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Sunday, April 17 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Locating the Voice in Exotica
Andrew Wenaus, “Breaking into the Anthropocene: Dislocating the Human Voice in Space Exotica”
Meenasarani Linde Murugan, “Chant of the Chosen Maidens: Gender and Exotica”
Manan Desai, “Listening to the Mau Mau: Colonial Voices and African Exotica”

Moderators
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RJ Smith

RJ Smith is author of The One: The Life & Music of James Brown (Gotham Books, 2012); and The Great Black Way: LA in the 1940s and the Lost African-American Renaissance (Public Affairs, 2006). He has written for SPIN, The New York Times Magazine, GQ, and Yeti. An editor at Cincinnati Magazine, he is currently writing a biography of photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank. “Roundtable: The Voices in Our Head” | Download the fear... Read More →

Speakers
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Manan Desai

Manan Desai is an Assistant Professor in the Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan. His research has been published in Comparative Literature and the Journal of Popular Culture. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA), where he contributes original archival research, assists in building digital collections, and serves as an editor and contributor to Tides, the... Read More →
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Meenasarani Linde Murugan

Meenasarani Linde Murugan received her PhD from Northwestern’s Screen Cultures program. Her dissertation, “Exotic Television: Technology, Empire, and Entertaining Globalism,” explores how U.S. Cold War variety television was central to visualizing and refashioning a global community of gendered racial diversity that was predicated on imperialism. She has been awarded fellowships from the Mellon Mays program, Woodrow Wilson... Read More →
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Andrew Wenaus

Andrew Wenaus received his PhD in English at University of Western Ontario in 2013, where he currently teaches. His dissertation, “Metaphor and Metanoia: Linguistic Transfer and Cognitive Transformation in British and Irish Modernism,” examines the works of Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, and James Joyce through an analysis of linguistic metaphor and cognitive science. His most recent research on Les Baxter and “space... Read More →


Sunday April 17, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
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