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

After Benjamin: A Symposium on the Wherewithal of Political Thinking Today (28 September 2017)

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After Benjamin

A Symposium on the Wherewithal of Political Thinking Today

Hosted by the Walter Benjamin London Research Network

Thursday, 28 September 2017


Richard Hoggart Building 137a, Goldsmiths, University of London


James Martel (San Francisco State University)

Unburied Bodies: The Power and Vulnerability of the State

Andrew Benjamin (Kingston / University of Technology, Sydney)

Two Catastrophes? Divine Violence and Climate Change

Julia Ng (Goldsmiths)

After the Fact

**This event is free and open to the public.


About the Speakers:

James Martel is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at San Francisco State University. He is the author of The Misinterpellated Subject (Duke University Press, 2017); a trilogy of books on Walter Benjamin: The One and Only Law, Walter Benjamin and the Second Commandment (Michigan 2014); Divine Violence: Walter Benjamin and the Eschatology of Sovereignty (Routledge/GlassHouse 2011); and Textual Conspiracies: Walter Benjamin, Idolatry and Political Theory (Michigan, 2011); Subverting the Leviathan: Reading Thomas Hobbes as a Radical Democrat (Columbia, 2007) and Love is a Sweet Chain: Desire, Autonomy and Friendship in Liberal Political Theory (Routledge 2001). His talk is drawn from a book currently under review with Amherst College Press entitled Unburied Bodies: the Subversive Power of the Corpse.

Andrew Benjamin is Professor of Philosophy and the Humanities, Kingston University London and Distinguished Professor of Architectural Theory at the University of Technology, Sydney. He co-convenes the Walter Benjamin London Research Network and is the author of numerous books on Benjamin, most recently Working with Walter Benjamin: Recovering a Political Philosophy (Edinburgh University Press 2013).

Julia Ng is Lecturer in Critical Theory in the Department of English and Comparative Literature and the Co-Director of the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought at Goldsmiths, University of London.

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