Literature & Philosophy Workshop Dates 2014-2015

We’re thrilled to be moving into our sixth consecutive year!

Our tentative schedule for  2014-2015 is as follows:

*Note: Meetings take place odd Thursdays at 4:30pm in Foster 305 unless otherwise specified.

Autumn 2014

October 2 (Week 1)

October 16 (Week 3)

October 30 (Week 5)

November 13 (Week 7)

December 4 (Week 10)*

Winter 2015

January 8 (Week 1)

January 22 (Week 3)

February 5 (Week 5)

February 19 (Week 7)

March 5 (Week 9)

Spring 2015

April 2 (Week 1)

April 16 (Week 3)

April 30 (Week 5)

May 14 (Week 7)

May 28 (Week 9)

Interested parties are encouraged to join our mailing list to receive information about upcoming meetings and reading materials.

Looking forward to seeing you this Autumn!

Carly Lane & Joseph Simmons (Literature & Philosophy Workshop Coordinators)

carlylane@uchicago.edu, josephsimmons@uchicago.edu

Filed in Uncategorized No Responses yet

Spring 2014 Schedule

All meetings take place Thursday at 4:30pm in Foster 305 unless otherwise noted, and are followed by a small reception.

Papers to be read in advance are posted under the “Workshop Documents” tab one week prior to the meeting. All documents are password-protected. The password is circulated via the listserv.

 

Thursday, April 17, in Foster 505: Simon Critchley, Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research, “Tragedy’s Philosophy”

Thursday, May 1: Miguel Tamen, Visiting Professor of Portuguese Literature at the University of Chicago; Director of the Program in Literary Theory at the University of Lisbon, “Invisible Hands”

Thursday, May 15: Alia Breitwieser, PhD Candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago, “The Ethics and Poetics of Identity in Peach Blossom Fan”

Thursday, May 29: Noah Chafets, PhD Candidate in Social Thought at the University of Chicago, “Love and Rhetoric in Plato’s Phaedrus”

Filed in Uncategorized No Responses yet

Winter 2014 Schedule

All meetings take place Thursday at 4:30pm in Foster 305 unless otherwise noted, and are followed by a small reception.

Papers to be read in advance are posted under the “Workshop Documents” tab one week prior to the meeting. All documents are password-protected. The password is circulated via the listserv.

 

Thursday, January 9: Close Reading of Hannah Arendt’s, Introduction to Walter Benjamin’s Illuminations, led by Carly Lane and Joseph Simmons

 

Thursday, January 23: Luke Parker, PhD Candidate Social Thought and Classics at the University of Chicago, ”Heraclitus’ Philosophical Poetics”

 

*Friday, February 14: Kelly Dean Jolley, Professor of Philosophy at Auburn University, “Disposable Thinking” together with the Wittgenstein Workshop, Location Foster 505, at 10:30am (*Please note the altered date, time, and location.)

 

Thursday, February 20: Maeve Hooper, PhD Candidate Germanic Studies at the University of Chicago, “Going in Circles: Structural Repetition in Adalbert Stifter’s Bergkristall”

 

Thursday, March 6Rosanna Warren, Poet and Professor of Social Thought at the University of Chicago, “Mystery and Muddle: Reading and Unreading Poems”

 

 

Filed in Uncategorized No Responses yet

Autumn 2013 Schedule

All meetings take place Thursday at 4:30pm in Foster 305 unless otherwise noted, and are followed by a small reception.

Papers to be read in advance are posted under the “Workshop Documents” tab one week prior to the meeting. All documents are password-protected. The password is circulated via the listserv.

 

Thursday, October 3: Close Reading of Iris Murdoch‘s “Literature and Philosophy: A Conversation with Bryan Magee” and “Against Dryness,” led by Carly Lane and Joseph Simmons

 

Thursday, October 17: Fay Rosner, Lecturer Department of French & Italian, Northwestern University, “Art, Manners, and Morals: Lessons from Proust’s Combray”

 

Thursday, October 31: Trent Leipert, PhD Candidate Music History & Theory at the University of Chicago, “Luigi Nono’s Late Style and Navigating the Subject”

 

Thursday, November 14: Philip Sugg, PhD Candidate Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago, “Individuality and Development in Goethe’s Late Work”

 

Thursday, November 21: Søren Harnow Klausen, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern Denmark, “Existential Trajectories and Turning Points in Literary Fiction”

 

Monday, December 9: Michael Subialka, Powys Roberts Research Fellow in European Literature in St. Hugh’s College, Oxford, “Modernist Modes of Aesthetic Meaning: The Vampire, the Embalmer, and the Moment of Truth”

Filed in Uncategorized No Responses yet

Spring 2013 Schedule

All meetings take place Thursday at 4:30pm in Foster 305 unless otherwise noted, and are followed by a small reception.

Papers to be read in advance are announced via the listserv and posted under “Workshop Documents”  tab one week prior to the meeting.  

 

Thursday, April 4Myron Silberstein, Committee on Social Thought cohort ’02-’03, Resident Composer at Storycatchers Theatre, General Manager of VOX 3 Vocal Collective, “New Perspectives on Rites of Passage”

 

Thursday, April 11Lorraine Daston, Executive Director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Visiting Professor of Social Thought and History at the Univeristy of Chicago,  ”The Unnatural: Horror, Terror, and Wonder”

 

Thursday, April 18William Marx, Professor of Comparative Literature at Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, Director of Graduate School of Letters, Languages and Performing Arts at Université Paris Ouest. Honorary Fellow of the Institut universitaire de France, “Were Greek Tragedies Always Tragic?”

 

Thursday, May 2: Close Reading of Cora Diamond’s “The Difficulty of Reality and the Difficulty of Philosophy” led by Carly Lane and Robert Abbott

 

Thursday, May 16: V. Joshua Adams, PhD Candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago, “Emily Dickinson’s ‘It’ and the Problem of Privacy”

 

Thursday, May 30: Close Reading of Franz Kafka’s “The Silence of the Sirens” led by Drew Dixon, PhD Candidate in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago

 

 

Filed in Uncategorized No Responses yet

Winter 2013 Schedule

All meetings take place Thursday at 4:30pm in Foster 305 unless otherwise noted.

Papers to be read in advance will be circulated via listserv one week prior to the meeting.

 

Thursday, January 10: Jonathan Baskin, PhD Candidate in the Committee on Social Thought, “Untrendy Problems: Pale King’s Philosophical Inspirations” (treating David Foster Wallace)

 

Thursday, January 24: Birte Loschenkohl, Collegiate Assistant Professor, Social Sciences, “How to do things as a dilettante: hesitation, failure, and aesthetic repetition in Kierkegaard”

 

Thursday, February 7: Thomas Pavel, Gordon J. Laing Distinguished Service Professor in Romance Languages and Literature, Comparative Literature, the Committee on Social Thought, Fundamentals, and Creative Writing, “Shiny Stars, Silent Calls”

 

Thursday, February 21: Dhananjay Jagannathan, PhD Candidate in Philosophy, “On Making Sense of Oneself: Reflections on Julian Barnes’ The Sense of an Ending”

 

Thursday, February 28, in Foster 505: Berel Lang, formerly of Wesleyan University, author of Act and Idea in the Nazi Genocide (1990), The Anatomy of Philosophical Style (1990), Holocaust Representation: Art within the Limits of History and Ethics (2000), Philosophical Witnessing: The Holocaust as Presence(University Press of 2009), and other books, “Primo Levi as Philosopher”

Workshop to precede a documentary screening and discussion of Cinecittà Refugee Camp (for Italian Jews) with Italian director Marco Bertozzi and Noa Steimatsky (University of Chicago, Cinema and Media Studies), 7pm at the Logan Center for Performing Arts. Cosponsored with the Center for Jewish Studies.

 

Thursday, March 7: Close Reading, “How to Read Nietzsche: A literary-philosophical commentary on Beyond Good and Evil 296″ led by Christian Benne, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Syddansk Universitet, Odense.

 


Filed in Uncategorized No Responses yet

Autumn 2012 Schedule

 

All meetings take place Thursday at 4:30pm in Foster 305 unless otherwise noted.

Papers to be read in advance will be circulated via listserv one week prior to the meeting.

 

Thursday, October 4: Introductory Meeting

Readings: Stanley Cavell’s essay, “Aesthetic Problems of Modern Philosophy,” and Wallace Stevens’ poem, “Of Modern Poetry”

 

Thursday, October 18Hannah Mosher, PhD Candidate in the Committee on Social Thought

“Seduction, Unhappy Love, and Aesthetic Inwardness in Kierkegaard’s Either/Or”

 

Thursday, November 1Mark Hopwood, PhD Candidate in the Philosophy Department

“‘Only Connect: Moral Vision, Skepticism, and Embodiment in Howard’s End”

 

Thursday, November 15Philip Sugg, PhD Candidate in the Committee on Social Thought

“Religion’s Long Nineteenth Century: Representations of an Increasingly Secularized Modernity in Select German and British Literary Traditions”

 

Thursday, November 29Lauren Silvers, Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Humanities

“From Character to Personality: George Eliot’s Experimental Self-Writing in Impressions of Theophrastus Such”

 

Thursday, December 6Richard Strier, Frank L. Sulzberger Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of English

“The Struggle Against Symbolism: Successes and Failures in Stanley Cavell’s Readings of Shakespeare” (Co-hosted with the Renaissance Workshop)

 

 

 

 

 

Filed in Uncategorized No Responses yet

Literature and Philosophy Workshop 2012-2013

 

 

Dear Literature and Philosophy Enthusiasts,

We’re honored to be following founders Agnes Malinowska and Michael Subialka in serving you as the Literature and Philosophy Workshop Coordinators.

As you know, the workshop exists primarily to promote the interests and aims of University of Chicago graduate students, but benefits greatly from the ongoing involvement of distinguished scholars, thinkers, and writers from within the University and without. If you would like to present an essay, paper, research question, or chapter (at any level of completion) in the coming year please let us know as soon as possible. We are especially eager to fill out our Winter and Spring programs tentatively scheduled for the following Thursdays from 4:30-6:00:

 

Winter

January 10 (Week 1)

January 24 (Week 3)

February 7 (Week 5)

February 21 (Week 7)

March 7 (Week 9)

 

Spring

April 4 (Week 1)

April 18 (Week 3)

May 2 (Week 5)

May 9 (Week 6)

May 23 (Week 8)

June 6 (Week 10)

 

Please feel free to forward this post to any potential participants and/or presenters. Finally, all interested parties are encouraged to join our mailing list to receive information about upcoming meetings and reading materials.

Looking forward to seeing you this Autumn,

Carly Lane and Robert Abbott

carlylane@uchicago.edu

rcabbott@uchicago.edu

 

 

Filed in Uncategorized No Responses yet

Spring 2012 Schedule

**All meetings take place on Thursday at 4:30pm in COBB 104 unless otherwise noted.
**Papers to be read in advance will be circulated via listserv one week prior to the meeting.
 

March 29thHannah Mosher, PhD Candidate in the Committee on Social Thought, “What’s So Ethical About Inwardness?: The Many Forms of Inwardness of Kierkegaard’s Pseudonymous Authors”

MONDAY, April 9thAlan Levinovitz, PhD Candidate in Religion and Literature, “The Zhuangzi and Contemplative Practice,” at 4:30pm in Foster 505

TUESDAY, April 24th – Lumen Christi Institute Lecture by Ian Ker, University of Oxford, on “G.K. Chesterton and the Philosophy of Wonder,” 7pm in Ida Noyes Third Floor Theater

April 26th – Paul Kottman, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, The New School, on “Romantic Love as the Struggle for Freedom”

May 10thJoshua Landy, Associate Professor of French, Stanford University, on “Formative Fictions: Imaginative Literature and the Training of the Capacities”

WEDNESDAY, May 30th at 4:30pm in Foster 505 Alexander Orwin, PhD Candidate in Social Thought, “From Speechlessness to Philosophy: The Role of the Ummah in Farabi’s Thought” – please note the unusual time and location!

Filed in Uncategorized No Responses yet

Winter 2012 Schedule

 
**All meetings take place on Thursday at 4:30pm in Foster 305 unless otherwise noted.
**Papers to be read in advance will be circulated via listserv one week prior to the meeting.
 

January 12th – Robert Abbott, PhD Candidate in the Committee on Social Thought and Germanic Studies, “To Weep and Know Why: Rilke’s Duino Elegies and the Custom of Burial”

January 26th – Reading, Italo Calvino: “Philosophy and Literature” and “The Burning of the Abominable House”

February 9thTamar Abramov, Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Humanities, on Conrad’s “Secret Agent.”

Tuesday, February 21stDOC films screening of Nicholas Ray’s In a Lonely Place. (Note, this is not a workshop-sponsored event, but it is a nicely-timed way to see the film right before Professor Pippin’s discussion of it on Thursday)

February 23rd IN STUART 102Robert Pippin, Evelyn Stefansson Nef Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought and the Department of Philosophy, “Active and Passive Skepticism in Nicholas Ray’s In a Lonely Place” (please note that this meeting will take place in Stuart 102, not in the usual location; it will still take place at 4:30pm)

March 1st– Gerbert-Sylvestre Bouyssou, Université de Tours, “From Glory to Public Opinion, ‘reputation’ (doxa, δόξα) in Greek Antiquity”

March 8th – Mike Thomas, PhD Candidate in the Committee on Social Thought, “Whitehead, Borges, and the Fictional Nature of Concepts”

Filed in Uncategorized No Responses yet

Next Page »