Friday, January 31
1811 Dunton Tower
Carleton University Department of English Doctoral student Chris Vanderwees has a new article in Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature exploring the relationship between feminist criticism and Georges Bataille’s Story of the Eye.
from the Abstract:
Much of the critical work on Bataille assimilates his psychosocial theories in Erotism with the manifestation of those theories in his fiction without acknowledging potential contradictions between the two bodies of work. The conflation of important distinctions between representations of sex and death in Story of the Eye and the writings of Erotism forecloses the possibility of reading Bataille’s novel as a critique of gender relations. This article unravels some of the distinctions between Erotism and Story of the Eye in order to complicate the assumption that the novel simply reproduces phallogocentric sexual fantasies of transgression. Drawing from the work of Angela Carter and Laura Mulvey, the author proposes the possibility of reading Story of the Eye as a pornographic critique of gender relations through an analysis of the novel’s displacement and destruction of the male gaze.
Download the full article at Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature: Vol. 38: Iss. 1, Article 6 (2014)
Date: Friday, March 21, 2014
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: 1811 Dunton Tower (Gordon Wood Lounge)
David Hollinger has recently argued that, although mainline liberal Protestants “lost American Protestantism” due to declining membership, they “won the United States.” He is among a group of scholars who suggest that American religious pluralism, individualism, and even multicultural tolerance have liberal Protestant roots. This paper takes a more critical approach by examining the relationship between the liberal Protestant legacy and a neoliberal understanding of religion, an understanding which permeates Democratic politics and the book publishing industry.
Andrew Connolly is a PhD candidate in the English Department at Carleton University. His dissertation examines contemporary deconversion narratives from Kim Barnes to Katy Perry.
January 31 – February 2, 2014
Carleton University, Ottawa
Free, but we ask you to register if possible so we can plan for food/drink:
Saturday, January 1 –1:00-2:30
The TasP (Treatment-as-Prevention) paradigm is premised on the claim that scaling up testing and providing immediate access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) for individuals living with HIV will produce a broader preventative benefit at the public health level and reduce the number of new HIV infections. Building on Marilou Gagnon’s paper, which argues for the emergence of a new medical category of “virally suppressed,” this paper performs an analysis of two pro-TasP media campaigns in order to demonstrate the rhetorical strategies at play in the constitution of virally suppressed/unsuppressed subjectivities. First, it analyzes a BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS YouTube “public service” advertisement, which enjoins the viewer to get tested by analogizing the body to “a great machine.” Second, it reads the cover photograph of a recent Médicins sans frontières publication depicting an African woman wearing a t-shirt declaring, “Viral Load Undetectable.” These two, unrelated campaigns, provide the occasion for a critical assessment of subject-formation within the rhetoric of suppression. While these campaigns presume vastly different audiences, each provides an image with which the viewer is meant to identify—desirable subject-positions available to be taken up, incorporated, and lived. In brief, the images of the bodies they propose are synecdochal for a normative and compliant subject, while a nexus of normalizing forces operate covertly in the background. Judith Butler’s theory of performativity is used to help read these campaigns and to understand the kind of subject that consolidates around the norm that is proposed by the TasP paradigm.
FRIDAY Azrieli Pavillion 132
6:30 – 8:00 Poster Virus – AIDS Action Now
8:00 – 9:30 Keynote Address: Sarah Schulman “33 Years of AIDS”
SATURDAY Loeb A720
9:30 – 10:00 Coffee and Light Snacks
10:00 – 10:15 Introductions
10:15 – 11:45 Fashioning Sexualities
Aging Bodies, Sexual Subjects: Feminist Health Activism and Biomedical Constructions of Sexual (Dys)function.
Annabelle Arbogast, University of Cincinnati
The Biopolitics of Australia’s Third, “X,” Sex: Pathology, Invisibility, and Intersexuality.
Celeste Elizabeth Orr, University of Ottawa
The Asexuality Movement and the Biopolitics of Sexuality in Contemporary North American Contexts
Ela Przyblo, York University
Like a Fish on a Stick: Culture and Resistance Among PLHIV Support Groups in Lao PDR
Amanda Joy, Carleton University
11:45 – 1:00 – Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 Biopolitics, Viropolitics, HIV Treatment and Criminalization
Freedom Through Suppression: The New Logic of Viral Suppression in HIV Treatment-as-Prevention
Marilou Gagnon, University of Ottawa
The Body as Machine: Neoliberal Biopolitics and the Performative Rhetorics of HIV Treatment-as-Prevention
Stuart J. Murray, Carleton University
Bioethics and Biopolitics in the Era of HIV Treatment-as-Prevention
Adrian Guta, Carleton University
Viropolitics: On Uncertainty and Counselling in an Era of Criminalization
Martin French, Concordia University
2:30-2:45 – Break
2:45 – 5:00 Bodies in Movement
What’s Left of the Body?: Protest Medics, Trauma, and the Ethics of Console
Hilton Bertalan, York University
Reshaping Canadian Disability Movements through Artistic, Radical and Cultural-based Activism
Michael Orsini and Christine Kelly, University of Ottawa
Governing participation: the politics and policy of the involvement of people living with HIV
Alex McClelland, Adrian Guta, Nicole Greenspan.
7:00 – 9:00 Keynote Address: “Direct Action = Life: Memories of AIDS Activism in ‘Canada,’ 1987-1993.” Gary Kinsman, Laurentian University
9:00 – 11:00 Evening Social [Avant Garde]
SUNDAY Loeb A710
9:00 -5:00 Workshop – Indexing Methodologies in Research on AIDS Activism (limited attendance)