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Instinct and Desire, the Monster and the Machine in Western Literature from Antiquity to Modernity -

Keynote speakers:

· Giulia Sissa (UCLA)

· Patricia MacCormack (Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge)

· Line Henriksen (University of Copenhagen)

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 23-24/11/2017

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Ghent University (Gent, Belgium)





Thursday, 23 November 2017

13:00 Welcome and opening remarks

Section 1: Transformations of Sexuality in Pre-Modernity

13:15 Keynote 1: Giulia Sissa (Los Angeles/Paris): Nova corpora. Amorous Re-Embodiments in Ovid’s Metamorphoses

14:15 Coffee break

14:30 Chiara Thumiger (Berlin/Warwick): Astrology and Pathologised Sex: The Creation of Sexual Disorders in the Early Centuries of our Era .

15:15 Marco Formisano (Ghent): Masochism, Instinct, and Antiquity. Leopold von Sacher- Masoch’s Venus in Furs.

16:00 Coffee break

Section 2: Instinct and Desire in the 18th and 19th Centuries

16:15 Jan Vanvelk (Leuven): Economies of Instinct: Science Fiction and the Long Nineteenth Century

17:00 Anke Gilleir (Leuven): Female Sovereignty and Perverse Sexuality in 18th and 19th Centuries Literature

17:45 Coffee break

18:15 Keynote 2: Patricia Mac Cormack (Cambridge): How does the Humanimal Desire?

20:30 Dinner

Friday, 24 November 2017

Section 3: Pornography and Monstrous Sexuality in 20th Century Literature

9:00 Karen Van Hove (Leuven): Pornographic Metamorphosis in Stories by C.C. Krijgelmans and Willem G. van Maanen

9:45 Gunther Martens (Ghent): On Automats and Affects in German Postwar Literature

10:30 Coffee break

10:45 Petra Bromaans (Groningen): Desire, sexuality and the Abominable Other in Kerstin Ekman’s novels

Section 4: Science and Sexuality in Contemporary Literature and Film

11:30 Keynote 3: Line Henriksen (Copenhagen): In the Company of Ghosts

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Bart Eeckhout (Antwerpen): Queer Animals: Learning from Rebecca Brown’s The Dogs and Jaime Manrique’s Latin Moon in Manhattan

14:15 Marco Caracciolo (Ghent): Sex, Science, and Metaphor in Contemporary “Lab Lit”

15.00 Coffee break

15:15 Sophie Wennerscheid (Ghent): The Future of Desire. Representations of Man-Machine Intimate Relationships in Contemporary Science Fiction Literature and Film

16:00 concluding remarks

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