Wednesday, November 28, 2007
history is habitually written by the people with the guns and sticks and one cannot expect to defeat them with mocking satire and feather dusters. Yet, as the history of ultra-leftist active nihilism eloquently shows, one is lost the moment one picks up the guns and sticks. Anarchic political resistance should not seek to mimic and mirror the archic violent sovereignty it opposes.
So what should, say, the US Democrats do? Stop competing for state power and withdraw to the interstices of the state, leaving state power to the Republicans and start a campaign of anarchic resistance to it? And what would Critchley do if he were facing an adversary like Hitler? Surely in such a case one should ‘mimic and mirror the archic violent sovereignty’ one opposes? Shouldn’t the Left draw a distinction between the circumstances in which one would resort to violence in confronting the state, and those in which all one can and should do is use ‘mocking satire and feather dusters’? The ambiguity of Critchley’s position resides in a strange non sequitur: if the state is here to stay, if it is impossible to abolish it (or capitalism), why retreat from it? Why not act with(in) the state? Why not accept the basic premise of the Third Way? Why limit oneself to a politics which, as Critchley puts it, ‘calls the state into question and calls the established order to account, not in order to do away with the state, desirable though that might well be in some utopian sense, but in order to better it or attenuate its malicious effect’? . . .Read the rest here: http://www.lrb.co.uk/v29/n22/zize01_.html.
Playing a game, like reading a novel, can be regarded as a form of semiosis, an interaction of signs. This constitutes the basic similarity between games and literature the following paper tries to explore. Taking the process of reading as a model for the process of playing might seem like an oversimplification, but this is not the fault of the critical analogy, but rather of our simplistic understanding of the interaction between reader and text. In order to understand this interaction properly, we must take into account the context, or contexts, in which the phenomenon of digital games is embedded. While it seems obvious that computer games fall into the category of games, which is notoriously hard to define, many of them transcend this category by virtue of their ability to tell a story. Therefore, games must be seen as part of the tradition of narrative literature as well as that of games. Furthermore, games can be seen as media, i.e. as devices that enable players to interact meaningfully with each other. In the following paper, I will focus on the literary context of computer games. However, this does not mean that I regard the ludic and the media context as less important. On the contrary: my interest in the study of computer games from a literary viewpoint derives from their hybrid nature, from their being neither fish, flesh nor fowl, as it were. Therefore, this attempt to locate computer games in the context of literature must not be misconstrued as an attempt to "colonize" the field of digital games. Ultimately, this approach aims at establishing computer game studies as an independent aesthetic subject, rather than a sub-discipline of literary studies. The suggestions made here should not be construed as a form of "theoretical imperialism," to use Espen Aarseth’s term, but rather as a display of what literary studies can contribute to an interdisciplinary cooperation. In the first section of this paper I will give a brief overview of attempts undertaken so far to approach the field of computer games from a literary perspective. I will then single out what appear to be the three central problems of these approaches, and try to provide solutions for them. The problematic issues I address are 1) the dichotomy of text and code, 2) interactivity and 3) narrative. Although I think that literary theory provides models to describe these phenomena, as well as a terminology that allows us to discuss them appropriately, in discussing the above-mentioned problems I rely on other theoretical concepts as well, especially from semiotics and second-order cybernetics. Thus, the approach followed here extends well beyond the field of traditional philology, while remaining firmly rooted in literary studies. . . .Read the entire paper here: http://www.gamestudies.org/0301/kucklich/.
Brown, Douglas. "Gaming DNA: On Narrative and Gameplay Gestalts." Digital Games Research Association Conference, Japan, September 24-28, 2007.
This paper takes the concept of the ‘Gameplay Gestalt’ as advanced by Craig Lindley  as a basis for a fresh look at how games are read and designed. Disagreeing with Lindley’s assertion of gameplay over narrative, it puts forward a model of the game as a construct of authored gestalt interplay, and concentrates on the links between the physical process of playing the game and the interpretative process of ‘reading’ it. A wide variety of games are put forward as examples, and some analyses of major ‘moments’ in classic games are deconstructed. The concept of the ‘sublime’ as applicable to games is examined as is the use of gameplay and narrative to generate ‘illusory agency’, which can make a game more than the sum of its parts.For the full paper, please go to http://www.digra.org/dl/db/07311.40380.pdf. For the other papers, please go to http://www.digra.org/dl/order_by_author?publication=Situated%20Play.
"200 Ans de PHENOMENOLOGIE DE L'ESPRIT," College International de Philosophie, Universite de Paris IV-Sorbonne, December 13-15, 2007.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Banchetti-Robino, Marina Paola, and Clevis Headley, eds. SHIFTING THE GEOGRAPHY OF REASON: GENDER, SCIENCE AND RELIGION. Cambridge Scholars, 2007.
CFP: "The Legacies of Simone de Beauvoir," 16th International Conference, University of Northumbria, June 13-15, 2008.
CFP: "De Beauvoir's Philosophy," Panel Sponsored by Simone de Beauvoir Society, Annual Meeting, EPTC, University of British Columbia, June 3-5, 2008.
Monday, November 26, 2007
"Democracy and Disappointment: Alain Badiou and Simon Critchley on the Politics of Resistance," Conversations in Theory, November 15, 2007.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Maldonado-Torres, Nelson, ed. POST-CONTINENTAL PHILOSOPHY. WORLDS AND KNOWLEDGES OTHERWISE 1.3 (2006).
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Lennon, Thomas M., and Shannon Dea. "Continental Rationalism." STANFORD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PHILOSOPHY [new entry].
CFP: "Comparative Continental Philosophy," 3rd Annual Meeting, Comparative Continental Philosophy Circle, University of Honolulu, April 10-13, 2008.
CFP: "Stories of the Novel: a Workshop on Ancient and Modern Narrative Fiction," University of Bristol, March 8, 2008.
We welcome proposals for fifteen-minute presentations in the form of 150-word abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org or h.c..email@example.com, by 15 January 2008. Proposals from postgraduate students are welcome. Dr Ika Willis, Lecturer in Reception: Ika.Willis@bristol.ac.uk
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
CFP: "Art, Praxis, and Social Transformation: Radical Dreams and Visions," San Francisco State University, November 6-9, 2008.
- Name, contact information, and affiliation of presenter(s);
- Title of presentation paper(s), panel, workshop, poster session, performance, etc.;
- Abstract of 250-500 words for each individual presentation paper; and/or,
- Description of panel, workshop, etc., including siting, audio-visual, and other requirements.
- Let us know if you are willing to serve as chair for a panel or workshop that needs one.
Send your proposal by March 8, 2008 to firstname.lastname@example.org; or Peter Amato, RPA ‘08, English & Philosophy Dept., Drexel University, 3141 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104. Information about accommodations at: http://www.radicalphilosophy.org/. A selection of papers from the conference will be published in Radical Philosophy Today, Vol. 6.(Information from http://www.continental-philosophy.org/).
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
CFP: "The Phenomenology and Existentialism of the 20th Century," Jagiellonian University of Krakow, August 17-20, 2008.
Bruns, Gerald. "Review of Asja Szafraniec's BECKETT, DERRIDA, AND THE EVENT OF LITERATURE." NDPR November 14, 2007.
- There is no literature as such. It is, whatever else it is, the transformation of something given into something other, that is, non-identical, outside the grasp of concepts, categories, distinctions, not to mention purposes, functions, or positions in any standing order of things. This leaves us with almost nothing to say about what a work of literature is. One recalls what Adorno said about the task of art: "To make things of which we do not know what they are."
- Literature has a history rather than an essence. Derrida's way of addressing this issue is to characterize literature as an 'institution,' by which he appears to mean (apart from the imposing edifice of French Literature) the history of genres, conventions, forms, and movements with their assorted "isms." No doubt much of what is written belongs to this "institution," but Derrida thinks that every work is always in advance of what the "institution" of literature is able to recognize as belonging to itself. In this respect Derrida is pretty much a classic modernist keyed to experiment and innovation.
- Literature is thus not so much an object as an event in which each work is absolutely singular, a law unto itself, but perhaps less autonomous than antinomian, irreducible to any reading or appropriation. Literature is a work of writing (écriture) in Maurice Blanchot's sense of the term, referring particularly to the materiality of language that works on us as a kind of limit-experience, that is, an experience that takes us out of the role of cognitive agents grasping things (like texts) and construing their intelligibility. This materiality perhaps forms the meeting ground where philosophy and literature approach only to recoil from one another.
- How does one register this event of language? There is no 'literary hermeneutics.' Each experience of a literary work is itself singular and unrepeatable, however "iterable" the work itself may be as a construction of words. One responds to the work not by way of commentary and exegesis but by close attention to the anomalies of the text, its phonic and graphic complexity, its dissonance or antinomies, the openness of its form and the many different directions this may lead us. Such a reading, however, is less philological or critical (much less philosophical) than ludic: the idea is to play along with the text or perhaps to take off from it. Every text is in some sense a pretext, even as every reading is a supplementation or, more exactly perhaps, a kind of marginal writing or parody -- of which Derrida's Glas is perhaps the canonical example. . . .
CFP: "The Science of Sensibility: Edmund Burke's PHILOSOPHICAL ENQUIRY 250 Years Later," Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, December 17-18, 2007.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Joseph, John E. " . . . Ferdinand de Saussure, the Father of Structuralism, Owed Much to Hobbes and Mill. . . ." TIMES ONLINE November 14, 2007.
Rutten, Tim. "Review of MODERNISM: THE LURE OF HERESY by Peter Gay." LOS ANGELES TIMES November 14, 2007.
Reisch, George, and Randall Auxier. "Pop Goes Philosophy: Don’t Keep Your Philosophy Under Your (Mr.) Hat." POP MATTERS November 14, 2007.
CFP: "Writing Research Across Borders," University of California, Santa Barbara, February 22-24, 2008.
- Emilia Ferreiro, National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico
- Gert Rijlaarsdam, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
- David Russell, Iowa State University
Featured Panel on Reference Works:
- Charles Bazerman, University of California, Santa Barbara
- Charles MacArthur, University of Delaware
- Peter Smagorinsky, University of Georgia
Conference Sponsors: Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, University Writing Program of University of California, Davis.For further information, please visit: http://www.writing.ucsb.edu/wrconf08/.
CFP: Seventh International "Crossroads in Cultural Studies," Association for Cultural Studies, University of the West Indies, Mona, July 3-7, 2008.
CFP: "A Foucault for the 21st Century . . .," University of Massachusetts, Boston, April 16-17, 2008.
- Governmentality and Neo-liberalism
- Political Spirituality and Contemporary Religious Movements
- Biopolitics, Globalization and Populations
- Race, Genetics and the Politics of Life
- Ethics, Biopower and the Politics of Consumption
- Panopticism and Surveillance in a Post 9/11 World
- Governmentality, Biopower and the Politics of Risk
- Subpolitics, Life Politics and New Social Movements
- Foucault and the Left in a Global Context
- Foucault and the Penal-Industrial Complex
- Ethics, Identity and Individualization
Keynote Speakers Include:
- James Bernauer (Boston College)
- Charles Lemert (Wesleyan University)
- Barbara Cruikshank (UMASS Amherst)
- Margaret McLaren (Rollins College)
The conference will feature both invited and submitted papers and presentations, as well as audiovisual materials. Please send a one-page abstract or proposal as email attachment (MS Word Format) to SocialTheoryProposal@ideologiesofwar.com by December 18, 2007.
Further information is here: http://pages.emerson.edu/faculty/s/samuel_binkley/foucaultconference.html.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Professors Martin Bernal, Paul Gilroy, Shelley Haley, Stephen Howe, Partha Mitter, Valentin Y. Mudimbe, Patrice Rankine and Robert J. C. Young. Send proposals of up to 500 words by March 31 2008 to Dr. Daniel Orrells, Department of Classics, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Podcasts of Hubert Dreyfus' Lectures on Heidegger's BEING AND TIME at the University of California, Berkeley.
CFP: 32nd Annual Conference, Society for Caribbean Studies, University of Edinburgh, July 2-4, 2008.
- Scottish Caribbean connections
- Commemoration and memorialisation
- Counter-revolution in the Caribbean
- Political leadership and democracy
- China and the Caribbean
- The Caribbean and Transatlantic Studies
- Caribbean perspectives on Latin American politics
- Sustainable development
- Language and linguistics
- Religion and spirituality
- Performance, drama and theatre
- Literature and visual cultures
- Fashion, textiles and dress
- Sports and game play
The Society will provide a limited number of Postgraduate Bursaries for presenters to contribute towards registration and accommodation costs. Postgraduate researchers should indicate that they are seeking a bursary when submitting their abstract, but please note that travel costs cannot be funded. Arts researchers or practitioners living and working in the Caribbean are eligible to apply for the Bridget Jones Award, the deadline for which is also Friday 11th January, 2008. To submit an abstract online, please consult the Society website: http://www.caribbeanstudies.org.uk/; For any further queries, or for alternative methods of abstract submission, please contact David Howard (email@example.com). For more information on the Bridget Jones Award, please contact Kate Quinn (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit the Society website.
CFP: "New Materialities: French Perspectives," European Philosophy Group, Manchester Metropolitan University, November 24, 2007.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
CFP: "The Substance of Thought: Critical and Pre-Critical," Theory Reading Group, Cornell University, April 10-12, 2008.
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