In the spring of 2006, the annual Bradshaw Conference in Humanities and Arts at Claremont Graduate University will focus on “Fear.” On the one hand, fear seems an irreducible part of conscious zoological life; on the other hand, fear has almost always been considered inseparable from the institution of political space—the space in which humanity has traditionally located its difference from animality. What meanings, resources, and intensities are discoverable in the word “fear” or the experience of fear? How does fear resemble or differ from anxiety, terror, panic? Does fear in some way overlap even with affective states such as love, joy, or hope? How best to describe the points of intersection between political and psychological fear? Do new ways of producing and manipulating fear emerge in an era of mass politics and media technology?
Thursday, April 27
7:00 p.m.: Reception
8:00–9:30 p.m.: Screenings
Early cold war documentaries and television programs
Our Cities Must Fight
Produced by Burroughs Corporation. Stars Walter Abel. Dramatization of U.S. 8 days after nuclear attack.
Motorola Television Hour. Stars Phyllis Thaxter and Walter Matthau. Broadcast 5/18/54.
Welcome: Dean Patricia Easton,
CGU President Robert Klitgaard
“Panic at the Crossroads of Utopia and Positivism: The NRC Disaster Research Group’s Design for Properly Adaptive Behavior for World War III, (1951-1963)”
Visiting Assistant Professor, Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security Program and Department of Sociology, University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign
11:00–11:15 a.m. Coffee
11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
“On Psycho–photography (Shame and Abu Ghraib)”
Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature, Emory University, and Director of Emory University Psychoanalytic Studies Program
Additional cold war documentaries and television programs
CBS REPORTS: In Case of War
TEN FOR SURVIVAL: Fact and Fable #5
NBC series considers ability of U.S. citizens to survive nuclear war. Features Drs. Charles Fritz, Dwight Chapman, and Paul Lazarsfeld. Broadcast 11/4/58.
A Town of the Times
1963. 25 minutes
“Fear …and loathing? New media and terror (or is it resistance?) in Iraq”
Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Bard College, and Director of Human Rights Project, Bard College
The Power of Art in a Culture of Fear: Telling the Truth That’s Not on the News
Andrea Bowers is a Los Angeles artist represented by galleries in Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris and Dusseldorf. She teaches in the Studio Art Department at the University of California, Irvine.
Michael Minelli is a Los Angeles artist whose mixed media works investigate the relationship between popular media discourse and the individual subject. He teaches in a unique low-residency Masters Program at Vermont College.
Hirsch Perlman is a Los Angeles artist who received a B.A. from Yale University and is department head in sculpture at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe.
Moderator: David Pagel, Assistant Professor of Art Theory and History, Claremont Graduate University, and Adjunct Curator, the Blaffer Gallery, the University of Houston.
While registration for the conference is not required we still encourage you to register for the conference sessions. Please download the registration form here. You can mail or fax it to: Bradshaw Conference, CGU - Arts and Humanities, 121 E. Tenth Street, Claremont, California, 91711 OR Fax: (909) 607-1221.
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