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Conference Program

The 2017 Virginia Humanities Conference Program has now been posted. See below:

The Unbearable Humanities, Program, FINAL

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Conference Details Update

The Virginia Humanities Conference 2017 Planning Committee has posted additional details for conference attendees, including hotel information, local restaurant information and details on events and outings available in the Winchester-Frederick County area.

Visit the following pages on the VHC website to start planning your trip to Winchester, Virginia, for VHC 2017, to be held April 7-8, 2017!

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Lauren Berlant & Lee Edelman, 2017 Keynote Speakers

Shenandoah University is very pleased to announce that Lee Edelman and Lauren Berlant will be giving the keynote talk at the 2017 Virginia Humanities Conference, focusing on their recent book from Duke University Press, Sex, or the Unbearable (2013). From the Duke UP website,

Sex, or the Unbearable is a dialogue between Lauren Berlant and Lee Edelman, two of our leading theorists of sexuality, politics, and culture. In juxtaposing sex and the unbearable they don’t propose that sex is unbearable, only that it unleashes unbearable contradictions that we nonetheless struggle to bear. In Berlant and Edelman’s exchange, those terms invoke disturbances produced in encounters with others, ourselves, and the world, disturbances that tap into threats induced by fears of loss or rupture as well as by our hopes for repair.Through virtuoso interpretations of works of cinema, photography, critical theory, and literature, including Lydia Davis’s story “Break It Down” (reprinted in full here), Berlant and Edelman explore what it means to live with negativity, with those divisions that may be irreparable. Together, they consider how such negativity affects politics, theory, and intimately felt encounters. But where their critical approaches differ, neither hesitates to voice disagreement. Their very discussion—punctuated with moments of frustration, misconstruction, anxiety, aggression, recognition, exhilaration, and inspiration—enacts both the difficulty and the potential of encounter, the subject of this unusual exchange between two eminent critics and close friends.

About The Keynote Speakers:

Lauren Berlant is George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor of English at the University of Chicago. She is the author of Cruel Optimism, The Female Complaint, and The Queen of America Goes to Washington City, all also published by Duke University Press.

Lee Edelman is Fletcher Professor of English Literature at Tufts University. He is the author of L’impossible Homosexuel; No Future, also published by Duke University Press; and Homographesis.

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