Post45 Graduate Symposium: March 2-3, 2018 (Yale University)

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November 1, 2017
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Third Annual Post45 Graduate Symposium

March 2 - 3, 2018

Yale University

Keynote Speakers: Professors Amy Hungerford & Anthony Reed


Post45 seeks graduate-level works-in-progress related to post45 literature and culture.

Works-in-progress may range from conference papers to articles or dissertation chapter drafts. Following the Post45 faculty symposium model, all works-in-progress will be pre-circulated; this will allow participants to consider papers carefully and to generate thoughtful critical feedback—a benefit often absent in traditional conference formats. Papers for the sixteen participants will be shared securely, three weeks in advance of the symposium, giving each participant ample time to read. During the symposium, each paper will receive 35–45 minutes of discussion.

Submissions: Those interested should submit 250- to 300-word abstracts to by November 1, 2017. Please include your name, academic affiliation, a brief academic biography, and an arbitrary four-digit code of your choosing (e.g., 6459) in the body of your email. Attach your abstract as a Word document or PDF, including only the same four-digit code—and not your name —in the document.

Some funding for accommodation and/or travel may be available to participants.


Amy Hungerford is Professor of English and Divisional Director of Humanities at Yale. She specializes in 20th- and 21st-century American literature, especially the period since 1945. Her new monograph, Making Literature Now (Stanford, 2016) is about the social networks that support and shape contemporary literature in both traditional and virtual media. Her work has appeared in ALH and Contemporary Literature. Prof. Hungerford is also the author of The Holocaust of Texts: Genocide, Literature, and Personification (Chicago, 2003) and Postmodern Belief: American Literature and Religion Since 1960 (Princeton, 2010) and serves as the editor of the ninth edition of the Norton Anthology of American Literature, Volume E, “Literature Since 1945.”

Anthony Reed is Associate Professor of English and African American Studies at Yale. His teaching and research focuses on poetics and 20th/21st-century African American and African Diaspora literature and culture. His book, Freedom Time: The Politics and Poetics of Black Experimental Writing, was released (Johns Hopkins UP, 2014) offers a theoretical account of the black experimental writing that has emerged in the years following decolonization in the Caribbean and Civil Rights Era in the U.S.  He is now working on a new project devoted to what he calls “phonographic poetry”: African diaspora poetry performed with musical accompaniment and disseminated primarily through sound recording technology.



Post45 is a collective of scholars working on American literature and culture since 1945. The group was founded in 2006 and has met annually since to discuss diverse new work in the field.

The Post45 Graduate Symposium meets annually to discuss works in progress. Now in its third year, it has convened in the past at UNC-Chapel Hill and UC-Berkeley.