Creature (Dis)comforts: On Human Thresholds from Classical Myth to Modern Day

Saturday, June 3, 2017
9:00 am - 6:00 pm, Royce Hall Conf/Seminar - - Humanities Conf Room 314

CMRS Conference

See below for additional information.

Admission

Free and open to the public.

Contact

Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
(310) 825-1880
cmrs@humnet.ucla.edu

Website

http://cmrs.ucla.edu/event/creature-discomforts-human-t...

Additional Information

The threshold of the home constitutes a literal boundary between public and private, between the domestic and the political. It is also a border that, by its very nature, invites transgression. It is a boundary that exists to be crossed.

This conference, organized by Dr. Sara Burdorff (UCLA, English) and Malcolm Harris (UCLA, English) takes the literal liminality of the domestic threshold as its inspiration, exploring the comparable permeability of more abstract thresholds in a wide range of social, temporal, and interdisciplinary contexts.

Presentations will elaborate on the ambivalent cultural value invested in other intrinsically–even necessarily–violable boundaries between Self and Other, including those between man and man, man and animal, and parent and child.

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