Event Date: 16-17 April 2010
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.
Stella Sandford – Sex
Stella Sandford is Principal Lecturer in Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University, and an editor of the journal Radical Philosophy. She is the author of The Metaphysics of Love: Gender and Transcendence in Levinas (Continuum, 2000) and Beauvoir (Granta, 2006), and the co-editor of Philosophies of Race and Ethnicity (Continuum, 2002) and Further Adventures of the Dialectic of Sex: Critical Essays on Shulamith Firestone (with Mandy Merck, Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming August 2010). Her new book, Plato and Sex is forthcoming from Polity Press in September 2010.
<Due to technical difficulties at The Institute Français the sound quality of the recordings from Friday 16 April 2010 is somewhat impeded.>