Bodies in Movement Seminar Series

The Bodies in Movement Seminar organisers together with Michael O'Rourke (Independent Colleges, Dublin) and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (Edinburgh) are pleased to announce that we will be holding an intimate, one-day seminar with Catherine Malabou at the University of Edinburgh on Monday, 21 January 2013.

In the morning, Catherine Malabou will present some of her latest research in a lecture entitled "Epigeneses of Reason". The afternoon session will feature responses to selected readings (see below) from a variety of disciplinary locations including philosophy, theology, literature, visual culture, gender studies and queer theory. 

Preliminary Schedule
10:30am   Opening remarks
10:45am   Presentation by Catherine Malabou, "Epigeneses of Reason"
11:45am   Questions and discussion
12:30pm   Lunch
2:00pm     Responses by Jean-Paul Martinon and Thomas Lynch, followed by open discussion of selected sections from The Future of Hegel (2000) and Plasticity at the Dusk of Writing (2010)
3:30pm     Tea break
4:00pm     Responses by Eszter Timar, Liam Jones and Beth Lord, followed by open discussion of selected sections from What Should We Do with Our Brain? (2008), Changing Difference (2011) and Ontology of the Accident (2012)
5:30pm     Close
The Readings

  • "Introduction" to The Future of Hegel: Plasticity, Temporality and Dialectic, trans. Lisabeth During (London: Routledge, 2005): 1-20.
  • "Of the Impossibility of Fleeing - Plasticity" in Plasticity at the Dusk of Writing: Dialectic, Destruction, Deconstruction, trans. Carolyn Shread (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010): 65-82.
  • "Plasticity and Flexibility - For a Consciousness of the Brain" in What Should We do with our Brain? Trans. Sebastian Rand (New York: Fordham University Press, 2008): 1-14.
  • Chapter One from The Ontology of the Accident: An Essay on Destructive Plasticity, trans. Carolyn Shread (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2012): 7-38.
  • "The Meaning of the 'Feminine'" in Changing Difference: The Feminine and the Question of Philosophy, trans. Carolyn Shread (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2011): 5-40.

All participants are required to read these sections from her texts before the seminar. We will email the excerpts to attendees shortly.

The seminar will be held at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, 2 Hope Park Square, Edinburgh EH8 9NW. For further information on Catherine Malabou's work, including a bibliography, some full-text articles and interviews, see the blog dedicated to her research.

If you have any queries or wish to register your interest in attending, please contact the organisers. Previous seminars in the Bodies in Movement Series can be found here.

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Further Readings

Many of Malabou's writings are available to read or download online. Below is a non-comprehensive list of these works. Many thanks to Selim Karlitekin at the Catherine Malabou Blog for sourcing most of these. 

  • "The Form of an 'I'", in John D. Caputo & Michael J. Scanlon (eds), Augustine and Postmodernism: Confessions and Circumfession (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005): 127–37.


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