PACT 2011

The Third Annual Meeting of the

PACIFIC ASSOCIATION FOR THE CONTINENTAL TRADITION

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The Political Animal

Seattle University
Seattle, Washington
October 6-6, 2011

Conference Program

Thursday, October 6

Location: STUDENT CENTER 210

6:00 PM: Words of Welcome: Jason Wirth (Seattle University) and Gerard Kuperus (University of San Francisco)

6:10 PM: Formal welcome, Dr. Burt Hopkins, chair, philosophy department, Seattle University

6:20 PM: PLENARY SESSION
MODERATOR: Gerard Kuperus (University of San Francisco)

- Peter Steeves (DePaul University), This Animal, Again

7:20 PM Opening Reception, featuring wines and beers of Washington State

Friday, October 7

8:45 AM -9:15 AM: coffee

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM

SESSION ONE: The Caring Animal STUDENT CENTER 210 A (LEFT SIDE ROOM)

MODERATOR: Marjolein Oele (University of San Francisco)

- Paulette Kidder (Seattle University), Gift-giving and the Limits of Markets in Health Care
- Maurice Hamington (Metropolitan State College of Denver), A Performative Theory of Care Ethics: The Everyday Negotiation of the Political Animal

SESSION TWO: Political Animals STUDENT CENTER 210 B (RIGHT SIDE ROOM)

MODERATOR: Jessica Ludescher (Seattle University)

- Josh Hayes (Santa Clara), Displacing Place: Old Man Coyote as a Political Animal in the Writings of Gary Snyder
- Julia Sushytska (University of Redlands), Aristotle and Žižek: Thinking the Political Animal Together with the Inhuman

10:30 AM -10:45 AM: coffee

10:45 AM -12:15 PM

SESSION THREE: L’Intrus  STUDENT CENTER 210 A

MODERATOR: Jason Wirth (Seattle University)

- Michael Eng (John Carroll University), The Body That Therefore I Am (Not): Anaesthetics and the Technics of Global Human Animality in Nancy’s L’Intrus
- Kimberly Lamm (Duke University), Contaminating Man as Human Animal: Immigrant and Feminine Animality in Claire Denis’s L’Intrus

SESSION FOUR: Aristotle goes Animal STUDENT CENTER 210 B

MODERATOR: Marjolein Oele (University of San Francisco)

- Joseph Arel (University of Guelph), The Body of Aristotle’s Political Animal
- John Filling (St John’s College, Oxford), Marx as Aristotelian: Political Animals and Production-Organisms

12:15 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch (local restaurant)

2:00 PM -3:30 PM

SESSION FIVE: Wolves and Multiplicity STUDENT CENTER 210 A

MODERATOR: Olúfémi Táíwò (Seattle University)

- Kas Saghafi (University of Memphis), Let’s Not Forget the Wolves
- Rosalie Siemon (DePaul and Loyola Marymount), Please Do Not Feed “The Political Animal”: Hannah Arendt and Plural Politics

SESSION SIX: Terror and Non-Human Animals STUDENT CENTER 210 B

MODERATOR: Dan Dombrowski (Seattle University)

- Bonnie Mann (University of Oregon), Gender Apparatus: Torture and National Manhood in the U.S. “War on Terror”
- Corinne Painter  (Washtenaw Community College), The Non-Human Animal as a Member of the Political Community

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM coffee and refreshments

3:45 PM -5:15 PM

SESSION SEVEN: Antiquity

MODERATOR: Therese Cory (Seattle University) STDUENT CENTER 210 A

- Morgan Rempel (University of Southern Mississippi), Nietzsche and the ‘Happiness of Repose’
- Firmin DeBrabander (Maryland Institute College of Art), Seneca on the Therapy of Politics

SESSION EIGHT: More Political Animals STUDENT CENTER 210 B

MODERATOR: Ben Howe (Seattle University)

- Nicolaas P. Barr Clingan (history, UC Berkeley), “The dreadful ferocity of homo sapiens”: Adorno’s Animals and the Political
- David Pena-Guzman (Emory), The Political Animal

5:45 PM – 6:45 PM: STUDENT CENTER 210: PLENARY SESSION
MODERATOR: Jason Wirth (Seattle University)

Bernie Freydberg (Duquesne), From the Annals of Ancient Jurisprudence regarding the Political Animal: A Philosophical Inquiry

RECEPTION: LOCATION STUDENT CENTER 210 - More Washington wines and beers and finger foods

Dinner: on your own



Saturday, October 8

8:45-9:15: coffee

9:15 AM -10:30 AM

SESSION ONE: Strange Animals

MODERATOR: Yancy Dominick (Seattle University) STUDENT CENTER 130 A

- Olga Vishnyakova North Seattle Community College), The Allegory of the Dog
- Alain Beauclair (Central Washington University), Gadamer’s Animals

SESSION TWO: French Animals STUDENT CENTER 130 B

MODERATOR: Thomas Bretz (Loyola University-Chicago)

- Apple Igrek (Seattle University), The Embalmed Gestus: Hyperbolic Politics from Derrida to Rancière
- Chris Yates (Boston College), Beyond Anthropologism: Derrida’s Heidegger and the Movement of Language

10:30 AM -10:45 AM: coffee

10:45 AM -12:15 PM

SESSION THREE: Responsibility & Rights in a New Time STUDENT CENTER 130A

MODERATOR: Apple Igrek (Seattle University)

- Tim Freeman (University of Hawaii-Hilo), Human Rights in the Wake of the Death of God
- Emre Koyuncu and P. Burcu Yalim (Bilkent University, Turkey), On Cruelty and Responsibility: An Affective Analysis of the Political Animal

SESSION FOUR: Conservative Austrians and Irony STUDENT CENTER 130 B

MODERATOR: Matt Rellihan (Seattle University)

- James Kilcup (Loyola Marymount), Wittgenstein’s Conservatism
- Christopher Lauer (University of Hawaii-Hilo), Beauvoir and Kierkegaard on Embedding and Irony

12:15 PM - 2:00 PM: Lunch (local restaurant)

2:00 PM – 4:30 PM STUDENT CENTER 130 A

SESSION FIVE: Borders, Cities, and Political Economy

MODERATOR: Wai-Shun Hung (Seattle University)

- Thomas Nail (University of Oregon), Beyond Sovereignty: Governing Migratory Life at the U.S./Mexico Border
- Paul Kidder (Seattle University), Political Hermeneutics and “Urban Husbandry”
- Christian Lotz (Michigan State University), Do We Need a New Critique of Political Economy?

SESSION SIX: Rethinking Politics STUDENT CENTER 130 B

MODERATOR: Michael Eng (John Carroll University)

- Sam Talcott (University of the Sciences), The Problem of Biopower: Foucault’s Debt to Canguilhem and Jacob
- Todd Trembley (Highline Community College), An Agrarian Eco-Politics: The Aristotelian Case for Refusing to Separate Animals and Plants from the Political Community
- Chris Wells (Vanderbilt University), Rethinking Political Normativity with Derrida’s Beast and the Sovereign
-- Colin Koopman (University of Oregon), Biopolitics in Agamben and Foucault: Bare Life versus Biological Sciences

4:30 PM – 4:45 PM: coffee and refreshments

4:45 PM - 5:30 PM: PLENARY SESSION STUDENT CENTER 130 (FULL ROOM)

MODERATOR: Jim Risser (Seattle University)

Bob Mugerauer (University of Washington), Political Identity and Contingency of Place: Arendt’s Contribution Toward an Adequate Basis for Human Rights and Environmental Justice

5:45 PM- 6:45 PM: PLENARY SESSION: STUDENT CENTER 210 (FULL ROOM)

MODERATOR: Elizabeth Sikes (Seattle University)

Dorothea Olkowski (University of Colorado at Colorado Springs), Politics—Not for Animals?

RECEPTION - STUDENT CENTER 210: A taste or three of Washington’s vinicultural and brewing masterpieces + LIVE MUSIC!

Dinner: on your own







PACT Organizing Committee 2011

Jason Wirth (Seattle University)
Elizabeth Sikes (Seattle University)
Gerard Kuperus (University of San Francisco)
Marjolein Oele (University of San Francisco)

Conference Assistant: Caity Orellana (Seattle University)


Special Thanks to:

The Seattle University Philosophy Department
David Powers, Dean, The College of Arts and Sciences, Seattle University

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