Wordstruck 2015

May 13-16, 2015

Lublin, Poland

Keynote speakers


Derrick Cartwright

Derrick Cartwright studied art history at UC Berkeley (A.B. 1984), UCLA (M.A. 1988), and the University of Michigan (Ph.D., 1994). He has taught courses at the University of San Diego, UC San Diego, UC Berkeley, and Columbia University’s Program in Paris. His museum experience includes curatorial work at The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and directorial service at the Musée d’Art Americain Giverny, Hood Museum of Art (Dartmouth College), San Diego Museum of Art and Seattle Art Museum. He was President of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership (2007-2009) and a Trustee of the Association of Art Museum Directors (2006-2011). Since 2012 he has been the Director of University Galleries and Professor of Practice in the Department of Art, Architecture + Art History at the University of San Diego. Cartwright has published widely on a variety of topics, from 18th century history painting in North America to 21st century transatlantic cultural exchange. He is currently working on a book about decisive change in 20th century creative practices in the United States.

title: “Ashcan Images and Anarchist Ideals: Robert Henri’s Radical Texts”


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Erika DossErika Doss received her doctorate in art history from the University of Minnesota and is professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Her wide-ranging interests in modern and contemporary American art and visual culture are reflected in the breadth of her publications which include: Benton, Pollock, and the Politics of Modernism: From Regionalism to Abstract Expressionism (1991), Spirit Poles and Flying Pigs: Public Art and Cultural Democracy in American Communities (1995), Elvis Culture: Fans, Faith, and Image (1999), Looking at Life Magazine (editor, 2001), Twentieth-Century American Art (2002), and Memorial Mania: Public Feeling in America (2010). Recent monographs include The Emotional Life of Contemporary Public Memorials: Towards a Theory of Temporary Memorials (2008). Doss is co-editor of the “Culture America” series at the University Press of Kansas, and is on the editorial boards of Memory Studies, Public Art Dialogue, Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art, and Belief, and The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914-1945. She is the past recipient of two Fulbright fellowships, including the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the University of Southern Denmark (2005-06), and in 2014-15 is the Marta Sutton Weeks Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center. She is currently working on a book about modern American artists and issues of religion.

title: “Writing My Religion: Journalistic Practices and Issues of Faith for Modern American Artists”

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Andrew HemingwayAndrew Hemingway was educated at the universities of Hull, East Anglia, and London. He is currently Professor Emeritus in History of Art at University College London, where he taught from 1987 until his retirement in 2010. He has also held visiting appointments at the University of Connecticut at Storrs, Northwestern University, and the Freie Universität, Berlin. His books include: Landscape Imagery and Urban Culture in Early Nineteenth-Century Britain (1992); Artists on the Left: American Artists and the Communist Movement, 1926-1956 (2002); and “The Mysticism of Money”: Precisionist Painting and Machine Age America (2012). His most recent book, co-edited with Alan Wallach, is Transatlantic Romanticism: British and American Art and Literature, 1790-1860 (forthcoming, 2015). For twelve years Hemingway served as an editor of the Oxford Art Journal. Since 1998, he has been a contributing editor to Kunst und Politik: Jahrbuch der Guernica-Gesellschaft.

title: “Paul Strand and Gaston Lachaise: Sculpture and Americanism in the Stieglitz Circle”


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Heinz IckstadtHeinz Ickstadt is Professor of American Literature at the Kennedy Institute of North American Studies, Free University Berlin, emeritus since 2003. His publications include: Dichterische Erfahrung und Metaphernstruktur: Die Bildersprache Hart Cranes; a history of the American novel in the twentieth century (Transformations of the Mimetic, 1996); plus essays on late nineteenth-century American literature and culture (especially on the work of William Dean Howells and Henry James), on the fiction and poetry of American modernism and postmodernism. He has also written on the history and theory of American Studies (e.g. “American Studies in an Age of Globalization,” American Quarterly 54: 4 [December 2002], 543-562). Some of these essays were collected in Faces of Fiction: Essays on American Literature and Culture from the Jacksonian Age to Postmodernity (2001). In addition, he has edited and co-edited several books on American literature and culture, among them a bi-lingual anthology of American poetry and the first English/German edition of Pound’s The Cantos (2012). Ickstadt was president of the German Association of American Studies from 1990 until 1993, and president of the European Association of American Studies from 1996-2000.

title: Transcendentalists and Cultural Nationalists: Transformations of the Natural Sublime from Thoreau and Church to the Painters and Poets of the Stieglitz Circle” 


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Liza KirwinLiza Kirwin received her bachelor’s degree in Art History from The Johns Hopkins University, a master’s degree in Library Science from The Catholic University of America, and her doctorate in American Studies from the University of Maryland at College Park. She is the Deputy Director at the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art, overseeing acquisitions, exhibitions, reference services, digital resources, and publications. For more than two decades, she led the curatorial team, defining the programmatic goals and realizing creative initiatives.  She is the author of numerous articles, as well as books including More than Words: Illustrated Letters from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art (2005, 2nd edition forthcoming, 2015); Artists in Their Studios: Images from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art (2007); With Love: Artists’ Letters and Illustrated Notes (2008); and most recently  Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and other Artists’ Enumerations from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art (2010).

title: “The A to Z of Artist/Writers at the Archives of American Art”


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Robert WesterfelhausRobert Westerfelhaus received his M.A. from Ohio University in 1996 and his doctoral degree in 1999. His Ph.D. project, a semiotic examination of the Meso-American Marian cult of Our Lady of Guadalupe, earned him the Dissertation of the Year Award from the Religious Communication Association in 2000. He is a roster member of the Department of Communication at the College of Charleston, where he has taught since 2002. His current research focuses upon mythic and ritual elements of American popular culture, and he has published numerous journal articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries regarding comic books, film, television, and other mass-mediated visual expressions of American culture. He was a Fulbright visiting professor in MCSU’s Department of English in 2009-2010.

title: “Illustrators, Mass Media, and the Rise – and Demise – of America’s Middle Class, Middle Brow Culture”