2-18-2016 Eugenie Brinkema

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Presenter: Dr. Eugenie Brinkema, Associate Professor of Contemporary Literature and Media, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dates: February 18-19, 2016

Eugenie Brinkema is Associate Professor of Contemporary Literature and Media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She received her Ph.D. in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University in 2010. Her research in film and media studies focuses on violence, affect, sexuality, aesthetics, and ethics in texts ranging from the horror film to gonzo pornography, from structuralist film to the visual and temporal forms of terrorism. Her articles have appeared in the journals Angelaki, Camera Obscura, Criticism, differences, Discourse, The Journal of Speculative Philosophy, and World Picture. Her first book, The Forms of the Affects, was published with Duke University Press in 2014. Recent work includes a co-edited special issue of the Journal of Visual Culture on the design and componentry of horror, and an article on Michel Serres, noise, and love.

Public Talk Details
Date: Thursday, February 18th, 2016
Time: 7-9:30pm
Location: Lecture Hall 2, Rockwell Hall
Title: Incremental Love
Abstract: Michael Haneke's Amour (2012) is set in a single restricted location, the Parisian apartment in which a dying, suffering woman is being cared for by her husband. The film plots an obsessive formal language of spatial increments, organizing itself around minor but crucial distances across the geography of the home. Against and within this ordered relation of objects and space, extraordinary pain and terrible violence ultimately arrive. Eugenie Brinkema's lecture explores this interrelation to suggest that figures of entrance, distance, and spatial increments articulate a formalized ethics of care that is commuted over the course of the film to the paradoxical figure of an ethics of violence. Love-which absorbs within its affective extremity philosophical figures of completion, unity, fulfillment-is thereby radically altered. When read through the notion of discrete increment, an alternate tradition of the amative is opened up, one in which love names a brutal measurability of the world.

Symposium Details
Date: Friday, February 19th, 2016.
Time: 10am-12pm
Location: Berger Gallery, 207 College Hall
Title: Violence and the Diagram: Or, The Human Centipede
Abstract: This paper contemplates the figure of enchainment in one of the more graphic films of contemporary horror and exploitation cinema, Tom Six's The Human Centipede (2009), which literalizes intolerable fastening, an anxiety of overclose touching, in the conceit of its title-a cruel violence in which three bodies are sewn to each other, mouth to anus. Moving from a different account of captivation, Levinas' insistence in De L'évasion of an ethic of bonded responsibility for the finite other to whom one is both host and hostage, this paper turns to the ways in which The Human Centipede articulates its mode of violence through the mechanism of a diagram, one that does not represent embodied experiences of violence, nor that provokes them experientially, but rather a violence whose reductive formalism is coextensive with its brutality.

All interested faculty, graduate students, and other parties are invited. Refreshments will be served.

Those interested in attending the symposium should contact the Graduate Fellow, Boram Jeong at jeongb@duq.edu to receive the paper. For inquiries concerning CIQR, please contact the Center Coordinator, Fred Evans, Dept. of Philosophy, at evansf@duq.edu, 396-6507, or visit the CIQR website at www.duq.edu/ciqr.

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