Death and the Contemporary: Death and Trauma

in Academic Service - Archive by on December 20th, 2012

Event Date: 20 December 2012
The Swedenborg Hall
20 Bloomsbury Way,
London, WC1A 2TH

                                        

 

Death and the Contemporary: Death and Trauma

‘Death and the Contemporary’ is a series of site-specific events organised by Dr Georgina Colby and Anthony Luvera that will take place across London between October 2012 and September 2013. Panel discussions with keynote philosophers, writers, visual artists, and theorists will provide an exciting interdisciplinary forum in which to consider issues surrounding the representation of death in contemporary culture. Audience members will have the opportunity to engage and contribute to these stimulating conversations with leading figures across the disciplines.

‘Death and Trauma’ is the second in the series of events ‘Death and the Contemporary’, hosted by Dr Georgina Colby and Anthony Luvera . The twenty-first century has witnessed a proliferation of work in the area of trauma, and it is widely acknowledged that our contemporary culture is a post-traumatic culture. How has trauma impacted the philosophical issues surrounding death? A panel discussion with four keynote speakers from across the disciplines of literature, the visual arts, and philosophy will provide an exciting forum in which to explore the issues surrounding death and trauma in contemporary culture. Audience members will have the opportunity to engage with and contribute to these stimulating conversations.

Introductions by Dr Georgina Colby (Westminster) and Anthony Luvera.

Georgina Colby is Lecturer in English at the University of Westminster. Reading across literature and the visual arts, Dr Colby’s work seeks to examine and theorize new modes of literary and cultural recuperation in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. She has published widely in the field of contemporary literature and photography. Her interdisciplinary publications on literature and photography have appeared in the peer review journals Comparative
Critical Studies, Women: A Cultural Review and n.paradoxa: International Feminist Art Journal. She has also recently contributedto Photography: The Whole Story (London: Thames and Hudson, 2012). Her literary criticism has appeared in the journals Textual Practice and Contemporary Literature and she is the author of Bret Easton Ellis: Underwriting the Contemporary (New York: Palgrave, 2011). Before joining Westminster in 2012 Dr Colby was a visiting lecturer
in English and Philosophy at Royal Holloway, University of London, and she continues to deliver a series of lectures in photography at Sotheby’s Institute of Art London.

Anthony Luvera is an Australian artist, writer and educator based in London. His photographic work has been exhibited widely in galleries, public spaces and festivals including the British Museum, London Underground’s Art on the Underground, National Portrait Gallery London, Belfast Exposed Photography, Australian Centre for Photography and Les Rencontres D’Arles Photographie. His writing appears regularly in a wide range of periodicals and peer-reviewed journals including Source, Photographies and Hot Shoe. Anthony lectures at institutions including Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London College of Communication and University for the Creative Arts Farnham. He also facilitates workshops and gives lectures for the public education programmes of organisations including the National Portrait Gallery, Barbican Art Gallery and The Photographers’ Gallery.

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Professor Margaret Iversen (Essex)

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Margaret Iversen is Professor in the School of Philosophy and Art History, University of Essex.  She is author of Beyond Pleasure: Freud, Lacan, Barthes and Alois Riegl: Art History and Theory. Recent publications include Chance and Writing Art History (with Stephen Melville).  From 2008-2011, she was Director (with Diarmuid Costello) of AHRC-funded research project, “Aesthetics after Photography.”  She is currently writing a book on photography, trace and trauma.

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Professor Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway)

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Robert Eaglestone is Professor of Contemporary Literature and Thought at Royal Holloway, University of London. He works on contemporary literature and literary theory, contemporary philosophy and on Holocaust and Genocide studies. He is the author of five books and editor/co-editor of six more. His work has been translated into five languages. He is the Series Editor of Routledge Critical Thinkers.

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Dr Jennifer Pollard (LCC Arts)

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Jennifer Pollard is senior lecturer in the history and theory of photojournalism and documentary photography at London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London. She has written and published various articles on the subjects of photography and conflict; history and memory; trauma theory and psychoanalysis; media representations of the War on Terror, and cybercultures. Two books, ‘Mythologizing the Vietnam War: Visual culture and mediated memory,’ (ed.) and ‘Photo-Trauma: Seeing September 11th’ are forthcoming in 2013 and 2014.

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Adam Broomberg

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Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin are artists living and working in London. Their latest book War Primer 2 is published by MACK (2011). Broomberg and Chanarin teach at the Zurich University of the Arts and are Visiting Fellows at the University of the Arts London. Their work is represented in major public and private collections including Tate Modern, the Stedelijk Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, and International Center of Photography.

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Colin Blakemore – NeuroEverything?

in Academic Service - Archive by on December 17th, 2012

Event Date: 17 December 2012
The Senate Room
Senate House
University of London
London WC1E 7HU

The Institute of Philosophy presents
a series of Lectures by the Third Chandaria Laureate:

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Professor Colin Blakemore ( Director of the IP Centre for the Philosophy of the Senses, Neurons and Knowledge) - NeuroEverything?

Introduction by Professor Barry Smith (Director, Institute of Philosophy).

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Alan MacFarlane – Anthropology, Empire and Modernity

in Academic Service - Archive by on December 14th, 2012

Royal Anthropological Institute , London

Event Date: 14 December 2012
BP Lecture Theatre
Clore Education Centre
British Museum,
Great Russell Street,
London WC1B 3DG

 

 

The Huxley Memorial Lecture

Professor Alan MacFarlane FBA (Professor Emeritus of King’s College, Cambridge) – Anthropology, Empire and Modernity

Anthropology has developed within three theoretical frameworks over the last three hundred years. The Enlightenment world view dominated from the early eighteenth to the mid nineteenth century; Evolutionary models triumphed from Darwin and Marx through to the late 1980′s; a Global vision is the one we now inhabit. Investigating the reasons for these paradigm changes, the lecture will consider the relative power of nations (imperialism and industrialism) as one factor. Another has been the growth of ‘modernity’, defined as the separation of institutional spheres (Wealth, Power, Society, Ideology). Recent shifts in world power and the re-shaping of ‘modernity’ through technological change are redefining the task of anthropology in the twenty-first century.

Introduction by Professor Roy Ellen (President, Royal Anthropological Institute).

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Uta Lauer – Confluence: Arabic and Chinese Calligraphy

in Academic Service - Archive by on December 13th, 2012

Event Date: 13 December 2012 

Royal Asiatic Society

Stephenson Way 
London NW1 2HD

 

The Royal Asiatic Society presents:

Professor Ute Lauer (Stockholm) - Confluence: Arabic and Chinese Calligraphy

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Time and Temporality, After Phenomenology

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Event Date: 13 December 2012
Bolivar Hall,
54 Grafton Way,
London W1T 5DL

 

The Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) presents:

Time and Temporality, After Phenomenology

Catherine Malabou, Peter Osborne (CRMEP) & Jean-Michel Salanskis (University of Paris X) will carry out a workshop on Time and Temporality, After Phenomenology from 2pm – 6pm which will be followed by a reception.

Introduction by Howard Caygill (CRMEP).

Peter Osborne (CRMEP) -  Historical Temporalization/Temporalizations of ‘History’

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Jean-Michel Salanskis (University of Paris 10) – Time of Meaning, Time of the Subject

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Catherine Malabou (CRMEP) – The Past of Presence

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A Small Town near Auschwitz – Ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust

in Academic Service - Archive by on December 12th, 2012

 

 

Event Date: 12 December 2012
Room B01
Clore Management Centre,  Birkbeck College
Torrington Sq
London WC1E 7HX

The Pears Institute for the Study of Anti-Semitism
presents:

A Small Town near Auschwitz – Ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust

Mary Fulbrook in conversation with Jane Caplan

Two of Britain’s foremost historians on Germany and the Nazi era, Mary Fulbrook and Jane Caplan, discuss Mary Fulbrook’s new book, A Small Town Near Auschwitz – Ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust, exploring the wider historical issues it raises and Fulbrook’s own conflicts of interest, in her professional and personal roles, as she uncovered a story behind a family she had known all her life.

In A Small Town Near Auschwitz, Mary Fulbrook re-creates the story of Udo Klausa, the principal civilian administrator of Bedzin, a town that lies just 25 miles from Auschwitz.  Klausa was a ‘perfectly ordinary’ family man. Yet he was also responsible for implementing Nazi policies towards the Jews in his area – processes that were the precursors of genocide.

Introduction by Professor David Feldman (Director, Pears Institute):

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The Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism

“The relationship between antisemitism and other forms of racism and exclusion is not only a historical question. It is an urgent issue for today.” Professor David Feldman, Director.

The Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism was established by the Pears Foundation and is based at Birkbeck, University of London. It is a centre of innovative research and teaching, contributing to discussion and policy formation on antisemitism as well as other forms of racial prejudice and intolerance. It is both independent and inclusive.

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Wolfgang Müller-Funk – The Architecture of Modern Culture: Hermann Broch reads James Joyce

in Academic Service - Archive by on December 12th, 2012

Event Date:  11 December 2012
Austrian Cultural Forum London
28 Rutland Gate
London SW7 1PQ

The Austrian Cultural Forum presents:

Professor Wolfgang Müller-Funk (Vienna) – The Architecture of Modern Culture: Hermann Broch reads James Joyce

In cooperation with the Ingeborg Bachmann Centre for Austrian Literature the ACF presents a lecture by Professor Wolfgang Müller-Funk, cultural theorist and essayist. He will speak about his most recent publication, ‘The Architecture of Modern Culture – Towards a Narrative Cultural Theory’ (De Gruyter 2012), a collection of essays that contain fundamental contributions to contemporary cultural analysis and theory as well as exemplary interpretations of film, literature and other media. Central issues of current cultural studies are addressed: cultural identity, collective memory and post-colonial studies. The oeuvre of cultural and literary critic Wolfgang Müller-Funk encompasses historic analyses such as readings of Broch, Canetti and Musil, and the heritage they passed on. Other essays move from the beginning of the 20th to the 21st century and address questions of space, time and globalization discussing, for example, Walter Benjamin and 9/11.

Born in Bremen and now living in Vienna, Wolfgang Müller-Funk has held the position of Professor for Cultural Studies at the University of Vienna since 1993

Introduction by Dr Heide Kunzelmann.

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Colin Blakemore – The Unbearable Lightness of Seeing

in Academic Service - Archive by on December 12th, 2012

Event Date: 11 December 2012
The Senate Room
Senate House
University of London
London WC1E 7HU

The Institute of Philosophy presents
a series of Lectures by the Third Chandaria Laureate:

Lecture 2

Professor Colin Blakemore ( Director of the IP Centre for the Philosophy of the Senses, Neurons and Knowledge) - The Unbearable Lightness of Seeing


Introduction by Professor Barry Smith (Director, Institute of Philosophy)

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Crime Fiction & The Law – Symposium

in Academic Service - Archive by on December 12th, 2012

Event Date: 8 December2012

Room B01
Clore Management Centre
Birkbeck, University of London
Torrington Square, Bloomsbury
London WC1E 7HX

The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities and the Birkbeck School of Law present:

Crime Fiction & The Law – Symposium

The purpose of this one day Symposium on Crime Fiction and the Law is to develop an interdisciplinary and public-facing research and teaching focus on the relationship between crime fiction and the law.  This focus is broad-based and includes issues such as: the relationship between crime fiction, legal reasoning and critique; psycho-analytical perspectives on crime-fiction; questions surrounding the rule of law and the relationship between law and justice; gender issues; legal, political and social impacts of fictional representations of crime and justice; the relationship between faction and fiction; and, the impact of law on the development of crime fiction.

The Symposium is jointly sponsored by the School of Law, as part of its twentieth anniversary celebrations, and by the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities.

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Welcome by  Maria Aristodemou (Birkbeck)

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Giancarlo De Cataldo (Judge of the Appeal Court of Assize, Rome; widely published writer of both non-fiction (including In Giustizia (2011) and fiction (including Romanzo Criminale 2002); screenwriter and translator) -  Journalism and Justice

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Peter Fitzpatrick (School of Law, Birkbeck) – Mysterium non tremendum, or: the normality of transgression

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Patricia Tuitt (School of Law, Birkbeck) -  Crime, Fiction and Legal Critique

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Chris Boge (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cologne) -  Suspending Democracy: Vigilante Justice and the Rule of Law in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy

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Barbara Villez (Department of English for specific purposes (Département d’études des pays anglophones), University Paris 8; Visiting Fellow, Birkbeck Institute of the Humanities) -  Coming out of the confusion: Representation of French justice through Spiral (Engrenages season 4)

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Oscar Guardiola-Rivera (School of Law, Birkbeck) -  On Genocide. From Sartre to Cortázar

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Film and performance:  Collisions by Zimbo (Birmingham-based musician; director and founder of One Mile Away),  Anastasia Tataryn (School of Law, Birkbeck) and Penny Woolcock (film director and documentary maker; winner of the Michael Powell Award, 66th Edinburgh International film Festival)

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Janet McCabe (Department of Media and Cultural Studies, School of Arts, Birkbeck) – The Girl in the Faroese Jumper: Female Representation, Sexual Politics and the Precariousness of Power and Difference in ‘The Killing ‘

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Fiona Macmillan (School of Law, Birkbeck) – Is Bondurant’s The Wettest County in the World really Lawless?

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Giancarlo De Cataldo in Conversation with Costas Douzinas on law, justice,
politics and fiction (including questions from the floor)

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François Laruelle – The Degrowth of Philosophy: Towards a Generic Ecology

in Academic Service - Archive by on December 10th, 2012

Event Date: 10 December 2012
Swedenborg Hall
20-21 Bloomsbury Way,
London, WC1A 2TH

THE LONDON GRADUATE SCHOOL

Presents

LARUELLE in LONDON: The LGS Seminars

Professor François LaruelleThe Degrowth of Philosophy: Towards a Generic Ecology

Professor Laruelle has taught at both the University of Paris X and the Collège international de philosophie, and is a Visiting Professor at the London Graduate School, Kingston University. He is the author of over twenty books, including Les philosophies de la différence (1986), Principes de la non-philosophie (1996), Le Christ futur (2002), and, most recently, Le Concept de non-photographie and Anti-Badiou (both 2011) – all of which have either just appeared or will soon appear in English translation. A number of collections of new essays on Laruelle will also appear this year.

Over this forty year period, Laruelle has constructed one of the most demanding, methodical, and provocative intellectual practices in contemporary theory – an absolutely immanent materialism of thought. The purpose of these series of talks at the LGS will be both to cover the conceptual background to Non-Standard Philosophy and to explore its consequences for theory throughout the arts, sciences, and humanities.

Introduction by Professor John Mullarkey (Kingston).

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