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Centre for Research in Philosophy, Literature and The Arts Events, 2017/2018

Unless otherwise stated, CRPLA seminars take place on Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00pm in Room S0.11 (ground floor of Social Studies). All welcome. For further information, please contact Eileen John:

Tue, Oct 10, '17
CRPLA Seminar - Christina Britzolakis (Warwick), 'Modernism, Agamben and Bare Life', response by Miguel Beistegui
Tue, Oct 24, '17
CRPLA Seminar - Hans Maes (Kent), ‘Portraits of Philosophers and the Philosophy of Portraits’, response by Diarmuid Costello
Tue, Nov 21, '17
CRPLA Seminar: Arthur Bradley (Lancaster), ‘Uncommon: Hobbes, Liberalism, Matyrdom'
Tue, Dec 5, '17
CRPLA Seminar: Julia Ng (Goldsmiths), ‘The Truth in Mirrors: Some Remarks on Language and Politics After the Fact’
Tue, Jan 30, '18
CRPLA Seminar - Dr Audrey Wasser (Miami of Ohio) 'Reading Between the Real and the Rational: On Pierre Macherey's Theory of Literary Production'

Please join us for the next CRPLA Seminar on Tuesday 30 January between 5.30-7pm. We are delighted to host Dr Audrey Wasser (Miami University of Ohio), who will speak on 'Reading Between the Real and the Rational: On Pierre Macherey's Theory of Literary Production'.

Wed, Feb 7, '18
Warwick Workshop for Interdisciplinary German Studies
H2.44, Humanities Building

Alison Gibbons (Sheffield Hallam): 'Uses and Abuses of Reading Life: Morality, Fictionality and the Trial of Ahmed Naji'

"...they are accusing me as if I were the fictional character in the novel. Whatever the fictional character is doing in the novel, the prosecution is dealing with it as if it were my personal confessions. If the court gives us a verdict and if the court agrees that this is literature, this is a novel, I think this will have a huge effect on the freedom of expression in Egypt"

These are the words of Egyptian journalist and novelist Ahmed Naji, speaking in January 2016 (RNW Media 2016) about his prosecution by the state for 'violating public modesty'. The case went to trial with Naji acquitted in December 2015. Subsequently, though, the prosecution appealed; Naji was re-tried at a higher court and found guilty in February 2016, then sentenced to the maximum two-years in prison. Since then, Naji's case has been taken up by PEN International and high-profile novelists such as Zadie Smith have written in support. In December 2016, Naji's sentence was temporarily suspended and he was released from prison, subject to retrial. His case has captured the public interest, yet is indicative of more widespread suppression of free speech in the Arabic world. This paper analyses Ahmed Naji's trial in its socio-political context, considering the legal arguments, public discourse surrounding the case, and style of the translated except.

Tue, Feb 20, '18
Post-Kantian European Philosophy Seminar

Speaker: Tina Röck (Dundee). Title: 'Husserl's Reply to Meillassoux. A Phenomenological Way Into Speculative Realism'

Tue, Feb 27, '18
Cancelled: CRPLA Seminar with Josh Robinson will be re-scheduled
Thu, Mar 1, '18
The Fourteenth Annual Edward Said Memorial Lecture 2018
(S.021) Social Sciences Building

Talk by Professor Michael Denning (Yale University). This year's lecture explores the soundscape of "modern times", the musical and cultural revolution triggered by the worldwide recording of vernacular musics between the development of electrical recording in 1925 and the outset of the Great Depression in the early 1930s. The musical styles and idioms etched out onto shellac disks reverberated around the world, igniting the first great battle over popular music, becoming the sountrack of decolonisation and remaking our musical ear.

6.30pm - Drinks Reception

7.00pm - Talk

Michael Denning is William R Kenan Jr Professor of American Studies at Yale Univesity. He is the author of Noises Uprising: The Audiopolitics of a World Musical Revolution (2015) and Culture in the Age of Three Worlds (2004).

Tue, Mar 13, '18
Cancelled: Keith Ansell-Pearson (Warwick) -- the Book Launch and Reception for Nietzsche's Search for Philosophy: On the Middle Writings will be re-scheduled
Tue, Jun 5, '18
CRPLA / Mead Gallery - A Panel Conversation on Artist John Piper
Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Helen Martin Studio

In conjunction with the Mead Gallery exhibit of Piper's work (1 May - 21 June 2018)

Speakers: Louise Campbell, Michael Hatt, Darren Pih and Frances Spalding