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PACT 2021

The 12th Annual Meeting of the

PACIFIC ASSOCIATION FOR THE CONTINENTAL TRADITION

Conference Program

(All panels except “FireWater” take place in the Koa room of Kilauea Military Camp)

Thursday, September 9 – Koa Room

8:30-10:30 Anarchy as Release (Moderator: Chris Lauer)

Rico Monge, University of San Diego, “The Mystical Underpinnings of Anarchism: ‘Messianicity without Messianism’”

Brian Treanor, Loyola Marymount University, “All Good Things Are Wild and Free”

Ali Kashani, San Francisco State University, “Anarchy and the Art of Critical Resistance”


10:45-11:45 Celebrating Bachelard’s Pyromenon Through the Practice of Good Fire, an Anarchic Ceramic Experience with Gabriel Reed & Tim Freeman


1:30-3:00 Deleuzian Flights (Moderator: Josh Hayes)

Francine Buckner, University of Washington, “Transgressive Heterotopias and the Rhizome – Temporality, Resistance, Resilience, and Regeneration”

Janae Sholtz, Alvernia University, “Anarchy of Thought: Chaos as Speed and Irreducible Indeterminateness”


3:15-4:45 Anarchic Intimacy (Moderator: Elizabeth Sikes)

Ellie Anderson, Pomona College, “Relationship Anarchy and the Philosophy of Love”

Dominique Walmsley, Independent Scholar, “Anarchic Divorce”


5:00-7:30 (After a meal outside the Lehua Room) FireWater: The Anarchic Elemental Generation of the Daoist Golden Elixir (Moderator: Jason Wirth)

Brian Schroeder, Rochester Institute of Technology, “Generating the Fire: The Anarchic Transformation of Qi”

Meilin Chinn, Santa Clara University, “The Highest Good is Like Water: On Becoming Apprentices to Nature”


Friday, September 10 – Koa Room

8:30-10:00 Contemporary An-archeologies (Moderator: Chris Lauer)

Marie-Eve Morin, University of Alberta, “Jean-Luc Nancy and the Anarchic World of Struction”

Benjamin Young, University of South Florida, “Love Without Origin: Improvisation and the Volcanic Hermeneutics of Health”


10:15-11:45 Playful Anarchy (Moderator: Brian Treanor)

Chris Lauer, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, “Life as Play in Graeber and Bergson”

Jeff Siemers, Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, “Motility of Being: How Otherness Emerges Through Art and Anarchic Play”


2:00-3:30 Anarchic Communities (Moderator: Geoff Ashton)

Tim Freeman, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, “From the Battle of Seattle to Maunakea: Post-Anarchism and the Politics of Friendship”

Jessica Rodríguez Colón, Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, “The Gaze of Anarchy: from the imaginary to its rehearsal”


3:45-5:15 Anarchy and the More than Human World (Moderator: Tim Freeman)

Jason Wirth, Seattle University, “Deep Social Ecology and Anarchy”

Jacqueline Moulton, Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, “Mourning as True Anarchy—Philosophical Thinking Reimagined as a Grieving-With Shared Ecologies Upon an Earth in Trouble”


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Art & Anarchy 2021
Hale Ho‘omana Varez Hall
Niaulani Campus
Volcano Art Center

5:30 - 7:30


Saturday, September 11 – Koa Room

9-10:30 Digital Anarchy (Moderator: Jennifer Liu)

Brian Pines, University of San Francisco, “Crypto-Anarchy and Rage Commerce”

Joshua Mandelstam, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, “Anarchy in the Digital World - Freedom from Traffic Laws on the Information Super-highway”


10:45-12:00 Anarchic Origins (Moderator: Josh Hayes)

Jessica Elbert Decker, California State University San Marcos, “Flux, Physis, and the Self-Making Kosmos in Heraclitus”

David Jones, Kennesaw State University, “Khōra, Archē, and the Yawning Gap: Cosmic Anarchy and the Emergence of Anarchic Order”


2:00-3:30 Horizons of Anarchy (Moderator: Tim Freeman)

Jennifer Liu, Seattle University, “Reconfigurations of Thought and Matter: A Return to the Anarchy of Nature”

Geoff Ashton, University of San Francisco, “A Self Without Order(s), Order(s) Without a Self, and the Great Impersonator that Binds Them: The Metaphysics of “Mahat” (“The Great One”) in Indian Sāṃkhya”


3:45-5:15 Anarchic Literature and Poetics (Moderator: Brian Treanor)

Amanda Parris, University of San Francisco, “The Anarchic Thought of Thomas Bernhard”

Josh Hayes, Alvernia University, “The Politics of Anarchy: W.S. Merwin's Folding Cliffs


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