Aug 18 2017

Robert Appelbaum on Violence

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The Aesthetics of Violence:

Art, Fiction, Drama and Film

By Robert Appelbaum

Futures of the Archive: Theory, Criticism, Crisis

Publication Date: Dec 2017

Violence at an aesthetic remove from the spectator or reader has been a key element of narrative and visual arts since Greek antiquity. Here Robert Appelbaum explores the nature of mimesis, aggression, the affects of antagonism and victimization and the political uses of art throughout history. He examines how violence in art is formed, contextualised and used by its audiences and readers. Bringing traditional German aesthetic and social theory to bear on the modern problem of violence in art, Appelbaum engages theorists including Kant, Schiller, Hegel, Adorno and Gadamer. The book takes the reader from Homer and Shakespeare to slasher films and performance art, showing how violence becomes at once a language, a motive, and an idea in the experience of art. It addresses the controversies head on, taking a nuanced view of the subject, understanding that art can damage as well as redeem. But it concludes by showing that violence (in the real world) is a necessary condition of art (in the world of mimetic play).

We are always, writes Appelbaum, “being made to know of it – the slap, the abuse, the threat.” And Applebaum certainly knows of it – violence, that is. He knows of it, above all, as art knows of it – that is to say, from the inside of it. The very ‘rhythm of violence,’ as Appelbaum calls it, can here be felt.

John Schad, Professor of Modern Literature, University of Lancaster

Robert Appelbaum is Professor of English Literature at Uppsala University, Sweden. He is the author of Literature and Utopian Politics in Seventeenth-Century England (2002), Dishing It Out (2011), Working the Aisles: A Life in Consumption (2014) and Terrorism Before the Letter: the Mythography of Political Violence in England, Scotland and France (2015).

 


Feb 22 2015

Derrida’s Faith and Knowledge: A Workshop

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Re-reading Derrida’s ‘Faith and Knowledge’

A Northern Theory School/Department of Theology and Religious Studies Workshop at the University of Nottingham

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.

Speakers include:

Agata Bielik-Robson, Arthur Bradley, Joseph Cohen, Joanna Hodge, Adam Lipszyc, Laurent Milesi, Christopher Müller, Danielle Sands, Donovan Schaefer, Daniel Weiss, Raphael Zagury-Orly.

In order to register, please contact Agata Bielik-Robson [Agata.Bielik-Robson@nottingham.ac.uk]

June 1st-2nd 2015

Department of Theology and Religious Studies

Room A100, Law and Social Sciences Building, Monday-Tuesday

University of Nottingham