Postwar Faculty Colloquium 2020 logo

Postwar studies is an important interdisciplinary field of inquiry in the humanities. Please join us in developing a postwar studies presence in North Texas by sharing your work in a one-day colloquium: March 20, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. in Union 382 on UNT’s Denton campus. We look forward learning about your interventions in the field.

2020 Keynote Speakers

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"Morning Keynote: TBA"

Associate Professor and Jill Beck Director of Film Studies at Lawrence University. She is the author of Spectacular Blackness: The Cultural Politics of the Black Arts Movement and the Search to Define a Black Aesthetic (Virginia 2009) and at work on Damaged: The Symbionese Liberation Army, the Crisis of the New Left, and the Rise of Contemporary Media Culture. She has written numerous articles regarding the Black Panther and Black Arts movements, African American film, and black spectatorship, and she is the recipient of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Outstanding Educator Award, Fox Cities Celebrate Diversity (2017), and numerous teaching and leadership recognitions. Professor Ongiri was Visiting Scholar, National Taiwan Normal University (2012) and is an internationally invited speaker.

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Erika Doss
“Afternoon Keynote: TBA”

Professor (and Interim Chair) of American Studies; of Art, Art History, and Design; and of History at the University of Notre Dame. She is the author of numerous books, including Elvis Culture: Fans, Faith, and Image (Kansas 1999) and most recently Memorial Mania: Public Feeling in America (Chicago 2010) and American Art of the 20th-21st Centuries (Oxford 2019). She is a Gentling Fellow at the Amon Carter Museum and a Senior Fellow at the Rockwell Center for Visual Studies (Stockbridge, MA). She serves on the Advisory Board of Archives of American Art Journal, the University of San Diego Humanities Center, and the Circulating American Magazines Project; she has curated and consulted on numerous exhibits since the early 1980s, and she is at work on Troubling Memorials: Reckoning with Disgraced Monuments and Problematic Public Art in America and Faith in Transit: Airport Chapels in the 21st Century, among other projects. Professor Doss is the recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Citation from Ripon College, a Terra Foundation for American Art International Publication Award for translation of Twentieth Century American Art, and the 2011 Ray and Pat Browne Award of the Popular Culture/American Culture Association, for Memorial Mania, among numerous other recognitions.


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AGATHA BEINS teaches in the Department of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies at Texas Woman’s University. Her book Liberation in Print: Feminist Periodicals and Social Movement Identity analyzes US feminist newsletters and newspapers published in the 1970s. In addition to her interest in feminist print cultures, she writes and teaches about the relationship between art and activism, feminist pedagogies, the institutionalization of women’s studies, and food studies. She also serves as editor for the online, open access journal Films for the Feminist Classroom

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BRYAN CONN is a lecturer in the English department at the University of North Texas. His work on James Baldwin’s Another Country has won multiple paper prizes. He is also the co-editor (with Tara Bynum) of the Encyclopedia of African-American Writing: Five Centuries of Contribution: Trials & Triumphs of Writers, Poets, Publications and Organizations, Third Edition (Grey House 2018), to which he contributed original entries on, among others, the comics artists and writers Kyle Baker, Dwayne McDuffie, Mat Johnson, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Nnedi Okorafor. In addition to numerous academic presentations on literary works, he has presented on medicine and Osamu Tezuka’s manga and on the well-lived life and graphic narrative. His literature courses often incorporate comics and other forms of sequential art, most recently this past fall in “Comics Literature/Literary Comics,” which examined the complex transactions between these art forms.

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Joseph Darda is an assistant professor of English and comparative race and ethnic studies at Texas Christian University. He is the author of Empire of Defense: Race and the Cultural Politics of Permanent War (University of Chicago Press, 2019), a cultural history of national defense and race from the formation of the Department of Defense in the late 1940s to the long wars of the twenty-first century. He has published articles in such journals as American Literature, American Quarterly, Contemporary Literature, Critical Inquiry, and Modern Fiction Studies and contributed essays and op-eds to the Austin American-Statesman, the Dallas Morning News, and the Los Angeles Reviews of Books.

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DARRYL DICKSON-CARR is Professor and Chair of English at Southern Methodist University. He has authored Spoofing the Modern: Satire in the Harlem Renaissance (U of South Carolina P, 2015), The Columbia Guide to Contemporary African American Fiction (Columbia UP, 2005), and African American Satire: The Sacredly Profane Novel (U of Missouri P, 2001).

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JACQUELINE FOERTSCH is Professor of English at the University of North Texas and the author of five books in postwar American literature and culture. Her current project is Freedom’s Ring: Literatures of Liberation from Civil Rights to the Second Wave.

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HOLLY KARIBO is an assistant professor of comparative borderlands history at Oklahoma State University. Her research explores the history of vice and illegal economies in transnational urban spaces. Holly’s first book, Sin City North: Sex, Drugs, and Citizenship in the Detroit-Windsor Borderlands (UNC Press 2015) won the 2016 Michigan State Book Award. She is the co-editor of a collection of essays, Border Policing: A History of Enforcing and Evading the US-Canada-Mexico Divides, which is forthcoming with University of Texas Press in April of 2020. Holly is currently working on a book project on the history of the Fort Worth Narcotic Farm and its role in shaping drug treatment in the Western US during the mid-twentieth century.

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JOANNA DAVIS-MCELLIGATT is Assistant Professor of Black Literary Studies at the University of North Texas. She is co-editor of Narratives of Marginalized Identities in Higher Education: Inside and Outside the Academy (Routledge 2018), Narrating History, Home, and Nation: Critical Essays on Edwidge Danticat (U of Mississippi P, under contract), and BOOM! #*@&! Splat: Comics and Violence (U of Mississippi P, under contract). She is currently at work on her first monograph entitled Black and Immigrant: The New Black Diaspora in American Literature and Culture, a critical exploration of representations of immigrants of African descent to the U.S. from Afropolitans to Wakandan Americans. Her scholarly work appears in south: a scholarly journal, A History of the U.S. South (Cambridge UP, under contract), Small Screen Souths: Region, Identity, and the Cultural Politics of Television (LSU P 2017), among other places.

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ANDREW MCGREGOR is Professor of History at Mountain View College. His research focuses on the intersection of race, politics, and sports in American culture and has been featured in the Washington Post and on ESPN. He is currently working on a book entitled From Steinbeck to Haggard: How College Football Redefined “Okies” and Transformed Oklahoma.

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ANDREW C. MCKEVITT is an associate professor of history at Louisiana Tech University. His first book, Consuming Japan: Popular Culture and the Globalizing of 1980s America (UNC Press, 2017) explores the U.S.-Japan relationship the late twentieth century through the lens of consumerism. He is a past recipient of the Stuart L. Bernath Scholarly Article Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations for his work on the origins of U.S. communities of Japanese animations fans. His current book project, supported by a year-long grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents, examines the postwar intersections of U.S. gun violence and foreign relations.

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RACHEL LOUISE MORAN is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Texas. Her first book, Governing Bodies: American Politics and the Shaping of the Modern Physique, was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2018. She is now writing on a book on postpartum depression in the modern U.S. Her current work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists.

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WESLEY PHELPS is Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Texas where he teaches courses on recent United States history, the American South, and LGBTQ history. His first book, A People’s War on Poverty: Urban Politics and Grassroots Activists in Houston, was published by the University of Georgia Press in 2014. He has also published articles in Journal of Southern History and Peace and Change. His current book project, tentatively titled Before Lawrence: Texas Sodomy Laws and the Making of a Queer Social Movement, investigates legal challenges to Texas sodomy laws between 1867 and 2003.

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CLARK POMERLEAU is Associate Professor and Associate Chair of History at UNT and a specialist in US women’s, gender, and sexuality history. His book, Califia Women: Feminist Education against Sexism, Classism, and Racism, addresses post-1945 social movement history as the first major study of alternative education feminists created that undergird their institution building in the 1970s through 1980s.

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LEE DEMETRIUS WALKER is associate professor of Political Science and Associate Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of North Texas. He served as Program Director for the National Science Foundation Political Science Program from 2014 to 2016. His teaching and research interests focus on the areas of comparative judicial politics, Latin American politics, comparative political behavior, comparative democratization and political methodology. He has published his work in Journal of Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Electoral Studies, Law and Society Review, Party Politics, Latin American Research Review, and others.

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JAMES ZEIGLER is Associate Professor of English and Affiliate Faculty in Environmental Studies at the University of Oklahoma, where he teaches courses on American Literature, the Graphic Novel, and Environmental Humanities. He is the author of Red Scare Racism and Cold War Black Radicalism (UP Mississippi 2015) and General Editor of the journal Genre.

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