Program

THURSDAY, APRIL 12:

13:30 REGISTRATION

14:45 OPENING REMARKS
JULIUS GREVE (Oldenburg) & FLORIAN ZAPPE (Göttingen)

15:00-16:30 PANEL I, CONCEPTIONS OF THE WEIRD (Chair: Dan O’Hara)
JOHNNY MURRAY (Cambridge, MA):
The Oozy Set: Toward a Taxonomy of the Weird

FRED FRANCIS (Canterbury):
The Glamour of the Eerie

SIMON FANG (Taipei, Taiwan):
The Conspiracy between Ligotti’s Pessimism and Laruelle’s Non-
Philosophy against Human Identity

16:30-17:00 COFFEE BREAK

17:00-19:00 PANEL II, WEIRD VISUAL CULTURES (Chair: Susann Köhler)
DAN FINEMAN (Los Angeles):
Weird Wit in Arbus

LAUREN ALICE (Sydney):
Stare into the Void: The Southern-Gothic Narratives of Bill McDowell’s
Visual Poetics

MATTHEW GRAHAM (Manchester):
How weird are Dennis Cooper’s GIF ‘Narratives’? When Creative
Disillusionment Meets Digital Technology

FLORIAN ZAPPE (Göttingen):
“It’s what’s outside the frame that’s scary”: Visual Weirdness in the
Work of Matthew Barney

19:00 WINE RECEPTION

FRIDAY, APRIL 13:

10:00-12:00 PANEL III, GENRE, GENDER, AND THE WEIRD (Chair: Andrew S. Gross)
KAROLINA LEBEK (Katowice):
Weirding High Fantasy: A Philosophy and Poetics of the Weird in R.
Scott Bakker’s
The Prince Of Nothing and The Aspect-Emperor Series

DAN O’HARA (London):
400 Years of Millennialism: a Doxa of the American Weird

ANNE-MAREE WICKS (Toowoomba, QLD, Australia):
The New Weird in Contemporary Women’s Writing

ALEXANDER GREIFFENSTERN (Essen):
“Leading me to Providence”: Alan Moore’s Vision of a Hidden America

12:00-13:30 LUNCH BREAK

13:30-15:00 PANEL IV, WEIRD MUSICOLOGIES (Chair: Jolene Mathieson)
PAUL SHEEHAN (Sydney):
Demolishing the Blues: Captain Beefheart as Modernist Outsider

JULIUS GREVE (Oldenburg):
Bone Machines and Atrocity Exhibitions: Weirding Life Writing in Tom
Waits and Danny Brown

SASCHA SEILER (Mainz):
The New Archaic – The Quest for Transcendentalism in Contemporary
American music

15:00-15:30 COFFEE BREAK

15:30-17:00 PANEL V, ECOLOGIES & GEOGRAPHIES I (Chair: James Dowthwaite)
MORITZ INGWERSEN (Peterborough, Ontario):
“This is the way the world ends:” Weird Geology in N. K. Jemisin’s
The
Fifth Season

CHRISTINE PEFFER (East Lansing, MI, USA):
Anxious Proximities, Untenable Boundaries: Mapping the Weird in William Byrd II’s
History and Secret History of the Dividing Line betwixt Virginia and North Carolina

RICHARD HARDACK (Berkeley):
The Digital Nature of Corporations: the Posthuman Geographies of
American Nature from Melville’s
Mardi to Avatar

17:00-17:15 COFFEE BREAK

17:15-18:15 KEYNOTE (Chair: Julius Greve)
PATRICIA MACCORMACK (London/Cambridge):
Cosmic Ethics: Lovecraft and Mucosal Philosophy

19.30 CONFERENCE DINNER

SATURDAY, APRIL 14:

9:30-10:30 PANEL VI, THE POLITICS OF THE WEIRD (Chair: Karolina Lebek)
STEPHEN SHAPIRO (Warwick):
Woke Weird: The Decolonial Critique of Capital in
Taboo, The Red Road, and Frontier

MARIUS HENDERSON (Hamburg):
Notes on the Alluring Weirdness of (Materialist) Rumination and Regurgitation

10:30-11:00 COFFEE BREAK

11:00-12:00 PANEL VII, ECOLOGIES & GEOGRAPHIES II (Chair: Marleen Knipping)
JOLENE MATHIESON (Hamburg):
Eco-Horror, the Anthropocene and the Ontology of the Oceanic Weird

TIM LANZENDÖRFER (Mainz):
Weird Spaces: Exploring Strange Ecologies in Pacific Northwest
Stories’ Podcast
Tanis and Jeff Vandermeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy

12:00-13:30 LUNCH BREAK

13:30-15:00 PANEL VIII, THE SOUTHERN WEIRD (Chair: Anca-Raluca Radu)
KATJA LAUG (Warwick):
The Weird and the Monstrous in Cormac McCarthy

EVANGELIA KINDINGER (Bochum):
“The Sense that Something Strange Was Going to Happen”: Flannery
O’Connor, Carson McCullers, and the Weird South

MARLON LIEBER (Kiel):
Freaks of the Southern Wild—Culture, Biopolitics, Neoliberalism

15:00-15:30 COFFEE BREAK

15:30-17:00 PANEL IX, SCREENING THE WEIRD (Chair: Florian Zappe)
MARYAM ARAS (Bonn):
Who is
Bad City? The Weird Landscapes of Ana Lily Amirpour between Tehrangeles and the Texas Wall

CHRISTINE CHOU (Taipei, Taiwan):
Charting the Nowhere between Death and Life: Revisiting Supernatural Horror in
The Others

OLIVER MOISICH & MARKUS WIERSCHEM (Paderborn):
“It is in Our House Now:” David Lynch’s Weird Spaces and the De(con)struction of Television in
Twin Peaks: The Return

 

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