"Death and Its Afterlives: De/composing Boundaries" Conference Day 2


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A drawing of a skeleton hand holding red flowers
Participants : 

Keynote address by Dr. Luciana Chamorro

Panel 5: Visual Decays
Charlotte Jurgens (University of Michigan), Our Daisy
Delsa Lopez (University of Michigan), [title pending]
Leah Crosby (University of Michigan), The Undone, Do It: using choice-based storytelling to explore death and its aftermaths
Janine Sun (University of Southern California), Death Games of the In-Between: Precarity and Decay in Alice in Borderland

Panel 6.1: Afterlives of War (Rackham Assembly Hall)
Felipe Coimbra Moretti (University of Michigan), Death and Decay: The Shifting Dynamics of Fascism in the Contemporary Global Landscape
Fatimah Alhawary (University of Michigan), Longings for Home: Stories from Syria
Patrick Peralta & Qian Qian Ng (University of Michigan), Seeing Counterinsurgency: The Limits of Witness in the Philippine Drug War
Panel 6.2: Afterlives of Grief (East Conference Room)
Respondent: Renée Ragin Randall
Martha Clare Brinkman (Indiana University), The Grieving Body in Love in Vittoria Colonna’s and Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnets
Truly Edison (University of Southern California), “This is as Real as Real Can be Here:” Grief, Context Collapse, and Tragedy in the Squared Circle
Sophie Katz (University of Michigan), A Mode of Killing: Suicide, Punishment, and Possibility
Christopher Birkett (New York University), "The Unnamed, Unknown Rank and File": Walt Whitman’s Drum-Taps and the Common Soldier in Public Memory
Panel 7: Memory and Inheritance
Respondent: Aaron Coleman
Katie Kasperian (University of Michigan), The Landscape(s) of the Undead: Memorializing Mass Graves in the Former Yugoslavia
Hannah Resnick (University of Michigan), Writing and Undermining Wills in 4th Century Athens
Sylvie Vidan (University of California, Los Angeles), Collective Memory in Pre- and Post-Soviet Dystopian Fiction: We and The Living
Catherine Hou (University of Michigan), Grief Technology and the Loss of Death
Event Date: 
March 9, 2024
Event Time: 
8:30am to 7:00pm
Rackham Assembly Hall, 4th floor
A drawing of a skeleton hand holding red flowers

From necropolitics to ecological decline, from digital dead links to haunted sites, from the material ruins of late capitalism to the allegorical decay of “late style,” this year’s CLIFF conference seeks to de/compose the boundaries between the living and the dead. We hope to bring together a diverse set of critical interests and disciplines on a terrain where death and precarious (after)lives lay bare the politics of exclusion, the erosion of memory, and the ethical responsibilities that confront us in the face of current crises. Our graduate student-organized conference aims to foster interdisciplinary dialogues; we welcome researchers, independent scholars, and artists to join us in exploring death, rebirth, and the in-between.

For our 28th annual conference, the Comparative Literature Intra-student Faculty Forum (CLIFF) invites 15 minute presentations based in literary analysis, critical theory, history, politics, anthropology, translation studies, and interdisciplinary work. These presentations may take the form of academic papers, creative work, performance, and/or visual media.

Our conference is entirely organized by graduate students of Comparative Literature. This year's organizing members are Arianna Afsari, CC Barrick, Delsa Lopez, and Sanjana Ramanathan.