2021 STS Conference Program


Reckonings, Recoveries, and Transitions

Hosted by The New School, May 19-22, 2021. Please note that there will be 30-minute breaks between sessions, when you are welcome to remain in the Zoom channel for the kinds of informal conversations that would occur during coffee breaks at a face-to-face conference. Zoom links, passwords, and meeting IDs appear immediately below each session. Please see the end of the program for a complete listing of mobile numbers and phone numbers based on your location.

All participants and events are required to create an environment in which people share their ideas rigorously and free of harassment. Any language, gestures, and behavior that creates a hostile or intimidating setting based on identity markers will not be tolerated and the person responsible will not be allowed to remain in the STS virtual conference. Virtual session tips: mute audio when not speaking, assume good intentions, call in instead of out, let people save face, use humor that punches up not down.


Session 1  8:00—9:15 am PDT / 11:00 am—12:15 pm EDT / 5:00—6:15 pm CET

Live Panel: New Models of Textual Representation

Chair: Gabrielle Dean (Johns Hopkins University)

Peter Robinson (University of Saskatchewan), “A Hybrid Publication Model for Digital


Lori Rogers-Stokes (Independent Scholar), “First Do No Harm: Preparing an Equitable

Textual Reception of Newly Available Early American Manuscript Records”

Jess Rogers (Virginia Commonwealth University), “Digital Restoration and Marginality: On

the Possibilities of Revisiting Minor Texts”

Live Panel: Canonical and Marginal Forms of Print

Chair: Alan Galey (University of Toronto)

Jonathan Lamb (University of Kansas), “Cloud Storage, ca. 1640”

Esteban Crespo-Jaramillo (Yale University), “Spanish Diplomacy in Italian Popular

Literature: Giovanni Filippo de Lignamine and the First Poem about the New World”

Amy Billings (University of Kansas), “When Form Meets Desire: The Renaissance of Early

Nineteenth-Century Broadsides”

Session 2  9:45—11:00 am PDT / 12:45—2:00 pm EDT / 6:45—8:00 pm CET

Live Panel: The Notebooks of Jorge Luis Borges 1

Chair: Daniel Balderston (University of Pittsburgh)

Mariela Blanco (Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata), “Borges como conferencista, 1949-


Emron Esplin (Brigham Young University), “Poe in Borges’s MSU Notebooks”

Daniel Balderston (University of Pittsburgh), “Borges’s Poem about his Great-Grandfather, Colonel Isidoro Suárez: An Unknown Manuscript Surfaces”

Live Panel: Race and Publication: Gaps, Distortions, and Silent Archives

Chair: John Young (Marshall University)

Stephanie Browner (The New School) and Ken Price (University of Nebraska), “Minding

Archival Gaps: Charles Chesnutt’s ‘Rena Walden’”

Jennifer Sorensen (Texas A&M—Corpus Christi), “‘A Book No White Person Could Write!’:

Race and the Material Forms of Books by Zora Neale Hurston & Gwendolyn Brooks”

Amanda Golden (New York Institute of Technology), “Recovering Gwendolyn Brooks’s


Session 3  11:30 am—1:15 pm PDT / 2:30—4:15 pm EDT / 8:30—10:15 pm CET

Welcome (Stephanie Browner, The New School, and Wayne Storey, Indiana University)

Live Plenary Roundtable: Encountering Race in Rare Books and Archives: Object Stories

Chair: Julie Park (New York University)

Daniela Bleichmar (University of Southern California), “Remaking Aztecs in Print: The

Reproductions of the Codex Mendoza, 1625-1831”

Kinohi Nishikawa (Princeton University), “When Ellison Was in Vogue”

Jennifer Park (University of North Carolina, Greensboro), “Botanicals, Cards, and Errors:

Encountering Race in Early Objects”

Curtis Small (University of Delaware), “Black Artists’ Books Matter” (not present)


Session 4  8:00—9:15 am PDT / 11:00 am—12:15 pm EDT / 5:00—6:15 pm CET

Live Roundtable: Intersectional Textual Scholarship: Theory and Practice

Chair: Barbara Bordalejo (University of Saskatchewan)

Speakers: Barbara Bordalejo, Spandana Bhowmik (Jadavpur University), Polly Duxfield

(King Edward VI College, Stourbridge UK)

Live Panel: The Notebooks of Jorge Luis Borges 2

Chair: Daniel Balderston (University of Pittsburgh)

Nesrin Karavar (Universidad de Barcelona), “Borges y los místicos del Islam”

Marina Martín (St. John’s and St. Benedict University), “Hume in Borges’s MSU Notebooks”

Jerónimo Pizarro (Universidad de los Andes), “Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman”

Session 5  9:45—11:00 am PDT / 12:45—2:00 pm EDT / 6:45—8:00 pm CET

Live Panel: Textual Legacies: Re-Presenting a Canonical Corpus

Chair: John Young (Marshall University)

Inessa Medzhibovskaya (The New School), “The Textual Shape of Radical Justice: Creating

an Anthology of Leo Tolstoy’s Thought”

Emily Bell (University of Antwerp), “Subjectivities and Subject Indexing: The Case of James Joyce’s Library”

Katie Warczak (Penn State University), “Ableist Impulses and Unfinished Texts: Exploring

Edmund Wilson’s and Matthew J. Bruccoli’s Attempts to ‘Cure’ F. Scott    Fitzgerald’s Final Novel”

Live Panel: Multi- and Inter-media Forms of Contemporary Poetry

Chair: Gabrielle Dean (Johns Hopkins University)

Santiago Vidales (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), “Recovering and Reconstructing

Textual Events: Text-as-Body and Body-as-Text, Raúl Salinas and His Multimedia Poetry”

Cole Morgan (UC Irvine), “Figuring Photography and Black Life in Natasha Trethewey”

Thorsten Ries (University of Texas, Austin), “Thomas Kling’s Chant of the Bronchosopy, a


Session 6  11:30 am—1:00 pm PDT / 2:30—4:00 pm EDT / 8:30—10:00 pm CET

Live Seminar: Roundtable on Paul Eggert’s The Work and the Reader in Literary Studies

Chair: Marta Werner (Loyola University Chicago)

Speakers: Matt Cohen (University of Nebraska), Ian Cornelius (Loyola University Chicago),

Alan Galey (University of Toronto), Michelangelo Zaccarello (Universita degli Studi di Pisa)

Respondent: Paul Eggert (Loyola University Chicago and University of New South Wales)

Live Seminar: Modernism and the Legacy of George Bornstein

Chair: Jonathan Allison (University of Kentucky)

Speakers: David Holdeman (University of North Texas), Elizabeth Loizeaux (Boston

University), Robin Schulze (University of Buffalo), John Young (Marshall University)

Live Seminar: Outlier Media, Outlier Legacies

Chair: Jeff Drouin (University of Tulsa)

Allison Fulton (UC Davis), “A Scientific Performance: Anna Atkins and the Cyanotype


Júlia Irion Martins (University of Michigan), “Posting Hole or Posting Soul: A Case Study of

Online Parrhesia and Women’s Writing”

Alec Pollak (Cornell University), “Reprints and the Problem of Time”


Session 7  8:00—9:15 am PDT / 11:00 am—12:15 pm EDT / 5:00—6:15 pm CET

Live Panel: The Evolving Whitman

Chair: Carolyn Berman (The New School)

Nicole Gray (University of Nebraska), “Walt Whitman’s ‘Pictures,’ ‘again restored to the


Stefan Schöberlein (Marshall University), “Rediscovering Walt Whitman’s New Orleans:

Expanding Corpora, Textual Recovery, and Antebellum Newspaper Culture”

Live Panel: The Past, Present, and Future of Text: Technological and Theoretical Identity

Chair: Emily Brooks (Coastal Carolina University)

Dirk Van Hulle (Oxford University), “The Intertextual Condition”

Grant Leyton Simpson (University of Göttingen), “An Early Digital Humanities Institute at


Emily Brooks (Coastal Carolina University), “Recovering the Role of Toy and Movable

Books in 21st-Century Textual Scholarship”

Session 8  9:45—10:30 am PDT / 12:45—1:30 pm EDT / 6:45—7:30 pm CET

Pre-recorded Panel: Trauma and Healing in the Archive

Chair: Melissa Dinverno (Indiana University)

Amanda Gailey (University of Nebraska), “Where is Trauma in the Archive?”

Megan Perram (University of Alberta), “Click Me: Multilinear Cyberliterature as Illness Narrative for Womxn with Hyperandrogenism”

Pre-recorded Panel: Authorial Appearances and Revisions

Chair: Russell McDonald (Georgian Court University)

Julie Sorge Way (James Madison University), “Mrs. Beeton in Transition: Posthumous

Textual Reimaginings of a Victorian Domestic Goddess”

Andrés Ernesto Obando Orozco (University of Pittsburgh), “Metaficción y crítica genética: Sergio Pitol y los manuscritos de Domar a la divina garza

Session 9  10:45—11:30 am PDT / 1:45—2:30 pm EDT / 7:45—8:30 pm CET

Pre-recorded Panel: Student-Faculty Collaboration on Digital Recovery Projects

Chair: Gabrielle Dean (Johns Hopkins University)

Andrew Jewell (University of Nebraska) and Emily Rau (University of Nebraska), 

“‘Working for One Purpose and Working Together’: Creating the Complete Letters of Willa Cather with a Community Ethic”

Sarah Dumitrascu (University of North Florida) and Clayton McCarl (University of North

Florida), “Recovering Authorial Process through an Interactive Digital Typescript of The Yearling

Session 10  11:45 am—1:15 pm PDT / 2:45—4:15 pm EDT / 8:45—10:15 pm CET

Live Roundtable: The State of Textual Studies Programs

Chair: Wayne Storey (Indiana University)

Speakers: Matt Cohen (University of Nebraska), Alan Galey (University of Toronto), Isabella

Magni (Rutgers University), Caroline McCraw (University of Wisconsin), Daniel O’Sullivan (University of Mississippi),

Ashlyn Stewart (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)


Session 11  8:30—9:30 am PDT / 11:30 am—12:30 pm EDT / 5:30—6:30 pm CET

STS Executive Board Meeting

Session 12  10:00—11:00 am PDT / 1:00—2:00 pm EDT / 7:00—8:00 pm CET

Pre-recorded and Live Exhibits

Chair: Andrew Reynolds (West Texas A&M University)

Presenters: Gabrielle Dean (Johns Hopkins University), “Covering The Crisis”; Montse Feu (Sam Houston State University), “Virtual Tour: Fighting Fascist Spain—The Exhibits: Sergio Aragonés’s Political Cartoons”; Charline Jao (Cornell University), “‘We Think Them Worthy’: A Digital Collection of Poetry from New York’s Nineteenth-Century Black Periodicals”; Karen Schiff (Rhode Island School of Design), “What If… Alternative Sources for Well-known Items by Gertrude Stein”; Bianca Swift (University of Nebraska), “Let’s Write a Poem about the Ones We’ve Lost, or, ‘things I have not learned and do not wish to happen’”; Marta Werner (Loyola University Chicago), “Dickinson’s Birds Passing Over”

Session 13  11:30 am—12:30 pm PDT / 2:30—3:30 pm EDT / 8:30—9:30 pm CET

Chairs: Wayne Storey and Stephanie Browner

Closing remarks and presentations of Finneran, Bowers, and Greetham prizes

Flash video “film festival” and Q&A

Presenters: Lauren Baccus (University of Nebraska), “Literary and Textile Histories in Collaboration Where the Archive is Absent”; Iona Hine and Emily Burke (University of Sheffield), “Editorial Ethics and the Digitisation of Heinz Cassirer’s Collected Works”; Deanna Stover (Christopher Newport University) and Kayley Hart (Texas A&M University), “From Page to (3D) Print: Changing Modalities in Editing H.G. Wells’s Floor Games

Please mark your calendar for the 2022 STS conference at Loyola University Chicago, March 10-11. We are planning for a return to our usual in-person format.