Craft Critique Culture


Keynote  & Plenary Address:


Rita Felski, "Critical and Postcritical Reading"

Introduction by Naomi Greyser and Elizabeth Lundberg

4PM Friday, April 10, 304 EPB (Gerber Lounge)


Aron Aji, "(At) (the) Border(s) (of) Language(s): Translation and Global Exchange"

Introduction by Jon Wilcox, Chair, Department of English

‚Äč2:30 PM Friday, April 10, 304 EPB (Gerber Lounge)



Events and Panels for Changes & Exchanges are now listed in the Schedule!



We are pleased to announce that Registration is now open for the 2015 Craft Critique Culture conference. Registration is for presenters only. All talks are free and open to the public. 

Information about Accomodation is now also available for those presenters coming in from out of town.



Rita Felski, 2015 Keynote Speaker

Aron Aji, 2015 Plenary Speaker


We are thrilled to announce that Rita Felski will be our Keynote Speaker at this year's conference. Dr. Felski is a Professor of English at the University of Virginia. Her current research centers on questions of method and interpretation. Most recently her monograph, a manifesto, entitled The Uses of Literature presents a neo-phenomenological investigation of aesthetic experiences such as recognition, enchantment, and shock. 


We are also very excited to confirm that Aron Aji will be our Plenary speaker. Dr. Aji has translated works by several Turkish authors. He is the recipient of the 2004 National Translation Award for his translation of Karasu's The Garden of Departed Cats, and a 2006 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in support of the translation of A Long Day's Evening. He is a visiting professor at the University of Iowa's MFA program in Translation.


15th Annual Craft Critique Culture Conference

Changes & Exchanges

April 10-11, 2015

University of Iowa


“My soul would sing of metamorphoses. 
But since, o gods, you were the source of these
bodies becoming other bodies, breathe
your breath into my book of changes”
—Ovid, The Metamorphoses (trans. Allen Mandelbaum)   


The terms “change” and “exchange” can denote both object and action. As nouns, each word suggests a contradictory sense of stability—the fact of change, the event of exchange. Yet as verbs, each word conveys something in process, something never completed, settled, or arrived at. This double sense, embedded in the words themselves, highlights the dynamism in the theme of this year’s conference. What constitutes change? What initiates an exchange? How do they come about? When and where do they occur? What does it mean to become something else? What does it mean to trade one thing for another? Where do one and the other meet? And at what point do they turn into each other? It is through these and other questions that we will consider both the effects and the affects of change and exchange. Considerations need not be abstract or theoretical. Rather, we wish to examine a wide and varied range of changes and exchanges, from the historical to the discursive, from the material to the technical.

For submission guidelines please see the 15th Annual CFP.



Craft Critique Culture is an interdisciplinary conference focusing on the intersections among critical and creative approaches to writing both within and beyond the academy. We invite the submission of critical, theoretical, and original creative work in a variety of media and across the humanities, sciences, and legal disciplines. In the past, submissions have included not only traditional scholarly papers but also film, video, music, writing, visual art and artists’ books, and performance.


Many Thanks to our Sponsors!

Graduate College
Department of English
James O. Freedman Fund
Graduate and Professional Student Government
Obermann Center for Advanced Studies
Department of Communication Studies
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
School of Library & Information Science
Department of History
Department of Religious Studies
The Digital Studio for Public Arts and Humanities
Department of Dance

Past Sponsors

Department of English
Freedman Fund
Graduate College
Graduate & Professional Student Gov.
University of Iowa Student Gov.
Writers' Workshop
Cinema & Comparative Literature
School of Library & Information Science
World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Department of German

Organizing Committee

Angela Toscano, co-chair
Annemarie Pearson, co-chair

Panelist/Session Coordinators:
Corey Hickner-Johnson
Kate Nesbit

2015 Conference moderators & volunteers:
Jackie Griffiths
Anna Williams
Miriam Janechek
Tim Robbins
Stephanie Tsank
Jennifer Janechek
Faith Avery
Lydia Maunz
Harrison Dietzman
Danielle Kennedy
Rachel Walerstein
Jillian Linster
Heidi Renee Aijala
Jaclyn Carver
Justin Blackwood
Brett DeFries
Justin Cosner
Makayla Steiner
Vincent Rotkiewicz
Katie Wetzel
Spenser Santos