“Sites of Decay” conference schedule

The Eighth Annual Department of Comparative Literature Conference

Literature, Politics, and Aesthetics: Sites of Decay

University Downtown Center


Friday, March 13, 2015 Room UU220A/B


9:00- 9:30—Breakfast


9:30- 9:45—Opening Address (Comparative Literature GSO)


9:45- 11:15—Panel 1: Decay in Literature (Moderator: Diviani Chaudhuri)


Jason Parry (Binghamton University), “The Entropic Universe of Marguerite Yourcenar”

Ahmad AL Khabbas (Binghamton University), “Lebanese Civil War and Decadent Memories and Mutilated Bodies: A Reading of Elias Khoury’s City Gates”

Stacy Stingle (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), “A Saleable Modernity: Youth as Commodity and Decay in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray”


11:15- 11:45—Coffee Break (Natalia Andrievskikh digital storytelling project “After-Life of Discarded Objects”)


11:45- 12:45—Panel 2: Politics of Decay (Moderator: Saqer Almarri)


Kai Wei Yang (Binghamton University), “Marx, Bataille, and the Peddlers”

Berkay Ustun (Binghamton University), “The Man without Faculties: Gilles Deleuze’s Reckoning with an Old Tradition in the Context of Philosophy of Mind”


1:00- 2:30—Lunch


2.45- 4:15—Keynote Address: Dr. Ann Stoler (Willy Brandt Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology and Historical Studies at The New School), “Duress: Concept-work for our times,” introduction by Dr. Gisela Brinker-Gabler (Professor of Comparative Literature at Binghamton University)


5:00—Jungle Science Art Gallery Reception


8:00—Dinner Thai Time Restaurant (96 Front Street)



Saturday, March 14, 2015 Room UU220.A/B


10:00- 10:30—Breakfast


10:30- 11:45—Panel 3: Decay, Space, and Resistance (Moderator: Ross Lipton)


Kate Corder (Reading, UK), “Explorations of decaying agricultural land surrounding Heathrow Airport”

Alex Feim (Binghamton University), “Entangled Durations: Gordon Matta Clark’s Bingo

Maura Bainbridge (Binghamton University), “Pittsburgh’s Waterfront and Homestead Strike”


11:30- 11:45—Coffee Break


11:45- 1:15—Panel 4: Postindustrial Landscapes (Moderator: Irina Gugushina)


Alisa Chirico (Cornell University), “Dissolution and Emergence: The Post-Industrial Landscape”

Rui Gomes Coelho (Binghamton University), “Ruination, photography and the creation of a post-industrial landscape in Broome County, New York”

Debora Faccion (Binghamton University), “Micropolitics of Pixacao: Negotiating the aesthetics of destruction in the art world”


1:15- 2:30—Lunch


2:45- 4:15—Faculty Keynote Address Dr. Julia Walker (Assistant Professor of Art History at Binghamton University), “Designing Decay: Rem Koolhaas’s Berlin,” introduction by Ross Lipton (Doctoral candidate at Binghamton University)





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