American Studies Student Conference

Exploring Other Worlds: The United States and Its Others
American Studies Student Conference
March 10-11, 2020


Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 9:00-19:00
Venue: The Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission, 2 Nicolae Costinescu St., Bucharest

9:00-10:00 Opening of the Conference
Octavian Roske (Assoc. Prof., Head of the English Department, University of Bucharest)
Mircea Dumitru (Executive Director, Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission)
Andrew Greenough (Economic Officer, United States Embassy in Bucharest) – Opening talk: “Promoting Inclusion and Representation in the U.S. Political System”

10:00-11:30 Panel 1: Film and Television

1. Monica Matei (University of Bucharest): “Contemporary African American Outlaw & Heroic Figures in The Boondocks”
2. Oana Ciobanu (University of Bucharest): “‘Survivors’ of the Holocaust: The Cynical Mass Media Adaptation of Jewish Otherness in Curb Your Enthusiasm”
3. Ionuț-Șerban Lucaș (“Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iaşi): “Simulacra in The Truman Show and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”
4. Alex Bojneagu (West University of Timișoara): “Stuck In-between Two Worlds. Michael Corleone’s Double Tragedy”
5. Teodora Marin (University of Bucharest): “Exploring the Transcultural Animated Film Adaptation The Princess and the Frog”

11:30-11:45 Coffee break

11:45-13:15 Panel 2: Fiction

1. Raluca Merian (University of Bucharest): “Exploring Witchcraft as a Space of Otherness in Esther Forbes’ A Mirror for Witches (1928)”
2. Robert Enescu (Ovidius University, Constanța): Getting Lost in the Crowd: A Thematic Analysis of Don DeLillo’s White Noise”
3. Ruxandra Gîdei (University of Bucharest): “The Other Beatniks: Beating Masculinist Discourse in Joyce Johnson’s Come and Join the Dance”
4. Martina Proietti (Ovidius University, Constanța): “Ethnic Identity in Jhumpa Lahiri’s Novel The Namesake”
5. Elena Mincu (University of Bucharest): “Visual Literature of Disease and Feminine Madness: the Change of the Distressed Second Sex for the Price of Male Sensitivity in Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’”

13:15-14:00 Lunch break

14:00-15:15 Panel 3: Cultural Studies/History
1. David Dumitriu (University of Bucharest): “Countercultures of Subversion. A Look at How Hardcore Punk and Black Metal Have Attempted to Subvert Mainstream or Popular Beliefs and Idea(l)s”
2. Andreea Moise (University of Bucharest): “The Female Other: Mansplaining, Manspreading and Rape Culture in the Digital Era of Fourth-Wave Feminism”
3. Iulia Salcă (Transilvania University of Brașov): “Bringing Down the Mountains: The Impact of Mountaintop Removal Surface Coal Mining on Appalachian Communities”
4. Jacob A. Bruggeman (Miami University of Ohio/ University of Cambridge): “Masters of Capital and Men on the Street: Making America’s Economic Others in the Gilded Age, 1870-1900”

15:15-15:30 Coffee break

15:30-16:45 Panel 4: Drama, Comics, Architecture and Lit
1. Alp Kayhan (Ovidius University, Constanța): “Reflections of the American Dream in August Wilson’s Fences”
2. Bianca Stoian (University of Bucharest): “Old Ideas, New Utopias in Hank Green’s An Absolutely Remarkable Thing (2018)”
3. Iliana Dumitrescu (University of Bucharest): “Indigenizing the Native: Marvel’s Red Wolf between Entertainment and Statement”
4. Iris Knieling (“Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iaşi): “Otherness in the American Modern Architecture and Literature”

16:45-17:00 Coffee break

17:00-18:15 Panel 5: Poetry
1. Ana Dragnea (University of Bucharest): “Poetic Persona(s), Intimacy and Worldview in Emily Dickinson’s Crafted Universe”
2. Ana Soviany (University of Bucharest): “The Synesthetic Experience of Self in Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself ”
3. Raul Săran (West University of Timișoara): “From Andrei Codrescu to Barbara Jane Reyes – Exploring ‘the Other’ in 21st Century American Immigrant Poetry”
4. Vasile Gribincea (University of Bucharest): “Traumatic Identities and Reverberations of the Holocaust in Paul Celan’s Todesfuge and Sylvia Plath’s Daddy and Lady Lazarus: Towards an Intertextual ‘Mirroring’”

18:15-18:30 Coffee break

18:30-19:00 “Dan Grigorescu” prize award ceremony. Closing remarks.


Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Venue: Council Hall, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Bucharest,
7-13 Pitar Moș St., Bucharest

12:00-14:00 Keynote lecture
Cristina Stanciu, Fulbright scholar, Virginia Commonwealth University/ “Al. I. Cuza” University of Iași: “Where Are the Children?” The Legacy of Residential Schools in Native North American
Literature and Culture

Lasă un răspuns

Adresa ta de email nu va fi publicată. Câmpurile obligatorii sunt marcate cu *