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Programme of Events 2019-20


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Fri 4 Oct, '19
Workshop on Expression and Self-Knowledge with Dorit Bar-On and Lucy Campbell

Expression and Self-knowledge

Warwick University, Friday 4th October 2019

Humanities H0.03

Programme

11.00 – 12.30
Lucy Campbell (Warwick)
‘Self-knowledge: expression without expressivism’

12.30 – 2.00

Dorit Bar-On (University of Connecticut)
‘No ‘How’ Privileged Self-Knowledge’

3.00 – 4.30

Cristina Borgoni (Bayreuth University)

‘Primitive forms of first-person authority and expressive capacities’

Tue 8 Oct, '19
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CRPLA Seminar
Room S0.11, Social Sciences Building

Speaker: Andrew Patrizio (History of Art, Edinburgh College of Art)

Title: 'The Ecological Eye: Setting Agendas Across Art History, Theory and Politics'

Respondents: Olga Smith (IAS/Art History), Jonathan Skinner (ECLS), Nick Lawrence, Diarmuid Costello (Philosophy)

Co-sponsored by Warwick Environmental Humanities Network)

Followed by Drinks Reception at 7.30pm

Tue 22 Oct, '19
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CRPLA Seminar
Room S0.11, Social Sciences Building

Speaker: Serge Trottein (CNRS/École Normale Supérieure/PSL Research University)

Title: 'Kant and Postmodern Aesthetics'

Tue 12 Nov, '19
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CRPLA Seminar
Room S0.11, Social Sciences Building

Speaker: Joanna Zylinska (Department of New Media and Communications, Goldsmiths)

Title: 'Artificial Intelligence, Anthropocene Stupidity'

ABSTRACT

'My talk will engage with two defining apocalyptic narratives of our times: the Anthropocene and AI (Artificial Intelligence). Both of these narratives, in their multiple articulations, predict the end of the human and of the world as we (humans) know it, while also hinting at the possibility of salvation. Looking askew at the conceptual and aesthetic tropes shaping them, and at their socio-political contexts, I will be particularly interested in the way in which these two stories about planetary-level threats come together, and in the reasons for their uncanny proximity. Concurring with Marshall McLuhan that art works as a 'Distant Early Warning system' for all kinds of apocalypse, I will suggest that it can also serve as a testing ground for the making and unmaking of such apocalyptic scenarios. And it is in art that I will seek the possibility of envisaging a better and more prudent relationship with technology - and with the world - from within the Anthropocene-AI nexus. The talk will include a presentation of some visual work from my own art practice'.

Tue 3 Dec, '19
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CRPLA Seminar: CANCELLED
Room S0.11, Social Sciences Building

Speaker: Rachel Bowlby (Department of Comparative Literature, UCL)

Title: 'Unnatural Resources: Changing Arguments and Reproductive Technologies'

Fri 6 Dec, '19
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George Eliot and Philosophy - 200th Anniversary Symposium
Wolfson Research Exchange (Floor 3, Library Extension)
Tue 14 Jan, '20
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CRPLA Seminar
Room S0.11, Social Sciences Building

Speaker: Naomi Waltham-Smith (Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, Warwick)

Title: 'Homofaunie: Non-Human Tonalities of Listening in Derrida and Cixous'

Tue 28 Jan, '20
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CANCELLED: CRPLA Seminar
Room S0.11, Social Sciences Building

Speaker: Josh Robinson (School of English, Communications, Philosophy, Cardiff)

Title: 'Crisis in Theory'

Josh Robinson teaches modern and contemporary critical theory in the School of English, Communication and Philosophy at the University of Cardiff. Most recently, he is author of Adorno’s Poetics of Form, which appeared last year in SUNY’s Contemporary Continental Philosophy series): https://www.sunypress.edu/p-6556-adornos-poetics-of-form.aspx

 

Crisis in Theory: Beyond the Representational Paradigm

This paper aspires to offer a critical account of a set of assumptions that are widespread in literary and critical theory, both in its historical emergence (as seen primarily through its institutional histories) and in several more recent developments (including the various ‘turns’ that arise from time to time. My focus is on what I term the representational paradigm: in its simplest and broadest formulation, the assumption, explicit or otherwise, within literary studies that works of literature matter insofar as they are representative; that what matters about literary works is their representative character.

 

This paradigm persists in multiple, not always interdependent (or even necessarily compatible) manifestations, which include: an analytical focus on events represented within works of literature (what might be called a focus on content at the expense of form); a set of analytical procedures that rely on an implicit theory of allegory whereby readings are produced that see elements of a work as representing elements outside it; attempts to reconfigure the canon and/or redesign our curricula such that the works and authors within it are more representative of global society. I outline a tentative taxonomy of these different versions of representationalism, and relate them to a set of shared democratic assumptions about political representation—assumptions which have a tendency to place themselves beyond scrutiny. I argue that while the democratic aspirations expressed at least in progressive versions of representationalism paradigm constitute a commendable alternative to the (not only cultural) conservatism of the tendencies against which they are in many respects a reaction, these underlying assumptions ultimately overlook or even limit the potential of literature’s ways of thinking to contribute to a transformation of our understanding of the political. I thus set out some of the ways in which criticism and theory might move beyond the representational paradigm.

 

Sat 15 Feb, '20
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CANCELLED: Literature and the Event: Reformulations of the Literary in the 21st Century

Speakers:

Derek Attridge (English and Related Literature, York)

Esther Leslie (Political Aesthetics, Birkbeck)

Fri 21 Feb, '20 - Sat 22 Feb, '20
10am - 6pm
CANCELLED: Resonance: A Social Theory for the Good Life

Runs from Friday, February 21 to Saturday, February 22.

Speakers:

Hartmut Rosa (Sociology, Jena University/Max Weber Kolleg Erfurt)

Daniel Hartley (World Literatures, Durham)

Irina Hron (German Studies, Vienna University/Gothenburg University)

Fri 21 Feb, '20
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CANCELLED: Public Lecture by Hartmut Rosa
Room R113, Ramphal Building

Guest Speaker: Hartmut Rosa on the English translation of his publication Resonance.

“Resonance and Alienation. Two Modes of Experiencing Time in an Age of Acceleration”

https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/modernlanguages/academic/helmutschmitz/resonance/

Sat 22 Feb, '20
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CANCELLED: Resonance: Social Theory and The Good Life: A Workshop with Hartmut Rosa
Milburn House, The University of Wawick

German Social Theorist Hartmut Rosa and his publication Resonance.

Tue 25 Feb, '20
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CRPLA Seminar: RESCHEDULED FOR 28 APRIL
Room S0.11, Social Sciences Building

Speaker: Kate Soper (Philosophy, University of Brighton/London Metropolitan University)

Title: 'The Dialectics of Progress: Towards a Post-Growth Aesthetic and Politics of Prosperity'

Mon 9 Mar, '20
Workshop with Richard Moore

Details TBC

Tue 10 Mar, '20
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CRPLA Seminar: RESCHEDULED FOR 28 APRIL
Room S0.11, Social Sciences Building

Speaker: James MacDowell (Department of Film and TV, Warwick)

Title: 'Regarding YouTube as Art'

Mon 16 Mar, '20 - Tue 17 Mar, '20
10am - 6pm
CANCELLED: Poetry and Philosophy BSA Synergy Conference
MS.03 (Zeeman Building)

Runs from Monday, March 16 to Tuesday, March 17.

We hope to re-schedule this event. Contact Eileen John (eileen.john@warwick.ac.uk) for more information.

Wed 18 Mar, '20
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CANCELLED: Bart Geurts: First saying, then believing
First saying, then believing: the pragmatic roots of folk psychology
Bart Geurts, Nijmegen
Cowling room, 18th March, 3 pm
Tue 24 Mar, '20
POSTPONED / Enquiry Workshop
S2.81
Mon 30 Mar, '20
CANCELLED: On being a Believer: Workshop with David Hunter

Workshop with David Hunter on his forthcoming book On being a believer.

Further info TBA

Contact: Johannes Roessler

Tue 28 Apr, '20
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CANCELLED: CRPLA Seminar: Rescheduled from 25 and 10 March 2020
Room S0.20, Social Sciences Building

Guest Speakers:

Kate Soper (Philosophy, University of Brighton/London Metropolitan University)

Title: 'The Dialectics of Progress: Towards a Post-Growth Aesthetic and Politics of Prosperity'

James MacDowell (Department of Film and TV, Warwick)

Title: 'Regarding YouTube as Art'

Fri 15 May, '20
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Preparing for Alternative Assessments (Take-Home Exams and Essays)
MS Teams
WHAT: Preparing for Alternative Assessments (Take-Home Exams and Essays)
WHO: David Bather Woods
WHEN: 10.00-11.00 Friday 15th May
WHERE: via Teams
WHAT: David Bather Woods will give a presentation via Microsoft Teams with tips on how to prepare for your alternative assessments. It will include advice on how to make the most of adapting to take-home exams and essays. Attenders are welcome to ask questions in real time, but the presentation material will also be circulated afterwards for the benefit of anyone unable to attend the presentation. A link to join the Teams meeting will be sent by email to all students registered to modules with take-home exams or essays as alternative assessment. Please contact David Bather Woods (d.woods@warwick.ac.uk) with any questions.
Fri 19 Jun, '20 - Sat 20 Jun, '20
10am - 6pm
POSTPONED: New Date TBC: Blood on the Leaves and Blood at the Roots: Reconsidering Forms of Enslavement and Subjections Across Disciplines

Runs from Friday, June 19 to Saturday, June 20.

This event will be re-scheduled for a future date.

Tue 7 Jul, '20 - Thu 9 Jul, '20
All-day
Online Colloquium: 'The Ends of Autonomy'
By Zoom

Runs from Tuesday, July 07 to Thursday, July 09.

Tuesday 7 July

 

20.00 Christopher Watkin (Monash), Welcome and introduction

 

20.15 Ali Alizadeh (Monash), ‘La liberté guide nos pas’: the dialectic of freedom in a French revolutionary poem

 

20.35 Nick Hewlett (Warwick), Karl Marx and the concept of freedom

 

20.55 Questions and discussion

 

21.10 Keynote 1: Peter Hallward (Kingston), A law unto ourselves: autonomy as mass sovereignty

 

21.50 Questions and discussion

 

22.10 Serhat Tutkal (National University of Colombia), Autonomy against authoritarian neoliberalism: the removal of Kurdish mayors in Turkey

 

22.30 Taylor Lau (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology), Against the economic view of time in the workplace: the claim to free time

 

22.50 Kayte Stokoe (Birmingham), Crip autonomy and external limitations

 

23.10 Alex Corcos (Warwick), UK Higher Education in 'A Century for Foxes’: or, a case study in the role of privilege and luck in establishing conditions for radical autonomy

 

23.30 Questions and discussion

 

23.50 Close

 

 

Wednesday 8 July

 

20.00 Keynote 2: Louise Amoore (Durham), Of autonomies and algorithms

 

20.40 Questions and discussion

 

21.00 Charlotte Heath-Kelly (Warwick), The extremist across history: changing relations of liberty, threat and detection

 

21.20 Oliver Davis (Warwick), Algorithmic governmentality and the Modern bureaucratic ideal: species of abstraction and autonomy

 

21.40 Simon Angus (Monash), How liberating is liberation technology?

 

22.00 Questions and discussion

 

22.15 Yurii Sheliazhenko (KROK), Informed autonomy: conceptualization of freedom in the digital age

 

22.35 Alesja Serada (Vaasa), Blockchain owns you: from cypherpunk to a self-sovereign identity

 

22.55 Ken Archer (independent scholar), Freedom, agency and the hermeneutics of technology

 

23.15 Questions and discussion

 

23.30 Close

 

 

Thursday 9 July

 

20.00 Nupur Patel (Oxford), Emancipating the female body: pudeur and Louise Labé’s expression of sexual desire in selected poetry

 

20.20 Felicity Chaplin (Monash), Freedom and autonomy in the post #MeToo world

 

20.40 Kirsty Alexander (Strathclyde), The biophilic threads in feminist visions of autonomy

 

21.00 Ji-Young Lee (Bristol and Copenhagen), Autonomy and assisted reproductive technologies

 

21.20 Questions and discussion

 

21.50 Trine Riel (independent scholar and artist, Copenhagen), To what end? Ascetics between renunciation and emancipation

 

22.10 Andrea Rossi (Koç), Pastoral power: on finitude and autonomy

 

22.30 Christopher Watkin (Monash), The critique of emancipatory reason

 

22.50 Questions and discussion

 

23.10 Close