Conference Schedule

“Whole Worlds: Systems of Affect, Capital, Aesthetics” will be held at the University of Chicago on February 13 and 14, 2014.  All conference events will be in Rosenwald 405.

For a draft PDF of the schedule, please follow the link below: wholeWorldsProgram

Thursday, February 13

4:30] Keynote with Mark Seltzer
“The Official World”

Immediately following the keynote, please enjoy a light reception with Prof. Seltzer and conference attendees.

Mark Seltzer is Evan Frankel Professor of Literature at the University of California at Los Angeles.  He has previously taught at Cornell, and at the Free University and the Humboldt University in Berlin, and been a visitor at Harvard and Stanford and at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin.  His most recent books are Bodies and Machines; Serial Killers: Death and Life in America’s Wound Culture; True Crime: Observations on Violence and Modernity; and, forthcoming, The Official World.

Friday, February 14

8:30-9:00] Breakfast Available

8:45] Opening Remarks
Rowan Bayne & Michael Dango

9:00-10:20] Panel I
Consistent Aesthetics: Logics and Poetics
Moderated by Heather Keenleyside

  • Tyler Easterbrook (UNC), “Conceptual Worlds and the Problem of Truth in Literary Form”
  • Thomas Johnson (UC Davis), “Modality of Collapse: The Oppositional Constant
  • Rebecca Ariel Porte (Michigan), “Wallace Stevens and His Worlds of Logic”

10:30-11:50] Panel II
Affective Economies: Capital & Subjectivity
Moderated by Chris Taylor

  • Chris Westcott (Hopkins), “Drilling the Dialectic, or How Capital Makes Itself Felt”
  • Orlando S. Reade (Princeton), “Shakespeare’s Wide and/or Vile world”
  • Matthew Hubbell (Chicago), “Smiley Faces and Frownlands: Cinematic Performance, Affective Mapping, and the Feeling of Ordinary Worlds”

12:00-1:20] Discussion with Mark Seltzer; Lunch Available

1:30-2:50] Panel III
Scale Worlds: Modeling the Whole
Moderated by Hillary Chute

  • Ingrid Becker (Chicago), “ ‘The University is a Microcosm’: Robert Hutchins, Postwar Intellectuals, and Global Stability”
  • Hadji Bakara & Maggie Taft (Chicago), “The World Picture in the Age of Corporate Art: Herbert Bayer, The World Geographic Atlas, and the Redesign of the World Economy”
  • Pelin Kivrak (Yale), “Making World Literature: Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence as a Case Study for the Theories on Literary Worlds”

3:00-4:20] Panel IV
World Networks: Contemporary Global Novels
Moderated by Patrick Jagoda

  • Anastatia Curley (Virginia), “City of Bohane’s Narrative Cosmopolitanism”
  • Nami Shin (Rutgers), “A Contingent Whole: Narrative Space as a Network of Intimacy in Aleksandar Hemon’s Nowhere Man
  • Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan (Berkeley), “Is There a Call Center Literature? Tech-Support, Self-Help, and the Novel of New India”

4:30] Closing Remarks
Michael Dango & Rowan Bayne