Session 1: Dialogue with Aarthi Vadde (Duke University) and Melanie Micir (Washington University in St. Louis)

Aarthi Vadde headshotAarthi Vadde is an associate professor of English at Duke University. She works in the field of 20th-21st century Anglophone literature with particular interests in comparative modernism, contemporary literature and media history. Her first book "Chimeras of Form: Modernist Internationalism beyond Europe, 1914-2016" was published by Columbia UP in 2016 and won the ACLA's 2018 Harry Levin Prize for best first book in the field of comparative literature. A special forum on the book was convened by The Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry. She is the co-editor (with Saikat Majumdar) of "The Critic as Amateur" (Bloomsbury Academic 2019), which revisits the twentieth-century history of literary criticism in order to build links between expertise, autodidactic learning and hobbyist pleasure. She also co-edited (with Jessica Pressman) “Web 2.0 and Literary Criticism,” which appeared in the “Contemporaries” section of Post45. Her articles appear in such venues as Modernism/Modernity, New Literary History, NOVEL, Public Books, Comparative Literature and Modern Fiction Studies. Vadde is at work on a second book tentatively entitled “We the Platform: Contemporary Literature in the Sharing Economy.” It considers the centrality of the digital platform and other Web 2.0 technologies to contemporary literary culture (including popular practices of reading, writing, and exchange).

Melanie Micir headshotMelanie Micir is an assistant professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis, where she is also an affiliate faculty member of the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and is on the steering committee for the Humanities Digital Workshop. Her teaching and research interests include modern and contemporary British and Anglophone literature; women’s, gender, and sexuality studies; queer theory; temporality and age studies; archival theory and practice; and digital humanities. Her first book, "The Passion Projects: Modernist Women, Intimate Archives, Unfinished Lives," was published by Princeton University Press in 2019, and her edited collection, "The Routledge Companion to Queer Theory and Modernism", is forthcoming in 2020. Her scholarship has been published or is forthcoming in JML, MLQ, MFS, Modernism/modernity, Virginia Woolf Miscellany, and the Wiley Blackwell Companion to Virginia Woolf, among other venues. She is currently at work on two new projects: a monograph about women, old age, and modern literature, and a biography of Margaret Anderson.

Session 2: Address by Carrie Rohman (Lafayette College)

Carrie Rohman headshotCarrie Rohman is a professor of English at Lafayette College. She has published widely in animal studies, modernism and performance, in such journals as Deleuze Studies, Modernism/modernity, American Literature, Modern Fiction Studies, Hypatia and a number of edited volumes. She is the author of "Stalking the Subject: Modernism and the Animal" (Columbia UP 2009) and "Choreographies of the Living: Bioaesthetics in Literature, Art, and Performance" (Oxford UP 2018), and co-editor with Kristin Czarnecki of "Virginia Woolf and the Natural World" (Clemson Digital UP 2011).  Rohman is on the editorial board of the Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature series.  She also worked as a modern dancer and choreographer within and outside of the academy for more than twenty years and is more recently an avid painter.