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Elizabeth Cullingford, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991


Friday and Saturday, October 3-4, 2008
University of Texas at Austin
Lady Bird Johnson Room, CMA 5.160
Free and open to the public

 Conference Questions 

What contributions can the study of discourses, rhetoric, or framing of emotion contribute to understanding the public sphere, civil society, and the political? Oskar Negt and Alexander Kluge argue that in a market economy a “systematic exclusion of lived experience is critical to its maintenance.” Negt and Kluge are critical of this apartheid and ask why and how it functions to the advantage of some in political discourse. Other scholars, as well, have critiqued the opposition of the public and private, or at least how such a discursive division serves to minimize some people’s forms of knowledge and consequently their social and political contributions. This working conference will examine why some sentiments are valued in public communication but others are judged irrelevant and how sentiments mobilize political trajectories.

Conference Presentations

Keynote Address, Friday, 2:00pm
Lauren Berlant, University of Chicago
After the Good Life, The Impasse: Human Resources, Time Out, and the Precarious Present

Dr. Berlant Lauren is George M. Pullman Professor of English at the University of Chicago.  She is author of a national sentimentality trilogy that spans the U.S. 19th century to the present:  The Anatomy of National Fantasy:  Hawthorne, Utopia, and Everyday Life (1991); The Female Complaint:  The Unfinished Business of Sentimentality in American Culture (2008); and The Queen of America Goes to Washington City: Essays on Sex and Citizenship (1997). 


Samuel Baker, University of Texas at Austin
The Transmission of Gothic: Philosophy, Feeling, and the Media of Udolpho

Gayatri Gopinath, New York University
Queer Regions: Re-Visioning Space and Sexuality in Transnational Times

Deborah Gould, University of Pittsburgh
Affecting the Political: An Assessment of the “Emotional Turn” in the Study of Social Movements

Neville Hoad, University of Texas at Austin
How to Have “Political Feeling” in a Pandemic

Liza Johnson, Williams College
: Some Thoughts Related to a Film in Progress

Heather Love, University of Pennsylvania
Hooks, Pegs, and Candy Floss: Personal Identity in 1963

Martin Manalansan, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
At Your “Serbis”: Queering Care Work in the Global Era

Roberto Tejada, University of Texas at Austin
Tongue Tied, Death Defiant, Wonderstruck: Passing for Politics in Mexico City

Sasha Torres, University of Western Ontario
Televising Guantánamo

Amy Villarejo, Cornell University
The Birth of Reality Television and the Death of An American Family

Michele White, Tulane University
Privates and Publics: Gay Underwear Sellers, Reborn Doll Producers, and the Emotive Display of Bodies on eBay

anet Staiger, Department of Radio-Television-Film
Ann Cvetkovich, Department of English
Ann Reynolds, Department of Fine Arts

College of Communication New Agendas Conference Series with additional support from the University of Texas Public Feelings Research Group, the Departments of English and Art and Art History, and the William P. Hobby Centennial Professorship.

For information contact
Janet Staiger
Department of Radio-Television-Film

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