Sensationalism and the Genealogy of Modernity, International conference, 18-19 December 2013

The Office of the Vice President
The Lester and Sally Entin School of Humanities
The Cohn Institute for the History of the Philosophy of Science and Ideas The Philosophy Department
The Tel Aviv and Jerusalem Cinemathèques
The English and American Studies Department

present

Sensationalism and the Genealogy of Modernity

A two-day international conference

Day 1. December 18 2013 (Gilman room 496)

9:30-10:00 Registration

Section I. 10:00-11:00

Opening Remarks: Alberto Gabriele, English and American Studies, Tel Aviv University

James M. Brophy, University of Delaware and Berlin Academy, “Ironic Sensationalism: Popular Print Culture and Modern Political Subjectivity in Nineteenth-Century Germany”

Lee Michael-Berger, Tel Aviv University, “Hilarious Homicides: Humorous Representations of Murder in Comical Periodicals, Music Hall and Theatrical Comedies and Burlesques, London 1880-1914”

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

Section II. 11:30:13:00 Panel Chair: Jane Katz, School of Cultural Studies, Tel Aviv University

Efraim Sicher, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, “Dicken’s Waste Land: London as the Capital of Modernity”

Hélène Valance, Paris, “Recreative Destruction: the Spectacle of the Burning City at the Turn of the 20th Century”

Gregory Shaya, The College of Wooster, “Mayhem and Modernity: Violent Sensationalism in the French Mass Press of the Late Nineteenth Century”

13:00-14:30 Lunch

Section III. 14:30-16:00 Panel Chair: Lee Michael Berger, School of Historical Analysis, TAU

Mary Ellen Kappler, University of Toronto, “Sensationalism and Fin de Siècle Documentary Realism”

Efrat Pashut, Tel Aviv University, « Urban Perils and the Sensational Bicycle: Textual and Visual Narratives in Cycling, 1892-96 »

Stefanie Lethbridge, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, “The Horror of Clothing and the Clothing of Horror: Material and Meaning in the Gothic and Sensation Novels of the Long Nineteenth Century”

Section IV. 16:00-17:00 Panel Chair: Barbara Hochman, Foreign Literature and Linguistics, Ben Gurion University

Amy Garnai, Tel Aviv University and Kibbutzim College, “From Revolutionary Comedy to Melodrama: Thomas Holcroft’s The Road to Ruin in the Long Nineteenth Century”

Nicholas Daly, University College Dublin, « Melodrama, Modernity, and the Transatlantic Stage »

Conference Dinner in Jaffa and guided tour

Day 2. December 19, 2013 (Gilman room 133)

Section V. 10:00-12:00

Panel Chairs:
Ruth Amossy, French, and Analysis of Discourse, Argumentation and Rhetoric, TAU; Elana Gomel, English and American Studies, TAU

Presentation of the International Research Association for the Study of Popular Literature and Media Culture, Prof Jacques Migozzi, executive president

Jacques Migozzi, University of Limoges, “From Zigomar to Fantômas : Two Geniuses of Crime, Two Yymbols of the Sensationalist Charms of Transmedial Popular Fiction in the Belle Époque Period”

Federico Pagello, Queen’s University Belfast, “Visual Narratives before Cinema: The Wordless Comics of the 1880s”

Annemone Ligensa, University of Cologne, “Shocking Pleasures: Sensationalism in Germany and Britain around 1900”

Katharina Rein, Humboldt University, Berlin, “Burned Alive and Sawed in Half! Sensationalist Magic Tricks in the early 20th Century”

12:00-1:30 lunch break

Section VI 1:30-3:00 Panel Chair: Sonia Weiner, English and American Studies, TAU

Geertjan de Vugt – Tilburg University, the Netherlands, “Baudelaire’s Spheroid: on the Politics of Harmony”

James Glisson, Huntington Library, San Marino, California, “William James’s Theory of Art”

Katherine Boyce-Jacino, Humanities Center, Johns Hopkins University “To the Planetarium”: Astronomical Spectacle in the Modern City”

3:00-3:30 coffee break

Section VII. 3:30-5:00 Panel Chair: Efraim Sicher, Foreign Literature and Linguistics, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Eli Friedlander, Philosophy, TAU, « Sense, Sensibility and the Sensational in Benjamin’s Reading of Baudelaire »

Anat Messing Marcus, Cohn Institute, TAU, “Spatiality and Temporality in Benjamin and Adorno”

Ester Coen, Art History, Universitá dell’Aquila, “Urban Metaphysics: the Immaterial Objectivity in De Chrico’s Squares”

Conference Dinner in Tel Aviv and guided tour

Day 3. December 20, 2013

Closing Event: 10 p.m. Tel Aviv Cinemathèque

Screening of Amerikanka [The Jobbing Press] (76’) Dir.: Leonard Esakya. Screenplay: Viktor Shklovsky with Giorgi Mdivani and Giorgi Sturua, 1930.