April 7
The Morbid Anatomy Museum


Opening Roundtable
Evan Michelson (Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence), Withering Flesh: Making Friends in the Palermo Catacombs

Shannon Taggart (Independent Scholar), Metaphysical Flesh: Spiritualism, Mediumship, and Ectoplasm

Daniel Margocsy (Hunter College), Erotic Dissections: Picturing Sex in Anatomy Atlase

Moderated by Jason Tougaw (Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY)

Reserve your free ticket here. 

After the roundtable, join us for a short tour of the Morbid Anatomy Museum’s current exhibition, House of Wax, with Peter McIssac (University of Washington).

Reception to follow.

April 8
The CUNY Graduate Center

8:45-9:15am, Registration and Coffee, Segal Theater

9:15-10:45am, Opening Keynote, Segal Theater

Drew Daniel (Johns Hopkins University), A Burden Heavier Than the Earth: Paradise Lost and Suicide Prevention

11:00am-3:30pm, Farewell to the Flesh: The Art of Ari Richter, room C204

11:00am-12:30pm, Conference Presentations, C-Level

Illness, Sickness, and Pain: Affective Dimensions of Flesh, room C201
Gabrielle Everett (Rutgers University), “Choked with Disgust”: Affective Paralysis in No No Boy and The Third Life of Grange Copeland

Jessica Chace (New York University), Palliative Tongues and the Healing Power of Nonhuman Flesh

Chloë Wilcox (), “Wyth Handes Handled”: Staging Devotional Bodies in a Late Medieval Prayerbook

The Properties of Flesh: Ownership and the Body, room C202
Leah Perry (SUNY Empire State College), “I Can Sell My Body If I Wanna”: Riot Grrrl Body Writing, Feminist Resistance, and Neoliberalism

Irene Healey (Visual Artist and Certified Clinical Anaplastologist), Prosthesis As Flesh: Art and Empowerment in the Restoration of Missing Soft Tissue

Brittany Cook (University of Dayton), “Fairness”: The Autonomy of Altered Flesh

Ontology of the Body, room C203
Moosje Goosen (University of Amsterdam), Phantom Limbs, or the Case of the Becoming-Body

Andrea Whitacre (Indiana University), Pressing the Flesh: Infant Bodies and the Ontology of Shape

Alexander McAdams (Rice University), “One Flesh, One Heart, One Soul”: Flesh,  Desire, and Materialist Wandering in Paradise Lost

12:30-1:30pm, Lunch

1:00-1:30, Artist’s Talk, “Farewell to the Flesh,”  Room C204

1:30-3:00pm, Conference Presentations, C-Level

Consuming Desire: Flesh, Food, and Sexuality, room C201
Penelope Meyers Usher (New York University), 
Fish/Flesh/Sex: The Erotics of Fish Flesh in Early Modern England

Sydnee Wagner (CUNY Graduate Center), “A Greedy Delight”: Sexual Cannibalism in Early Modern Travel Literature

Zoë Rodine (University of Minnesota), Good Enough to Eat: Locating Desire in Television Cooking Shows

Flesh and Romanticism, British and American, room C202
Bret Moore (University of Michigan), “let us confess it (and illness is the great confessional)”: Malignant Neoplasms and Penning Pain in the Romantic Era

Bradley Nelson (CUNY Graduate Center), Until Birth, an Impossibility: Emerson’s Experience of Mystical Birth

Christina Katopodis (CUNY Graduate Center), Margaret Fuller’s Conversations: Early Feminist Pragmatic Method

Flesh as Medium: Living Commodities, Value, and the Labor of Translation, Room C203

Melissa Friedling (The New School), “Painfully Shy: A Film Work in Progress and Conversation About Carmen Elektra, Introversion, and Decomposition”

Amy Herzog (Queens College and CUNY Graduate Center), “Surplus Value and Waste Matter”

Margaret Schwartz (Fordham University), “The Ink is Eating the Paper: Enfleshed Reflections on the Manuscripts of Macedonia Fernandez”

3:15-4:45pm, Conference Presentations, C-Level

Technologies of the Flesh, room C201
Benjamin Olin (New York University), Flesh of the TV Studio: Artists’ Television as Techno-Social Assemblage

Brandon Rogers (University of North Carolina), Fleshing Out Haptic Technology in Virtual Reality Gaming

Amber Chiacchieri (CUNY Graduate Center), The Prehuman Cyborg and the Posthuman Self: Stelarc’s Uncanny Performance Art

Semiotics of the Flesh, room C202
Livia Woods (CUNY Graduate Center), Flesh It Out: Reading Practice and Reading Pregnancy in George Eliot

Amelia Greene (CUNY Graduate Center), FleshMessages: Octavia Butler and a language of forms

Nasreen Khan (Seton Hall University), The Middle Way: Trans/National, Sexual, Racial Identities and the Soothsayer Archetype

Alicia Andrzejewski (CUNY Graduate Center), Abortive Imagery in William Shakespeare’s Richard III

Corpo Santo: Catholicism, Anatomical Science, and Corporeality, English Lounge (room 4406)
Karen Bachmann (Pratt Institute and FIT), Holy Body Parts!: Speaking Reliquaries and Catholic Saints

Colin Dickey (author of Cranioklepty: Grave Robbing and the Search for Genius, and Afterlives of the Saints: Stories from the Ends of Faith), The Flayed Saint: Bartholomew, Vesalius, and the Anatomized Corpse

Lauren Davis (Independent Scholar), Body & Skull: Skeletal Death Iconography and the Fear of One’s Mortal Flesh Before the Reformation

Joanna Ebenstein (founder, Morbid Anatomy Museum), An Enlightenment-era St. Teresa Ravished By Communion with the Invisible Forces of Science: An Introduction to the Anatomical Venus

4:50-5:20pm, Performance Art, Segal Theater

 Ian Deleón and Agrofemme

5:30-7:00pm, Closing Keynote, Segal Theater

Evening Keynote: Dominic Pettman (The New School), Creaturely Love: How Desire Makes Us More, And Less, Than Human

7:00pm, Closing Reception, English Lounge (room 4406)




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