Jason Tougaw, participant in the faculty panel on Thursday, 2/28, has an interesting and relevant post-conference blog post – “Touching Brains”
I’ve noticed a recurrent phenomenon in contemporary literature: scenes in which brains (or other body parts) are touched or explored for signs of immaterial elements of self: mind, consciousness, affect, emotion, imagination, desire–what the philosophers calls “qualia”–the subjective, ineffable qualities that characterize our perceptual responses to the world around us. This happens in a variety of texts and genres, including (but by no means limited to) what some are calling “neuronovels” and what I’ve been calling “brain memoirs.”
Read more on his blog californica: portrait of the artist as an organism
Further on, Jason Tougaw asks for your response: “Now, I have a favor to ask. I’d love it if readers would let me know about examples of scenes in literature, film, or other art forms where brains or other body parts are probed, touched, examined, held, or cut open with the motive of finding immaterial stuff like the psyche or consciousness. A few examples come to mind …”
We are very happy to announce Frédérique de Vignemont (GC, Institut Jean-Nicod) will be the Closing Keynote speaker. G. Garbrielle Starr (NYU) will be Respondent.
Navigate to the Closing Keynote & Respondent page for more information about de Vignemont, Starr and links to their recent work.
We are happy to announce the Graduate Center English Program faculty participants in the English Program Faculty Roundtable. Check out the Conference Program for location and time. For information on the participants, check out our Faculty Participants page.
Confirmed Rountable participants: Nancy Yousef, Glenn Burger, Meena Alexander, and Anne Humpherys.
We are happy to announce: G. Gabrielle Starr, Associate Professor of English and Acting Dean of the College of Arts and Science, NYU, will be a Closing Keynote respondent. Navigate to the Closing Keynote page for more information about Professor Starr.
We’ve just drawn up a poster, so use it to spread news of the conference wide and far. This will not be the only poster, so check back for updates.
Helping out is also a great way to get involved in all the behind-the-scenes work in making a conference run smoothly.
There’s many opportunities to help out with this conference before, during and after. We’ve created a page so you can volunteer. You can tell us you’re interested in leading a panel, reading abstracts, set up on the conference day, or you can tell us you’re up for anything.
The student-run English Student Association (ESA) has been putting on conferences for quite a while. Check out the About ESA page for links to some of the previous conferences or check out the ESA homepage for current events and resources for students.