Disquiet: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

The University of St. Thomas Art History and English graduate programs will hold an interdisciplinary conference on Friday, April 29, 2016.

Date & Time:

Friday, April 29, 2016
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM


McNeely Hall
St. Paul Campus

Historically, numerous works of art and literature have dealt with different forms of disquiet. Unrest within, between, and surrounding individuals has a distinct way of inspiring artistic production. Many of these works, in turn, evoke the same sense in their viewers and readers, generating wakes of disturbance within literary and artistic audiences. This conference explores how artists and writers have grappled with disquieting images, events, and texts, and how they have interrogated these themes in their work.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Welcome: Dr. Craig Eliason, Director of Graduate Studies in Art History
Introduction: Dr. Alexis Easley, Director of Graduate Studies in English
Dr. Jack Zipes, “Warping the Sorcerer’s Apprentice: Two Films and Some History”

McNeely Hall, 100
1:00-2:15 PM 
Session I: Violence, Latency, and Liminality: Spatiotemporal Disquiets 
Faculty Moderator: Dr. Laura Zebuhr, Assistant Professor of English 
McNeely Hall, 109
Stephen McGeary
West Chester University
He Can’t Go to Heaven with Our Blood in His Skirts: The Black Jeremiad and an Ideology of Violence in My Bondage and My Freedom
Chelcy Walker
University of St. Thomas
Wounds that Cry Out: Trauma and the Subversive Power of Expression in Sherley Anne Williams’s Dessa Rose and Sapphire’s Push
Rachel Busse
University of St. Thomas
Searching for Prufrocks: Uncanny Thresholds in City Literature
Session II: Unfamiliar Intersections/Intertextualities
Faculty Moderator: Dr. Elizabeth Kindall, Associate Professor of Art History
McNeely Hall, 111
Benjamin Clifford
Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Painting in Crisis: Chuck Close Circa 1980
Victoria Bertelsen
University of Northern Iowa
Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Disquietude with the Changing Landscape
Paul Michael Whitfield
San Francisco State University
Absurdly Insignificant Incidents: The Suicidal Tendencies of Fernando Pessoa’s Baron of Teive
Adam Burchard
University of St. Thomas
Suspicion and Disquiet: Why Poe’s Short Stories Make Such Good Tools for Theory
2:30-3:45 PM
Session III: Disrupting Borders and Identities
Faculty Moderator: Dr. Craig Eliason, Associate Professor of Art History
McNeely Hall, 109
Victoria Pyron Tankersley
University of St. Thomas
“Criminals”: Interpellation vs. Self Construction
Pearl Nielsen
University of St. Thomas
Open City: Transnational Citizenship, Colonial History, and Identity Trauma
L.M. Machi
Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Palmyrene Funerary Portraiture: Reading Culture Through Jewelry
Christy Wahl
University of Wisconsin-Madison 
Disquiet and the Question of ‘Inner Emigration’: The Work of Hannah Höch under National Socialism
Session IV: Subversive Bodies
Faculty Moderator: Dr. Raymond MacKenzie, Professor of English
McNeely Hall, 111
Mercedes Sheldon
University of St. Thomas
Subtle Condemnation in Thomas Heywood’s A Woman Killed with Kindness
Taya Sazama
University of St. Thomas
A Feminist’s Defense of the Modern Romance Novel
Jennifer Quartararo
Northern Michigan University
Speaking Out: Bodily Subversion in The Bell Jar
Jayne Cole
University of St. Thomas
Contemplative Craftivism: Memory and Craft in Yin Xiuzhen’s Collective Subconscious
4:00-5:15 PM
Session V: Margins of Expression: Fear, Isolation, and Suffering 
Faculty Moderator: Dr. Martin Warren, Associate Professor of English
McNeely Hall, 109
Meaghan Scott
University of St. Thomas
Oscar Wilde’s Life and Works: The Redemptive Power of Suffering
Hayley Graffunder
University of St. Thomas
Notes on Emptiness 
John VanOverbeke
University of St. Thomas
I Have a Bad Feeling About This: Turmoil and Disquiet in the Star Wars Universe
Molly Behun
University of St. Thomas
The Android in Us All: Exploring Shame and Vulnerability in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and Blade Runner
Session VI: Resisting Convention  
Faculty Moderator: Dr. Jayme Yahr, Assistant Professor of Art History
McNeely Hall, 111
Amanda Lesnikowski
University of St. Thomas
Museums as Memorials: Simultaneous Spaces for Mourning and Learning
Rachel Barclay
Georgetown University
Progress Has a Price: The David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins
Maria Capecchi
University of St. Thomas
Disrupting Traditional American Theater with the Lyric Element: Nilo Cruz’s Lorca in a Green Dress
Elizabeth Madden
University of St. Thomas
The Knidia: A Re-interpretation of the Aphrodite Sculpture on Knidos
5:15-6:30 PM
McNeely Hall, 100

All events are free and open to the public and handicap accessible. For accessibility requests contact: (651) 962-6315.

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