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Friday March 3, all events
Panel 1: 9:45-11:20 HIB 135; MEDIAting Failure
Panel 2: 11:30-1:00, HIB 135; Collapsing the Avant-Garde
Panel 3: 2:15-3:45, HIB 135; Postcolonial Desire
Keynote: Judith Halberstam || Reception

Saturday March 4, all events
Panel 4: 9:00-10:45, HIB 135; Fragmentary Knowledge & the Incomplete
Panel 5: 11:00-12:30, HIB 135; Public Ground, Virtual Space
Panel 6: 1:30-2:50, HIB 135; Journal of Aesthetics and Protest
Panel 7: 3:00-4:50, HIB 135; Reassessing State Power
Keynote: Ewa Plonowska Ziarek | Reception



Thursday, March 2:

Screening: Palindromes. Directed by Todd Solondz. 2004, USA.
                  100 Mins. 35 mm., 7:00pm, HIB 100

Friday, March 3:
9:00 - 9:30: Coffee

Panel 1: 9:45-11:20 HIB 135; MEDIAting Failure
Moderated By:
Bert Winther-Tamaki, Visual Studies

9:45-10:05 - “On Fantastic Turks
Ilknur Demirkoparan is an artist whose work examines the ways in which stereotypes of the Turk” operate as historical and contemporary political tools. She works in a variety of media, including video, drawing, net-art, and performance. Ilknur is currently pursuing her MFA in Art at the California Institute of the Arts.

10:05-10:25 - “Failure In Wonderland”
Patrick Poulin is doctorand in comparative literature at the University of Montreal (Quebec). He has a M.A. in comparative literature as well as a degree in philosophy. His field of study includes video games, new media, intermediality, continental philosophy, and epistemology of literature. He collaborates with Etc. Montréal art magazine and with Le Quartanier, a literary publishing house based in Montreal. Patrick Poulin is presently working on his first book of “poetry”, which is to be published by Le Quartanier in the course of 2006.

10:25-10:45 - “"Reading the Mosaic: A Failed Attempt at Redefining Fan
Adam Kaiserman is a graduate student in the Department of English at UCI. In the
fall he submitted his Master’s Thesis entitled, “In Defense of Suffering Jews in Academia: Thematic Jewry in Malamud’s A New Life” and is currently researching the connections between Jewish and African-American writers and their relationship to the more Anglo-centric Canon of the New Critics. While his current interests have taken him away from looking at graphic narratives, this talk is an outgrowth – modified, amplified, and reconfigured to be sure – of his senior thesis “The Tragedy of American Heroism: How American Superheroes Became Politically Conservative.”

10:45-11:05 - “Comedy, Failure, Excess and Heterogeneity: Zedd, Bruce, Bataille and Deleuze”
Charlotte Hallows is a Melbourne artist and writer currently undertaking doctoral research at Monash University. In 2004 she curated Satellite Cities and Tabloid Life, an exploration of suburban spectacle and hallucination in contemporary Australian art at Monash University Museum of Art. Her solo exhibitions include On Mysticism and the Death of Art (West Space), Misanthrope (T.C.B. inc), and Narcotic Aesthetic (T.C.B. inc). She writes for Eyeline and Un.

11:05-11:20: Q/A
11:20-11:30: Recess

Panel 2: 11:30-1:00, HIB 135; Collapsing the Avant-Garde
Moderated By:
Cécile Whiting, Visual Studies

11:40-12:00 - “Badness c. 1970: Philip Guston’s Marlborough Paintings and
Bob Dylan’s Self Portrait”
Robert Slifkin is a PhD candidate in the history of art at Yale University. He is currently writing his dissertation entitled "Out of Time: Philip Guston's Marlborough Paintings and the Refiguration of Post-War American Art."

12:00-12:20 – “Failure and Collectivity: Some Thoughts on the Theory and
Practice of the AMM”
Robert Wood is a graduate student in the Comparative Literature department of the University of California-Irvine.  He is originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, where he graduated from the University of Minnesota with a major in History and a minor in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies.  Aside from being a student, he has spent time as an activist, union organizer, and once drove Tariq Ali around in a rusted out Toyota Corolla.  His academic interests focus on the relationship between artistic movements and revolutionary movements.

12:20-12:40 - "Failing a Successful Performance or Successfully Performing
Failure? Failure as an Aesthetic Tactic in Contemporary
Performance and Live Art"
Ulrike Hanstein holds a degree in Applied Theatre Studies from the University of Giessen (Germany). At present she participates in the graduate programme "Mises on scènes of the body" at the Free University Berlin. She is finishing her PhD thesis on the Melodramatic Style of films by Lars von Trier and Aki Kaurismäki. Ulrike Hanstein has published several articles on Performance/Live Art and contemporary film.
Janine Hauthal holds a degree in Applied Theatre Studies from the Justus Liebig University of Giessen (Germany). Her areas of research include Performance and Live Art (i.e. body art, lecture performances) and questions of the reflexivity, performativity and theatricality of (contemporary) theatre and drama. At present she works as an assistant researcher in the Giessen Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GGK) and is completing her doctorate on contemporary meta-drama/theatre as a member of the International PhD-programme “Literary and Cultural Studies” (IPP) at the University of Giessen. There, she is also head of the graduate research group on “ (Inter-)Mediality – Theatricality –Performativity” and participates in the interdisciplinary Centre of Media and Interactivity (ZMI). Besides, she programmes and organizes a series of lecture performances with the Frankfurt-based group of young curators “Unfriendly Takeover” (www.unfriendly-takeover.de).

12:40-1:00 – Q/A
1:00-2:00 – Lunch Break

Panel 3: 2:15-4:00, HIB 135; Postcolonial Desire
Moderated By:
Rajagopalan Radhakrishnan, Comparative Literature; East Asian Languages and Literatures

2:25-2:45 - "Towards a Reparative Ethics: Melancholic Failure and
Assimilationary Loss"
Robert G. Diaz is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is currently co-editing the Spring 2006 issue of Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory (Routledge) on "Performing Reparation: Practice, Methodology, and Process". His research thinks about the usefulness of reparation (psychic or otherwise) in understanding various cultural sites and discourses (Critical Race Theory, HIV/AIDS Narratives, Transnational Feminisms). He teaches Literature courses at Queens College, CUNY.

2:45-3:05 - "Spatial Politics in City of God as Metamorphosis of Third
Sourav Roychowdhury: I am a Third Year PhD student of Critical Studies (School Of Cinema-TV) at University of Southern California. My fields of interests include film theory, Marxism, political cinema, globalization, urban culture, film production and literature. I am doing the screenings for my dissertation right now, the tentative title of which will be “The Spectacle of Urban Space as Site of Resistance in Political Cinema after 1990”. I have previously presented a paper at the FSU Film and Literature Conference, 2003. I have a BA and an MA from India, and before joining the PhD program, I worked as a journalist for a while.

3:05-3:25 - "Failed Loss: Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven and The New World"
Michelle Cho is a student in the Department of Comparative Literature at UCI.  Primarily interested in the way the affective register of the geopolitical is expressed via contemporary cultural production, especially film, her current preoccupation is the affect and temporality of modernization in the space of East Asian cinema.  Her other areas of interest include psychoanalysis, memory, subjectivity, phenomenology, insomnia, and time management.

3:25-3:45: Q/A
3:45-4:00: Recess

Friday March 3:
Keynote Address: 4:00-5:45, HIB 135
Judith Halberstam, “Notes On Failure”

Introduction By:
Bliss Cua Lim, Visual Studies

Judith Halberstam is Professor of Gender Studies at USC. She is the author of Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters, Female Masculinity, The Drag King Book (with Del LaGrace Volcano) and recently from NYU Press, In A Queer Time And Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives. Halberstam also publishes in Bitch Magazine and has written for The Nation. She is currently working on a book project titled: Dude, Where’s My Theory? The Politics of Knowledge in an Age of Stupidity.

5: 45 - 8:00 Reception at HIB 135

Saturday, March 4:
8:30 - 8:50: Coffee

Panel 4: 9:00-10:45, HIB 135; Fragmentary Knowledge & the Incomplete
Moderated By:George Bauer, Visual Studies
9:00-9:20 - "Round and Lively, Flat and Still: Reflections on a Funerary
'Daguerreotype' of an Infant"
Jordy Jones is a Ph.D candidate in Visual Studies at the University of California at Irvine. He is completing an emphasis in critical theory. His research interests include the history and theory of photography, psychoanalysis and queer studies. His current research is on self representation of gender and somatic ambiguity in photography, and his dissertation is titled “The Ambiguous I: Photography, Gender, Self.”

9:20-9:40 - "Failing to Read Lacan: An Exercise in Sustaining Desire"
Annie Moore graduated with a combined BA in Honours English and History from the University of British Columbia, and received a Master's in Peace Studies from Lancaster University in 2004, funded by the Commonwealth Scholarship Program.  She is currently in her first year of a PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of California at Irvine.

9:40-10:00 - "Disobedient Achievements: Samuel Taylor Coleridge and
Charlotte Deaver is a doctoral candidate in English at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. Her current research explores the relationship between failure, resistance, passivity, and inactivity in several authors associated with romanticism, including Dorothy Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Clare, and Mary Shelley.

10:00-10:20 - “Maps, Fragments and the Failure of Representation”
Randy Innes’s dissertation in the Visual and Cultural Studies Program at the University of Rochester brings the critical and dynamic force given to the idea of the fragment in late eighteenth century literary theory and philosophy to the analysis of visual representation from the same period.  Randy did his BA in Cultural Studies at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, and his MA at the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism, University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario.  Last year he held the Lisette Model Photography Research Fellowship at the National Gallery of Canada.  He is currently teaching in the
School for Studies of Art and Culture, Carleton University, Ottawa.

10:20-10:45: Q/A
10:45-11:00- Recess

Panel 5: 11:00-12:30, HIB 135; Public Ground, Virtual Space
Moderated By:
Martin Schwab, Philosophy

11:00-11:20 - "Castrotopia: Space and Political Identity in the Castro"
Teddy Albiniak: Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Teddy Albiniak received his BA in critical identity studies from the University of Redlands in 2004. He is currently completing a Master’s degree in Communication at San Francisco State University, writing his thesis on the performance of space in representation.
Tim Seiber: After attending undergraduate school at the University of Redlands Johnston Center for Integrative Studies, I took time off before entering the Ph.D. program in Visual Studies at UC, Irvine.  I currently work on questions of space, sexuality, and political movements.

11:20-11:40 - "Failed Virtuality and the Aesthetics of Perfection in
Mark S. C. Nelson is an assistant professor in Environment, Textiles and Design at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He explores the textured use of digital media in architectural design as an antidote for the sterility, intellectualism, corporationality and masculine gendering of modern architecture.  Currently, this includes creating virtual guerilla makeovers for prominent modernist buildings that incorporate piercings, jewelry and fiber optic hair.

11:40-12:00 - "The People's Park: or the Failure of Humanist Architectural
Environmentalism, 1966-1969"
Daniel Barber is a PhD candidate in the History and Theory of Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and  Preservation at Columbia
University and a Lecturer in Architectural Theory at the Yale School of Architecture. He holds an MED (Master of  Environmental Design) from the Yale School of Architecture and an MFA from Mills College in Oakland, CA. His research investigates histories of environmentalism in architectural culture in the postwar period, focusing on interactions between practice and theory in the United States, France, and Brazil. Recent publications include 'Militant Architecture' in the Journal of Architecture July 05; and 'Is It Simple to be an Anti-Humanist in Architecture' in Thresholds Fall 05. He has taught at Yale, Mills, and the School of Visual Arts in New York. Daniel lives and works in New York City.

12:00-12:30- Q/A
Lunch Time: 12:30-1:30

Panel 6: 1:30-2:50, HIB 135; Journal of Aesthetics and Protest
Moderated By:
Simon Leung: Studio Art

1:30-1:50- "From Defeat to Failure: Genesis of a Book Project"

1:50-2:10- "The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest and Failure"

2:10-2:30- "Pruitt-Igoe and the Pedagogy of Failure"

Journal of Aesthetics and Protest: Colin Dickey is working on a PhD in Comparative Literature at UC Irvine. Nicole Antebi is an artist based in Los Angeles.  Robert Herbst is an editor for the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest.  The three of them are co-editing a book on failure for the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest.

2:30-2:50: Q/A
2:50-3:00: Recess

Panel 7: 3:00-4:50, HIB 135; Reassessing State Power
Moderated By:
Dina Al-Kassim, Comparative Literature

3:00-3:20 -"Reassessing Cold War Narratives of Success and
Failure: The Case of Rockwell Kent"
Maura Lyons is Assistant Professor of Art History at Drake University.  Her book, William Dunlap and the Construction of an American Art History, was published by the University of Massachusetts Press last year.  She received her doctorate in art history at Boston University, where she specialized in the art and architecture of the United States.  Her paper on Rockwell Kent grows out of a larger research project on the artist.

3:20-3:50 -"Citizen Vegetable, Citizen Fetus: Sovereignty and the
Limits of Life"
Emma Heaney is a second year Comparative Literature student at UCI.  She teaches in the Women's Studies and Composition departments and writes about French, Italian, and Anglophone modernisms.

3:50-4:10 - "Failure of the Divine and the Mythic in Benjamin's
'Critique of Violence'"
Ben D'Harlingue is a graduate student in Cultural Studies at the University of California, Davis. He has instructed courses in Women and Gender Studies.  Ben's research is on haunting, memorialization, and U.S. state violence.  Also, Ben has worked in the movement against domestic violence and in the movement to free political prisoners held in U.S. prisons.

4:10-4:30 - "South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission: A
Generative 'Failure'"
Katherine Mack is a doctoral student in the Comparative Literature department at University of California, Irvine. Her field is Rhetoric and Composition. Katherine's dissertation examines the public hearings of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the receptions of these hearings across various cultural sites. She is interested in public memory, transnational and rhetorical theory, truth commissions, transitional justice, and writing studies.

4:30-4:50: Q/A
4:50-5:00: Recess

Saturday March, 4:
Keynote Address: 5:15-7:00, HIB 135
Ewa Plonowska Ziarek, “'Fail Better': Art, Transformation,
and the Melancholic Limits of Praxis”

Introduction By: David Theo Goldberg, African American Studies; Criminology, Law, and Society

Ewa Plonowska Ziarek is Julian Park Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of Humanities Institute at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her teaching interests include feminist theory, modernism, continental philosophy, ethics, and critical theory. She is the author of The Rhetoric of Failure: Deconstruction of Skepticism, Reinvention of Modernism. (SUNY, 1995), An Ethics of Dissensus: Feminism, Postmodernity, and the Politics of Radical Democracy. (Stanford 2001); the editor of Gombrowicz's Grimaces: Modernism, Gender, Nationality, (SUNY, 1998); and the co-editor (with Tina Chanter) of Revolt,
Affect, Collectivity: The Unstable Boundaries of Kristeva's Polis (2005) and Intermedialities: Philosophy, Art, Politics (forthcoming). She has published numerous articles on Kristeva, Irigaray, Derrida, Foucault, Levinas, Fanon and literary modernism.

7:15-9:00: Reception, University Art Gallery