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Joycean Cartographies: Navigating a New Century of “Ulysses”

Thu., Feb. 3, 2022 | 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Rothenberg Hall
Event Notes: 
Feb. 3–4 (Thurs.–Fri.) Registration: $25; Students free
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Celebrate the publication centennial of James Joyce's Ulysses in a two-day conference at The Huntington.

Joyce's Ulysses uses Dublin as map as well as palimpsest upon which to inscribe his vision of worlds past and present. This conference will explore approaches to literary study that make clearer the verbal and nonverbal coordinates of Joyce's literary terrain and their global expressions. Topics will range from forms of visualization (schemas, maps, charts, word indexes) to decolonization, intertexts and intermedia, mapping as metaphor and places as texts, in an effort to open up new ways of reading. In tandem with the conference, The Huntington will host the exhibition "Mapping Fiction" on novels and maps from the 16th through the 20th century, including a newly acquired series of engraved maps derived from Ulysses, made by the artist David Lilburn.

  • Registration for the 2-day conference (Thurs.–Fri.) is $25 with optional lunch available for purchase both days: REGISTER
  • If you wish to attend the graduate seminars (free) and/or the Ridge Lecture in Literature (free) on Wed., separate registration is required below.


Wed., Feb. 2
35 p.m. | Graduate Seminars (requires separate registration)
7:309 p.m. |  Ridge Lecture in LiteratureAto Quayson (Stanford University )“Spatial Theory in Ulysses and Post-Colonial Literature” (requires separate registration)

Thurs., Feb. 3
8:305 p.m. | Conference
56:30 p.m. | Reception

Fri., Feb. 4
8:305p.m. | Conference

Registration: $15
Students: Free
Optional Lunch: $20 (each day)


WED., FEB. 2

3–5 p.m. | Graduate Seminars Register

  • Onsite: Paul Saint-Amour (University of Pennsylvania), “Countermapping Ulysses
  • Virtual: Vicki Mahaffey (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign), “Mapping Oneself onto Ulysses

7:30–9 p.m. | Ridge Lecture in Literature—Ato Quayson (Stanford University), “Spatial Theory in Ulysses and Post-Colonial Literature” Register


8:309:30 a.m. | Registration & Coffee

9:30–9:45 a.m. | Conference Welcome
Karen R. Lawrence (President, The Huntington) & Steve Hindle (W.M. Keck Foundation Director of Research, The Huntington)

9:45–10:45 a.m. | Talk —Catherine Flynn (University of California, Berkeley), “In media urbe: Experiencing the City of Ulysses
Talk given in honor of David Lilburn (1950-2021)

10:45–11 a.m. Break

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | Panel 1—Cityscapes: Paris, Dublin, Trieste
Moderator: Colleen Jaurretche (University of California, Los Angeles)

  • Eric Bulson (Claremont Graduate University), “rue James Joyce”
  • Shinjini Chattopadhyay (Georgia Institute of Technology), “Looking Beyond Maps: Examining the Decolonial Tours in ‘Wandering Rocks’”
  • Rishona Zimring (Lewis & Clark College), “The New Bloomusalem: Mapping Art Nouveau”

12:30–12:35 p.m. | Ulysses on the Clock #1: Aeolus

12:35–1:45 p.m. | Lunch (extra charge)

1:45–3 p.m. | Panel 2—Countermappings
Moderator: Kevin Dettmar (Pomona College)

  • Greg Winston (Husson University), “Joyce’s Questions of Geography from A Portrait to Ulysses
  • Megan Cole (University of California, Irvine), “Mapping the ‘Green’ Margins: Ecology and Modernity in Joyce’s Ulysses
  • Paul Saint-Amour (University of Pennsylvania), “Countermapping Ulysses

3–3:05 p.m. | Ulysses on the Clock #2: Sirens

3:05–3:20 p.m. | Break

3:20–5 p.m. | “Language of Flowers” Guided Walk

5–5:05 p.m. | Ulysses on the Clock #3: Cyclops

5:05–6:30 p.m. | Reception (included with conference registration)
Performance of song cycle set to James Joyce’s Pomes Penyeach, composed by Evan Vidar

FRI., FEB. 4

8:30–9:25 a.m. | Registration & Coffee

9:25–9:30 a.m. | Ulysses on the Clock #4: Lotus Eaters

9:30–11:00 a.m. | Panel 3—Concentric Circles and Venn Diagrams
Moderator: Karen R. Lawrence (The Huntington)

  • Marilyn Reizbaum (Bowdoin College), “Lenehan's Plan”
  • Nico Israel (CUNY Graduate Center/Hunter College), “The Ottoman Empire: Reorienting Joyce's Cartographic Imagination”
  • Malcolm Sen (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), “Joyce and the Horizon: From Nation to Planet”

11–11:15 a.m. | Break

11:15–11:20 a.m. | Ulysses on the Clock #5: Hades

11:20 a.m.–12:20 p.m. | Panel 4—Sensory Mappings
Moderator: Colleen Jaurretche (University of California, Los Angeles)

  • Leah Senatro (University of California, Irvine), “Embodied Cartographies and Sensorial Experience in Ulysses
  • Katherine O’Callaghan (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), “Mapping the City Soundscape”

12:20–1:30 p.m. | Lunch (extra charge)

1:30–3 p.m. | Panel 5—The Global South
Moderator: Karla Nielsen (The Huntington)

  • David Kurnick (Rutgers University), “Big Words: Ulysses, Bolaño, and the idea of Latin America”
  • Michelle Clayton (Brown University), “‘Who are they when they’re at home?’ Recent Latin American Ulysses
  • Cóilín Parsons (Georgetown University), “Ulysses and the Global South”

3–3:15 p.m. | Break

3:15–3:20 p.m. | Ulysses on the Clock #6: Wandering Rocks

3:20–4:20 p.m. | Talk—Karen Tei Yamashita (University of California, Santa Cruz), “Cartographies of the Anthrobscene”

4:20 p.m. | Closing Remarks

5 p.m. | Conclusion



Karen R. Lawrence | President, The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens 
Kevin Dettmar | W.M. Keck Professor of English; Director, The Humanities Studio, Pomona College 
Colleen Jaurretche | Continuing Lecturer, Department of English, UCLA 
Karla Nielsen | Curator of Literary Collections, The Huntington 

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