Event Date: 21 February 2012
20-21 Bloomsbury Way,
London, WC1A 2TH
THE LONDON GRADUATE SCHOOL
Theory and the Disappearing Future
Tom Cohen (Professor in Literary, Cultural and Media Studies, SUNY at Albany) presents a lecture on ‘Theory and the Disappearing Future’. The book of the same name, co-authored with Claire Colebrook and J. Hillis Miller, is published by Routledge. This includes both a transcript and facsimile print of a previously unpublished text by de Man of his handwritten notes for a lecture on Walter Benjamin. Challenging and relevant, the volume presents de Man’s work as a critical resource for dealing with the most important questions of the twenty-first century and argues for the place of theory within it. The humanities are flooded with crises of globalism, capitalism and terrorism, contemporary narratives of financial collapse, viral annihilation, species extinction, environmental disaster and terrorist destruction. Cohen, Colebrook and Miller draw out the implications of these crises and their narratives and, reflecting on this work by de Man, explore the limits of political thinking, of historical retrieval and the ethics of archives and cultural memory.
Introduction by Professor Martin McQuillan .