Conference: Displacements: Cultural Identities in Question
April 4-5, 1991

The Center sponsored the conference, Displacements: Cultural Identities in Question, on April 4-5, 1991, which was held in Curtin Hall 175. The conference was organized to answer the following questions: What is the relationship between cultural constructions of identity and historical experiences of displacement? How do "home" and "cultural identity" become sites of struggle over place? What are the stakes? Who gains? Who loses? How are "foreignness" and "at-homeness" deployed strategically? And finally, what are the relationships among "displacement" as a theoretical signifier, a textual strategy, and a lived experience? Many of the papers presented at the conference were used in a book, edited by the conference organizer Angelika Bammer, Displacements: Cultural Identities in Question.

Angelika Bammer (Emory) and Ronald Judy (Carnegie Mellon)

Thursday, April 4  
1:30 - 2:00 pm Kathleen Woodward (UWM)
Angelika Bammer (Emory)
Introduction to the Conference
2:00 - 3:30 pm

Cultural (Im)posturing
Rey Chow (Minnesota)
"Where Have All the Natives Gone?"
Introduction: Angelika Bammer (Emory)

Rey Chow (Minnesota)

3:30 - 4:00 pm Coffee
4:00 - 5:30 pm Panel:
Panivong Norindr (UWM)
"'Coming Home' on the Fourth of July: The Press, Immigration, and Identity"
Sheila Roberts (UWM)
"Reconstituted Relationships"
Elaine Chang (Stanford)
"A Not-So-New Spelling of My Name: Notes toward (and against) a Politics of Equivocation"
Moderator: Cheryl Johnson (UWM)
5:30 pm Reception

(front l-r) Kathryn Milun (Minnesota), Heidrun Suhr (NYU),
(back shaking hands) Karen Remmler (Mt. Holyoke) and
Pemina Yellow Bird (Madison)

Friday, April 5  
9:00 - 10:30 am Border Crossings
Mary Layoun (UW-Madison)
"Narrating the Nation as (Violated) Body: Or, Rape by Any Other Name?"
Rolando Romero (UWM)
"Shipwrecked Identities: The Narratives on Cabeza de Vaca and Gonzalo Guerrero"
Leslie Adelson (Ohio State)
"Misplacing/Displacing Minority Discourse: Jews and Other 'Others' in German Novels by Jeannette Lander"
Moderator: Kathleen Woodward
10:30 - 11:00 am Coffee
11:00 - 12:30 pm Acts of Translation
Heidrun Suhr
"'Heimat' and National Identity in Texts by Foreigners Writing in German"
Karen Remmler (Mt. Holyoke)
"Sheltering Battered Bodies in Language: Imprisonment Once More?"
Kathryn Milun (Minnesota) and
Pemina Yellow Bird (Madison)
"The Repatriation of Indian Remains: Issues in Cultural Identity and Politics"
Moderator: Jane Gallop (UWM)
12:30 - 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 - 3:30 pm Positions of Authority
David Wallace (University of Texas-Austin)
"Periodizing, Mapping, Genocide"
Introduction: Angelika Bammer (Emory)

David Wallace (University Texas-Austin)

3:30 - 4:00 pm Coffee
4:00 - 5:30 pm

Ronald Judy (Carnegie Mellon)
"Translating Inventories of American Cultural Theories: Sampling Postmodern Anthropology"
Julio Ramos (UC-Berkeley)
"Language and Citizenship in Latin America"
Aine O'Brien (UWM)
"Passive Revolution, Wars of Position: Perceptions of Place and the Legal Fictions of Nation"
Moderator: Patrice Petro

5:30 - 6:30 pm Discussion

Panivong Norindr (UWM), Cheryl Johnson (UWM), and
Elaine Chang (Stanford)

  General Discussants: Marcus Bullock (UWM), Brian Doherty (UWM), Martine Meyer (UWM), Robin Pickering-Iazzi (UWM), Roby Rajan (UW-Parkside), Carol Tennessen (UWM), William Washabaugh (UWM), Yuan Yuan (UWM)

Ronald Judy (Carnegie Mellon), Julio Ramos (UC-Berkeley),
and Aine O'Brien (UWM)

  Conference Organizer:
Angelika Bammer
  Conference Coordinator:
Carol Tennessen

Rolando Romero (UWM) and William Vélez (UWM)



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