Expert Seminar (May 2017)

Terra Critica V: The Ethics of Critique

The seminar is organized @ Penn State University by Leonard Lawlor (Dept. of Philosophy) and Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor (Dept. of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies), together with The Department of Philosophy, The Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, The Rock Ethics Institute and the Institute for Arts and Humanities.

Our basis for discussion are Jacques Derrida’s “The Ends of Man” (1968) and Sylvia Wynter’s “The Ceremony Found: Towards the Autopoetic Turn/Overturn, its Autonomy of Human Agency and Extraterritoriality of (Self-)Cognition” (2015).

Workshop participants

Amy Allen (Penn State)
Alia Al-Saji (McGill U)
Mercedes Bunz (U of Westminster)
Claire Colebrook (Penn State)
Bethany Doane (Penn State)
Birgit M. Kaiser (Utrecht U)
Leonard Lawlor (Penn State)
Jacques Lezra (UC Riverside)
Sam McAuliffe (Goldsmiths)
Kristine McClain (Penn State)
Eddie O’Byrn (Penn State)
Timothy O’Leary (U of Hong Kong)
Romy Opperman (Penn State)
William Paris (Penn State)
Esther Peeren (U of Amsterdam)
Tano Posteraro (Penn State)
Anne Sauvagnargues (Paris X)
Melanie Sehgal (Viadrina U Frankfurt Oder)
Kathrin Thiele (Utrecht U)
Tiffany Tsantsoulos (Penn State)
Tjalling Valdés Olmos (Utrecht U)
Sybrandt van Keulen (U of Amsterdam)
Shannon Winnubst (Ohio State)
Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor (Penn State)
Ewa Ziarek (SUNY Buffalo)


Workshop Programme


Thursday, 11 May 2017

9:30am-11:30pm       on (other) institutions

Introductory statements by Jacques Lezra, Melanie Sehgal, Sybrandt van Keulen

1:00-3:00pm              on (reading) opacity

Introductory statements by Esther Peeren, Len Lawlor, Shannon Winnubst

3:30-5:00pm              keynote lecture by Alia Al-Saji (McGill University)

“A Critical Time of Ethics: Hesitation and the Reconfiguration of the Past”


Friday, 12 May 2017

10:00am-12:00pm      on the ends of (hu)man

Introductory statements by Kathrin Thiele, Sam McAuliffe, Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor

1:30-3:30pm               on (im)possible mutations

Introductory statements by Birgit M. Kaiser, Mercedes Bunz, Tjalling Valdés Olmos, Timothy O’Leary

3:45-4:00pm               book launch

Terra Critica publication Symptoms of the Planetary Condition: A Critical Vocabulary (eds. M. Bunz, B.M. Kaiser and K. Thiele) meson press 2017

4:00-5:30pm               keynote lecture by Ewa Ziarek (SUNY Buffalo)

“Can Critique be Reparative: A Response to Klein, Kristeva, Sedgwick, and Company”


Saturday, 13 May 2017

10:00am-12:00pm      concluding session

2:00-4:00pm               Terra Critica network meeting