Monday, March 01, 2010

"From Structure to Rhizome: Transdisciplinarity in French Thought, 1945 to the Present: Histories, Concepts, Constructions," April 16-17, 2010.

Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University. In the final decades of the twentieth century, the ‘great books’ of postwar French theory transformed study in the humanities in the Anglophone world. These books were all, in one way or another, transdisciplinary in character. Yet their reception has primarily taken place in an array of specific disciplinary contexts, isolated from a broader understanding of the intellectual dynamics, forms, significance and innovative potential of transdisciplinarity itself. This conference aims to redress this situation. Each speaker will reflect on the transdisciplinary functioning of a single concept in French thought since 1945, with respect to a founding text, a particular thinker or a school of thought. Speakers:
  • Éric Alliez (CRMEP, Middlesex University) 'Rhizome'
  • Etienne Balibar (University of Paris X/Irvine UC) 'Structure'
  • Andrew Barry (Oxford University) 'Network'
  • Tom Conley (Harvard University) 'Writing'
  • François Cusset (University of Paris X) 'Theory'
  • Patrick Guyomard (University of Paris VII) 'Object a'
  • Jean-Marc Lévy-Leblond (University of Nice) 'Science'
  • Alain de Libera (EPHE, Paris/University of Geneva) 'Subject'
  • Peter Osborne (CRMEP, Middlesex University) 'Transdisciplinarity'
  • Michèle Riot-Sarcey (University of Paris VIII) 'History'
  • Stella Sandford (CRMEP, Middlesex University) 'Sex'

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