Constellations – Schedule


2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. SCI Lobby


2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. SCI 106

Workshop: Reading Salon

Two texts by Dr. Marcela A. Fuentes: “Introduction: Updating Protest and Activism: Hemispheric Performance Constellations” from Performance Constellations: Networks of Protest and Activism in Latin America and an article, “Performance Constellations: Memory and Event in Digitally Enabled Protests in the Americas” (Text and Performance Quarterly, 2015).

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. SCI Lobby

Coffee Break

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. SCI 106

Faculty Roundtable

PhD Student Harry Hvdson in conversation with Dr. Priya Jaikumar, Dr. Tara McPherson, and Dr. Holly Willis

5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. SCI Lobby

Coffee Break

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. SCI 106

Keynote Address

Dr. Marcela A. Fuentes, Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University

“The Light You Gave Us: Performing Constellations as Enduring, Transmedia Movements in the Americas.”

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. SCI Lobby



8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. SCB Lobby

Registration and coffee

9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. SCB 104

Opening Remarks

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Panel One: Constellating the Pacific SCB 104

Dr. Nitin Govil, Respondent

Lingyu Wang (New York University), “Constellating Tank Man: Public Truth-Making in Post-Tiananmen China”

Kun Xian Shen (University of California, Los Angeles), “A World of Mutual Invisibility: Surveillance Networks, Transpacific Refugees, and Cold War Films in the 1980s”

Jennifer Jeong (University of Southern California), “Reimagining Neighborhood: Continental Resonance and Cultural Specificity of Korea and Japan in Terrace House and Heart Signal”

Patricia Ciccone (University of Southern California), “Visual Speculations: mapping a new global in The Wandering Earth”

11:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. SCB Lobby

Coffee Break

11:10 a.m. – 12:40 p.m., Panel Two: Social Constellations SCB 104

Dr. JD Connor, Respondent

Lauren Levitt (University of Southern California), “Sex Workers’ Support Networks: Sharing Information”

Dan Lark (University of Southern California), “Culture Warriors: The Making of Digital Hasbara”

Jessica Yang (University of Southern California), “Networked Celebrity: The Intermediate Fame of Youtube Vlogging Communities”

Rose Rowson (Brown University), “As Above, So Below: Modern Astrology and Digital Culture”

12:40 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. SCB Lobby


1:45- p.m. – 3:15 p.m., Panel Three: Spatio-Temporal Constellations SCB 104

Anastasia Howe Bukowski (University of Southern California), “‘I’m in Los Angeles, right?’: Charting a ‘Hole In Space’”

Kanika Lawton (University of Toronto), “On the Shores of Memory: Reconfiguring Utopia in Janelle Monáe’s Dirty Computer (an “Emotion Picture”)”

Isabelle Lynch (University of Pennsylvania), “In the Shadow of Time: Eclipsing the Anticipated Moment in William and Frederick Langenheim’s Eclipse of the Sun (1854)”

Yasmine Espert (Columbia University), “Scholar-Artist in the Archive: Connecting Revolutions in Haiti and Guadeloupe, Past and Present”

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. SCB Lobby

Coffee Break

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Panel Four: Ecological Constellations SCB 104

Dr. Akira Lipitt, Respondent

Ennuri Jo (University of Southern California), “Awaiting Disaster: John Akomfrah’s Purple at the end of the world”

Aaron Katzeman (University of California, Irvine), “Rewatching Koyaanisqatsi in the Anthropocene: Environmental Documentaries as Post-Apocalyptic Cinema”

Maggie Wander (University of California, Santa Cruz), “Navigating the Climate Crisis: Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner’s Creative Constellations”

Debjani Dutta (University of Southern California), “Tremulous Media: Nature, Technology, and the Seismic Imagination”

5:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. SCB Lobby

Coffee Break

5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. SCB 104

Poetry Reading by Dr. Yasmine Espert and Conference Debrief

Conference Accommodations

Gender neutral restrooms located in lower level of SCI.

Select outlines of conference papers for learning disabilities available upon request.

Please refrain from taking flash photography.