Conference hosted by English explores the economization of everything

Friday, October 25, 2013

The Department of English Language and Literature is playing host to a major interdisciplinary conference this weekend - the Canadian Association of American Studies (CAAS) annual gathering, Total Money Makeover: Culture and the Economization of Everything, will explore the meaning of money in literature, society, and culture. 

With over 100 scholars attending from across the country and the U.S., the conference will take place off campus at the Kitchener-Waterloo Hotel and Conference Centre, Oct 25-27, and features two keynote lectures and a graduate student expo that are open to the public.

Waterloo faculty will give papers, talk on panels and chair sessions – covering themes such as ‘ecological economies’, ‘neoliberal identities’ and ‘fictions of technology’. Presenters from Arts include Heather Douglas (Philosophy) on “Science Advisors and the Problem of Loyalty during the Nixon Administration”, Jasmin Habib (Political Science) on “Jewish Peace and Social Justice Activists, and American Identity”, Lowell Ewert (Conrad Grebel) on “Alternative Economics: The Influence of Fair Trade”, and Jennifer Harris (English) presents “Hit me with Hawthorne: Anne Wales Abbott and the Game of Authors in Nineteenth-Century America.”

On Saturday, graduate students from the English department will present Invisible Cities: Located Knowledge and Digital Design at the Communitech Hub. The symposium and expo features digital art works that investigate computational objects, data visualization, game worlds, and locative media design. These visual forms facilitate critical and analytical engagement with the power and effects of digital design – and viewers are encouraged to discuss the works with the students who created them.

For more information, visit the conference website.

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