NASSR 2017 Daily Recap: Sunday, Aug. 13

By Stephanie Edwards

Storify Recap
Stephanie Edwards’s Recap
Day four of the conference was, undoubtedly, the most exciting for me since it was the day of my own panel. Before my mid-morning panel, I heard some interesting and unique papers at “The Life of Things.” Brianna Beehler’s paper, “Frankenstein’s Doll: Production Narratives, Animation, and the Novel,” offered a really cool and fresh approach to reading Frankenstein as a doll narrative, with the Creature moving from doll to doll player. As a huge fan of Frankenstein, I was very excited to think about my beloved text in a new way.

Selfishly, however, my favourite panel of the day was my own, “Gendered Affects,” and not just because I got to introduce a room full of people to Sara Coleridge and her amazing work. I had the pleasure of sharing the panel with Alice den Otter, my undergraduate supervisor, whose patience and encouragement I owe deeply for much of my success as a graduate student. It was a great experience to present alongside her and to offer her some support in return. Additionally, Hannah H. Markley gave a paper about Dorothy Wordsworth, excrement, and emotional constipation that captivated and intrigued everyone in attendance.
Overall, I had a really wonderful time at my first NASSR conference and I want to thank Julie Murray, Lauren Gillingham, and the entire NASSR Ottawa team for making it such a great experience. I never saw you working the entire time I was there and that, to me, shows how hard everyone worked prior to the conference and behind-the-scenes while it was going on. I’m sure I speak for all the attendees when I say that I appreciate all the effort that goes into running a conference of this size and am sending you an internet round of applause.
Until next year, NASSRites. See you in Providence!