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

Walter Benjamin Research Network


The Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought collaborates with the Department of English and Comparative Literature, the London Graduate School at Kingston University, and Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, in a network of research and scholarly exchange related to the work of Walter Benjamin.
The network brings together scholars and research students in the London area, and facilitates the exchange of advanced, philosophical and literary-theoretical research on Benjamin between the UK, other parts of Europe, and around the world. The network is co-chaired by Julia Ng (co-director of CPCT), Josh Cohen (English and Comparative Literature), and Andrew Benjamin (LGS Kingston / Monash).
The network hosts guest lectures, workshops focused on textual analysis, along chosen themes, and student-led symposia.
WBLRN was launched in Autumn 2015 with an inaugural lecture and workshop led by Werner Hamacher.
For further information and to propose collaborations please contact any one of the three convenors of the network.


20 & 28 April 2016

On Justice: Variations on a Theme Borrowed from Benjamin in 1916
Variation I: Peter Fenves (Northwestern)
with Susannah Gottlieb and Alberto Toscano
Ben Pimlott Building Lecture Theatre Goldsmiths
Variation II: Massimiliano Tomba (Padova)
with Andrew Benjamin and Julia Ng
Professor Stuart Hall Building LG01 Goldsmiths

11 March 2016

Benjamin and the Literary: Romantic Forms
A Postgraduate Conference and Workshop
St James Hatcham Room 302
Convened by Christopher Law

22 & 23 October 2015

Werner Hamacher Inaugural Event
(Frankfurt am Main / EGS)
“Now: Time”
Thursday, 22 October 2015
Richard Hoggart Building 137a Goldsmiths
The lecture was free and open to the public.
“Image and Time”
Friday, 23 October 2015, Room D111
Granary Building, Central Saint Martins
The day was split into four sessions, each devoted to a selection of short texts and excerpts. Texts under discussion were distributed ahead of the workshop in German and English. Participation in the workshop was limited.