Conference Program

Friday, Nov. 2, 2018:

08:30-09:30: SANAS Board Meeting (Amphimax 414)

09:00-10:00: Registration (Amphimax 414)

09:30-10:00: Welcome Coffee (Amphimax 414)

10:00-10:30: Welcome from the Conference Organizers (Amphimax 414)

10:30-12:00: Keynote Address 1 (Amphimax 414)
Deborah Madsen – “Playing with Form: Elizabeth LaPensée’s Indigenously- Determined Video-Games”
Chair: Cécile Heim

12:00-13:30: Lunch at Da Nino’s (Unithèque)

13:30-15:00: Panel A

Panel A1: Symptoms of Genre

Chair: Roman Bischof

(Amphimax 414)

Panel A2: The Genre of Law:

Chair: Patrick Vincent

(Amphipole 340)

Panel A3: Transgressions in Genre

Chair: Sofie Behluli

(Amphipole 338.1)

Franziska Gygax – “American Feminist Writers on Being Ill: Life Writing, Illness, and Theory


Thomas Dikant – “Prevention, Thriller: Allan Pinkerton’s The Mollie Maguires and the Detectives


Morgane Ghilardi – “Playing (with) Horror: Video Games and the Deconstruction of Genre”


Pascal Sigg – “Defining Literary Journalism: Historical Complications of Form, Function, Practice, Value and Reference


Audrey Loetscher – “Ecopolitics, Climate Change Litigation and the Writing of U.S. Environmental Policy”


Sixta Quassdorf – “’I would prefer not to take a clerkship’: The Office Novel”


Cécile Heim – “Creating Belonging: Reading Law through Genre in Louise Erdrich’s The Round House


Paula Barba Guerrero – “Beyond the Post-Apocalyptic Novel: Endorsing Post-humanism to Dissolve the Nation in Octavia E Butler’s Parable of the Sower and Colson Whitehead’s Zone One


15:00-15:30: Coffee (Amphimax 414)

15:30-17:00: Panel B

B1: Forms of Genre

Chair: Benjamin Pickford

(Amphimax 414)

B2: Racialized Genres

Chair: Jesse Ramirez

(Amphipole 340)

B3: Gendered Spaces in Genres

Chair: Ana Gomes Correia

(Amphipole 338.1)

James Dorson – “Form vs. Genre”


Olga Thierbach-McLean – “Shifting Meanings of Asianness in Cyberpunk Movies Since the 1980s”


Stella Castelli – “Transgressing Genres: Tarantino’s Kill Bill as a Reconfiguration of the Traditional Cooking Show”



Thomas Austenfeld – “Pathos: The Genre of Poetic Address”


Keith Corson – “The Thing with Two Heads: Blaxploitation as Genre and/or Production Cycle”


Igor Maver – “Canadian Gender Experimentation with Genre: Margaret Atwood’s Retelling of the Penelope Myth in the The Penelopiad


Tim Lanzendörfer – “Reading for Genre: Form, Politics, and Literary Criticism”


Jiann-Chyng Tu – “Black American romance: Berlin and the Postwar African American Novel”


17:00-17:30 Coffee break (Amphimax 414)

17:30-18:00 Presentations by the American Embassy (Amphimax 414)

18:00-19:30: Keynote Address 2 (Amphimax 414)
Ronald Schleifer – “Death, Literary Form, and Affective Comprehension: Primary Emotions and the Neurological Basis of Genre”
Chair: Boris Vejdovsky

20:00: Conference Dinner at the Café du Théâtre

Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018:

09:00-10:30: SANAS AGM (Anthropole 5196)

10:30-11:00: Coffee break (Anthropole Hall 1130)

11:00-12:30: Panel C

C1: Generating Space and History

Chair: Julia Straub

(Anthropole 5033)

C2: Submission/Subversion: Challenging Gender Images through Genre

Chair: Thomas Austenfeld

(Anthropole 5196)

Simon Krause – “Playing History in Video Games: The Historicity of Assassin’s Creed III


Nasrin Babakhani – “A New Face of Realism: An Other Thinking from Marginalized Position”


Malgorzata Socha – “Genre Revisited: A Revisionist Approach to the Western”


Maria Lombard – “Genre and Women’s Narratives of Motherhood in Contemporary American Literature”


Ridvan Askin – “Absolute Form: Traveling the ‘great outdoors’ in Margaret Fuller’s Summer on the Lakes, in 1843


Yuwei Ge – “Dancing with the Wolves: Women’s Images and Fairy Tales in American Political Television Series”




12:30-14:00: Lunch at Da Nino’s (Unithèque)

14:00-15:30: Panel D

D1: Performing Genres, Performing Identities

Chair: Ana Gomes Correia

(Anthropole 5033)

D2: The Socio-Cultural Leverage of Genre

Chair: Aurélie Zurbrügg

(Anthropole 5125)

D3: Genres of ‘Race’: Science Fiction and Racecraft

Chair: Patrizia Zanella

(Anthropole 5196)


Boris Vejdovsky – “The Performance of the Western Genre in American Culture: Rhetoric and Symbolic Forms in American Western Movies”


Amina Grunewald – “Visualizing Non-Speciesist Protest: Jo-Anne McArthur’s Photo-Documentaries as Narratives of Animal Advocacy and Means of Resistance”


Jesse Ramirez – “Are Orcs Racist ? Reflections on Bright



Julia Ditter – “The Evolution of Sitcom: A Case Study of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and One Day at a Time


Rebekka Nordmann – “The American Short Story: A Genre Influencing a Nation”


Christine Vogt-William – “’My Skin Is Not My Own: Twinned Bodies and Racecraft in Frank Herbert’s Dune


Anne Korfmacher – “’I can tell an Indian when I see one’: Deconstructing ‘Indianness’ in Der Schuh des Manitu and Green Grass, Running Water


Hannah Schoch – “Staging a Double Revolution: Hamilton’s Tactical Engagement of Genre”


Bryan Banker – “Earthers, Dusters, Belters: The Politics of Race and Class in Syfy’s The Expense

15:30-16:00: Coffee break (Hall 1130)

16:00-17:30: Keynote Address 3 (Anthropole 2120)
Linda Williams – “Beyond Genre: The Modalities of Melodrama”
Chair: Agnieszka Soltysik – Monnet

17:30-18:00: Closing Remarks from the Conference Organizers (Anthropole 2120)

From 18:00 onward: Informal dinner in town

The complete program booklet can be found here: ProgramBooklet_SANAS2018_Final