Announcing the Fall 2022 SESA Symposium Schedule!

Thursday, December 8th

9:30-10:00 a.m

Opening Remarks: Dr. Honora Chapman

Migrant Experiences and Politics

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. PST

Andreea Moise: “Uprooting Migrant Memory and Homing Queer Corporeality in Domnica Rădulescu’s Exile is My Home”

Luis Granados: “Yo Tengo DACA: An Ethnography of DACA Recipients”

Jasmine Kaur — “White Teeth: Diasporic Identities of a Citizen & Immigrant”

Unraveling Gendered Structures within Oppressive Orders

1:15 p.m -2:30 p.m. PST

Nayoung Seo: “Transcending Gender Boundaries: Finding Shakespeare in K-drama”

Joseph LeForge: “Gender Identities and Personal Fissures in Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness

Madison Johansson: “An Exploration of Gendered Power Dynamics in Joyce Carol Oates’ A Fair Maiden

Deconstructing Dichotomies: Existing in Ambivalence

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. PST

Yvonne Opalinski: “Breaking Binaries –Thinking the Dyad”

Emi Wood Scully: “‘Now is the Moment’: Writing To Be in The Waves”

Lindsay Norton: “A Multidisciplinary Investigation into Ambiguity: The (De)Construction of Boundaries in Vandana Singh’s ‘Ambiguity Machines: An Examination.’”

Reclaiming Identities: Reshaping Narratives for the Future

5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. PST

Phoua Lee: “Ntuj Nyob Saum: Hmong Identity and Intergenerational Trauma in Mai Der Vang’s ‘Yellow Rain’”

Leila Cantu Rojas: “Conflicts of Being in a Multiraced Family in Wendy Rose’s Itch Like Crazy

Anshif E: “Challenges of (Im)mobilities and Possibilities of Change; An Analysis of Migrant Lives”

Breaking Tradition: A Feminist Examination of Silence

7:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. PST

Ashley Rivera-Garcia: Feminism Through Stories & Sometimes in Secret: Pláticas de Madres y Hijas

Bo Vang: “Maxine Hong Kingston’s No Name Woman: Silencing a Woman’s Voice”

H Bryan: Sherly Anne William’s Dessa Rose and the White Gaze

Friday, December 9th

Liberatory Functions Of Sex

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. PST

Elizabeth Cardenas — “Augusta Webster’s “A Castaway”: A Critique on Victorian Gender Expectations and How they Contributed to Prostitution”

Callie Weiler — “Sexuality and Power Within the Masquerade of Eliza Haywood’s Fantomina”

Devon Hunt — “The Spectacle of Politics in Jessica Hagedorn’s Dogeaters”

An Inclusive Tomorrow: Re-Imagining Current Systems

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. PST

Moira Armstrong — “Nondisabled people have suddenly discovered that they can do things like the rest of us”: Disabled Queer Connection during the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Hannah Leece — “‘Ain’t I A Woman?’ : Advancing the Conversation on Medical Gaslighting”

Andrea Färber — “Uprooting Power Structures in Climate Change Literature”

Queer Bodies: Exploring and Navigating Liminality

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. PST

Jesse Melgoza III — “Deconstructing Jack Halberstam’s “Queer Time” From His Book In a Queer Time and Place”

Molly Ryan — “Home in the Liminal: Queerness, Pronoia, and Finding an Imaginative Future in Rhetoric and Writing Studies”

Miranda Perez — “Transcending Boundaries Using Intersectionality to Analyze Flight from Nevèrÿon by Samuel R Delaney”

Announcing our Fall 2022 Keynote Speaker: Manuel Muñoz!

Hello all! SESA is pleased to announce that our 2022 symposium keynote speaker is none other than the Valley’s own, Manuel Muñoz! Muñoz is a native of Dinuba, here in the California Central Valley. Currently, Muñoz resides in Tucson, Arizona, and teaches creative writing as a professor at the University of Arizona. Muñoz is the author of the novel, What you See in the Dark, and the short story collections, Zigzagger and the Faith Healer of Olive Avenue. His most recent collection, released just this fall, is titled, The Consequences. The Consequences, set in the 1980s, tells the stories of Central Valley residents and puts a spotlight on the often overlooked and unseen communities within the Valley. Recently, The Normal School published an interview with Manuel Muñoz about his new book. We encourage you to read it here,

Manuel Muñoz earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from Cornell University and his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University. His achievements include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; three O. Henry awards, a Whiting award, and an appearance in the Best American Short Stories anthology.

If you would like to know more about Manuel Muñoz, his works, and his awards, visit his website here,

Muñoz will deliver a keynote address, which will feature a reading from his latest short story collection, The Consequences, as the finale to SESA’s Fall 2022 symposium, on Friday, December 9th at 6:00 PM. The in-person event will be held on the Fresno State Campus, in the Conley Art Building, Room 101. The keynote will be both in-person, and livestreamed, so please, join us if you can!

Register here:

If you have any questions, concerns, or inquiries, contact us at

We hope you can join us for this amazing event!

Fall 2022 Call for Papers!

Hello Everyone,

SESA (Students of English Studies Association) is proud to announce our Fall 2022 Symposium, titled “Transcending Boundaries: Finding Hope in the Now”. We are accepting submissions from both graduate and undergraduate students. Please see the official call for papers below for more information. Students may submit their 200-300 word abstracts and a short biographical blurb to us at

Abstracts Due: Friday November 6th, 2022

Symposium Date: December 8th and 9th 2022

Call for Papers

Transcending Boundaries: Finding Hope in the Now

This year’s annual SESA symposium engages critical discussion surrounding existing systems, power dynamics, and the in-between. The conference interrogates how one can navigate current structures to unearth alternate possibilities for the future and transcend dichotomies. These structures can be but are not limited to social, cultural, political, environmental, and educational systems that influence individual and collective experiences. 

Participants are encouraged to identify the systems and structures that create our current reality and use the spaces in-between in order to explore and create a new form of identity and existence. Participants are welcome to explore themes of alienation and marginalization that occur within these areas, while actively seeking to identify the ways in which this state of existence creates a dialogue amidst resistance. 

Proposals might take into consideration historically marginalized spaces, peoples, and cultures, the reclamation of histories and metanarratives, and alternate realities/futures.  We also welcome topics and abstracts that relate to other subjects. Participants are encouraged to view existing structures through a lens that aims to explore possibilities, imagine futures, and bridge the gaps within what already exists. 

Please submit an abstract of 250-300 words and a short biographical description by November 6th to

Papers might address topics such as:

  • COVID-19 and its repercussions (challenges to our healthcare system, attention to the environment, emotional and cultural effects of pandemic histories including vaccine mandates and mask mandates) 
  • The role of governmental power and regulations in our lives 
  • Family systems and dynamics
  • Re-examination social, cultural, and political spaces
  • Power and Power dynamics
  • Environmental Activism
  • Identity (Gender, disability, sexuality, race)
  • White Fragility and recognizing privilege
  • Intersectionality: Breaking Binaries
  • Economic Systems
  • Citizenship and Immigration
  • Policing Religion/ Forcing Religiosity
  • Book Censorship 
  • Reclamation of Narratives, Cultures and Histories 

Important Dates, Deadlines, and Information:

  • November 6th: Abstracts Due 
  • December 8th and 9th: Conference Dates

**Conference will be held virtually via Zoom

Announcing our Fall 2021 Keynote Speaker: Susan H Kamei!

Hello all! SESA is pleased to announce our 2021 Symposium keynote speaker, Susan H. Kamei. Kamei is a professor at the University of Southern California in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences. Kamei teaches about the historical, constitutional, and political issues of the Japanese-American incarceration, and her book, WHEN CAN WE GO BACK TO AMERICA? Voices of Japanese American Incarceration during World War II includes valuable accounts from those who were wrongfully imprisoned and uncovers the ramifications of this moment in American history. Kamei has also developed a course at USC, titled “War, Race, and the Constitution” in which she encourages students to apply lessons learned from the Japanese-American incarceration to current socio-political issues. If you would like to know more about her, or her novel, visit her site at:

Kamei will deliver a keynote during SESA’s symposium titled “Redressing Injustice with Narrative: Lessons from the WWII Japanese American incarceration Experience” on December 10th at 10:00 AM PST. 

Register here:

If you have any questions, please direct all inquiries to:

We hope you join us for this very special event!

Announcing the Fall 2021 SESA Symposium Schedule

“Reimagining, Recentering, and Reconstructing a Broken System”

SESA is pleased to announce our Fall 2021 fifth annual symposium lineup! This year’s conference asked presenters to engage in critical discussion surrounding social, cultural, and institutional practices and systems. We wish to question, examine, and reexamine these spheres and acknowledge ways in which we can envision a reconstructed future. If you wish to join us, please visit our registration links below! Our symposium is fully digital this semester.

If you have any questions, please direct them to

Thursday 12/9

Honora Chapman Opening Remarks 9:30AM PST – 10:30 AM PST


Chair: Angela Romero

(Break 10:30AM – 11:00AM)

  1. Queer Performances: Studies of Queer Being 

  11:00 AM – 12:15 PM 


  • Luis Granados: “Punk Rock: Against the Norm and an Advocate for Queer Theory”
  • Mia De La Cerda: “Down with the Sickness: A Queer Examination of Charles Burns’ Black Hole”
  • Graciela Sierra-Moreno: “Drag, Gender Performance, and Familial Caregiving in La Casa de las Flores”

Chair: Julieta Ortiz

(Lunch 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM)

  1.  Revisionist Fictions: Power of Storytelling

           1:15 PM-2:30 PM


  • Emma Vetter: The Hunt of the Winter Wolf
  • Latasha Mc Guire: Am I, Will I? 
  • Danielle Guiterrez: The Pyrrhic Toll 

Chair: Josephine Souza

(Break 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM )

  1. Virtual Spaces, Digital Futures

      3:15 PM – 4:30 PM


  •  Alexander Flores: “Race, Rhetoric, and Online Communities in World of Warcraft”
  • Morrie Pivovaroff: “Socialism in Libraries” 
  • Seth Phillips: “Dystopia and the Other”

Chair: Mary Sosa

(Break 4:30 PM – 5:15 PM)

  1. Rhetorical Restructuring: Visions for Academia

5:15 PM – 6:30 PM


  • Mary Sosa: “A Qualitative Study on ​Professional Development for Volunteer Tutors in Adult Library Literacy Programs​”
  • Crystal Morales: “The Face of the Other in our Classrooms”
  • Hannah Leece: “The Sickness of the Education System: How COVID-19 Highlighted Issues in Standardized Testing”

Chair: Alexander Flores

(Break 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM)

  1. (Re)Examinations of Our Spaces

7:15 PM- 8:30 PM


  • Lisandro Carranza: “Son to Father”
  • Ricky Kim: “A Critical Examination of Combat Sports through the Lens of Critical Race Theory”
  • James T. Morrison: “Handcuffed to the Podium: Skateboarding and the Olympics”

Chair: Charis Franz

Friday 12/10

Susan Kamei Keynote 10:00 AM -11:00 AM PST

Topic: “Redressing Injustice with Narrative: Lessons from the WWII Japanese American Incarceration”


Chair: Angela Romero

(Break 11 AM -11:30 AM)

  1. Rhetorics of Injustice: Parallels of U.S. Oppressions 

11:30 AM – 12:45 PM


  • Julieta Ortiz: “The Politics of Immigration: What the Refugee Crisis Continues to Say About American Ideology”
  • Jazmine Janay Cuevas: “Fuckboi Shit: Performative Process of (Un)Becoming in (Un)Documents”
  • Manuel Farias: “A Continuity of Injustice: Connections Between William Apess’ “An Indian’s Looking-Glass for the White Man” and W.E.B. DuBois’ The Souls of Black Folk”
  • Jasmine Macias: “To Do or Not to Do; A Derridean Fallacy”

Chair: Ashley Rivera-Garcia

(Lunch 12:45 PM -1:45 PM)

  1. Envisioning Future Growth with Environmentalism 

1:45 PM – 3:00 PM


  • Charis Franz: “What is that Fracking Noise? Exploring the Impact of Fracking through Soundscape Composition”
  • Elijah Benham: “Transcendentalism, Nature, and the Self”
  • Nathaniel Van Dyke: “Entre Nous: An Ecocritical Approach to Thinking of the Other”

Chair: Celeste Guirola

(Break 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM)

  1. Breaking Ceilings: Feminist Examinations

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM


  • Ashley Rivera-Garcia: White Privilege a Plague in Feminism: Exploring Bell Hook’s “Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center”
  • Marietta Kosma: “Re-Examining the Untold Stories in Shailja Patel’s Migritude
  • Marissa Sanchez: “Today is a New Day”
  • Shreya Bhardwaj: “Identifying Norms of Partition Narrative: Relativity in Lihaaf and Jaadein”

Chair: Josephine Souza

(Break 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM)

  1. Narratives of the Past, Implications of the Future

5:45 PM – 7:00 PM


  • Lauren Warford: “The Old Wild (and White) West”
  • Robbie Hill: “Investigating O’Connor’s ‘Christ-Haunted’ Women and Imagining a Feminist Evangelical Church”
  • Rachel Cruz: “Psychoanalytic Criticism: Long Day’s Journey into Night and the Manifestation of the Oedipus Complex”
  • Jasmine Kaur: “Goblin Market: Denying the Absolute through Human Agency & Choice”

Chair: Angela Romero

(Break 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM)

  1.  Deconstructing Social Practices – CANCELED, PANELISTS MOVED

  7:45 PM – 9:00 PM

  • Katherine Garcia: “Deconstruction of the Psyche”
  • Jasmine Macias: “To Do or Not to Do; A Derridean Fallacy”
  • Shreya Bhardwaj: “Identifying Norms of Partition Narrative: Relativity in Lihaaf and Jaadein”

In Memoriam: Shanell Contreras

By Jefferson Beavers, communication specialist, Department of English

Shanell Marie Contreras, a graduate student in the Master of Arts program in English at Fresno State, passed away Oct. 21 after a long illness. She was 34.

An educator and literary scholar, Contreras earned her bachelor’s degree from Fresno State in 2013, double majoring in English and sociology. A native of Porterville, she previously attended Porterville College.

Contreras entered the MA English program in 2016 with an emphasis in literature, and she was scheduled to graduate in May 2022. The English Department faculty will pursue a posthumous MA degree and thesis completion, to honor Contreras and her family.

Dr. Melanie Hernandez, chair of the English Department, said Contreras will be remembered as a dear friend and role model to those who worked with her.

“Shanell’s passion brought vitality to our department,” Hernandez said. “She believed in raising up her community. She cared deeply for those around her, and she touched many lives.”

In the department, Contreras worked as a Teaching Associate for first-year writing; she served twice on the organizing committee for UCMLA, the Undergraduate Conference on Multiethnic Literatures of the Americas; she was on the editorial team for the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry book contest; and she was a member of CWAA, the Chicanx Writers and Artists Association.

Her scholarship focused on Latinx detective novels, Chicana feminism, and social justice in the writing classroom. She has an interview with mystery author Carmen Amato forthcoming for publication in spring 2022. 

Contreras presented at the 2018 National Council of Teachers of English conference in Houston, Texas, alongside Dr. Reva E. Sias and fellow graduate students Megan Evans and Isabella Lo. Their panel was entitled, “Writing Student Voice and Rhetorical Agency: Strategies for Writing Cultural, Queer, Behaviorally Disturbed, and Community Identities as Social Justice Counter-Narratives.”

She presented the paper “Curriculum, Language, and Behavior: A Rhetorical Approach to Behavioral Expectations Constructed by Curricula” at the inaugural SESA symposium in 2017. She presented the paper “Finding a Familial Space: Queer Identity and Perpetuation of La Familia in Rigoberto Gonzalez’s Butterfly Boy” at the SESA symposium in 2018.

Her work on the UCMLA committee allowed Conteras to mentor English undergraduate students, as she volunteered multiple times as a panel moderator.

Zachary Contreras remembered his big sister’s passion for working with young writers, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. In addition to multiple jobs in food service and bartending, Conteras worked with pride as a substitute teacher and as a mentor to at-risk youth, putting what she learned at Fresno State to work immediately in her community.

“Shanell was really passionate about helping kids,” Zachary Contreras said. “She’d come home with their schoolwork and talk about them. Seeing her work, it was just so selfless. She was always trying to encourage others to do something creative for themselves, to see the brighter side of life.”

“She really cared about others,” he said, “always putting others before herself.”

Zachary Conteras also remembered his sister as a shy free-spirit who liked to travel, especially to the beach; as a dedicated daughter, who often helped their mother with housework and seasonal decorating; and, with a laugh, as “pretty hard headed” — or, in other words, someone who, “once she set her mind to something, she would make it happen,” he said.

Contreras also loved dogs, her brother said. She named her first schnauzer Cooper, and her second schnauzer Winnie, both in honor of the character Gwendolyn “Winnie” Cooper on The Wonder Years, a popular TV show they grew up watching together as siblings.

Her father, Jose Contreras, said his daughter — a first-generation college graduate — was intelligent, hardworking, and compassionate. He called her a “passionate activist” for women’s rights and helping those less fortunate.

“Shanell dedicated her life to her students by teaching them life skills to better their livelihoods and to be functional in society,” Jose Contreras said. “For her family, she was a warm, loving, and giving person, always doing for others without expecting anything in return. We will miss her dearly, and with God’s promise we believe that one day we’ll be together with her again.”

Dr. William Arcé, an associate professor of English, said Contreras was first a student in his English 205 research methods course — the theory course that all MA English students are required to take when starting the program — and she remained his student in one way or another until her passing. He served as her thesis adviser.

Arcé said he could tell many stories about Contreras and her accomplishments. But one of his favorite memories of her came during a mentoring session for her thesis manuscript.

Here’s Arcé, in his own words:

It was February of 2020 and Shanell had come to visit during office hours. That day she walked into my office with her umbrella soaking wet; it had been raining, and she walked across the parking lot for our appointment.

In her purse she carried Carmen Amato’s detective novel, “Cliff Diver,” a murder mystery that takes place in Acapulco, Mexico. She was excited about the book, about the kick-ass heroine of the story, Emilia Cruz. Cruz is a special kind of Chicana detective who is not above baking cookies to befriend an informant, but who will also pistol whip him if he does not cooperate.  Shanell was intrigued by her, a character whose behavior ranged from tender to violent, who spoke English and Spanish, who lived in both the U.S. and Mexico.

Cruz inhabited multiple worlds, and so did Shanell. I believe Detective Cruz reminded Shanell of her own “in-betweenness” in life. Shanell was a student but also a teacher, a person who studied in English but came from a Spanish-speaking home, a young woman who tenderly supported her students but who also “punched against the patriarchy” of the education system (her phrase).

That day I inquired about the title of the book, “Cliff Diver.” I asked Shanell if she had ever watched cliff divers from Acapulco perform. She said she knew of them, but that she had never watched the Mexican divers take those death-defying plunges into the ocean waters. I found a video of the divers on YouTube and we both watched in silence as one of the divers stood on the edge of a cliff, raised his hands high above his head, and then jumped over the precipice.

Shanell was mesmerized and stared quietly at the screen. She lit up just then, and she explained how Cruz strategically performs her gender to solve the crime, how Cruz’s gender was, in fact, the detective’s greatest asset. She mentioned different gender theorists she could use for her analysis, then she smiled and concentrated on the raindrops streaming down the office window.

I remember her saying, “I think I have an argument for chapter two of my thesis and much better insight about the entire project.” I remember asking her if she could explain further. She said “no,” that she didn’t have the words yet, but that it had something to do with “a tremendous balancing act.”

That was a very good day.

Shanell Marie Contreras is survived by her parents, Cathy and Jose Contreras; sister, Felicia Bomarito; brother, Zachary Contreras; fiancé, Gerardo “Jerry” Cedillo; and nieces, Nicole Taylor Bomarito and Gianna Bomarito.

A prayer of the rosary is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 15 at Myers Funeral Service, 248 N. E Street in Porterville. Mass is scheduled at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at St. Anne’s Church, 378 N. F Street in Porterville, with a reception to follow.

Fall 2021 Call for Papers!

Hello Everyone,

SESA (Students of English Studies Association) is proud to announce our Fall 2021 Symposium, titled “…And Reimagining, Recentering, Reconstructing a Broken System…”. We are accepting submissions from both graduate and undergraduate students. Please see the official call for papers below for more information. Students may submit their 200-300 word abstracts and a short biographical blurb to us at

Abstracts Due: Friday November 5th, 2021

Symposium Date: December 9th and 10th 2021

Call for Papers

…and Reimagining   



a Broken System…

This year’s annual SESA Symposium, “…and Reimagining, Recentering, Reconstructing a Broken System…”, engages the critical discussion surrounding cultural, social, and institutional practices and systems. We are looking to question, examine, and reexamine the socio-political spheres set in place from positions of power.

Through the historical recuperation of past stories and histories, we look to explore the nature of the past few years’ events. We aren’t looking for solutions to problems, but rather a way to visualize a future reconstructed. We hope to reexamine the implications of the stories told, recentering the narratives and metanarratives that shape and inform the experiences of individuals within local and global networks of communities.

Ultimately, SESA’s “…and Reimagining, Recentering, Reconstructing a Broken System…” seeks to willfully move away from the complicit actions maintained by current systems by putting into dialogue different theories across varying realms. These systems include but are not limited to political, educational, judicial, and social, all of which impact the collective on a variety of levels. In light of the global pandemic and the social, emotional, and physical traumas associated with it, we encourage a critical eye towards both local and global affairs.

Some questions that strike us as particularly pertinent are: how has the Black Lives Matter movement shifted the public view of Black and POC experience? How does the regulation of women’s bodies affect the socio-political climate? How might LGBTQIA+ individuals benefit or be at a disadvantage from both American and International legislation? How does our treatment of refugees both locally and abroad indicate a failure of ethics? How has the private/public sphere been transformed either personally or nationally due to COVID-19 or previous pandemic level outbreaks?

Papers might address topics such as:

  • COVID-19 and its repercussions (challenges to our healthcare system, attention to the environment, emotional and cultural effects of pandemic histories)
  • The role of governmental power and regulations in our lives
  • Family systems and dynamics
  • Sociological surveys
  • Rhetorical movements in the social, cultural, and political space
  • Media studies
  • Trauma, the traumatic, and trauma studies
  • Performance studies
  • Power and Power dynamics
  • Social and Digital movements (#MeToo, Black Lives Matter, Environmental Activism)
  • Identity (Gender, disability, sexuality, race)
  • White Fragility and recognizing privilege
  • Challenging the Canon
  • Intersectionality: Breaking Binaries
  • Economic Systems
  • Citizenship and Immigration
  • Pedagogy and Reexamination of Public and Private Education
  • Policing Religion/ Forcing Religiosity
  • Abolitionist frameworks
  • Reexamining untold histories

We seek to create a diverse colloquium. If you have other paper topics, please feel free to submit an abstract.

Important Dates, Deadlines, and Information:

  • This year’s conference will be held on Zoom, further details will be provided at a later date
  • Abstracts Due on Friday, November 5, 2021. Please email your abstracts to
  • Conference dates are Thursday, December 9, 2021 and Friday, December 10, 2021
  • Registration is free
  • This is an event open to the public

2020 SESA Symposium (Virtual Edition)

Going Beyond: The Sublime, Subtexts, and Subversions

Thursday December 10th and Friday December 11th

Hello everyone, and welcome to our 2020 SESA Symposium! The Students of English Studies Association (SESA) is proud to present, “Going Beyond: The Sublime, Subtexts, and Subversions”.

Naturally, we are doing things a bit differently this year, due to being all online, but we are excited to be able to present this year’s symposium in a new, and most importantly, safe way that honors our undergraduate and graduate students’ research and hard work.

We are also excited to welcome Dr. Emiliano Treré as our keynote speaker this year. Dr. Treré is a senior lecturer in media ecologies and social transformation at Cardiff University in Wales, and will deliver a keynote address entitled “Taming the Sublime: The Ambivalent Political Implications of Technological Visions.”

Full Keynote Abstract:

Taming the Sublime: The Ambivalent Political Implications of Technological Visions
In what ways technological visions and political projects mutually shape each other? In this keynote speech, I tackle this question, relying on extensive research with social movements, activist collectives and political organizations in Italy, Spain, Mexico and the UK. Engaging a conversation with social movement studies, media history and political science, I illustrate how contemporary protest movements can be conceived as privileged loci for the exploration of the technological sublime, providing a window into the crucial myths of communication technologies of our times. But the political implications of technological visions always constitute an ambivalent territory of conflicting significations. On one side, these visions can fuel social change and democratic innovation. On the other side, they can mystify misgivings, contributing to legitimize unjust and authoritarian practice.

To register for the event, please visit:

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions! Direct all comments and inquiries to:

We look forward to seeing you all soon!

See below our full program featuring more than 20 graduate and undergraduate presenters, as well as more information on our keynote speaker Dr. Emiliano Treré:

2019 SESA Symposium is Under Way!

Hello all!

Our 2019 SESA Symposium is less than a month away! Attached to this post is the conference schedule. Thank you to everyone who submitted! We look forward to seeing you all present next month.

And if you’d like some pointers on how to make your conference experience as good as it can be, we will be having a workshop with our very own Dr. Foster! Attached is a flyer with more information.

And if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at

See you then!

SESA Foster Workshop




Call for Papers!

Hello all,

The Students of English Studies Association (SESA) is proud to announce the theme for our conference this year is “Boundaries Across Bodies!” We are accepting submissions from both graduate and undergraduate students. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
Abstract deadline: November 8, 2019
Conference: December 12-13, 2019  

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at