‘Climate Change and the Cumulus of History’
‘Climate Change and the Cumulus of History’
In his enigmatic 1994 essay ‘Faith and Knowledge: The Two Sources of “Religion” within the Limits of Reason Alone’, Jacques Derrida explores the troubled place of religion in late modernity. If Derrida’s essay largely precedes the ‘post-secular’ turn in contemporary thought, it anticipates many of post-secularism’s defining concerns and questions: secularisation, ‘globalatinzation’, the return of the religious, the ‘religion’ of technological modernity, religious fundamentalism, violence and terror.
This workshop will be the first ever event dedicated to exploring the implications of Derrida’s landmark essay 20 years after its original publication. What is the significance of Derrida’s essay today? How do his reflections upon religion anticipate, deepen or question the turn to religion in figures like Habermas or Taylor? To what extent might Derrida’s essay (which also contains important reflections on Kant, Bergson, Heidegger and Levinas) serve as a point of departure to explore the past, present and future of philosophy of religion?
We invite proposals for 20-minute papers that address any aspect of Derrida’s ‘Faith and Knowledge’ and/or use the text as a point of departure to address larger questions such as secularisation, the messianic, political theology, reason, technology, religious violence and terror. This workshop is free and open to all.
“A Path So Twisted”: Thinking Wildly With and Through Punk Feminisms
(Sponsored by Manchester Feminist Theory Network and the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology)
‘Why Be Normal?’
Tickets can be purchased from: http://www.sickfestival.com/programme/manchester/why-be-normal/
On Queer Theory
Speakers: Professor J.Jack Halberstam (University of Southern California); Professor Monica Pearl (University of Manchester); Clara Bradbury-Rance (Phd student, University of Manchester) (‘Putting Feminist Theory into Practice’, co-sponsored by CIDRAL and NWCDTP)
This event is free but requires you to register at the Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cidral-mftn-theory-intensive-on-queer-theory-with-j-jack-halberstam-registration-14992273293
J. Jack Halberstam, ‘Introduction: Low Theory’ in The Queer Art of Failure (Duke UP, 2011) J. Jack Halberstam, ‘Gaga Sexualities: The End of Normal’ in Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal (Beacon Press, 2013) J. Jack Halberstam, ‘Charming for the Revolution: A Gaga Manifesto’, http://www.e-flux.com/journal/charming-for-the-revolution-a-gaga-manifesto/. Readings available to download at:
Jack Halberstam is Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Gender Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. Halberstam is the author of five books including: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters (Duke UP, 1995), Female Masculinity (Duke UP, 1998), In A Queer Time and Place (NYU Press, 2005), The Queer Art of Failure (Duke UP, 2011) and Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal (Beacon Press, 2012) and has written articles that have appeared in numerous journals, magazines and collections. Halberstam has co-edited a number of anthologies including Posthuman Bodies with Ira Livingston (Indiana University Press, 1995) and a special issue of Social Text with Jose Munoz and David Eng titled “What’s Queer About Queer Studies Now?” Halberstam is currently working on several projects including a book titled THE WILD on queer anarchy, performance and protest culture, the visual representation of anarchy and the intersections between animality, the human and the environment.
Inaugural Rowman & Littlefield International Annual Public Lecture
‘Rules, Models, and Paradigms: Before Rules Became Rigid’
Lorraine Daston (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin)
Rules – in the form of everything from traffic regulations and government directives to etiquette manuals and parliamentary procedures – structure almost every human interaction. Increasing use of computers has intensified a trend that began in the eighteenth century of ever more, ever more rigid rules for ever more domains of public and private life. But the algorithm became the prototypical rule only relatively recently, in the late nineteenth century. The long history of rules prior to that point shows surprising affinities with concepts now considered to be the antithesis of rule-following, such as thinking in terms of models and paradigms. Sources as disparate as the rules of monastic orders to textbooks of commercial arithmetic to cookbooks reveal a hidden history of the premodern rule.
Professor Lorraine Daston is Executive Director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) in Berlin, and Visiting Professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Corresponding Member of the British Academy, and Member of both the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and the Leopoldina Academy of Sciences. In 2010 she was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite of the Federal Republic of Germany, and in 2012 the History of Science Society’s Sarton Medal.
She has taught at Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, Brandeis, the University of Göttingen, and the University of Chicago and held visiting positions at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, the University of Vienna, and Oxford University (Isaiah Berlin Lectures in the History of Ideas).
Her books include Classical Probability in the Enlightenment (Princeton University Press, 1988), Wonders and the Order of Nature, 1150-1750 (Zone, 1998, with Katharine Park), both of which were awarded the Pfizer Prize of the History of Science Society, Thinking with Animals (Columbia University Press, 2006, with Gregg Mitmann), Things That Talk (Zone, 2007), Objectivity (MIT, 2007, with Peter Galison) and Histories of Scientific Observation (Chicago University Press, 2011).
Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts and Languages (CIDRAL) at the University of Manchester
Roundtable with Adam Phillips: Psychoanalysis, Morality and the Senses
Adam Phillips with Dr Monica Pearl and Professor Ian Parker. Chair: Professor Jackie Stacey (CIDRAL Director)
Recommended background readings:
1. ‘Punishing Parents’ in One Way and Another (2013), pp. 351-371
2. ‘On Satisfaction’ Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life (2012), pp. 137-168
3. ‘On a More Impersonal Note’ in Intimacies (Leo Bersani and Adam Phillips) (2008), pp. 89-117
Additional background reading:
4. ’The Pragmatics of Passion’ (Ch 20) Promises, Promises: Essays on Literature and Psychoanalysis (2000), pp. 296-309
(PDFs available at: http://events.manchester.ac.uk/event/event:ki-hwl172v1-d9rs2u)
Adam Phillips is a freelance psychoanalyst and wrier. After studying English at the University of Oxford, he trained as a child psychotherapist and became Principal Child Psychotherapist at Charing Cross Hospital in London. He is the author of nineteen books, including: Winnicott (1988), On Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored (1993), Monogamy (1996), Houdini’s Box (2001), Missing Out (2012), One Way and Another (2013). A regular contributor to the London Review of Books, Raritan, and The Threepenny Review, Phillips is also the general editor of new translations of Freud’s work published by the Penguin Press.
Dr Monica Pearl is Lecturer in Twentieth Century American Literature at the University of Manchester. She is the author of AIDS Literature and Gay Identity: The Literature of Loss (Routledge, 2013) and essays on the graphic memoir Fun Home, the play Angels in America, the writing of W.G. Sebald, and opera.
Professor Ian Parker is Professor of Management in the School of Management at the University of Leicester, Co-Director of the Discourse Unit (www.discourseunit.com), secretary of Manchester Psychoanalytic Matrix and a practising psychoanalyst in Manchester. He is also Honorary Professor of Education at the University of Manchester. His recent books include Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Revolutions in Subjectivity (Routledge, 2011), and six books in the series ‘Psychology after Critique’ (Routledge, 2015).
Followed by wine reception at Cafe Muse.
This lecture will focus on questions of obsolescence in general before addressing the eagerness (in the work of Bruno Latour above all) to do away with the human/unhuman distinction.
Professor Brown is Karla Scherer Distinguished Service Professor in American Culture at the University of Chicago and works at the intersection of literary, visual, and material cultures. He is author of, amongst other works, A Sense of Things: The Object Matter of American Literature and co-editor of Critical Enquiry.
Arthur Bradley (Lancaster University)
John Bowen (University of York)
Ziad Elmarsafy (University of York)
Jacques Derrida’s writings have provoked strong feelings among critics of all stripes. In this special event to commemorate Derrida ten years after his death, three distinguished speakers will address how his writing has affected the ways they think and write about literature. More often heatedly discussed than closely read, Derrida’s prose poses a singular challenge to a group dedicated to questions of interpretation. Each of our speakers will therefore discuss a single page of Derrida, outlining how it has influenced the ways they read.
Arthur Bradley (Lancaster) will address an excerpt from Of Grammatology, John Bowen (York) a page from The Post Card, and Ziad Elmarsafy (York) a passage from ‘Hospitality’. These short presentations will be followed by open discussion. We hope this event will provide an accessible approach to a thinker whose name is often considered synonymous with difficulty and obscurity. All comers are welcome, from the post-structural sceptic to the deconstruction devotee. This event will take place at the University of York from 6:00pm on Wednesday 12 November.
This event is part of the Reading and Interpretation event series for staff and postgraduates interested in questions about how and why we read literature. For more information about the group and copies of reading material please visit our website or contact Alex Alonso or Doug Battersby.
Kathrin Rosenfield (University of Rio Grande do Sul)
Michael Dillon (Lancaster University)
James Smith (University of Exeter)
Hegel calls the ‘heavenly’ Antigone ‘the most magnificent figure ever to have appeared on earth’. Hölderlin brought this heavenly figure to life all over again in a startlingly original German translation of Sophocles’ play, at the time dismissed by the circle around Goethe as unorthodox. Heidegger, Derrida, Butler – indeed successive waves of German, French and Anglophone writers – have revisited both the play and the figure to develop interpretations across the spectrum of contemporary thought. Antigone and her meaning (or the absence of any) haunts the thought of modernity.
Lancaster University, in conjunction with the Northern Theory School, has invited Professor Kathrin Rosenfield to present the fruits of more than a decade’s research into the Greek and German presentation of Antigone at a public event on Friday, 28th November. In addition to invited speakers, we also welcome brief contributions to the day (papers of 15 minutes maximum) on any aspect of Antigone, on Hölderlin or Hegel’s understanding of ‘the tragic’, and on the contemporary reception of her person, the play, or its tragic consequences, for consideration for inclusion in the event.
Kathrin Rosenfield is Professor in the Faculty of Literature and Philosophy at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. Educated in Salzburg, Vienna and Paris, she has authored two books on Sophocles and Hölderlin: Antigone: Sophocles’ Art, Hölderlin’s Insight (Aurora CO: Davies, 2010) and Oedipus Rex: The Story of a Palace Intrigue (Aurora CO: Davies, 2012). Both books were simultaneously published in French. As well as being a philosopher and literary theorist, Kathrin Rosenfield is an accomplished performance artist. Her book Desenverdando Rosa won Brazil’s foremost literary award in 2007.
Simon Swift is Senior Lecturer in Critical and Cultural Theory at the University of Leeds. He is the author of Romanticism, Literature and Philosophy: Expressive Rationality in Rousseau, Kant, Wollstonecraft and Contemporary Theory and Hannah Arendt.
Zygmunt Bauman is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Leeds. He is the author of many books including most recently Culture in a Liquid Modern World (Polity, 2011), This is Not a Diary (Polity, 2012) and What Use is Sociology? (Polity, 2013).