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Research Centre based in Sociology and run jointly with the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths University, London


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Stuart Elden, ‘Foucault’s Confessions of the Flesh’ (May 9)

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3-5pm

Richard Hoggart Building room 137

Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, SE14 6NW

 

In February 2018 the fourth volume of Michel Foucault’s History of Sexuality was finally published. Les Aveux de la chair [Confessions of the Flesh] was edited by Frédéric Gros, and appeared in the same Gallimard series as volumes 1, 2 and 3. The book treats the early Christian Church Fathers of the 2nd-5th century. This talk will discuss the book in relation to Foucault’s other work, showing how it sits in sequence with volumes 2 and 3, but also partly bridges the chronological and conceptual gap to volume 1. It will discuss the state of the book and whether it should have been published, despite Foucault’s stipulation of ‘no posthumous publications’. It will outline the contents of the book, which is in three parts on the formation of a new experience, on virginity and on marriage. There are also some important supplementary materials included. The talk will discuss how it begins to answer previously unanswered questions about Foucault’s work, and will also say something about how the book might be received and discussed.

Stuart Elden is Professor of Political Theory and Geography at the University of Warwick, UK. He is the author of books on territory, Michel Foucault, Martin Heidegger, and Henri Lefebvre. Shakespearean Territories will be published by University of Chicago Press in October 2018. He is currently writing books on Georges Canguilhem and on the very early Foucault, as well as editing a collection of Lefebvre’s writings on rural sociology with Adam David Morton.

All welcome.


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Philosophy Today 61.4: Werner Hamacher in memoriam

An announcement from our friends at Philosophy Today: the latest issue, 61.4 (2017), is now available online. It includes a memorial section on Werner Hamacher, who gave a lecture at Goldsmiths in October 2015 in inauguration of the Walter Benjamin London Research Network. 

The volume contains translations of two previously unpublished essays by Hamacher: “The One Right No One Ever Has” (trans. Julia Ng), and “Other Pains” (trans. Ian Alexander Moore). “The One Right No One Ever Has” was originally written for an edited volume from which it was subsequently withdrawn for reasons detailed in the essay’s concluding note. “Other Pains” was a talk whose final form was put together with the help of Shinu Sara Ottenburger, Hamacher’s literary executor. 


Also in the volume are essays written in memory of Hamacher by some of his former students, friends, and colleagues. Details below. 


Regards,

CPCT 

Philosophy Today – Volume 61, Number 4 – 2017
https://www.pdcnet.org/collection-anonymous/browse?fp=philtoday&fq=philtoday%2FVolume%2F8939%7C61%2F8996%7CIssue%3A%204%2F

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Maladies of the Book 3: Maurice Blanchot (Feb 2)

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A symposium on Friday February 2nd at 2pm – 6pm

The ICA, The Mall, London in the Studio

Starting from his late reflections on passivity in The Writing of the Disaster, we turn to the work of Maurice Blanchot to develop our ongoing exploration of writing as impossibility and madness, and extend it to a consideration of the image. Beginning with a workshop on passages from Writing the Disaster, and Blanchot’s texts ‘Reading’ and ‘The Narrative Voice’, we will explore ideas of a radical passivity, reading situated before comprehension, the neutral, and the image as cadaver.

Paul Davies (University of Sussex) will guide the reading on passivity and reading.

John Stezaker (artist) will talk on the image, for which the reading will be ‘Two Versions of the Imaginary’.

Beth Guilding (Goldsmiths, University of London) will present a paper ‘”We do not come to the end with age”: Blanchot’s last word’, for which the reading will be Blanchot’s text ‘Who?’ from Who Comes After the Subject. 

Attendance is free, but please reserve a place in advance on Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/maurice-blanchot-and-the-maladies-of-the-book-goldsmiths-cpctart-dept-symposium-tickets-42274205286

Copies of the readings will be provided to those who book on Eventbrite.

Organised by Josh Cohen j.cohen@gold.ac.uk and Michael Newman m.newman@gold.ac.uk for the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought with the Department of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London.


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Lorenzo Chiesa, ‘What Is a Subject? Lacan/Foucault’ (11 January 2018)

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11 January 2018

5-7pm

Richard Hoggart Building (RHB) Room 144

This talk will focus on Foucault’s 1969 article ‘What Is an Author?’ and on Lacan’s comments on it. Although Lacan highlights the links between Foucault’s notion of the author and the subject of the unconscious as conceived by psychoanalysis, it will be argued that Lacan’s materialist stance is ultimately incompatible with Foucault’s fundamentally vitalist ontology.

Lorenzo Chiesa is Director of the Genoa School of Humanities and Visiting Professor at the European University at St Petersburg. He also teaches at the Freud Museum, London. Previously, he was Professor of Modern European Thought at the University of Kent, where he founded and directed the Centre for Critical Thought. His most recent works include The Not-Two: Logic and God in Lacan (MIT Press, 2016), The Virtual Point of Freedom (Northwestern UP, 2016), and Lacan and Philosophy (Re.press, 2014).

All welcome.