Schedule

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD IN THE HONORS COLLEGE (CAPEN 107).

Thursday, October 8:

6:00 pm: Elaine Scarry (English, Harvard University)
“Final Pain: The Problem of Nuclear Weapons”

Introduction: Rachel Ablow (English, UB)
Moderator: James Bono (History of School of Medicine, UB)

All events on Friday and Saturday will be held in the Center for the Arts Screening Room.

Friday, October 9:

8:45 am: Welcome

9:00 am -10:30 am: Mitchell Merback (Art History, Johns Hopkins University)
“Spectacular Pain, Memory-Images, and Early Modern Habitus”

Introduction: Carla Mazzio (English, UB)
Moderator: Libby Otto (Art, UB)

10:30 am – 10:45 am: Coffee Break

10:45 am – 12:15 pm: Darius Rejali (Political Science, Reed College)
“Is There Truth in Pain?”

Introduction: Rebecca French (Law School, UB)
Moderator: David Engel (Law School, UB)

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm: Lunch

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm: Veena Das (Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University)
“Abstract to the Concrete: Pain in Aesthetic Theory”

Introduction: Lisa Diedrich (Cultural Analysis and Theory, SUNY, Stony Brook)
Moderator: Michele Friedner (School of Health Technology and Management, SUNY, Stony Brook)

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm: Coffee Break

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Austin Sarat (Political Science and Associate Dean, Amherst College)
“Knowing the Suffering of Others: How the Discourse of Pain in Law and Popular Culture Sustains America’s Death Penalty”

Introduction: Mateo Taussig-Rubbo (Law School, UB)
Moderator: Frederick Klaits (Anthropology, UB)

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm: Reception

Saturday, October 10:

9:00 am – 10:30 am: Ronald Schleifer (English and College of Medicine, University of Oklahoma)
“The Music of Pain: Semiotics, Facticity, and the Possibility of Representing Sensate Experience”

Introduction: David Herzberg (History, UB)
Moderator: James Currie (Music, UB)

10:30 am – 10:45 am: Coffee Break

10:45 am – 12:15 pm: Rita Charon (College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University)
“Mortality and Creativity: Representing the Fix We’re In”

Introduction: Linda Pessar (School of Medicine, UB)
Moderator: Mary Valentis (English, University at Albany, SUNY)

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm: Lunch

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm: Shigehisa Kuriyama (East Asian Languages and Civilizations/History of Science, Harvard University)
“The Archaeology of ‘No Pain, No Gain’”

Introduction: Kristin Stapleton (History and Asian Studies, UB)
Moderator: James Bono (History of School of Medicine, UB)

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm: Coffee Break

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Roundtable: Rita Charon, Veena Das, Shigehisa Kuriyama, Mitchell Merback, Darius Rejali, Austin Sarat, Ronald Schleifer

Moderator: Rachel Ablow (English, UB)

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