Samuel Beckett: Debts and Legacies, 2010 (seminar page)

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Samuel Beckett: Debts and Legacies, 2010

A seminar sponsored by the University of Oxford and the University of Northampton

Convening in the Collier Room, Regent’s Park College, Pusey Street, Oxford

Following the publication of James Knowlson’s biography and the release of invaluable notebooks and diaries for scholarly scrutiny, Beckett Studies is undergoing a revolution. Beckett’s major phase of intense study was in the 1920s and 30s, long before he became known as a French Existentialist after Waiting for Godot, and even longer before he was discovered by post-structuralist critics. This seminar will attempt to reassess Beckett’s cultural position in two directions: by examining some of the recently uncovered influences that shaped his unique writing, and by refracting his image and his work through some of the authors, thinkers, composers and visual artists he influenced in turn.


Trinity Term 2010:

30 April

Dr Bill Prosser (Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford)
‘Samuel Beckett: Nothings in Particular’ (AUDIO HERE)

7 May

Dr Catherine Laws (Orpheus Research Centre in Music, Ghent, Belgium)
‘Beckett’s Schuberts: Vocality and Imagination’ (AUDIO HERE)

14 May

Dr Peter Fifield (University of York)
‘”Spirochete!” Syphilitic Fathers in Beckett and Georges Bataille’ (AUDIO HERE)

21 May

Dr John Bolin (Linacre College, University of Oxford)
‘Watt’s Voices’ (AUDIO HERE)

28 May

Dr Katherine Weiss (East Tennessee State University, USA)
‘Beckett’s Theatre: Revolving and Rewinding Histories’ (AUDIO HERE)

4 June

Dr Suzanne Dow (University of Nottingham)
Lacan with Beckett
(AUDIO HERE)

11 June

Professor Stan Gontarski (Florida State University, USA)
There is No Outside the Image: Bergson on Movement
(AUDIO HERE)

18 June

Professor Enoch Brater (University of Michigan, USA)
‘Beckett’s Devious Interventions, or Fun with Cube Roots’ (AUDIO HERE)

A DAYLONG SYMPOSIUM FROM 9AM–4PM PRECEDES THIS CONCLUDING SESSION

ALL WELCOME. SEMINARS COMMENCE AT 4.30PM

Contact details for seminar series

  • Dr John Bolin, Linacre College, University of Oxford bolin.john@googlemail.com
  • Dr Matthew Feldman, University of Northampton matthew.feldman@northampton.ac.uk
  • Dr Bill Prosser, Regent’s Park, College, University of Oxford william.prosser@regents.ox.ac.uk
  • Dr Erik Tonning, Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford erik.tonning@regents.ox.ac.uk
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Bill Prosser – Samuel Beckett: Nothings in Particular

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Samuel Beckett: Debts and Legacies, 2010

A seminar sponsored by the University of Oxford and the University of Northampton

 


Event Date: 30 April 2010

Dr Bill Prosser (Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford) – Samuel Beckett: Nothings in Particular

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Vivienne Shue – Small Mercies: Poverty/Charity, State/Market, and the Provision of Social Welfare in Urban China

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China: Past, Present and Future

Royal Holloway University of London Interdisciplinary Seminar Series

Event Date: 29 April Thursday 2010



Small Mercies: Poverty/Charity, State/Market, and the Provision of Social Welfare in Urban China

Keynote Speaker: Professor Vivienne Shue
Leverhulme Professor and Director, Contemporary China Studies Programme, University of Oxford

Chaired by: Dr. Catherine Wang
School of Management, Royal Holloway University of London

Professor Vivienne Shue received the Ph.D. in Government from Harvard, taught Chinese politics at Yale and at Cornell universities for more than two decades. Since 2002 has served as Director of Oxford University’s Contemporary China Studies Programme.

Professor Shue’s main areas of research are in the political sociology, political economy, and political history of contemporary China. Her current research interests include: the politics of urban planning in China and the relations of local state power-holders to private capital investors; the increasingly ‘high-tech’ and ‘high-impact’ instrumentalities of ‘global-modern governance’ that have lately been adapted for use by the Chinese party-state; public opinion polling, e-government and changing ideals of ‘citizenship’ in China; and changing norms and ideals of charity, welfare, and social relief in urban and rural China.

Her most recent book, co-edited with Christine Wong, is Paying for Progress in China: Public Finance, Human Welfare and Changing Patterns of Inequality (Routledge, 2007).

PAPER ABSTRACT
Based on data gathered in 2008-09, including interviews in Tianjin, this paper tells the story of the recent rapid and very widespread establishment of ‘charity supermarkets’ in China’s cities. These charity shops, which were initially modelled after certain ‘thrift shops’ in the U.S., were set up for the purpose of assisting the urban poor and unemployed in meeting basic needs. Divergent contemporary discourses in China about poverty, charity, and business, and about the proper roles of the market and the state in the delivery of social welfare are explored and contrasted. The differing discourses and perspectives that are revealed throw interesting light on why China’s ‘charity supermarkets’ have not, so far, been able to develop well. This particular, not very satisfactory, social experiment is presented as a case study in the potential for achieving effective ‘mutual empowerment’ of state and society in the contemporary Chinese context.

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Diane Perrons – Gender and Social Justice after the Crisis

in Academic Service - Archive by on April 28th, 2010

Diagnosing the Contemporary – Seminar Series 2009/10

Event Date 28 April 2010

Diane Perrons (LSE) – Gender and Social Justice after the Crisis

The economic crisis of 2007-? was sparked primarily by mis-management of capital markets through speculation and excessive risk taking by very highly paid men (predominantly) in the financial centres of the western world, but the underlying causes are deeply rooted in the neo-liberal model of global development itself. Neo-liberalism is associated with unsustainable increases in earnings inequalities and a related imbalance between productivity and wages resulting in a fall in the share of output accruing to labour. These inequalities formed a key element in generating the crisis. The paper explores the processes leading to and explanations for rising earnings inequality and enduring gender inequality theoretically, and with reference to selected illustrations. As the processes generating current inequalities are so profound and embedded, it is necessary to move beyond marginal adjustments to the current neo-liberal orthodoxy and specify alterative models of development in order to secure economic and social sustainability as well as socially just societies.

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Bojan Aleksov – The Alleged Marian Apparition Site of Medjugorje and its Relation to WWII Memory and the Conflict in Former Yugoslavia

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Royal Holloway History Department Research Seminar Series

Event Date: 28 April 2010

Bojan Aleksov
The Alleged Marian Apparition Site of Medjugorje and its Relation to WWII Memory and the Conflict in Former Yugoslavia



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From Structure to Rhizome – conference page

in Academic Service - Archive by on April 17th, 2010

CENTRE FOR RESEARCH IN MODERN EUROPEAN PHILOSOPHY
MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY

Event Date: 16-17 April 2010



Ciné Lumière, The French Institute
17 Queensberry Place, London, SW7 2DT

 

From Structure to Rhizome
Transdisciplinarity in French thought, 1945 to the present: histories, concepts, constructions

In the final decades of the twentieth century, the ‘great books’ of postwar French theory transformed study in the humanities in the Anglophone world. These books were all, in one way or another, transdisciplinary in character. Yet their reception has primarily taken place in an array of specific disciplinary contexts, isolated from a broader understanding of the intellectual dynamics, forms, significance and innovative potential of transdisciplinarity itself. This conference aims to redress this situation. Each speaker will reflect on the transdisciplinary functioning of a single concept in French thought since 1945, with respect to a founding text, a particular thinker or a school of thought.

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Friday 16 April

<Due to technical difficulties at The Institute Français  the sound quality of the recordings from Friday 16 April 2010 is somewhat impeded.>

Peter Osborne, Introduction:Transdisciplinarity .

Etienne Balibar, Structure – (AUDIO HERE)

Stella Sandford, Sex – (AUDIO HERE)

Guillaume Collett, Object a - (AUDIO HERE)

Jean-Marc Lévy-Leblond, Science – (AUDIO HERE)

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Saturday 17 April

Alain de Libera, Subject – (AUDIO HERE)

François Cusset, Theory – (AUDIO HERE)

Michèle Riot-Sarcey, History – (AUDIO HERE)

Andrew Barry, Network – (AUDIO HERE)

Éric Alliez, Rhizome – (AUDIO HERE)


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Éric Alliez – From Structure to Rhizome: Rhizome

in Academic Service - Archive by on April 17th, 2010

CENTRE FOR RESEARCH IN MODERN EUROPEAN PHILOSOPHY
MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY

Event Date: 16-17 April 2010



Ciné Lumière, The French Institute
17 Queensberry Place, London, SW7 2DT

 

From Structure to Rhizome
Transdisciplinarity in French thought, 1945 to the present: histories, concepts, constructions

In the final decades of the twentieth century, the ‘great books’ of postwar French theory transformed study in the humanities in the Anglophone world. These books were all, in one way or another, transdisciplinary in character. Yet their reception has primarily taken place in an array of specific disciplinary contexts, isolated from a broader understanding of the intellectual dynamics, forms, significance and innovative potential of transdisciplinarity itself. This conference aims to redress this situation. Each speaker will reflect on the transdisciplinary functioning of a single concept in French thought since 1945, with respect to a founding text, a particular thinker or a school of thought.

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Éric Alliez –  Rhizome

Éric Alliez is Professor of Contemporary French Philosophy, Middlesex University. He is the general editor of the Œuvres de Gabriel Tarde (Les Empêcheurs de penser en rond /Le Seuil –13 Vols) and a founding member of the French journal Multitudes (2000–2009). His books include Les Temps capitaux – T.I, Récits de la conquête du temps (Cerf, 1991; trans. University of Minnesota Press, 1997), T. II, La Capitale du temps, Vol. 1, L’Etat des choses (Cerf, 1999) – La Signature du monde, ou Qu’est-ce que la philosophie de Deleuze et Guattari? (Cerf, 1993; trans. Continuum, 2005), De l’impossibilité de la phénoménologie (Vrin, 1995), La Pensée-Matisse (with Jean-Claude Bonne, Le Passage, 2005) and L’Œil-Cerveau. Nouvelles Histoires de la peinture moderne (in collaboration with Jean-Clet Martin, Vrin, 2007).

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Andrew Barry – From Structure to Rhizome: Network

in Academic Service - Archive by on April 17th, 2010

CENTRE FOR RESEARCH IN MODERN EUROPEAN PHILOSOPHY
MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY

Event Date: 16-17 April 2010



Ciné Lumière, The French Institute
17 Queensberry Place, London, SW7 2DT

 

From Structure to Rhizome
Transdisciplinarity in French thought, 1945 to the present: histories, concepts, constructions

In the final decades of the twentieth century, the ‘great books’ of postwar French theory transformed study in the humanities in the Anglophone world. These books were all, in one way or another, transdisciplinary in character. Yet their reception has primarily taken place in an array of specific disciplinary contexts, isolated from a broader understanding of the intellectual dynamics, forms, significance and innovative potential of transdisciplinarity itself. This conference aims to redress this situation. Each speaker will reflect on the transdisciplinary functioning of a single concept in French thought since 1945, with respect to a founding text, a particular thinker or a school of thought.

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Andrew Barry – Network

Andrew Barry is Reader in Geography at Oxford University and a Fellow of St Catherine’s College. He is the author of Political Machines: Governing a Technological Society (Athlone, 2001) and co-editor of Foucault and Political Reason (University of Chicago Press, 1996) and The Technological Economy (Routledge, 2005). He was the co-investigator (with Georgina Born and Marilyn Strathern) on the ESRC project ‘Interdisciplinarity and Society’ (2004–6), and co-author (with Georgina Born and Gisa Weszkalnys) of ‘Logics of Interdisciplinarity’, Economy and Society 37: 1 (2008).

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Michèle Riot-Sarcey – From Structure to Rhizome: History

in Academic Service - Archive by on April 17th, 2010

CENTRE FOR RESEARCH IN MODERN EUROPEAN PHILOSOPHY
MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY

Event Date: 16-17 April 2010



Ciné Lumière, The French Institute
17 Queensberry Place, London, SW7 2DT

 

From Structure to Rhizome
Transdisciplinarity in French thought, 1945 to the present: histories, concepts, constructions

In the final decades of the twentieth century, the ‘great books’ of postwar French theory transformed study in the humanities in the Anglophone world. These books were all, in one way or another, transdisciplinary in character. Yet their reception has primarily taken place in an array of specific disciplinary contexts, isolated from a broader understanding of the intellectual dynamics, forms, significance and innovative potential of transdisciplinarity itself. This conference aims to redress this situation. Each speaker will reflect on the transdisciplinary functioning of a single concept in French thought since 1945, with respect to a founding text, a particular thinker or a school of thought.

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Michèle Riot-Sarcey, History

Michèle Riot-Sarcey is Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Paris VIII, Saint-Denis. Her books include De la liberté des femmes. Lettres de dames au Globe (1831), (Côté femmes, 1992), La Démocratie à l’épreuve des femmes, trois figures critiques du pouvoir (1830-1848) (Albin Michel, 1994), Le réel de l’utopie: Essai sur le politique au XIXe siècle, (Albin Michel, 1998) and Histoire du féminisme (La Découverte, 2002). She is the co-editor of Féminismes au present (Harmattan, 1993), George Sand, littérature et politique (Pleins feux, 2007) and 1848 La révolution oubliée, (La Découverte, 2008).

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François Cusset – From Structure to Rhizome: Theory

in Academic Service - Archive by on April 17th, 2010

CENTRE FOR RESEARCH IN MODERN EUROPEAN PHILOSOPHY
MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY

Event Date: 16-17 April 2010



Ciné Lumière, The French Institute
17 Queensberry Place, London, SW7 2DT

 

From Structure to Rhizome
Transdisciplinarity in French thought, 1945 to the present: histories, concepts, constructions

In the final decades of the twentieth century, the ‘great books’ of postwar French theory transformed study in the humanities in the Anglophone world. These books were all, in one way or another, transdisciplinary in character. Yet their reception has primarily taken place in an array of specific disciplinary contexts, isolated from a broader understanding of the intellectual dynamics, forms, significance and innovative potential of transdisciplinarity itself. This conference aims to redress this situation. Each speaker will reflect on the transdisciplinary functioning of a single concept in French thought since 1945, with respect to a founding text, a particular thinker or a school of thought.

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François Cusset – Theory

François Cusset teaches contemporary French thought at the Institut d’ Etudes Politiques, Paris, He is the author of Queer critics: La littérature française déshabillée par ses homo-lecteurs (PUF, 2002), French Theory: Foucault, Derrida, Deleuze & Cie et les mutations de la vie intellectuelle aux États-Unis (La Découverte, 2003; trans. University of Minnesota Press, 2008) and La décennie: Le grand cauchemar des années 1980 (La Découverte, 2006).

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