2007 World Picture Conference

Dates:26-27 Oct 2007

Locations:Oklahoma State University

Friday, 26 October, 2007


Brian Price (Chair)

Scott Durham

Northwestern University

“The ‘Will to Happiness’ in Postmodern Film: the Utopian Image Between Ethics and Politics”

Hugh Manon

Oklahoma State University

“The Ethics of Endurance in Cult Cinema”

Elena Oxman

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“Roland Barthes’s Neutral Cinema”


Scott Krzych (Chair)

Jason Landrum

Southeastern Louisiana University

“What Would Jack Bauer Do?: The Ethics of Torture in 24”

Richard Pope

European Graduate School, Saas-Fee/York University

“Hostage to Fantasy: The Media and Its Audiences Pre- and Post-‘9/11’ and the ‘Problem People'”


John David Rhodes (Chair)

Jane Elliott

University of York

“Sympathetic Magic: The Lord of the Rings, Biopolitics and Desire”

Abraham Geil

Duke University

“Is There an Ethics of Embodiment?”

Meghan Sutherland

Oklahoma State University

“The Spectacular and the Superficial”


Michael Lawrence (Chair)

Martin Wallen

Oklahoma State University

“The Sinful Style of German Romantic Aesthetics”


Eugenie Brinkema,

Brown University

“Laura Dern’s Vomit, or Kant and Derrida in Oz”

Aaron Taylor

University of Lethbridge

“Dirty Pretty Things: Knowing and Judging in the Films of Stanley Kubrick”


Rich Cante (Chair)

Caetlin Benson-Allott

Cornell University

“‘I Castrated My Movie’: New Media, Censorship and and Y tu mamá también”


Grant David Bollmer

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“Psychotechnographism, or Media and Their Relation to the Unconscious”


Angelo Restivo

Georgia State University

“Giorgio Agamben’s Cellphone”


Raysh Weiss

University of Minnesota

“Death By Unnatural Causes: The Rise and Fall of U.S. Proletariat Radio”


Hugh Manon (Chair)

Paul Flaig

Cornell University

“Multitudinous Media: Altman, Negri, and the Comedy of Fortune”


Patrick Keating

Trinity University

“Nestor Almendros and the Ethics of Light”


Hilary Neroni

University of Vermont

“Theorizing the Female Auteur”


Robert Mayer (Chair)

Linda Austin

Oklahoma State University

“Aesthetic Judgments, Picturesque Reversions: Nineteenth-century Prototypes”


John David Rhodes

University of Sussex

“Ethical Dwelling in 1945”


Jason Landrum (Chair)

Todd McGowan

University of Vermont

“No Time: The Ethics of Atemporal Narrative”


Larrie Dudenhoeffer

Kennesaw State University

“Casting Out the De(m)ontic”


Agustin Zarzoza

SUNY Purchase

“The Heiress and the Stoic Imagination”


Meghan Sutherland (Chair)

Robert Cavanagh

Northwestern University

“Media, Irony, and Justice”


Scott Krzych

Oklahoma State University

“The Politics of Disbelief”


Michael Lawrence

Middlesex University

“The Death of the Author and ‘Responsibility as a Survivor’:

The Ethics of Mourning in Atom Egoyan”


Brian Price

Oklahoma State University

“120 Days of R. Kelly”


Joan Copjec

SUNY Buffalo

Lee Edelman

Tufts University