Keynote Speakers


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We are very happy to announce Frédérique de Vignemont (Institut Jean-Nicod) will be the Closing Keynote speaker, joined by G. Garbrielle Starr (NYU) as a respondent.
Friday, March 1, 2013 – 6:00pm Elebash Recital Hal (Main floor)

Mary Flanagan (Dartmouth) will be the Opening Keynote speaker.
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 – 4:00pm Room C197 (Concourse level)

Click on a speaker’s name for a short bio and links to recent work. For the full conference program, navigate to the Conference Program.


Jason Tougaw – “Touching Brains”

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.” From David B's graphic autobiography Epileptic (Pantheon 2005).

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 …”

Conference Wrap-up


English Program Faculty Roundtable, Friday evening

Thank you to all conference presenters, moderators, faculty, keynote speakers, sponsors, and volunteers. This has been a tremendously successful conference with over 300 participants. The discussions that the panels, roundtables and keynote presentations prompted were lively and enlightening.

In the coming weeks we will be putting together videos of our two keynote speakers and making them available here. So, check back for updates.

Opening Keynote: Mary Flanagan

We are thrilled to announce that our Opening Keynote will be given by artist and innovator Mary Flanagan, Distinguished Professor in Digital Humanities at Dartmouth College. Flanagan will be giving a talk entitled “Never Mind the Body, Here’s a Game Pad? Embodiment in the Age of Play”, on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 4:00pm in room C204-205 at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Navigate to the Opening Keynote page for more detailed information on Mary Flanagan, links to her work, and to download the event poster.

Help Promote the Conference

There are lots of ways to help promote the conference.

You can get on Facebook and say that you’re attending and share the public event page we’ve created for it:

You can share any of the pages on this site through social media sites at the bottom of each page.

You can print out and post some of the posters we’ve made available on the Conference Media page.


Congratulations to all those selected!

The presenters for this year’s ESA Conference have been selected! It is a diverse and very interesting group; presenters are coming from all over the world.

Take a look at the paper titles being presented and read bios of our 62 presenters on the Presenters page.

Please support the conference, or anyone you know who is presenting, by sharing the page on Facebook, Twitter, or Google + using the share buttons at the bottom of the page.

Announcing the Conference Program!

We are proud to debut the complete Conference Program!

Navigate to the program page using the link above or from the menu and start planning which panels you want to attend. We have 20 panels and 60 presenters this year, in addition to our Faculty Panels and Keynote Speakers. The conference is shaping up to be incredibly interesting.

Coming very soon will be short blurbs about each presenter. So please keep checking back or use the subscribe button on the side of this page.

You can share the Conference Program with your friends using the Facebook, Twitter and Google + buttons at the bottom of this page or the Conference Program page to help get the word out about the conference.