2016 GAFIS Symposium


Registration & breakfast



Opening Remarks: Professor Anne Vila (UW-Madison)


Panel A : Early Modern Hazards: Toxicity, Resistance & Exile (Moderator: Nathan Germain)

  • Lauren Surovi (UW-Madison), “The Toxic Cure: Remedy and Poison in Machiavelli’s Mandragola”
  • Anthony Radoiu (UW-Madison), “Mélancholie and Enfer: Charles d’Orléans, Clément Marot, and the poetic experience of exile and prison”
  • Emily Epperson (Harvard University), “Sounds of Violence in Agrippa d’Aubigné’s Les Misères”


Break in the Alumni Lounge


Panel B : Taking Risks: On Aesthetics, Cinema & Painting (Moderator: Ben Hair)

  • Mason Johnson (UW-Madison), “And You And I: The Aesthetic Attitude and the Beautiful Thou”
  • Caitlin Yocco-Locascio (UW-Madison), “Hazardous Images: A Labyrinth on Screen”
  • Sophia Maxine Farmer (UW-Madison), “Painted Deception or Kitsch Genius? Giorgio de Chirico’s Metaphysical Interior With Biscuits (1950)”


Lunch in Varsity Hall


Panel C : Madwomen in the Attic: Mothers, Writers, Artists (Moderator: Katie Blackman)

  • Ashley Byczkowski (SUNY Buffalo), “The Caribbean Poetic Rebellion: Demanding Madness”
  • Sara Mattavelli (UW-Madison), “All About You, All About Us: The Unspoken Dark Side of Maternity in Alina Marazzi’s Tutto parla di te”
  • Cari Landrigan (UW-Madison), “Feminism and Prostitution in the Art of the Weimar Republic”


Break in the Alumni Lounge


Panel D : Parts and Partitions: Social & Linguistic Marginalities (Moderator: Jeffrey Thomas)

  • Hilary Emerson (UW-Madison), “Pasolini’s Intimate, Profound, Archaic Devotion in La ricotta”
  • William B. Noseworthy (UW-Madison), “From King Ibrahim to the foundation of the ‘Western Cham’: The rise of the Cham Priest-Cleric Class, 1642-1835”
  • Lora Jury (University of Oregon), “‘A geography of the dispossessed’: Neorealist cinema and the question of authenticity in the portrayal of the sottoproletariato experience”


Break in the Alumni Lounge


Roundtable (Moderator: Matteo Billeri)

  • Professor Kevin Birmingham (English, Harvard University)
  • Professor Jan Miernowski (French and Italian, UW-Madison)
  • Professor Max Statkiewicz (Comparative Literature, UW-Madison)


Closing Reception in the Landmark Room, 3rd Floor