2015 Conference

Spring - San Francisco, California

April 8-11, 2015

Beyond the Binary

Binary oppositions define their counterpart through difference: Good/Bad, Light/Dark, New/Old, Nature/Technology, East/West, Sacred/Profane, etc. In an age when the personal is political, such systems, which function by means of difference and exclusion, contain potentiality for problematic results. Binary oppositions have dominated the theoretical landscape for centuries, structuring our language, thought, actions, research, and expression. Is this an inescapable framework for structuring reality or is an alternative possible?


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In keeping with HERA's mission of promoting the study of the humanities across a wide range of disciplines and interdisciplines, we invite presentations for the 2015 conference. The wide range of disciplines and areas of study for the conference include but are not limited to Aesthetics, Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Classics, Communication Studies, Composition, Cultural Studies, Dance, Design, Digital Technology, Disability Studies, Education, Environmental Issues, Esthetics, Ethics, Ethnic Studies, Family, Film Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, Geology, Globalization, History, Languages, Law, Literature, Media, Museum Studies, Music, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sexuality, Sociology, Theater and all sciences relevant to the topic.

Questions may be directed to HERA's executive director, Marcia Green (mgreen@sfsu.edu)


Conference Speaker Announced

Gloria Nusse
Forensic Artist, Human Anatomy Lab, San Francisco State University

"From Jericho to the USA, From Kansas to California: One Artist's Journey Along 9,000 Years of Forensic Facial Reconstruction and Scientific Art"

Gloria Nusse has recreated the faces of ancient peoples of the Middle East, as well as recreations of the crystal skull for National Geographic. Her work has been featured on 48 Hours, Forensic Files, Dateline, National Geographic specials and Unsolved History. Her scientific and artistic work can be found in many science and cultural museums around the world along with several bronzes for Yosemite National Park.

Nusse's work as a forensic artist has helped return 14 people to their families. She believes her "art is an adventure into the world of all things" and will be speaking on her work as an interdisciplinary forensic artist. Here's a preview of her work on 60 Minutes.


Conference Headquarters

Hotel Whitcomb

Located at 1231 Market Street, San Francisco's historic Hotel Whitcomb is an early 20th-century masterpiece that is a favorite among travelers.

When you walk through the front doors of this landmark hotel you’ll discover an elegant boutique hotel with high cathedral ceilings and lovely interiors recalling turn-of-the-century architecture. History makes the Hotel Whitcomb unique in structure and aura. After the 1906 earthquake ruined the city, the hotel served as San Francisco’s City Hall from 1912 to 1915.

There are a limited number of discounted hotel rooms, available on a first come first served basis. Reservations for the conference hotel, the Hotel Whitcomb, must be made directly with the hotel by phoning the hotel at (800-227-4747) or via Fax (415-626-8000) mentioning the HERA discount rate on or before March 2, 2015, in order to receive the $130 discounted rates. Depending on availability, you may extend your stay 3 days on either side of the conference dates and receive the same room rate. It is important that you make your hotel reservation as early as possible. All reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card or a deposit in the amount of one night's room. This will not be charged to your account. Hotel cancellations made at least 48 hours (2 days) before your arrival night are fully refundable.

To get to the hotel from SFO, you may take the BART train to the Civic Center Station and the hotel is a few steps away. BART is easily accessed from the terminal by riding SFO's AirTrain to the Garage G/BART Station stop. The cost of a one way ticket is $8.65 and $17.30 for a Round-Trip ticket. There is no charge to board AirTrain. All trains from the airport stop at the Civic Center Station. Taxis (One-Way, about $50) and Super Shuttles (One-Way, about $20 ) are also available.