Creative Night: Thursday, Feb 2, 6-9PM @Dewey’s

Are you excited for Creative Night? If you do art you want to share, please let us know, we’d love to see/hear/feel?/experience it!

Schedule to follow!



Keynote speaker: Dr. Hester Baer

“Crafting Connections”



Hester Baer is an associate professor of German and film studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she chairs the Department of Germanic Studies. She has published widely on German film, digital media, contemporary literature, and feminism. She is the author of Dismantling the Dream Factory: Gender, German Cinema, and the Postwar Quest for a New Film Language (2009), and the co-editor of German Women’s Writing in the Twenty-First Century (2015). She is currently working on a book about German cinema from 1980-2010. Baer is the recipient of Fulbright and DAAD grants, and she has served as the President of the South Central Modern Language Association and the Coalition of Women in German.

(DIS)CONNECTIONS Conference Program

Have a look at our conference schedule! More to follow.All panels will be held in the Senate Chamber in Arts 326.

Thursday, Feb 2

10:00-10:25             Coffee

10:30-12:00            Opening Remarks
Dr. Carrie Smith-Prei (Associate Chair for Graduate Studies)

                                   Panel 1: Using Language, Teaching Language
Sofía Lorena Sanchez, MLCS
“Discourse markers in argumentative writing among university learners of Spanish as a foreign language”

Brian Rusk, Linguistics
“From a classifier language to English: Do EFL classrooms benefit acquisition of English in number marking?”

Yoichi Mukai, Linguistics
“Durational variability as perceptual correlates of fluency in L2 conversational speech”

Saori Daiju, East Asian Studies
“Distal demonstrative “are” for unspecified referents in Japanese everyday talk: connecting to discourse and co-participants”

12:00-12:55             Lunch Break

13:00-14:30             Panel 2: Code Fail Repeat: Computational Experiments in Humanities

Jérémie Pelletier-Gagnon, MLCS
“Uncovering a genre (2): Unsupervised topic modelling and genre discourse analysis”

Chelsea Miya, English and Film Studies
“Datafying Dickinson: A case study in poetry as data”

Vickie Richard, MLCS
“Accounts of interactions that precede heterosex sexual activity: An enactive cultural psychological study”

Axel Pérez Trujillo Diniz, MLCS
“Atlas of the Brazilian plains: Extracting geographical data from literature”

14:40-15:30             Panel 3: Showing Our True Colours: Identity Construction and Representation

Jay Friesen, MLCS
“Disconnecting Cosby”

Amelia Hall, MLCS
“Projections on The Walls: Towards a re-signification of cultural heritage in the historical center of Campeche”

Richard Feddersen, MLCS
“Who are we? How German as a foreign language textbooks construct German identity and racial stereotypes”


Thursday, Feb 2 from 6-10pm at Dewey’s!


 Friday, Feb 3

09:00-09:20             Coffee

09:25-10:30             Opening Remarks
Dr. Laura Beard (MLCS Department Chair)

Panel 4: Literature Across Cultures

Oksana Cheypesh, MLCS
“Venus, Don Juan, and Galician market in borderlands”

Anna Antonova, MLCS
“Alice Munroe’s “Gravel” in translation: Interpretations and reconstructions”

Sylvia Madueke, MLCS
“Postcolonial “Translation”: A study of two African classics in French translation”

10:45-11:45             Panel 5: Subversion and Social Issues in Chinese Literature

Yan Wang, MLCS
“Vengeance for father and murder of son: Paradoxical representation of female knight-errant in Extensive Records of the Taiping Era

Yuan Zhang, East Asian Studies
“Lin Yutang’s traveling Daoism in moment in Peking”

Haiyan Yie, MLCS
“Humanism and the absurd in Yan Lianke’s fiction”

12:00-12:55             Lunch Break

13:00-13:45             Panel 6: Canadiana

Dalaina Heiberg, Political Science, University of Chicago
“Seeing and building the common world: reorienting politics between non-Indigenous people and Indigenous people(s) in Canada”

Danika Jorgensen-Skakum, Gender and Social Justice
“‘Disgusting, Beautiful, and Safe’: Exploring queer feminist community through the Fourth Wave Freaks Zine in Southern Alberta”

14:15-15:30            KEYNOTE

Dr. Hester Baer
Associate Professor, Department Head and Graduate Director in Germanic Studies, University of Maryland

“Crafting Connections”