PACT 2018

The Tenth Anniversary Meeting of the

PACIFIC ASSOCIATION FOR THE CONTINENTAL TRADITION

Thinking in the West

Loyola Marymount University &
California State University—Stanislaus
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite Valley, California
October 4-7, 2018

Conference Program

Wednesday Evening: Informal “Happy Hour.”


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4

9:00 - 9:30
Coffee/tea and pastries are served in Glacier Point Room.

Welcome, Orientation, and Announcements from the conference organizers, in the Glacier Point Room.

9:30 - 10:30

Glacier Poolside Room

Panel #1: Walking, Hiking, and Climbing in the West, Chair: Jeff Seimers, Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts

Angelalynn Dunlop, Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts
"Becoming-Rock: How the Rock-Climbing Community Articulates new Forms of Thinking Through Body and Geology"

Inese Radzins, Pacific School of Religion
"On Movement, Life and Climbing: David Kangas’ Phenomenological Reflections upon Being in the Mountains"


Glacier Point Room

Panel #2: Yosemite and Wilderness, Chair: Natalie Nenadic, University of Kentucky

Daniel Conway, Texas A&M University
"Finding God in Yosemite National Park: Wilderness as Vocation" 

Timothy Freeman, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
"Into the Wilderness with Nietzsche and John Muir"


10:30 - 12:00

Glacier Poolside Room 

Panel #3: Property, Identity, and Place Out West, Chair: Marjolein Oele, University of San Francisco

Brian Seitz, Babson College
"Land Claims: Trespass & Transgression"

Marie-Eve Morin, University of Alberta
"Finite Thinking and My West: The Oil Sands, Treaty Six, and the Possibility of Philosophy"

Sam Mickey, University of San Francisco
"Deleuze and Foucault in California: Thinking in an Altered State"

Glacier Point Room

Panel #4: Archetypes of the West, Chair: Jennifer Luo, University of Washington

Timothy Jussaume, Saint Leo University
"Wallace Stegner and the Geography of Hope"

Christopher Yates, Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts
"Sehnsucht and its Irreducible Remainder in Wallace Stegner’s West"

Jason Wirth, Seattle University
"Western Turtle Island Anarchy"


12:00 - 4:00: Lunch and Free Time

3:00 - 4:00: Happy hour.  Pizza will be served in Glacier Point Room

4:00 - 5:30 

Glacier Point Room

Panel #5: Deconstruction Goes West, Chair: Jason Winfree, CSU Stanislaus

Kimberly Carfore, University of San Francisco
"The Wild Heart of Deconstruction Goes West"

Robert Trumbull, University of Washington, Bothell
"Earthquake Theory: Deconstruction as/and Desedimentation"

Hakhamanesh Zangeneh, CSU Stanislaus
"Thinking, in the West? – We don’t have that, we’ve got Apps instead"

5:30 - 7:00

Glacier Point Room

 Panel #6: The West as Slaughter-Beach, Chair: Brian Treanor, Loyola Marymount University

Christopher Lauer, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
"The West as Slaughter-Bench"



FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5

9:00 - 10:30

Coffee/tea and pastries are served in Glacier Point Room.

Glacier Poolside Room

 Panel #7: Art in the West and the West in Art, Chair: Adam Haga, Memorial University

Gabriel Reed, Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts
"(Re)Thinking Ceramics in the West: The Elemental Imagination of California Clay Culture in Peter Voulkos’s Mudworks"

Jennifer Rissler, San Francisco Art Institute
"California Dreamin’? Post-Studio as Modernity’s Missing (Interventionist) Archive"

Shannon Mussett, Utah Valley University
"Entropism and Art in the West"

Glacier Point Room

 Panel #9: Birth and Extinction in the West, Chair: Christopher Turner, CSU Stanislaus

Justin Pack, CSU Stanislaus
"The West and the New: Thinking with Arendt About Natality"

Dorothea Olkowski, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
"A New Cosmology"


10:30 - 12:00

Glacier Poolside Room

 Panel #8: Landscapes and their Animal Inhabitants, Chair: Christopher Lauer, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo

Thomas Thorp, Saint Xavier University
"Thinking Wolves"

Ryan Garrett, University of Alberta
"Rust in Natural Landscapes: A Heideggerian Analysis"

Glacier Point Room

 Panel #10: Tripping in the West, Chair: Timothy Freeman, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo

Samuel Talcott, University of the Sciences
"Foucault’s Trip in Death Valley: From Drug to Desert Heterotopias"

Elizabeth Sikes, Seattle University
"Ecstatic Technologies Between India and the West: Tripping Out West: Psychedelics, Technoscience, Ecstasy, War"

Geoffrey Ashton, University of San Francisco
"How to Feel the Weight of Things: The Somaesthetics of Gravity, Grief, and Gravitas in Zen Buddhism"


Afternoon free after 12:00

Evening happy hour. Time and location to be announced.



SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6

9:00 - 10:30

Coffee/tea and pastries are served in Glacier Point Room.

Glacier Poolside Room

 Panel #11: Eastern and Western Engagements with Daoism, Chair: Gerard Kuperus, University of San Francisco

Benjamin Young, University of South Florida
"Walking West in the Wabi Wild and Sauntering with Sabi: Thoreau, Gadamer, and Watsuji"

Brian Schroeder, Rochester Institute of Technology
"Wild Dao: Nature and the Westward Opening of the Dharma"

Meilin Chinn, Santa Clara University
"Daoist Inversion and Phenomenological Reduction"

Glacier Point Room

 Panel #13: A West and Its Others, Part I, Chair: Jason Winfree, CSU Stanislaus

Peter Milne, Seoul National University
"The Other Side of the Wall: Thinking the West beyond the West"

Jake M Bartholomew, Missouri State University
"Indigenous Experience and Phenomenology in the West"


10:30 - 11:30

Glacier Poolside Room

Panel #12: Thinking on the Edge, Chair: Gerard Kuperus, University of San Francisco

David Pena, San Francisco State University
"Europe is Not Enough: Toward a Worldly History of Philosophy"

Brian Treanor, Loyola Marymount University
"Philosophy Begins in Wander: On the Benefits of Displacement"

Glacier Point Room

Panel #14: A West and Its Others, Part II, Chair: Elizabeth Sikes, Seattle University

Keren Moscovitch, Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts
"Queering the Pacific: Postcolonial Intimacy in Joseph Maida’s 'Hula Kahiko Kane’"

Emily Parker, Towson University
“'The Body' Between the Political and the Ecological"


12:00 - 4:00: Lunch and Free Time

3:00 - 4:00: Happy hour and “Business” meeting (including proposal and voting on next year’s topic).
Pizza will be served in Glacier Point Room.


4:00 - 5:30 

Glacier Point Room

 Panel #15: The Vegital West, Chair: Geoff Ashton, University of San Francisco

Andrew Jussaume, Boston College
"The Trees of the West: Our Elders, Our Teachers"

Marjolein Oele, University of San Francisco
"Prometheus' Gifts of Fire and Technics: Contemplating the Meaning of Fire, Redwoods, and Affect in the Pyrocene"

Adam Blair, SUNY Stonybrook
"Air & Light in the Depth of the World: Being in Place with Proust and Merleau-Ponty"

5:30 - 7:00

Glacier Point Room

 Panel #16: Place and Its Poets, Chair: Brian Treanor, Loyola Marymount University

Amanda Parris, University of San Francisco
"The End(s) of the West: The Time of Apocalypse in the Work of Cormac McCarthy"

Dan Bradley, Gonzaga University
"Willa Cather’s Démeublé and the Phenomenological Epoché"

Ryan Van Nood, Purdue University
"A wild praise of emptiness: Thinking with Merwin in/at/of the end of the world"



SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7

9:00 - 10:00

Coffee/tea and pastries are served in the Glacier Point Room.

Glacier Point Room

Panel #17: Deleuze and the West, Chair: Brian Treanor, Loyola Marymount University

Gerard Kuperus, University of San Francisco
"Westering: From Steinbeck’s Phalanx to Xenophobia"

Russell Duvernoy, University of Seattle
"Attending to the Singular in the Shadow of Catastrophe(s): Re-purposing Deleuze and Guattari to Encounter Richard Atleo"

10:00 - 11:30

Glacier Point Room

 Panel #18: Monstrous Topologies, Chair: Jason Wirth, Seattle University

Josh Hayes, Alvernia University
"Monstrous Topologies: Edward Abbey, Reiner Schürmann, and the Fate of the American West"


Afternoon free for activities or departure.


Music

Dušan Bogdanović
In the Midst of Winds

Banner Video: In the Midst of Winds
Slide Show Video: Dreamland (Parts 2 & 3)

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