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“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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“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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