Monthly Archives: May 2012

“Post- :Remembering, Binding, Afterness.” Co-organizer (with Michael Graziano) for a panel at the Annual ACLA Conference in Brown University, April 2012.

Posted by Natalie Strobach on May 30, 2012
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Providence was wonderful; Brown is such a lovely campus! Michael Graziano and I had a fantastic time with our panelists and are overjoyed with how well the papers interacted with one another. The ACLA holds its place as my favorite conference. I love what they did with the program guide’s cover!

 

My paper, “Flipping Goan Atom: Binding and Idolatry in Bergvall and Cixous,” touched on many of the same things discussed in my forthcoming Angelaki article on Cixous and Bergvall and worked to better-develop my final dissertation chapter. The discussion on trauma that unfolded on my day–moving from papers on 9/11 to my discussion of trauma in binding was so rich. Here is how we arranged our papers across the three-day event:

A few shots from downtown Providence:

 

And finally, just a glimpse at the historic campus (the beautiful woodwork!) and the delicious seafood that Providence has to offer!

 

 

 

I am already planning my panel for next year’s meeting in Toronto!

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“Lacking Strength, Beauty Hates Understanding for Asking of Her What it Cannot Do,” Collegium Phaenomenologicum, Città de Castello, Italy, July 2011

Posted by Natalie Strobach on May 30, 2012
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I don’t even know how to begin a recap of the Collegium!  I feel so fortunate to have attended and to have presented my research (thanks largely to a travel grant from my home department). My paper was an examination of this one line from Hegel: “Lacking strength, Beauty hates Understanding for asking of her what it cannot do.” It fit wonderfully with the conference’s focus on both Hegel and Kant and discussed this curious limit for Beauty, the difficult relationship between Beauty and death.

The conference spans across the entire month of June and it is heading into it’s 37th year! It takes place in Perugia in a small city named Città di Castello. It’s a medieval city entirely enclosed by an old stone wall–very isolated and absolutely gorgeous. Just look!

I bookended the trip with two weeks of research in my favorite city, Paris, pre-Italy and two weeks post-Italy, so Città di Castello was quite a shock to the system in its rural beauty.

The structure of the conference is also quite unique. It begins with a select group of presenters and then each week after that has one set lecturer, a few discussants, and an evening of intimate discussion groups. You have breakfast, lunch, and dinner with your co-presenters and participants (all-in-all a few dozen phenomenologists from around the globe), so the debates go on into the wee hours of a sweet Italian summer and are only punctuated by breaks for more limoncello.

I’m going to start the deluge of photos with some snippits from the Paris portion of the voyage (I cannot resist).

One of the best parts of Paris--catching up with some of my oldest and dearest friends (and the tea by the Paris Mosque)!

Okay okay, one of the other best parts--filling suitcases with books.

While staying in the Marais, who can refuse a trip to the Musée Carnavalet...to see Marat!

One of my favorite artworks at the Musée Carnavalet. I'm so sad I did not note the artist.

Some sunbathing at the Place des Vosges

Paris perfection.

A little boat ride down the Seine

And now on to Italy:

A train ride into Perugia

Our larger lectures took place in a very lovely, very old meeting place for the Illuminati. Wow.

A woodsy park in the center of Città

The cobblestone path to the apartment in Città

Italian street art

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“Beside Ourselves: Re-pairing the Image of the Human Animal,” 20th/21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium, San Francisco, April 2011.

Posted by Natalie Strobach on May 30, 2012
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This was my first time at the 20th and 21st Century French Conference and it  was extremely productive. This essay was part of a two-day panel on Cixous’ use of the animal and my paper focused on her naming of writing “Isaac.” This then brought into question the exchange of Isaac for sacrificial animal and the implications of a sacrificed text.

Sacrifice of Isaac by Pedro Orrente 1616

There was a lively Q&A at the end–one member of the audience was   particularly concerned with how Abraham would have viewed the sacrifice–how for him the human/animal exchange was impossible–unequivocal. It’s a difficult debate to unfold here, but it certainly lead to some interesting additions to my reworking of this scene in later chapters–namely more emphasis on a lesser-known Midrash that reinforces Abraham’s dedication to the animal/human exchange. All in all, a great success!

 

 

 

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“Playing Plato’s Child: Derrida’s Education from Antiquity,” ACLA Annual Convention, Harvard University, April 2010.

Posted by Natalie Strobach on May 30, 2012
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This paper was a part of a panel I co-organized  with Megan McMullan on “Antiquity’s Body in Pre to Post Modern Literature and Culture.” Over the course of three days our panelists explored a range of Antiquity-influenced French style from rhetorical structure to fashion. Here is a look at the breakdown:

 

 

I had a fantastic time at Harvard and definitely fell in love with Boston!

 

 

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“If knaves should tempt you:’ Amor Intellectualis and the Writer’s Play Between the Sheets,” UC Irvine Annual Comparative Literature Conference, April 2009.

Posted by Natalie Strobach on May 30, 2012
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This conference was one of my firsts and I had such a great time putting together my paper on play within the work of Adorno. I’ve long been interested in his aesthetic for writing alongside that of Cixous and this gave me a great platform within which to explore. Alan Bass gave a fantastic keynote and I also really enjoyed my return to Southern California.

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“The Terminal Body: A Passage and Platform to the Writer,” ACLA Annual Conference, Long Beach, April 2008

Posted by Natalie Strobach on May 30, 2012
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First major conference! The ACLA was such a great place to have my first big conference experience. The three-day structure  is the perfect foundation for discussion. The theme for that year’s conference was “Arrivals and Departures” and the panel I presented  on was “Passing and Passing Through: Identity, The Body, and Other Sites of Performance,” organized by Christina Dahl and Lisa Patti of Cornell. Here is the breakdown:

 

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