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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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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1949: A Debate Between Claudia Jones and Simone de Beauvoir – a lecture by Kathryn Sophia Belle (Oct 4)



4 October 2018

Room RHB 256

Goldsmiths, University of London

New Cross SE14 6NW

This paper puts Claudia Jones (“An End to the Neglect of the Problems of Negro Women!”) in conversation with Simone de Beauvoir (The Second Sex). It pays particular attention to Jones’ intersectional analysis (of Black women’s experiences as simultaneously raced, classed, and gendered), juxtaposing it to de Beauvoir’s analogical approach (analysing gender oppression as analogous with racial oppression).

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Kathryn Sophia Belle (formerly known as Kathryn T. Gines), is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Pennsylvania State University. She is the author of Hannah Arendt and the Negro Question (Indiana UP, 2014) and the co-editor (with Donna-Dale L. Marcano and Maria del Guadalupe Davidson) of Convergences: Black Feminism and Continental Philosophy (SUNY, 2010) and a founder of the journal Critical Philosophy of Race. She is the founding director of the Collegium of Black Women Philosophers.

This event is co-sponsored by the Centre for Feminist Research

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Goldsmiths Annual Philosophy Lecture – Alienation & Freedom: Frantz Fanon’s Lost and Last Works


Jean Khalfa and Robert J.C. Young give the first Goldsmiths Annual Philosophy Lecture, on the hitherto unpublished and unavailable works of Frantz Fanon.


1 June 2018

LG02, Professor Stuart Hall Building

Since the publication of The Wretched of the Earth in 1961, Fanon’s work has been deeply significant for generations of intellectuals, philosophers and activists seeking to radically interrogate our understandings of violence, race, political subjectivity, mental illness and the challenges of decolonization. In CPCT’s first annual lecture, we are joined by the editors of the landmark collection Alienation and Freedom. This volume collects together unpublished and unavailable works comprising around half of Fanon’s entire output – which were previously inaccessible or thought to be lost. This book introduces audiences to a new Fanon, a more personal Fanon and one whose literary and psychiatric works, in particular, take centre stage. Khalfa and Young will explore how these writings provide new depth and complexity to our understanding of Fanon’s entire oeuvre, revealing more of his powerful thinking about identity, race and activism which remain remarkably prescient. The talk will shed new light on the work of a major 20th-century philosopher, and on newly available texts which oblige us to take a fresh look at the intellectual history of anti-colonial and post-colonial thought, as well as to address with Fanon some of the most pressing theoretical issues of our time.

The lecture will be followed by a response by Jane Hiddleston and will also feature a performance-reading of excerpts from the two plays by Fanon included in Alienation & Freedom: The Drowning Eye and Parallel Hands. Continue reading

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Maladies of the Book 4: Samuel Beckett (11 May)


Friday 11 May 2018 at 2 – 5.30pm

ICA, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH

in the Studio

Following rich and stimulating sessions on Mallarmé, Bataille and Blanchot, Maladies of the Book continues with an afternoon symposium on Samuel Beckett, the great prose-poet of cosmic textual exhaustion. We will begin with a reading of the crucial late text Company, led by Dani Caselli, and be followed by meditations from Derval Tubridy and Andrew Renton on Beckett’s complex and variegated relationship to the visual arts and other matters.

The event is free, but please reserve a place with Eventbrite:

Organisers: Michael Newman, Art (m.newman (at) and Josh Cohen, ECL (j.cohen (at)

Reading and talks

Daniela Caselli (University of Manchester)

A reading of Company (1979collected in Nohow On 1989 – please bring a copy with you)

Andrew Renton (Goldsmiths)

“Like something out of Beckett”: Beckett in his own image

Derval Tubridy (Goldsmiths)

Samuel Beckett and Moving Image Art


And in the evening for those who wish:

London Beckett Seminar, with wine, 6 – 8pm

Institute of English Studies Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU, second floor, room 243

Dr Sinéad Mooney (De Montfort University) “Delirium of Interpretation”: Beckett and Outsider Art


Daniela Caselli is Professor of Modern Literature at The University of Manchester, specialising on modernism, critical theory, and gender. Among her numerous publications are many on Beckett, including the books, Beckett’s Dantes (2005) and Beckett and Nothing (2010), and articles on ‘Beckett and Italian Literature’ (2013) and ‘Beckett, Dante and the Archive’ (2014). Dani is President of the Beckett Society (2017–2020) and sits on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Beckett Studies.

Andrew Renton is Professor of Curating at Goldsmiths, University of London.  He holds a PhD from University of Reading on Beckett’s later work and is a patron of the Beckett International Foundation.  He has curated many shows internationally, including the first Manifesta in Rotterdam 1996, Walter Benjamin’s Briefcase, Porto 1994, Browser in Vancouver 1997 and London 1998, Total Object Complete with Missing Parts, Glasgow, 2001, Stay Forever and Ever and Ever at South London Gallery, 2007, Come, Come, Come into my Worldat the Ellipse Foundation, Lisbon, 2007, Front of House at Parasol Unit, London, 2008, and the first ArtTLV biennial in Tel Aviv, 2008.  Between 2012 and 2017 he was the founding  Director of Marlborough Contemporary Gallery in London, where he mounted more than thirty exhibitions.  He is author and editor of many articles, books and monographs on art.

Derval Tubridy is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London and co-director of the London Beckett Seminar at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. She works on modern and contemporary literature, performance and the visual arts with a particular focus on the intersections between language, materiality and process. Recent publications include articles in the Journal of Beckett Studies and Contemporary Theatre Review, and chapters in Staging Beckett in Great Britain and in Samuel Beckett and Contemporary Art. Her monograph Samuel Beckett: The Language of Subjectivity is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press in June 2018.

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



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.

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