Hysterical Bodies: Disabling Normative Behavior in Contemporary Art is the 8th annual Art History, Theory and Criticism Ph.D. Symposium and is co-organized by Ph.D students Vanessa Bateman and Amanda Cachia. The symposium will begin with a Keynote Presentation on Friday, March 6, at 6:30 pm by Robert A. Day Professor of Art and Design and Vice Dean of Critical Studies at USC, Amelia Jones. Dr. Jones will present a paper based on the work of renowned international performance artist Nao Bustamante, who deliberately engages in "inappropriate" performances in order to explore the ways in which she activates the hysterical (in the sense of hilarious but also as identified with female hysteria). Bustamante embarrasses viewers of all kinds and provokes our response to questions of "appropriate" or normative social behavior.

The symposium theme pivots around Jones' scholarship and following the Keynote Presentation there will be three panels on Saturday, March 7 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm reflecting hysteria and the Middle East, Media and Medicine, and Black or Queer Performance respectively.

6-7 MARCH 2015 - Ph.D. SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE
Visual Arts Presentation Lab, SME 149

Friday March 6, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
6:00 - 6:30 pm Wine & cheese reception in SME Foyer
6:30 - 6:35 pm Introduction of Symposium by Jordan Crandall, Department Chair
6:35 - 6:45 pm Introduction of Amelia Jones by Grant Kester
6:45 - 7:45 pm Amelia Jones Keynote

Saturday March 7, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
9:00 - 9:30 am Breakfast
9:30 - 10:00 am Introductions by Vanessa Bateman & Amanda Cachia
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Panel 1: Hysterizing the Middle East
Moderator: Roshanak Kheshti, UCSD Ethnic Studies & Critical Gender Studies
Gelare Khoshgozaran, Artist Presentation "The Hemlock" Sarika Talve-Goodman, "Shit Instead of Blood": The Hysterical Body as Anti-Zionist Critique
Golnar Yarmohammad Touski, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun": Clandestine Fantasies in Gelare Khoshgozaran's rial and TERROR

LUNCH BREAK: 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

12 - 1:30 pm
Panel 2: Hystericizing Media & Medicine
Moderator: Lisa Cartwright, UCSD Visual Arts
Marja Krtolica,"Tuesday Lectures: displays of live anatomy"
Tanya Gayer, "Touching Virtually: Negotiating the Strange in Virtual Reality"
Saeedeh Asadipour, "Reclamation of Hysteria: Mimicry of Symptoms and the Questioning of Subjectivity in Marina Abramovic's Rhythm0"
1:30 - 3:00 pm

Panel 3: Hysterical Black and/or Queer Performance
Moderator: Jillian Hernandez, UCSD Ethnic Studies and Critical Gender Studies
Alexandra Nicolaides, "What I'm Doing to People"
Clare Stuber, "Untitled"

Amy Elizabeth Alterman,"Dykes on Mics: Lesbian Comics Employing the Stand-up Comedy Stage as a Site for Change"

MEDIA CONTACT:

Sheena Ghanbari
sghanbari@ucsd.edu
 

Event made possible with support from the Graduate Student Association

 

Image Credit:
Nao Bustamante, Given Over to Want performance, 2009.
Photo by Jorge Aceituno.

 

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