Keynote Speakers

Joel Faflak (Western)
Keynote Address: “Right to Romanticism” – August 13, 2015 @ 4:30 p.m.

Joel Faflak is Professor of English and Theory in the Department of English at Western University, where he is Director of the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities. He is author of Romantic Psychoanalysis: The Burden of the Mystery (SUNY, 2008), co-author of Revelation and Knowledge: The Psyche of Romanticism (UTP, 2011), editor of Thomas De Quincey’s Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (Broadview, 2009), and editor or co-editor of seven volumes, including The Romanticism Handbook (Continuum, 2011), The Handbook to Romanticism Studies (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope (UTP, 2013), and the forthcoming Romanticism and the Emotions (Cambridge, 2014). He is North American Editor (Romanticism) for Literature Compass. He is the recipient of three consecutive SSHRC Standard Research Grants. He has won the Polanyi Prize for Literature (2002) and the Governor General’s Gold Medal for Research Excellence (1999). He is currently working on three projects: “Romantic Psychiatry”; “Romanticism and the Psychopathology of Happiness”; and “Get Happy! Utopianism and the American Film Musical.”

Nancy Yousef (CUNY, Baruch)
Keynote Address: “Spontaneity, Affect, Second Thoughts” – August 15, 2015 @ 6:00 p.m.

Nancy Yousef specializes in literature and philosophy of the Enlightenment and Romanticism. Her research interests include intersections between ethics, psychoanalysis and literary representation. She is the author of Isolated Cases (Cornell University Press, 2004) and, most recently, Romantic Intimacy (Stanford UP, 2013), which was awarded the Jean-Paul Barricelli prize for outstanding work in romanticism. Her other publications include essays on Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Mary Wollstonecraft, William Wordsworth, Mary Shelley, and Charles Dickens.  She has been the recipient of fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (2002-2003), the National Humanities Center (2006-2007), and the Mellon Foundation (2009-2010).  Her current project, tentatively entitled “The Aesthetics of the Commonplace,” explores theoretical and methodological efforts to define the “ordinary” as the distinctive terrain of artistic investigation.