Being a Hedgehog: Isolation, Creativity, and Destruction

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Being a Hedgehog: Isolation, Creativity, and Destruction

Join us this Friday and Saturday for an interdisciplinary graduate student conference. "Being a Hedgehog: Isolation, Creativity, and Destruction" will investigate the complex nature of isolation and its precarious position at the nexus of artistic productivity and political disaster.

Conference Schedule:

Friday, May 11th 2:30pm – 6:30pm

  • 3:00 – 3:45pm: Check-in (Communications/CMU 202/204)
  • 3:45 – 4:00pm: Opening Remarks
  • 4:00 – 5:00 pm: Keynote by Prof. Kata Gellen, Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of German at Duke University
  • 5:00 – 6:00pm: Dinner Reception


Saturday, May 12th 8:00am – 7:00pm

  • 8:15 – 9:00am: Breakfast (CMU 204)
  • 9:00 – 10:15am: Panel 1: Isolating Exile (3 presenters)
    • Mod. Aaron Carpenter, University of Washington
    • Stephen Parkin, University of Chicago, “The Isolation of Grief and the Self-Consolatory ‘Cure'”
    • Vanessa Hester, University of Washington, “The Barriers Between Animal and Human Come Down Easily: the Transformation of the Isolated Female in Haushofer’s The Wall”
    • Jeff Jarzomb, University of Washington,
  • 10:30 – 11:45am: Panel 2: Self-Destructing Genius (3 presenters)
    • Mod. Matthew Childs, University of Washington
    • Seth Thomas, University of Colorado, “What is the origin of Genius?”
    • Carlos Salazar Zeledon, University of Costa Rica, “Performing Oneself”
    • Katherine Hrach, Indiana University, “Jeder Lektüre ist eine kleine wahnsinnige Gesellschaft”
  • 11:45 – 1:00pm: Lunch (CMU 204)
  • 1:00 – 2:15pm: Panel 3: Creating Autobiography (2 presenters)
    • Mod. Jeff Jarzomb, University of Washington
    • Sina Meissgeier, University of Arizona, “In search of himself”
    • Autumn Vowles, Johns Hopkins University, “Overcoming the Injustice of Isolisme
  • 2:30 – 3:45pm: Panel 4: Being at the Margin (3 presenters)
    • Mod. Rogério de Melo Franco, University of Washington
    • Michael Watzka, Columbia University’s, “Reporting From a Global “No-Man’s-Bay””
    • Moira Barrett, Potsdam University, “Writing the Informal Self”
    • Claire Woodward, Indiana University, “Nationalism as a Force of Isolation”
  • 4:00 – 5:00pm: Summary Roundtable
  • 5:00 – 6:30pm: Dinner Reception and Closing Remarks


Sponsored by The Simpson Center for the Humanities, Department of Comparative Literature, Cinema and Media, Department of French and Italian, Department of Germanics.