Joan of Arc/Afterlives Symposium

March 31, 2017 - 9:00am
Newcomb Hall Commonwealth Room
Free, advance registration requested

Joan of Arc/Afterlives Symposium

On Friday, March 31st the Joan of Arc/ Afterlives conference continues with a symposium entitled "Joan of Arc/Afterlives" that will explore the reception of Joan and the many roles Joan has played in world culture. Joan's many lives have included playing the role of heretic and sexual ingénue, icon of the American feminist movement and symbol of the ultra right in France, victim of the patriarchal establishment and the face of the transgender movement. How can one individual of whom we know so little (and then only through court transcripts and rumor) fulfill so many modern desires? These roles and many others will be the subject of discussion during the symposium that will bring together internationally recognized specialists of Joan of Arc with members of the UVA community who will engage with the histories, mythologies, and representations of Joan from the vantage point of their own disciplines.


The Symposium which takes place in Newcomb Hall Commonwealth Room on Friday, March 31st, is free and open to the public.  Advance registration is kindly requested.  Register here.

Participants Include:

Robin Blaetz (Film Studies, Mount Holyoke)

Terry Castle (English, Stanford University)

Anne Coughlin (UVA School of Law)

Corinne Field (Women’s and Gender Studies, UVA)

Carmenita Higginbotham (Art History, UVA)

Jolanta Komornicka (History, UVA)

Deborah McGrady (French, UVA)
Françoise Meltzer (
Philosophies of Religion, Divinity School, University of Chicago )

Jennifer Tsien (French, UVA)



Joan of Arc/Afterlives Symposium:
March 31, 2017,  9am-6:30pm,  Newcomb Hall Commonwealth Room
University of Virginia, Charlottesville VA

8:30– 9:00

Coffee and pastries  

9:00– 10:15

Welcome & Keynote I  Robin Blaetz (Mount Holyoke College), "Absorbed in Time: Dreyer's Bold Experiment with Joan of Arc."
10:30– 12:00 Panel I: An Inheritance in Process 

Jolanta Komornicka (History), "Who's/Whose Joan?"

Deborah McGrady (French), “Joan Resurrected:  Early Efforts to Recast the Heretic as Heroine”

Jennifer Tsien (French), “A Girl Walks into an Epic... : Crises of Categorization in La Pucelle by Voltaire”

12:00– 2:00 Lunch break  
2:00– 3:15 Keynote II – Terry Castle (Stanford University),  “The ‘Not-A-Woman’—A Romance”
3:15– 3:30  Coffee break  
3:30– 5:00 Panel II: Spectacular Afterlives 

Corinne Field (Women, Gender & Sexuality), “Modern Joan of Arcs: Youthful Beauty, White Supremacy, and Media Spectacle in the US Woman Suffrage Movement” 

Carmenita Higginbotham (Art History and American Studies), “Celluloid Heroism and the Joan of Arc Effect” 

Anne Coughlin (Law), “Joan and Her Daughters:  Trauma, Spectacle, Justice”

5:00– 6:15 Keynote III --

Françoise Meltzer (University of Chicago), “Voicing over the Voices: Ventriloquizing the Maid

6:15– 7:30




The event will also feature flash seminars and other events geared to introduce undergraduates to the delightful strangeness of Joan of Arc’s historical and artistic afterlives.

“Voices Appeared” is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Vice Provost for the Arts. The collaboration between the Department of FrenchMcIntire Department of Art and McIntire Department of Music is co-sponsored by the American Studies ProgramCorcoran Department of History,  Department of English , Department of Religious Studies, Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures ,  The Medieval Studies Program and Women, Gender & Sexuality.

Voices Appeared: La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc and the Orlando Consort

“Voices Appeared”: a film screening of Theodor Dreyer’s silent film La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc with live performance by the Orlando Consort will take place on Thursday, March 30, 8:00 PM, Old Cabell Hall, Tickets are $12 for the General Public and free for UVA Students, Faculty and Staff.  Tickets can be reserved at the UVA ARTS BOX OFFICE

“Enthralling” - The London Evening Standard

"An exceptional achievement" - The Guardian

A series of curricular, co-curricular, creative, and academic events around a movie screening of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s silent film La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc presented with live music by the Orlando Consort.

Voices Appeared: La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc and the Orlando Consort

“Voices Appeared: La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc and the Orlando Consort” is a live multimedia performance and historical reconstruction of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1928 silent film La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc. “Voices Appeared” features live musical accompaniment to the film, curated and performed by the Orlando Consort. Inspired by Joan of Arc’s gnomic description of angels appearing before her, “Voices Appeared” reconciles the silent film medium with Joan’s narrative experience of hearing voices. The project uses vocal works from the early part of the fifteenth century, when Joan was alive and active, providing historical context as well as musical commentary on her psyche while in captivity, especially as a gender and religious minority figure.

Cited as “simultaneously ravishing and reverential” by the Los Angeles Times and “enthralling” by The London Evening Standard, the Orlando Consort, formed in 1988 by the Early Music Network of Great Britain, is one of Europe’s most expert and consistently challenging groups performing repertoire from the years 1050 to 1550. Their work successfully combines captivating entertainment and fresh scholarly insight. The unique imagination and originality of their programming, together with their superb vocal skills, has marked the Consort out as the outstanding leaders of their field. More infomation at


McIntire Department of Music
112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176