GAFIS – 30th Anniversary Turning Points

Saturday, April 1st

Registration and Breaksfast

Landmark at Union South, 8:00-8:30 am


Opening Remarks

Prof. Vlad Dima

8:30-8:45 am


Panel A: Space & Identity

Industry, 9:00-10:15 am

Giordana Poggiolo-Kaftan (Marquette University): Emigrants’ “Doubling” in Crialese’s Golden Door

Sophia Kidd (Sichuan University): Turning Point in China’s Aesthetic of Empire: Spatial Production in Eastern Jin Guo Pu’s River Fu

Rommel Jimenez (UW-Madison): Andronica’s Prophecy: An Ariostean Celebration of Exploration and Inquiry at the Turn of the Sixteenth Century


Panel B: A Turning Point in Life

Agriculture, 10:30-11:45 am

Jarmila Sawická (UW-Madison): The Love I Found on Green Dolphin Street: Jazz as Instigator in Christian Gailly’s Un Soir au club

Anthony Radoiu (UW-Madison): Confinement and Liberty as Turning Points: Tracing the Nuances of Charles d’Orléans’s poetry

Katherine Blackman (UW-Madison): From Shame and Innocence to Transparent Struggle: ‘Révolution subite’ in Rousseau’s La Nouvelle Héloïse


Panel C: Women, Sexuality, & Identity

Industry, 10:30-11:45 am

Corie Marshall (UW-Madison): ‘Il peso delle parole’: Historical Uncertainty and Defiance of the Patriarchal Storyteller in Anna Banti’s Artemisia

Barclay Spriggs (Louisiana State University): The Boiling Point: From Silence to Violence in Ananda Devi’s Eve de ses décombres and Fabienne Kanor’s D’eaux douces

Hilary Emerson (UW-Madison): Murder by Brooch: A Social and Sexual Crossroads for the Woman Outlaw


Lunch, Landmark at Union South, 12:00-1:30 pm


Panel D: Education Under the Influence

Agriculture, 1:30-2:45 pm

Sarah Gamalinda (UW-Madison): ‘Wait, wait, don’t tell me’: Motivated, Arbitrary, and Believable Discourse in La Princesse de Clève

Kimmy Rooney (UW-Madison): Suspended Between Two Cultures of Learning: The Alienating Effects of Discordant Pedagogies in L’Enfant noir

Charles Kilian (UW-Madison): ‘Comme vos leçons m’enflamment’: Libertine Education in Thérèse Philosophe and La Philosophie dans le Boudoir


Panel E: Propaganda, Production & Technology

Industry, 1:30-2:45 pm

Jeffrey Thomas (UW-Madison): Petit relief arrondi

Alice Main (University of Wisconsin-Madison): Jacobins in Hell: A Case Study in Thermidorian Propaganda

Nicole Fadellin (UW-Madison): Towards a Caribbean Afrofuturism: The Role of technology in Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson and Habana underguater by Erick Mota


Panel F: Man v.s. Nature

Industry, 3:00-4:15pm

Abou-Bakar Mamah (University of Minnesota): 14 Kilometers: cross or die; A Hopeless Marathon across the Strait of Gibraltar through Laila Lalami’s book Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits

Nathan Germain (UW-Madison): Par-delà nature et culture: The Anthropocene in the 19th century

Logan Smith (Miami University): Evolving Perspectives of Environmental Justice in Film: a Comparative Analysis of The Grey and The Mountain



Industry, 4:30-5:30pm

Professor Robert T. Tally Tr., Texas State University

Professor Joshua Armstrong, UW-Madison

Professor Grazia Menechella, UW-Madison


Closing reception

Landmark at Union South – 5:30-7:00pm