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Attendees Will Enjoy...

Held at the Hilton Hotel in historic downtown Salt Lake City, accessible via public transportation from the airport and within walking distance of museums, shopping, bars, and dining. For ideas about activities to do during your stay, check out our SLC Activities Page.

  • Opening reception at the Utah Natural History Museum
  • Optional study day at archives with extensive nineteenth-century print, manuscript, and art collections
  • Guided city walks
  • Extended feedback and discussion during each panel
  • Undergraduate poster session

Keynote Speakers

Tanya Agathocleous

Associate Professor of English, Hunter College, CUNY

Tanya Agathocleous' integrative and interdisciplinary scholarship considers stratification in political, legal, architectural, and corporeal contexts, making visible the effects of imperial structures and spaces on lived experience. Her latest book, Disaffected: Emotion, Sedition, and Colonial Law in the Anglosphere, examines the far-reaching effects of anti-sedition law on the overlapping and discordant political spheres of India and Britain.

Jennifer Tucker

Associate Professor of History, Wesleyan University

Deftly blending the fields of visual history and the history of science in Nature Exposed: Photography as Eyewitness in Victorian Science, Jennifer Tucker explores the cultural, legal, and medical meanings evoked by the photograph in its early development. Her current work on mining and chemical extraction exposes the labor history and environmental effects beneath photography's glossy finish.

Plenary Panelists

Göran Blix

Professor of French,
Princeton University

In From Paris to Pompeii: French Romanticism and the Cultural Politics of Archaeology, Göran Blix shows how archeology’s acts of excavation bequeathed a metaphor through which nineteenth-century historians, visual artists, and authors theorized the interlocking relationship between past and present. His recent work maps out a subterranean genealogy of biophilia and ecoapathy from Rousseau to Zola. 

Judith Madera

Associate Professor of Literature,
Wake Forest University

Judith Madera’s Black Atlas: Geography and Flow in Nineteenth-Century African American Literature incisively redefines place as a palimpsest of local, regional, national, and hemispheric histories, metaphors, and allegiances working both in consort and conflict. Her new project explores the radical geographies of African American and Caribbean literatures and the Black emancipatory politics of the abolition epoch.

Shundana Yusaf

Associate Professor of Architecture,
University of Utah

As an historian of architecture, Shundana Yusaf explores the spatialization of politics and culture, replacing visual modes of understanding design with attention to the oral and aural practices that characterize built environments. Her book in progress, The Resonant Tomb: A Feminist History of Sufi Shrines in Pakistan, explores gender contestation in public sacred spaces including those excavated in the nineteenth century.


Last Updated: 9/10/21