A CONFERENCE ON URBAN LITERATURE

10 April 2010 ▪ 8:30am-5pm ▪ Pembroke Hall Room 202 ▪172 Meeting St Providence, RI ▪ Wheelchair accessible

Breakfast                                                                                                                                          8:30-9am

Keynote address                                                                                                                                 9-10am
Michael D. Rubenstein: “Infrastructuralism”                                                                              

Urban Infrastructure and Fiction                                                                                                   10-12pm
M. J. Andersen                  “All Fall Down: Infrastructure and Civic Culture in Rhode Island”
David L. Pike                    “Darkness Visible: Representations of Subterranean Infrastructure”

Lunch                                                                                                                                                    12-1pm

Cityscapes in Fiction Roundtable                                                                                                       1-3pm
Chinnie Ding, Allison Fong, Ghenwa Hayek, John Mulligan, Sara Pfaff,  and Katerina Seligmann 

Global Cityscapes and Literature                                                                                                       3-5pm
Nelson H. Vieira                    “Urban Space/Mental Space: The ‘True Blood’ of Dalton Trevisan’s Urban Vampires in the 
                                                    Cityscape of Modern Brazil’s Curitiba”

Bruce Robbins                  “That Giant Sucking Sound: Plumbing and Global Injustice"
Edward J. Ahearn             “‘Waiting in the world city, for things to make some sense’: Cosmopolis and Global Cyber-
                                                    Cities Theorizing”

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Sponsored by Brown University’s Office of International Affairs, Cogut Center for the Humanities, Graduate Student Council, and Departments of English (Zucker Family Fund), of Comparative Literature, and of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies