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(Dis)Figuring War: Literature and the Arts, 1918-2018 (Nov. 9th)

Fri November 9th 2018, 4:00 - 7:00pm
Stanford Humanities Center


4pm - Opening Remarks

4.30 - 7pm - 1st PANEL   

Chair: Russell Berman (Stanford University, Professor)

  • Greg Chase (College of the Holy Cross, Lecturer)

‘Death is not an event of life’: How Wittgenstein’s War Experience Re-Shaped His Philosophy

  • Victoria Zurita (Stanford University, PhD Student)

Ironic prospects: Hope in Jean Giono’s To the Slaughterhouse

  • André Fischer (Auburn University, Assistant Professor)

Politics by other means: War photography in the work of Ernst Jünger

  • Nicholas Jenkins (Stanford University, Associate Professor)

The Unknown Grave of the Warrior



9 – 11am - 2nd PANEL

Chair: Jennifer Scappettone (University of Chicago, Associate Professor)

  • Aubrey Knox (CUNY, PhD Student)

The Regulated Body: The Grand Palais as Military Hospital in World War I

  • Joanna Fiduccia (Reed College, Assistant Professor)

A Destructive Character: Alberto Giacometti’s Crisis of the Monument

  • Hadrien Laroche (INHA, France, Philosopher and Researcher)

Duchamp's waste: Trauma, Violence and Aesthetics

11.30am - 12.45pm – KEYNOTE ADDRESS

  • Jay Winter (Yale University, Emeritus Professor)

All the Things We Cannot Hear: Silences of the Great War

2 - 4.30pm - 3rd PANEL

Chair: Peter Stansky (Stanford University, Emeritus Professor)

  • Martin Löschnigg (University of Graz, Austria, Professor)

‘The extreme fury of war self-multiplies’: First World War Literature and the Aesthetics of Loss

  •  Ron Ben-Tovim (Ben Gurion Univ., Israel, Post-Doc), Boris Shoshitaishvili (Stanford, PhD Student)

Re-Enchanting the World after War: J. R. R. Tolkien, David Jones, and the Revision of Epic

  • Anna Abramson (MIT, Post-Doc)

Atmospheric Myths of The Great War

  • Isaac Blacksin (UC Santa Cruz, PhD Student)

Senseless Encounter, Immutable Sense: The Contradictions of Reporting War

4.45 - 6pm KEYNOTE

  • Alexander Nemerov (Stanford University, Professor)

A Soldier Killed in the First World War