The First CSULB Graduate Student English Conference

February 7, 2012

The students, faculty, and staff of California State University, Long Beach, are excited to announce the first CSULB Graduate Student English Conference. This inaugural event, organized by students for students, will provide a forum for scholarly discussion on a wide range of issues and questions that face our world today.

Organized by a committee of CSULB graduate students and encouraged by Department Chair Dr. Eileen Klink and the Department of English, the goal of the conference is to increase interest, exposure, and participation in post-baccalaureate academic pursuits by providing students with an opportunity to share their current work and areas of research. Designed with graduate students and advanced undergraduates in mind, the CSULB Graduate Student English Conference promotes interdisciplinary collaboration and participation among our Southern California CSUs, UCs, and neighboring private colleges.

In selecting “Occupation” as the theme for 2012, the conference promises to generate a diverse range of topic submissions that reflects, responds, interrogates, and/or challenges the salient ideas and concerns of the world-wide movements of the early twenty-first century.

The schedule is included below or can be viewed as a .pdf here.




PANEL 1: Media, Arts, and the Politics of Representation


9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Location: Karl Anatol Conference Center


“Participation > Product: Art, Politics, and Participatory Culture in McLuhan’s Electric Age”

Lisa Brown (California State University, Long Beach)


“‘Viet rap’s leader’s revolutionary move’: Re-Occupying Saigon in Rapper Nah Nguyen’s Vietrap No1tuLoveR”

Jade Hidle (University of California, San Diego)


“A Power Struggle in Print: Ricardo Flores Magon, Harrison Gray Otis, and the 1911 Revolution of Baja California”

Kevan Antonio Aguilar (California State University, Long Beach)


“Contemporary Music Videos and the Preoccupation with Childhood”

Ashley Kramer (California State University, Los Angeles)


PANEL 2: Economics and the Currency of British Social Environments

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Location: AS 384


“Occupational Occupation in Early English Drama”

Jeremiah Allen (California State University, Long Beach)


“Why Hitchens Mattered: Reappraising the Occupy Movement”

Joshua Bernstein (University of Southern California)


“The Idealized East in Joyce’s ‘Araby’”

Amy Sandoval (California State University, Long Beach)


“Education, Wealth, and Principle in 18th Century Literature by British Female Writers”

Daniella Soleimani (California State University, Northridge)



11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Location: Karl Anatol Conference Center


“Occupational Hazards at Home & Abroad”

Dr. John Carlos Rowe (USC Distinguished Professor of American Studies)



12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Location: Karl Anatol Conference Center


PANEL 3: Challenging Hegemonic Occupational Practices in Education

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Location: Karl Anatol Conference Center


“Redeeming a Lost Narrative”

Geghard Arakelian (California State University, Northridge)


“Que Es Eso? Pluralistic Literacy and Changes in Social Justice”

Marissa Jenrich (California State University, Long Beach)


“That They May Learn to Speak: Empowering Young Urban Poets through the Theory and Practice of the Post-Colonial Lens”

Mae Ramirez (California State University, Long Beach)


PANEL 4: Borders, Liminality, & Hybridity

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Location: Karl Anatol Conference Center


“Occupy Shakespeare! The Occupy Movement in Richard II

Courtney Long (California State University, Fullerton)


“Fundamental Universalism in Leila Aboulela’s Minaret

Chris Kennison (California State University, Los Angeles)


“‘That Is Life’: Hybridity in Ricardo Pigia’s The Absent City“”

Mujib Tahir (California State University, Fullerton)


“‘Scepter and Pow’r:’ Political Structures and Subjectivity in Paradise Lost

Emily Keery (California State University, Long Beach)


PANEL 5: Identity & the Formation of Bodies

4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Location: Karl Anatol Conference Center


“Within the Butterfly’s Cocoon: The Hijras of India”

Irene Rose De Lily (Mount St. Mary’s College)


“Game On! Identity Formation in Electrate Gaming Culture”

Erin Griesser (California State University, Long Beach)


“Producing Slippage in Hegemonic Masculinity: A (FTM) Transgendered Experience of Occupying Gender”

Rusty Rust (California State University, Long Beach)


“‘La Femme Ideale’: The Women of Naguib Mahfouz’s Adrift on the Nile

Bennette Turpanjian (California State University, Long Beach)


“Occupying the Third Space in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Finding a Fluid Identity in Other-Worldliness, Ugliness, and the Grandeur of Monstrosity”

Kacie Wills (California State University, Long Beach)


PANEL 6: Physical Places & Textual Spaces

6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

Location: Karl Anatol Conference Center


“Spatial Practice and Place-Consciousness in Occupy Los Angeles: Symbolic Intersection on 4th and Figueroa”

Rebecca Avalos (California State University, Fullerton)


“Engaging Textual Enclosures: The Politics of the Peritext and Their Functional Shifts Across Media”

Lisa Brown (California State University, Long Beach)


“Marginal Experiences: Constructing Identity through Testimonial Narratives”

Jessica Cowing (California State University, Long Beach)


PANEL 7: Creative Panel – Short Readings of Poetry and Fiction

6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

Location: AS 122


“A Brief History of Rats”

Larry Duncan (California State University, Long Beach)


“Letters to Acapulco, My Mother’s Home,” “Self-Portrait as Montebello,” and “I Am Not a Real Mexican”

Mae Ramirez (California State University, Long Beach)


“Caring for Children”

Merica Teng (California State University, Long Beach)


“Marine World”

Anna Mavromati (California State University, Long Beach)


For additional information, please visit the conference website or the conference Facebook page.