Conference Schedule

Friday 15th April
Bateman Auditorium, Gonville and Caius College

1:00 – 2:30           Conference registration (Bateman Room)
Introductory remarks
3:00 – 4:30           Panel 1: CROSSINGS / MIGRATIONS

Katrin Schreiter (King’s College London), ‘Materialised Emotions in Flux: Migration and the Affect of ‘Things We Keep’’

Sibyl Adam (University of Edinburgh), ‘Affective Migrations: Objects, Gender and Emotion in Narratives about Migrant Women’

Matthew Pateman (Sheffield Hallam University), ‘Adoptive time and the time of adoption’

Respondent: Srishti Krishnamoorthy (University of Cambridge)

4:30                     Break  (Bateman Room)
5:00 – 6:30                              


Jason De Stefano (UC Berkeley), ‘On Eating Corn Husks: The Matter of Anne Bradstreet’s Melancholy’

Arden Reed (Pomona College), ‘Wordsworthian No/things’

Felicity Gee (University of Exeter), ‘Thinking objects: the dynamic affect of Rene Magritte’s Le Modele Rouge

Respondent: Polly Dickson (University of Cambridge)

6:30                     Keynote Speaker: Steven Connor (University of Cambridge): ‘Dream Machines’
7:30                     Conference Dinner
Strada, Trinity Street


Saturday 16th April
Theatre, Peterhouse

10:00 – 11:30 Panel 3: GENERATION(S) / GENEOLOGIES

Richard Hall (University of Cambridge), ‘Transgenerational Narratives of Fear Among Fathers and Sons from the Early Twentieth Century to the Present Day’

Walt Hunter (Clemson University), ‘Lyric Surplus, Social Death, Global Being: An Object-Oriented Poetics’

Nicole Richards (University of Southern California), ‘Black Paternal Objects in “Beasts of a Southern Wild”: Notes on a Riotous Love’

Respondent: Guangchen Chen (Harvard University)

11:30 Break (Lubbock Room)
12:00 – 1:30  


Steven Mailloux (Loyola Marymount University), Theo-Rhetoric and Affective Piety: The Limits of Affect and Materiality’

Dylan Howell (California Institute of the Arts), ‘The Dire Aesthetic: Affective Urgency and Contemporary Environmental Science’

Charmaine Eddy (Trent University), ‘Does the Object Feel?: Speculative Affect and Object Misery in Hoarders

Respondent: Lisa Mullen (Birkbeck)

1:30 Lunch (Lubbock Room)
2:30 Keynote Speaker: Ross Wilson (University of Cambridge): ‘The Hidden Seeds of Survival’
3:30 – 5:00  


Sraman Mukherjee (Nalanda University), ‘Desiring the Buddha: Revisiting Bones and Reliquaries in South and mainland Southeast Asia’

Agnieszka Graff (University of Warsaw), ‘Empty homes and women with whips: the affective dimension of   bodies and objects in Poland’s anti-gender campaign.’

Justyna Wierzchowska (University of Warsaw), ‘Trans-subjective objects and the maternal affect: rituals of liminality in Joanna Rajkowska’s post-2012 public art’

Respondent: Jack Belloli (University of Cambridge)

5:00 Break (Lubbock Room)
5:30 – 7:00  


Anna Cottrell (University College London), ‘Lydia Davis’s Eloquent Objects’

Alex Eric Hernandez (University of Toronto), ‘Close to Home: Furnishing Curiosity and Morbid Curiosity, c.1730’

Kristen Treen (University of Cambridge), ‘Broken Homes and Injured Furnishings: Narrative Renovations in the Postbellum South’

Respondent: Diana Leca (University of Cambridge)

7:00 Closing remarks
7:15 Wine Reception; Conference Ends