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ANAHITA  January 2000

ANAHITA January 2000

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Rhetoric and the Public Sphere conference

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Patrick Sinclair <[log in to unmask]>

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Women and Gender in the Ancient World <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 17 Jan 2000 21:24:41 -0800

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RHETORIC AND THE PUBLIC SPHERE:
An Interdisciplinary Conference on Classical Traditions, Rhetoric, & the Public
February 11-12, 2000
Department of Classics, University of California at Irvine

Organizer: Patrick Sinclair, Classics, UC Irvine, 121-HOB2,
949-824-5831, [log in to unmask]

Co-Organizers: Carole Blair (American Studies, UC Davis), Page duBois
(Literature, UC San Diego), Victoria Kahn (Rhetoric and Comparative
Literature, UC Berkeley), Marc Katz (German, The Claremont Colleges),
Steven Mailloux, (English & Comp. Lit., UCI), and Christine Ross
(English & Comparative Literature, UC Irvine).


Conference description

By re-introducing Classics and rhetoric into debates about the public
sphere this conference will contribute to the longstanding debates
about the nature of the public sphere and its very usefulness as a
concept. We will explore the proposition that rhetoricians actually
form public spheres. Thinkers involved in defining notions of the
modern public sphere typically treat Greek and Roman antiquity as a
monolithic and univocal background to modernity. We intend this
interdisciplinary conference to explore how, and to what extent, the
public sphere operates within a discourse that continually redefines
and reinvents what is classic. We also want to explore how models
which are designated to be classical are invoked to constitute a
variety of spaces as public, and how the transmutation of classical
models is used to further the ideal of autonomous selfhood among a
democratic citizenry.


Format

We have planned a two-day conference organized around featured
speakers Page duBois (Literature, UC San Diego) and Michael Warner
(English, Rutgers University) and four panel sessions. Standing over
the entire conference will be the question of whether the concept of
the public sphere still bears any usefulness. In order to get at this
question, we have structured the conference to try to infuse new
perspectives into public sphere debates by addressing how Classics
and rhetoric figure in four integral tensions in the discourse of the
public sphere: (1) the full discursive potential of Classics and
rhetoric in conjuring the public sphere; (2) bodies, built space, and
institutions in the public sphere; (3) publics and counterpublics;
(4) access to the public sphere through literacy, composition, and
the operations of the media and technology.


Schedule

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11th

Session I. Classics & Rhetoric Conjure the Public Sphere [9:00-12:30]
A. Featured speaker: Page duBois [9:00-10:15]
B. Four position papers by Victoria Kahn (moderator), Jane Newman,
Daniel Selden, Susan Jarratt (15 min. each) [10:30-12:30]


Session II. Occupying the Public Sphere: Bodies, Built Space,
Institutions (a roundtable discussion) [2:00-4:00]
Moderator: Marc Katz
A. Speakers: Lindon Barrett, David Lloyd, Thomas Scanlon
B. Interlocutors: Jody Enders, Francis Dunn, Marc Katz


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12th

Session III. Publics and Counterpublics [9:00-12:30]
A. Featured speaker: Michael Warner [9:00-10:15]
B. Roundtable discussion: Steve Mailloux (moderator), Marianne
Constable, Rosa Eberly, Giles Gunn, Karen Lawrence, Christine Ross
[10:30-12:30]

Session IV. Accessing the "Phantom" Public Sphere: Patrick Sinclair
(moderator), Linda Brodkey, Suzanne Calpestri, Dilip Gaonkar, Donald
McQuade, Brook Thomas  [2:00-3:30]


Finally, we plan an open discussion session in which, as we stated
above, participants will reflect on the issues that have been raised
during the four paper-sessions and their implications for how we
think about Classics, rhetoric, and other systems of communication
whenever the public is invoked. [3:30-5:00]


Speakers

Lindon Barrett (English & Comparative Literature, UC Irvine)
Linda Brodkey (Literature, UCSD)
Suzanne Calpestri (Anthropology Library, UC Berkeley)
Marianne Constable (Rhetoric, UC Berkeley)
Page duBois (Literature, UC San Diego)
Francis Dunn (Classics, UC Santa Barbara)
Rosa Eberly (Rhetoric and Composition, University of Texas, Austin)
Jody Enders (French, UCSB)
Dilip Gaonkar (Speech Communications, Northwestern)
Giles Gunn (English, UCSB)
Susan Jarratt (English, Miami University)
Victoria Kahn (Rhetoric and Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley)
Marc Katz (German, The Claremont Colleges)
Karen Lawrence (Dean of Humanities, UC Irvine)
David Lloyd (Scripps College)
Steven Mailloux (English & Comp. Lit., UC Irvine)
Donald McQuade (English, UC Berkeley)
Jane O. Newman (English & Comparative Literature, UC Irvine)
Christine Ross (English & Comparative Literature, UC Irvine).
Thomas Scanlon (Classics, UC Riverside)
Daniel Selden (Literature, UC Santa Cruz; currently at the University
of Chicago)
Patrick Sinclair (Classics, UC Irvine)
Brook Thomas (English & Comparative Literature, UC Irvine)
Michael Warner (English, Rutgers)


We hope everyone interested in these subjects will make arrangements
to attend the conference. For further information about conference
particulars and accommodations in Irvine, please contact the
conference organizer using the following addresses:

Patrick Sinclair, Chair
Department of Classics
121-HOB2
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-2000
         Office phone: 949-824-5831
         Office fax: 949-824-1966
         E-mail: [log in to unmask]

Support for the conference has been generously granted by the
University of California Humanities Research Institute, UCI's Office
of Research and Graduate Studies, UCI's Humanities Center, UCI's
Associate Dean of Humanities for Graduate Studies, UCI's Department
of Classics, and the UC Tri-Campus Graduate Program in Classics (UC
Irvine, UC Riverside, UC San Diego).

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