GAFIS Symposium

Graduate Association of French and Italian Students




 AT&T Lounge, The Pyle Center

4:00-4:30 PM        Registration

4:30-6:00 PM        Welcome & Keynote

     Kevin Birmingham (Harvard University) "Treason is a Form of Obscenity" 

6:00-7:00 PM        Opening Reception



5th Quarter Studio, Union South

8:00-8:30 AM        Registration & breakfast

8:30–8:45 AM        Opening Remarks 

     Professor Anne Vila (UW-Madison)

9:00–10:15 AM      Panel A : Early Modern Hazards: Toxicity, Resistance & Exile (Moderator: Nathan Germain)

     Lauren Surovi (UW-Madison)

          The Toxic Cure: Remedy and Poison in Machiavelli’s Mandragola

     Anthony Radoiu (UW-Madison)

          Mélancholie and Enfer: Charles d’Orléans, Clément Marot, and the poetic experience of exile and prison

     Emily Epperson (Harvard University)

          Sounds of Violence in Agrippa d’Aubigné’s Les Misères

10:15–10:30 AM    Break in the Alumni Lounge

10:30–11:45 AM    Panel B : Taking Risks: On Aesthetics, Cinema & Painting (Moderator: Ben Hair)

     Mason Johnson (UW-Madison)

         And You And I: The Aesthetic Attitude and the Beautiful Thou

     Caitlin Yocco-Locascio (UW-Madison)

         Hazardous Images: A Labyrinth on Screen

     Sophia Maxine Farmer (UW-Madison)

         Painted Deception or Kitsch Genius? Giorgio de Chirico’s Metaphysical Interior With Biscuits (1950)

12:00–1:00 PM      Lunch in Varsity Hall

1:15–2:30 PM        Panel C : Madwomen in the Attic: Mothers, Writers, Artists (Moderator: Katie Blackman)

     Ashley Byczkowski (SUNY Buffalo)

          The Caribbean Poetic Rebellion: Demanding Madness

     Sara Mattavelli (UW-Madison)

          All About You, All About Us: The Unspoken Dark Side of Maternity in Alina Marazzi's Tutto parla di te

     Cari Landrigan (UW-Madison)

         Feminism and Prostitution in the Art of the Weimar Republic

2:30–2:45 PM        Break in the Alumni Lounge

2:45–4:00 PM        Panel D : Parts and Partitions: Social & Linguistic Marginalities (Moderator: Jeffrey Thomas)

     Hilary Emerson (UW-Madison)

         Pasolini’s Intimate, Profound, Archaic Devotion in La ricotta

     William B. Noseworthy (UW-Madison)

         From King Ibrahim to the foundation of the ‘Western Cham’: The rise of the Cham Priest-Cleric Class, 1642-1835

     Lora Jury (University of Oregon)

         "A geography of the dispossessed": Neorealist cinema and the question of authenticity in the portrayal of the sottoproletariato experience

4:00–4:15 PM        Break in the Alumni Lounge

4:15–5:30 PM        Roundtable (Moderator: Matteo Billeri)

     Professor Kevin Birmingham (English, Harvard University)

     Professor Jan Miernowski (French and Italian, UW-Madison)

     Professor Max Statkiewicz (Comparative Literature, UW-Madison)

5:30-6:30 PM        Closing Reception in the Landmark Room, 3rd Floor