116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Los Angeles (co-sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Los Angeles at Occidental College)

Session Chair: 
Jeremiah Axelrod, Institute for the Study of Los Angeles, Occidental College
Session 5: Saturday 1:25 pm – 2:55 pm
Miller Hall 239


  1. Irandokht Dina Moinzadeh, Independent Scholar
    This paper aims at reflecting on a growing scholarly interest in Los Angeles poetry, a topic typically neglected in the academic world, as well as on a recent collective will to create and define a poetic identity specific to the city from scholars, political instances, but most importantly, the poets themselves.
  2. Wallace Cleaves, University of California, Riverside
    This paper explores the effect of the effacement of indigenous, Tongva names throughout the Los Angeles region form the perspective of a member of the often-overlooked local tribal nation.  The importance of reclaiming and re-inscribing the world of Tovangar on the physical and psychological landscape is discussed, with a focus on how the personal and historical identity of the region is being reclaimed.
  3. Alexandra Meany, University of Washington
    This paper revisits Mike Davis’ Los Angeles with contemporary perspective and a special focus on time to argue that time is a form of capillary power used to maintain segregated and hierarchical social structures and to limit mobility and public space in Los Angeles.
  4. Nancy Carranza, University of California, Riverside
    This paper examines the narrative and narrated spaces of Nina Revoyr’s novel, Southland, in relation to Edward Soja’s theorization of Thirdspace and Lisa Lowe’s critique of Los Angeles’ “production of multiculturalism.” Troubling comparative racializations of LA’s ethnic neighborhoods complicate how narrated spaces relate to their real-world counterparts.
Session Cancelled: