Katerina Kolozova – Subjectivity without physicality

Event Date: 12 May 2016

Room 264
Senate House
University of London
London WC1E 7HU

The Humanities and Arts Research Centre at Royal Holloway presents:

Professor Katerina Kolozova (Skopje) – Subjectivity without physicality

The concept of the subject relies on humanist presuppositions. It is the product of human signifying abilities amidst the inaccessible real. The origin of the subject is in the legacy of the linguistic turn in philosophy. Regardless of whether purported to be decentered, the subject is anthropocentric. The reality remains foreclosed, and the enclosure upon itself produces the subject as endless narcissistic pretension to construe the universe which it inhabits. There is something irrecuperably Cartesian in the idea of subjectivity. Physicality is barred. Subjectivity is yet another philosophical phantasm. Digital subjectivity is its product. Is this the subject one fantasizes about when one imagines a fully algorithmic subjectivity? Is subjectivity beyond this essentially philosophical phantasm possible?

Katerina Kolozova, PhD. is the director and a professor at the Institute in Social Sciences and Humanities, Skopje. She is also a visiting professor at several universities in Former Yugoslavia and Bulgaria. In 2009, Kolozova was a visiting scholar at the Department of Rhetoric (Program of Critical Theory) at the University of California-Berkeley. She is the author of The Cut of the Real: Subjectivity in Poststucturalist Philosophy (NY: Columbia University Press: 2014). Her latest publication is Toward a Radical Metaphysics of Socialism: Marx and Laruelle (Brooklyn NY: 2015).

Introduction by Nathan Jones (RHUL):






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