79th Annual Meeting- Oct. 7-8 2022 at UC Irvine


Thanks for Coming! 



For an annual donation of $600, sponsoring institutions enjoy a waived registration fee for all faculty and students, a listing in all promotional materials, and participation in The English Institute’s travel subsidy program, which provides up to $250 toward transportation and lodging costs for one graduate student or one untenured faculty participant.

To become a sponsor, please contact The English Institute at englishinstitute@yale.edu.


Registration Information

Faculty & Students from Sponsoring Institution: FREE

Faculty from Non-Sponsoring Institutions: $20

Students & Scholars from Non-Sponsoring Institutions : $10


Theme and Schedule

This year, our conference theme will be “Action.” The conference will begin at 1 PM on Friday, October 7, and the last session will end at 6 PM on Saturday, October 8. All events will take place in the School of Humanities at UC Irvine, in Humanities Gateway 1030. There will be receptions both Friday on Saturday and lunch will be provided on Saturday. Here is a complete schedule of speakers for the conference:

Friday, October 7th

1:00     Welcome

1:15     Jennifer Fleissner, Indiana University                       

Action Without Will

3:00     Suzanne Conklin Akbari, Institute for Advanced Study

Diaspora, Sovereignty, Indigeneity

4:30     Coffee Break

5:00    Jonathan Kramnick, Yale University

            Action at a Middle Distance

6:30     Opening Reception

Saturday, October 8th

*CANCELLED - David Marriott, Emory University

10:00     Continental  Breakfast

10:45    Yoon Sun Lee, Wellesley College                                          

            Structuralist Violence

12:15    Coffee Break 


            Lauren Berlant, “Slow Death (Sovereignty, Obesity, Lateral Agency)”

1:45     LUNCH         

3:00     Shonni Enelow, Fordham University                                                                        

            Acting the Part

4:45     Sianne Ngai, University of Chicago

            Scenes of Error

6:15     Closing Reception

Because the idea of the Institute is “Seven Talks, One Conversation,” we encourage all registrants to attend the entire conference, since we find that the conversation builds over the course of our day and a half together. Talks are usually 45 minutes long, followed by 45 minutes of question and discussion. That discussion can be vigorous, so in attending and participating in the Institute you will become a part of the event. You will also be part of the event in our discussion of a common reading—this year, Lauren Berlant’s “Slow Death (Sovereignty, Obesity, Lateral Agency).” You will receive a pdf of the reading when you register. Graduate students, independent scholars, faculty members—everyone is encouraged to come and contribute.


Conference Reading

Be sure to download the common conference reading HERE.


Travel to Irvine, California

John Wayne Airport (SNA) is the nearest airport to University of California, Irvine.
Long Beach Airport (LGB), is about half an hour away, depending upon traffic. 
The Los Angeles airport (LAX) is the largest airport in southern California. An Uber or Lyft from LAX to Irvine will costs approx. $50.00 (depending on traffic). Shuttle services between LAX/Irvine are not recommended.
Ground Transportation: 
Parking near Humanities Gateway: UCI Transportation Services
Hotel Recommendations: 

Covid19 Protocols

Covid19 measures will be in place for this first in-person meeting of The English Institute since 2019.  Masks will be required indoors, and we will meet in a room equipped with an enhanced air filtration system.  All breakfasts, lunches, and receptions will be held outdoors, where masking will be optional.  Because of room capacity, we will not be able to place seats very far apart, but we will make sure that there is some distancing at the back of the room.  

Questions? Contact The English Institute at englishinstitute@yale.edu