THE NEW POLITICS OF EXISTENCE

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(Gilman Hall rm. 208 both days)

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd

4 PM Conference Welcome

4:15-6 PM Keynote: Martin Hägglund, “The Material Conditions of Spiritual Freedom”

Moderator: Bill Egginton

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th

9:15 – 11:00 AM Panel I

James Haile, URI – “All Hail King Kunta: The Death of the Black Subject and the Resurrection of the Black Individual in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man”

Yi-Ping Ong, JHU – “Kierkegaard and Heidegger on the Concept of the Public”

William McBride, Purdue – “Beauvoir and Sartre as Public Intellectuals in 2022”

Moderator: Leonardo Lisi, JHU

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11:20 AM – 12:30 PM Panel II

Sonia Kruks, Oberlin College & Conservatory – “Thinking about old age with Simone de Beauvoir”

Jennifer Gosetti-Ferencei, JHU – “The Ecologies of Existentialism”

Moderator: Jared Hickman, JHU

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2:20 – 3:30 PM Panel III

William Egginton, JHU – “Made to Measure: Existentialism and the Anthropic Principle”

Taylor Carman, Barnard College Columbia University – “Is Existence Intelligible?”

Moderator: Daniel Desormeaux, JHU

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4:00 – 5:45 PM Keynote: Nancy Bauer, Tufts – “The Existence of Women”

Moderator: Yi-Ping Ong

*Hosted and organized by the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute and the Departments of Comparative Thought & Literature and Modern Languages and Literatures
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