Lectures and Conferences

 

On the Promise of Peace War After Death

 

Invited Lectures and Seminars (recent and forthcoming)

Invited Lectures Location Date
“The End of the World As We Know It” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Winnipeg 13-16 August 2015
Respondent, Rice Seminar: Exchanges and Temporalities in the Enlightenment, Romanticism, and Victorianism Rice University Humanities Research Center 20-21 April 2015
Moderator and Presenter, Workshop on Kevin McGlaughlin, Poetic Force: Poetry After Kant Cogut Center for the Humanities, Brown University 13 March 2015
“Cruel and Unusual,” Seminar on Steven Miller's War After Death: On Violence and Its Limits Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture, SUNY-Buffalo 6 February 2015
"On the Promise of Peace: Kant's Wartime and the Tremulous Body of Philosophy" University of California-Davis 17 November 2014
"What Remains to be Seen: Atrocity, Animal, Witness" University of California-Davis 15 November 2014
"What Remains to be Seen: Atrocity, Animal, Witness" Arizona State University 30 October 2014
"Inhospitable Peace: Kant's Wartime and the Tremulous Body of Philosophy "  Center for Eighteenth Century Studies Annual Workshop ("Eighteenth-Century Hospitalities"), Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana 15 May 2014
"Animals in Spite of All: On the Insentient Witness " Symposium on Posthumanist Sympathy and Nonhuman Animals, University of Maryland-College Park 11 October 2013
[Abstract]
"On the Promise of Peace: Kant's Wartime and the Tremulous Body of Philosophy"
Brock University 23 April 2013
"How Not to Speak of HIV/AIDS?"
The Thought of AIDS: Humanities and the Epidemic
The Cogut Center for the Humanities, Brown University 5 April 2013
"On the Promise of Peace: Kant's Wartime and the Tremulous Body of Philosophy"
Carleton University Rhetoric & Ethics Research Lab, Carleton University 24 January 2013
"On the Promise of Peace: Kant's Wartime and the Tremulous Body of Philosophy"
University of British Columbia-Okanagan 21 November 2012

Lansdowne Visiting Speaker:

i) Public Lecture: "On the Promise of Peace: Kant's Wartime and the Tremulous Body of Philosophy"

ii) Seminar 1: "Atrocity • Animal • Witness"
(Department of English / Graduate Program in Cultural, Social, and Political Thought)

Link to audio recording of the seminar.

iii) Seminar 2: "Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace: Thinking with Kant"
(Graduate Program in Cultural, Social, and Political Thought)

University of Victoria 19 November 2012
"Kant's Ice-Worlds: Wondrous Affect, Peaceable Relations, and the Good-Enough Earth"
Keynote Address, No Prospect: Romanticism at the Edge
University of Massachusetts-Boston 2 November 2012
"Atrocity • Animal • Witness"
Thinking Through Animals, California State University-Fullerton 12-13 April 2012
"Atrocity • Animal • Witness"
Film Theory and Visual Culture Seminar, Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee 16 March 2012
George Whalley Memorial Lecture: "On the Promise of Peace: Kant's Wartime and the Tremulous Body of Philosophy."
Queen's University, Kingston, Canada. 20 January 2012
"Atrocity • Animal • Witness"
The Art of Critique: Writing, Communal Difference and Different Communities (Roundtable on Animals and Animality, with J.M. Coetzee and Paul Auster), Queen's University, Kingston, Canada 23-24 September 2011
"Thanks for Nothing:' Kant's Sustainable World," Romanticism and Evolution Conference
University of Western Ontario, London, Canada 12-14 May 2011
"Thanks for Nothing:' Kant's Sustainable World," Seminar on Romantic Ecology
The Waterloo Center for German Studies, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada 19 March 2011

Public Lecture: "On the Promise of Peace: Kant's Wartime and the Tremulous Body of Philosophy."

Seminar: "Who was 'the Last Kantian in Nazi Germany?' Towards a Prehistory of the Postanimal."


Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio 7-8 December 2010
Emotional Wars: Trauma, Literature and Romanticism (with William Galperin and J. David Velleman)
The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York 4 November 2010
"Animal Witness, Animal Testament; or, Who was 'the last Kantian in Nazi Germany?'" Plenary Address. "Animals and Animality Across the Humanities and Social Sciences."
Queen's University, Kingston, Canada. 26-27 June 2010
[Abstract]
[Conference website]
"Kant's Wartime and the Unregarded Dead."
Critical Spaces Colloquium Series: Cosmopolitanism and Global Citizenship: Geopolitics in the Humanities
York University, Toronto. 29 April 2010
"On the Promise of Peace: Kant's Wartime and the Tremulous Body of Philosophy." (College of Arts and Sciences Speakers Series).
"Who was 'the Last Kantian in Nazi Germany?' Towards a Prehistory of the Postanimal." (Seminar).
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma. 1-2 April 2010
"On the Promise of Peace: Kant's Wartime and the Tremulous Body of Philosophy."
University of Colorado at Boulder 4 September 2009
"The Promise of Peace: Kant's Wartime and the Tremulous Body of Philosophy" (Public Lecture). "Towards a Prehistory of the Post-Animal: Kant, Levinas and the Regard of Brutes" (Seminar). The Center for Humanities, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri 14-15 April 2009
"On the Prehistory of Peaceful Tomorrows: Kant's Wartime." Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA 9 April 2009

"On the Promise of Peace: Kant's Wartime and the Tremulous Body of Philosophy."

[Click here to watch this lecture]
Calumet College, York University 10 March 2009
"Imagining Peace: Kant's Wartime and the Tremulous Body of Philosophy." Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 17 October 2008
"Imagining Peace: Kant's Wartime and the Tremulous Body of Philosophy." Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island 16 September 2008
"Towards a Prehistory of the Postanimal: Kant, Levinas, and the Regard of the Brutes." Graduate Theory Colloquium, Department of English, University of Maryland 4 April 2008
"Imagining Peace: Kant's Wartime and the Tremulous Body of Philosophy." Plenary Address, Finding Time: Romantic Temporalities University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. 11-12 April 2008
"Imagining Peace: Kant's Wartime and the Tremulous Body of Philosophy."; and "Regarding Animals:" or, "Who was the Last Kantian in Nazi Germany?" (seminar) Department of English, University of Rhode Island. 27 March 2008
"Imagining Peace: Kant's Wartime and the Tremulous Body of Philosophy." Department of Comparative Literature, University of California-Irvine 8 November 2007
"Towards a Prehistory of the Postanimal: Kant, Levinas, and the Regard of Brutes." Department of English, University of Vermont 11 October 2007
"On the Last of the Just: Levinas's Animal Autobiography." North American Levinas Society, Purdue University 10-12 June 2007
[Abstract]
"Imagining Peace: Kant's Wartime and the Tremulous Body of Philosophy." Plenary Address, Inventions of the Imagination: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Imaginary since Romanticism University of Washington Humanities Center, Seattle, Washington 18-20 May 2007
[Conference website]
"Towards a Prehistory of the Postanimal:  Kant, Levinas, and the Regard of Brutes." Center for Cultural Analysis, Rutgers University 26 April 2007
"If a lion could talk, would we understand it?' Reading Derrida's 'The Animal That Therefore I am (More to Follow).' " Department of Comparative Literature, University of Toronto 11 October 2006
"Towards a Prehistory of the Postanimal: Levinas, Kant, and the Regard of Brutes." Plenary Speaker, Emmanuel Levinas Centenary Conference: My 'place in the sun': Levinas Today. University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia 30 June 2006
"If a lion could talk, would we understand it?' Reading Derrida's 'The Animal That Therefore I am (More to Follow).' " Department of Comparative Literature, University of Toronto 11 October 2006
[Conference website]
"Towards a Prehistory of the Postanimal: Kant, Levinas, and the Regard of Brutes." University of California-Davis 6 April 2006
"Tilottama Rajan: On Romantic Migrancy." Address to the Keats-Shelley, Association of America, Washington, D.C. 29 December 2005
"Towards a Prehistory of the Postanimal: Regarding the Life of Brutes", "What is 'Life'? Bioethics and Bioinformatics" Lecture Series Department of Philosophy, the Faculty of Information Studies, and the McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology, University of Toronto. 24 November 2005
["What is 'Life?'"
Lecture Series Poster]
"On a Recently Adopted Inferior Tone in Philosophy: Kant's Laughter" Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism, University of Western Ontario 21 September 2005
"Freakery and the Humanities in Conflict: or, The Man Who Mistook an Aunt for a Duck" Bucknell University Comparative Humanities Program, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA 29 March 2004
"The Man Who Mistook an Aunt for a Duck: Kant's Freakery." Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California 15 January 2004
"'The Palestinians, Living Among Us': Kant's Neighbourhoods (*Jew * Foreigner * Friend * Animal*)." Mellon-Sawyer Seminar on The Ethics of the Neighbor Center for Jewish Studies, UCLA 14 January 2004
Plenary Session, International Conference on Romanticism American Conference on Romanticism, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 15 November 2003
"Schelling's Haunt: Philosophy Among the Quick and the Dead"
(Halls-Bascom Visiting Scholar)
University of Wisconsin-Madison 13 November 2003
"Towards a Prehistory of the Postanimal: Kant, Levinas, and the Regard of Brutes" (Halls-Bascom Visiting Scholar) University of Wisconsin-Madison 11 November 2003
"Towards a Prehistory of the Postanimal: Kant, Levinas, and the Regard of Brutes" Duke University 7 October 2003
[Information website]
"We 'Other Prussians: Bodies and Pleasures in Late Kant." Seminar on Enlightenment and Revolution Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University 27 January 2003
"We Other Prussians: Bodies and Pleasures in Late Kant." Plenary Address, North American Study for the Study of Romanticism University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario August 2002
"The Man Who Mistook An Aunt for a Duck: Kant's Freakery." Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art, and Culture Carleton University 20 January 2002


 

Conference Papers (recent and forthcoming):

Paper Location Date
"Goya's Scarcity" Modern Language Association, Chicago 11 January 2014
"Goya's Scarcity" North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Boston 9 August 2013
"On the Politics of Burial and Exhumation" North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Boston 9 August 2013
"Just Enough Kant" Modern Language Association, Seattle 6 January 2012
"Who was 'Last Kantian in Nazi Germany'? The Animal and the Testamentary Remnant," Thinking About Animals Brock University, St Catherines 1 April 2011

"What Is Posthumanism? Responding to Cary Wolfe"
(Roundtable session).

Speakers:
Alastair Hunt (co-presider)
Kari Weil
David L. Clark (See Response Paper here)
Emily Clark (co-presider)
Claire Colebrook
Anne-Lise François

Respondent:
Cary Wolfe

Modern Language Association,Los Angeles 10 January 2011
"The Philosopher's Familiar: Kant and Animal Life" Annual Meeting of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Vancouver, B.C. 19-22 August 2010
"Does not play well with others: Unsocial Kant." Modern Language Association, Philadelphia December 2009
"In the Event: Kant's Declarations of Peace" Modern Language Association, San Franscico 28 December 2008
"Kant's Wartime and the Tremulous Body of Philosophy," North American Society for the Study of Romanticism University of Toronto 23 August 2008
"Schelling's Wartime," 2nd Joint North American Society for the Study of Romanticism British Association for Romantic Studies Conference, University of Bristol, Bristol, U.K 26-29 July 2007
"Why War? Kant's Tremulous Body." Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, PA. 28 December 2006
"'The Palestinians, Living Among Us': Kant's Neighbourhoods," Following Derrida Conference Winnipeg, Manitoba 4-7 October 2006
"'If I Imagine Myself to be An Animal': Regarding Kant's Brutes," ACCUTE/NASSR Joint Session Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, York University, Toronto, Canada. 27-30 May 2006
"'The Palestinians, Living Among Us': Kant, Derrida, and the Question of Philosophical Nationality," in the session "After Derrida" Modern Language Association, Washington, D.C. December 2005
"Kant's Laughter: On a Recently Adopted Inferior Tone in Philosophy" Annual Meeting of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Montreal, Quebec 13-17 August 2005
Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English Annual Meeting, Congress of the Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario 31 May 2005
"Schelling's Haunt, Derrida's Memory," Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture (EPTC) Congress of the Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario 29 May 2005
"'The Palestinians, Living Among Us': Kant, Derrida, and the Question of Philosophical Nationality," in the session on "Jacques Derrida's Contributions to Philosophy," Canadian Philosophical Organization Annual Meeting Congress of the Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Western Ontario 28 May 2005
"'The Palestinians, Living Among Us:' Kant's Neighborhoods, " Rhetoric, Politics, Ethics Conference University of Ghent, Ghent, Belgium 21-23 April 2005
"'The Palestinians, Living Among Us': Kant's Neighbourhoods," North American Society for the Study of Romanticism / Association of Canadian Teachers of English Joint Session Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Winnipeg 1 June 2004
"'The Palestinians, Living Among Us': Kant's Neighbourhoods," North American Society for the Study of Romanticism / Association of Canadian Teachers of English Joint Session North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, University of Colorado at Boulder 11 September 2004
"At Odds With Animals: Philosophical Modernity and the War on Brutes," "Discord Workshop," 5th Annual Social Theory Consortium School for Social and Political Thought, York University 6 June 2004
"Bereft" Modern Language Association, San Diego 27 December 2003
"Schelling's Haunt: Philosophy Among the Quick and the Dead." North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, New York 3 August 2003
"Phantom Menaces, Ghostly Demarcations: Mourning Animality" Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences, Halifax 31 May 2003


 

 

 Conference Sessions:

The Very Thought of the University
(Division of Philosophical Approaches to Literature: Modern Language Association, Thursday January 5, 2012)

CFP: Philosophically or theoretically inflected considerations of the university, the academic public sphere, the role of public intellectuals, and the university-to-come. 500-word abstracts by 15 Mar.; David L. Clark (dclark@mcmaster.ca)

Submissions for this session are now closed. Many thanks to all those who sent in abstracts. The 2012 panel line-up is:
  1. Susan Searls Giroux, McMaster University. "The University of Disaster"
  2. Carolyn Lesjak, Simon Fraser University. "The Ripeness of Decay: Thinking the University in the Twenty First Century"
  3. Joan DelFattore, University of Delaware. "Reflections on Academic Freedom in the Twenty First Century"

 

Regarding the Enemy
(Division of Philosophical Approaches to Literature: Modern Language Association, December 2009)


CFP: Philosophically or theoretically inflected considerations of the unjust or criminalized other, nonfriend, enemy of humanity, le voyou, lawful or unlawful combatant, insurgent, partisan, rebel, or mutineer. 500-word abstracts by 15 Mar.; David L. Clark (dclark@mcmaster.ca)

Submissions for this session are now closed. Many thanks to all those who sent in abstracts. The panel line-up is:

  1. Elizabeth Rush, King's College, Cambridge. "The Enemy of Justice is No Enemy of Mine: On Altered Relations and Interrupted Orders in J.K. Huysmans and Emmanuel Levinas."
  2. Walter, Johnston, Princeton University. "Freedom's Enemies: The Post-Kantian Retreat of the Political in Kleist's Michael Kohlass and Penthesilea."
  3. Asma, Al-Naser, University of Pennsylvania. "Across Enemy Lines: Caruth and Said on the Politics of History."
'The Animal That Therefore I Am'
On the Politics of Non-human Life (Modern Language Association, San Francisco, 28 December 2008)

  1. Alice Kuzniar, University of Waterloo, "Freedom, Finitude, Fault."
  2. Matthew Calarco, California State University, Fullerton, " The Miracle Was Animals:' Rethinking the Grounds of Animal Politics."
  3. Sharon Sliwinski, University of Western Ontario, "On the gaze called animal."

On the Critique of Violence
(CFP for NASSR Conference, 21-24 August 2008)

David L. Clark, McMaster University

On the Critique of Violence 1 (Saturday August 23rd, 9:00 - 10:30 AM)
On the Critique of Violence 2 (Saturday August 23rd, 1:45 - 3:15 PM)

CFP:

In what ways is Romanticism the site of philosophical conceptions and theoretical articulations in which the question of "violence" is radically reconsidered? Emphasis will be given to those reconsiderations that are arguably still underway. Possible topics include: Romantic destruction, disruption, diversification; the imposition of order on "the unruly" [ das Regellose ]; conceptions, receptions, and experiences of "total war"; deformations of the subject; psychic and/or political aggression; apocalyptic thinking and the end of history; désoeuvrement and other forms of unravelling; the violence of history and the history of violence; terror and revolution; auto-immune disorders; exclusion and abjection; aesthetics, ideology, and violence; trauma; arche and anarchy; the devastations of radical evil; fury, force, and power. "Philosophy" and "theory" are here broadly conceived, ranging from canonical philosophical work of the period to non-philosophical texts that are characterized by lineages, inflections, questions, and moves that are deemed to be "philosophical" and "theoretical." Proposals from a wide range of methodologies, disciplines, and languages are warmly welcomed. Please submit to this special session by e-mailing David L. Clark at David Clark and cc'ing at conference comittee . Indicate clearly in the body of your e-mail and in your proposal the special session to which you are submitting your paper. Proposals should be 500 words and should be submitted electronically in the body of an email or as an attachment in .doc or .pdf format by January 15, 2008.

Submissions for this session are now closed. Many thanks to all those who sent in abstracts. The session line-up is:

On the Critique of Violence 1
  1. Tilottama Rajan: "Excitability: Schelling's Volatile History"
  2. Marc Redfield: "Peacetime"
  3. Deborah Elise White: "Burning Down the Library: Hugo, Benjamin and the Violence of Literature"

On the Critique of Violence 2
  1. George Grinnell: "'Identify Yourself:' Political Violence and Practices of Identification in Equiano"
  2. Joshua Lambier: "From Catastrophic Lisbon to Revolutionary France: Kant's Disaster Writing"
  3. Mark Algee-Hewitt: "'Sleeping the Lap of Horror:' Representations of Violence in the Aesthetics of the Picturesque"

On the Enigma and Necessity of Peace.
(CFP for MLA Division on Philosophical Approaches to Literature / 2007 MLA at Chicago)


Abstract:

Theoretically and philosophically inflected representations and considerations of the nature, limitations, and promise of peace, whether past, present, or future. Please send 250-500 word abstracts to David L. Clark, Department of English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University by 15 March 2007.

Submissions for this session are now closed. Many thanks to all those who sent in abstracts. The session line-up is:

  1. Marc Redfield, Claremont University: "Peacetime"
  2. John Leavey, University of Florida: "A Marrano's Smile: Taking on-- Several Protocols to an Armistice"
  3. Brian Bergen-Aurand, University of Illinois at Chicago: "The Bioethics of Peace and the Green Line of Cyprus"

"Are we free to speak of freedom?"
Philosophical and Theoretical Articulations, 2007 BARS/NASSR Conference: Emancipation, Liberation, Freedom
University of Bristol, Bristol, U.K., 26-29 July, 2007
Session Convenor: David L. Clark


Abstract:

In what ways is Romanticism the site of philosophical conceptions and theoretical articulations in which "freedom" is radically reconsidered? Emphasis will be given to those reconsiderations that are arguably still underway. Possible topics include: autonomy and automatization; human beings, machine-life, and animality; liberty, fraternity, and friendship; freedom and/of/from the inhuman; leading strings and thinking for oneself; the moral law and other necessities; academic freedom and the university without condition; unconditional sovereignty and the rights of citizens; "the right to say everything, or to keep it secret;" spheres and counter-spheres of liberty; judgment and (dis)interested pleasures; dependence, habit, and addiction; the culture of discipline and the despotism of desire; enslaved, emancipated, and post-autonomous subjects; grounds, grounding, and groundlessness; declarations of dependence and independence.

"Philosophy" and "theory" are here broadly conceived, ranging from canonical philosophical work of the period to non-philosophical texts that are characterized by lineages, inflections, questions, and moves that are deemed to be "philosophical" and "theoretical." Proposals from a wide range of methodologies, disciplines, and languages are warmly welcomed. Please send 300-word abstracts by e-mail to Professor David L. Clark by 17 November, 2006.

Submissions for this session are now closed. Many thanks to all those who sent in abstracts. The session line-up is:

  1. Tilottama Rajan, University of Western Ontario: "The Ends of Art: Hegel's Symbolic Art and Schelling's Historiography in The Ages of the World"
  2. David Simpson, University of California-Davis: "Wordsworth's Mechanicals"
  3. Rei Terada, University of California-Irvine: "After-Images of Freedom and the First Critique"

"Philosophy and Culture: Theory and Its Discontents"
(MLA Division on Philosophical Approaches to Literature)
Meeting of the Modern Language Association, 27 December 2006


  1. Tilottama Rajan, University of Western Ontario: "The Dissensus of Philosophy: Schelling, History, Psychoanalysis."
  2. Thomas Pfau, Duke University: "The Melancholic Gift: Freedom in Nineteenth-Century Fiction and Philosophy"
  3. Orrin N. C. Wang, University of Maryland: "Marxism, Deconstruction, Alterity."

"Building and Unbuilding the Kingdom of Ends: Cosmopolitanism and Ethics"
Two Sessions at the Meeting of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism
University of Colorado-Boulder, 9-12 September 2004


Abstract:

In what ways do reflections upon and explorations of the question of cosmopolitanism also constitute an ethics? How do writings of the Enlightenment and the Romantic period--literary, philosophical, legal, theological, historical, scientific, etc.--differently configure the relationships that obtain between worldliness and responsibility, the (inter)national and the dutiful? What legible and illegible obligations attend the cultural production of the "cosmopolitan" subject? Is there an ethics of cosmopolitanism? How do alternative models of social and psychic relation and liability--the neighbour, the hostage, the witness, for example--haunt the responsible cosmopolite? Proposals quickened by a wide range of methodologies, disciplines, objects of analysis, and languages are welcomed.

Session 1: Cosmopolitanism and Ethics

  1. Karen Weisman, "Kant, the Ethics of Place, and the Nineteenth-Century Jewish Elegiac."
  2. Janice Peritz, "You've Got Mail: The Personal as Cosmopolitical in Wollstonecraft's Scandinavian Letters"
  3. Michael John Kooy, "Cosmopolitanism in Wartime"

Session 2: Cosmopolitanism and Ethics

  1. Suzie Park, "Calling All Impartial Spectators: Reading Caleb's 'Reasonable Demand.'"
  2. Scott J. Juengel, "The Psychophysiognomy of Cosmopolitan Life"
  3. Claire Raymond, "'Fox's Heart:' the City in Mary Shelley's Mathilda"


 

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