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Trent's Humanities Researchers present "Sex, Humour, God and Noise"


Humanities Research Day: December 15

Friday, December 10, 2004, Peterborough

Trent University's 11th annual Humanities Research Day will see 10 faculty members discuss their research on a wide range of topics to include Dante, humour, and flood and famine relief in French Colonial Vietnam, on December 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Traill College Lecture Hall.

Members of the public are invited to attend all or part of the day. There is no charge for admission. In each of four 45-minutes sessions, two or three faculty members and a moderator will discuss their studies. Sessions are scheduled for 9:45 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. with coffee breaks at 10:30 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. and lunch (cost: $7 in advance) at noon.

"This day is all about showcasing the work that is being done in the Humanities at Trent," says Prof. Leonard Conolly, Interim Principal, Traill College, adding this year's researchers come from disciplines including Ancient History and Classics, Modern Languages and Literatures, English, Canadian Studies, Philosophy, History, Cultural Studies and, Theory, Culture and Politics.

"People find it exciting to hear about such diverse subjects, back-to-back and all in one day. Humanities Research Day has developed a significant audience over the years."


Media contact: Prof. Leonard Conolly, Interim Principal, Traill College, 748-1011



9:30 AM Welcome, Opening Remarks, Leonard Conolly, Interim Principal, Traill College; Susan Apostle-Clark, Vice-President (Academic); James Parker, Vice-President (Research)

9:45 AM Session A - MODERATOR: Ian Storey (Ancient History & Classics)

Rodney Fitzsimmons (Ancient History & Classics) – An Early Greek Polis in East Crete: Excavations at Azoria, Crete, 2002–2004

Roy Hagman (Modern Languages & Literatures) – Dante as Linguist

10:30 AM Coffee Break

10:45 AM Session B - MODERATOR: James Neufeld (English)

Michael H. Epp (English) – Uncanny Durability: Minstrelsy, Repetition, and American Humour Studies

Michele Lacombe (Canadian Studies) – From Pigoons to Rakunks: Cyborg Identities in Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake

Fred Tromly (English) – Rescuing Fathers, by Freud and Shakespeare

12:00 PM Lunch – Traill College Senior Common Room

1:00 PM Session C - MODERATOR: Christine McKinnon (Philosophy)

Moira Howes (Philosophy) – Research in Reproductive Immunology: Passivity and Pathology

Van Nguyen-Marshall (History) – Flood and Famine Relief in French Colonial Vietnam


1:45 PM Coffee Break

2:00 PM Session D - MODERATOR: Veronica Hollinger (Cultural Studies)

Martha Crealock (Theory, Culture & Politics) – Post-Modern Passion, or What Does Mel Gibson Make an Image of When He Makes an Image of God?

James Penney (Cultural Studies) – Beyond Queer Theory: Sex, Universality, Representation

Davide Panagia – The Piazza, The Edicola, and the Noise of the Utterance

3:15 PM Closing Remarks - Zailig Pollock (English)


For further information, or to register, call 748-1736.


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