Ersatzism: A Conference and Workshop on the Cultural Logic of Inauthenticity

Moody Center for the Arts Rice University
May 4-5, 2017

Thursday, May 4

9AM: Breakfast and Coffee, welcome remarks (second floor reception area). 10-10:30 AM: Natali Leduc, IT Specialist (Room 210).

10:30-12pm: Hoaxes, Maps, Simulacra (Room 210):
Laura Richardson: “The Reel as Real: Keaton, Kaufman, and Actuality.”
Annie Lowe: “In Plain Sight as Ersatz Trompe L'oeil.”
Michael Miller: “Satanic Science and Spatial Semiotics: Making Maps in the End Times.”

12-1pm: Catered Lunch (second floor reception area).

1-2:30pm Algorithmic Humans (Room 210):
Rex Troumbley: “Platformal Equality and Postdemocratic Data: The Politics of User Preferences.”
Jake Levens: “Humans and Algorithms.”
Alexander Adkins: “White Privilege, Didacticism, Satire.”

2:30-2:45pm: Break

2:45-3:45pm: “Lawlz. A diptych.” A Performance by Philomena Bradford and Alanna Beroiza (Lois Chiles Theatre, first floor).

4-6pm: Tom McCarthy Keynote: “On the Threshold of the King: A Deposition.” (Room 205). 7-9:15pm: Dinner at L’Olivier Restaurant (240 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006).


Friday, May 5

9am: Breakfast and coffee (second floor reception area).

9:30-11:15am: Digital Humanities, Ontologies, Mimesis (Room 210):
John Mulligan: “Forms of Life-likeness.”
Rodrigo Martini Paula: “Monkey See, Monkey Do: Mimicry and Ersatz Representation.”
Clint Wilson: “The Ersatz Humanities; or, a Eulogy for Close Reading.”
Melissa Bailar: “Community-Building as Scholarly Production: Ersatz Society, Ersatz Academics.”

11:30am-12:45pm: Lunch at Cohen House Faculty Club 

1pm-2:30pm: Aaron Jaffe Keynote: “Experience to Experiment, Signs to Signals: Toward this Variant Colossus.” (Room 205).