Origins

Thursday, 28 February 2008Friday, 29 February 2008

3619 Locust Walk, Philadelphia

Origins

To speak of origins in the humanities is to speak in spirals. In the absence of some cause-and-effect model of explanation—long since ceded to certain precincts of science—the humanities often broach the concept of origins as ever-absent historical provocations.

Conference in association with the GHF exhibition In the Beginning: Exploring Origins in Contemporary Art (February 4-29, Fox Gallery, Logan Hall).


Conference Schedule
(Two concurrent panels in each session)

 

THURSDAY, 28 FEBRUARY

8:45, Opening Remarks

9:00–10:30, SESSION 1
• Pre-Modern Genres
• Tangled Origins: Identities and the Myths of Nations in the United States

10:45–12:15, SESSION 2
• The Excavation of Identities and the Genealogy of Nations
• Narratives of Nation and Universe in the Cold War

1:00–2:30, SESSION 3
• Gender and the Origins of “Herstory” in the Postwar United States
• Political Negotiations and Local Color: Nationalisms in Europe

2:45–4:15, SESSION 4
• Concepts of European Identity in History
• Man, Nature and Symbolism

5:00–6:30, KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Googlization of Everything, Siva Vaidhyanathan      


FRIDAY, 29 FEBRUARY

9:00–10:30, SESSION 5
• Origins of the Ancients
• Subaltern Communication & Representation

10:45–12:45, SESSION 6
• Mutable Origins in a World of Artifacts
• Authentic Voices, Irish Spaces

1:45–3:00, SESSION 7
• Between The Oriental and The Modern
• Digital Origins

3:15–4:30, SESSION 8
• Political Space & Violence in 20th Century Theory
• The Roots and Routes of Black Culture and Black Identity

5:00–7:00, CLOSING ART RECEPTION
In the Beginning: Exploring Origins in Contemporary Art

 

Above artwork from GHF exhibition: Kim, Hee Soo, Glory Days #2, 2007