Friday, 29 January 2010

Staff cuts at King's

Philosophy Departments in Jeopardy

King’s College London has recently announced dramatic cuts to its philosophy department.  You can find some information about it here:
I have conflicting thoughts about the closure of philosophy departments.  On the one hand, philosophy is vital to culture.  I know it seems that the two can be at opposite poles - that philosophers are so far removed from our everyday that the two never meet - but that’s not really the case.  Philosophy gives us the language to talk about how and why we think.  It’s like a little laboratory that throws light on our consciousness. Without the work of philosophers, we couldn’t place these processes into a historical context nor could we reflect on the everydayness of our lives.  Philosophy provides the discourse of our lives. In this respect, it is vital to continuing our creative, explorative development in both our cultural and individual lives.
On the other hand, philosophy as a discipline is antiquated.  Take the departments at King’s for instance.  This is a department made up of 22 permanent academic staff of which 3 are women.  There are no non-white faces on the staff. Racial theory, gender theory or feminist theory are not in the list of research interest. 
Many of the philosophy departments across the UK tell this same story.  They are firmly committed to the analytic tradition, which doesn’t attract the racial and gender diversity one would hope for.  As a result, the work of feminist philosophy, gender philosophy and race-based philosophy is being done and has been being done in other departments.  English and Modern Language departments take over most of this work in the UK with little funding to do so.
Since these emerging philosophies seem to have a closer connection to our cultural lives in that they give us a way of thinking difference - race, gender, age, sexual - it is no wonder that philosophy departments like that at King’s is suffering cuts. 

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Graduate Summer Schools

I love Graduate Summer School programs!  I think the prospect of spending a week thinking and talking about a philosopher whilst in a city in which you don't live is fantastic.  I did the Irigaray summer seminar last year and it was intense, intellectually challenging and seriously good fun (fun in the way that thinking is fun, not so much in the way that drinking is fun).  Advertisements for summer schools are starting to appear.  Some of interest (beside the Irigaray summer school notice posted earlier this week):

Deleuze summer school with added kafka! :

EGS offers summer residencies: (The program at EGS can be pretty confusing, but last I checked, you could attend specific residences without undertaking the entire degree)

The European Summer School:

Simon Critchley is taking centre stage at the Tilburg summer school this year:

Also see, summer school on ethics and economics in the Netherlands:

There are also some great conferences scheduled for this summer and next fall

The North American Levinas Society is hosting a July conference in Paris:

The National Women's Association currently has a CFP out:

Also, SWIP-UK runs a a session during the Aristotelian Society annual conference:

Monday, 25 January 2010

[She] took the bait.

You know that commercial from Pepsi?  The one featuring the 3 guys who stage an octopus attack in order to attract the attention of a girl? In case you don't, it's here:

This add ran in the UK for the later part of 2009.  I was shocked that Pepsi (and Channel 4) had endorsed an add in which a woman was referred to as prey that 'took the bait'.  

I suspected there might have been some complaints to Ofcom (through ASA). According to the ASA list of complaints for that time period, however, Pepsi is not mentioned.  Digging a bit deeper, I find that the ASA does not handle complaints dealing with discrimination based on race, gender or sexual orientation.  The website directs me to the Equality and Human Rights Commission for those types of complaints.  This seems fair enough until I get there and discover that locating information about what to do when advertising is blatantly sexually discriminative is difficult. The website is aimed at individuals who have experienced direct sexual discrimination, rather than the discrimination portrayed in advertising.  Now that I've run out of time, I will simply have to investigate further if I see the advert again. 

Friday, 22 January 2010

CFP: Irigaray Summer Seminar Invitation

Invitation to the Seminar of Luce Irigaray, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, June 14-19, 2010.

Since 2003, Luce Irigaray has held an annual seminar for researchers doing their PhD on her work. The seminar offer the opportunity to receive personal teaching from Luce Irigaray and to exchange ideas, methods and experiences with other participants. The seminar was hosted by the University of Nottingham during the first three years (see Luce Irigaray: Teaching edited by Luce Irigaray with Mary Green, and published by Continuum, London & New York, 2008), by the University of Liverpool the fourth year, by Queen Mary, University of London, the fifth year and by the Goodenough College of London the sixth year. In 2010, it will be hosted by Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, in Ireland.

The framework of the seminar is this: a group of fifteen researchers doing their PhD on the work of Luce Irigaray stay one week on the university campus. The schedule includes: a presentation by each researcher of the aspect of their PhD which most focuses on the work of Irigaray, the discussion of this presentation by the group, comments from Luce Irigaray herself and her answers to questions raised by each participant. Also included are sessions devoted to the explanation of key-words or key-thoughts chosen by the participants. Personal meetings with Luce Irigaray are organised on the last day. The participants pay for their travel, but receive hospitality from the university. The seminar is conducted in English.

The participants in the seminar come from different regions of the world; they belong to different cultures, traditions and fields of research – Philosophy, Gender Studies, Religious Studies, Literature, Arts, Critical and Cultural Studies, etc. The themes of their research include, for example: the treatment of personal or cultural traumatic experience; the resources that various arts can offer for dwelling in oneself and with the other(s); the maternal order and feminine genealogy; the interpretation and embodiment of the divine today; the contribution of sexuate difference to personal and social development; new perspectives in philosophy etc. In each of these fields, diverse domains, approaches and methods are represented. To date, participants have come from Australia, Vietnam, Korea, India, Sri Lanka, South Africa, New Zealand, Canada, Latvia, Spain, Italy, Ireland and from different regions and universities of the U.S.A. and of the U.K. Beyond the multicultural teaching which results from such a gathering, the participants learn to live together and to share in difference during the time devoted to the work, and also during meals, walks, personal meetings etc. The atmosphere of the seminar is intense but friendly and joyful, and its outcome highly successful for both the research and the life of each participant.

If you are interested and would like to participate in such a seminar please send, as soon as possible, a CV, a PhD abstract (1 page) and a presentation of the issues and arguments of your PhD that most focus on the work of Luce Irigaray (5-6 pages) to Luce Irigaray (by mail: 15, rue Lakanal, 75015 Paris, France). After receiving this material, Luce Irigaray will tell you if you can participate in the seminar of 2010. You will be contacted for further practical information by Marita Ryan at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick after the selection of the candidates.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

IGRS Grad Forum - February 2010 - CFP


IGRS Graduate Forum

The IGRS Graduate Forum hosts informal monthly seminars run by and for graduate students
working on all aspects of Germanic and Romance cultures.

For our first meeting of 2010, we invite papers and panels of 15 - 20 minutes on any topic.

All postgraduate students are welcome to attend, either to give a paper, participate in the discussion or simply listen. Please also be aware that you are free to join us at any point during the evening. The structure of the meetings is informal.

Deadline for submissions:  2 February 2010
Send all submission to:

Meeting to be held:
9 February 2010 , 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

The delicate formation of sexuality

So last night, I woke at 3 am and couldn't go back to sleep.  I lay very quietly for a long time so as to let A. sleep.  As I was laying quietly, I attempted, as I often do, to make up a short story in my head.  This attempt, like all others, prompted a stream-of-conscious exploration of my past and present.  In these moments, I often come across memories long since forgotten. 

So last night, I recalled my mother giving me this book at about the age of 6.

The book says that there are over a million copies sold, so my bet is that some of you too had this book given to you.  Now, there is nothing wrong with this book per se.  The information is accurate and the content is kid-specific.  However, the presentation of the information might have had something to do with the future sexual choices made by my adult self. Let’s take a look at our copulating couple:

Um, ewww! One of the first things that I remembered about them in my insomniac musings was that they were fat.  Now that I look at them, I see that actually they aren’t that fat, but to a kid shaped like a bean pole, they seemed extraordinarily fat at the time. The second thing that I remembered was that there were middle-aged.  And  yes, looking at them today at the ripe old age of 36, they really do look middle-aged.  

Knowing what I know now about 1970 feminism, these characters make good sense.  They look like parents and, without doubt, the sight of them copulating most likely made most of us think twice about it.  For me, however, the image of the two of them going at it was so haunting it made me never, ever want to have sex with an overweight, middle-aged bald man or a man that would ever turn into an overweight, middle-aged bald man.  

Freud argued that sexuality was formed in our childhood by our relationships with our parents.  No doubt, this is the case, but I don't think our parents had exclusive rights over that formation.  Foucault was definitely onto something in thinking that our sexuality is culturally mandated.  Hosts of images and experiences that have no logic in adult reason make up childhood sexuality.  

This is all to say that this book probably made me gay.

Monday, 18 January 2010

Monday morning

Good morning, blogland.  Hope you had a nice weekend.  It's warmer here in England - yesterday it got up to 8 degrees!  Felt almost sultry.

So the draft is done.  Let me just repeat that - the draft is done.  Chapters 1, 2, and 3 are all now in draft form.  I have 5 months to turn them from draft to thesis.  I'm looking forward to the challenge.  Re-writing is much more fun than writing.

I'm hoping for a slow and productive week.  I've got one project to wrap up and another big, exciting project to brainstorm.  There are three books on the reading list for the week: Nina Power One Dimensional Woman (which is so far fantastic), Irigaray's East and West and Kristeva's Powers of Horror.

Also, thank you Vienna for the BJ interlude.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Old ideas and new.

You know when you get to that bit in your argument where things start coming together?  Doesn't it seem like that should be the good bit?  The time for your genius to reveal itself?  Mine never does the first time around.  I get to that bit and I quake and shiver at the thought of the thing ending.  I keep writing on - endlessly.  I pass the point, go back to it, pass it again.  Then, I throw in some incredibly long quotations and some secondary sources.  Good lord, please let me finish this thought at some point.  Today.

In other news, I've finally found a way to talk about the documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell in a paper.  I love this documentary.  It was profoundly moving for me.  Also, it's an example of how feminism emerges in non-Anglo, non-Western contexts.  I love that it emphasises the beauty of this emergences.  Check out their webpage here:

Thought of the day: When in doubt, bake your own bread.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Irigaray Conference presented by Irigaray Circle: December 2010 London

There's a CFP out for this conference, but for some reason, it seems not to be online anywhere.  Here is my translated, transcripted and generally messed up version of it:

Call for Papers

Sexuate Subjects: Politics, Poetics and Ethics
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th December 2010
UCL, London

This international interdisciplinary event will examine how political, poetic and ethical practice and thought engage with questions of sexuality and sexual difference on a global stage. At a time when women�s and
minority group rights are still frequently under-represented and marginalised in mainstream global discussions of citizenship and democracy, culture, health and community life, Sexuate Subjects responds to French thinker, Luce Irigaray�s theory of �sexuate difference� for enabling critically-aware global formations of self-identity and
community, art, architectural and spatial practices, ecology, environmental care and sustainability, health and bio-medically assisted life.

In particular, Sexuate Subjects will focus on these different relationships as they are expressed in political, poetic and ethical practice and thought in disciplines including: architecture, art, literature, modern languages, philosophy, the political and social sciences. By examining these complex expressions of our physical and
psychic lives through artefact, body, dialogue, image, installation and word, this event will provide a platform of diverse approaches which can help us build sexuate futures. Such approaches will contribute towards developing more nuanced understandings of the diversity of global cultures and their academic and public intersections. International experts from higher education, professional and public realms, as well as young researchers and practitioners, are invited to respond.

Key questions being discussed include:
Where are �global� women in contemporary approaches to health matters?
How are political, poetic and ethical issues addressed in feminist/feminine architectural and spatial practice?
How can sexuate ecologies and environmental practices inform global sustainability?
How can art inform conflict resolution?
Why poetry matters in thought, ethical and political life.
How can sexuate difference inform the ethics of global education?
How can feminist bio-ethics inform approaches to women�s and body-rights, fertility and population health?

The Conference is being developed in conjunction with UCL�s Grand Research Challenge Intercultural Interactions, the US-based Luce Irigaray Circle, and Fatale (Feminist Architectural Theory Analysis, Laboratory and Education) at KTH, Stockholm.

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Professor Elizabeth Grosz (Rutgers University, New Jersey)
Dr Doina Petrescu (Atelier d�Architecture Autog�r�e and the University of Sheffield)

   FATALE Prof Katja Grillner, Dr Meike Schalk, Dr Katerina Bonnevier (KTH Stockholm)
The Karen Burke Memorial Lecture (sponsored by the Luce Irigaray Circle)

Call for Paper requirements:
Please find specific details of submissions and convenor contact details in each panel description listed below. For general enquiries about the event please email Peg Rawes on Full registration details will be confirmed by July 2010. We are making every effort to keep registration fees to an absolute minimum for all, however, if necessary we may need to ask attendees (excluding students) whose conference attendance
is financially supported by their institution for a registration fee (under �100).


Panel:  Whirlwinds
Convenors: Professor Jane Rendell (UCL), Dr Penelope Haralambidou (UCL) and Dr Ana Araujo (UCL/ University of the Arts, London).

It is already getting around � at what rate? in what contexts? in spite of what resistances? � that women diffuse themselves according to modalities scarcely compatible with the framework of the ruling symbolics. Which doesn�t happen without causing some turbulence, we might even say whirlwinds, that ought to be reconfined within solid walls of principle, to keep them from spreading to infinity. Otherwise they might even go so far as to disturb that third agency designated as the real � a transgression and confusion of boundaries that it is important to restore to their proper order.

Luce Irigaray, �The �Mechanics� of Fluids�, This Sex Which Is Not One (Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, [1977], 1985), 106.

It is over 30 years since the publication of This Sex Which Is Not One by the influential French thinker and writer Luce Irigaray. Her political writing on sexual subjectivities and spatialities has had a remarkable influence on feminist theory and practice in architecture and the spatial arts.

The chaotic nature of the contemporary context positions the term �whirlwinds� in an already turbulent scene. We are surrounded by disasters � environmental, economic and political � some actual, others immanent �
the so-called �war on terror�, climate change, peak oil and the �credit crisis�. What kind of response is feminism capable of making today?

This is a call to those whose work has responded, however tangentially, to the themes and issues of sexual ethics and difference raised by Irigaray and her understanding of the experiential, material and conceptual
construction of space.

We are looking for works (300 words plus up to 3 images), which articulate the production of a particularly feminine or feminist space-time as a way of responding to current conditions. The proposal needs to be defined in
terms of intention, location, duration, interaction and materiality: it could be an intervention, a paper, a reading, a performance, an exhibit, a workshop, a walk.

There are two parameters:
* a time: the proposal must outline how the work will take place within a specific time-frame: 10am to 5pm on 3 December 2009.

* a space: the proposal must outline how the work will take place within the institutional space of the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL which includes an educational site (a lecture theatre with a flat floor, no fixed seating and one-way basic projection, potentially two screen), and a foyer exhibition space which also operates as a passage from the front door of the Bartlett School of Architecture past lifts and doors to various lecture theatres, studios, with some window space and glass fa�ade to the street.

There are two conditions:
* Those proposing works are responsible for obtaining the funding for making, exhibiting and transporting themselves and their work to the venue.
* The exact presentation of the work will be decided in negotiation with the conference team, who will make the final decision in the last instance.

Submission requirements: By 5th March 2010 please send a 300 word proposal and up to 3 images to for blind review, in 2 documents: a proposal + image document (word/PDF), plus a name/affiliation/30 word bio document (word/PDF).


Panel: Understanding Difference: why poetry matters
Convenors: Professor Timothy Mathews (UCL), Dr Sharon Morris (UCL).

Luce Irigaray�s feminism urges us to believe in the power we have as individuals as well as communities to reorganize our lives on the basis of mutual understanding rather than conflict. As sexuate subjects, for Irigaray we have the uniquely human opportunity to understand each other in terms of what divides and separates us. Sexual difference is insurmountable, our bodies speak this truth to anyone who will hear. But sexual difference, specifically, fundamentally, allows human interaction of respect, rather than domination, appropriation or assimilation. Her work distinguishes itself from the other major theorists of her generation, especially in French, in refuting notions of an inevitable pull, both ideological and psychoanalytical, to one-ness, to cultural and
institutional narcissism in all its forms. Nor does Irigaray accept a purely metaphysical account of difference which deprives it of the living, bodily reality of sexed, human relations. Her understanding of sexual difference and sexuate being has the power to reorientate social interaction towards freedom and understanding, in domains including education, the environment, architecture, cultural and inter-cultural relation as well as the loving relation itself. But it is an understanding which depends on nurturing a poetic way of thinking, hearing, seeing, feeling; depends on it, calls on it, requires it, reminding people all the time of their capacity for it. If sexual difference is a given, existentially, biologically, then the freedom it affords us is also beyond our understanding, beyond our capacity to see beyond our own body. And still we know the difference separating men and women.

Poetry allows that difference we know but cannot grasp to be understood; not only understood, but shared. This strand will delve into the power of poetry to create understanding of what lies beyond the understanding of
any one person, thinker, practitioner. It will engage with the poetic qualities of Irigaray�s own writing: the unique rhetoric of her theory and its ways of engaging with readers; and the voice of her own poetry. It will also engage with the experiences of translation: inter-lingual translation, as well as the light translation can shed on the passages from bodily to verbal experience. It will also explore the necessary part of poetry in the work of other theorists and thinkers of the human.

Papers, poetry performance and fine art proposals (including moving image, installation) are invited from scholars and practitioners that address: the poetic qualities of thought itself; the movement of thought; the mobility of the ways in which difference is represented and understood. Work on poetry in thought about difference will be showcased alongside the work of creative artists addressing sexuate being in their practice: in their materials, in their ways of engaging with viewers or readers.

Submission requirements: By 5th March 2010 please email and a 300-500 word abstract in a proposal document (word/PDF), and a second name/affiliation/30 word bio document (word/PDF) for blind review.  For performance and fine art responses please note: respondents are responsible for obtaining the funding for making, exhibiting and transporting themselves and their work to the venue, and the exact presentation of the work will be decided in negotiation with the convenors, who will make the final decision in the last instance.


Panel:  Lot�s Wife: The imperatives of disobedience and the spectacle of violence.
Convenor: Tamar Garb (UCL)

When Lot�s wife disobeyed the patriarchal injunction against looking back at the destruction of Sodom, she was punished by being turned into a pillar of salt. In a way, one might argue, she became the phallic substitute for the law she flouted. Whether conceived as an ossified tear � the weeping of women has often been used to symbolise grief, loss and mourning � or a memorial to an obliterated past, the question of women�s position in relation to violence is posed by this episode from Genesis.

It begs many questions:
Why did Lot�s wife (who is never named for herself but only in relation to her husband) look back, why was she punished, what did she see, why was the punishment ossification and what informed her view of the destruction
of her home? Central to this biblical narrative is the question of women�s relationship to violence and loss.

The turning to look of Lot�s wife is an act of disobedience which resulted in death. There are many myths and narratives which end in such punishment. Helene Cixous, for example, narrates in �Castration or Decapitation� a Chinese story about the beheading of a woman who laughs in the face of military discipline. The price of non-conformity to languages, behavioural codes and dominant injunctions can and has been annihilation.

And yet, women as agents � artists, critics, writers � have and continue to address the question of violence and conflict from their positions as women, despite the cost.  What is the responsibility of women to �look back� as well as  �sideways�, to narrate stories which counter dominant narratives and to imagine languages which transgress conventional borders and boundaries, the sites of conflict and oppression? How can or have women�s critical and creative energies been harnessed to confront anger, guilt, shame and aggression? How can art and newly imagined poetic/formal languages provide a way out of the impasse of political conflict?

These are the questions this panel will address � looking in particular at the recent past in Africa (South Africa and Rwanda offer particular instances of retrospection, reconciliation and reflection) and the Middle East, in particular the ongoing conflict in Israel/Palestine. Papers that address these localities from a feminist perspective will be welcomed. Women�s relationship to conflict and the role of art and poetics in making sense of and shifting our understanding of present and past acts of aggression and violation will be the subject of this panel.

Submission requirements: 300-500 word abstracts that address these themes are invited by 5th March 2010. Please email one proposal document (word/PDF), and a second bio/affiliation/30 word bio document (word/PDF) for blind review.


Panel: Sexuate sustainable practices and ecologies
Convenors: Dr Peg Rawes (UCL), Professor Gail Schwab (Hofstra University, NY)

To construct only in order to construct nevertheless does not suffice for dwelling. A cultivation of the living must accompany a building of that which does not grow by itself...For a human, the two do not seem separable. To cultivate human life in its engendering and its growth requires the elaboration of material and spiritual frameworks and constructions. These should not be opposed to the becoming of life, as they have too often been, but provide it with the help indispensable for its blossoming. Luce Irigaray, The Way of Love (New York: Continuum, 2002), 144.

Ecological thinking is not simply thinking about ecology or about the environment: it generates revisioned modes of engagement with knowledge, subjectivity, politics, ethics, science, citizenship, and agency, which pervade and reconfigure theory and practice alike. First and foremost a thoughtful practice, thinking ecologically carries with it a large measure of responsibility. . . . [As to] how it could translate into wider issues of citizenship and politics, . . . the answer, at once simple and profound, is that ecological thinking is about imagining, crafting, articulating, endeavoring to enact principles of ideal cohabitation.  Lorraine Code, Ecological Thinking (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), 24.

Luce Irigaray�s �sustainable� thinking and Lorraine Code�s ecological thought highlight the importance of developing sexuate futures through sustainable modes of social, poetic and political practice and theory.
Taking the terms �sustainability� and �ecology� to encompass the complex social, political and cultural formation of our environments, societies and futures, as well as the physical consequences of human interaction with biological, animal and environmental realms, this panel will explore how sexual difference can aid our responsibility for nurturing the sustainable ecologies of our local and global communities, environments and interactions; our health and well-being; the impact and expressions of social justice and citizenship; and our public and private poetic lives. It will examine the �eco-subjects� (Conley, 1997) which sexed ecological and sustainable thinking and practice bring to these debates, for example: What new eco-subjects and political imaginations does sexuate thinking enable? What new sexed models of ecology can enable sustainable modes of
living that nurture and generate our poetic, political and ethical lives? How do sexed approaches to sustainability transform it from its association with the damaging globalisation of technological and economic monocultures into new productive ethical models of ecological thinking? How can positive and cautionary sexuate eco-imaginations, narratives and poetics enable processes of social justice and political change for environmental and human sustainability?

Responses to these questions are invited from across the humanities, visual arts and design disciplines, the social sciences and the biomedical and physical sciences, as well as from individuals, collectives and organisations that research and practice in these issues. Disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and practices that demonstrate how poetic and political sexed thinking can inform new modes of sustainable ecologies are particularly welcomed. Approaches may include: 
- ecocriticsm and ecofeminism
- social justice and ecological activism
- sustainable psycho-physical ecologies and approaches to mental health well-being
- sexuate approaches to biomedical research and practice, including, synthetic biology, epigenetics, family planning, women�s and child health
- micro-economics
- sexuate technologies

Submission requirements: By 5th March 2010 please email
with a 300-500 word abstract in a proposal document (word/PDF), and a second name/affiliation/30 word biographical document (word/PDF) for blind review.


Panels:  Open call for panels/papers
Convenors: The Luce Irigaray Circle

The Irigaray Circle announces its Fifth Annual Conference  hosted by the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. The Circle invites submissions that are inspired by or engaged with any aspect of Irigaray�s work. We welcome
submissions from all disciplines.
Possible themes include
The history of philosophy
Ecology, environmental ethics, and sustainability
Architecture and the built environment
Political theory
Medicine, health, and the body
Language, literature, and the arts

The deadline for the submission of full papers is April 1, 2010.
(Abstracts will not be considered for review.) Notifications will be sent no later than May 15, 2010.
Papers should not exceed 3000 words (reading time 20 minutes), should include an abstract of less than 200 words, and should be prepared for blind review. Please remove all identifying remarks from the paper itself
and submit it electronically in .rtf or .doc format to, along with a file containing your name, professional affiliation, contact information, and your paper title. The Program Committee welcomes proposals for panels, however, these must be accompanied by complete papers and each paper will be reviewed
individually. Please note that, as usual, the Irigaray Circle plans a volume based on the conference proceedings and reserves the right of first refusal on all papers presented at the conference. For further information on the conference or to join the Irigaray Circle please consult the website at or contact the Circle at Submission Requirements: By 1st April 2010. Papers should not exceed 3000
words (reading time 15-20 minutes maximum), should include an abstract of less than 200 words, and should be prepared for blind review. Please remove all identifying remarks from the paper itself and submit it
electronically in .rtf or .doc format to, along with a file containing your name, professional affiliation, contact information, and your paper title.


Lecture: The Karen Burke Memorial Prize
The Irigaray Circle invites submissions for The Karen Burke Memorial Prize. The award honors our late colleague Karen Burke, who was a gentle philosopher and founding member of the Luce Irigaray Circle. The award recognizes excellent work by a graduate student on or inspired by Luce Irigaray. In addition to receiving a prize of $500, the winner will present the third annual Karen Burke Memorial Lecture at the 2010 meeting
of the Luce Irigaray Circle at UCL, December 3-5, 2010.
We invite papers from all disciplines that engage with any aspect of Irigaray's work, such as:
The history of philosophy
Ecology, environmental ethics, and sustainability
Architecture and the built environment
Medicine, health, and the body
Political theory
Language, literature, and the arts

Submission requirements: All applicants must be enrolled as graduate students as of June 2010.

Papers should be no more than 4,000 words and prepared for anonymous review.
Applicants should submit papers as an email attachment to in .doc or .rtf format, with the subject line �Burke Prize�
Papers should be accompanied by an email listing the paper title and the
applicant�s name, affiliation, and email address.
Deadline for submissions: June 15, 2010

Dr. Peg Rawes
Senior Lecturer
Departmental Tutor
Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
22 Gordon Street, London. WC1H 0QB
Tel +44 (0)20 7679 1025 

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Irigaray Conference: The Age of Breath May 2010

Irigaray is hosting a conference in Slovenia in May of 2010.  For conference info, go here:

The conference will be interesting for those who question the variety of connections that can be made when philosophies of the East and West come together.  For those like me who only have a popular idea of what eastern philosophy is, it will be a good opportunity to question and learn.

Friday, 8 January 2010


I'm only writing this to put off writing about what Kristeva means by temporality.  If anyone would like to send a 3 paragraph explanation of her views on temporality expressed in the last 5 years, I will cut and paste them into this thesis and be done with it.  In exchange, I will return the favour with 3 paragraphs of your choosing.  Thank you.

The BBC has been coming up with new and interesting ways to describe the weather.  Today, we have 'frozen fog'.  Well, we don't literally have.  But they do in Cornwall.  I'm dying to know what frozen fog feels like on the skin, the eyes, in the mouth.  I hope someone describes it.

Thursday, 7 January 2010

15 minutes on Thursday morning

Happy New Year, blogland.

I’m sitting here bundled up in a sweater and sweatshirt. There is a scarf around my neck and 2 pairs of socks keeping my feet warm.  Behind me, I can hear clumps of snow falling off the roof.  ‘Clump.’  ‘Clump.’ It resounds.  The sun is peeking out through the clouds, hitting the snow, creating splashes of spectacular light everywhere you look.  

I’ve made some new year’s resolutions:

Get into Star Trek.  2010 will be a year for embracing my inner geek. Thus far, I’ve seen an episode a day.  I’m doing well.

Forgive.  The stress of 2009 combined with getting involved in the trivial workings of people I don’t in fact like that much has meant that I’ve spent far too much time being in a huff lately.  This year, I shall try and forgive those who I do like and want to have in my life.  Thus far, this mission is going well.  I’ve made up with one pal.  Now, on to family!

Find a rug for the dining room.  This is a good one as it is direct, and no-nonsense.  Find a rug.  I can do that in a year.

Finish my thesis.  It’s always good to put something on the list that you’ve intended to do anyway.  When this one gets marked off, it will be a big, big deal.

Get hitched.  This might sound like an odd thing to include in a resolution as it is really more of a life plan item.  (for explanation of what life plan means, please find an american - preferably a female - one with lots of ambition). I’m including it here because it turns out that once you make this decision, the planning becomes immediately overwhelming.  So I suppose the resolution should really be - plan a getting-hitched event and all post- and pre- getting hitched events, of which there are many because they have to occur on 2 continents.

Right, it’s time to get on with number 4.