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Craft, Critique, Culture Conference

April 4, 2019 to April 6, 2019

The 2019 CCC conference, themed "Speaking of Violence…" will feature Dr. Jack Halberstam as the keynote speaker, and our own Dr. Marie Kruger as plenary. 

Dr. Halberstam's is the author of five books including: Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters, Female Masculinity, In A Queer Time and PlaceThe Queer Art of Failure and Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal and has written articles that have appeared in numerous journals, magazines and collections. Halberstam has co-edited a number of anthologies including Posthuman Bodies with Ira Livingston and a special issue of Social Text with Jose Munoz and David Eng titled “What’s Queer About Queer Studies Now?”  Halberstam is currently working on several projects including a book titled WILD THING on queer anarchy, performance and protest culture, the visual representation of anarchy and the intersections between animality, the human and the environment. Halberstam's most recent publication is a short book titled Trans*. He is currently a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. You can find out more by visiting his faculty page: or on wikipedia:

A member of the University of Iowa community since 2005, Dr. Kruger has seen her work published in US-American, German, and Kenyan literary journals, including Research in African Literatures, Postcolonial TextSwahili Forum and The Nairobi Journal of Literature. In 2010, she published Women’s Literature in Kenya and Uganda: The Trouble with Modernity through Palgrave Publishing. In 2012, she co-edited a special issue of Research in African Literatures on “Memory/History, Violence and Reconciliation” (together with Mildred Mortimer and Maureen Eke). In her former professional life as ALLNET Director (Autonomous Language Learning Network) at the University of Iowa and as a Swahili Language Instructor at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, she edited and co-authored several pedagogical publications for African language studies. Her current book project, entitled Therapeutic Commodities: Apartheid, Trauma and Visual Culture in the New South Africa examines the representation and commodification of traumatic memory in South African visual culture. You can find out more by visiting her faculty page:

Recently, Jack Halberstam has been associated with the Avital Ronell/Nimrod Reitman controversy. Though he did not sign the letter in support of Avital Ronell's continued employment, he has since spoken out in support of Judith Butler, who did sign the letter. The CCC co-organizers are aware of these circumstances and decided, after much deliberation, that asking Dr. Halberstam to visit the University of Iowa would be an opportunity to promote the kind of discourse that aligns well with our theme: "Speaking of Violence…" We encourage each of you to join us in listening, learning, questioning, and initiating a productive dialogue amongst scholars.


The conference will include a pedagogy roundtable on speaking about violence in the classroom on Thursday, the keynote and plenary on Friday, a film screening on Saturday and multiple wonderful student papers all weekend.