INCS Keynotes and Plenaries

INCS 2018 is pleased to host two keynote talks this year:

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SHELLEY FISHER FISHKIN, “Listening to Silence, Seeing Absence: The Challenge of Reconstructing Chinese Railroad Workers’ Lives.” Shelley Fisher Fishkin is the Joseph S. Atha Professor of the Humanities, Professor of English, and Director of American Studies at Stanford University. Her broad, interdisciplinary research focuses on recovering and interpreting voices that were silenced, marginalized, or ignored in America’s past. Dr. Fishkin is the author, editor, co-author, or co-editor of 47 books and has published over 150 articles, essays, columns, and reviews. Her most recent book, Writing America: Literary Landmarks from Walden Pond to Wounded Knee (Rutgers, 2015), was named runner-up for the best general nonfiction book in the 2015 London Book Festival. Dr. Fishkin has served as President of the American Studies Association and the Mark Twain Circle of America. Her current research includes the collaborative transnational, bilingual Chinese Railroad Workers of North America Project, which aims to recover the experience of the Chinese workers whose labor helped to build Stanford University. The project aims to understand how these workers have figured in cultural memory in the U.S. and China.


BARBARA VOSS, “Material Traces, Transnational Spaces: The Archaeology of Chinese Railroad Workers in China and the United States.” Barbara Voss is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Stanford University. She is a historical archaeologist who studies the dynamics and outcomes of transnational cultural encounters. Dr. Voss is interested in how diverse groups of people, who previously had little knowledge of each other, navigated the challenges and opportunities of abrupt and sustained interactions caused by colonialism, conflict, and migration. She is author of The Archaeology of Ethnogenesis: Race and Sexuality in Colonial San Francisco (University of California, 2008). Her current research focuses on nineteenth-century migration from southern China, which she is investigating through three interrelated projects: the Market Street Chinatown Archaeology Project; the Research Cooperation on Home Cultures of 19th-Century Overseas Chinese; and the Chinese Railroad Workers of North America Project, for which she is Director of Archeology. Her work is guided by a deep commitment to public archaeology and collaborative research. She is also interested in generating productive dialogue between queer studies and archeology.


CATHERINE GALLAGHER, “A Tale of Two Cities, or The History of Revenge.” Catherine Gallagher is the Eggers Professor of English Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. Her teaching and research focus on the British novel and cultural history in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her books include The Body Economic: Life, Death, and Sensation in Political Economy and the Victorian Novel (Princeton, 2006), Practicing New Historicism, co-authored with Stephen Greenblatt (Chicago, 2000), Nobody’s Story: The Vanishing Acts of Women Writers in the Marketplace, 1670-1820 (California, 1994), and The Industrial Reformation of English Fiction: Social Discourse and Narrative Form (Chicago, 1985). Dr. Gallagher has won two National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and she was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002. Her current work examines the connections between alternate history novels, counterfactual histories, social policies, and political debates. The project studies how narrative form meets historical ambition, especially during periods of national redefinition.