Winter Weekend 2019

March 8-9 | Brunswick

Prepare for a journey into a revolutionary past

WW 2019 Nostromo

Join a community of avid readers and scholars for two days of discovery and discussion inspired by one of the world’s great political novels: Joseph Conrad’s Nostromo.

It’s a tale of rebellion, idealism, and corruption. Sulaco, port city of the fictional South American state of Costaguana, is our setting. Silver mine owner Charles Gould asks Nostromo, head longshoreman and local hero, to move his silver before a military invasion swallows it.

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Program Details

  • Winter Weekend kicks off at 5PM on Friday, March 8, in Kresge Auditorium on the campus of Bowdoin College in Brunswick. The festivities continue at 9AM the following morning until mid-afternoon.
  • A limited number of scholarships are available for teachers, librarians, and students. Please contact Jerome Bennett for more information.
  • We’re offering three registration options for 2019. We’re also offering a Saturday only rate for librarians, teachers, and students.
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Photo by Dan D’Ippolito

Your Winter Weekend registration includes: 

      • A copy of Joseph Conrad’s Nostromo
      • Background readings
      • A cocktail reception on Friday
      • Dinner on Friday (a taste of the time and culture reflected in Nostromo)
      • Coffee and continental breakfast on Saturday
      • Lunch on Saturday
      • CEUs for teachers (3 credits/30 hours)


Christopher GoGwilt
Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Fordham University, Christopher GoGwilt is co-editor with Melanie D. Holm of the volume Mocking Bird Technologies: The Poetics of Parroting, Mimicry, and Other Starling Tropes (Fordham University Press, 2018). His book, The Passage of Literature: Genealogies of Modernism in Conrad, Rhys, and Pramoedya (Oxford University Press, 2011), which won the 2012 Modernist Studies Association Book Prize, offers a set of comparative studies of the fiction of Joseph Conrad, Jean Rhys, and Pramoedya Ananta Toer, examining the interrelation between English, Creole, and Indonesian formations of literary modernism. He is also the author of The Fiction of Geopolitics: Afterimages of Culture from Wilkie Collins to Alfred Hitchcock (Stanford University Press, 2000), The Invention of the West: Joseph Conrad and the Double-Mapping of Europe and Empire (Stanford University Press, 1995), and numerous articles and book-chapters on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and culture. He teaches a range of undergraduate and graduate courses and directs and advises Ph.D. candidates in Victorian, modernist, and postcolonial studies.

Lillian Nayder
Professor of English and Chair of the Humanities Division at Bates College, Lillian Nayder teaches courses on nineteenth century British fiction. Her books include Wilkie Collins (1997), Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins and Victorian Authorship (2002), and The Other Dickens: A Life of Catherine Hogarth (2011), and she has edited the collection Dickens, Sexuality and Gender (2012) for Routledge. Her essay on “History and Gender in Conrad’s Maritime Fiction” appears in the Norton Critical Edition of Conrad’s The Secret Sharer and Other Stories” (2015), edited by John C. Peters. She is writing a group biography of Charles Dickens and his brothers.

Nadia V. Celis 
Associate Professor of Romance Languages  & Literatures and Director of the Latin American Studies Program at Bowdoin College, Nadia V. Celis teaches Latin American, Caribbean, and US-Latinos’ Literature and Culture. A graduate of the Universidad de Cartagena, Colombia, Professor Celis received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University, where she also specialized in Gender and Women’s Studies. Her research explores bodies, and practices of “corporeal consciousness” in Caribbean literature and popular culture. Her published work ranges from articles on Hispanic Caribbean writers to essays on dance and performance. Celis is co-editor of Mayra Santos-Febres y el Caribe contemporáneo (San Juan: Isla Negra, 2011), and the author of La rebelión de lasniñas: El Caribe y la “conciencia corporal”(Madrid/Frankfurt, IberoamericanaVervuert, 2015), the latter of which received the 2016 Nicolás Guillén Award by the Caribbean Philosophical Association, Honorable Mention of the Premio Iberoamericano Award by LASA, 2016, and the Premio Montserrat Ordóñez by LASA’s Colombia section. Her newest book-project, tentatively titled Sobre “realismo íntimo”: Género, amor y poder en Gabriel García Márquez, was recently awarded a residential fellowship by the Harry Ransom Center. Other recent publications include “Tras medio siglo de El hostigante verano de los dioses: Fanny Buitrago y la ‘autenticidad’ Caribe,” “The Rhetoric of Hips: Shakira’s Embodiment and the Quest for Caribbean Identity,” and “Del amor, la pederastia y otros crímenes literarios: América Vicuña y las niñas de García Márquez.”

Declan Kiely
Director of Exhibitions  at New York Public Library, Declan Kiely joined the NYPL in October 2017, where he oversees exhibitions at the iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. He was most recently the Robert H. Taylor Curator at the Morgan Library and Museum and Head of its Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts. During this time he curated major exhibitions focusing on Jane Austen, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, and Abraham Lincoln.

Javier Cikota
Assistant Professor of History at Bowdoin College, Javier Cikota received his B.A. in History and Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and his Ph.D. in Latin American History from the University of California, Berkeley. Javier’s research centers on how states establish legitimacy in frontier spaces, incorporating issues of legal literacy, gender dynamics, and nationalism to social and political history. His current book project, Frontier Justice, investigates how European settlers and indigenous peoples in Patagonia learned to use the institutions and agents of the Argentine state for their own ends. He teaches Latin American history from the fifteenth century to the present, and his courses often address revolutionary movements, exploring concepts of race and national belonging, while focusing on borderland regions at the edges of empires. He is interested in legal documents (court cases, petitions, complaints) as windows into the beliefs and lives of everyday people.


Winter Weekend takes place in Kresge Auditorium, on the lower level of the Visual Arts Building. Meals will be taken at Thorne Dining Hall. A map of the Bowdoin campus can be found on their website.


We’re offering three registration options for Winter Weekend 2019. We’re also offering a Saturday only rate for librarians, teachers, and students. Choose your registration level now!


The Brunswick Inn is offering a discounted price to Winter Weekend participants. Participants can mention Winter Weekend 2019 when they call to reserve a room.

The Brunswick Inn
165 Park Row
Brunswick, ME. 04011