UC Irvine: April

Critical/Liberal/Arts 1

19 April 2013

University of California, Irvine

Humanities Gateway 1030

* * Register HERE * *

[go HERE for parking information; Mesa Court lot is fairly close]


Schedule of Events

9:00 – 10:00 am: Reception: Coffee & Tea

10:00 – 10:15 am: Opening Remarks

10:15 – 11:15 am [presentations]:

*suggested readings are available by request [email: seamanm@cofc.edu]

  • Aranye Fradenburg, University of California, Santa Barbara: “Your Brain on Liberal Arts”

Suggested Readings: (1) Wolf Singer, “Epigenesis and Brain Plasticity in Education,” in Antonio M. Battro et al., eds., The Educated Brain: Essays in Neuroeducation (Cambridge University Press, 2008), pp. 97-109; (2) Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, “The Scientifically Sunstantiated Art of Teaching: Human Survival and Life Skills, chap. 6 in Mind, Brain and Education Science: A Comprehensive Guide to the New Brain-Based Teaching (W.W. Norton, 2011), pp. 143-176; (3) Paul Howard-Jones, “Neuroeducational Research Case Study A: Creativity,” in Introducing Neuroeducational Research: Neuroscience, Education and the Brain from Contexts to Practice (Routledge, 2010), pp. 138-163.

  • Aaron Bady, University of California, Berkeley: “Representing Disobedience in the University of California”

Suggested Readings: (1) Bernard Harcourt, “Political Disobedience,” Critical Inquiry 39.1 (Autumn 2009): 33-55; (2) Sangina Patnaik, “Breaking Trust: The Past and Future of the University of California,” zunguzungu.com [weblog], Dec. 8, 2011.

11:15 am – 12:15 pm [presentations]:

  • Bruce Smith, University of Southern California: “The Politics of Sense Experience in Early Modern England”

Suggested Readings: (1) Paul A. Kottman, A Politics of the Scene (Stanford University Press, 2007), esp. pp. 166-214; (2) Eleni Ikonaidou, “A Rhythmic Time for the Digital” & Liam Dee, “A Terrible Beauty: Aesthetics Against Callistics,” The Senses and Society 7.3 (Nov. 2012): 261-275 & 289-308.

Suggested Readings: (1) Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus; (2) Bertolt Brecht, “A Short Organum for the Theatre,” in Brecht on Theatre: The Development of an Aesthetic, ed. John Willett (Hill and Wang, 1964), 179-208; (3) The Five Obstructions (film), dir. Lars von Trier and Jørgen Leth (2003); (4) Peter Stallybrass, “Against Thinking,” PMLA 122.5 (2007): 1580-87.

12:15 – 2:15 pm: LUNCH

2:15 – 3:15 pm [presentations]:

  • Gaelan Gilbert, University of Victoria: “Martianus Capella & Saint Benedict: Encyclopaedic Satire & Philological Community at the Edge of Empire”

Suggested Readings: (1) Timothy J. Gorringe, “On Building an Ark: The Global Emergency and the Limits of Moral Exhortation,” Studies in Christian Ethics 24.1 (2011): 23-33; (2) Joel C. Relihan, “Martianus Capella, the Good Teacher,” Pacific Coast Philology 22.1/2 (1987): 59-70; (3) Editors of Speculations and continent.“Discussions Before an Encounter,” continent. 2.2 (2012): 136-47.

  • Brantley Bryant, Sonoma State University: “The Liberal Arts of Imposter Syndrome”

Suggested Readings: (1) Pauline R. Clance and Suzanne A. Imes, “The Impostor Phenomenon Among High Achieving Women: Dynamics and Therapeutic Intervention,” Psychotherapy Theory, Research and Practice 15.3 (1978): 241-47; (2) “The Scene of Teaching,” in Bill Readings, The University in Ruins (Harvard University Press, 1996), 150-65.

3:15 – 4:15 pm [film viewing + talk]:

Thom Andersen, California Institute for the Arts

Suggested Readings: (1) Thom Andersen, “Get Out of the Car: A Commentary”; (2) Richard Cándida Smith, The Modern Moves West: California Artists and Democratic Culture in the Twentieth Century (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009); (3) Peter Wollen, “Into the Future: Tourism, Language and Art,” in Raiding the Icebox: Reflections on Twentieth-Century Culture (Verso Books, 2008), 190-212.

4:15 – 4:45 pm: Coffee/Tea Break

4:45 – 5:45 pm [panel discussion]:

  • Rebecca Davis, University of California, Irvine: “Childish Things: Charity and the Liberal Arts”
  • Maura Nolan, University of California, Berkeley: “Theories of Sensation: Sensory Experience”
  • CJ Gordon, University of California, Irvine: “Shakespearean Futurism”
  • David Shepard, University of California, Los Angeles: “Data for New Critical Computers: The Fiction of the Digital Humanities”

Suggested Readings:

  • Davis: (1) Stefan Collini, “The Character of the Humanities,” in What Are Universities For? (Penguin, 2012); (2) L.O. Aranye Fradenburg, “‘Fulfild of fairye’: The Social Meaning of Fantasy in the Wife of Bath’s Tale,” in Peter J. Biedler, The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale (Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism) (Bedford, 1996), 205-20; (3) C.S. Lewis, “On Three Ways of Writing for Children,” in Of Other Worlds: Essays and Stories (Harcourt, 1966), 22-34; (4) Christy Wampole, “How to Live Without Irony,” The New York Times: Opinionator [op-ed weblog], November 17, 2012;
  • Nolan: (1) from Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae (Blackfriar’s 1964 Latin/English edition, 61 vols.): Ia.79.2, Ia.79.3, Ia.84.6, Ia.84.8, I-II.22.2; (2) Elaine Scarry, “The Seduction to Stop Thinking,” from Thinking in an Emergency (W.W. Norton, 2011);
  • Gordon: (1) Geoff Manaugh, The BLDGBLOG Book (Chronicle Books, 2009); (2) Lee Edelman, No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive (Duke University Press, 2004); (3) José Esteban Muñoz, “Feeling Utopia,” in Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity (New York University Press, 2009);
  • Shepard: (1): Italo Calvino, If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler (Harcourt, 1981)

5:45 – 6:00 pm: Closing Remarks

Special thanks for hosting this event go to: BABEL Working Group, punctum books, UCI English Department, UCI Group for the Study of Early Cultures, UC Multi-Campus Research Group w/Shakespeare


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