Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Peter Knight (University of Manchester)

Author of Reading the Market: Genres of Financial Capitalism in Gilded Age America

His research specializes in 19th century studies, economic humanities, and financial speculation; more recently his work also focusses on contemporary narratives of paranoia and the emergence and dynamics of conspiracy theories. In spring of 2022, Peter Knight will be a fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in Amsterdam.

Lori Merish (Georgetown University)

Author of Archives of Labor: Working-Class Women and Literary Culture in the Antebellum U. S. (Duke UP, 2017) and Sentimental Materialism: Gender, Commodity Culture, and 19th-C American Literature (Duke UP, 2000).

Lori Merish is a Professor of English at Georgtown University. Her research and teaching interests are in U. S. literature and culture, especially 1800-present; feminism and women’s writing, including contemporary women’s fiction; multi-ethnic and working-class U. S. literatures; cultural studies; literature and material culture (including ”thing theory” and critical approaches to commodity culture); cultural theory, especially theories of gender, race, sexuality, class, and nation; and literature and economic justice.

She earned her M. A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from the College of William and Mary.

Her publications include two books, Archives of Labor: Working-Class Women and Literary Culture in the Antebellum U. S. (Duke UP, 2017) and Sentimental Materialism: Gender, Commodity Culture, and 19th-C American Literature (Duke UP, 2000). In addition, she has published a wide range of critical articles on nineteenth- and twentieth-century U. S. literature and culture, including articles on visual culture (film, advertisements, photography), “cuteness” as commodity aesthetic, material culture and “thing theory,” and the literature of immigration, as well as essays exploring the intersection of class and sexuality, the feminization of poverty in U. S. literature, and theoretical approaches to class subjectivity.

Merish also has won a number of honors, grants and awards, including: a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship; a Mellon Fellowship, English Department, Stanford University; a Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship; a U. C. Berkeley Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities Fellowship; and the A. S. A.’s Constance Rourke Award for best article in American Quarterly (1993).

(Adapted from Lori Merish’s GU profile)

At Speculative Endeavors, Lori Merish will share research from her most recent project on nineteenth-century poverty narratives.

Panel I

Sebastian Jobs: Freie Universität Berlin, John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies;

Carrie Tirado Bramen: University at Buffalo

Atiba Pertilla: German Historical Institute, Washington

Panel II

Travis Ross: Yale University

Alexander Starre: Freie Universität Berlin, John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies

Andrew Erlandson: Penn State University

Panel III

Katrin Horn: Universität Bayreuth

Selina Foltinek: Universität Bayreuth

Karen Adkins: Regis University, relevant publication: Gossip, Power, Epistemology: Knowledge Underground 

Panel IV

Carola Bebermeier: Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien

Jaclyn N. Schultz: Bellevue College

Serenity Sutherland: State University of New York Oswego

Biographical notes, asynchronous presentations and pre-circulated papers from the speakers can be found here, after registering for the conference.