Programme

9.30​am   Registration

10.00​am Welcome and introduction

Alex Williamson, Birkbeck, University of London

10.10am Keynote

Professor Dr Hubert Zapf, University of Augsburg, Germany – Siri Hustvedt and the Transdisciplinary Knowledge of Literature

Chaired by: Alex Williamson, Birkbeck, University of London

10.50am Keynote

Dr James Peacock, University of Keele – “The edge of the world”: Red Hook in Contemporary Fiction

Chaired by: Dr Joseph Brooker, Birkbeck, University of London

11.20am Break

11.40am​ Panel One – The Subjective World: objects, power and perception

Dr Alise Jameson – Pleasure and Peril: Dynamic Forces of Power and Desire in Siri Hustvedt’s The Blindfold

Dr Ruth Charnock, University of Lincoln – ​‘An anthropology of the present’: caring about objects in The Blindfold

Rob Lederer, University of Edinburgh – Collecting and Life Writing: Objects, Optics, and Games in Siri Hustvedt’s What I Loved

Chaired by: Pippa Eldridge, Birkbeck, University of London

12.50​pm Lunch

1.50pm Keynote

Associate Professor Dr Christine Marks, LaGuardia Community College, New York – Relationality and Play in Siri Hustvedt’s fiction

Chaired by: Alex Williamson, Birkbeck, University of London

2.30pm​ Panel Two – Trauma narratives: 9/11, America and global mourning

Dr Anna Thiemann, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, Germany – Siri Hustvedt and the Politics of Trauma

Dr Fraser Mann, York St John University – No before and no after: Hustvedt and traumatic tradition

Dr Harriet Earle, Birkbeck, University of London – Siri Hustvedt, Epistemic Breaks and Post-9/11 Trauma

Chaired by: Catherine Flay, Birkbeck, University of London

3.40pm​ Break

4.00pm Panel Three – Art, authorship and gender

Dr Johanna Hartmann, University of Augsburg, Germany – Literary Visuality in Siri Hustvedt’s Works

Diana Wagner, Phillips-Universitat, Marburg, Germany – Does Art Really Have a Gender Identity? Siri Hustvedt’s Playing with Perception in the Art World

Chaired by: Dr Harriet Earle, Birkbeck, University of London

5.00pm​ Final comments

5.10pm​ Drinks reception

6.00pm Close

7.00pm Siri Hustvedt reading and Q&A at Woburn House (Tickets cost £10 per person and must be booked in advance.)

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