Conference Program


 Breakfast and Registration: 8:30-10:00 a.m.

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Session 1:10:00-11:30 a.m. Panel 1A – Room 8301 Panel 1B – Room 8304 Panel 1C – Room 8400 Panel 1D – Room 8402
Session 2:11:45 a.m. -1:15 p.m. Panel 2A – Room 8301 Panel 2B – Room 8304 Panel 2C – Room 8400 Panel 2D – Room 8402

 Lunch Break: 1:15-2:15 p.m.

Comparative Literature Lounge, room 4116

Session 3:2:15-3:45 p.m. Panel 3A – Room 8301 Panel 3B – Room 8304 Panel 3D – Room 8402
Session 4:4:00-5:30 p.m. Panel 4A – Room 8301 Panel 4B – Room 8304 Panel 4C – Room 8400 Panel 4D – Room 8402

 Break: 5:30-6:00 p.m.

 Complex Television and Contemporary Seriality

6:00 p.m.

Jason Mittell

Middlebury College

Room C198 (Concourse)

(reception following)



All panels besides the final will be held in room 9204/9205.

 Coffee and Light Breakfast: 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Seriality in the Early Film and Television

10:00-11:15 a.m.

Julie Grossman

LeMoyne College

“Seriality and ‘The Return’: Norma Desmond and Ida Lupino Haunt the Small Screen”


Jacqueline Reich

Fordham University

Maciste as Transatlantic Serial Narrative”


moderated by Bettina Lerner

Break: 11:15-11:30 a.m.

 I Love Your Work: Seriality, Procedurality, and Narrative

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Maria Engberg

Malmö University

 Lunch Break: 12:30-1:45 p.m.

Comparative Literature Lounge, room 4116

 Seriality Across Media

1:45-3:45 p.m.

Bettina Lerner

City College and The Graduate Center, CUNY

“Seriality and the Archive: Nineteenth-Century Perspectives”


Ellen Nerenberg

Wesleyan University

Serial, Killing, and Serial Killing: Prequels, Sequels, and Narrative Form”


Elizabeth Alsop

Western Kentucky University

“Serial Pretensions: The Problem of Tone in Prestige Drama”


Leigh Claire LaBerge

Borough of Manhattan Community College

“Serial Logics of the Neoliberal University: The Contemporary Campus Novel as a Financial Text”


with Marc Dolan responding

 Break: 3:45-4:00 p.m.

 Global Seriality

4:00-5:30 p.m.

Paul Julian Smith

The Graduate Center, CUNY

“Seriality in Recent Mexican Television Fiction”


Ying Zhu

College of Staten Island, CUNY

“TV Drama as Political Discourse”


Christa Salamandra

The Graduate Center, CUNY

“The Cultural Politics of Arab Television Drama Production”


Giancarlo Lombardi

The Graduate Center, CUNY

“Seriality, Italian Style”


with Jason Mittell responding

 Break: 5:30-6:00 p.m.

 On Therapy and Point-of-View Television

6:00 p.m.

Room C203/204/205 (Concourse)

Jamieson Webster

The New School

“Why We Love a Bad Psychoanalyst on the Screen”


André Aciman

The Graduate Center, CUNY

“The Phaedra Syndrome”

read by Monica Calabritto


Leah Anderst

Queensborough Community College

“Telling It Like It Isn’t: Serial Unreliability”


in conversation with Alessandra Stanley (The New York Times) and Giancarlo Lombardi

(reception following)



Moderators to be announced.


Panel 1A

The Poetics of Space and Time

Room 8301

Moderator: Christina Katopodis, Doctoral Candidate in English

Evan Dwyer, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY

“Not the stillness of the violin: Linking Eliot’s Four Quartets and Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations through problems of form, pattern, and extension.”

Ian Verstegen, University of Pennsylvania

“Seriality and Co-existence are mutually exclusive in historical consciousness”

Nicholas Olson, The Graduate Center, CUNY

“A Modification of Infinity”


Panel 1B

The Afterlives of Fairy Tales

Room 8304

Moderator: William J. Carrasco, PhD, Université de Toulouse-Le Mirail

Amy Martin, The Graduate Center, CUNY

“A Fantastic Taboo: The Visual in Contemporary Iterations of Perrault’s Peau d’Âne

Katie Albany, Hunter College, CUNY

“Debunking the myth of fairy tales: serialization and spin-offs in Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber

Nayar Rivera, The Graduate Center, CUNY

“Once Upon a Time: burlesque and pastiche”


Panel 1C

Transmutations of Television

Room 8400

Moderator: Jarrod Shanahan, Doctoral Candidate in Environmental Psychology

Brad Bellatti, University of Minnesota

“Serial Spectatorship as Transcendental Subjectivity”

Henry Shevlin, The Graduate Center, CUNY

“Canon, fan-fiction, and imaginary worlds – a philosophical perspective”

Vicente Muñoz-Reja, Boston College

“Difference as a serial dynamism. (Frasier, Breaking Bad and Twin Peaks)”


Panel 1D

Serial Sites

Room 8402

Moderator: Professor Caroline Rupprecht

Jennifer Haller, The Graduate Center, CUNY

“(Re)Tracing a Topography of Memory: Photography and Memory in Georges Rodenbach’s Bruges-la-Morte and W.G. Sebald’s Austerlitz

Stefanie Dorman, New York University

“Double Vision: Seeing and Reading the Art(ifacts) of Aboriginal Australia”

Victor Xavier Zarour Zarzar, The Graduate Center, CUNY

“Sporadic Flashes of Beauty: Rome and the Imagination”


Panel 2A

Ethics and Re-enacting Crisis and Trauma

Room 8301

Moderator: Professor Sarah Covington

Cody Jones, The Graduate Center, CUNY

“The Semiotic Nightmare: A Reading of J.M. Coetzee’s Elizabeth Costello”

François Kiper, The Graduate Center, CUNY

“Testimony and the Harrow: Finding an Idiom for Trauma in Celan, Beckett, and Kafka”

Theodore Kerr, Union Theological Seminary

“AIDS Crisis Revisitation: Seriality Within an Ongoing Crisis”


Panel 2B

Truth, Knowledge, and Power in the Serial Podcast

Room 8304

Moderator: Professor Ellen Nerenberg

Hannah Fox and Valerie Clayman Pye, Manhattanville College

“Lend Me Your Ears: Communitas in the Podcast Serial”

Holly Pickett, Washington and Lee University

“Seriality, Truth, and Anger: Serial Convert/Serial Podcast”

Kenneth Alba, Boston University

“The Epistemology of the Podcast: What Serial Has To Say About The Power of Narrative”


Panel 2C

Seriality in North American Popular Culture

Room 8400

Moderator: Professor Jeremy Glick

Daniella Gáti, Brandeis University

“Lana del Rey and the Many Facets of One-Dimensional Consumer Culture”

Christopher Culp, SUNY Buffalo

“Queered Seriality: Musical Outbursts in the Serial Television Narrative”

Phyll Smith, University of East Anglia

“Voice from the Sky: The Coming of Sound to the Serial House”

Sarah Yahyaoui, McGill University

“Intertextuality of Rap Culture: Dead Obies”


Panel 2D

Ways of Reading, Ways of Writing

Room 8402

Moderator: Claire Sommers, Doctoral Candidate in English

Giacomo Leoni, Boston University

“From Culture to Cultural Density: reading as re-appropriation”

Matthew Schratz, Brandeis University

“Donald Barthelme, Seriatim”

Nick Sturm, Florida State University

“Code Switching the ‘code of the west’: Clear the Range, Ted Berrigan’s Erasure Novel”


Panel 3A

The Limits of the Human

Room 8301

Moderator: Professor Paolo Fasoli

Christina Vani, University of Toronto

“‘Andrei nel fuoco, per lui’: An Exploration of Two Contemporary Italian and American Young-Adult Undead-Romance Series.”

Grant Bartolomé Dowling, Columbia University

“Iterativity and Metempsychosis in Joyce’s Ulysses”

Moira Bradford, UNC Chapel Hill

“This Future Sucks: The Cruel Optimism of the Continuing Appeal of Liberal Political Philosophy in David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas


Panel 3B

Once More in a Moment: Adaptations Across Media

Room 8304

Moderator: Professor Elizabeth Beaujour

Julia Titus, The Graduate Center, CUNY

“Dostoevsky as a translator of Eugénie Grandet

Justin Vaccaro, UC Berkeley

“From Les Vampires to 24: a Century of Serial Terror, Serial Technology, and Serial Identities”

Katie Lanning, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Turning Thieves: Serial Crime and Serial Fiction in Eighteenth-Century England”


Panel 3D

Searching the Labyrinth of History: Czech Fiction

Room 8402

Moderator: Professor John Brenkman

Damianos Grammatikopoulos, Rutgers University

“Franz Kafka – Adaptations in Comics and Film. Interpreting Kafka Trough (Audio-) Visual Repetitions”

Pablo Amsallem Menendez, McGill University

“Variation in Milan Kundera’s novelistic works:

Overcoming linearity in order to organize fictional episodes”

Veronika Tuckerova, Harvard University

“The Detective as a Historian: Czech Serialized Past”


Panel 4A

Serial and the Novel

Room 8301

Moderator: Professor Rachel Brownstein

Rebecca Starkins, New York University

“‘Skilled in the Art of Feigning’: Seriality, Form, and Function in Eliza Haywood’s Fantomina

Roshnara Kissoon, New York University

“Narrative ‘Keys’: Wilkie Collins’s The Woman in White, Dickens, and Readerly Expectation”

William Hughes, UC Davis

“‘Let that Marlow talk’: Lord Jim and Serial Exhaustion”


Panel 4B

Photography and the Historical Archive

Room 8304

Moderator: Professor Bettina Lerner

Brinae Bain, University of Toronto

“Hawarden’s Photographs and the (De)Serialization of Time”

Janice Yu, UC Berkeley

“The Archive as Memory of the Self: Stieglitz, LeWitt, and Richter”

Sheila Skaff, New York University

“Andrzej Wajda’s Solidarity Trilogy”


Panel 4C

Refiguring Heroes and Kings

Room 8400

Moderator: Professor Monica Calabritto

Chloe Blackshear, University of Chicago

“Truly David: A Biblical King and (Some of) His Versions”

Emily A. Bernhard Jackson, University of Exeter

“Serialising Lord Byron: What’s at Stake in Reproducing Rebellion”

Kasra Ghorbaninejad, Northeastern University

“Seriality in the Shahnameh and Shakespeare”


Panel 4D

Serial Moves: Gaming and Seriality

Room 8402

Moderator: Professor Joshua Wilner

Daniel Weissglass, The Graduate Center, CUNY

“Serial narrative play: Ampliative effects”

Joseph Lurie, University of Connecticut

“Deflating Serialization”

Shane Denson, Duke University

“Ludic Serialities: Levels of Serialization in Digital Games and Gaming Communities”


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