2011 Fall Symposium

WEISSBOURD SYMPOSIUM 2011
SOCIETY OF FELLOWS IN THE LIBERAL ARTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
FRIDAY, OCT. 21 AT THE FRANKE INSTITUTE FOR THE HUMANITIES


9:00-9:30. BREAKFAST & WELCOME


9:30-11:00. PANEL #1 POLITICALLY ACTING / ACTING POLITICAL
CHAIR: LINDA ZERILLI, Senior Fellow, Faculty Director, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, Charles E. Merriam Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and the College

Tamar Abramov | Catching Spies: Explorations in Subjectivity, the Case of Valerie Plame
Roxana Galusca | Humanitarian Entertainment and the Work of Sentiments
Stefan Klusemann | Assassinations in Revolutions – A Micro-Sociological Theory
Laura Montanaro | The Democratic Legitimacy of Self-Appointed Representatives


11:00-12:30. PANEL #2 DOCTRINES IN THE MAKING
CHAIR: JULIE SAVILLE, Senior Fellow, Associate Professor of History and the College

Michael Gallope | Comparing Different Philosophies With Non-Native Analytical Vocabularies
Mark Loeffler | Parasites and Producers: The Critique of Finance in Germany and Britain, 1873-1944
Geneviève Rousselière | Benjamin Constant and the Birth of Modern Freedom
Lauren Silvers | The Critical Poetics of l’Art pour l’Art
Zhivka Valiavicharska | Spectral Socialisms: Thinking Politics on the Left after the End of State Socialisms
in Eastern Europe

12:30-1:20. LUNCH

1:20-3:00. PANEL #3 VALUING CONTINGENCY
CHAIR: DAVID BEVINGTON, Senior Fellow, Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Departments of English and Comparative Literature

Nathan Bauer | Confronting Skepticism with Kant
Itamar Francez | Lexical category variation and the grammar of predication
Markus Hardtmann | Onto the Complex Number Plane: Robert Musil in August 1914
Ben McKean | Why Be Realistic? The Uses and Abuses of Utopian Thought
James Wilson | Finding Time for Democracy: A Theory of Political Equality

3:00-4:30. PANEL #4 DRAWING IN AND LEAVING OUT
CHAIR: AUDREY WASSER, Junior Fellow, Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Humanities

Nick Gaskill | A Natural History of Regionalist Fiction
Mara Marin | The Oppression of Choice
Bettina Stoetzer | The Forest Edges of Berlin
Neil Verma | Picturing Radio

4:30-5:00. COFFEE BREAK

5:00-6:30. PANEL #5 DRIVES AND DISENCHANTMENTS
CHAIR: REBECCA ZORACH, Senior Fellow, Associate Professor of Art History and the College

Heather Badamo | Image and Community: Representations of Military Saints in the Medieval Eastern
Mediterranean
Fadi Bardawil | When all this Revolution Melts into Air: The Disenchantment of Levantine Marxist Intellectuals
Karthik Pandian | The Vanity of the Sun
Emily Steinlight | The Novel's Death Drives
Corey Tazzara | Unbridled Liberty: The Port of Livorno and Free Trade in Early Modern Europe

THIS SYMPOSIUM IS MADE POSSIBLE WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE BERNARD WEISSBOURD MEMORIAL FUND.

BIOS OF ALL PARTICIPANTS CAN BE FOUND AT: HTTP://SOCIETYOFFELLOWS.UCHICAGO.EDU
ALL EVENTS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC