a past that has never been present

Art • Philosophy • History
June 9-12, 2011

University of King’s College

About Halifax, NS

Conference Poster
(1.8MB PDF)

Keynote presentations
and panels
are open to the public.
Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, University of King’s College

Conference Program





“Hence reflection does not itself grasp its full significance unless
it refers to the unreflective fund of experience which it presupposes,
upon which it draws, and which constitutes for it a kind of original past,
a past that has never been present.”
– Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception

Thursday, June 9  
Unless otherwise noted, all panel sessions and keynote addresses will take place in the
KTS Lecture Hall, 2nd Floor of the New Academic Building (NAB)
1:30 – 2:45 pm Registration outside Alumni Hall, 1st Floor, NAB
3:00 – 4:30 pm Panel: Anxieties of Sexual Difference
Chair: Alexandra Morrison (University of King’s College)
  Trauma and Hysteria:
A Tale of Passions and Reversal

Bettina Bergo (Université de Montréal, Canada)
  A Past which was Never Present:
Irigaray, Deleuze and the Question of Sexual Difference

Anne Van Leeuwen (Jan van Eyck Academie, The Netherlands)
7:00 – 9:00 pm Welcoming Remarks
Dr. Christopher Elson (French Department, Dalhousie University),
Director of the King’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Research

Keynote: After the End: Psychoanalysis in the Ashes of History
Professor Cathy Caruth,
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Comparative Literature and English, Emory University
9:00 pm – on Opening Reception in the King’s College President’s Lodge

Friday, June 10  
9:00 – 10:30 pm Panel: Crisis, Responsibility, Solidarity
Chair: Elizabeth Edwards (University of King's College)
  Collective Trauma or Legitimation Crisis?
When Bad Things Happen to Grouped People

Susan Dodd (University of King’s College, Canada)
  Disordered Time as Moral Imperative:
Jean Amery’s Melancholic Historical Consciousness

Victoria Fareld (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
  The Mercy of Remembering: Politics and Poetics in Morrison’s New World
Eden Wales Freedman (University of New Hampshire, USA)
10:30 – 10:45 am Coffee break
10:45 – 12:15 pm Panel: The Painting of the Past
Chair: Jannette Vusich (University of King's College)
  ‘More for the Past than Before’:
Henri Fantin-Latour and the Art of his Time

Anne Leonard (Smart Museum of Art/University of Chicago, USA)
  Erlebniskunst as serious play:
Experiencing the Past in Richard Oelze’s postwar landscapes

Eleanor Moseman (Colorado State University, USA)
12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch at Prince Hall, Arts & Administration Building
1:30 – 3:00 pm Panel: Gestures, Ruptures, Openings:
Matters of Sense in Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Jean-Luc Nancy

Chair: Christopher Elson (Dalhousie University/University of King's College)
  Vestiges of the Self: Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Jean-Luc Nancy
on Expression, Exscription, and Memory

Donald Landes (McGill University, Canada)
  Jean-Luc Nancy on a Forbidding History
Sarah Clift (University of King’s College, Canada)
3:00 – 3:15 pm Coffee break
3:15 – 4:45 pm Panel: Memory & Echo
Chair: Leigh Yetter, Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas, McGill University
      institute for public life of art and ideas The Bridge and the Book
Mark Antaki (McGill University, Canada)
Memory and Echo:
Law, Technology, and ‘Popular Culture’

Desmond Manderson (McGill University, Canada)
Waiting in the Grey Light:
The Echo of the Child amid the Weight of Memory

Teresa Strong-Wilson (McGill University, Canada)
7:30 – 9:30 pm Colm Tóibín Alumni Hall
Saturday, June 11  
9:00 – 10:30 am Panel: Parting Gestures & Deathbed Scenes
Chair: Sarah Clift (University of King's College)
Zsuzsa Baross (Trent University, Peterborough, Canada)
  Proust’s Remains
Rebecca Comay (University of Toronto, Canada)
  'Blind hands': Reflections on Embodiment and Finitude
Scott Marratto (University of King’s College, Canada)
10:30 – 10:45 am Coffee break
10:45 – 12:15 pm Panel: Narrative Timings
Chair: Stephen Boos (University of King's College)
  The Past in the Present:
Paul Ricoeur and Historical Representation

Kenneth Sheppard (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
  As for the Future:
Time and Resistance in Lispector’s “The Hour of the Star.”

Cory Stockwell (University of King’s College, Canada)
12:30 – 1:30 pm Working Luncheon
1:30 – 3:00 pm Panel: Time, Embodiment and the Coming Community
Chair: Stella Gaon (St. Mary's University)
  History, Truth and the “Come” of Human Rights:
Global Politics under the Derridean Paradigm

Ben Dorfman (Aalborg University, Denmark)
  The Non-Being of the Present and the
Temporality of all Bodies According to Augustine of Hippo

Sean Hannan (University of Chicago, USA)
  Hannah Arendt's Concept of Natality:
Reflections on the Birth of the Given

Daniel Brandes (University of King’s College, Canada)
3:00 – 3:15 pm Coffee break
3:15 – 4:30 pm Panel: The Uncanny Returns of Film
Chair: Darrell Varga (Nova Scotia School of Art and Design)
  Beryl Korot: Weaving the Apparatus
Katie Geha (University of Texas-Austin, USA)
  The Return of an unforeseen past:
Uses of nostalgia as a critical tool in contemporary art

Katarzyna Ruchel-Stockmans (Research Foundation Flanders, Belgium)
5:00 – 7:00 pm Conference Dinner at Saege Bistro (optional)
7:30 – 9:30 pm Keynote: Further Questions:
A Way Out of the Present Philosophical Situation (via Merleau-Ponty)

Professor Leonard Lawlor, Sparks Professor of Philosophy, Penn State University

Sunday, June 12  
10:00 – 11:30 am Panel: Merleau-Ponty’s Times
Chair: Daniel Brandes (University of King's College)
  Merleau-Ponty and Lacan on Time
Christopher Latiolais (University of Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA)
  Time to Heal? – Merleau-Ponty’s Temporal Remedy and Cailloisian Myth
Bryan Smyth (University of Memphis, USA)
  Lateness and Sense Genesis
Keith Whitmoyer (New School for Social Research, New York)
11:45 – 12:45 Lunch at Prince Hall, Arts & Administration Building
2:00-3:30 pm
boarding at 1.45
Halifax Harbour Cruise, together with participants from the Elizabeth Bishop Symposium aboard the Mar II Departure from Queen's Wharf (behind the Maritime Museum on Lower Water Street). Free of charge (with cash bar on board)

  Funding from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada is gratefully acknowledged.
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