Thought this might interest Maggie because of its speculative bent.

Dept. of Germanic Languages: “Sights of Enchantment: Magic-Vision-Metaphor” Workshop

Friday, February 13th, 2-8pm

Friday, February 13, 2009

“Sights of Enchantment: Magic-Vision-Metaphor”

at Deutsches Haus
420 W. 116th St. (Between Amsterdam Ave. and Morningside Dr.)

Bringing together literary, historical, anthropological and media
perspectives, the workshop aims to provoke an interdisciplinary
discussion of magical concepts of vision and their rhetorical functions.
Given that the realm of this discussion has been described as “the
underside of vision” (by Lawrence Di Stasi, in his book on the evil eye
entitled Mal Occhio), one of the subjects might be how the concept of
magic took the form of an implicit psychology long before
psychoanalysis delivered its influential interpretation of the relations
between visual experience, emotions, and the unconscious.

Workshop with contributions by Mark Anderson (Columbia University),
Stuart Clark (Princeton University), Simon During (Johns Hopkins
University), Anselm Haverkamp (New York University), Thomas Levin
(Princeton University), Dorothea von Mucke (Columbia University),
Elisabeth Strowick (Johns Hopkins University), Michael Taussig (Columbia
University), Brigitte Weingart (Bonn University/Columbia University).

Co-Sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

For program details please see attachment,
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