Comparing Social Networking Functions in the Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Afro-American in 1904 and 1933″

Lisa Nakamura, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, “Digital Trash Talk: The Rhetoric of Instrumental Racism as Procedural Strategy”


273.  Queer Performance: Space, Bodies, and Movement(s)

620, WSCC

Program arranged by the GL/Q Caucus for the Modern Languages. Presiding: Francesca Therese Royster, DePaul Univ.

Aimee Carrillo Rowe, Univ. of Iowa“Race-ing Time through Queer Xicana Performance”

Robert McRuer, George Washington Univ., “Crip Out: Freakish Performance and the Rogue Queer History”

Sharon Bridgforth, DePaul Univ., “Ring or Shout”

For abstracts, write to ltorres@ depaul.edu.


1:45–3:00 p.m.

283.  What Makes Language Literary?

Metropolitan A, Sheraton

A linked session arranged in conjunction with The Presidential Forum: Language, Literature, Learning (202). Presiding: Sabine Wilke, Univ. of Washington, Seattle

Speakers: Charles Francis Altieri, Univ. of California, Berkeley; Daniel Dooghan, Univ. of Tampa; Frances Ferguson, Johns Hopkins Univ., MD; Alexander C. Y. Huang, George Washington Univ.

This roundtable asks whether the familiar pairing “language and literature” is more than just an academic convention. Is literature a necessary function of language, or is language merely the vehicle with which literature pursues its own ends? At stake are questions of rhetoric and criticism, poetic language, the standing of translation, and the tensions between historical experience and aesthetic autonomy.


294.  Humor and Subversion: Approaches to Pacific Literature and Orature at the Universities of Hawai‘i and Guam

 608, WSCC

A special session. Presiding: Caroline Sinavaiana, Univ. of Hawai‘i, Mānoa

Caroline Sinavaiana, Univ. of Hawai‘i, Mānoa, “bro’Town and he Naked Samoans: Ritual Clowning Goes Prime Time”

Ku‘ualoha Ho‘omanawanui, Univ. of Hawai‘i, Manoa, “Mokes with Jokes: Nah Nah Nah Nah—‘Bussing Laugh’ as Colonial Resistance”

Nicholas J. Goetzfridt, Univ. of Guam, “The Illusions of Betrayal: Mudrooroo, Indigenousness, and the Stage I Make”

Brandy Nalani McDougall, Univ. of Hawai‘i, Mānoa, “Anticolonial Humor and Poetic Resistance in the American Colonies of the Pacific”

Respondent: Craig Perez, Univ. of California, Berkeley

For abstracts, write to sinavaia@hawaii.edu


298.  Reading across Media

Aspen, Sheraton

Program arranged by the Division on Twentieth-Century German Literature. Presiding: Deniz Göktürk, Univ. of California, Berkeley

Lutz Koepnick, Washington Univ. in St. Louis, “Reading on the Move”

Heather Love, Indiana Univ., Bloomington, “Fighting Stupidity and Playing Music: Musil, Adorno, and the Performativity of Interpretation”

Daniel Gilillan, Arizona State Univ., “Literature on the Radio: Sound and the Intermedial Modulation of Knowledge”


307.  Theorizing Hip- Hop: New Approaches to Hip-Hop as Intellectual Production

618, WSCC

A special session. Presiding: Jill Richardson, Borough of Manhattan Community Coll., City Univ. of New York

Shante Paradigm Smalls, Davidson Coll., “Queer Hip-Hop Diasporas: A History”

James Ford, Occidental Coll., “The Shadows of Tomorrow: Hip- Hop, Madlib, and the Archive”

Michael Ralph, New York Univ., “Hip- Hop Is Not What You Think It Is”

Jill Richardson, Borough of Manhattan Community Coll., City Univ. of New York, “Performing Male Desire: The Intersection of Hip- Hop and Drug Culture”

For abstracts, write to jilltrichardson@msn.com


3:30–4:45 p.m.

325.  Ireland and the Politics of Language

304, WSCC

Program arranged by the American Conference for Irish Studies. Presiding: Richard Russell, Baylor Univ.

Laura B. O’Connor, Univ. of California, Irvine, “Muse Energy: Releasing and Reinscribing the Spéirbhean”

Spurgeon W. Thompson, Kaplan International Colls., “‘English Is Dead’: Assassinating English in Finnegans Wake

Kelly Matthews, Framingham State Univ., “‘Johnny, I Hardly Knew You!’: Sean O’Faolain, the Gaelic League, and Debates over Language and Literature in the Mid- Twentieth Century”


332.  Digital Narratives and Gaming for Teaching Language and Literature

Aspen, Sheraton

Program arranged by the MLA Committee on Information Technology and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Presiding: Barbara Laford, Arizona State Univ.

Steven Thorne, Portland State Univ., “Narrative Expression and Scientific Method in Online Gaming Worlds”

Jonathon Reinhardt, Univ. of Arizona; Julie Sykes, Univ. of New Mexico, Albuquerque, “Designing Narratives: A Framework for Digital Game- Mediated L2 Literacies Development”

Edmond Chang, Univ. of Washington, Seattle; Timothy Welsh, Loyola Univ., New Orleans, “Close Playing, Paired Playing: A Practicum”

Respondent: Dave McAlpine, Univ. of Arkansas, Little Rock


5:15–6:30 p.m.

.349.  Digital Pedagogy

Grand A, Sheraton

A special session. Presiding: Katherine D. Harris, San José State Univ.

Speakers: Sheila T. Cavanagh, Emory Univ.; Elizabeth Chang, Univ. of Missouri, Columbia; Lori A. Emerson, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder; Adeline Koh, Richard Stockton Coll. of New Jersey; John Lennon, Univ. of South Florida Polytechnic; Kevin Quarmby, Shakespeare’s Globe Trust; Katherine Singer, Mount Holyoke Coll.; Roger Whitson, Georgia Inst. of Tech.


Friday Individual Papers of Interest

Kimberly Wedeven Segall, Seattle Pacific Univ., “Heteroglossic Iraq: Voices of Women and War,” 8:30–9:45 a.m., 303, WSCC

Imani Perry, Princeton Univ., “Of Degraded Tongues and Digital Talk: Race and the Politics of Language,” 10:15 a.m.–12:00 noon, Metropolitan A, Sheraton

Emily M. Harrington, Penn State Univ., University Park, “Lyric and Music at the Fin de Siècle: The Cultural Place of Song,” 3:30–4:45 p.m., 611, WSCC

James D. B. McCorkle, Hobart and William Smith Colls., “Of Moan and Stutter: M. Nourbese Philips’s Hauntological Zong!” 5:15–6:30 p.m., 614, WSCC


The Experience Music Project, Seattle photo by Flickr user Brad Coy


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Saturday, January 7

Saturday, 7 January


10:15–11:30 a.m.

450.  Digital Faulkner: William Faulkner and Digital Humanities

 615, WSCC

Program arranged by the William Faulkner Society. Presiding: Steven Knepper, Univ. of Virginia

Speakers: Keith Goldsmith, Vintage Books; John B. Padgett, Brevard Coll.; Noel Earl Polk, Mississippi State Univ.; Stephen Railton, Univ. of Virginia; Peter Stoichef, Univ. of Saskatchewan

A roundtable on digital humanities and its implications for teaching and scholarship on the work of William Faulkner.

For abstracts, visit faulknersociety .com/ panels.htm 

Discussions about digital projects and digital tools often focus on research goals. For this electronic roundtable, we will instead demonstrate how these digital resources, tools, and projects have been integrated into undergraduate and graduate curricula.


12:00 noon–1:15 p.m.

468.  Networks, Maps, and Words: Digital-Humanities Approaches to the Archive of American Slavery

615, WSCC

A special session. Presiding: Lauren Klein, Georgia Inst. of Tech.

Lauren Klein, Georgia Inst. of Tech.,“‘A Report Has Come Here’: Social-Network Analysis in the Papers of Thomas Jefferson”

Cameron Blevins, Stanford Univ., “Slave Narratives in Space: Mapping the World of Venture Smith”

Aditi Muralidharan, Univ. of California, Berkeley, “Using Digital Tools to Explore Narrative Conventions in the North American Antebellum Slave Narratives”

Respondent: Amy Earhart, Texas A&M Univ., College Station


477.  Postnational Readings of the Audiovisual

Aspen, Sheraton

Program arranged by the Division on Twentieth-Century German Literature and the Division on Film. Presiding: Nora M. Alter, Temple Univ.,Philadelphia; Deniz Göktürk, Univ. of California, Berkeley

Kalani Michell, Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities,“Sounds of the Berlin School”

Ian Thomas Fleishman, Harvard Univ., “International ‘Auditorism’: The Postnational Politics of Reading of von Donnersmarck’s The Lives of Others”

Jaimey Fisher, Univ. of California, Davis, “Surveying the Border Crossing: Terrorist Films and the Postnational Imaginary”


479.  Digital Humanities in the Italian Context

Cedar, Sheraton

A special session. Presiding: Manuela Marchesini, Texas A&M Univ., College Station

Stefano Franchi, Texas A&M Univ., College Station, “Digital Humanities in the Italian Culture Landscape”

Alberto Moreiras, Texas A&M Univ., College Station, “Life and the Digital: On Esposito and Tarizzo’s Inventions of Life”

Massimo Lollini, Univ. of Oregon “Humanist Studies and the Digital Age”

Silvia Stoyanova, Princeton Univ., “Giacomo Leopardi’s Zibaldone: From Card Index to Hypertext”

For abstracts, write to mmarchesini@tamu.edu


484.  Dissenting Voices

Columbia, Sheraton

Program arranged by the Division on ArabicLiterature and Culture. Presiding: Anouar Majid, Univ. of New England

Ibtissam Bouachrine, Smith Coll., “Why Moroccan Women Rebel”

Nouri Gana, Univ. of California, Los Angeles, “Hip- Hop Insurgency”

Olivier Bourderionnet, Univ. of New Orleans, “Building Bridges with Songs: Amazigh Kateb and Abd al-Malik”


499.  Literary Multilingualism and Exile in Twentieth-Century Fiction

Ravenna C, Sheraton

A special session. Presiding: Salvatore Pappalardo, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick

Celine Piser, Univ. of California, Berkeley, “Multilingualism and the Construction of a Hy­brid Identity in Twentieth­ Century Judeo­ French Lit­erature”

Hassan Melehy, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, “Jack Kerouac’s Translingual Exile”

Maria Kager, Rut­gers Univ., New Brunswick, “Ahksent on Last Syllable: Mispronunciation in Nabokov’s American Novels”


1:45–3:00 p.m.

506.  Voice and Identity in Australian Literature

 616, WSCC

Program arranged by the American Association of Australian Literary Studies. Presiding: Nathanael O’Reilly, Texas Christian Univ.

Jennifer McGovern, Univ. of Iowa, “Death by Torture in the Country of the Mind: Metaphors of Captivity and Freedom in Patrick White’s Voss (1957)”

Sarah Chihaya, Univ. of California, Berkeley, “The Un-death of Maggs: The Returned Convict as Revenant in Jack Maggs

Nicholas Dunlop, Univ. of Birmingham, “Suburban Space and Multicultural Identities in Christos Tsiolkas’s The Slap

Nathanael O’Reilly, Texas Christian Univ., “Rejecting Suburban Identity in George Johnston’s My Brother Jack


522.  The Seattle Sound

618, WSCC

Program arranged by the Division on Popular Culture. Presiding: Hillary L. Chute, Univ. of Chicago

Lindsay E. Waters, Harvard Univ. Press, “Theory Alone Nothing; Theory plus Dancing Change the World: The Seattle Sound of Sleater-Kinney and Hendrix”

John Melillo, New York Univ., “Nirvana: Noise and Empathy”

John McCombe, Univ. of Dayton, “Virginia Woolf in the Trailer Park: Isaac Brock; Nowhere, WA; and the Lonesome, Crowded West”


3:30–4:45 p.m.

539.  # alt- ac: Alternative Paths, Pitfalls, and Jobs in the Digital Humanities


Program arranged by the Discussion Group on Computer Studies in Language and Literature. Presiding: Sara Steger, Univ. of Georgia

Speakers: Brian Croxall, Emory Univ.; Julia H. Flanders, Brown Univ.; Jennifer Howard, Chronicle of Higher Education; Matthew Jockers, Stanford Univ.; Shana Kimball, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Bethany Nowviskie, Univ. of Virginia; Lisa Spiro, National Inst. for Tech. in Liberal Education

This roundtable brings together various perspectives on alternative academic careers from professionals in digital humanities centers, libraries, publishing, and humanities labs. Speakers will discuss how and whether digital humanities is especially suited to fostering non-tenure- track positions and how that translates to the role of alt-ac in digital humanities and the academy. Related session: “# alt- ac: he Future of ‘Alternative Academic’ Careers” (595).


5:15–6:30 p.m.

581.  Digital Humanities versus New Media

611, WSCC

Alison Byerly, Middlebury Coll., “Everything Old Is New Again: The Digital Past and the Humanistic Future”

Andrew Pilsch, Penn State Univ., University Park, “As Study or as Paradigm? Humanities and the Uptake of Emerging Technologies”

David Robert Gruber, North Carolina State Univ., “Digital Tunnel Vision: Deining a Rhetorical Situation”

Victoria E. Szabo, Duke Univ., “Digital Humanities Authorship as the Object of New Media Studies”

For abstracts, visit www .duke .edu/ ~ves4/mla201


Saturday Individual Papers of Interest

Erich Nunn, Auburn Univ., Auburn, “Music, Race, and Nation in Johnson’s Autobiography,” 1:45–3:00 p.m., 307, WSCC

Leslie Petty, Rhodes Coll., “‘Every Woman . . . Should Raise Her Voice’: Rethinking White Women’s Activism in William Wells Brown’s Clotel,” 5:15–6:30 p.m., 307, WSCC


Flyer for a Seattle Phonographers Union Performance, For information on the artists' collective see http://www.seapho.org/


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SUNDAY, January 8

Sunday, 8 January


8:30–9:45 a.m.

638.  Gettin’ Around: Transnational Jazz Literature

618, WSCC

A special session. Presiding: Jürgen E. Grandt, Gainesville State Coll., GA

Rashida Braggs, Williams Coll., “From Harlem to Paris: A Transatlantic Interpretation of James Baldwin’s ‘Sonny’s Blues’”

Marc-Oliver Schuster, Univ. of Vienna, “Swinging Variety: Jazz in the Literature of the German Democratic Republic”

Aldon Lynn Nielsen, Penn State Univ., University Park, “The Transplanetary Nation Blues and the Abstract Truth”

Respondent: DoVeanna Sherie Fulton Minor, Univ. of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

For abstracts, write to jgrandt@gsc.edu.


10:15–11:30 a.m.

664.  Sound and Voice in the Creative Writing Classroom: Practice-Based Pedagogies

614, WSCC

A special session. Presiding: Christopher Drew, Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

David Bartone, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst, “Avoiding Meaning: A Classroom Exercise to Improve Students’ Homophonic Sensibilities”

David Yost, Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee“Into the Trenches: Breaking the Student-Author Binary with ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’”

Liane LeMaster, Georgia Perimeter Coll., North Campus, “Speciicity of Dialogue: A Coke Is a Soda Is a Pop Is a Cola”


665.  Debates in the Digital Humanities

615, WSCC

A special session. Presiding: Alexander Reid, Univ. at Buffalo, State Univ. of New York

Matthew K. Gold, New York City Coll. of Tech., City Univ. of New York, “Whose Revolution? Toward a More Equitable Digital Humanities”

Elizabeth Mathews Losh, Univ. of California, San Diego, “Hacktivism and the Humanities: Programming Protest in the Era of the Digital University”

Jeff Rice, Univ. of Missouri, Columbia, “Twenty-First- Century Literacy: Searching the Story of Billy the Kid”

Jentery Sayers, Univ. of Victoria, “Why the Digital Humanities Needs Theory”

For abstracts and discussion, visit dhdebatesmla12.wordpress.com.


12:00 noon–1:15 p.m.

691.  Gertrude Stein and Music

Cedar, Sheraton

Program arranged by the Lyrica Society for Word-Music Relations and the Association for the Study of Dada and Surrealism. Presiding: Jeff Dailey, Five Towns Coll.

Tanya E. Clement, Univ. of Maryland, College Park, “Sounding Stein’s Texts by Using Digital Tools for Distant Listening”

Judith A. Roof, Rice Univ., “Gertrude’s Glee and Jazz Mislaid Jazz”

Brandon Masterman,Univ. of Pittsburgh, “‘This Is How hey Do Not Like It’: Queer Abjection in Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson’s Four Saints in Three Acts”


716.  Digital Material

613, WSCC

A special session. Presiding: Charles M. Tung, Seattle Univ.; Benjamin Widiss, Princeton Univ.

Speakers: Paul Benzon, Temple Univ., Philadelphia; Cara Elisabeth Ogburn, Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Charles M. Tung; Benjamin WidissZachary Zimmer, Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ.

Is there gravity in digital worlds? Moving beyond both lamentations and celebrations of the putatively free- loating informatic empyrean, this roundtable will explore the ways in which representations in myriad digital platforms—verbal, visual, musical, cinematic—might bear the weight of materiality, presence, and history and the ways in which bodies—both human and hardware—might be recruited for or implicated in the efort.

For abstracts, write to bwidiss@princeton.edu

1:45–3:00 p.m

736.  Close Playing: Literary Methods and Video Game Studies

University, Sheraton

A special session. Presiding: Mark L. Sample, George Mason Univ.

Speakers: Edmond Chang, Univ. of Washington, Seattle; Steven E. Jones, Loyola Univ., Chicago; Jason C. Rhody, National Endowment for the Humanities; Anastasia Salter, Univ. of Baltimore; Timothy Welsh, Loyola Univ., New Orleans; Zach Whalen, Univ. of Mary Washington

This roundtable moves beyond the games-versus-stories dichotomy to explore the full range of possible literary approaches to video games. These approaches include the theoretical and methodological contributions of reception studies, reader-response theory, narrative theory, critical race and gender theory, disability studies, and textual scholarship.

For abstracts, visit www .samplereality .com/ mla12.


745. Affecting Affect

615, WSCC

A special session, Presiding: Lauren Berlant, Univ. of Chicago

Speakers: Ann L. Cvetkovich, Univ. of Texas, Austin; Neville W. Hoad, Univ. of Texas, Austin;Heather K. Love, Univ. of Pennsylvania; Tavia Nyong’o, New York Univ.

For a list of questions for roundtable participants (and the potential interlocutors from the audience), visit www.supervalentthought.com.


Sunday Individual Papers of Interest

Toni Wall Jaudon, Ithaca Coll., “Sound and Separateness: The Hindu Widow’s Cries in Early-Nineteenth-Century United States Print Culture,” 1:45–3:00 p.m., 304, WSCC

Grunge: One of Seattle's Signature Sounds, Photo by Flickr User Sands

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Sound at SCMS 2011

“Sound is always the ingenue at the media party”–Charles Bernstein, “Sounding the Word,” in Harper’s March 2011

The Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference is especially exciting for Sound Studies peeps in that it has an official Sound Studies Special Interest Group, established in 2008, that sponsors panels and meets regularly every year.  In the upcoming 2011 meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, Co-Chairs Norma Coates and Jay Beck will convene the SSSIG confab at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 12th.  We are proud here at Sounding Out! to be officially sponsored by the SSSIG–you can catch yours truly‘s panel “J6: Listening and the Sounds of Belonging: Signification, Practice, and Politics” along with co-SO! Aaron Trammell (PhD. Student, Rutgers),  Priscilla Peña Ovalle (Asst. Prof at UO as well as SO! guest writer: See “Aurally Other”), and Dolores Inés Casillas, (Asst. Prof at UCSB and slated to be a guest writer for SO! in March).

While sound studies has had a challenging battle for recognition in an arena so committed to the notion of “the screen” (see Norma Coates’ 2008 Cinema Journal piece, “Sound Studies: Missing the (Popular) Music for the Screens?” for a compelling story of the institutional turf wars between sound studies, media studies, and popular music study writ large), this year’s slate shows a hard-fought diffusion of sound study across different fields: some traditionally with screens–film, television, music video, youtube–and some without–radio, music, DJ culture, surveillance technology, and legal discourse.  I have highlighted the SSSIG sponsored panels throughout our SCMS round-up both to big-up their work but also to show the many other sites where sound has emerged, both in full panels and in individual papers.

If I have missed you, please drop me a line at jstoever@gmail.com!  We look forward to seeing you in NOLA (and Twittering you @soundingoutblog if we won’t).

3.1.11 Addendum: Due to simultaneous and unfortunate family emergencies, our SO! panel at SCMS has been canceled. We urge you to check out the many other excellent SSSIG papers this year.


Portrait of Kaiser Marshall, Art Hodes, Sandy Williams, Cecil (Xavier) Scott, and Henry (Clay) Goodwin, Times Square, New York, N.Y., ca. July 1947



NOON – 1:45 PM

A11: Hollywood On The Air: Rehistoricizing Cinema and Radio

ROOM Salon 1A, Level Two

CHAIR Scott Balcerzak, Northern Illinois University

Sara Levavy, Stanford University, “The Newsreel and the Framing of Media”

Scott Balcerzak, Northern Illinois University, “Jack Benny’s Voice and Body: Queered Radio and the Screen Comedian”

Neil Verma,  University of Chicago, Watching Eavesdroppers: Film, Radio, and Meta-Commentary in Classic American Noir”

Michael Dwyer, Arcadia University, “‘The Same Old Songs?’: The Invention of Oldies on Film and Radio”

SPONSOR: Sound Studies Scholarly Interest Group

A19: WORKSHOP: The DJ in Electronic Dance Music: Media Citizenship, Appropriation, and Cultural Hybridity

ROOM Acadia, Level Two

CHAIR Bernardo Attias, CaliforniaState University, Northridge


Fred Church, Tangy Citrus Records

Mark Gunderson, Evolution Control Committee

Shane Martin, Middle Tennessee State University

Bernardo Attias, California State University, Northridge

Individual papers of Interest:

Bobby Simmons, University of Southern California, “We’ve Only Just Begun: Popular Music and Aging Boomers in Advertising” in  A23 Media and Senior Citizenship Age and Generational Issues In Film, Television, and New MediaROOM Mercier Terrace, Level Fourteen

2:00 PM – 3:45 PM

B2: Early Soviet Film Sound: Theory, Technology, Ideology, Practice

ROOM Algiers, Level One

CHAIR Lilya Kaganovsky, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Lilya Kaganovsky, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, “Ideological State Apparatuses: Soviet Cinema’s Conversion to Sound (1928-1935)”

Joshua Malitsky, Indiana University, “The Movement of Energy”

Vincent Bohlinger, Rhode Island College, “The Transition to Sound in the Soviet Union: Technological Developments and Industry Practices”

RESPONDENT Masha Salazkina, Concordia University

Individual Papers of Interest:

Curran Nault , University of Texas, Austin, “When Punk Meets Porn: The Convergence of Music and Sex inCourtney Trouble’s Queer Punk Pornography,” in B4 Visualizing Sexuality, ROOM Esplanade, Level One

Felan Parker, York University, “Millions of Voices: Star Wars, Digital Games, Fictional Worlds and Franchise Canon,” B6 Video Game Worlds, ROOM Fountainbleu, Level One

4:00 PM – 5:45 PM

C18 Sound Studies

ROOM Evangeline, Level Two

CHAIR Jennifer Fleeger, The Catholic University of America

Andrew deWaard,  University of British Columbia, “Mise-en-Synergy”

Jennifer Fleeger, The Catholic University of America, “Selling Jazz Short: Warner Bros. Makes Film Sound American”

Kevin John Bozelka, DePaul University, “The Development of the Music Cue Sheet in American Cinema”

Kelly Kessler, DePaul University, “When Evita Meets Little Mary Sunshine: Rewriting the Hero Through Visual and Narrative Adaptation in the Millennial Movie Musical”

SPONSOR Sound Studies Scholarly Interest Group


Downtown Joy Theatre, Canal St., New Orleans (Since Closed)



8:00 AM – 9:45 AM

D4: Secrecy, Surveillance, and Media History

ROOM Esplanade, Level One

CHAIR Lisa Lynch, Concordia University

David Suisman, University of Delaware, “Listening Like a State: Wiretapping, Electronic Eavesdropping, and the History of American Surveillance”

Elena Razlogova, Concordia University, “‘This System of Secret Informers’: Snitching as a Key Aspect of Modern Surveillance Societies”

Lisa Lynch, Concordia University , “‘As I Photograph the Night Sky, the Other Night Sky Photographs Back’: Surveillance, Transparency, and the Frenzy of Disclosure”

RESPONDENT Alexander Russo, Catholic University of America

D18 Popular Music and Media Convergence

ROOM Evangeline, Level Two

CHAIR Norma Coates, University of Western Ontario

Benjamin Aslinger, Bentley University, “The Price is Right: Licensing Tracks and Artists for the Rock BankGuitar Hero, and DJ Hero Franchises”

Elissa Nelson, University of Texas, Austin, “Indie Music and Mainstream TV at a Crossroads: The Soundtrack to The O.C.”

Joseph Tompkins, University of Minnesota, “Do Anything for Dethklok: How Extreme Metal Culture Found Its Niche with Post-Network TV”

Andrew Bottomley, University of Wisconsin, Madison,“De-Convergence: The Revival of the Audio Cassette Format in the Digital Era”

SPONSOR Sound Studies Scholarly Interest Group

Individual Papers of Interest:

Justin Horton, Georgia State University , “The Limits of Vision: Sound and Subjectivity in Gus Van Sant’s Paranoid Park,” in D8 Locating Queer Subjectivity, ROOM Carrollton, Level One

Sarah Kessler, University of California, Irvine, “The Voice of Traumas Past: Ventriloquizing Victimology in Contemporary Israeli Cinema,” D21 The “Afterlife” of Media, ROOM Union Terrace C, Level Three

10:00 AM – 11:45 AM

E5 Contemporary Racial Performances

ROOM Broadmoor, Level One

CHAIR Sylvia Chong, University of Virginia

Sylvia Chong, University of Virginia, “Being, Acting, Passing, Mocking: The Many Faces of Performativity in Tropic Thunder (2008)”

Sean Metzger, Duke University, “Asian/American Mediatization and That Emcee Jin”

Eng-Beng Lim, Brown University, “Dancing with Margaret Cho”

SPONSOR Asian/Pacific American Caucus

E6 WORKSHOP New Media Futures: The Digital (the Academy)

ROOM Fountainbleu, Level One

CHAIR Nicholas Mirzoeff, New York University


Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Pomona College

Alexandra Juhasz, Pitzer College

Wendy Chun, Brown University

Nicholas Mirzoeff, New York University

Tara McPherson, University of Southern California

E14 Silent Film Aesthetics and Audiences

ROOM Salon III, Level Two

CHAIR Richard Abel, University of Michigan

Paul Moore, Ryerson University,  “Telegraphing Cinema: The Vitascope’s Advance Newspaper Publicity In April 1896”

Katherine Fusco, Vanderbilt University, “Time Made Visible: Taylorism, the Gilbreths, and the Early Cinema’s Efficiency Aesthetics”

Nicholas Baer, University of California, Berkeley , “Messianic Musclemen: Early German Cinema as Zionist Allegory”

Richard Abel, University of Michigan, “Going to the Movies in Detroit: Weekly Film News, 1916-1919”

E15 Intertitles, Talking, and Singing: The American Vernacular and Transitions in Cinematic Sound

ROOM LaSalle, Level Two

CHAIR Cynthia Lucia, Rider University

Paul Young, Vanderbilt University, “The Talking Fool: Broadcasting Intimacy in Jolson’s Vitaphone Films”

Desiree Garcia, Brown University, “There’s No Place Like Home: Modernity, Social Belonging, and the Hollywood Folk Musical”

RESPONDENT Krin Gabbard, Stony Brook University

Individual Papers of Interest:

Josh Glick, Yale University, “Filming Urban Roots: Wattstax, Black Identity, and the Cultural Geography of Los Angeles,”  E10 Shooting City Spaces: Location Filmmaking During the “Urban Crisis,” ROOM St. Charles, Level Two

Christopher Natzén, National Library of Sweden, “‘All That Jazz’—Foreign Musicians in Sweden during the Conversion to Sound Film,” E23 Cinematic Mobilities, ROOM Mercier Terrace, Level Fourteen

1:15 PM – 3:00 PM

F2: Off Screen Noise: Sound and Avant-Garde Cinema

ROOM Algiers, Level One

CHAIR Michelle Puetz, University of Chicago

Andrew Ritchey, University of Iowa, “Two Turntables and an Avant-Garde Film: The Phonograph as Musical Accompaniment”

Michelle Puetz, University of Chicago, “Feedback, Graphic Scores and Improvisation in Richard Lerman’s Films and Sound Experiments”

Juan Suarez, Universidad de Murcia, “Noise, Body, Landscape: Jack Smith, Hélio Oiticica, and Terry Fox”

Melissa Ragona, Carnegie Mellon University, “Sonic Warhol: From Tape-Recorder to Film”

SPONSOR Experimental Film and Media Scholarly Interest Group

F12: The Cry of Jazz: Voicing Black Citizenship Onscreen

ROOM Salon 1B, Level Two

CHAIR Nicholas Sammond, University of Toronto

Anna McCarthy, New York University, “The Cry of Jazz and the Uses of Film”

Charles McGovern, College of William and Mary, “‘To the Ends of the Earth’: The Television World of Nat Cole”

Nicholas Sammond, University of Toronto, “Citizen Crow: The Contradictory America of Stormy Weather

RESPONDENT Arthur Knight, College of William and Mary

SPONSOR Oscar Micheaux Society

Individual Papers of Interest:

Leah Shafer, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, “‘Tik Tock on the Clock, but the Party Don’t Stop, No’: Parodic Military Dance Videos on YouTube,” F19 Whose War is it Anyway?: Contemporary Images of Combat, ROOM Acadia, Level Two

Elena Bonomo, University of Southern California, “Living Punk: The D.C. Punk Scene, Fugazi, and Jem Cohen’s Instrument (1999),” F23: Media Consumers: Mainstream/Alternative/State, ROOM Mercier Terrace, Level

3:15 PM – 5:00 PM

G1 Generations of Media Studies

ROOM: Audubon, Level One

CHAIR Diane Negra, University College Dublin


E. Ann Kaplan, Stony Brook University

Patrice Petro, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Derek Kompare, Southern Methodist University

F. Hollis Griffin, Colby College

G6 Contested Spaces of Educational Media

ROOM Fountainbleu, Level One

CHAIR Amanda Keeler, Indiana University

Michele Hilmes, University of Wisconsin, Madison, “Radio Rockefeller: The Rockefeller Foundation’s Transnational Vision of Radio in the 1930s”

Josh Shepperd, University of Wisconsin, Madison, “Pressing On: Program Transcription and the ‘Networking’ of Educational Radio, 1935-1942”

Amanda Keeler, Indiana University, “Media in Flux: Educational Discourse from Radio to Television”

RESPONDENT Paddy Scannell, University of Michigan

SPONSOR Television and New Media Scholarly Interest Group

G16 Affective Media, Embodied Spectators

ROOM Orleans, Level Two

CHAIR Dana Luciano, Georgetown University

CO-CHAIR Karen Tongson, University of Southern California

Robert McRuer, George Washington University, “Live (Crip) Sex Acts: Neoliberalism, Affect, Intensity”

Dana Luciano, Georgetown University, “Uneventful Grief”

Mel Chen, University of California, Berkeley, “Masked Media”

Jasbir Puar,  Rutgers University, “Lifelogging: Digital Archives of Affect, Memory, and Intimacy”

G20 Sound Design

ROOM Union Terrace A, Level Three

CHAIR Jeff Smith, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Michael Slowik, University of Iowa, “Collection or Construction? Sound Effects and Sonic Depth in the Early Sound Western”

Katherine Quanz, Wilfrid Laurier University, “Canadian Soundscapes: The Transition to Dolby Sound in the Cinema of David Cronenberg”

Amanda McQueen, University of Wisconsin, Madison, “Bring the Noise: Intensified Continuity in the Sound Design of the Works of Edgar Wright”

Jeff Smith, University of Wisconsin, Madison, “Some Tales Told By Hiccupping Monkeys: Intensified Continuity and The Soundtracks of Contemporary Hollywood Films”

SPONSOR Sound Studies Scholarly Interest Group


The Stones of Congo Square, New Orleans, LA



8:00 AM – 9:45 AM

MEETING: Sound Studies Scholarly Interest Group

ROOM Orleans, Level Two

10:00 AM – 11:45 AM

I5 WORKSHOP: Blogging, Tweeting, and Posting: Online Media Community Building and Scholarly Promotion

ROOM Broadmoor, Level One

CHAIR Miranda Banks, Emerson College

CO-CHAIR Ryan Bowles, University of California, Santa Barbara


Alisa Perren, Georgia State University

Anne Helen Petersen, University of Texas

Julie Russo, Stanford University

Patty Ahn, University of Southern California

Inna Arzumanova, University of Southern California

SPONSOR Women’s Caucus

I8 Building Environments: Sound Design and Auditory Ambiences in Film

ROOM Carrollton, Level One

CHAIR Randolph Jordan, Concordia University

CO-CHAIR Benjamin Wright, Carleton University

Lisa Coulthard, University of British Columbia, “New and Old Worlds: The Acoustic Ecology of the Period Film”

Benjamin Wright, Carleton University, “Designing the Sound of New Orleans: Ren Klyce’s Use of Ambiences in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Randolph Jordan, Concordia University, “Hearing the Guggenheim in the Cinema: Modernist Acoustic Design and the Conventions of Film Sound”

Vanessa Ament, Georgia State University, “The Wallpaper Speaks: Aural Representations of Confinement in Barton Fink

SPONSOR Sound Studies Scholarly Interest Group

I10 The Cultural Phenomenon of Michael Jackson

ROOM St. Charles, Level Two

CHAIR Sylvia Martin, Babson College

Mark Anthony Neal, Duke University, “Sampling Michael: Rhythm, Masculinity and Intellectual Property in the ‘Body’ of Michael Jackson”

Todd Gray, California State University, Long Beach, “Caliban In The Mirror”

Dj Lynnee Denise, WildSeed Music & Exalt Youth, “The King of Pop Drag: Michael Jackson’s Performance of Heterosexuality and Hyper Masculinity”

Sylvia Martin, Babson College, “Mediating Messages: A Choreography of Contradiction”

Individual papers of Interest:

Charles Musser, Yale University, “Audio-Visual Media in The Presidential Campaigns of 1892 and 1896: Shifting the Historical Paradigm from Film Studies to Media Studies,” I2 Nonfiction Citizenship and the Margins of Documentary Form, ROOM Audubon, Level One

Susana Duarte, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, “Between Seeing and Saying: Cinematographic Readings of the Archive,” I4,  Mining the Archive: Discoveries, Compositions, Disjunctions, ROOM Esplanade, Level One

Andrea Kelley, Indiana University, “Mobilizing the Mulatto: Dorothy Dandridge’s Cross-Racial Constructions in 1940s Soundies,” I20 African American Stars and Auteurs, ROOM Union Terrace A, Level Three

11:00 am – 12 noon

ROOM Boardroom, Level Two

Media Literacy and Outreach Scholarly Interest Group Meeting

12:00 NOON – 1:45 PM

J6: Listening and the Sounds of Belonging: Signification, Practice, and Politics

ROOM Fountainbleu, Level One

CHAIR Jennifer Stoever-Ackerman, State University of New York, Binghamton

CO-CHAIR Priscilla Ovalle, University of Oregon

Jennifer Stoever-Ackerman, State University of New York, Binghamton,“The Noise of SB 1070: or Do I Sound Illegal to You?”

Dolores Inés Casillas, University of California, Santa Barbara, “‘¡Puuurrrooo MÉXICO,’: Listening to Transnationalism on U.S. Spanish-Language Radio”

Aaron Trammell, Rutgers University, “‘What We Do Is Secret (For a Reason)’: Identity and Resistance in Underground Music”

3.1.11 Addendum: Due to simultaneous and unfortunate family emergencies, this panel has been canceled. We will keep you posted on the rescheduling of Aaron Trammell’s paper.

SPONSOR Sound Studies Scholarly Interest Group

MEETING: Video Games Studies Scholarly Interest Group

ROOM Boardroom, Level Two

Individual Papers of Interest:

Norma Coates, University of Western Ontario , “The Persistence of Infamy: ‘Tween and Teen Girl Taste and Narratives of the Decline of Popular Culture,” J10 Complete Control?: Tween/Teen Girl Consumers, Media,and Cultural Power, ROOM St. Charles, Level Two

2:00 PM – 3:45 PM

K5 Place and Representation in HBO’s Treme

ROOM Broadmoor, Level One

CHAIR Julia Leyda, Sophia University

Joy Fuqua, Queens College, “‘In New Orleans We Might Say it Like This…’: Autochthonic Discourses and Expert Outsiders in HBO’s Treme

Julia Leyda, Sophia University, “What a Character, Creighton and Excess in HBO’s Treme

Courtney George, Columbus State University, “‘We’re All Goin’ Crazy Buck Jumpin’ and Havin’ Fun’: The Carnivalesque in the Music of HBO’s Treme

Lynnell Thomas, University of Massachusetts, Boston, “Televisual Tourism: HBO’s Treme and the Racial Remapping of Post-Katrina New Orleans”

K8 Sound and Music

ROOM Carrollton, Level One

CHAIR Deane Williams, Monash University, Melbourne

Thomas Cohen, University of Tampa, “Jazz, Film, and Videotape: Shirley Clarke’s Ornette: Made in America

Morgan Woolsey, University of California, Los Angeles, “Time Change: Oppositional Scoring and Sound Design in the Films of the L.A. School”

Amy Corbin, Muhlenberg College, “Interrogating Racial and Geographic Boundaries Through Direct Address in The Corner and Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.

Sean Griffin, Southern Methodist University, “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Voice: Fetishizing the Female Voice in My Fair Lady

2:00  PM

K10: Studies in Distinction: Authorship, Style, and Meaning
Mack Hagood, Indiana University, “Unpacking Punches: Synchresis and Schizophonia in the Combat Foley of Fight Club” It’s at 2pm on Saturday in K10. The panel is called “.”

4:00 PM – 5:45 PM

L7: Animating Blackness: Race, Citizenship, and Satire in Aaron McGruder’s The Boondocks

ROOM Gentilly, Level One

CHAIR TreaAndrea Russworm, University of Massachusetts Amherst

CO-CHAIR Michael Forbes, DePauw University

Paul Mahaffey, University of Montevallo, “The Boondocks and the Neo-Slave Narrative: The Story of Catcher Freeman”

Racquel Gates, The New School, “Caught at the Crossroads: The Ambivalent Politics of The Boondocks

Mark James, University of West Florida, “Huey’s Awesome Hairdo: Consuming the Black Intellectual”

Sarah Florini, Indiana University, “Is this “Boondocks or ‘Coondocks’?: Interpreting ‘The Story of Jimmy Rebel’ in 140 Characters on Twitter”

SPONSORS African/African American Caucus and Oscar Micheaux Society

L20: Song and Film:Soundscapes, Landscapes, and Manscapes

ROOM Union Terrace A, Level Three

CHAIR Kathryn Kalinak, Rhode Island College

Corey Creekmur, University of Iowa, “The Cowboy Chorus: Narrative and Cultural Functions of the Western Theme Song”

Caryl Flinn, University of Arizona, “Musicals: Affect and Afterlife”

Krin Gabbard, Stony Brook University, “Isn’t It Bromantic?: Rock Music and Male Bonding”

Kathryn Kalinak, Rhode Island College, “Song and Authenticity in the Western”

L21 Cultural Logics of Replay

ROOM Union Terrace C, Level Three

CHAIR Christopher Hanson, Syracuse University

Laurel Westrup, University of California, Los Angeles, “Re-Mastering MTV: Intermedial Mastery and the Literal Video Phenomenon”

Steve Anderson, University of Southern California, “Repetition, Cultural Memory, and the Construction of History”

Robert Cavanagh, Northwestern University, “Instant Replay and the Impossibility of Decision”

Christopher Hanson, Syracuse University, “Similarity and Difference: Replay in the Digital”

Individual Papers of Interest

Cynthia Chris, College of Staten Island-CUNY, “Bleeping Policy: The FCC, the Courts and the Future of Decency Regulation” and Elizabeth Ellcessor, University of Wisconsin, Madison, “Case Closed:Closed-Captioning, US Law and Assumptions about Audience,” L2: Courtroom Drama: Media Industries and the Law, ROOM Algiers, Level One

Selmin Kara, Wayne State University, “The Sonic Summons: Meditations on Nature and Anempathetic Sound in Digital Documentaries,” L17, On the Margins of Documentary: Divergent Practices in the Digital Era, ROOM Vermilion, Level Two


Capitol Theater, New Orleans, 2005 (Since burned down)



8:00 AM – 9:45 AM

M1: Do You Know What It Means to Represent New Orleans? David Simon’s Treme and Mediated Citizenship

ROOM Audubon, Level One

CHAIR Jeffrey Jones, Old Dominion University

Kristina Busse, Independent Scholar, and John Dudley, University of South Dakota, “Second Lining as Suffering and Solidarity: Absence and Authenticity in David Simon’s Post-Katrina New Orleans”

Christopher Cwynar, University of Wisconsin, Madison, “‘I Have Roamed the Whole World Over, but New Orleans is Still My Home’: Cultural Citizenship, Authenticity, and the Limits of Representation on HBO’s Treme

Nicholas Marx, University of Wisconsin, Madison, “Branding the Band: Mediating Viewer Engagement through Music in HBO’s Treme

RESPONDENT Vicki Mayer, Tulane University

SPONSOR Television and New Media Scholarly Interest Group

M5: Sampling Towards a New Civic Body :Music Videos and Political “Future Texts”

ROOM Broadmoor, Level One

CHAIR Rachel Raimist, University of Alabama

Virginia Kuhn, University of Southern California, “Resistant Discourse: Jay Z’s Swagger and the Rhetoric of Gesture”

Shelleen Greene, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, “The New ‘Material Girls’: Madonna, Millennial Pop Divas,and the Politics of Race and Gender”

Vicki Callahan, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, “A ‘Window Seat’ to History: Erykah Badu’s Dealey Plaza Remix”

Janina Cartier, Northwestern University, “Pimp-hop: Rethinking Blaxploitation’s Connection to Hip-hop Videos”

M20 WORKSHOP: Teaching “Media Industries”: Pedagogical Strategies for a Complex and Ever-Changing Object

ROOM Union Terrace A, Level Two

CHAIR Michael Curtin, University of California, Santa Barbara


Denise Mann, University of California, Los Angeles

Jennifer Holt, University of California, Santa Barbara

Ross Melnick, University of California, Los Angeles

Deron Overpeck, Auburn University

Eddy Mueller, Emory University

Independent Papers of Interest

Maria Boyd, Georgia State University, “American Idol’s Containment and Unleashing of a ‘Glam Rock, Sex God,’” M9:Who Counts?: Proper Citizens/Popular Media, ROOM Carondelet, Level Two

10:00 AM – 11:45 AM

N6: WORKSHOP: Remix, Media Stylos and 21st Century Pedagogy

ROOM Fountainbleu, Level One

CHAIR Nina Cartier, Northwestern University


Eric Faden, Bucknell University

Shelleen Greene, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Rachel Raimist, University of Alabama

Vicki Callahan, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Virginia Kuhn, University of Southern California

N11WORKSHOP: The Bachelor’s Ball: Videogames and the Need for Feminist Game Studies

ROOM Salon 1A, Level Two

CHAIR Mia Consalvo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

CO-CHAIR Nina Huntemann, Suffolk University


Shira Chess, Miami University

Nina Huntemann, Suffolk University

Hye Jin Lee, University of Iowa

Carol Stabile, University of Oregon

Staci Tucker, University of Oregon

SPONSORS Video Game Studies Scholarly Interest Group, Women’s Film History Project, and Women’s Caucus

N13 Placing Sound

ROOM Salon II, Level Two

CHAIR Kyle Barnett, Bellarmine University

Jacob Smith, Northwestern University, “Problems of Unscreened Media”

Patrick Feaster,  FirstSounds.org, “He Was the Edison Phonograph: Len Spencer, an Old New Media Pioneer”

Kyle Barnett, Bellarmine University, “Souvenir Sounds: The Historical Role of Sound Recordings in Film Fandom”

Shawn VanCour, University of South Carolina, “Ambient Radio: Aural Spectacle, Secondary Listening, and Acoustic Flanerie in Early Twentieth Century American Broadcasting”

SPONSOR Sound Studies Scholarly Interest Group

Independent Papers of Interest:

Mary Beltran, University of Wisconsin, Madison, “Hip Hop Hearts Ballet: Cultural Hybridity and ‘Post-Racial’ Cultural Capital in the Step Up Dance Films,” N1 How Does It Feel To Be a Trend?: Interrogating the Politics of Racial Representation in Contemporary Hollywood Cinema, ROOM Audubon, Level One

Ian Kennedy, “Wayne State University , “High-Definition Audio and the 1990s Internet Film,” N9 Filming the Internet, ROOM Carondelet, Level Two,

Anthony Bleach, Kutztown University , “Screwing the Soundtrack: DVD Fan Commentaries as Cinephilic Practice and Citizen’s Paratext,” N18 Cinephilia and New Media Fandom, ROOM Evangeline, Level Two

Lorien Hunter, University of Southern California, “Conversations in Hip Hop: The Question of Black Identity in Post 9/11 America,” N22 Media and Identities, ROOM Crescent View, Level Twelve

12:00 NOON – 1:45 PM

O2: Unsung Laughter : Women Comics of the Silent Screen

ROOM Algiers, Level One

CHAIR Kristine Karnick, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Margaret Hennefeld, Brown University , “Women and Slapstick in Silent Cinema: the Comedyfication of Domestic Space”

Kristen Anderson Wagner, University of Southern California, “Polly Moran, ‘The Wild, Wild Woman of the Screen’”

Joanna E. Rapf, University of Oklahoma, “‘The Girl o- the Stripes’: The Comic World of Fay Tincher”

RESPONDENT Rob King, University of Toronto

SPONSOR Women’s Film History Project

O6 Song-and-Dance Routines: Hollywood, Bollywood, and Beyond

ROOM Fountainbleu, Level One

CHAIR Fernanda Zullo-Ruiz, Hanover College

Usha Iyer, University of Pittsburgh , “Finding the Past in Pastiche: Intertextuality in Bollywood Song-and-Dance Sequences”

Jenny Oyallon-Koloski, University of Wisconsin, Madison , “Versions of “Cool”: Filming Dance in West Side Story

Tracy Cox-Stanton, Savannah College of Art and Design , “Busby Berkeley and Primitivism: Exploring how Dance Delineates the Boundary between Savagery and Civilization”

Laura Gutierrez, University of Arizona , “Masochistic Desire and Pleasure in Alberto Gout’s Rumbera Films”

O11: Teaching Media Studies: Through Video Games

ROOM Salon 1A, Level Two

CHAIR Matthew Payne, University of Texas, Austin


Mia Consalvo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Aaron Delwiche, Trinity University

Sheila Murphy, University of Michigan

Judd Ruggill, Arizona State University

Zach Whalen, University of Mary Washington

O15 Personal Space and Mediated Bodies

ROOM LaSalle, Level Two

CHAIR Dean Allbritton,  Stony Brook University

Adrienne Brown, Princeton University, “No Laughing Matter: Charlie Chaplin, W.E.B. Du Bois, and the Exclusionary Space of Mass Media”

Joseph Clarke, Yale University, “Retuning the ‘Office Wife’: Mediating Acoustics and Gender in the Postwar Corporate Interior”

James Steichen, Princeton University, “From Members-Only to the City’s Ballet: Institutional Mediation and Democratized Patronage at Ballet Society and the New York City Center Ballet, 1946-63”

Dean Allbritton, Stony Brook University, “Shoes and Wheels: The Prosthetics of Citizenship in Quid Pro Quo

Independent Papers of Interest

Peter McMurray, Harvard University , “YouTube Music—Haptic or Optic?,” O1 You Tube, ROOM Audubon, Level One

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