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Exhibit & Conference Schedule



4:00 – 8:00 pm: How to Do Things with Words & Other Materials Art Exhibit, Concourse Level
Curated by Allen Durgin and the curatorial team of Annie Cranstoun, Lindsey Freer, Greg Mercurio, Tina Meyerhoff, and Jason Nielsen
See list of artists here.

5:30 – 7:00 pm: Roundtable Discussion, Concourse Level
Moderated by Allen Durgin, The Graduate Center (CUNY)

7:00 – 8:00 pm: Reception, Room 4406



8:30 – 9:15 am: Registration and Coffee, Skylight Room (9th Floor)

9:15 – 10:30 am: Session One

Session 1a: Spaces of Affect and Performance, Room C205
Moderated by Fiona Lee, The Graduate Center (CUNY)

  • “Rooms [sic],” Mia Chen, The Graduate Center (CUNY)
  • “Embodying the Lived Experience of Teaching: Periperformative Intimations,” Warren Mark Liew, Stanford University
  • “The Ethics of Affect: Bringing Eve Sedgwick to Bear on Prison Studies,” Emma Kaufman, Oxford University

Session 1b: Re-readings, Room C197
Moderated by Linda Neiberg, The Graduate Center (CUNY)

  • “An Alternative ‘Arousing Nimbus’: A Lesbian Reading of James’s ‘The Beast in the Jungle,’” Kathryn Kent, Williams College
  • “Falling in Love (again?!): Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s Loving Criticism and Jane Austen’s Critical Loving,” Olivia Murphy, Oxford University
  • Less and Less at the Center: Notes Towards a Non-oedipal Pedagogy,” Tara Roeder, St. John’s University and The Graduate Center (CUNY)

Session 1c: Paranoid Futures, Reparative Futures, Room C198
Moderated by Ian Foster, The Graduate Center (CUNY)

  • “Race and Reparative Reading,” Ellis Hanson, Cornell University
  • “Eve’s Ethics,” Rebekah Sheldon, The Graduate Center (CUNY)
  • “Spanking as Poetry: Doing Things Without Words,” Jennifer Crawford, York University

Session 1d: Relations of Reading, Room 9207
Moderated by Shawn Rice, The Graduate Center (CUNY)

  • “Beside Ourselves: Reading James with Sedgwick and Sedgwick with James,” Alex Dumont, University of California-Berkeley
  • “Reading Queer,” Lisa McNally, Oxford University
  • “Queer Appropriation: Reading in(to) Jealousy,” Nina Pick, University of California-Berkeley

10:45 am – 12:00 pm: Session Two

Session 2a: Performances, Room C205
Moderated by Judd Staley, The Graduate Center (CUNY)

  • “Is Violence Reparative? Ron Athey, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, and the Erotics of Boundary,” Leon J. Hilton, New York University
  • “The Bride Wore Pants: Palimpsestic Periperformativity in Sylvia Scarlett and The Bride Wore Red,” Paul Mitchell, University of Oklahoma
  • “TV with Evie: What Between Men Can Teach Us About Mad Men,” Kiran Mascarenhas, The Graduate Center (CUNY)

Session 2b: Not Quite What I Expected: Criticisms and Pedagogies,
Room C197
Moderated by Anne McCarthy, The Graduate Center (CUNY)

  • “‘Pricked’: Navigating Negative Affects in the Digitalized Classroom,” David Bahr, The Graduate Center (CUNY)
  • “Pedagogy and Pandas,” Jenny Weiss, The Graduate Center (CUNY)
  • “The Performance of Criticism,” Louis Bury, The Graduate Center (CUNY)

Session 2c: Shameful Confessions, Room C198
Moderated by Mia Chen, The Graduate Center (CUNY)

  • “Backside-Outside: Eve with Jean-Jacques,” Joshua Wilner, City College and The Graduate Center (CUNY)
  • “Unspeakable Privilege: The Kynde Crafte of Clannesse,” David J. Fine, Lehigh University
  • “Cognitive Dissonance: Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Affect Studies, and the Question of Intelligence,” Marissa Brostoff, Independent Scholar

Session 2d: Roundtable: Reading Proust with Eve, Room 9207
Moderated by Bill Goldstein, The Graduate Center (CUNY)

  • Featuring: Allen Durgin, Bill Goldstein, Zach Samalin, Kate Stanley

12:00 – 2:00 pm: Lunch
Dining information will be available in the programs distributed at the Registration Table, Skylight Room (9th Floor)

2:00 – 3:30 pm: Session Three

Session 3a: Reparative Readings, Room C205
Moderated by Rob Faunce, SUNY-Stonybrook

  • “Spenser ‘Without Suspition,’” William Evans, Princeton University
  • “Reparative Reading, Aestheticism, and Argumentation,” Rachel O’Connell, New York University
  • “Reparative Practices and the Exemption from Meaning: Sedgwick, Barthes, Affect, Ethics, Happiness,” Alec Magnet, The Graduate Center (CUNY)
  • “Changing the Subject: Ellipticism, Opacity, and Reparative Reading in Contemporary Poetry,” Tim Peterson, The Graduate Center (CUNY)

Session 3b: Sedgwickian Politics, Room C197
Moderated by Kiran Mascarenhas, The Graduate Center (CUNY)

  • “Thinking Beside: Empire, Affective Labor, and Tone in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go,” Taly Ravid, University of California-Los Angeles
  • “The Mirror Stage as Formative of the Ego on the Planet Gethen,” Julian Gunn, University of Victoria
  • “Beneath the Paving Stones the Beach: Periperformatives, the Slogan and The Situationist International,” James Belflower, SUNY-Albany
  • “Taken By Surprise: Henry James’s Trans-Atlantic Feelings,” Kate Stanley, Columbia University

Session 3c: Bodies and Genders, Room C198
Moderated by Jason Schneiderman, The Graduate Center (CUNY)

  • “Transgendered Subjectivity: The Homeless Girl in Giovanni’s Room,” Kristi-Lynn Cassaro, The Graduate Center (CUNY)
  • “Queering Roman Sexuality: A Reparative Reading of Priapus and His Poetry,” Michael Broder, The Graduate Center (CUNY)
  • “Eve Didn’t Eat Apples: The Affective Life of Fat and Sedgwick’s ‘Divine’ Interventions,” Lucas Cassidy Crawford, University of Alberta
  • “‘Coming into Excess of Every Kind’: Victorian Drag in the History of Fashion,” Abigail Joseph, Columbia University

Session 3d: Rhythmic Touches, Room 9207
Moderated by Kate Broad, The Graduate Center (CUNY)

  • “Fisting-as-écoute: Anality, Musicality, and the Materiality of Language,” , University of Chicago
  • “National Beatings: American Rhythm and Bodily Metaphor in the Work of William Carlos Williams,” Vaclav Paris, University of Pennsylvania
  • “A Spanking Trot: Liveliness, Playtime, Alterity, and Experimentation in the Work of Stein, Cage and Retallack,” Astrid Lorange, University of Technology, Sydney (Australia)
  • “Reading the Male Skin: Touching and Feeling in Shakespeare,” Kristina Huang, The Graduate Center (CUNY)

4:00 – 5:30 pm: Keynote Address, Elebash Recital Hall
“On the Eve of the Future”
Michael Moon and Jonathan Goldberg, Emory University
See keynote bios here.

5:30 – 6:30 pm: Reception, Room 4406

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