Charlie Bertsch (cbertsch) wrote,
Charlie Bertsch

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Hard to Believe

The internet is frequently the place of disappearance. You love something and then it's gone. But some sites endure. I stumbled across the 1996 American Studies Association convention program this morning, only days after narrating the strange circumstances of my honeymoon at Club Congress to an incredulous audience:
10:15 AM - 12:15 PM

The Personal Is Professional on TV

Susan J. Douglas, Department of Communications Studies, University of Michigan

Charlie Bertsch, Department of English, University of California, Berkeley
The Personal Is Paranormal: The X-Files and the Situation of Working Professionals
Gillian Epstein, Department of English, University of California, Berkeley
Beverly Hills 90210: Class and Gender Play in the Cult of the Personal
Annalee Newitz, Department of English, University of California, Berkeley
ER, Professionals, and the Family Problem
Jillian Sandell, Department of English, University of California, Berkeley
Friends and the Families We Choose

Susan J. Douglas
The remarkable part was realizing how many people I regard as cool were presenting that same morning. Take this panel, for example:
8:15 - 10:00 AM

Immigrant Acts: Rethinking American Studies in the Transnational Era

George Lipsitz, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego

José David Saldívar, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Border Matters and Immigrant Acts: The Significance of Asian American Diasporic Writing for Chicano Studies
Tricia Rose, Department of History, New York University
Race, Gender, and Immigrant Acts: Black Women and Transnational Culture
K. Scott Wong, Department of History, Williams College
Immigrant Acts and Asian American Studies

Lisa Lowe, Department of Literature, University of California, San Diego
Or this one, with my current colleague and all-around awesome thinker Miranda Joseph:
10:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Transnational Subjects Within and Against the Nation-State

Sarah Deutsch, Department of History, Clark University

David Kazanjian, Department of Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley
Race Within/Against the Liberal State: Thomas Jefferson, David Walker, and Maria Stewart's Debate over Recolonization
Miranda Joseph, Department of Women's Studies, University of Arizona
Good Cop, Bad Cop: Gay Versus Christian, State Versus Nation in the NEA Debates
Alys Eve Weinbaum, Department of English, Columbia University
Transnational (Re)Production and U.S. Feminism
Alicia Schmidt Camacho, Department of Modern Thought and Literature, Stanford University
Mexicana Inter-states: Global Restructuring and the Production of Difference in the Maquiladoras

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And then there's this retroactively sadness-inducing panel:
10:15 AM - 12:15 PM

"Unmentionable Vice," Sluttishness, and Alien Bodies: The Puritan Origins of American Sex

Jenny Franchot, Department of English, University of California, Berkeley

Nicholas F. Radel, Department of English, Furman University
Sodomical "Perversion": Reprobacy, Homophobia, and the Emergence of Sexual Subjectivity in 17th-Century England and New England
Tracy Fessenden, Department of Religious Studies, Arizona State University
"Must Be a Woman": The Convent, the Whorehouse, and the Antebellum Protestant Woman's Sphere
Magdalena J. Zaborowska, Department of English, Furman University
White, Straight, and Protestant: Americanizing Male Alien Bodies in Abraham Cahan's Works

Jenny Franchot
Of course, reflecting on 1996 -- before the boom had peaked, before the burst had come, before the second coming of the Bush family -- is pretty painful in its own right. It's sort of like a Roman imagining a time before the barbarian invasions.

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