Siblings & Alternative Family Models in Literature

Annual Conference: Siblings and Alternative Family Models in Literature



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Conference Schedule

Siblings and Alternative Family Models in Literature


Thursday, April 16, 2020

Erb Memorial Union, Cedar and Spruce Rooms


12:00 - 12:30

Introductory Remarks (Martin Klebes, Associate Professor of German, University of Oregon)

12:30 - 14:30

Panel 1: Biological and Metaphorical Kinship

Moderator: Jeffrey Librett (German, University of Oregon)

Stefani Engelstein (Professor of German, Duke University), “Domestic Matters: Race and Kinship” [W.E.B Du Bois, Wagner, T. Mann]

Nicole Simek (Professor of French, Whitman College), “Radical Desires: Kinship, Biopolitics, and the Literary Imagination”

14:30 -15:00

Coffee Break

15:00 - 17:00

Panel 2: Family Narratives in Word and Image

Moderator: Lisa Höller (German, University of Oregon)

Sonja Boos (Associate Professor of German, University of Oregon), “Sisterhood and the Evidence of the Familial: On the Use of Home Movies in Feminist Experimental Film”

Brian Trapp (Kidd Program Director, Creative Writing Program, University of Oregon), "On Twinship and Brotherhood"

18:00: Dinner for Conference Participants



Friday, April 17, 2020

Knight Library, Reading Room

9:30 - 11:30

Panel 3: Siblings Across Literatures

Moderator: Jenifer Presto (Comparative Literature; Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, University of Oregon)

Anna Berman (Associate Professor of Russian Studies, McGill University), "Bennet Sisters and Karamazov Brothers: Vertical and Lateral Approaches to Plot in England and Russia"

Ellen Rees (Professor of Nordic Literature and Head of the Centre for Ibsen Studies, University of Oslo), “Shadow Siblings in Ibsen’s Brand



13:00 - 15:00

Panel 4: Rivalries and Rivaling Memories

Moderator: David Luebke (History, University of Oregon)

Ian McNeely (Professor of History, University of Oregon), “The Humboldts, the Schlegels, and Fraternal Rivalry in the Study of World Languages”

Nicole Immler (Associate Professor of History and Cultural Studies, University for Humanistic Studies, Utrecht), “‘Family Memory’ as Relational Biography”

15:00 - 15:30           

Coffee Break

15:30 - 16:30           

Roundtable Discussion (moderated by Gantt Gurley, Associate Professor of Scandinavian and Director of Judaic Studies, University of Oregon)


Dinner for Conference Participants

Sponsors: Oregon Humanities Center, College of Arts and Sciences, Judaic Studies, Graduate School UO, Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, Romance Languages, History