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Germanic Languages & Literatures pres.

Germanic Languages and Literatures Graduate Student Conference

Embodying Vision/Envisioning Embodiment

Sebastian Oldhouse, Father Time Sebastian Oldhouse, Father Time
Sebastian Oldhouse, Father Time
Thursday, October 17th @ 5:30 - 7:00 pm (Forum Hall): “Present Tense: Time, Madness, and Democracy”: Keynote Lecture by Professor W. J. T. Mitchell.

As part of the Embodying Vision/Envisioning Embodiment Graduate Student Conference hosted by the German Department, Professor W. J. T. Mitchell of the University of Chicago will give the keynote lecture.

Professor Mitchell is the Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of English, Art History, and Visual Arts in addition to serving as Editor of Critical Inquiry. His research explores the relations of visual and verbal representations in culture and iconology, and he has authored several foundational books on the history and theories of media, visual art, and literature, from the eighteenth century to the present.

On Thursday, October 17th at 5:30 pm, Professor Mitchell will give his keynote lecture in Forum Hall. "Present Tense: Time, Madness, and Democracy" is an experimental engagement in philosophical reflections on time informed by current events. A first draft appeared just before the 2018 elections on the Critical Inquiry blog, In the Moment. His lecture will provide an update of that draft, while maintaining its methodological commitment to an iconology of time rather than an ontology of time, asking not “What is time?” but rather "How do we picture time?" This lecture is inspired by Nietzsche’s observation that madness in individuals is rare and exceptional, but in “groups, parties, nations, and epochs, it is the rule.” In arguing that we are living in an “epoch,” a moment of historic uncertainty, risk, and transformation, Professor Mitchell will ask the following questions: What is the “affective temporality” that characterizes this epoch? How do we feel about the times in which we live, and how does that feeling congeal into images and iconic moments?
Reception to follow.

Friday, October 18th @ 8 am - 5 pm (Forum Hall): Embodying Vision/Envisioning Embodiment Graduate Student Conference

Saturday, October 19th @ 8 am - 5 pm (Rackham East Hall): Embodying Vision/Envisioning Embodiment Graduate Student Conference

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