Friday, 29 January 2010
Thursday, 28 January 2010
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! : http://www.cinestatic.com/infinitethought/
EGS offers summer residencies: http://www.egs.edu/media-communication/summer-residences/ (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: http://www.europeum.org/ess2010/index.php
Simon Critchley is taking centre stage at the Tilburg summer school this year: http://www.discoursenotebook.com/Tilburg/
Also see, summer school on ethics and economics in the Netherlands: http://www.ozse.nl/
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: http://www.levinas-society.org/home.html
The National Women's Association currently has a CFP out: http://www.nwsa.org/conference//
Also, SWIP-UK runs a a session during the Aristotelian Society annual conference: http://www.aristoteliansociety.org.uk/pdf/CFP%20JS%202010.pdf
Monday, 25 January 2010
Friday, 22 January 2010
Invitation to the Seminar of Luce Irigaray, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, June 14-19, 2010.
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
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Monday, 18 January 2010
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
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: http://www.praythedevilbacktohell.com/v3/
Thought of the day: When in doubt, bake your own bread.
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
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:
FATALE Prof Katja Grillner, Dr Meike Schalk, Dr Katerina Bonnevier (KTH Stockholm)
Dr. Peg Rawes
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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