Every year the Consortium hosts an interdisciplinary conference devoted to a particular theme, with participants from throughout the UC system and elsewhere invited to contribute critical interventions of all manner and material. In 2010 our conference focused on Celebrity and Glamour; our 2009 conference addressed Risk; and in 2008 we addressed the category of time through installation art, a traditional keynote address, and four graduate plenary sessions. We invite you to look through poster art from previous years in the CLTC Conference Archives.

Aesthetic Mutations

Friday May 27, 2011 at UCSB Centennial House

This one-day interdisciplinary conference will consider the discipline of aesthetics itself in relation to “change,” for the concepts and discourse of aesthetics have undergone a sweeping transformation from antiquity to (post)modernity. Our keynote speakers are Professor Shane Butler (Classics, UCLA) and Professor Bram Ieven (Modern Languages & Literature, University of Utrecht). The speakers at our conference presented examine shifts—historical, cultural, theoretical—in our understanding of such hotly contested terms as “art” and “beauty.” The graduate students presenting their research are focusing on the representation and thematization of “mutation” and “change” in artworks and media products of all kinds and from all periods.The mutations inherent in the physical and natural world will also be considered, as well as in the ways through which we theorize the latter in relation to perceptions of the beautiful, the sublime, and other aesthetic categories.

Sponsored by CLTC and the Department of English.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Shane Butler, Classics Department, UCLA. Title: “After-Images”

Professor Bram Ieven, Department of Modern Languages, Literary Studies, Univeristy of Utrecht. Title: “Transmutations of Modernism”


9:00 Coffee

9:30-10:45 – Prof. Shane Butler, “After-Images”

11-12:30 – Panel 1

“Unknown Forces: The Visual Structure of Movement in the Work of Umberto Boccioni”
David Mather
Visual Arts Department, UC San Diego

“Remaining Behind: The Time of Rail Transit and its Limits in Kafka’s Literary Fragments”
Amanda Armstrong
Department of Rhetoric, UC Berkeley

“Chaplinitis and Americanitis: National Affliction or Aesthetic Metamorphosis?”
Maria Corrigan
Film and Media Studies, UCSB

12:30-1:15 – Luncheon

1:15-2:45 Panel 2

“The Surreal Aesthetics of Acrobatic Body: Gender and Performance in Jean Cocteau and Man Ray’s ‘Le Numéro Barbette’”
Chase Dimock
Comparative and World Literature, University of Illinois

“Interpretive Fluxability: Disappearing Music For Face Calls For a Moving Critique”
Lauren Brenner
Program in Visual Studies, UC Irvine

3:00-4:30 Panel 3

“Disfigured Narration: Death and the Witness in Indra Sinha’s Animal’s People

Ryan Stodtmeister
English Department, UCSB

“My Surgical Self: ORLAN and Posthumanism”
Alexander Farrow
Cinema Studies, San Francisco State University

“The Afterlife of a Dead Shark: Image and Materiality in Damien Hirst’s The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living
Katherine Kelp-Stebbins
Comparative Literature Program, UCSB

4:45-6:00 Professor Bram Ieven, “Transmutations of Modernism”