Presenters

Michelle Andelman (CUNY Graduate Center, English) – “Two Souls, One Body: Embodiment and Intersubjectivity in Kat Zhang’s What’s Left of Me”
Michelle Andelman is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her dissertation focuses on contemporary dystopian literature for children and young adults. Her other interests include memory, childhood illness, and psychogeography.

Erin Andersen (CUNY Graduate Center, English) – “Breaking the Bonds of Marriage: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a Rhetoric of Embodiment, and Marriage Reform after Seneca Falls”
Erin Andersen is a first year PhD student in the English program at the CUNY Graduate Center, focusing on composition and rhetoric, and women’s studies. Her research interests include writing center pedagogy, writing program administration, and feminist rhetorical studies, with a particular attention to feminist rhetorical analyses of women’s periodicals of the Progressive Era.

Alicia Andrzejewski (CUNY Graduate Center, English) – “‘Planted in Ill’: The Womb and Garden as Collaborative Spaces in Lady Mary Wroth’s Pamphilia to Amphilanthus”
Alicia Andrzejewski is a first year PhD student in the English program at the CUNY Graduate Center; she holds an MA from Appalachian State University, NC. Her current research focuses on Renaissance literature, with other interests in women’s studies, psychoanalytic theory, and affect theory. She is also an adjunct instructor at Queens College.

Elsa Asher (Columbia University, Narrative Medicine) – “Enacting the Ethic of Solidarity” with Tsivia Finman
Elsa Asher works in the intersection of birth, medicine, ritual, and narrative. She is currently earning an MS in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University, and plans to complete training in midwifery and primary care. She writes poetry, personal essay, and fiction. www.elsaasher.com.

Miriam Atkin (CUNY Graduate Center, English) – “So Few Have the Polis in Their Eye: Embodied Responsibility in James, Whitman, and Olson”
Miriam Atkin was born in Buffalo, New York. She has an MFA in Art Criticism & Writing from the School of Visual Arts. Her current doctoral work at CUNY Graduate Center focuses upon 19th and 20th century American poetics. Her writing has been published by Little Scratch Pad Press (Brooklyn) and Pressed Press (Brooklyn).

Sand Avidar-Walzer (Princeton University, English) – “The Ethology of the Tarantula: Bergson, Nietzsche, and the Evolution of the Sub-Family Theraphosidae”
Sand Avidar-Walzer started his Ph.D. at Princeton’s English Department after growing up on four continents and completing a Magister Artium degree at Berlin’s Free University. His dissertation, Sex and the Psyche: An Ethics of Sexual Immanence, is nearing completion. His interests include Spinoza, Deleuze, Freud, the films of David Fincher, David Lynch, and David Cronenberg, and watching his spiders eat crickets.

Stacey Balkan (CUNY Graduate Center, English) – “The Problem Involves the Existence of God:” Borges’ Theory of Mind as Divine Theater”
Stacey Balkan is a student in the PhD program in English at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research interests include postcolonial/decolonial theory, post-independence Latin American and South Asian literatures, transnational literatures more generally and cognitive theory. Her recent work on decolonial narratology and abjection, entitled “Abject Spaces and the Hinterland in Bolaño’s Work,” is forthcoming in the Cambridge Companion to Comparative Literature and Comparative Cultural Studies (2013, in press); and her MALS thesis on “lettered cities” and the semiotics of empire is forthcoming in Comparative Literature and Culture. When she is not reading Borges, she can be found on her bicycle.

Ben Betka (Goethe University) – “Melancinema: Films, Brains, Dis-Affection”
Benjamin began to study information management while working as a freelance journalist. He changed routes after his intermediate examination and began to go for a master’s degree in American Studies, pedagogics, and philosophy at the university of Hanover, Lower Saxony. In between, he spent an academic year at Angelo State, TX, gaining a Bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy. Over the years, Niklas Luhmann led him to Maturana who then led him into the Deleuzean metacinematic universe.

Roya Biggie (CUNY Graduate Center, English) – “Fleshy Touches: Intersubjective and physical sameness in The Duchess of Malfi”
Roya Biggie is a third-year student in the English department at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research interests include early modern drama and medicine. She also teaches Introduction to Literature at Hunter College.

Tyler Bonnen (Columbia University, Narrative Medicine) – “’Speechless’ Terror: the Neural and Social Correlates of Trauma, Language, and Sensation”                                          Tyler Bonnen is an undergraduate at Columbia University studying chemistry and comparative literature. His recent work explores the relation between trauma and language, contextualized by theories of infant development–namely, Daniel Stern’s articulation of an “emergent self”–as well as the neuroendocrinology of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Alexithymia, and Interoception. More broadly, his work is informed by feminist and disability studies accounts of interdependence, care, and subjectivity.

Hillel Broder (CUNY Graduate Center, English) – “Attending to the Gesture in Experimental Modernism, Or, Reading with(out) Theory of Mind”                                                                                                                                    Hillel is completing his third year as a doctoral student of English at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he specializes in modernist aesthetics and cognitive studies and dabbles in the literature of the long 18th Century. While not at the Graduate Center, Hillel acts a full time high school teacher of English at the S.A.R. High School in Riverdale.

Sharmaine Browne (CUNY Graduate Center, English) – “From Descartes’ Nightmare to Digital Dissonance”
Sharmaine Browne is a PhD candidate in English at the CUNY Graduate Center.  Her dissertation focuses on radical Romantic responses to early effects of industrialization on marginalized individuals.  Her research areas include British Romanticism, nineteenth-century industrialization and architecture, ideology, effects of technology—especially glass and light, phenomenology, empathy, and women’s studies, particularly women in fiction, subject formation and women’s health.  She writes personal essay and fiction.

Gregory Bruno (SUNY New Paltz, English) – “Constructing Sale, Constructing Silence: Apparatuses of Power in the Rhetoric of Neuroscience”
Gregory Bruno is a graduate student and teaching assistant at the State University of New York at New Paltz, pursuing a Master’s Degree in English. His academic interests are primarily located in Cultural Analysis, and Rhetoric and Composition. He has presented on Social Construction, Gender Theory, and Remediation at SUNY Oneonta and Dutchess Community College.

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 Dimension”  with Renato Orara
Mara Aurora Buenaseda, Ed.D. in Pedagogy and Philosophy, Montclair State University is currently interested in emotions, ethics and aesthetics in John Dewey’s philosophy of body-mind, Her dissertation is on ethical inquiry in the context of adolescent literacy. “Ten Thousand Things That Breathe,” and other works of the New-York based artist, Renato Orara, are in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts. Houston, Texas and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Aliki Caloyeras (University of Pennsylvania, English) – “H.D.’s “Intellectual Rackings”: Abortion, Close Up, and the Brutalized Female Body in/of Film”
Aliki Caloyeras received her PhD in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania in December 2012. Her dissertation, “H.D.: The Politics and Poetics of the Maternal Body” brings together her research interests in history of childbirth and women’s health, film studies, and literary and cultural modernism. She currently teaches in the First Year English program at Barnard College.

Courtney Chatellier (CUNY Graduate Center, English) – “A Type of Texture and Texture’s Other: Touch Screen Technology and the Politics of Smoothness”
Courtney Chatellier received her BA in English from NYU and is a third year Ph.D. student in English at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her academic research focuses on early and late American literature, as well as affect and everyday life theory, to explore how power materializes in and as the ordinary. She teaches writing at Lehman College.

Maria P. Chaves (SUNY Binghamton, English) – “Bodyless Nations: Considering Nationalist Projects and the Body”
Maria p. Chaves is a Ph.D. student in English at SUNY-Binghamton. She received her M.A. in Philosophy from the Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture(PIC) Program. Her research interests are decolonial feminisms, border theory, race, memory and the body. She is curently working on a  comparative study of La Malinche and Caliban.

Jaime Shearn Coan (City College, English) – “Our Common Immunology: Intercorporeal Loss in Brian Teare’s Pleasure”
Jaime Shearn Coan is a poet and Adjunct Lecturer of English at The City College of New York. His poems have appeared in journals including the Mississippi Review, Drunken Boat, and The Portland Review and are forthcoming in Troubling the Line: An Anthology of Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. Jaime has recently been the recipient of residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, and was awarded a 2012 Emerging Poets Fellowship at Poets House. This paper grows out of a project begun in Professor Jason Tougaw’s Graduate Center course, Consciousness and Literary Experiment.

Kathryn Coto (Montclair State University, English) – “Memory, Metafiction and the Bildungsroman:Coming of Age in Body and Mind in A House for Mr. Biswas”
Kathryn Coto is an English Masters student at Montclair State University. Her research focuses on the connection between the body and mind, between biological and psychological growth in coming of age narratives. She is especially interested in looking at metafictional texts through a cognitive narratological lens.

Christian Detisch (Virginia Commonwealth University, English) – “A Return to the Body: Re-Imagining the Mind / Body Split in Toni Morrison’s Beloved”
Christian Detisch is currently a first-year MFA candidate in Poetry at Virginia Commonwealth University. He received his in BA in English from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania and served a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Housing Authority of the City of Meadville. His research interests include poetry, interdisciplinary theory, embodied cognition, and American studies.

Ian Ettinger (CUNY Graduate Center, Liberal Studies) – “Body, Object, and Spatial Practice in Urban Actor-Networks”
Ian Ettinger is a Master’s student in Liberal Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center, and an alumnus of The Evergreen State College. Ian works in the interstices between feminist theory, semiotics, metaphysics, Marxist theory, narratology, and French social theory, and is currently working on a long-term project to bridge the work of Henri Lefebvre and the Situationist International with several other theoretical frameworks in order to envision and develop radical practices in urban space. His former publications include “Relativity and Quantum Theory in Virginia Woolf’s The Waves” (Zeteo 2012) and “Proportional Representation and America’s Winner-Take-All Electoral System” (Slightly West 2007).

Tsivia Finman (Columbia University, Narrative Medicine) – “Enacting the Ethic of Solidarity” with Elsa Asher
Tsivia Finman is currently the Manager of Academic Planning at The Jewish Theological Seminary where she is responsible for coordinating academic assessment. She earned her Masters in Public Administration with a Concentration in Public Health at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She is particularly interested in public policy and the conversations and perceptions that shape the way we address common issues. Her personal interests currently include cartooning and singing in a Yiddish Choir.

Christina Foisy (York University, Humanities) – “The Absurd Curing Scene: Can Madness Return to the Body in Psychiatric Care?”                                                                                                                               Christina Foisy (BA Concordia University, MEd York University) is a third-year PhD student in Humanities.  Her oral history research considers autobiographical narratives of electroconvulsive (ECT) therapy by both survivors and psychiatrists, and how such narratives represent lives re-routed by shock. She is also interested in sound art, memory studies and medical humanities/narrative medicine. Her poetry / sound art has appeared at the Women Made Gallery in Chicago and with the Toronto New School of Writing. She has published scholarly articles in the Journal of Research on Mothering and POIESIS.

Julia Fuller (CUNY Graduate Center, English) – “Marriageable Bodies: Corporeal Femininity and the Victorian Marriage Plot”                                                                                                                                     Julia Fuller is currently in her third year of doctoral studies at CUNY Graduate Center and is a Graduate Teaching Fellow at Hunter College. She earned a Masters from the University of Virginia in 2010. She is planning a dissertation project on the Victorian novel that explores how competing models of female corporeality intersect with thematic issues like competency and marriageablility.

Erin Nicholson Gale (CUNY Graduate Center, English) – “Real Fiction: Sculpting the Traumatic in Chris Bohjalian’s The Double Bind”
Erin Nicholson Gale is a Ph.D. Candidate in the City University of New York’s Graduate Center English Department. Her research interests focus on the relationship of space, identity and the body in 20th Century American literature. Her dissertation focuses on the space of the street as imagined in literature set in New York City between 1893 and 1955.

Jonathan Gentry (Brown University, History) – “Sound Bodies: Gustav Mahler’s Musical Monism and the Biopolitics of German Idealism”
Jonathan Gentry – a Ph.D. Candidate in the History Department at Brown University – broadly focuses on the intersection of aesthetics and politics in modern Europe. His dissertation, “Sound Bodies: Modernism and Biopolitics in German Musical Culture,” reassess the origins and political significance of modernist art music between Wagner and Schoenberg. The theme of biopolitics helps to both uncover the effects of aesthetic law in regulating musical form and demonstrate the life-affirming politics of modernism. Two years ago Jonathan was also a graduate fellow at the Cogut Center for the Humanities, where he published an annotated bibliography on “Nationalism in European Art Music” for Oxford Bibliographies Online.

Emily Goldsher-Diamond (New York University, Media, Culture, and Communication) – “Reading the Flex-Foot Cheetah: Oscar Pistorius and the Sporting Body”
Emily Goldsher-Diamond is an MA student in the Media, Culture & Communication department at New York University. Her research interests include medical anthropology and science studies as they relate to the issues of prosthetics, enhancement technology and organ transfer. She contributes to Somatosphere and is an Associate Editor at literary culture site Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Emily plans to pursue her PhD in Medical Anthropology, STS or a related interdisciplinary field.

Yulia Greyman (CUNY Graduate Center, Comparative Literature) – “The ‘Doer’ and the ‘Deed’: Subject and Identity in Alva Noë and Judith Butler”
Yulia Greyman is a Comparative Literature Ph.D. student at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She studies nineteenth- and twentieth-century English, Russian, and French literatures. Her work focuses on cognitive approaches to literature; literary representations of consciousness, memory, and the divided self; fantastic and religious narratives; and the connections between belief and suspension of disbelief. She teaches Composition and Literature at Brooklyn College, CUNY.

Marilynn Johnson (CUNY Graduate Center, Philosophy) – “The Inner ‘I'”
Marilynn Johnson is a third year PhD student in philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center. She studies the philosophy of language and aesthetics. Her work focuses on systems of communication, interpretation, and judgment. This intersects with philosophy of mind and metaphysics where theorizing about meaning requires investigation into the intentions of the utterer or isolating the object of judgment.

Cynthia Kraman (College of New Rochelle, English) – “The Future is Female: Imagination, Inquiry & Innovation in the Films of Ridley Scott”
Cynthia Kraman is Professor in the English Department at the College of New Rochelle. She earned her doctorate at the University of London and teaches Chaucer and Shakespeare, as well as a wide range of seminars on both modern and early poets and writers. She has published four volumes of poetry, most recently, The Touch, nominated for the 2011 Poets Prize and The Poetry Society of America¹s William Carlos Williams Award.

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”
Meridith Kruse is a Lecturer in Eugene Lang College at The New School for Liberal Arts. She received her PhD in Modern Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in May 2012 and has taught courses in LGBT Studies, Feminist and Queer Theory, and First-Year Writing. Using insights from feminist and queer theory, her research seeks to develop a set of practices and principles for ethically responding to “queerness” in literary texts and daily life.

Eckhard Kuhn-Osius (Hunter College, German) – “Phenomenological Hermeneutics and Artificial Intelligence: An Introduction”
Eckhard Kuhn-Osius has taught German Language and Literature at Hunter College, CUNY, since 1984. He was educated mainly in Germany and the US (PhD University of Colorado). He has researched, published, and presented on the theory of understanding, conservative literature on World War I, Heinrich Böll, literary diaries, foreign language pedagogy, and standardized testing. Linking hermeneutics and epistemology with semiotic models has been a long-term interest of his.

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”
Carolyn Lau is a first year Mphil student in the English program at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include Modernist literature and art, visual and popular culture and the female body.

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”
Zohar Lederman is a medical doctor and a B.A Humanities student at the Open University of Israel. Next year, Zohar will begin his PhD program in Bioethics at the National University of Singapore. His academic interests include: Philosophy of Science and Medicine, One Health and Environmental Ethics, Animal Ethics, Deliberative Ethics, Family Presence During Resuscitation and End-of-life Issues.

Simon Lee (UC Riverside, English) – “Ov Narratological Becomings: Genesis P-Orridge and the Pandrogyne Project”
Simon Lee is a PhD student in English at the University of California at Riverside. He writes about 20th century British literature and culture, focusing on formal innovation in modernist and post-war texts. With a background in the visual arts, Simon’s work also engages aesthetic questions of identity and subject formation within contemporary art practices.

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”
Earl Liao is a Ph.D. student in English literature at the CUNY Graduate Center. His fields of interest include Asian American/Asian diasporic literature, corporeal phenomenology, temporality, queer studies, and speech act theory. Earl’s disseration explores the question of how time can be imagined differently when the focus is the physical body.

Thomas McCabe (University of Northern Colorado, Biological Education) – “Minding the Human Species: Interdisciplinary Connections and the Global Human Body”
Thomas McCabe is a PhD student in Biological Education at the University of Northern Colorado where he studies the composition and function of reptile venoms (particularly rattlesnakes) under Dr. Stephen Mackessy. He earned an AB in Japanese and a BS in Cell Biology from the University of California, Davis (2009) before earning a Masters of Arts in Comparative Literature from San Francisco State University (2012). When not sticking his hands into cages with venomous animals for science, he continues to explore interdisciplinary connections between Biology and the Humanities. His research interests include evolution, human interactions with the natural world, literary representations of non-human animals, and science pedagogy.

Jesse Miller (SUNY Buffalo, English) – “Minds and Masses: Crowd Psychology, Psycho-Democracy and the Politics of Socio-Biology”
Jesse Miller is a second year PhD student at SUNY Buffalo where he studies 20th century literature with particular interest in the ways modernist fiction theorizes about the mind and registers the aesthetic, ethical, phenomenological, and political implications of these theories. These questions of self, sensation, epistemology and embodiment are examined through a variety of lenses including the history of psychology, psychiatry, and technology, physiological aesthetics, and disability studies. Jesse is also a Reviews Editor and contributor at Full Stop (www.full-stop.net).

Melanie Mohn (Princeton University, English) – “Person without Spright: Spenser and the Problem of Embodiment”
Melanie Mohn joined the Department of English at Princeton University in 2010 after receiving her B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. Her interests include early modern poetry and non-dramatic prose, poetics (especially the “delight” of poetry), the early modern body, the passions, psychoanalysis, and feminist and queer theory. Her dissertation studies the development of melancholy in Elizabethan literature, medical treatises and devotional texts.

Rose O’Malley (CUNY Graduate Center, English) – “Dropped Down Halfway: Posthuman Embodiment and Situated Knowledges in Galatea 2.2″
Rose O’Malley is a second-year PhD student in English at the CUNY Graduate Center. She teaches composition and literature at the College of Staten Island. Her area of interest is 19th-century British literature and the history of science

Renato Orara – “Ten Thousand Things That Breathe” with Mara Aurora Buenaseda
Renato Orara is a New York-based artist whose series “Ten Thousand Things That Breathe” and other works are in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts. Houston, Texas and the Museum of Modern Art, New York

Pilar Ortiz (CUNY Graduate Center, Sociology) – “The body and Memory: On Pain”
Pilar Ortiz is a media artist and architect who explores urban space as a terrain for cultural expression and social interaction, focusing on race, class, and gender in the exchanges that take place in public life. She holds an MFA in Integrated Media arts from Hunter College and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Sociology at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her research has addressed issues such as temporary cities, public housing, urban segregation, and inequality in processes of urban development. More recent research has focused on the body and disability. She is a Graduate Teaching Fellow at Queens College. http://www.pilarortiz.cl

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”
Graham Potts’ research interests include postmodern, continental and queer theory, critical digital studies (with a focus on social networking technologies), popular culture studies, and communications studies. He is a PhD Candidate in Social and Political Thought at York University in Toronto. His dissertation is titled “Posthumanism Punk’d: A Metaphysics of Facebook, Ashton Kutcher, The Donald and Lady Gaga.”

Ben Richardson (Duke University, English) – “A Fiction Called Utopia: Post-Human Consciousness in Samuel Butler’s Erewhon”
Ben Richardson is a graduate student at Duke University. Hailing from Christchurch, New
Zealand, he has a background in English literature and Analytic philosophy. His current research interests include Victorianism, Modernism, and the intersection between biopolitics and transnational thought.

Mari-Lou Rowley (University of Saskatchewan, Interdisciplinary Studies) – “Empathy, Enactivism and New Media”
Mari-Lou Rowley has published eight collections of poetry, most recently Transforium (JackPine Press) in collaboration with visual artist Tammy Lu, and Suicide Psalms (Anvil Press). Her work has appeared internationally in literary, arts and science-related journals including the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics and Aesthetica Magazine’s Creative Works Competition anthology. Her forthcoming book, Unus Mundus was awarded second prize in the 2012 John V. Hicks Long Manuscript Award. She is currently pursuing an interdisciplinary PhD at the University of Saskatchewan in new media, neuroplasticity and empathy. http://usask.academia.edu/MariLouRowley

Danica Savonick (CUNY Graduate Center, English) – “Performing Englishness: Gendered Complicity in Rebecca West’s The Return of the Soldier”
Danica Savonick is a student in the English department at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her areas of concentration are twentieth-century literature, literary theory, and literature and spirituality. More specifically, she is interested in contemporary social movements, aesthetics and politics, and postsecular fiction.

Daniel Shargel (CUNY Graduate Center, Philosophy) – “Comparing Embodied Theories of Emotion”
Daniel Shargel is a Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center. In his dissertation, “Genuinely Embodied Emotions,” he develops a theory of emotions in the tradition of William James and Carl Lange. He appeals to research from social psychology and neuroscience to argue that emotions lack intentional objects, and are partially constituted by states of the bodily periphery. He is interested in applying his work on emotions to discussions of embodiment and moral psychology. Other interests include consciousness and perception.

Yanina Shulgan (Cabrini College, English) – “Sadomasochism as Culture and Cultural Trope: The Psychic Economies of Feminine Pleasure Revisited”
Yanina Shulgan is a senior English major and Honors Program student at Cabrini College in suburban Philadelphia. She is preparing for future study at the graduate level, with plans for a doctorate in Comparative Literature. Among Yanina’s scholarly interests are feminist theory, the history of sexuality, and the evolution of the novel genre. She is currently at work on a project that interrogates the competing feminist discourses on S&M practices, as well as the contested representations of these practices in popular and high culture.

Alex Solomon (Rutgers University, English) – “The Triumph of Social Consciousness in Defoe’s Journal of the Plague Year”
Alex Solomon is a Ph.D. candidate in English at Rutgers University and holds a BA from Rice University. His research focuses on the development of prose fiction between the early seventeenth and mid-eighteenth centuries. He is currently preparing a dissertation that will consider the relationship between the epistemological demands of science and the status of fiction as a category during this period.

Avra Spector (CUNY Graduate Center, Comparative Literature) – “The Act of Perception: Descartes and Merleau-Ponty on the Body and Subjectivity”
Avra Spector is a first year student in the Comparative Literature PhD program at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Previously she completed programs in Philosophy & Literature at University College Dublin and Writing at California College of the Arts. Her current research interests include collaborative projects and questions of subjectivity.

Amy Yopp Sullivan (SUNY Stonybrook, Center for Dance, Movement and Somatic Learning) – “Critical Movement and The Babel Technique” with performers: Scott Petersen, Tayla Littles
Amy Yopp Sullivan is on the faculty at Stony Brook University where she teaches and also directs the Center for Dance, Movement and Somatic Learning. As an active choreographer and physical researcher, she investigates the wonder and diversity of human movement performance. She also serves as Founding Director for the Festival of the Moving Body and Artistic Director of IronWorks on the Edge, a dance theatre company. with Performers: Scott Petersen, Tayla Littles

Sandra Trappen (CUNY Graduate Center, Sociology) – “The Body as the Scene of War”
Sandra Trappen is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is currently completing her doctoral research, which explores war’s intimate relation to the body. Using a combination of ethnographic and comparative historical methods, she calls attention to the relationship between combat injuries and innovations in medical practice and bio-medical technology. Her framing of the problem of war this way trains a feminist perspective on how mind-bod dualism not only makes it impossible to adequately address questions of gender and war but perhaps more pressing, makes it difficult to see or experience war as a domestic or private affair.

Carolyn Ureña (Rutgers University, Comparative Literature) – “A Face in Search of a Voice: Grealy’s Chaotic Quest Narrative”
Carolyn Ureña is a Ph.D. student in Comparative Literature at Rutgers University. Her work is on the representation of the ill body in U.S. and Latin American literature and film, and her research interests include illness narratives, phenomenology, cinema studies, and decolonial thought. Her current project focuses on how the Web has changed the ways patients and doctors tell their stories. You can read more about her work at www.starsinthesidewalk.com.

Devon Wallace (Loyola University, English) – “In and Out of Humour: Physiology and Identity in Jonson’s Comedy”
Devon Wallace received her MA in English literature at NYU and is currently a doctoral candidate at Loyola University Chicago. The paper she presents today comes from her dissertation on the intersections between the early modern pre-dualist Galenic theories and the post-dualist turn brought about by the contemporary discourse on neuroscience.

Jacob Watson (UNC Chapel Hill, English) – “A Short-Circuit in the Cartesian Theater: Meditations on TV Buddha”
I’m an English doctoral student at UNC Chapel Hill, specializing in American literature after 1945. I like dogs better than cats, read Plato more than Aristotle, and favor Picard over Kirk. My favorite book is The Age of Wire and String by Ben Marcus. Occasionally, I go hiking.

Livia Woods (CUNY Graduate Center, English) – “The Lady and the Doctor: (In)visible Pregnancy in George Eliot’s Middlemarch”
Livia Woods is a PhD Candidate and Graduate Fellow at the CUNY Graduate Center and an adjunct instructor at Queens College. Her dissertation deals with representations of pregnancy in the Victorian novel, with a particular emphasis on questions of (textual) modesty and medical involvement. Livia is currently working on a chapter on George Eliot’s Middlemarch and Sarah Grand’s The Heavenly Twins.

Paul Wright (Cabrini College, English) – “Renaissance in Augustinian Dualism–Machiavelli, Shakespeare, and the Epistemological Rape of Lucretia”
Paul Wright took his doctorate in Comparative Literature from Princeton. He has taught, researched, and written on subjects ranging from Renaissance humanism to Machiavelli, Milton, and historiography. Paul is Associate Professor of English and Co-Director of the Honors Program at Cabrini College near Philadelphia. In addition to courses on medieval and early modern culture, Paul also teaches in his secondary field of film & media studies. He is currently completing a book entitled, “The Alloy of Identity: Machiavelli’s Florentine Histories Reclaimed.”

Rae X. Yan (UNC Chapel Hill, English and Comparative Literature) – “Minding the Savage Child: Dickens and Medical Discourse in the Nineteenth Century”
Rae Yan is a doctoral student of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She studies Victorian literature, especially the works of Charles Dickens and Anthony Trollope. Her current research is focused on depictions of insurrection by savage or feral children in Victorian literature and culture.

Mahmoud Zidan (SUNY Binghamton, English) – “The Violent Body in James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk”
Mahmoud Zidan, a PhD student in English at SUNY, Binghamton. His interests include transnational American studies, postcolonial literature, the Palestinian question, travel literature, and journalism.

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