International Conference, Modernism, Medicine and the Embodied Mind : University of Bristol, 15-16 July 2016

Conference programme

Keynote speakers

Friday programme, 15 July 2016

 
TimeEvent
9.00-9.25 am Coffee and registration
9.25-9.30 am Opening words
9.30-11.00 am

Keynote speaker: Professor Laura Marcus (University of Oxford),  'Ambivalence and the Modern Subject'

Audio

11.00 am-12.30 pm

Panel 1: Embodying Samuel Beckett

 

Josh Powell (University of Exeter), ‘Not Quite There: Inattention in Samuel Beckett’s Footfalls

Audio

Rina Kim (University of Auckland), ‘“The Brain and Heart and Other Caverns Where Thought and Feeling Dance Their Sabbath”: The Mind-Body Nexus in Beckett’s Writing’ 

Audio

Ajitpaul Mangat (SUNY – University of Buffalo), ‘The Use and Abuse of Diagnosis in Samuel Beckett’s Murphy: Personhood, Embodiment, Cure’

Audio

12.30 - 1.15 pm

Lunch

1.15-2.45 pm

Panel 2: Boredom, Trauma, and Embodied Perception

 

Oliver Neto (University of Bristol), ‘Boredom in the Age of Speed: Elizabeth Bowen and the “Thinking of Thinking”’ 

Audio

Olena Lytovka (Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin/Interdisciplinary Research Foundation in Warsaw), ‘”Suffering from Reminiscences”: Memory and Trauma in Elizabeth Bowen’s Fiction’ 

Audio

Cleo Hanaway-Oakley (Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities), ‘”Fozen in Stereoscope”: Embodied Perception and Visual Impairment in the Work of James Joyce’

Audio

2.45-4.15 pm

Panel 3: Modernist Empathy and Performance

 

Emma Geen (University of Exeter), ‘Love in the Time of Einfühlung: Vernon Lee and Aesthetic Experience as an Act of Embodied Empathy’ 

Audio

Imola Nagy-Seres (University of Exeter), ‘Sympathetic Shivering in D. H. Lawrence’s The Rainbow’ 

Audio

Sozita Goudouna (New York University), 'Breath and the Phenomenology of Disembodiment in Modern Performance'

4.15-4.30 pm

Coffee

4.30-5.30 pm

Keynote speaker: Professor Havi Carel (University of Bristol), 'Illness as Epoché'

Audio

6.00-7.30 pm

Inauguration of 'Rosemary', Theatre Practitioner Jonathan Heron’s performance, at the Wickham Theatre

A performance that unmakes and remakes itself, Rosemary is the outcome of Jonathan Heron’s five-year collaboration with the Beckett actor and renowned scholar Rosemary Pountney. Addressing the experiences of ageing, dying and bereavement, this new commission has been especially created for the AHRC-funded Modernism, Medicine and the Embodied Mind project at the universities of Bristol, Exeter and Warwick.

8.00 pm

Conference Dinner

Saturday programme, 16 July 2016

 
TimeEvent
9.00-10.00 am

Keynote speaker: Dr Matthew Broome (Department of Psychiatry and Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford, Clinical Co-Lead for Early Intervention, Oxford Academic Health Sciences Network, Consultant Psychiatrist, Oxford Early Intervention Service), 'Sartre, Laing, and Phenomenological-Existential Approaches to Psychopathology'

Audio

10.00-11.30 am Panel 4: Modernism, Gender and Illness
 

Lisa Banks (McGill University), ‘”She Had Been Ill and they Had Helped Her”: The Patient-Physician Relationship in H.D.’s Late Prose’ 

Audio

Ana Tomcic (University of Exeter), ‘The Politics of Signing Skulls: Phylogenetic Transcendence and Cultural Criticism in H.D. and Freud’ 

Audio

Peter Fifield (Birkbeck, University of London), ‘”Lyrics to Tooth- Ache”: Teeth, Illness and Dentistry in Virginia Woolf’

Audio

11.30 am-1.00 pm Panel 5: Voice, Hallucination, and Kinaesthesia
 

Marco Bernini (University of Durham), ‘Beckett and the Cognitive Method: Narrative Models, Inner Speech and Auditory-Verbal Hallucinations’ 

Audio

Emily Chester (University of Bristol), ‘”Intrusion of Voice as Such”: Overlaps between Intrusive Thoughts and Compulsive Voices in Samuel Beckett’ 

Audio

Charlotta Palmstierna Einarsson (University of Stockholm), ‘Modernism and Kinaesthesia: Reconfigurations of the Body in Modernist Art’

Audio

1.00-1.45 pm Lunch
1.45-2.30 pm Invited speaker: Professor Susan Jones (University of Oxford), 'Early Twentieth- Century Physical Health, Modernism, and the Novel'

Audio

2.30-4.00 pm Panel 6: Modernism, Schizophrenia, and the Embodied Mind
 

Matt Ffytche (University of Essex), ‘Expressionism and Schizophrenia: “Primitive Expression” between Diagnostics and Aesthetics’ 

Audio

Matthew Clements (London Consortium and Birkbeck, University of London), ‘Peirce, Pain, and Phaneroscopy: The Phenomenology of the Embodied Sign’ 

Audio

Andrew Gaedtke (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), ‘Worlding and Unworlding in Delusion and Modernist Fiction’

Audio

4.00-4.15 pm Coffee
4.15-5.30 pm

Keynote speaker: Professor Maud Ellmann (University of Chicago), “Go home, Vaccees!”:  Evacuation, Psychoanalysis, and Fiction in World War II Britain

Audio

6.00-7.30 pm

Inauguration of Deborah Robinson’s art exhibition, ‘Like a Signal Falling’, at the Glenside Museum of Psychiatry, with Deborah Robinson and Laura Salisbury in Conversation 

The exhibition has been created for, and taken its inspiration from Modernism, Medicine and the Embodied Mind.


Cultural programme

Jonathan Heron, international theatre practitioner and scholar, inaugurated his new performance piece at Bristol's Wickham Theatre on 15 July 2016. A performance that unmakes and remakes itself, Rosemary is the outcome of Jonathan Heron’s five-year collaboration with the late Beckett actor and renowned scholar, Rosemary Pountney. Addressing the experiences of ageing, dying and bereavement, this new commission was especially created for the AHRC-funded Modernism, Medicine and the Embodied Mind project at the universities of Bristol, Exeter and Warwick.

On 16 July 2016, artist Deborah Robinson inaugurated her new exhibition, Like a Signal Falling, at Glenside Psychiatric Hospital Museum in Bristol. The exhibition was created for, and took its inspiration from Modernism, Medicine and the Embodied Mind.

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