Samuel Cohen

Presentations

 

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2017

[“Bullying in Academia: Responding to Personal and Institutional Threats to Academic Freedom,” roundtable sponsored by MLA Committee on Academic Freedom and Professional Rights and Responsibilities, at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, January (participant)]

[“Revising Academic Writing,” roundtable at the annual Meeting of the Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, PA, January (participant)]

 

2016

[“Contemporary Futures: The American Novel Looks Ahead” panel, at the annual meeting of the Midwest Modern Language Association, St. Louis, MO, November (panel organizer and chair)]

[“Getting It Published: Figuring Out How and Where to Place Scholarly Work” panel, at the annual meeting of the Midwest Modern Language Association, St. Louis, MO, November (panel organizer, chair, and participant)]

[“Culture Interviews” roundtable, at the Modernist Society of America’s annual meeting, Pasadena, CA, November (organizer, chair, and participant]

 “Generation Gone Down: Contemporary Plots of Decline,” for panel, “Security, the Public, and the Twenty-first century US Novel,” at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, Austin, TX, January (participant)

 

2015

“Getting It Published: Figuring Out How and Where to Place Scholarly Work” panel, at the annual meeting of the Midwest Modern Language Association, Columbus, OH, November (panel organizer, chair, and participant)

“Critic Jamming: Camden Joy vs. The Advertocracy,” for panel “Culture Jam: Experimenting with Creative Critique in Music, Print, and Film,” ” at the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present’s ASAP/7: Arts & the Public, Greenville, SC, October (panel organizer and chair)

(invited lecture) “Generation vs. Period” at “After Postmodernism? Contemporary American Culture and the Problem of Periodization,” Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany, September

(invited lecture) “The Whiteness of David Foster Wallace,” at “David Foster Wallace and the Ethics of Writing” public symposium, New York University, April

“Lydia Millet: A Roundtable,” participant and organizer, at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, Vancouver, BC, January

Majesty of Impulse: On the Great Lost Works of  Camden Joy,” for panel, “Writing Rock,” at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, Vancouver, BC, January (panel co-organizer)]

 

2014

“Getting It Published: Figuring Out How and Where to Place Scholarly Work” panel, at the annual meeting of the Midwest Modern Language Association, Detroit, MI, November (panel organizer, chair, and participant)

 “Pynchon at the Bleeding Edge: A Discussion of Thomas Pynchon's New Novel,” roundtable participant, at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, Chicago, IL, January

“Solve for X: The Generational Equation in American Fiction,” for panel, “Generations of Contemporary American Fiction” at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, Chicago, IL, January (panel organizer)

 

2013

 “Ode to Joy: The Career of Camden Joy,” roundtable, at the annual meeting of the Midwest Modern Language Association, Milwaukee, WI, November (panel organizer and chair)

“Getting It Published: Figuring Out How and Where to Place Scholarly Work” panel, at the annual meeting of the Midwest Modern Language Association, Milwaukee, WI, November (panel organizer, chair, and participant)

“Majesty of Impulse: On the Great Lost Works of Camden Joy.” Housing Works Bookstore Café, New York, NY, November (moderator)

“The New, Weird America: The Unreal City and Futurity in Contemporary U.S. Fiction,” for panel, “Urban Renewal: The City and the Future in Contemporary American Fiction” at the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present’s ASAP/5: The Arts of the City, Detroit, MI, October (panel organizer and chair)

“On Publishing” roundtable, at the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present’s ASAP/5: The Arts of the City, Detroit, MI, October

“Both Heat and Light: The David Foster Wallace Industry,” for panel, “David Foster Wallace Unbound: Fact, Fiction, and Beyond”  at the annual meeting of the American Literature Association, Boston, May

Public Q & A with Lydia Millet, Chancellor’s Distinguished Visitor, Visiting Writer’s Series, MU, May

“‘How Helpless a Person Can Be’: Sex, Art, and Politics in DeLillo’s Stories,” for panel, “Saccos and Vanzettis: Revisiting Italian American Radicalism,” organized by the Discussion Group on Italian American Literature, at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, Boston, MA, January

 

2012

(Invited Lecture) “Life During Wartime,” at “The Contemporary Historical Novel about New York City: An International Workshop Symposium,” organized by GUST (Ghent Urban Studies Team) and University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium, November

“The High Magic of Low Genres,” for panel, “Genre and Influence,” at Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present’s ASAP/4: Genres of the Present, London, UK, October (panel organizer and chair)

(Invited Lecture) “Something That Rises out of Crowds,” Graduate Student Welcome Day, Department of English, MU, March

 

2011

(Invited Lecture) “Literary History Is What Hurts: David Foster Wallace and Influence,” Literary and Cultural Studies Colloquium, Department of English, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, November

“‘News of the sorry world’: Contemporary Politics and the Transhistorical Fantastic,” for panel, “Serious Play in the Political Novel,” at the annual meeting of the Midwest Modern Language Association, St. Louis, MO, November (panel organizer and chair)

“Really? Irreal Realism and the Contemporary Imaginary,” for panel, “Mixing It Up: Contemporary American Fictional Hybridity and the Fight for the Real,” at Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present’s ASAP/3: Arts of the Planet, Pittsburgh, PA, October (panel organizer and chair)

(Invited participant) “In Defense of History,” for roundtable, “Fin de Millennial Ethics and the American Novel,” at ASAP/3, Pittsburgh, PA, October

(Invited Respondent) Kristiaan Versluys, “9/11: The Discursive Responses,” MU International Center’s 9/11 10th Anniversary Lecture, September 

(Invited Lecture) "Fables of American Collectivity Circa 2005: Chris Bachelder's U.S.!, Lydia Millet's Oh Pure and Radiant Heart, and George Saunders's Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil," at “Conceptions of Collectivity in Contemporary American Literature,” Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany, July 2011

(Invited Lecture) “How to End a True Cold War Story,” at “Into Sunlight: The Impact of War on the Social Body from the Vietnam Era to the Present,” Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, April 2011

It’s Business Time,” for roundtable, “The Open Professoriate: Public Intellectuals on the Social Web,” at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, Los Angeles, CA, 2011 (subject of news article, “An Open, Digital Professoriate,” Inside Higher Ed 10 January 2011 <http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2011/01/10/mla_embraces_digital_humanities_and_blogging>)

 

2010

“Getting It Published: Figuring Out How and Where to Place Scholarly Work” panel, at the annual meeting of the Midwest Modern Language Association, Chicago, IL, 2010 (panel organizer, chair, and participant), November 2010

(Invited Lecture) “Maus, Trauma, and Closure,” Elms College, Chicopee, MA, October 2010

(Invited Lecture) “So Beautiful, So Stupid, So American,” at “Occasional Music: A Symposium on the Work of Jonathan Lethem,” School of Arts, Birkbeck College, University of London, London, United Kingdom, July 2010

(Invited Lecture) “‘Big Winner’: Nuclear Fear in the U.S. Before and After 9/11,” MU Libraries Faculty Lecture Series, February 2010

 

2009

 “The Legacy of David Foster Wallace,” roundtable participant, at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, PA, December 2009

Infinite Jest and the Problem of Ending,” at the fourth annual symposium of Post•45, MU, November 2009

 “At the Far Frontiers of the Monroe Doctrine: Joan Didion’s The Last Thing He Wanted,” for panel, “Political Fictions: Joan Didion and the Political Novel,” at the Annual meeting of the Midwest Modern Language Association, St. Louis,

MO, November 2009 (panel organizer and chair)

(Invited Lecture) Keynote Speaker, BAKEA International Symposium of Western Cultural and Literary Studies, Pamukkale University, Denizli, Turkey, October 7-9, 2009 (invitation declined)

(Invited Lecture) “‘Big Winner’: Nuclear Fear in the U.S. Before and After 9/11,” Colloquium Series, Department of Sociology, MU, September 11, 2009

 (Invited Lecture) “DeLillo after the End of History,” Graduate Student Welcome Day, Department of English, MU, 2009

 

2008

“A Terminally Bad Time: The American Historical Imagination and the End,” for the Permanent Section on Literary Criticism, “Criticism After the Cold War,” at the annual meeting of the Midwest Modern Language Association, Minneapolis, MN, November 2008 (panel organizer and chair)

(Invited Lecture) “The Bloody Crossroads: Writing about Politics,” Professional Writing Seminar, Department of English, MU, 2008

(Invited Lecture) “Philip Roth’s American Pastoral,” “Between the Wars,” Scholar in Residence lectures, Congregation Sinai, Milwaukee, WI, 2008

 

2007

“No Alternative: 'The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation' and the False Promises of Genre” for the meeting of the Division on Nonfiction Prose Studies Excluding Biography and Autobiography,  “Alternative Approaches to Telling History,” at

the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, Chicago, IL, December 2007

“Teaching Uncertainty,” for the meeting of the Division on the Teaching of Literature, “Why Do We Teach Literature, Anyway?” at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, Chicago, IL, December 2007

“Realism in Theory of the Novel,” for the Permanent Section on Literary Criticism, “Realism in Theory,” at the annual meeting of the Midwest Modern Language Association, Cleveland, OH, November 2007 (panel organizer and chair)

“On Minimalism and Literary History,” for panel, “Maximum Minimalism,” at the International Conference on Narrative, Washington, D.C., March 2007

(Invited Lecture) Response, “Being Frank,” play by Kevin Babbitt, Dir. Heather Carver, Corner Playhouse, MU, February 3, 2007

 

2006

“Diminished Expectations: Minimalism and the Crisis of American Confidence,” for panel, “What We Talk About When, Etc.: Historicizing Minimalism,” at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, PA, 2006

(panel organizer)

“The Novel in a Time of Terror,” at “‘Beyond Ground Zero’: 9/11 and the Futures of Critical Thought,” the John Douglas Taylor Conference, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, October 21, 2006

(Invited Lecture) Special Commentary, Discussion of Guy Adams’ Unmasking Administrative Evil, Center for Arts & Humanities 2006 Tuesdays Noon Faculty Colloquia, MU, September 19, 2006

(Invited Lecture) Panelist, “Roth Bound: A Roundtable on the Occasion of the Library of America Editions,” English Department Colloquium, MU, 2006

(Invited Lecture) “The Novel in a Time of Terror: History and Contemporary American Fiction,” English Graduate Student Association Faculty Speaker Lecture, MU, 2006  

(Invited Lecture) “Maus, Trauma, and Postmemory,” Art History 2850, Introduction to American Visual Culture, MU, 2006

(Invited Lecture) “Politics and Practice in the Teaching of Composition,” English 8010, Theory and Practice of Composition, MU, 2006

 

2005

“History is What Heals,” for panel, “Future Anterior: History, Time, and the Event in Post-World War II United States Fiction,” at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, Washington, D. C., 2005 (panel organizer)

Respondent, “Poetics and History,” at the annual meeting of the Midwest Modern Language Association, Milwaukee, WI, 2005

“American Trauma,” at the Twentieth-Century Literature and Culture Conference, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, 2005 (panel chair)

 

2004

In the Lake of the Woods and History,” for panel, “The Trauma of the Present: Historicizing Recent Fiction,” at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, PA, 2004

(Invited Lecture) “Walter Benn Michaels, The New Historicism, and Me,” for colloquium on Walter Benn Michael’s The Shape of the Signifier, English Department Colloquium, MU, 2004

 

1996-2003

“The Novel of Retrospect in the American Nineties,” at the Twentieth-Century Literature Conference, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, 2003

 “Tinkering toward WAC Utopia,” at Sixth National Writing Across the Curriculum Conference, Rice University, Houston, Texas, 2002

 “‘Fettered by History’: Philip Roth’s American Pastoral and the Ironies of Historical Representation,” at the annual meeting of the American Literature Association, Long Beach, California, 2000

 “American Paradise: Roth, Morrison, and the Post-Cold War Historical Novel,” at the annual meeting of the Northeast Modern Language Association, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1999

“Composition and Construction: Belief, Identity, and the Teaching of Writing,” at the annual Conference on College Composition and Communication, Atlanta, Georgia, 1999

 “What's the Subject: Identity and the Composition Teacher,” 21st Annual Conference of the CUNY Association of Writing Supervisors, New York, New York, 1997

“’There ain’t no such view in the world’: Jewett's Constructive Realism,” at the annual meeting of the Northeast Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1997

 “Howells, Jewett, and Realism,” at the annual New York Conference on Language and Literature, State University of New York, Cortland, New York, 1996

 

         

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