PACT 2010

The Second Annual Meeting of the


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University of San Francisco
San Francisco, California
October 8-9, 2010

Conference Program

Friday October 8
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome
9:15 – 10:45 Session 1
Room: UC, Fifth Floor, Room 1
Moderator: Thomas Cavanaugh (University of San Francisco)

Shannon M. Mussett (Utah Valley University)
“A Call to the Mind and the Spirit‖: Hegel on the Confluence of Nature and Art”

Jacqueline Taylor (University of San Francisco)
“Hume on Humanity and the Sublime”


11:00 – 12:30 Concurrent Sessions 2 and 3

Session 2
Room: UC, Fifth Floor, Room 503
Moderator: Ruth Starkman (University of San Francisco)

Michael Eng (John Carroll University)
“The Logic of Sense: Rancière, Nancy and a Communism of the Image”

Peter W. Milne (Santa Clara University)
“Event and Dissensus: Rancière's Reading of Lyotard”

Session 3
Room: UC, Fifth Floor, Room 501
Moderator: John Rapko (College of Marin)

Adam Burgos (Vanderbilt University)
“A Plateau Beyond Memory—Toward a Deleuzian Understanding of Love”

Carolyn Culbertson (Elon University)
“The Ontology of Waste: Barthes on Twombly”

12:30 – 2:00 Lunch

2:00 – 3:30 Concurrent Sessions 4 and 5
Session 4
Room: UC, Fifth Floor, Room 503
Moderator: TBA

Apple Z. Igrek (Seattle University)
“Thinking Through Walls and the Internalized Image in H.P. Lovecraft”

Elizabeth B. Sikes (Seattle University)
“The Aesthetics of Sacrifice: The Experience in Art of Natural Religion”

Session 5
Room: UC, Fifth Floor, Room 501
Moderator: Emily Parker (Santa Clara University)

Steven DeCaroli (Goucher College)
“After the Quarrel: Aesthetic Objects and Political Legitimacy”


3:45 – 5:15 Session 6
Room: UC, Fifth Floor, Room 503
Moderator: Marjolein Oele

H. Peter Steeves (DePaul University)
“In the Name of a Beautiful Idea; Human and Animal Death in the Films of Michael Haneke”

Jason Wirth (Seattle University)
“Dogs and History: Milan Kundera and the Paradox of Time”

5:30 – 6:30 Local Architecture Tour by Tanu Sankalia (University of San Francisco)
“Exploring an Aesthetics of Absence: Interstitial Space in San Francisco”

6:30 Reception, With Brassavola Brass Quintet
Philosophy Department (Kalmanovitz Hall, 1st floor)

Saturday October 9
9:15 – 10:45 Session 7
Room: UC, Fifth Floor, Room 503
Moderator: Corinne Painter (Washtenaw Community College)

Karen Gover (Bennington College)
“Sol LeWitt's Platonism: The Problem of Art After Metaphysics”

Ryan Drake (Fairfield University)
“The Death of Painting (After Plato)”


11:00 – 12:30 Concurrent Sessions 8 and 9
Session 8
Room: UC, Fifth Floor, Room 503
Moderator: Jeffrey Paris (University of San Francisco)

Kascha Semonovitch (Seattle University)
“Meaning and Being Numerous: George Oppen’s Modern American Poetry and European Phenomenology”

Valerie Oved Giovanini (Loyola Marymount University)
“Phenomenological Disequilibrium: Husserl's Aesthetics in M.C. Escher's Art”

Session 9
Room: UC, Fifth Floor, Room 501
Moderator: Michelle Lavigne (University of San Francisco)

Christian Lotz (Michigan State University)
“The Poetic Voice: Adorno versus Gadamer”

Joseph J. Tanke (California College of the Arts)
“On the Politics of Art and Aesthetics”


2:15 – 4:30 Session 10
Room: UC, Fifth Floor, Room 503
Moderator: Gerard Kuperus

Ronald Sundstrom (University of San Francisco)
“The American Sublime: A Reflection on Ideal Theory and Mythistory”

D. Rita Alfonso (UC Berkeley)
“Queer Works: Spatial Shenanigans in Queer Visual and Performance Art”

Paul Kidder (Seattle University)
“Merleau-Ponty Between Van Gogh and Gauguin”

5:00 – 6:00 Performance Art Work
Room: Studio Theater, Lone Mountain
NK603: Action for Performer & e-Maíz
Live Music: David Molina - Video Montage: M. Tachibana – R. Varea

NK 603 has been conceived as a reflection on genetically engineered corn and its devastating consequences on life. For Mexicans and many other Latin Americans, maíz nurtures the body and also the soul, as native sacred texts tell the story of how first peoples were made out of maize. During the performance, live actions by Violeta Luna are punctuated by the active intervention of a video montage. Electronic music by David Molina sustains the narrative through the mixing of recorded texts. Physical sequences and actions are clashed with violent and subversive imagery, as a ritual of memory and resistance to the invasion of technology and market forces that threaten to change people into post-humans, transformed by the technology that they ingest.
The piece is punctuated by audience interactions as members of the public are invited to participate. Duration of the piece is 35 minutes.

6:30 Dinner
Jannah Restaurant, 1775 Fulton Street (at Masonic)

This conference has been made possible by the generous support of the Mortimer Fleishhacker Fund for Philosophy.

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