The 11th Annual Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference (MIGC)

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Levi Bryant (Collin College)

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
February 19–20, 2016

“Do you see the slightest evidence anywhere in the universe that creation came to an end with the birth of man? Do you see the slightest evidence anywhere out there that man was the climax toward which creation had been straining from the beginning? ...Very far from it.”

― Daniel Quinn, Ishmael

What is meant when we consider something to be in process?  

The process suggests movement along a sequence of conditions: it is the fermentation of an ancient ale, linguistic migrations, the grind to level 90, interactive fictions, the nodes of grassroots journalism, rotted infrastructures, the recovery of New Orleans. To exist within process is to be undetermined. If the anticipated ends are repeatedly achieved, however, a process becomes convention over time. In other words, whether perceived as a dynamic undulation and recombination of qualities or a persistent practice, the process are those conditions that constitute becoming.

When we recognize that something is in process, how do we negotiate the currents of its past, immediate, and potential states? When we speak of the process in scholarship, we are discerning what Bryant refers to as the “entanglements” of its components and how they influence one another (Democracy of Objects, 32). As the academy increasingly resembles the experimental sandbox, we find ourselves with opportunities to jump in, get dirty, and extract these relationships.

This year’s Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference (MIGC) will host a series of events that will help us pause, extract, and dissect the “entanglements” that comprise the uncertain terrain of the Process, focusing on the various processes that move, compose, and become the world in an effort to open new opportunities to reveal new perspectives. MIGC invites submissions across disciplines, fields, and media that engage with the concept of being In Process. As a consideration that spans the academy and our communities, we request proposals that highlight work that, from a critical standpoint, focuses upon a specific process or set of processes distinct to one’s scholarly pursuits. Proposals may also focus on particular elements such as figures, formulas, structures, or objects that factor prominently within a process.

MIGC invites creative submissions that respond to our theme of In Process which may take the form of film, performance, poetry or fiction reading, dance, music, or art installation pieces. Accepted submissions will be shown, performed, or displayed throughout the conference. Artists whose work is displayed in the main conference hall will have a scheduled “walk and talk” where conference attendees will be able to look at the work displayed and speak with the respective artists about their piece. Select submissions will be performed and shown at our Creative Showcase Event on Friday night, February 19th, at Microlights film and independent art/house in Riverwest (seats 60). Those who wish to present on a panel with a written talk about their art might consider applying to our CFP on our website instead. All artists are encouraged to attend the entire conference. 


Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference 2016 Schedule

Friday, February 19

8 – 9am                     Registration and Breakfast Gathering
                                   Center for 21st Century Studies,
                                   9th Floor Conference Room

9 – 9:30am                Welcome

9:30 – 11am                Panel 1: Interfacing, Curtin Hall 124

                                   Joshua Kruszynski, Kent State University
                                           “Cognitive Stress, Biofeedback and Adaptive User Interfaces”

                                    Nichali Ciaccio, UWM
                                          “Using Visual Systems Mapping to Manage Complexity (with a deep dive into development narratives)”

                                    Alex Urban, UWM
                                           "Monsters in the Dark: Eavesdropping on Binary Black Hole Mergers at the LIGO Livingston Observatory"

11 – 11:15am                Short Break

     11:15am – 12:45pm    Panel 2: Eco-criticism, Curtin Hall 175                          

     Storm Pilloff, UWM
            “Trans: National, Material, and Gender     in Karen Tei Yamashita’s Through the Arc of
            the Rain Forest.”

                         Cameron Kunzelman, Georgia State University
                                    “The Process of Decay: Bioshock 2 and the Waning of the  Human”

                                   Carter Reitman, UWM
                                           “I Have No Memory of This Place: The Production of Space in Karen Tei Yamashita’s Through the Arc of the Rain Forest.”

12:45 – 1:45pm          Brown Bag Lunch, Curtin Hall 368
                                   Discussion on "The Gravity of Things" with Dr. Levi Bryant

1:45 – 3:15pm             Panel 3: Consumption, Curtin 175

                                    Scott Radunzel, University of St. Thomas
                                           “The Cognitive Dissonance of China Mieville’s ‘The City & the City’”

                                   Michael Beebe, UWM
                                           “Narratives of Progress: Master of None and Serial Storytelling in the Binge-Viewing Era”

                                   Tim Bavlnka, UWM
                                           “The Denial of Deathmatches”

3:15 – 3:30pm             Short Break

3:30 – 5:30pm            Keynote: Dr. Levi Bryant (Collin College), Curtin 175

                                     "The Interior of Things"

7pm – 10pm                Creative Showcase and Reception
                                     Polish Falcons Hall, 801 E. Clarke St.
                                     Visiting Artist: Jon Satrom and Jason Soliday

Graduate Performances

Franklin K.R. Cline, UWM
Poetry, “TDB: Poems by Franklin K.R. Cline”

Sky Hopinka, UWM
Video, “Jáaji Approx.”

Jenni Moody, UWM
Fiction, “Wingspan”

Janelle VanderKelen, UWM
Digital Video, “WorldBuilding”

Mollie Boutell, UWM
Fiction, "Potato Abandoned"

Matt Rossoni, UWM
Live 16mm projection performances,
“Parade #8”
“Bag of Film”


Saturday, February 20

9am – 10am                Breakfast, Curtin 181

10:00am – 11:45am     Panel 4: Identity and Self-Transformation

                                     Matthew Burchanoski, Marquette Univeristy
                                          “Specters of Postmodernism: Toni Morrison’s Jazz and Philosophy

                                     Neal Swisher, Virginia Commonwealth University
                                          “Becoming a Self in the Age of the Quantified Body”

                                     Olivia Duell, UWM
                                          “Building the Pop Music Empire: A Pop Star’s Process of Becoming an Intertextual Commodity”

                                     Trevor Sprague, UWM
                                          “Processes of Assessment in Composition: The Politics of ‘Media’ and ‘Mode’”

11:45pm – 12:45pm   Lunch, Curtin 368

1pm – 4pm                  Workshop: Dr. Nick Montfort (MIT)
                                     Digital Humanities Lab

4pm – 4:30pm             Snacks

4:30pm – 5:00 pm      Closing Remarks

7pm – 9pm                  Reception
                                     Riverwest Public House, 815 E. Locust St.
                                      Feat. DJ Fuzzy Logic