9:45 am - 5:30 pm, Friday, Dec 7, 2018


With generous support from the Anonymous Fund, the Department of Philosophy, The Institute for Research in the Humanities, the Department of Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies, and the Department of English.


Susan Zaeske, Associate Dean for Arts and Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Stefania Buccini (presiding), Department of French & Italian, University of Wisconsin-Madison

10:00  Adorno’s Schoenberg and the Question of Literary Value
James Helgeson, Barenboim-Said Akademie, Berlin

Response: Leslie Blasius, School of Music, University of Wisconsin-Madison

11:00  Remonstrance and Rebellion: From Early Modern Monarchy to Contemporary Democracy
Ullrich Langer, Department of French & Italian, UW-Madison

Response: Michelle Schwarze, Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

12:00-2:00 LUNCH BREAK  Lunch at the French House is open to participants as well as the general public. Please click the button below if you would like to have lunch at the French House (space is lmited).

Lunch Reservations

Anne Vila (presiding), Department of French & Italian, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2:00 Gender Wars: The Debate over Intersex
Kathleen Long, Department of Romance Studies, Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, Cornell University

Response: Jennifer Rehm, Deptartment of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

3:00 Da Vinci to Delos: What Westworld Teaches Us about Being Human
George Hoffmann, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Response: Frédéric Neyrat, Department Comparative Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison

4:00 Tickling and the Question of Humanity
Jan Miernowski, Department of French & Italian, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Response: Jack Nitschke, Department of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin-Madison