113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Temporalities and Childhood I

Session Chair: 
Markus Bohlmann, Seneca College
Session 8: Saturday 1:45-3:15pm
Council Suite (PH-ET)


  1. Carmen Nolte-Odhiambo, University of Hawaii, West Oahu
    This talk offers an addendum to Agamben’s analysis of the biopolitical fracture, as it examines the status of the child as citizen-in-training, or as “not-yet” citizen. Resisting Nodelman’s definition of childhood as a colonized space, I posit instead that the child occupies a temporary political position characterized by a state of becoming rather than being.
  2. Debbie Olson, University of Texas at Arlington
    This paper looks at the role of the black child here in After Earth. I argue that the film's overt discourse about achieving heroism is subverted by the narrative positioning of the black child as inherently inferior, and therefore unable to come-of-age. 
  3. Maryna Matlock, The Ohio State University
    While Carroll’s Alice leaves his looking-glass worlds intact, Howard’s Alyssa shatters its superficies and illusive surfaces in order to release the frisson of fracture and to dwell in a physical and temporal liminality where women’s artistry can be rescripted and subjectivity dynamically Splintered. As Alyssa reinscribes madness as resistance, she claims the fissure as the site of her power, the seat of her queendom, and the source of her mother’s, the woman artist’s, and her own salvation.
Session Cancelled: