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Co-Sponsored by Duke University’s “PAL” (Center for Philosophy, Arts, and Literature) and Stanford University’s “Phil+Lit” (The Initiative in Philosophy and Literature) and

Hosted by The Franklin Humanities Institute at  Smith Warehouse, Duke University Friday April 5th, Ahmadieh Lecture Hall (Bay 4) of Smith Warehouse

2:00-2:30  Welcome and Mingling

2:30-2:45  Welcome: Toril Moi(James B. Duke Professor of Literature and Romance Studies,, Director of PAL) andLanier Anderson(Senior Associate Dean for the Humanities and the Arts and J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor of the Humanities and Philosophy at Stanford University).

Official Opening: Ranji Khanna (Professor of English, Literature, and Women’s Studies at Duke University, Director of the Franklin Humanities Institute).

Introduction to keynote address by Hannah Kim (Graduate Student in Philosophy, Stanford University)

2:45-5:00 Keynote Address:  John Gibson (Professor of Philosophy, University of Louisville, author of Fiction and the Weave of Life, Oxford UP): “On the Peculiar Conditions of Aesthetic Insight”

5:00-6:00 Reception and Dinner

Saturday April 6th, Ahmadieh Lecture Hall (Bay 4) of Smith Warehouse

9:00-9:30  Breakfast

9:30-10:45  Panels 1 and 2 (running concurrently)

“Living Through Writing” Panel:  Lecture Hall “Moving Through Life” Panel : Conference Room

Olga Lenczewska (Stanford University, Philosophy): “Can the Author Escape Himself? Italo Calvino on the Absolute Power and the Insuperable Limitations of Authorship”


Thomas Slabon (Stanford, Philosophy): “Literature and the Stages of Our Ethical Life: Nussbaum, Murdoch, and Hopkins on the Loving Author and Beloved Other.”


Michele Cammelli (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Romance Studies): “Machiavelli’s Writing Between Vita Activa and Vita Contemplativa.”



Ciro Incoronato (Duke University, Romance Studies): “The Stages of Life in Heidegger’s Early Writings.”



Grant Bartolomé Dowling (Stanford, Philosophy): “What Classical Theories of the Afterlife Offer Classical Reception Studies”


Zachary Welman (University of Illinois, Chicago, Philosophy): “Losing Innocence, Gaining Perspective.”


11:00-12:15  Panels 3 and 4 (running concurrently)

“Rethinking Time” Panel: Lecture Hall “Doing and Undoing” Panel: Conference Room
Hannah Kim (Stanford, Philosophy): “Time in ‘Burnt Norton’: Metaphysical Claims with Experiential Aims.”


Stephen Zaksewicz (Duke and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, German Studies): “Modernism and Anachronism: Locating Generations in Strauss and Hofmannsthal’s Der Rosenkavalier.”


Mike McGurk (Duke, English): “Before Bildung: Delayed Development and the Contemporary Novel.”


Giorgia Bordoni (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Romance Studies, Romance Studies): “A ‘Petite Musique’ of Nothingness: Tragic Nihilism as Death Vibration Across Stages of Life in L.-F. Céline’s Literature.”


Jordan Bryan (Duke, Statistical Science): “Incompleteness and the Underground.”


Anita Martin (Johns Hopkins/Universität Konstanz, Literature): “Female Life Stages on Stage: Power and Impotence in Goethe’s Plays Proserpina and Pandora.”



12:45-1:30  Lunch

1:30-2:30  Text Workshop  A hmadieh Lecture Hall, moderated by Yi-Ping Ong(Assistant Professor of Comparative Thought and Literature at Johns Hopkins University, author of The Art of Being: Poetics of the Novel and Existential Philosophy, Harvard UP)

2:30-3:00  Break

3:00-4:15 Panels 5 and 6 (running concurrently)

“Suspended Life” Panel:  Lecture Hall “Life: Before and After” Panel:  Conference Room
Pau Guinart (Stanford, Literature): “Accumulation and Affirmation in the Autobiographical Work of Salvador Dalí”


Christoph Schmitz (Duke and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, German Studies): “Watch the World Spinning Gently Out Of Time: Illness and Poetic Thinking as Suspensions of Life in the Poems of Thomas Kling”


Taylor Madigan (Stanford, Philosophy): “Person-Stages, Practical Reason, and the Narrative Structure of a Life.”



Kevin Spencer (Duke, English): “Purging Reality of Its Aliveness”: Life after Faked Death in Richard Wright’s The Outsider.”


Alexander Streim (Johns Hopkins, English): “‘Seeing the young who do not wander’: The Poetics and Politics of Age in Audre Lorde and Adrienne Rich.”


4:30-6:00  Introduction to keynote address by Christoph Schmitz (Graduate Student in German Studies, Duke and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

Keynote Address: Skye Cleary (Associate Director of Columbia University’s Center for New Narratives in Philosophy, author of Existentialism and Romantic Love, Palgrave Macmillan): “Almost Existential: An Ambiguous Journey of Becoming.

7:00-9:00 Banquet (for participants)