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The 2012 RAAS – Fulbright Conference

Remapping Urban Spaces – American Challenges

October 4-6, 2012

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE




Thursday, October 4th

08.30-13.00 Registration Library Hall

09.00- 09.30 Opening Lecture Hall (ground floor)

09.30-10.30 Keynote lecture Lecture Hall (ground floor)

10.30-11.00 Coffee break Library Hall

11.00-13.00 Session 1 A Reading Room 1 (2nd floor)

Session 1 B Lecture Hall (ground floor)

13.00-14.30 Lunch University Cafeteria

14.30-16.30 Session 2 A Reading Room 1 (2nd floor)

Session 2 B Lecture Hall (ground floor)

14.30-16.00 Fulbright Roundtable American Corner (1st floor)

16.00 Fulbright Program Aula Magna Presentation (main university building)

16.30-17.00 Coffee break Library Hall

17.00-18.30 Session 3 A Reading Room 1 (2nd floor)

Session 3 B Lecture Hall (ground floor)

19.30 Festive Dinner (optional) Harlequin Restaurant

(Mamaia resort)

Friday, October 5th


09.00-10.00 Keynote lecture Lecture Hall (ground floor)

10.00-10.30 Coffee break Library Hall

10.30-12.00 Session 4 A Reading Room 1 (2nd floor)

Session 4 B Lecture Hall (ground floor)

Session 4 C American Corner (1st floor)

12.00-13.30 Lunch University Cafeteria

13.30-15.30 Session 5 A Reading Room 1 (2nd floor)

Session 5 B Lecture Hall (ground floor)

Session 5 C American Corner (1st floor)

15.30-16.00 Coffee break Library Hall

16.00-17.30 Session 6 A Reading Room 1 (2nd floor)

Session 6 B Lecture Hall (ground floor)

Session 6 C American Corner (1st floor)

17.30-18.00 Book Launch Lecture Hall (ground floor)

18.00-19.30 RAAS General Meeting Lecture Hall (Library)

20.00 Farewell Dinner University Cafeteria

Saturday, October 6th


10.30-16.30 City tour and wine tasting at Murfatlar (optional)


CONFERENCE PROGRAM


Thursday, October 4th 9.00 – 9.30 Lecture Hall (ground floor)

OPENING and WELCOME REMARKS:

Prof. Dănuț Tiberius Epure, President of Ovidius University;

Mr. Bruce Kleiner, Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy;

Prof. Rodica Mihăilă, Executive Director, Romanian-U.S.

Fulbright Commission;

Prof. Adina Ciugureanu, RAAS President;

Assoc. Prof. Remus Bejan, Faculty of Letters, Ovidius University


Thursday, October 4th 9.30 – 10.30 Lecture Hall (ground floor)

KEYNOTE LECTURE: Dr. Edward Soja, Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles

Title: The Spatial Turn in the Human Sciences

Chair: Professor Adina Ciugureanu, Ovidius University


Thursday, October 4th 11.00 – 13.00 Reading Room 1 (2nd floor)

Session 1 A: Reimagining Urban Identities in Contemporary Literature

Chair: Anna Krawczyk-Łaskarzewska, The University of Warmia

and Mazury, Olsztyn, Poland

Daniela Rogobete, University of Craiova


  • Anna Krawczyk-Łaskarzewska, The University of Warmia and Mazury,

Olsztyn, Poland

Ghostly, Enclaved, Augmented – the Unreality of Cities in William Gibson’s

Blue Ant Trilogy


  • Adelina Vartolomei, Ovidius University

A Brave New/Old World? The Founding of Cities in Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, Walker’s The Color Purple, and Morrison’s Beloved


  • Daniela Rogobete, University of Craiova

Invisible Selves between Narrative Spaces and Physical Places in Paul Auster’s

The New York Trilogy


  • Aneta Dybska, Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland

Struggle for the “Right to the City” in Sarah Schulman’s New York Novels

People in Trouble (1990) and Rat Bohemia (1995)


  • Mihaela-Cristina Lazăr, Ovidius University

Self and the City: London and New York as Sites of Encoded Trauma in

Peter Ackroyd’s Hawksmoor and Paul Auster’s The New York Trilogy


Thursday, October 4th 11.00 – 13.00 Lecture Hall (ground floor)

Session 1 B: Designing the Urban: Contemporary Approaches

Chair: Ruxandra Vidu, University of California Davis, USA

Ilia Iankov Roussev, Institute for Astronomy,

University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA


  • Ilia Iankov Roussev, Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA

Explaining Fast Ejections of Plasma and Exotic X-Ray Emission from the Solar Corona


  • Ruxandra Vidu, University of California Davis, USA

Zero Net Energy Community at UC Davis West Village


  • Sandrine Baudry, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France

Claiming Urban Public Space/Preserving the Environment: Governmental and

Citizen Involvement in Urban Greening Initiatives


  • Julia Sattler, TU Dortmund University, Germany

Detroit, City of Possibilities: Constructing the Urban as Frontier


  • Eric Burnstein, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

Identity and the City: Toronto’s Business Improvement Areas


Thursday, October 4th 14.30 – 16.30 Reading Room 1(2nd floor)

Session 2 A: Reimagining Urban Identities in Contemporary Literature

Chair: José Liste Noya, Universidade da Coruña, Spain

Monica Manolachi, University of Bucharest


  • José Liste Noya, Universidade da Coruña, Spain

City Secret: Don DeLillo’s Underworld, Samuel R. Delany’s Dhalgren


  • Monica Manolachi, University of Bucharest

“Home Is Always Elsewhere”: The Poetics of Location in Fred D’Aguiar’s Poetry


  • Diana Benea, University of Bucharest

Reimagining Urban Space in Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice


  • Ramona Bran, University of the West, Timisoara

Urban Spaces in Jhumpa Lahiri’s Fiction


  • Daniela Andronache, Ovidius University

The City in Richard Wright’s Fiction – a Space of Violence, Segregation and

Racial Hatred


Thursday, October 4th 14.30 – 16.30 Lecture Hall (ground floor)

Session 2 B: The City: Historical and Political Perspectives

Chair: Octavian Roske, University of Bucharest

Raluca Rogoveanu, Ovidius University


  • Octavian Roske, University of Bucharest

Southern Cities under Siege: The Civil War Experience


  • David Asatiani, Institute of Political Science of University of Hamburg, Germany

Political Iconology of the National Mall in Washington, D.C.


  • Adriana Cîteia and Mădălina Lasca, Ovidius University

American Cultural Influence in Reconfiguring the Local Space: Deveselu Reflected

in the Romanian Press


  • Costel Coroban, Valahia University of Targoviste

Washington-London-Bucharest Relations during World War 2: Idealism vs. Realism


  • Dumitru Drăgan and Dan Dragos Sichigea, Ovidius University

Impact of Harbour Delevopment on Newly Integrated Territories:

Houston (United States) - Constanta (Romania) Comparative Study


Thursday, October 4th 14.30 – 16.00 American Corner (1st floor)

Fulbright Roundtable: “Enriching the Exchange Experience” organized by Dr. Rodica Mihăilă, moderated by Mr. Jonathan Stillo, U.S. Fulbright-Hays Alumnus, City University of New York Graduate Center.

Participants: Jonathan Stillo, Rodica Mihăilă, Augustin Ioan, Gene Tanta, Eric Burnstein, Barbara Nelson, Ludmila Martanovschi, Anca Luminița Iancu


Thursday, October 4th 16.00 – 16.30 Aula Magna

Fulbright Program Presentation


Thursday, October 4th 17.00 – 18.30 Reading Room 1(2nd floor)

Session 3 A: Apocalyptic Cityscapes

Chair: Christoph Singer, University of Paderborn, Germany

Eric C. Erbacher, University of Münster, Germany


  • Christoph Singer, University of Paderborn, Germany

Post-Apocalyptic Space and Identity in Cormack McCarthy’s The Road


  • Eric C. Erbacher, University of Münster, Germany

Souvernirs from the Urban Apocalypse: Desire and the Photographic Appropriation of Contemporary Detroit


  • Lucia Opreanu, Ovidius University

The Urban Geography of Control: Dystopian Visions of the City


  • Florian Andrei Vlad, University of Giessen, Germany

Urban Dystopia in 21th Century American Cinema


Thursday, October 4th17.00 – 18.30 Lecture Hall (ground floor)

Session 3 B: Redefining Urban Spaces

Chair: Xenia Kokoula, TU Berlin, Germany

Eduard Vlad, Ovidius University

Elena Ion, University of California, Berkeley, USA


  • Xenia Kokoula, TU Berlin, Germany

Frames and Layers: Urban Space and the Body in the Metafictional Narrative

  • Bruce Kleiner, Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy

The Evolution of the American City Core


  • Diana Mihaela Belci, University of Architecture and Urbanism “Ion Mincu” Bucharest and Emilian Sorin Ciurariu, “Politehnica” University Timisoara

Romanian Postcommunist Densification - A Study Case

  • Elena Ion, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Managing Decline: Recession and Restructuring in Postsocialist and Sun Belt Cities

  • Mihaela Arsene, Romanian-US Fulbright Commission

Urban Enhancement: The U.S. University Paradigm

Friday, October 5th 9.00 – 10.00 Lecture Hall (ground floor)

KEYNOTE LECTURE: Dr. Augustin Ioan, Professor,

University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest

Title: Starchitecture: from a City-like Campus (UC) to

a Campus-like City (Cincinnati)

Chair: Professor Adina Ciugureanu, Ovidius University


Friday, October 5th 10.30 – 12.00 Reading Room 1(2nd floor)

Session 4 A: Mapping Generations of Traumatic Memory in

American City Narratives

Chair: Roxana Oltean, University of Bucharest

Rodica Mihăilă, University of Bucharest


  • Roxana Oltean, University of Bucharest

Totalitarian Cityscapes in Transatlantic Memory



  • Rodica Mihăilă, University of Bucharest

Healing the Nation, Memorializing Trauma: Ground Zero and the Critique of

Exceptionalism in the Recent American Novel


  • Cristian Panaite, University of Texas, Dallas

Remembering Communism in Washington DC: Politics, Aesthetics, and Rituals

in the Nation’s Capital


  • Audrey Bardizbanian, University of Paris-Sorbonne Paris IV

Writing Post-Traumatic Memories and the City: Jonathan Safran Foer’s

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close


Friday, October 5th 10.30 – 12.00 Lecture Hall (ground floor)

Session 4 B: Autobiographical Quests for the City

Chair: David Jenkins, Plovdiv University, Bulgaria

Anca Luminița Iancu, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu


  • David Jenkins, Plovdiv University, Bulgaria

Austin’s Perks, Parks, and Recreation: to the City Limits and Beyond


  • Anca Luminița Iancu, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu

American Dreams in the City: Quests for Identity in the Autobiographical Accounts of

Early Twentieth-Century Female Immigrant Writers


  • Estella Antoaneta Ciobanu, Ovidius University

Nostalgic Architecture, Memory Traces, and Violent (Re)inscriptions of American

Identity/-ties: Atlanta, GA at the Turn of the Millennium


  • Raluca Rogoveanu, Ovidius University

Ellis Island: Stories of Trauma and Immigration


Friday, October 5th 10.30 – 12.00 American Corner (1st floor)

Session 4 C: New Challenges: Language and the City

Chair: Lillians Violeta Negrea, “Dimitrie Cantemir”

Christian University, Bucharest

Otilia Pacea, Ovidius University


  • Lillians Violeta Negrea and Liliana Agache,

Dimitrie Cantemir” Christian University, Bucharest

Anglo-American Word Loan – a Challenge of Urban Linguistic Globalization


  • Otilia Pacea, Ovidius University

Je ne suis pas d’ici: A Corpus-Based Approach to Digital Urban Narratives


  • Costin-Valentin Oancea, University of Bucharest

Span(gl)ish: A New Language in the USA? Remapping the United States’ Linguistic Borders


  • Ana-Maria Andreea Gaidargi, University of Bucharest

Are Deontic Modals Acquired before Epistemic Ones?




Friday, October 5th 13.30 – 15.30 Reading Room 1(2nd floor)

Session 5A: Mapping Generations of Traumatic Memory in

American City Narratives

Chair: Mihaela Precup, University of Bucharest

Dana Mihăilescu, University of Bucharest

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