Monthly Archives: October 2012

CFP: (Re)Activating Objects: Social Theory and Material Culture

The Department of Visual Arts at Western University is pleased to announce the interdisciplinary graduate conference (Re)Activating Objects: Social Theory and Material Culture in London, Ontario.
Call for Papers attached.
The due date for abstract submissions is: December 5th, 2012.

Poetry seminar this Friday, October 19th at 12:30pm

Ireland House is offering a poetry seminar open to individuals outside the department. Contact with any questions and to submit the form. Invitation follows.

You are warmly invited to join a special seminar by poet/prof. Ciaran Carson of Queens University Belfast and Prof. John Waters of NYU on the poetry of Seamus Heaney Award winners Rachael Boast and Katharine Towers. This is in honor of a newly endowed annual lecture, The Tom Quinlan Lecture in Poetry. The details of the public event on Thursday, October 18th are available here: . The seminar is the following day, Friday, October 19th from 12:30 to 2pm in Glucksman Ireland House NYU. The application is at Please disregard the deadline on the form and submit the document at your earliest convenience.

Round-table with Etienne Balibar on Human Rights: Friday, October 25th from 2-4 pm

Shadows of Universalism: A Conversation on Human Rights in Comparative Perspective

Friday, October 26th, 2012, 2pm to 4pm
Northwest Corner Building, Room 501
550 West 120th Street

A Roundtable discussion with Etienne Balibar, Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Lydia H. Liu, and Samuel Moyn. Moderated by Josef Sorett.

The universalism of human rights is often countered with cultural relativism, particularism, and other symmetric or dissymmetric oppositions. But what are the conditions under which one speaks for or against a certain kind of universalism? Does the logic of inclusion/exclusion apply to both sides of the dichotomy? For instance, is racism intrinsic to the discourse of human rights? What are the limitations of human rights as a concept or as a political project for the purpose of framing struggles for social justice? The panelists on this roundtable will debate and exchange views on these questions as they aim to reframe the discussion of human rights in the contemporary world.

Co-sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Human Rights and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society.

Martin Hägglund talk at NPAP on October 20 – “Chronolibido: Psychoanalysis, Literature, and Philosophy”

“Chronolibido: Psychoanalysis, Literature, and Philosophy”

A Panel with Martin Hägglund, Adrian Johnston, and Jean-Michel Rabaté | moderated by Simon Critchley

Saturday, October 20, 4-7 pm

National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis 

40 West 13th St., New York, NY


* Event hosted in conjunction with NPAP
* Event sponsored by The New School University Student Senate


About the event:

Taking as its point of departure Martin Hägglund’s new book Dying for Time, this panel will be a discussion of the significance of desire in the fields of Psychoanalysis, Literature, and Philosophy, and will explore the relation between these disciplines through the problem of time and temporality.


About the speakers:

  • Martin Hägglund is a tenured Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Humanities at Yale University. He is also a Distinguished International Fellow of theLondon Graduate School and a member of the Harvard Society of Fellows, where he was a Junior Fellow (2009-2012). Hägglund is the author of Dying for Time: Proust, Woolf, Nabokov (2012), Radical Atheism: Derrida and the Time of Life (2008), and Kronofobi: Essäer om tid och ändlighet (2002). His work has been the subject of a conference at Cornell University, The Challenge of Radical Atheism: Critical Responses, a colloquium at Oxford University, and a special issue of CR: The New Centennial Review, Living On: Of Martin Hägglund.
  • Adrian Johnston is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque and an Assistant Teaching Analyst at the Emory Psychoanalytic Institute in Atlanta. He is the author of Time Driven: Metapsychology and the Splitting of the Drive (2005), Žižek’s Ontology: A Transcendental Materialist Theory of Subjectivity (2008), and Badiou, Žižek, and Political Transformations: The Cadence of Change (2009). He has three books scheduled for publication over the course of the next year: Self and Emotional Life: Merging Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, and Neurobiology (co-authored with Catherine Malabou); Adventures in Transcendental Materialism: Dialogues with Contemporary Thinkers; and The Outcome of Contemporary French Philosophy: Prolegomena to Any Future Materialism, Volume One (the first installment of a trilogy).
  • Jean-Michel Rabaté, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania since 1992, is the Vartan Gregorian Professor in the Humanities.  One of the founders and curators of Slought Foundation in Philadelphia (, he is a managing editor of the Journal of Modern Literature. Since 2008, he has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is currently the president of the American Samuel Beckett Studies association. Rabaté has authored or edited more than thirty books on modernism, psychoanalysis, contemporary art, philosophy, and writers like Beckett, Pound and Joyce. Recent books include Lacan Literario, Siglo 21 (2007), 1913: The cradle of modernism  (2007), and The Ethic of the Lie (2008), and Etant donnés: 1) l’art, 2) le crime  (2010). The Ghosts of Modernity has been republished in 2010. Currently, he is completing a book on Beckett and editing an anthology on modernism and literary theory, forthcoming in 2012.
  • Simon Critchley, Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at The New School for Social Research in New York and Professor of Philosophy at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, is a world-renowned scholar of Continental Philosophy and phenomenology. Much of his work examines the crucial relationship between the ethical and political within philosophy. He has been the program director for Paris’ Collège International de Philosophie, president of the British Society for Phenomenology, and was chosen as a scholar by the prestigious Getty Research Institute. Critchley is also moderator of The Stone, an opinion series in The New York Times that features the writings of contemporary philosophers on issues both timely and timeless – art, war, ethics, gender, popular culture and more. He is the author of numerous publications, which recently include The Faith of the Faithless (2012), International Necronautical Society: Offizielle Mitteilungen (2011), Impossible Objects (2011), How to Stop Living and Start Worrying (2010), and The Book of Dead Philosophers (2008).

The Psychoanalytic Workshop is a student-based initiative associated with the Philosophy department at The New School for Social Research. We host a series of academic workshops each semester that explore the intersection of psychoanalysis and philosophy, with an emphasis on the import of German Idealism for understanding Freud’s writings. For more information on our group and events planned for Fall 2012, please visit our website:


DEADLINE EXTENDED – Human Development Conference

Abstract submission DEADLINE EXTENDED – Monday, October 29
Find the submission form at:

In the Field: Cultivating Collaboration and Innovation
The Fifth-Annual Human Development Conference at the University of Notre Dame


The Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity, in conjunction with the Center for Social Concerns at Notre Dame and SIT Study Abroad, a program of World Learning, announces a student research conference on topics relevant to human development. This event will take place at the University of Notre Dame on February 8-9, 2013.

The conference is an opportunity to explore interdisciplinary, sustainable approaches to improving livelihoods and advancing human dignity. This year’s theme aims to explore the dynamic balance researchers face in applying new, effective approaches to local issues, engaging with communities and individuals to promote sustainable change. Or, perhaps, the “field” itself might refer to the wide array of disciplines which contribute to international development more broadly. We hope to facilitate a conversation between those various subjects, emphasizing the importance of partnerships in developing collaborative solutions to the biggest issues in today’s world.

For those interested in presenting a paper, please attach your abstract and complete the survey questions found on the conference website: Only proposals received by the Monday, October 29 deadline will receive consideration. Invitations for participation will be extended no later than Friday, November 23. Students who accept invitations to present at the conference will be responsible for securing funding for travel and other related expenses. More information will be forthcoming on our website. We hope that you will join us!