I and We: Literary Texts and the Constitution of Shared Identities


10 June

10:00-10:15 Welcome by Felix Budelmann (Oxford) and Dan Zahavi (Copenhagen/Oxford)

10:15-11:15 Jonathan Cole (Southampton) "Beginnings of Morality; exploring the unimaginable in neurology and beyond."

11:15-12:15 Ben Morgan (Oxford) "From ‘I’ to ‘We’: Collective Endeavour in Schelling’s 1809 Freedom Treatise."

12:15-13:30 Lunch break

13:30-14:30 Meindert Peters (Oxford) "One Must Know How to Dance’: Someplace Between Me and Us in Vicki Baum’s Menschen im Hotel (1929)."

14:30-15:30 Jennifer McWeeny (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) "Solipsism and Solidarity in Beauvoir’s World War II Fiction: From Invitation to Encroachment."

15:30-16:00 Coffee break

16:00-17:00 Christian Benne (Copenhagen) "The fifth wall. The philosophical problem of I and We in Beckett’s Fin de Parti/Endgame."

17:00-18:00 Vittorio Gallese (Parma) "The text as a body. Embodied simulation and the relation with fiction."

11 June

09:15-10:15 Anezka Kuzmicova (Prague) "The I and We of reading: children discussing literary experience."

10:15-11:15 Naomi Rokotnitz (Oxford) "Memory, Testimony, Fiction and Bodily Experience: I & We in Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace."  

11:15-11.30 Coffee break

11.30-12:30 Frederik Tygstrup (Copenhagen) "The Public of Literature."

12:30-13:45 Lunch break

13:45-14:45 Mike Wheeler (Stirling) "'Everyman’s an Angel’: Literature, Authenticity and Social Cognition"

14:45-15:00 break

15:00-16:00 Terence Cave (Oxford) "We are Swarm: Imagining Collective Identity from the Locust to Seven of Nine."