Announcing the 9th Annual CLTC Graduate Conference

Aesthetic Mutations

Friday, May 27
9:00 AM-6:00 PM
Centennial House, UCSB

This one-day interdisciplinary conference will consider the discipline of aesthetics itself in relation to "change," for the concepts and discourse of aesthetics have undergone a sweeping transformation from antiquity to (post)modernity. Our keynote speakers are Professor Shane Butler (Classics, UCLA) and Professor Bram Ieven (Modern Languages & Literature, University of Utrecht). The invited speakers at our conference examine shifts?historical, cultural, theoretical?in our understanding of such hotly contested terms as "art" and "beauty." The graduate students presenting their research are focusing on the representation and thematization of "mutation" and "change" in artworks and media products of all kinds and from all periods.The mutations inherent in the physical and natural world will also be considered, as well as in the ways through which we theorize the latter in relation to perceptions of the beautiful, the sublime, and other aesthetic categories.

9:00 -- Coffee

9:15 – Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:30-10:45 – Professor Shane Butler (Classics, UCLA), “After-Image”

11-12:30 – Panel 1: Transmission – Moderated by Athena Tan

David Mather (UCSD), “Unknown Forces: The Visual Structure of Movement in the Work of Umberto Boccioni”

Amanda Armstrong (UC Berkeley), “Remaining Behind: The Time of Rail Transit & its Limits in Kafka's Literary Fragments”

Maria Corrigan (UCSB), “Chaplinitis & Americanitis: National Af?iction or Aesthetic Metamorphosis?”

12:30-1:15 – Luncheon

1:15-2:45 – Panel 2: Expression – Moderated by Kelly Kawar

 Lauren Brenner (UCI), “Interpretive Fluxability: Disappearing Music For Face Calls For a Moving Critique”

Chase Dimock (U of Illinois), “The Surreal Aesthetics of Acrobatic Body: Gender & Performance in Jean Cocteau & Man Ray’s ‘Le Numéro Barbette’”

3:00-4:30 -- Panel 3: Modification – Moderated by Meredith Heller

 Ryan Stodtmeister (UCSB), “Dis?gured Narration: Death & the Witness in Indra Sinha’s Animal’s People” Alexander Farrow (SFSU), “My Surgical Self: ORLAN & Posthumanism”

 Katherine Kelp-Stebbins (UCSB), “The Afterlife of a Dead Shark: Image & Materiality in Damien Hirst’s The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living”

 4:45-6:00 – Professor Bram Ieven (Modern Languages & Literature, University of Utrecht), “Transmutations of Modernism”

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 15:38