Program

Conference Schedule

Presentations will take place in medical building one on the UiT campus. All presentations will be streamed via Zoom. (Program with Zoom links sent via email.) 

 


 

Thursday, September 24th

 

8: 45-9: 15 COFFEE AND REGISTRATION

Medicine and the health professional building 1

  

9:15 - 9:30 WELCOME AND OPENING

Medicine and health sciences building 1 Large auditorium

Cassandra Falke, Professor of English Literature, UiT - The Arctic University of Norway, President of ASANOR

Tristram Perry, Public Affairs, US Embassy of Norway 

 

9:30 - 11:00 PLENARY PRESENTATION

American Studies under / after a Post-Factual President: The Effects on American Democracy of 'Fake News', 'Alternative Facts,' and the 'Dumbing Down' of a Large Part of the Population

Medicine and Health Sciences Building 1: Large auditorium

Ole O. Moen (Professor Emeritus, University of Oslo, Norway)

Respondent: Alf Tomas Tønnessen (Univesity of Adger, Norway; President, Nordic Association for American Studies, 2019-2023)

  

11:15 - 12:45 PANEL PRESENTATION 1

 

Panel 1: Intersectional Truths / Fictions / Facts - Gender, Sexuality, Ethnicity, Race

Medicine and Health Sciences Building 1: Large Auditorium

Moderator: Justin Parks 

  • Orders Borders and Betrayal in Zora Neale Hurston's  Barracoon : Rethinking Truths and Facts in the American Slave Narrative

Nahum Welang (University of Bergen, Norway)

  • ¨ Historical Truths vs. Facts in Representations of Race:  Hidden Figures

Deborah Kitchen-Døderlein (University of Oslo, Norway)

 

12:45 - 13:45 LUNCH

 

14:00 - 15:30 PANEL PRESENTATIONS 3 AND 4

 

Panel 3: Autobiographical and Autofictional Truths

Medicine and Health Sciences Building 1: Auditorium 6

Moderator: Nahum Welang

  • ¨ “Some day, all this will have to be developed”: Testimony, Futurity, and Camp in Christopher Isherwood's Goodbye to Berlin

Eric Doise (Southwest Minnesota State University, USA)

  • ¨ Truth, Falsity and Justice in Poems from Guantanamo

Ruben Moi (UiT-Norway's Arctic University of Tromsø)

 

Panel 4: Narrating contemporary US identities and ideological conflicts 

Medicine and Health Sciences Building 1: Large Auditorium

Moderator: Alf Tomas Tønnessen 

  • ¨ The Post-Truth Poetics of Prose-Poem Testimony in Citizen by Claudia Rankine

Jiri Flajsar (Palacky Uniersity Olomouc, Czech Republic)

  • ¨ Spiteful Fictions

Marianne Kongerslev (Aalborg University, Denmark)

 

 15:30 - 16:00 COFFEE BREAK

  

16:00 - 17:30 KEYNOTE ONE:  Truth, Rights, and US Political and Literary C ulture

Medicine and health sciences building 1 Large auditorium

Moderator: Cassandra Falke

James Dawes (DeWitt Wallace Professor of English, Macalester College, USA)

  

17:45 - 19:00 WELCOME RECEPTION (Ardna) https://uit.no/enhet/sesam 


 

Friday, September 25th

 

9:00 - 9:30 COFFEE

 

9:30 - 11:00 SAMI ART WALK with Irene Snarby

 

11:15 - 12:45 PANEL PRESENTATIONS 5 AND 6

 

Panel 5: Truth-Telling in Activism and Reform

Medicine and Health Sciences Building 1: Auditorium 6

       Moderator: Eir-Anne Edgar 

  • Rosa Sonneschein's Fin de Siecle Fiction: the Clashing (Un) true Worlds of Zionism, Reform, Judiasm, Feminism and Conformity

Irina Rabinovich (Holon Institute of Technology, Israel)

  • ¨ The Myth of Male Power: Men's Rights, Alternative Histories, and Telling the “Truth” about American Matriarchy

Keira V. Williams (Queen's University of Belfast, Ireland)

  • ¨ Native American Women's Truth-Telling Activism: the Oil Industry and #MMIWG

Ellen Marie Jensen (UiT-Norway's Arctic University)

  

Panel 6: Grand Narratives, Histories, and Ideologies of “America” Across Genres

Medicine and Health Sciences Building 1: Auditorium 1

Moderator: Minna Niemi

  • ¨ The Truth in the Script and the Untruth in the Movie: Tarantino's Rewriting of American History

Enrico Botta (Independent Scholar, Italy)

  • ¨ Young Folks' History: Grand narratives of citizenship and identity in American schoolbooks from the early Republic to the Reconstruction Era

Luana Salvarani (University of Parma, Italy) 

  • ¨ Truth in Crisis: The Great Depression and the Impasse of Writing

Justin Parks (UiT-Norway's Arctic University)

 

12:45 - 13:45 LUNCH

 

14:00 - 15:30 PANEL PRESENTATIONS 7 AND 8

 

Panel 7: Truth and Politics in the Trump Era

Medicine and Health Sciences Building 1: Auditorium 6

Moderator: Justin Parks

  • ¨ Republicans Ignoring the Truth: Why Trump Survived Impeachment While Nixon Resigned

Alf Tomas Tønnessen (University of Agder, Norway)

  • ¨ Defamiliarizing the American Audience's Biases via Ethnodrama: The Clinton-Trump Debate's Monsters and Beyond

Joe Salvatore (New York University, USA) and Phillip Pierce (UiT-Norway's Arctic University)

 

15:30 - 16:00 COFFEE BREAK

 

16:00 - 17:30 KEYNOTE TWO:  Finding Our Way with Native Literature

Medicine and health sciences building 1 Large auditorium

Moderator: Laura Castor

Carter Meland (Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, USA)

 

19:30 - 21:30 CONFERENCE DINNER at SKARVEN

 


 

Saturday September 26th

 

9:30 - 10:30 COFFEE AND BUSINESS MEETING

Medicine and health sciences building 1 Large auditorium

 

10.30 - 12:00 PANEL PRESENTATIONS 9 AND 10

 

Panel 9: Narrating the Self for Others

Medicine and Health Sciences Building 1: Auditorium 6

Moderator: Ellen Marie Jensen

  • ¨ “Would You Ever Lie to Me?”: Truth, Reality and the Posthuman Identity in  Westworld

Amaya Fernandez Menicucci (University of the Basque Country, Spain) 

  • ¨ “Sorry You Feel That Way:” #Metoo and the Public Apology

Eir-Anne E. Edgar (The Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

  

Panel 10: Regional Narratives and Contested Histories of South and West

Medicine and Health Sciences Building 1: Auditorium 1

Moderator: Justin Parks

  • ¨ Ready, Player, Outlaw: The Mythical West, Neo-Revisionism, and Video Games

Michael Fuchs (University of Oldenburg, Germany); and Stefan Rabitsch (University of Graz, Austria)

  • Territories of Indian Mind and Heart: Storytelling and the Issue of Indigenous Identity in Simon J. Ortiz's from  Sand Creek: Rising in this Heart which is our America  (1981)

Panteleimon Tsiokos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece) 

  • ¨ An Invitation to the Truth: The “Prologue” in Tommy Orange's  There, There

Kristin Rozzell Murray (American University in Dubai)

 

12.00-13.00 LUNCH 

 

13.00-14.30 PANEL PRESENTATIONS 11 AND 12

Panel 11: Writing the Self Private and Public

Medicine and Health Sciences Building 1: Auditorium 6

Moderator: Laura Castor

  • ¨ Literary Re-presentations as Acts of Critical Social Responsibility

Anette Svensson (Jönköping University, Sweden)

  • ¨ Truth and 'Headlies': The truth-telling of T-Bone Slim

Owen Clayton (University of Lincoln, UK)

  • ¨ Fitzgerald's Slanted Second Act:  The Crack-Up  as Revisionist Self-Invention

Jessica Allen Hanssen (Nord University, Norway)

 

Panel 12: Difficult Truths and Contested Subjectivities

Medicine and Health Sciences Building 1: Auditorium 1

Moderator: Cassandra Falke

  • ¨ Representing Unpleasant Truths: Postcolonial Gothic and Cultural Abjection in Adichie's "Tomorrow is Too Far"

Minna Niemi (UiT-Norway's Arctic University)

  • ¨ The Issue of Self-Representation in American Literature Featuring Drag Queen Characters, 1960s-1980

Ewa Scibior (University of Warsaw, Poland) 

  • ¨ Vivid and Repulsive as the Truth: The Effects of Contrast in Djuna Barnes'  The Book of Repulsive Women

Helle H. Lapeniene (University of Bergen, Norway)

 

14:30 - 15:00 COFFEE BREAK

15:00 - 16:30 KEYNOTE THREE:  BREAKTHROUGH: MeToo and the Formation of Collective Witness

Medicine and health sciences building 1 Large auditorium

Moderator: Laura Castor

Leigh Gilmore (Visiting Professor of English, The Ohio State University, USA; and Visiting Scholar, Penbrook Center for Teaching and Research on Women, Brown University, USA)