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Day 1: Thursday March 16th, 2017

Fairmont Social Lounge, St. John’s College (2111 Lower Mall)

 1:00pm – 2:15pm: Panel Session 1 – PRECARITIES

Chair: Deena Dinat (UBC)

  • John Culbert (UBC), “Precarity, nomadism and cosmopolitan theory”
  • Fazal Rizvi (U Melbourne), “Cosmopolitanism and its Pedagogic Possibilities”
  • Heather Latimer (UBC), “Unsettled Futures: Disrupting Cosmopolitanism’s Reproductive Futurism”
2:30pm – 4:00pm: Reading Worlds at Home

Chair: Sheila Giffen (UBC)

  • Welcome remarks from Elder Larry Grant, Resident Elder at UBC First Nations House of Learning

Presentation of film clip from  All Our Father’s Relations (Sarah Ling and Elder Larry Grant)

Readings by:
  • Shani Mootoo
  • Lydia Kwa
  • Larissa Lai (U of Calgary)
4:30pm – 6:00pm: Sneja Gunew Book Launch and Interview

Interview with Sneja Gunew (UBC) by Chris Lee and Renisa Mawani and book launch for Post-multicultural Writers as Neo-cosmopolitan Mediators (Anthem Press).

6:00pm – 7:00pm: Reception

Day 2: Friday March 17th, 2017

Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies – Sage East (6331 Crescent Road)

10:00am – 11:15am: Panel Session 2 – DETACHMENTS

Chair: Brendan McCormack (UBC)

  • Terri Tomsky (U of Alberta), “Cynical Cosmopolitanism: Mapping the Hidden Worlds of Migrant Detention Centers in recent Literary Representations”
  • Christine Kim (SFU), “Deimperializing Minor Empires”
  • Vijay Mishra (Murdoch U), “Salman Rushdie and the Global South: A Tentative Theory”
11:30am – 12:45pm: Panel Session 3 – SUBJECTIVITIES

Chair: Madeleine Reddon (UBC)

  • Wenche Ommundsen (U of Wollongong, Australia), “Exoticism or Visceral Cosmopolitanism: Difference and Desire in Chinese Australian Women’s Writing”
  • Dina Al-Kassim (UBC), “Scenes of Self-Conduct: Transnational Subjectivities Knitted On Site”
  • Denise Ferreira da Silva (UBC), “Future Anterior: Liberty, Necessity, and the Time of Raciality”
2:00pm – 3:15pm: Panel Session 4 – RETURNS

Chair: Michelle O’Brien (UBC)

  • Margery Fee (UBC), “Reading Textual Traces of Early Cosmopolitan British Columbia: Traders, Missionaries, Ethnographers, and Activists”
  • Sophie McCall (SFU), “Recovering Relational Histories: Transnational Indigenous Critique and Cosmopolitanism in the Work of Marie Clements”
  • Dory Nason (UBC), “‘Going visiting’ as political practice: an Indigenous feminist perspective on living as an uninvited guest”
3:30pm – 4:45pm: Keynote Address

Pheng Cheah (UC Berkeley), “Worlding Literature: Living-With Tiger Spirits”

Respondent: Sneja Gunew (UBC)

5:00pm – 6:00pm: Closing Remarks and Reception