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“Spanking and Poetry”: A Conference on Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
Annual English Student Association Conference, February 25-26, 2010
The Graduate Center
The City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10016

This two-day conference seeks to extend the work of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick by bringing together junior and senior scholars to examine her critical, literary, and artistic work.


Thursday, February 25:
How to Do Things with Words & Other Materials:
An Exhibit and Roundtable on Sedgwick’s Studio Workshop and Seminar

4:00 – 8:00 pm, Concourse Level

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick doing art

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick doing art

Over the course of three springs, students gathered at the home of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick to think about and practice a variety of ways of combining written text with other visual media.

This exhibition celebrates the fruits of that experimental seminar, bringing together artwork by Sedgwick, her students, and other book artists.

The accompanying roundtable features Amanda Berry, Katy Hawkins, Greg Mercurio, and Jason Nielsen as they discuss and field questions about Sedgwick’s unique art and pedagogy.

EXHIBIT: 4:00 – 8:00 pm
ROUNDTABLE: 5:30 -7:00 pm
RECEPTION: 7:00 – 8:00 pm

This event is curated by Allen Durgin and the curatorial team of Annie Cranstoun, Lindsey Freer, Greg Mercurio, Tina Meyerhoff, and Jason Nielsen.


Friday, February 26:

“Spanking and Poetry”: A Conference on Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick:
Conference panels throughout the day (9:15 – 3:30 pm) will consider and reconsider Sedgwick’s intersections with and influences upon their various fields.

At 4:00 pm, Jonathan Goldberg, Sedgwick’s literary executor, and Michael Moon of Emory University will be presenting the keynote address, “On the Eve of the Future.” Professor Goldberg will be discussing her unpublished work and Professor Moon will speak about her continuing influence. A reception will follow.

PANELS: 9:15 – 3:30 pm
KEYNOTE: 4:00 – 5:30 pm
RECEPTION: 5:30 – 6:30 pm

The conference is organized by Tracy Riley and Margaret Galvan.


Both events are  supported by the English Student Association, the English Department, the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, the Center for the Humanities, and the Doctoral Students’ Council.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Daniel de Culla permalink
       2009

    This Conference will be a Verb, a Verb with the Continents and I want to stay in it.
    Every BestWish, Kisses and Blessed Be¡

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