Conference Program

Thursday, February 28, 2013

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Opening Keynote: Mary Flanagan (Dartmouth College), Room C204-205 – “Never Mind the Body, Here’s a Gamepad? Considering Embodiment in The Age of Play”

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: “Science, Mind, and Body” Interdisciplinary Faculty Roundtable, Room 5414: with Patricia Ticineto-Clough, Gerhard Joseph, Victoria Pitts-Taylor, Jason Tougaw, and Samir Chopra

7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Reception, Room 5409

Friday, March 1, 2013

8:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.: Coffee and bagels, Room 5409

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Conference Panels, Concourse Level (C Level)
Scroll to the bottom of the page or click here to jump to a detailed list of session panels, paper titles and presenters.

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.: Workshop in Narrative Medicine with Maura Spiegel and Danielle Spencer (Columbia University), workshop is registered in full, (

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Break, refreshments, Room 5409

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: “Literature, Cognition, Emotions, and Embodiment” – English  Program Faculty Roundtable, Elebash Recital Hall: with Meena Alexander, John Brenkman, Glenn Burger, Anne Humpherys, and Nancy Yousef

5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Break, refreshments in Room 5409

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Keynote, Elebash Recital Hall: Frédérique de Vignemont (Institut Jean-Nicod) – “A Self for the Body” – with respondent G. Gabrielle Starr (New York University)

7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Reception, English Department Lounge, Room 4406

Detailed List of Friday Conference Panels

Room C201 Room C202 Room C203 Room C204 Room C205
Session 1
Panel 1a Panel 1b Panel 1c Panel 1d Panel 1e
Session 2
Panel 2a Panel 2b Panel 2c Panel 2d Panel 2e
Session 3
Panel 3a Panel 3b Panel 3c Panel 3d Panel 3e
Session 4
Panel 4a Panel 4b Panel 4c Panel 4d Panel 4e

Session 1

Panel 1a – C201 – Minding the Reproductive Body

Moderator: Alyssa Mackenzie (CUNY Graduate Center, English)

Alicia Andrzejewski (CUNY Graduate Center, English) – “‘Planted in Ill’: The Womb and Garden as Collaborative Spaces in Lady Mary Wroth’s Pamphilia to Amphilanthus”

Aliki Caloyeras (University of Pennsylvania, English) – “H.D.’s “Intellectual Rackings”: Abortion, Close Up, and the Brutalized Female Body in/of Film”

Livia Woods (CUNY Graduate Center, English) – “The Lady and the Doctor: (In)visible Pregnancy in George Eliot’s Middlemarch”

Panel 1b – C202 – Between the L(I)nes: Intersubjectivity and Empathy in Literature

Moderator: Danica Savonick (Cuny Graduate Center, English)

Hillel Broder (CUNY Graduate Center, English) – “Attending to the Gesture in Experimental Modernism, Or, Reading with(out) Theory of Mind”

Sharmaine Browne (CUNY Graduate Center, English) – “From Descartes’ Nightmare to Digital Dissonance”

Mari-Lou Rowley (University of Saskatchewan, Interdisciplinary Studies) – “Empathy, Enactivism and New Media”

Panel 1c – C203 – Body and Mind Formations: Descartes, Phenomenology, and Other Theoretical Approaches

Moderator: Jiyoung Ryu (CUNY Graduate Center, English)

Ian Ettinger (CUNY Graduate Center, Liberal Studies) – “Body, Object, and Spatial Practice in Urban Actor-Networks”

Earl Yin-Wei Liao (CUNY Graduate Center, English) – “Embodying the Mind of Time: Bodily Movement and Alternative Temporality in Rolling the R’s and Funny Boy”

Avra Spector (CUNY Graduate Center, Comparative Literature) – “The Act of Perception: Descartes and Merleau-Ponty on the Body and Subjectivity”

Panel 1d – C204 – Governing Corporeality in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

Moderator: Shang-yu Sheng (CUNY Graduate Center, English)

Julia Fuller (CUNY Graduate Center, English) – “Marriageable Bodies: Corporeal Femininity and the Victorian Marriage Plot”

Alex Solomon (Rutgers University, English) – “The Triumph of Social Consciousness in Defoe’s Journal of the Plague Year”

Rae X. Yan (UNC Chapel Hill, English and Comparative Literature) – “Minding the Savage Child: Dickens and Medical Discourse in the Nineteenth Century”

Panel 1e – C205 – Embodiment and Identity in Three Early Modern Works

Moderator: Sarah Ruth Jacobs (CUNY Graduate Center, English)

Roya Biggie (CUNY Graduate Center, English) – “Fleshy Touches: Intersubjective and physical sameness in The Duchess of Malfi”

Melanie Mohn (Princeton University, English) – “Person without Spright: Spenser and the Problem of Embodiment”

Devon Wallace (Loyola University, English) – “In and Out of Humour: Physiology and Identity in Jonson’s Comedy”

Session 2

Panel 2a – C201 – Speculative Fictions

Moderator: Meechal Hoffman (CUNY Graduate Center, English)

Stacey Balkan (CUNY Graduate Center, English) – “The Problem Involves the Existence of God:” Borges’ Theory of Mind as Divine Theater”

Erin Nicholson Gale (CUNY Graduate Center, English) – “Real Fiction: Sculpting the Traumatic in Chris Bohjalian’s The Double Bind”

Thomas McCabe (University of Northern Colorado, Biological Education) – “Minding the Human Species: Interdisciplinary Connections and the Global Human Body”

Panel 2b – C202 – The Body: Memory and Loss

Moderator: Alicia Andrzejewski (CUNY Graduate Center, English)

Jaime Shearn Coan (City College, English) – “Our Common Immunology: Intercorporeal Loss in Brian Teare’s Pleasure”

Kathryn Coto (Montclair State University, English) – “Memory, Metafiction and the Bildungsroman:Coming of Age in Body and Mind in A House for Mr. Biswas”

Pilar Ortiz (CUNY Graduate Center, Sociology) – “The body and Memory: On Pain”

Panel 2c – C203 – The Digital Nerve Cell: Touch as Sense in Artificial Intelligence

Moderator: Amanda Licastro (CUNY Graduate Center, English)

Courtney Chatellier (CUNY Graduate Center, English) – “A Type of Texture and Texture’s Other: Touch Screen Technology and the Politics of Smoothness”

Eckhard Kuhn-Osius (Hunter College, German) – “Phenomenological Hermeneutics and Artificial Intelligence: An Introduction”

Rose O’Malley (CUNY Graduate Center, English) – “Dropped Down Halfway: Posthuman Embodiment and Situated Knowledges in Galatea 2.2″

Panel 2d  – C204 – Who is I? Interrogating the Subject in Philosophy, Theory, and Fiction

Moderator: Seth Stewart (CUNY Graduate Center, English)

Michelle Andelman (CUNY Graduate Center, English) – “Two Souls, One Body: Embodiment and Intersubjectivity in Kat Zhang’s What’s Left of Me”

Yulia Greyman (CUNY Graduate Center, Comparative Literature) – “The ‘Doer’ and the ‘Deed’: Subject and Identity in Alva Noë and Judith Butler”

Marilynn Johnson (CUNY Graduate Center, Philosophy) – “The Inner ‘I'”

Panel 2e – C205 – Reading, Rhetoric, and the Body

Moderator: Alec Magnet (CUNY Graduate Center, English)

Erin Andersen (CUNY Graduate Center, English) – “Breaking the Bonds of Marriage: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a Rhetoric of Embodiment, and Marriage Reform after Seneca Falls”

Gregory Bruno (SUNY New Paltz, English) – “Constructing Sale, Constructing Silence: Apparatuses of Power in the Rhetoric of Neuroscience”

Meridith Kruse (New York University, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication) – “Minding the Bodies of Readers and Texts: Eve Sedgwick’s Close Reading as Reparative Practice”

Session 3

Panel 3a – C201 – Philosophy, Perception, and Bodies Politic

Moderator: Josh Schneiderman (CUNY Graduate Center, English)

Miriam Atkin (CUNY Graduate Center, English) – “So Few Have the Polis in Their Eye: Embodied Responsibility in James, Whitman, and Olson”

Sand Avidar-Walzer (Princeton University, English) – “The Ethology of the Tarantula: Bergson, Nietzsche, and the Evolution of the Sub-Family Theraphosidae”

Daniel Shargel (CUNY Graduate Center, Philosophy) – “Comparing Embodied Theories of Emotion”

Panel 3b – C202 – Gaping Wounds: Mind/Body (Dis)Connections and the Potential of Narrative Healing

Moderator: Timothy Griffiths (CUNY Graduate Center, English)

Elsa Asher (Columbia University, Narrative Medicine) – “Enacting the Ethic of Solidarity” with Tsivia Finman

Zohar Lederman (Open University of Israel, Visiting Scholar at Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics) – “Mind- Body Dualism: An Outdated Theory in Philosophy, A Useful Tool in Medicine”

Carolyn Ureña (Rutgers University, Comparative Literature) – “A Face in Search of a Voice: Grealy’s Chaotic Quest Narrative”

Panel 3c – C203 – Before & Beyond: Narrating the Post-Human Body-Mind

Moderator: Karen Lepri (CUNY Graduate Center, English)

Carolyn Lau (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, English) – “The Pioneering and Engineering of the Female Cyborg in Hannah Höch’s Photomontage: A Deconstruction and Transformation of the Body and Mind in Berlin Dadaism”

Graham Potts (York University, Social and Political Thought) – “More than One Self is Giving an Account of This Self? Help! A Self-Help Book for the Posthuman Subject”

Ben Richardson (Duke University, English) – “A Fiction Called Utopia: Post-Human Consciousness in Samuel Butler’s Erewhon”

Panel 3d – C204 – Fleshly Minds

Moderator: Rose Tomassi (CUNY Graduate Center, English)

Christian Detisch (Virginia Commonwealth University, English) – “A Return to the Body: Re-Imagining the Mind / Body Split in Toni Morrison’s Beloved”

Jesse Miller (SUNY Buffalo, English) – “Minds and Masses: Crowd Psychology, Psycho-Democracy and the Politics of Socio-Biology”

Panel 3e – C205 – Consciousness in Film and Video: Reality, Affect, Media

Moderator: Yair Solan (CUNY Graduate Center, English)

Ben Betka (Goethe University) – “Melancinema: Films, Brains, Dis-Affection”

Cynthia Kraman (College of New Rochelle, English) – “The Future is Female: Imagination, Inquiry & Innovation in the Films of Ridley Scott”

Jacob Watson (UNC Chapel Hill, English) – “A Short-Circuit in the Cartesian Theater: Meditations on TV Buddha”

Session 4

Panel 4a – C201 – Calisthenic Aesthetics: Integrated Cognitive Approaches to Art and Music

Moderator: David Letzler (CUNY Graduate Center, English)

Mara Aurora Buenaseda (Montclair State University, Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children, Department of Educational Foundations) – “Embodied Reasonableness and the Aesthetic Dimension of Experience” with Renato Orara (“Ten Thousand Things That Breathe”)

Jonathan Gentry (Brown University, History) – “Sound Bodies: Gustav Mahler’s Musical Monism and the Biopolitics of German Idealism”

Amy Yopp Sullivan (SUNY Stonybrook, Center for Dance, Movement and Somatic Learning)“Critical Movement and The Babel Technique”                                               with performers: Scott Petersen, Tayla Littles

Panel 4b – C202 – Reconsidering Sheer Madness

Moderator: Earl Yin-Wei Liao (CUNY Graduate Center, English)

Tyler Bonnen (Columbia University, Narrative Medicine) – “’Speechless’ Terror: the Neural and Social Correlates of Trauma, Language, and Sensation”

Christina Foisy (York University, Humanities) – “The Absurd Curing Scene: Can Madness Return to the Body in Psychiatric Care?”

Panle 4c – C203 – The Hyperextensions of Man

Moderator: Mark Sussman (CUNY Graduate Center, English)

Emily Goldsher-Diamond (New York University, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication) – “Reading the Flex-Foot Cheetah: Oscar Pistorius and the Sporting Body”

Simon Lee (UC Riverside, English) – “Ov Narratological Becomings: Genesis P-Orridge and the Pandrogyne Project”

Panel 4d – C204 – The Body/Mind Politic

Moderator: Sean M. Kennedy (CUNY Graduate Center, English)

Maria P. Chaves (SUNY Binghamton, English) – “Bodyless Nations: Considering Nationalist Projects and the Body”

Sandra Trappen (CUNY Graduate Center, Sociology) – “The Body as the Scene of War”

Danica Savonick (CUNY Graduate Center, English) – “Performing Englishness: Gendered Complicity in Rebecca West’s The Return of the Soldier”

Panel 4e – C205 – The Body in Pain

Moderator: Marissa Brostoff (CUNY Graduate Center, English)

Yanina Shulgan (Cabrini College, English) – “Sadomasochism as Culture and Cultural Trope: The Psychic Economies of Feminine Pleasure Revisited”

Paul Wright (Cabrini College, English) – “A Renaissance in Augustinian Dualism–Machiavelli, Shakespeare, and the Epistemological Rape of Lucretia”

Mahmoud Zidan (SUNY Binghampton, English) – “The Violent Body in James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk”


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