Symposium Program

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Ralph Ellison International Symposium

Draft Schedule, 7.10.17 

Thursday, September 28

(Rothermere American Institute)

4:00-4:30                                              Welcome Remarks

4:30-6:20                                              Panel 1: The World in Ellison

Benji de la Piedra, “The Old Ancestral Earth: European Elements of McIntyre’s Narrative”

Stephan Kuhl, “Ralph Ellison and Richard Wright: Their Rendezvous in Paris and their Positions in the Literary Field”

Sarah Yates, “Ralph Ellison’s Critique of the Homogenisation of Blackness in the Pan-African Movement”

Kimberly Mack, “Ralph Ellison’s Musical Pedagogies”


6:20-7:30                                              Free Time

7:30                                                      Dinner at St. Anne’s College


Friday, September 29

(Rothermere American Institute and Trinity College)

9:30-11:00                                             Panel 2: Ellison in the World

Olga Panova, “Invisible Novel: Ralph Ellison in the USSR/Post-Soviet Russia”

Aretha Phiri, “(In)visible Man: Tracing Ralph Ellison’s Legacy to South Africa”

Kevin C. Moore, “Invisible in the White House: Rethinking Ellison through Barack Obama’s Global Reading List”


11:00-11:15                                           Morning Break

11:15-12:15                                           Roundtable 1: Perspectives on Invisible Man

  •  Kasia Boddy
  •  James B. Haile, III
  •  Raphaël Lambert
  •  Natasha Robson

12:15-1:15                                             Lunch

1:15-2:45                                              Panel 3: The Frequencies of Three Days Before the                                                                                     Shooting. . .

Natalia Vysotska, “Moments of Blackness between Cinematic Frames: Transmedial Code in Ralph Ellison’s Juneteenth

Nicole Lindenberg, “Reading Ellison with Bourdieu: The Presence of the Past in the Form of Charismatic Violence and Split Habitus in Ralph Ellison’s Sons”

Sam Halliday, “Three Days Before the Shooting . . . , Cinema, and ‘Cinema by Other Means’”


2:45-3:00                                              Afternoon Break


3:00-5:00                                              Work-in-Progress Spotlight


5:15-5:30                                              Tea at Trinity College


6:00-7:00                                              Keynote Address at Trinity College:  Professor John Callahan, (Ellison’s Literary Executor)

“Why Now?”: The Posthumous Life of Ralph Waldo Ellison


7:00                                                      Dinner on your own


Saturday, September 30 (St. Anne’s College)

9:00-10:50                                             Panel 4: Ellison in Theory


Nicole A Waligora-Davis, “Ellison’s Eschatology”

Donald Brown, “‘The End Is Not in the Beginning’: A Methodological Solution to Tensions within Invisible Man Studies”

Bryan Crable, Department of Communication, “Myths of Race: Ralph Ellison’s American Appropriation of the Cambridge Ritualists”


10:50-11:00                                           Break


11:00-12:30                                           Panel 5: Ellison’s Intertextualites


Claudine Raynaud,”Invisible to whom? Not to me”: Jazz (1992) and Invisible Man (1952)

Dr Sam Reese, “The Shape of Prose to Come: Ralph Ellison and the Paradigms of Jazz Fiction”

Jennifer Lieberman, “Ralph Ellison: Philosopher of Technology”


12:30-1:30                                             Lunch


1:30-2:30                                              Roundtable Two: Ellisonian Intertextualities

  • Benjamin B. Alexander
  • Paul Devlin
  • Jualynne Dodson
  • Cooper Harriss
  • Kamila Louadj


2:30-2:40                                              Break


2:40-4:30                                         Roundtable Three: Conclusions                                                                                              

Adam Bradley, John F. Callahan, Bryan Crable, Marc Conner, Lena Hill


4:30-6:00                                              Closing Reception


7:00-8:30                                              Conference Dinner (off-site)