‘Hannah Arendt and Wordsworth’s The Ruined Cottage: Ruin, Ruination, Culture’
Dr Simon Swift (University of Leeds)
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.
10 am – 1 pm, Thursday 26th June
Institute of Advanced Study
University of Warwick
‘Quo Vadis Europe?’
A Public Lecture by Professor Zygmunt Bauman (Leeds) at the University of Manchester
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).
4. 30-6-30 pm, Monday, June 9th
Cordingley Lecture Theatre (Humanities Bridgeford Street)
University of Manchester
A One Day Research Symposium at Lancaster University with Professor William Rasch (Indiana University)
The Northern Theory School in conjunction with the Journal for Cultural Research (Taylor & Francis) and the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University is pleased to announce a one-day research symposium on Political Theology and Modernity: The Legacy of Carl Schmitt. Its keynote speaker will be Professor William Rasch (Indiana) and other speakers will include Agata Bielik-Robson (Nottingham), Michael Dillon (Lancaster) and Michael Hoelzl (Manchester). This event will be of interest to academics and graduate students interested in the legacy of Carl Schmitt, political theology and the relationship between religion and politics more widely.
William Rasch is Professor of Germanic Studies in the Department of Germanic Studies at Indiana University. He is the author of Niklas Luhmann’s Modernity: The Paradoxes of Differentiation (Stanford UP, 2001) and Sovereignty and its Discontents: On the Primacy of Conflict and the Structure of the Political (Birkbeck Law Press, 2004). He is Visiting Professor at Lancaster University in June 2014.
Monday 9th June 9. 30 am -5. 30 pm
Lecture Theatre 6, Management School
This event is free and open to all but space is limited. In order to register, please contact Laurence Hemming (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Arthur Bradley (email@example.com).
‘Embarrassing Monumentality in the Wake of the Cold War’
A Public Lecture at the University of Manchester by Svetlana Boym (Harvard University)
This lecture explores the ruins of modernity and metamorphosis of monuments across media—in public art, architecture and literature. It proposes an alternative off-modern history of the Cold War period beyond ruinophilia and iconoclasm. The discussion will examine the ‘monument to the Cold War’ and the embarrassing monumentality in the works by Robert Smithson, Vladimir Nabokov, Pussy Riots and others.
Svetlana Boym is a writer, theorist, and artist. Her books include The Future of Nostalgia (2001); Another Freedom: The Alternative History of an Idea (2010); Architecture of the Off-Modern (2008); Territories of Terror: Memories and Mythologies of Gulag in Contemporary Art (2006); the novel Ninochka (2003) and the play The Woman Who Shot Lenin. Among her exhibitions are Off-Modern: Ruins of the Future (Moscow Biennial, 2013); Phantasmagorias of History (Watchtower, off-Berlin Biennale, 2010); and Hydrants Immigrants (Parson’s School of Design in New York City, 2011). Boym is the Curt Hugo Reisinger Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literatures at Harvard University and a faculty associate of the Graduate School of Design and Architecture. Native of St Petersburg, Russia, she lives in Boston, USA and at www.svetlanaboym.com
5-7pm Tuesday 13th May
John Casken Lecture Theatre, Martin Harris Building
University of Manchester
‘Sleep, “Night”, and Bodily Anonymity: The Harms of Rape While Unconscious’
A Public Lecture at Durham University by Professor Cressida Heyes (University of Alberta)
Recent media coverage has drawn attention to cases of women sexually assaulted while unconscious. The most sensationalized involve young white women being assaulted by young men at parties while drunk. But case law and reports from advocacy groups indicate the problem of sexual assault of unconscious women is widespread and more complex–including violation of women who are medically vulnerable, pre-meditated drug-facilitated sexual assault, and opportunistic sexual violence that disproportionately affects women marginalized by poverty, under-housing, domestic abuse, and sexualized racism. This lecture draws on existential phenomenology to make sense of the distinctive bodily harms of sexual assault–especially rape–on unconscious, semi-conscious, and waking women. While rape clearly fails to recognize subjectivity understood as individuality, it also negates the possibility of anonymity, and, as it involves unconsciousness, the possibility of balancing the experience of “night” with moving out into the world.
Cressida Heyes holds the Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Alberta. Her publications include Self-Transformations: Foucault, Ethics, and Normalized Bodies (2007), The Grammar of Politics: Wittgenstein and Political Philosophy (Ithaca 2003), and the volume Cosmetic Surgery: A Feminist Primer (2009, with Meredith Jones). She holds a BA (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from Oxford University, an MA in Political Science, and a PhD in Philosophy, both from McGill University.
7th May 2014, 5 pm, ER140, Elvet Riverside, Durham University
This lecture is jointly hosted by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures and the Institute of Advanced Study, as part of the Languages of Light series. All welcome. For further details contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Critical Life Workshop with Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge (UEA) at the University of Leeds.
Lyndsey Stonebridge is Professor of Literature and Critical Theory at the University of East Anglia. She is the author of The Destructive Element: British Psychoanalysis and Modernism (1998) and The Writing of Anxiety (2007) and co-author of British Fiction After Modernism (2007). Her most recent book, The Judicial Imagination: Writing after Nuremberg (2011), takes the work of Hannah Arendt as a theoretical starting point in order to think about the relation between law, justice and literature in the postwar period. This workshop will be organised around aspects of Professor Stonebridge’s recent research and will also involve a more general discussion of theory and the academic job market in the era of the REF. It will comprise three parts:
- Masterclass led by Prof. Stonebridge: Hannah Arendt’s writing on Kafka (reading to be circulated in advance)
- Lecture: Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge on ‘Statelessness and Modern Literature’
- Roundtable (staff and PG students): on Theory and the academic job market in the era of REF and ‘impact’
Please note: staff and postgraduate students are all welcome but numbers are limited. To reserve a place please email Nicholas Ray at email@example.com.
This event is free of charge. Postgraduate students at institutions belonging to the Northern Theory School are eligible to apply for a travel bursary of up to £30. There are 10 available. To apply, email Nicholas Ray (firstname.lastname@example.org) stating your name, institution and supervisor.
May 14, 11.30am–5.00pm, Leeds Humanities Research Institute, University of Leeds.
This event is hosted by the School of English, University of Leeds.
Reading and Interpretation: Getting Over Freud is a discussion group for staff and postgraduate students interested in questions about how we read literature.
This series of seminars will look at contemporary writers, such as Martin Hägglund and Adam Phillips, who have challenged our strategies of reading and ways of interpreting everything from death and dreams to sex and selfhood. The focus of discussion will be topics such as: should we read for surface or for depth? Does a text have an unconscious? And do texts say what they mean or mean what they say? We might all be reading after Freud, but the thinkers this series will explore are all getting one over, getting out from under, or getting (a leg) over Freudian modes of interpretation.
In the next meeting, Dr Ziad Elmarsafy (University of York) will be introducing a seminar looking at Edward Said as a reader, focusing on the essay ‘Secular Criticism’ from The World, the Text, and the Critic. Dr Elmarsafy, a Reader in the English Department at the University of York, is the author of The Enlightenment Qur’an (2009) and Sufism in the Contemporary Arabic Novel (2012), and co-editor of Debating Orientalism (2013) and the forthcoming collection What Postcolonial Theory Doesn’t Say.
Future speakers include: Professor Hugh Haughton (introducing three essays by Adam Phillips); Professor Derek Attridge, (introducing a chapter from his forthcoming book, The Work of Literature) and Dr Nicholas Ray (introducing Jean Laplanche’s essay, ‘The Unfinished Copernican Revolution’). Please see Events page for further details.
Monday, 5th May, 6:30pm.
Room BS/007, Berrick Saul Building, Heslington West Campus, University of York.
Interested staff and postgraduate students from all universities are welcome to attend.
A public screening of her new film Madame B followed by a lecture and Q & A with Mieke Bal.
Mieke Bal is a cultural theorist, critic and video artist. She is Professor Emeritus in Literary Theory at the University of Amsterdam and was also Academy Professor of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Science and co-founder of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam. This film is part of her project Madame B: Explorations in Emotional Capitalism.
6.00 pm, Wednesday 26th March
This event is hosted by the Department of English & Creative Writing and the Department of English Language & Linguistics at Lancaster University.
A workshop with Professor Agata Bielik-Robson (University of Nottingham) on political theology, divine violence and tragedy in the thought of Benjamin.
Agata Bielik-Robson is Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Nottingham. She has published widely in all areas of Jewish philosophy with special emphasis paid on modern Jewish thought, from Spinoza to Derrida. She also researches contemporary philosophy and psychoanalysis, particularly when in a dialogue (or polemic) with theology. This workshop will be of benefit to Benjamin scholars (or those curious about his work) across a spectrum of disciplines: critical theory, philosophy, theology, art history, literature and beyond.
Friday 28th February, 3.00-5.30 pm
Leeds Humanities Research Institute, 29-31 Clarendon Place
University of Leeds
In order to reserve a place, please contact Stefan Skrimshire (email@example.com).
This event is hosted by the Quilting Points reading group at the University of Leeds and the Northern Theory School. It is generously supported by the Leeds Humanities Research Institute.
‘Arcanum: The Secret Life of the State’
Howard Caygill (Kingston University)
Howard Caygill is Professor of Modern European Philosophy in the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University. His most recent book is On Resistance: A Philosophy of Defiance (Bloomsbury, 2013).
Respondent: Professor Maja Zehfuss (University of Manchester)
5 pm, Tuesday 18th February
County Main Seminar Room 1
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
In order to reserve a place, please contact Arthur Bradley: firstname.lastname@example.org