The Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought, Goldsmiths University of London

Research Centre run jointly between the Departments of Sociology and English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths University, London


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CPCT Research Seminar 2020-21: Critiques of Violence

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CPCT Research Seminar 2020-21:
Critiques of Violence

We’re pleased to announce the programme for this year’s Research Seminar, which is convened by Andrea Mura and Julia Ng. A detailed session plan including further readings and links to PDFs is available at https://cpct.uk/2020-21/.

Wednesdays from 4:00-6:00pm UK time on Zoom

=> Register here: https://gold-ac-uk.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gLOwwDQFTX2WYR4MmZ40Cg

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2021 is the 100th anniversary of the publication of two texts that were seminal for the development of the modern critique of the state: Walter Benjamin’s “Toward the Critique of Violence” and Sigmund Freud’s Mass Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego. The years around 1921 were not only the immediate aftermath of a number of revolutionary events in the environs of “Europe” (Russia, Germany), however; they were also coincident with the abolition of the world’s last widely recognized caliphate, the reshaping of the Arab Middle East, and the creation of the first Islamic mass movement of the twentieth-century: the Muslim Brotherhood. Taking this triple anniversary as its point of departure, this seminar will investigate what it means to “critique violence” and what being a “state” stands for during the long decade around and in the immediate aftermath of the First World War, both for contemporaries of the time and for us today who are the heirs to some of the most influential writings in political and legal thought resulting from this period. Alternating between close systematic readings of the texts in question and a genealogical approach to their historical and intertextual contexts, the seminar will seek to return the conceptual and practical stakes of a critique of violence to their full complexity, reconsidering them as articulations of implicit and explicit debates on anti-imperialism, nationalisms old and new, the value of constitutionalism, and the ambiguous role of religion in the modern world.


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Call for Papers: “Tragedy and Philosophy,” a CPCT conference (3-4 June, 2020; submission deadline 1 April, 2020) **POSTPONED TO AY2020-21**

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CALL FOR PAPERS:
Tragedy and Philosophy

** N.B.: IN LIGHT OF THE COVID-19 SITUATION THE CONFERENCE WILL BE POSTPONED TO AY2020-21, LIKELY EARLY DECEMBER 2020. DETAILS WILL BE ANNOUNCED WHEN FINAL DATES HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED. PLEASE CONTINUE TO SEND US YOUR ABSTRACTS; THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS HAS NOW BEEN EXTENDED TO 1 SEPTEMBER 2020.**

3-4 June 2020
Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought
Goldsmiths, University of London

Deadline for submissions: 1 April 2020 **New deadline: 1 September 2020

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS
Tina Chanter (University of Newcastle)
Rebecca Comay (University of Toronto)
Jeremy Matthew Glick (Hunter College)
Bonnie Honig (Brown University)
Miriam Leonard (University College London)
Manfred Posani Löwenstein (Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici)

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Publication of Werner Hamacher’s Two Studies of Friedrich Hölderlin (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics. Stanford UP, 2020)

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CPCT is pleased to share with you the news of a publication that may be of interest to you: Werner Hamacher’s Two Studies of Friedrich Hölderlin, edited by Peter Fenves and Julia Ng, and translated by Julia Ng and Anthony Curtis Adler, has just appeared with Stanford UP. Werner Hamacher was an external affiliate of CPCT. In October 2015, he delivered a lecture on “Now, History” at Goldsmiths in inauguration of the Walter Benjamin London Research Network.

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Murderous Consent — A Symposium with Marc Crépon (25 Oct 2019)

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Murderous Consent — A Symposium with Marc Crépon

Friday 25 October 2019

3-7pm

Richard Hoggart Building 137

Marc Crépon (École Normale Supérieure, Paris) is joined by 5 panelists in discussion of his newly translated work on the violence in which we are structurally complicit.

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Primitivism Now – a workshop (29.10)

in collaboration with The Writing and Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University

29 October 2019

10.30-17.30

Deptford Town Hall Council Chamber 

[please note the venue change from a previous announcement]

PRIMITIVISM NOW is a one-day workshop featuring speakers from a range of disciplines, from literary theory to philosophy, politics to art history. They will consider whether it is possible to think anew about primitivism, a field whose theoretical underpinnings have largely lain dormant since the poststructural and postcolonial critiques of primitivism in the 1980s and 90s. Continue reading


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Report: Two CHASE-funded events celebrating the work of Walter Benjamin at Goldsmiths — 10-11 May, 2019

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On May 10-11th 2019, PhD Candidates Sofia Cumming (University of East Anglia, 2017 Cohort) and Federica Murè (Goldsmiths, 2018 Cohort) put together a programme of events centred on the work of Walter Benjamin (1892–1940). Continue reading


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Baudelaire and Philosophy—A British Society of Aesthetics Conference, 5-6 June 2019

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Baudelaire and Philosophy

An international conference supported by the British Society of Aesthetics and organised by the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought

Goldsmiths, University of London, 5-6 June 2019 

Charles Baudelaire is a pivotal reference for debates on modernity, criticism and poetics, though in the domains of philosophy and critical theory his work is often approached solely through the prism of contemporary commentary. Taking Baudelaire’s own references to philosophy seriously, this conference will also explore the complexity of the relation between the received understanding of Baudelaire as a prophet of modernity and his opposition to any idea of progress that would reduce poetic beauty to a vehicle for social and moral development. Baudelaire and Philosophy aims to do justice to the richness, complexity and ambiguity of Baudelaire’s critical and poetic writing, to explore his relation to philosophy and the philosophical, and to interrogate his place as a synonym for a certain idea of modernity.

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Kevin McLaughlin (Brown) — Philology of Life: Benjamin’s Literary Critical Program (10 June 2019)

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CPCT and the Walter Benjamin London Research Network cordially invite you to

Philology of Life: Walter Benjamin’s Literary Critical Program

A talk by Kevin McLaughlin (Brown)

Monday, 10 June 2019
6:00 – 8:00pm
Richard Hoggart Building 137a, Goldsmiths
** followed by a wine reception

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