Conferences

Genres of Response: Gesture, Method, Trope

"Fight with Cudgels," 1819-182, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes

Date/Time
Friday, November 3, 2017
10:00 am – 5:15 pm

Location
Luskin School of Public Affairs, Room 2355
337 Charles E. Young Drive East

—a conference organized by Anahid Nersessian, University of California, Los Angeles

In a series of talks that follow the imaginative movements of genre from the medieval period to the nineteenth century, the conference examines the uneasy relationship between genre’s aesthetic promise and its practical uses. It brings together scholars whose work moves beyond the consideration of specific genres—whether elegy or epic, illustration or instruction, story or archive—toward a decidedly conceptual treatment of genre’s effects across literary, visual, historiographic, and scientific domains. Genre may encompass modes of classification, such as species or race, and of circulation, including the material genres of print, manuscript, and edition. It includes styles of address—polemic, sermon, pedagogy, riddle—and styles of collective activity, among them performance or protest. Genre segregates space, cordoning off the rural from the urban or the sacred from the secular, and it is a strategy of nation-building and imperial self-description. By pursuing multiple trajectories of generic expression and reception, the conference hopes to secure a genuinely interdisciplinary, globally-oriented exchange grounded but far from bound by historical context. It is directed toward a collective enrichment of our understanding of the play of conformity and idiosyncrasy bound up in habits of cultural expression, along with the freedom such play provisionally offers.


Speakers
Manan Ahmed, Columbia University
Kevis Goodman, University of California, Berkeley
Cecily J. Hilsdale, McGill University
Agnes Lugo-Ortiz, University of Chicago
Gerard Passannante, University of Maryland, College Park
Jonathan Sachs, Concordia University
Rebecca L. Spang, Indiana University Bloomington


Image: “Fight with Cudgels,” Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, 1819—23.


10:00 a.m.         Morning Coffee and Registration

10:30 a.m.
Helen Deutsch, University of California, Los Angeles
Welcome

Anahid Nersessian, University of California, Los Angeles
Opening Remarks

10:45 a.m.
Session 1
Moderator: Ali Behdad, University of California, Los Angeles

Cecily J. Hilsdale, McGill University
“When Genre Fails: A Case Study from Byzantium”

11:30 a.m.       Lunch

1:00 p.m.
Session 2
Moderator: Helen Deutsch, University of California, Los Angeles

Kevis Goodman, University of California, Berkeley
“The Limits of Taxonomy: Nostalgia’s Counteraesthetics”

Gerard Passannante, University of Maryland, College Park
“Leonardo’s Riddles: Catastrophes of Thought”

2:30 p.m.
Session 3
Moderator: Sarah Tindal Kareem, University of California, Los Angeles

Jonathan Sachs, Concordia University
“Charlotte Smith’s Longue Durée and the Possibilities of Genre”

Rebecca L. Spang, Indiana University Bloomington
“Discipline and Genre: Historians, Writing, and the French Revolution”

4:00 p.m.         Coffee Break

4:15 p.m.
Session 4: Roundtable
Moderator: Anahid Nersessian, University of California, Los Angeles

5:15 p.m.         Reception


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