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Programme of Events 2019-20


 
Tue 21 Jan, '20
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Post-Kantian European Philosophy Seminar
Room S0.11, Social Sciences Building

Guest Speakers:

Daniele Lorenzini  (Warwick)

Title: Genealogy, Possibilization, and (Post-)Critique

 David Owen (Southampton)

Title: Genealogy as Re-Problematization: Autonomy, Aspect-Change and Limits

Thu 23 Jan, '20
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Reading Group: Communion de Bataille
Room H4.22, Humanities Building
Thu 23 Jan, '20
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Philosophy Department Winter Graduation Reception
S2.77, The Cowling Room
Thu 23 Jan, '20
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Knowledge and Understanding Seminar
S2.77, The Cowling Room

Speakers: Tom Crowther (Warwick) and Guy Longworth (Warwick)

Titles: 'Knowledge, Abilities, and Wakeful Consciousness' (TC) and 'Learning from Theaetetus' (GL)

Mon 27 Jan, '20
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PhD Students - General Meeting
The Cowling Room (S2.77)
Mon 27 Jan, '20
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Hegel Reading Group
Room S1.39, Social Sciences Building
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.

 

Wed 29 Jan, '20
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WMA Graduate Research Seminar - Reading Michael Ayers' Knowing and Seeing
S1.39
Wed 29 Jan, '20
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Philosophy Question Time
S0.21

The panel includes Fabienne Peter, Sameer Bajaj, Daniele Lorenzini and Michele Giavazzi who will be discussing the following: 

• Is state authority undermined by unjust political decisions?

• When is civil disobedience justified? Is uncivil disobedience ever justified?

• Does a thin democratic majority weaken a government’s mandate?

• What are the civic duties associated with democratic citizenship?

 Come along and join the discussion and put your questions to the panel! The event will include pizza and drinks.

Thu 30 Jan, '20
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Reading Group: Communion de Bataille
Room H4.22, Humanities Building
Thu 30 Jan, '20
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Postgraduate Professional Development Seminar: Careers and Dissertations - Session 1
Room S1.50, Social Sciences Building

In the first part of the seminar, Stephanie Redding (Centre for Student Careers and Skills) will give a presentation on 'Philosophy Postgrads: Exploring All Your Options', which will be about how to go about finding a job once you've completed your degree.

Thu 30 Jan, '20
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Postgraduate Professional Development Seminar: Careers and Dissertations - Session 2
Room S2.77, The Cowling Room

The second part of this seminar will be led by Tom Crowther, and will focus on 'How to Write an MA (or MPhil) Dissertation'. MA students are particularly encouraged to attend this workshop, since the issues are of particular relevance to them. But everyone is invited!

Thu 30 Jan, '20
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Knowledge and Understanding Seminar
S2.77, The Cowling Room

Session following on from 16 January:

Speakers: Tom Crowther (Warwick) and Guy Longworth (Warwick)

Titles: 'Knowledge, Abilities, and Wakeful Consciousness' (TC) and 'Learning from Theaetetus' (GL)

Mon 3 Feb, '20
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Hegel Reading Group
Room S1.39, Social Sciences Building
Tue 4 Feb, '20
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Post-Kantian European Philosophy Seminar
Room S0.11, Social Sciences Building

Speaker: Nina Power (Roehampton)

Title: 'Philosophies of the Wolf: Freud and Deleuze & Guattari

Thu 6 Feb, '20
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Reading Group: Communion de Bataille
Room H4.22, Humanities Building
Thu 6 Feb, '20
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Knowledge and Understanding Seminar
S2.77, The Cowling Room

Speaker: Daniele Lorenzini (Warwick)

Title: 'Understanding and Acknowledging: Some Remarks on the Illocutionary/Perlocutionary Distinction'

Mon 10 Feb, '20
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CANCELLED: Hegel Reading Group
Room S1.39, Social Sciences Building
Thu 13 Feb, '20
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CANCELLED: Reading Group: Communion de Bataille
Room H4.22, Humanities Building
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)

Sat 15 Feb, '20
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CANCELLED: Warwick Graduate Conference in Political and Legal Theory 2020
TBC

Please join the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) and the Centre for Ethics, Law and Public Affairs (CELPA) at the University of Warwick for their annual conference for postgraduate students working in political and legal theory.

Speakers:

Clare Chambers (University of Cambridge)

Elizabeth Cripps (University of Edinburgh)

Mon 17 Feb, '20
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Hegel Reading Group
Room S1.39, Social Sciences Building
Tue 18 Feb, '20
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Post-Kantian European Philosophy Seminar
Room S0.11, Social Sciences Building

Speaker: Simone Kotva (Cambridge)

Title: 'An Enquiry Concerning Non-Human Understanding: Philosophy, Ecstasy and Ecological Thinking'

Wed 19 Feb, '20
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CANCELLED: WMA Graduate Research Seminar - Reading Michael Ayers' Knowing and Seeing
S1.50.
Thu 20 Feb, '20
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Reading Group: Communion de Bataille
Room H4.22, Humanities Building
Thu 20 Feb, '20
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CANCELLED: Knowledge and Understanding Seminar
S2.77, The Cowling Room

Speaker: Peter Adamson (LMU Munich; KCL)

Title: 'Self-Knowledge in Islamic Philosophy'

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.

Mon 24 Feb, '20
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CANCELLED: Hegel Reading Group
Room S1.39, Social Sciences Building