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The Kristeva Circle 2017 Meeting


October 27-28 University of Pittsburgh

Conference Program


Friday, Oct. 27th


9 am Welcome, Coffee, and Registration/Name Tags (Gold Room, University Club)


10-11:30 Poetry  (Library)


 "Reading the Genotext in Harryette Mullen’s Muse & Drudge: “Sapphire’s lyre styles...”

William Scott,University of Pittsburgh


"On Breathing and the Aesthetics of Alterity"

Jean-Thomas Tremblay, University of Chicago


"The Poetics of Abjection: Marginalization, Sublimation, and Political Resistance in Miguel Piñero’s La Bodega Sold Dreams"

Charles Geyer, Vanderbilt University


"From Necrotic to Apoptotic Debt: Narrative and Latin America" 

Benigno Trigo, Chair, Vanderbilt University


10-11:30 Therapy  (Conference Room B)


"(Un)Free Association, Faux Phallicism, and the Elusive Feminine Signifier"

Jill Gentile, New York University


"Faithless Address: Kristeva and the Ethics of Listening"

Jim Bodington, University of New Mexico


"Speaking Other and the Skin-Ego: Two Theories of Non-Visual Mirror Image and Ego Formation"

Chris Jingchao Ma, Villanova University


"Difference and Dependence:  The Sustaining Paradox of Heterogeneity in our Being Together--Thoughts after Kristeva"  

Jim Donnelly, Chair, Psychotherapist


12-1:30 pm:  First Keynote Speaker, Jack Halberstam, followed by lunch (Gold Room, app. 50 participants)

Deli Lunch, 12:45-1:30


2-3:30 Narrative  (Conference Room B)


“The Cyborg, Terror and the Laughter of the Stars: Human, Posthuman, Transhuman in L’Horloge enchantée

Maria Margaroni, University of Cyprus


 "Abject Masculinity in Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho"

William Magrino, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey


"Kristeva’s Time and Narrative: Fleshing Out Ricoeur’s Theory with Proust’s Practice"

Marygrace Hemme, The University of Memphis


"The Severed Head in Iraq:  Antoon's Corpse Washer."

Frances Restuccia, Chair, Boston College


2-3:30 Ethics  (Library)


Todd Reeser, Chair, University of Pittsburgh


"The (Potential) Revolutions of Poetic Language: Space for Difference in Kristevan Subjectivity"

Ally Peabody, University of California, Los Angeles


"Julia Kristeva on Abjection, Foreignness and Fascism"

Katherine Cooklin, Slippery Rock University


"The Politics of Queer Abjection"

Hannah Bacon, Stony Brook University


 “‘Death to Death! Kristeva and Derrida Between the Death Penalty and the Death Drive”

Sarah Kathryn Marshall, Kenyon College/University of Memphis


4-5:30 Halberstam, Spillers, and Race (Conference Room B)


"An Intimate Politics of Rebirth: Kristeva, Halberstam, and the Queer Temporality of Revolt"

Amy Ray Stewart, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale


"A Mother to Herself: Abjection and the Doubly-Conscious Self in Toni Morrison’s Beloved"

Lauren Mitchell, Vanderbilt University


"Color’s (Non) Freedom: Naming the Colored Flesh"

Leah Kaplan, Stony Brook University


"Black Semiotic, White Symbolic: Chora, Abjection, and Hortense Spillers’s Reformulation of Kristevan Psychoanalysis in 'Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe'

William Paris, Chair, Penn State University


4-5:30 Ethics, the Gap, Gender, and Translation (Library)


Giuseppina Mecchia, Chair, University of Pittsburgh


"Confronting the Horrors of Abjection: Towards a Politics of Shame"

Jennifer Purvis, University of Alabama


"Translating the Gap in Kristeva’s 'Reliance, or Maternal Erotics'''

Elisabeth Paquette, University of North Carolina at Charlotte


"The Gap and the Possibility of Renewal in Kristeva’s Thought"

Paula Landerreche Cardillo, The New School for Social Research


"Subjection and A 'Safe Space'”                 

Athena Bouwer-Nirenstein, University of South Africa, UNISA


6-7:30 Abjection, Race, Gender, and Monstrocities  (Conference Room B)


Sarah Hansen, Chair, California State University, Northridge


Panel: Race, Gender, and Monstrosities: "Alien Subjectivities: Race, Gender, and Black Women Intellectuals"

Alexis McGee, University of Texas at San Antonio


"'Boobs + Monsters = Horror': Queer Latina Abjection and Uncanny Transformations of Gothic Horror in Emil Ferris’s My Favorite Thing is Monsters"

Stephanie Schoellman, University of Texas at San Antonio

"The (Corpo)Real Monstrosity of Black Women: Finding Agency in Revising the Grotesque"

Kinitra D. Brooks, University of Texas at San Antonio


"Approaching the Para-thetic: Lessons from Céline’s War on the Symbolic"

Bryan Maddox, Miami University


Dinner (on your own:  see list of Pittsburgh restaurants at kristevacircle.org)


Saturday, Oct. 28th


9:30 am:  Coffee, Registration/Name Tags (Gold Room, University Club)


10-11:30 Teresa of Avila and Hannah Arendt (Library)


"Mysticism, Immanence, and the Body of the Other: Kristeva's Teresa and Adel"

Elaine Miller, Miami University of Ohio


"Intimacy and Ecstasy:Revolting Temporality in Teresa of Ávila and Julia Kristeva"

Amie Leigh Zimmer,University of Oregon


"Beyond Poetry: Kristeva’s Account of the Narrative"

Gertrude Postl, Suffolk County Community College.


"Forms of Desire in Kristeva’s Thérèse mon amour"

Racheal Fest, Chair, University of Pittsburgh


10-11:30  Film and Opera (Conference Room B)


"The Sublime Abject of Ideology: Revolting Intimacy and the Social Order in Blue Velvet"

Matthew Gannon, Boston College


"Abject Space and Interstitial Temporality in Film: Kristeva’s Powers of Horror and How Highways Make Places Terrifying"

John P. Taylor, University of Pittsburgh


"The Queer Voice of Feminine Genius Kaija Saariaho’s Leino Songs through Kristeva"

Laura Wahlfors, University of the Arts, Helsinki, Finland


"Julia Kristeva, Chantel Akerman, and Feminist Historiography" 

Julie Nakama, Chair, University of Pittsburgh


12-1:30  Video-conference including Q & A with Julia Kristeva, followed by lunch, 12 noon-1:30.  (Gold Room, app. 50 participants)

Brioche Lunch, 12:45-1:30 pm


2-3:30 Canonical Texts (Library)


Fanny Soderback, Chair, DePaul University


"Antigone After Lacan:  On Julia Kristeva’s and Bracha L. Ettinger’s Feminist Interpretations of Sophocles’ Greek Tragedy"

Eric Raymond Tafolla, Miami University


"‘I Have Supp’d Full with Horrors […]’: A Kristevan Psychoanalytic Analysis of The Powers of Horror in Macbeth"

Amir M. Andwari, Loughborough University, United Kingdom


"Job 26:5-14 - A Doxology Unveiling Job’s Theological Self-Estrangement"

Ka Kwan Almond Sin, Vanderbilt University


"Kristeva and Oedipus at Colonus"

Sarah Gorman,Vanderbilt University


2-3:30  Fine Arts (Conference Room B)


"Between Seduction and Defilement: A Visual Encounter with Abjection and the Oceanic Dilemma of Our Time" (for the exhibit The Ocean as Abject)

Mary Eighteen, Fine Artist/Painter and Julien Masson, Fine Artist/Multimedia


"Abject Art and Allyship"

Yiran Zhang, Loyola University, Chicago


"Radical Intimacy and the Poetics of Abjection"

Keren Moscovitch,Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts


"Fifty Shades of Red: Abjection, Trauma, and Murder in Paula Rego’s Illustration Series Little Red Riding Hood Suite"

Carola Maria Wide, Chair, University of Vaasa, Finland


4-5:30  Nonconformity, Revolt, and Artistic Form (Library)


Carol M. Bové, Chair, University of Pittsburgh


"Revisiting the Powers of the Body: Kristeva’s and Kant’s New Image of the Ethical"

Emilia Angelova, Concordia University


 “Copernican Revolutions: Zeitlos, Intimacy, and Cosmos in Claire Jacob-Zysman’s Dance A Single Dot of Light (2011)”

Robert R. Shane, The College of Saint Rose


"Kristeva’s 'Thought Specular': Aesthetic Disobedience as a New Form of Revolt"

Markus Weidler, Columbus State University


"Wolves in the People’s Clothing: An Analysis of Human Nature and Evolution of Society"

Alexandra Richardson, University of Pittsburgh Undergraduate Studies


4-5:30  Race, Gender, Monstrosities, and History (Conference Room B)


"Black Sun: The Melancholic Drive in Historical Fiction and Interrogating the Archive"

Jessica Lanay Moore and Julian Gill-Peterson, University of Pittsburgh


"Emancipatory Power of Language through Maternity: A Case of Saturday Mothers"

Zehra Çiftci, Middle East Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey


"The Racial Lens of Dylan Roof: White Nationalism, Abjection, and the University Discourse"

Rishi Chebrolu, University of Pittsburgh


“Indian Army, Rape Us”: Kristeva’s Herethics and the Semiotic Bodies of Mothers of Manorama

Sagnika Chanda, Chair, University of Pittsburgh


6-7:30 Third and Final Keynote Speaker, Hortense Spillers, followed by dinner (Gold Room 50)

Tuscany dinner buffet, Oct. 28th, 6:45-7:30






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