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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CFP: The Critique of Violence from the 1920s to the 2020s, Northwestern U [deadline: 10 April 2022]

Call for Papers
 
The Critique of Violence from the 1920s to the 2020s


The Department of German, the Program in Comparative Literary Studies, and the Critical Theory Program at Northwestern University invite graduate students and early career researchers to participate in a colloquium in response to the publication of the new translation and critical edition of Walter Benjamin’s 1921 essay, “Zur Kritik der Gewalt” (Toward the Critique of Violence) recently published by Stanford University Press.  The colloquium welcomes explorations on any topic related to Benjamin’s essay or the additional writings gathered in the volume—those by Benjamin and as well as those by Hermann Cohen, Kurt Hiller, Erich Unger, Georges Sorel, and Emil Lederer.  In addition to giving brief accounts of how the new edition of “Toward the Critique of Violence” changes our understanding of Benjamin’s contribution to political theory, the two editors of the volume, Peter Fenves and Julia Ng, will respond to the presentations. 

The colloquium will take place on May 23, 2022 at Northwestern University.  Those interested in participating should send an abstract (approx. 250 words) for a 15-minute presentation to Jörg Kreienbrock (j-kreienbrock@northwestern.edu) by April 10th. All participants will receive a copy of Toward the Critique of Violence: A Critical Edition in preparation for their presentation and a modest honorarium. Participants will be responsible for their own accommodation and travel expenses. As noted above, the range of topics is entirely open; but it is expected that some of the presentations will be concerned with the political, cultural, and philosophical conditions of the 1920s in and beyond the European circumstances that come under discussion in Benjamin’s essay, while other presentations will be more concerned with present situations; still others may be directed far afield from both the 1920s and the 2020s as well as the European focus through which Benjamin explicitly frames his analysis and implicitly punctures as well.  The texts collected into Toward the Critique of Violence intersect with a wide variety of humanistic and social-scientific disciplines, and the colloquium welcomes proposals that reflect the breadth of Benjamin’s essay and its associated writings.  

We will aim to notify participants of their acceptance by April 15th.

Send your submissions to: j-kreienbrock@northwestern.edu

For further information, please contact: p-fenves@northwestern.edu
 


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CFP: Experiencing Visual Images – Interdisciplinary Approaches (AHRC LAHP and UCL, 11 Nov 2022 [deadline: 8 Apr 2022])

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CPCT graduate affiliate Federica Murè would like to invite submissions to “Experiencing Visual Images – Interdisciplinary Approaches,” a conference supported by the AHRC LAHP consortium and open to PGR students and early career researchers. Submission deadline: 8 April 2022. For more information please contact experiencing.images@gmail.com.


Experiencing Visual Images: Interdisciplinary Approaches

Call for Papers

University College London, 11 November 2022 (provisional)

It is now widely recognised that the relentless (re)production of visuality, a distinct feature of our digital age, has increasingly problematised the status of the image and the gaze. This has prompted a growing need for research across the academy into the complex question of how we see and experience so much visual information and the impact this has on our ability to think with and through images. 

In the field of neuroscience, the underlying neural mechanisms of visual perception are known to be complex and remain incompletely understood.  From a philosophical point of view, scholarship in image studies has asked compelling questions on the demarcation between mere images and art images, demonstrating how the progressive reduction of the world to image has compromised our ability to conceptualise this point of difference. Meanwhile, historians of art, science and literature (to name only three historical sub-fields) stress the cultural specificity of visual perception, exploring how the gaze and the experience of seeing visual images was configured in past societies. Finally, contemporary visual artists have pioneered the creation of visual art through historically marginalised gazes. This sustained and wide-ranging interest in the visual, all of which points towards its profound richness and complexity, indicates the need for critical engagement and collaboration across disciplines, in order to develop new approaches to the image and to deepen our understanding of its shifting ontological status and the consequences this yields on the configurations of our gaze.

Contributions are therefore invited to a one-day conference that seeks to explore the possible intersections between scientific, philosophical, historical and artistic approaches to understanding the gaze and the image. We hope to foster constructive communication across traditionally drawn disciplinary boundaries in order to enrich our understanding of how the complex processes of experiencing visual images can be interpreted in a wide range of historical and cultural contexts. 

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

– The emotional gaze: psychological effects of seeing visual images

– Diversifying the gaze: neurodivergent visual perception

– The science of seeing: cognitive and neural mechanisms of visual perception (historical, cutting-edge theories)

– Reconstructing historical gazes: past experiences of seeing

– Metaphysics of seeing: looking at, looking through visual images (philosophical, religious approaches) 

– The disordered gaze: visual perception and illness (e.g., schizophrenia, stroke)

– Decolonising the gaze: non-Western experiences of seeing

– Queering the gaze: queer experiences of seeing

– Visual sociology

– Image and neuroaesthetics 

– Image and ethics

– Moving Images

Short (10-minute) papers from PGR students and ECRs working in all disciplines (Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences) are welcomed. 

Please send abstracts of up to 250 words (as well as any enquiries) to experiencing.images@gmail.com by Friday April 8th.

Conference organisers

Genevieve Caulfield – PhD candidate, UCL Department of History

Federica Mure – PhD candidate, Goldsmiths Department of English and Creative Writing

This conference is sponsored by the London Art and Humanities Partnership (LAHP)


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Friends of CPCT—”What is Global Critical Theory?” Research Seminar 2021-22, new location (#BoycottGoldsmiths)

Dear friends of the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought,

In response to the ongoing efforts by senior management at Goldsmiths to push through redundancies and restructuring across academic and professional staff – a process that will have a particularly devastating effect on one of the CPCT’s host departments, English and Creative Writing, Goldsmiths UCU has called for a BOYCOTT/GREY-LISTING of Goldsmiths to put external pressure on the university administration, which has hitherto ignored or dismissed protests and alternative proposals from staff to what will be a hugely damaging process, at both a collective and individual level.

In order not to lose the intellectual community we’ve sought to build through our Research Seminar (“What is Global Critical Theory?”), we have accordingly decided to take our seminar out of Goldsmiths and run it in a purely personal capacity. Until further notice, THIS IS NOT A MEETING OF THE CPCT AT GOLDSMITHS. We will host our meetings via Alberto Toscano’s Zoom account at his other institution, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. We also hope to use some of our meetings to keep you posted about the campaign at Goldsmiths and any ongoing solidarity actions.

With best wishes,

Alberto, Julia and Vikki

New registration link: https://sfu.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5Mvde2urzouGNLEosgI6CgFCB_IzlU23Egr

#BoycottGoldsmiths: https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/11947/Goldsmiths-hit-with-international-boycott

Open Letter to Frances Corner, Warden of Goldsmiths: https://we-are.gold/2021/10/14/open-letter-to-frances-corner/

For a detailed session plan including further readings and links to PDFS, please visit https://cpct.uk/2021-2022/.


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PUBLICATION: Toward the Critique of Violence: A Critical Edition by Walter Benjamin, Edited by Peter Fenves and Julia Ng

We’re pleased to announce a new publication that might be of interest to you: 


Toward the Critique of Violence
A Critical Edition
Walter Benjamin
Edited by Peter Fenves and Julia Ng


If outside the Americas (UK/Europe/Middle East and Africa/Asia-Pacific), apply the code CSV21TTCOV to receive a 30% discount when ordering from combinedacademic.co.uk or use this link

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“This translation places before English readers for the first time the most comprehensible version yet of Benjamin’s compelling and demanding essay.”—Kevin McLaughlin, Brown University

Marking the centenary of Walter Benjamin’s immensely influential essay, “Toward the Critique of Violence,” this critical edition presents readers with an altogether new, fully annotated translation of a work that is widely recognized as a classic of modern political theory.

The volume includes twenty-one notes and fragments by Benjamin along with passages from all of the contemporaneous texts to which his essay refers. Readers thus encounter for the first time in English provocative arguments about law and violence advanced by Hermann Cohen, Kurt Hiller, Erich Unger, and Emil Lederer. A new translation of selections from Georges Sorel’s Reflections on Violence further illuminates Benjamin’s critical program. The volume also includes, for the first time in any language, a bibliography Benjamin drafted for the expansion of the essay and the development of a corresponding philosophy of law. An extensive introduction and afterword provide additional context.

With its challenging argument concerning violence, law, and justice—which addresses such topical matters as police violence, the death penalty, and the ambiguous force of religion—Benjamin’s work is as important today as it was upon its publication in Weimar Germany a century ago.
 

Walter Benjamin (1892–1940) was a German Jewish philosopher.

Peter Fenves is Joan and Serapta Harrison Professor of Literature, Northwestern University.

Julia Ng is Lecturer in Critical Theory and codirector of the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought, Goldsmiths, University of London.



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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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Programme: Sex, Race, Nation, Humanity: Derrida’s Geschlecht III (April 8-9, 2019)

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Sex, Race, Nation, Humanity: Derrida’s Geschlecht III

A Conference on a Newly Re-discovered Text

April 8-9, 2019

Richard Hoggart Building 137a, Goldsmiths, University of London

This two-day conference focuses on a recently discovered text by the late Franco-Algerian philosopher Jacques Derrida.  Geschlecht III, rediscovered in the Derrida archive and newly published in French (forthcoming in English), is the “missing” installment in Derrida’s four-part series on Martin Heidegger and the German word Geschlecht (meaning, among other things, “sex,” “race,” and “species”).  Geschlecht III presents us with one of Derrida’s most sustained engagements with Heidegger, a meticulous reading of what he will call Heidegger’s “national-humanism”: the nationalistic undercurrent in Heidegger’s thought that posits German and Germany as the privileged media through which to think the essence of the human and its relationship to the fate of the West. 

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CFP: Baudelaire and Philosophy: A Conference sponsored by the British Society of Aesthetics 5-6 June 2019 (deadline: 21 March 2019)

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Baudelaire and Philosophy: A Conference sponsored by the British Society of Aesthetics

5-6 June 2019, Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought, Goldsmiths, University of London and the Institut Français

CALL FOR PAPERS

Deadline for submissions: 21 March 2019

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CFP: Benjamin’s Baudelaire — Constellations of Modernity. An AHRC CHASE Workshop for Early Career Researchers

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Call for Papers

Benjamin’s Baudelaire — Constellations of Modernity

A Workshop for Early Career Researchers

Event date: Saturday, 11th May 2019

Location: Goldsmiths, University of London

Deadline for abstracts: Monday, 4th February 2019

Contact: benjaminsbaudelaire@gmail.com

In affiliation with the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought’s 2018–19 research seminar series on Baudelaire and Philosophy as well as the corresponding conference to be held in June 2019, a one-day workshop will offer early career researchers the chance to re-examine the conceptual and methodological implications of Walter Benjamin’s relationship to ‘The Writer of Modern Life’. The workshop will consist of several debates in relation to set reading as well as short presentations from all of the participants.

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Walter Benjamin and Shakespeare: A Conference (WBLRN / Warburg Institute; 28-29 Nov 2018)

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Walter Benjamin and Shakespeare

A Conference co-hosted by the Walter Benjamin London Research Network, Kingston University, and The Warburg Institute

Date: 28 November 2018, 4:00pm – 29 November 2018, 5:00pm

Venue: Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, London WC1E 7HU

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