Graduate Student Conference 2010

An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference on

Troubling Reality: (Re)Imagining Realms of the Real

Hosted by
Brandeis University's Interdisciplinary M.A. Program in Cultural Production
At Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
Conference Email Address

March 12, 2010- 7:00-9:00pm (255 Washington Street, Somerville, MA)
March 13, 2010-9:30-5:30pm (Slosberg Musical Hall, Brandies University)

Conference Topic
The "real" and the realm(s) in which it exists cannot be understood as fixed. Rather, they are preconceived notions - social constructions that perform and produce an imagined reality and thus generate “reality” as an unstable and fragmented entity.

How do formations of the real and unreal help constitute social bodies, social consciousnesses and social forms? In what ways might the contentious space between real and unreal, signifier and signified be understood as liminal? How are notions of the real embedded in everyday concepts of space, time and bodies? Is there room for the imagination, and, if so, what is its role in these constructions?

Keynote address:

Dr. Amila Buturovic. (Associate Professor of Humanities and Religious Studies)

Conference Schedule and Panels
Troubling Reality: (Re)Imagining Realms of the Real will take place in Waltham, Massachusetts on March 12th and 13th, 2010. On Friday, March 12th there will be an art exhibit from 7:00pm-9:00pm, that will include artists talks, a gallery walk, along with free food and drinks (location TBA). The conference, including paper presentations, will be held on Saturday, March 13th from 9:30am-5:30pm at Brandeis University’s Slosberg Music Hall and a complimentary breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be offered. Please see below for a more in-depth schedule.

For the paper panels, each presenter will have 15 minutes to present their work. After all presenters have presented there will be a 20 minute discussion section, led by a professor from Brandeis University (professors for each section TBA).

Conference Schedule Friday, March 12th, 2010
Branvan Shuttle leaves from Waltham and goes to Cambridge/Boston (only Friday).

Art Opening 7:00-9:00pm
255 Washington Street
Union Square, Somerville, MA

Gary Duehr ---
Ethan Moses --- ---
Benjamin Louis Aron

Conference Schedule Saturday, March 13th, 2010 - Slosberg Music Hall
MBTA Train Schedule: Outbound Schedule and Inbound Schedule

Breakfast Meet and Greet 9:30-9:55am

Panel #1: Bringing the Outside In: Mapping Forms, Mapping Spaces at 10:00-11:20am
The Problem of Interiority in Freud and Lacan-David Rodick- Boston College
Fathoming the Mystery of Japanese Shadows-Ryo Morimoto-Brandeis University
Cartographers of Violence: Congress, Abu Ghraib, and the Construction of an ‘Isolated Incident’-Jared Del Rosso-Boston College
The Production of Space: Aragon’s ‘Le Paysan de Paris’-Martina Tanga-Boston University

Panel #2: Seeing or Believing: Visualizing the Past, Future, and the Great Beyond at 11:25-12:30pm
TwiHards and Fangbangers: The Role of the Fangirl at Comic-Con-Nicole March-Brandeis University
Is he gay?” – The Many Faces of David Bowie’s Many Faces-Chris Patrello-Brandeis University
Community is Another Country: Visualizing Memory and Creating Connection-Claire Mauro-Brandeis University

Lunch 12:35-1:10pm

Keynote Speaker- Amila Butorvoic. 1:15-2:15pm

Panel #3: “All That Is Solid”: Literature of the Real at 2:20-3:40
Divine Right, Abolition and the Status of the Black Body: Shifting Realities of Power in Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko-Jonathan Turbin-Brandeis University
“If the Holy Grail Itself”: Toward a Conceptualization of the Traumatic Real in Tennyson’s ‘The Holy Grail’-Laura Hill-Brandeis University
Lies, Stories, Fantasies, Parables: Christianity and the Reality of Fiction-Emily Ronald-Boston University

Break 3:45-4:00pm

Panel #4: We the People: Communities of the Real at 4:05-5:20
Doubling the Real: Slavoj Žižek and Julia Kristeva on the Structure of Desire-Elizabeth Purcell- Boston College
Shared Reality in an Age of Virtual Overlay: Augmented Reality Technologies in Fact and Fiction-Caitlin Myers-Brandeis University
Offline: the Facebook Afterlife of Two Young Men-Alicia Watkins-Brandeis University

Closing Remarks 5:25-5:30pm