Postwar Faculty Colloquium 2022 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: April 8, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Location: Willis 250H on UNT’s Denton campus. We look forward learning about your work!

2022 Keynote Speakers

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AMY ABUGO ONGIRI
Morning Keynote: "Patty Hearst Beat Tape: Pleasure, Struggle, Transformation, and the Symbionese Liberation Army"

Professor and Director of Ethnic Studies at the University of Portland. 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: "Technology and sex and blood: How Life Magazine Shaped Postwar American Tastes and Desires”

Professor of American Studies; of Art, Art History, and Design; and of History at the University of Notre Dame. She is a Crystal Bridges Museum Fellow and recently a Senior Fellow at the Rockwell Center for America Visual Studies Society of Fellows. 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.

PARTICIPANTS

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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, and he is 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 Publishing, 2018). To this he contributed original entries on, among others, the comics artists and writers Kyle Baker, Dwayne McDuffie, Mat Johnson, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Nnedi Okorafor. At conferences he has presented on medicine and Osamu Tezuka’s manga, on the well-lived life and graphic narrative, on posthumanism and Afrofuturism in Victor LaValle’s Destroyer, and on the influence woodcut graphic narrative has had on hand-drawn comics.

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Joseph Darda is an associate professor of English and the Director of Graduate Studies for Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies at Texas Christian University. He is the author of The Strange Career of Racial Liberalism (Stanford, 2022), How White Men Won the Culture Wars: A History of Veteran America (California, 2021), and Empire of Defense: Race and the Cultural Politics of Permanent War, (Chicago, 2019). With Amira Rose Davis, he is editing the 2023 special issue of American Quarterly “The Body Issue: Sports and the Politics of Embodiment.” He is also writing a new book titled “The Naturals: How Sports Make Race in America.”

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JOANNA DAVIS-MCELLIGATT is an assistant professor of Black Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of North Texas, where she is also Affiliate Faculty in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. She is co-editor of Narratives of Marginalized Identities in Higher Education: Inside and Outside the Academy, Narrating History, Home, and Dyaspora: Critical Essays on Edwidge Danticat, and BOOM! Splat: Comics and Violence. She is currently at work on her first monograph, entitled Black and Immigrant: Diaspora, Belonging, and Time in American Literature after 1965, a critical exploration of representations of Black immigrants from Afropolitans to Wakandan Americans. She is currently serving as the Second Vice President of the Comics Study Society.

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JACQUELINE FOERTSCH is Professor of English at the University of North Texas and the author of seven books in postwar-contemporary American literature and culture. She is at work on Chariots of Doom: Getting Around to True Crime in Postwar America.

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ANNA HINTON is an Assistant professor of Disability Studies and Black Literature & Culture in the English Department at the University of North Texas. She is currently writing her monograph, Refusing to Be Made Whole: Disability in Contemporary Black Women's Writing, which approaches conversations about aesthetics, spirituality, representation, community, sexuality, motherhood, and futurity through a Black feminist disability studies perspective. Her work is published or forthcoming in Toni Morrison: On Mothers and Motherhood, CLA Journal (CLAJ), Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal, the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies (JLCDS), and The Cambridge Companion to American Literature and the Body.

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JEFF MENNE is Professor and Program Director of Screen Studies at Oklahoma State University and the Associate Editor of the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies. His recent study of Hollywood production culture from 1962-1975, Post-Fordist Cinema: Hollywood Auteurs and the Corporate Counterculture, came out from Columbia University Press in 2019. He is currently working on a study, The Avant-Garde University,that tracks the development of media study in universities and the recruitment of experimental filmmakers onto university faculties in the postwar era.

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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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ANDREW MCGREGOR Professor of History at Mountain View Campus, Dallas College. His research focuses on the intersection of race, politics, and sports in the 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 in the late twentieth century through the lens of consumerism. His current book project, Gun Country: How Gun Culture and Control Created an Armed Mass Movement in Cold War America, is under contract with the University of North Carolina Press. He is a past recipient of the Stuart L. Bernath Scholarly Article Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and an Award to Louisiana Artists and Scholars (ATLAS) from the Louisiana Board of Regents.

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WESLEY PHELPS is an 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 the Journal of Southern History and Peace and Change. His forthcoming book, Before Lawrence v. Texas: The Making of a Queer Social Movement, will be published by the University of Texas Press in 2022.

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BEN ROGERSON is an Assistant Professor of Practice at Texas Tech University. His essays on post-45 American cinema and poetry have appeared in the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, the Journal of Modern Literature, and Arizona Quarterly. He is currently working on Against Auteurism, a monograph that explores New Hollywood cinema as a reflexive endeavor to define the profession of filmmaking within an industry that was undergoing vertical disintegration, corporate conglomeration, and economic recession.

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RONALD SCHUMANN is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Management and Disaster Science at the University of North Texas. A human geographer by training, his research examines post-disaster placemaking, risk reduction, and social vulnerability to hazards. He has published work in an variety of social science journals, including GeoJournal, Geographical Review, the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, and Weather, Climate and Society.

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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. His "Novel Ambition without Apology" introduces the journal's 2021 special topic issues on Big, Ambitious Novels by Twenty-First-Century Women.

Event Parking

Highland Street Garage
Ave A and Highland Street
620 Central Ave, Denton TX, 76201