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Dark Materialism

    Event Date: 12 January 2011 Flett Lecture Theatre Natural History Museum London Dark Materialism This symposium draws on recent paradigms in contemporary philosophy, physics and critical theory. It assembles unique and multidisciplinary reflections on the idea of darkness in its relation to matter in diverse locations, namely: physics, astronomy, ecology, mysticism, speculative realism, psychoanalysis and literature. As a …

Jean-Jacques Lecercle – Dark Epiphanies

Event Date: 12 January 2011 Flett Lecture Theatre Natural History Museum London Dark Materialism Jean-Jacques Lecercle – Dark Epiphanies Jean-Jacques Lecercle is Emeritus Professor of English at the Universityof Paris, Nanterre. His work spans the fields of philosophy of language,literary theory, English literature (especially Victorian literature). His most recent book is entitled Badiou and Deleuze Read Literature (Edinburgh,2010) and other …

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Eugene Thacker -Divine Darkness

Event Date: 12 January 2011 Flett Lecture Theatre Natural History Museum London Dark Materialism Eugene Thacker –Divine Darkness Abstract: This presentation will trace the motif of darkness from its use in mystical literature to contemporary extremophile science. It is an enigmatic and yet omni-present concept stretching back through John of the Cross, Meister Eckhart, to Dionysius the Areopagite, who talks …

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Gabriel Catren – The Thing and the Shrink

Event Date: 12 January 2011 Flett Lecture Theatre Natural History Museum London Dark Materialism Gabriel Catren – The Thing and the Shrink Abstract: This presentation is situated at the intersection of “object-oriented philosophy”, Lacanian psychoanalysis, and topology. At its core is an analysis of the ontological scope of some fundamental notions of contemporary mathematics, notably the topological notions of boundary …

Dorothée Legrand – Constitutive Self-Negation

Event Date: 12 January 2011 Flett Lecture Theatre Natural History Museum London Dark Materialism Dorothée Legrand – Constitutive Self-Negation Abstract: Phenomenology has insistently contributed to the understanding of the irreducibility of two bodily dimensions: the body-as-subject anchoring one’s first-person perspective, carrying out one’s projects and the body-as-object constrained by its immersion in the material world, scrutinized by others. This presentation …