Workshop: Flattering the Demos: The Politics and Fictions of Democratic Citizens
The Department of Political Science presents a workshop:
Flattering the Demos: The Politics and Fictions of Democratic Citizens
Friday March 3rd, 2017, 9:00 am -5:00 pm
Henry F. Hall Building, room 1220
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West
This one-day workshop seeks to stimulate interdisciplinary dialogue on the broad topic of democratic political thought found in literary sources, including novels, poetry, graphic novels, theater, and film. Literary sources are crucial to democratic politics as they can offer a civic education or way for citizens to think about and understand politics and political debates. Literary sources are also essential to democratic discourse because they provide a way to engage in politics through critique and protest.
Panel 1 – Technology and Liberty: 9-10:30am – Chair: Dr. Jarrett Carty, LAC, Concordia
Dr. Kimberly Hurd Hale (Coastal Carolina University), Only Human: Free Will and Choice in Asimov’s I, Robot.
Dr. Erin Dolgoy (Post Doctoral Fellow: Rhodes College), Algorithmic Tyranny and the Loss of Freedom: Ken Liu’s “The Perfect Match.”
Dr. Travis Smith (Concordia University), The Abolition of Iron Man.
Panel 2 – Historical Explorations: 10:45am-12:15pm – Chair: Eli Friedland, Concordia University
Derval Ryan (Doctoral Fellow RCGS McGill University), Of Villains and Victims: Guilt and ‘Bad Conscience’ in Richard III.
Dr. Eleni Panagiotarakou (Concordia University), The Emergence of Democracy and Old Comedy in Ancient Athens.
Dr. Marlene Sokolon (Concordia University), Poetic Democracy: Euripides and the Question of the Best Regime.
Panel 3 – Consequences for Interpretation: 1:45-3:15pm – Chair: Dònal Gill, Concordia University:
Steven Orr (PhD Candidate, Carleton University), Form, Genre, and the Style of Political Philosophy.
Alexandra Ioana Manoliu (PhD Candidate, Université de Montréal), Fictional politics = Real-life cynical citizens?
Dr. Ed King (Concordia University), “Salt Dug From a Foreign Mine”: Poetry and Contemporary Political Thought.
James Beneda (PhD Candidate, University of California Santa Cruz), A Band of Brothers Against Terrorism: The Citizen-Soldier Ideal in Post-9/11 US Military Mobilization.
Dr. Mark Blackell (Vancouver Island University), Cormac McCarthy’s The Road and the Allure of the Post-Apocalyptic Narrative: a Symptom of Democracy?
Dr. Bruce Peabody (Fairleigh Dickinson University), The Paranoid Style in American Fiction.
For more information, contact: Eli Friedland at firstname.lastname@example.org