Philosophy of Horror - Schedule | College of Arts

Philosophy of Horror - Schedule

Occulted, Estranged & Inhuman Knowledges

Friday, April 26


8:30 – 9:00            Breakfast / Land Acknowledgement / Greetings

9: 00 – 9:50          Keynote:  Nandita Biswas Mellamphy & Dan Mellamphy (Western)

   The Obsolescence of The Human (TOOTH): A Flossoffical Investigation through the Horrorscope, Enacted on Reticulated Youth (A·FIT·THEORY)

9:50 – 10:00         Coffee Break

10:00 – 10:50       Panel One: Existential Approaches to Horror

              Noah Grossman (Independent Scholar)

                                Horror in the Common

                                Alex Carty (University of Guelph)

                                On Dying Every Day

10:50 – 11:00       Coffee Break

11:00 – 11:50       Panel Two: Performing Knowledges of the Inhuman                

              Thom Campbell (University of Guelph)

                                Poetics and Melancholia

                                Noah Travis Phillips (University of Denver / Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design)

                                Flies (in Space!)

11:50 – 12:50       Lunch Break

1:00 – 1:50           Panel Three:

               Aaron Service (Carleton)

                                On Worlds Unrealized: The Gnashing Teeth of Negation, Time and the Nothing

                                Nour Abuhsan (University of Guelph)

                                The Role of Myth in Horkheimer and Adorno’s Dialectic of the Enlightenment

1:50 – 2:00           Coffee Break

2:00 – 3:00           Roundtable: Feminism, Queerness and Interrogations of Horror

                           Moderator: Quinn McGlade-Ferentzy (University of Guelph)


4:00 – 6:30           Dinner @ Miijidaa Café & Bistro (37 Quebec St.)


TIME PENDING     Group Film Screening: “The Curse Of La Llorona” (Galaxy Cinemas – 485 Woodlawn Road West)

                                Please RSVP during the day to ensure we can coordinate transport



Saturday, April 27


8:30 – 9:00           Breakfast

9:00 – 9:50           Keynote: Dr. Patricia Sheridan (University of Guelph)

                                Title Pending

9:50 – 10:00         Coffee Break

10:00 – 10:50       Panel One: Knowledge and Divination

               Brent Ables (University of Guelph)

                                No Pain, No Gain: On the Practical Wisdom of Torture Porn

                                Josef Lewitzsky (Concordia)

                                Bergson and Divination

10:50 – 11:00       Coffee Break

11:00 – 11:50       Panel Two: Boundaries of the (In) Human

              Jack McCart (University of Guelph)

                                The Ontology of the Edge: Animalia, the Ordo Mundi, and the Undercurrents of Medieval Thought

              Hayley Malouin (Independent Scholar)

    “Gooble Gobble, One, or Several, of Us”: Becoming-Molecular, Becoming-Imperceptible in Tod Browning’s Freaks

11:50 – 12:50       Lunch Break

1:00 – 2:00           Roundtable: The Horror of David Cronenberg

                           Moderator: TBA

2:00 – 2:15           Coffee Break

2:15 – 3:00           Closing Presentation

                                Josh Grant-Young (University of Guelph)

                                Towards A Blackening of the Cosmos: A Provocation


The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.