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:
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
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.
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
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The volume contains translations of two previously unpublished essays by Hamacher: “The One Right No One Ever Has” (trans.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 “The One Right No One Ever Has” was originally written for an edited volume from which it was subsequently withdrawn for reasons detailed in the essay’s concluding note.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.
Philosophy Today – Volume 61, Number 4 – 2017
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.