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

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


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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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CHASE-funded screening event ‘A Berlin Childhood around 1900 – A Project in Progress’

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CHASE-funded screening event ‘A Berlin Childhood around 1900 – A Project in Progress’

Friday, May 10  18:00 – 21.00 
Professor Stuart Hall Building LG01 – Goldsmiths, University of London

Attendance is free but registration is required, please register here:
https://www.chase.ac.uk/film-screening-berlin-childhood-around-1900

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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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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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Benjamin and Leibniz: On Expression. A conference at Goldsmiths on 27-28 June 2017.

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Hosted by the Walter Benjamin London Research Network and the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought, Goldsmiths. Supported by the London Graduate School and the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University.

***Free and open to all, but please register here.***

Keynote Speaker: Professor Peter Fenves, Northwestern University

‘The idea is a monad—that means briefly: every idea contains the image of the world’, writes Walter Benjamin in The Origin of the German Mourning Play. ‘Expression’, in the writing of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, denotes an isomorphic relation between the universe and its components, or monads. Every monad contains an image, or reflection of the universe; ‘each simple substance has relations which express all the others, and (…) consequently it is a perpetual living mirror of the universe (§56, Monadology). This conference seeks to reanimate Benjamin’s encounter with Leibniz, and considers, particularly, the manner in which Leibniz’s concept of expression informs Benjamin’s thought.

As Gilles Deleuze writes in Expressionism in Philosophy: Spinoza, the concept of expression, rediscovered by Spinoza and Leibniz, ‘already had behind it a long philosophical history, but a rather hidden, and a rather forbidden history’. Walter Benjamin’s engagement with Leibniz’s philosophy was an enduring one as well. Explicit references to Leibniz’s philosophy may be found from Benjamin’s doctoral dissertation on early German romanticism to his final text, the ‘Theses on the Philosophy of History’. Yet the Leibniz-Benjamin encounter might be considered a hidden one too, and—from the dearth of critical commentary on the subject—the scope of Leibniz’s influence on Benjamin may appear equally forbidding. Whence the furtive nature of those themes appropriated from Leibniz in Benjamin’s writing, and to what extent might ‘expression’ be the sign under which less visible dimensions of such themes can, paradoxically, be made legible?

Both the concept of expression—as a point of convergence between the philosophy of Leibniz and Benjamin—and its bearing upon their philosophy more generally, have gone underinvestigated. This conference will bring together researchers working on different aspects of expression in Benjamin and Leibniz’s philosophy, and will investigate the role played by the themes of expression and monadology in and between disciplines in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Organized by Noa Levin (CRMEP, Kingston University) and Christopher Law (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Please visit https://onexpressionwblrn.wordpress.com/ for more information on the programme, abstracts, and directions.

 

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