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The European Philosophy Research Group (EPRG) is concerned with developing research in European philosophy between The Centre for the History of European Discourses (CHED) and the School of History , Philosophy, Religion and Classics (HPRC). Members include Dr. Michelle Boulous Walker, Dr. Marguerite La Caze, Dr. Aurelia Armstrong and Dr. Simon Duffy.

The aims of the group are to promote research and interest in European philosophy through a series of conferences and workshops. Speakers, both national and international, will be invited to these events. On occasion, visiting scholars will be invited to stay for short periods of time to present papers and consult with postgraduate students. The EPRG was responsible for organizing the 2003 Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy (ASCP) Conference: Imagination ( Brisbane , November 20-22, 2003). Invited speakers included Professor Moira Gatens, Emeritus Professor Max Deutscher and Professor Paul Patton.

Emmanuel Levinas Centenary Conference
My ‘place in the sun’: Levinas Today

The University of Queensland: 30 June - 1 July 2006
The Powerhouse, Brisbane Australia

Programme and Registration

In 2006 we celebrate the centenary of Emmanuel Levinas' birth. To mark this occasion, the European Philosophy Research Group (EPRG) at the University of Queensland is hosting an international conference entitled “My ‘place in the sun’: Levinas Today”, contributing to a series of world-wide events designed to commemorate Levinas’ work (

Invited Speakers:
David L. Clark:
Professor in the Department of English and Cultural Studies and Associate Member of the Health Studies Program, McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada.
Ghassan Hage: Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology, The University of Sydney, Australia.
Deborah Bird Rose: Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Research and Environmental Studies, Institute of Advanced Studies, The Australian National University, Australia.

The conference is fully catered, providing morning tea, afternoon tea, and lunch each day, as well as a cocktail party on the Friday night. Please note that vegetarians are catered for.

Registration: (Closes Monday, 26 June 2006)
Waged: $250
Student/Concession: $220
Please note: Online registration is now available at:
(Inquiries contact

Friday 30 June 2006
8.00 – 8.30: Registration and coffee

8.30 – 9.30: Welcome and Introduction
*Marshall Bell, Artist
*Peter Cryle, Centre for the History of European Discourses
*Michelle Boulous Walker, “Levinas Today”
9.30 – 11.00: David L. Clark: “Towards a Prehistory of the Postanimal: Levinas, Kant, and the Regard of Brutes”
11.00 – 11.30: Morning Tea
11.30 – 1.00: Deborah Bird Rose: “Ruined Faces: the shattering of ethics”
1.00 – 2.00: Lunch
2.00 – 4.00: Panel I: “exceeding the idea of the other in me”: the good life, suffering and animal rights
Søren Overgaard: Living for the Other?
Jonathan Crow: Levinasian Ethics, Moral Reasoning and Animal Rights
Undine Sellbach: The Claims of Animals
4.00 – 4.30: Afternoon Tea
4.30 – 6.30: Panel II: “But we are in the world”: mass culture, maternity and the virtual (inter)face
Slobodanka M. Vladiv-Glover: Levinas’ Ethical Sensibility
Laurie Johnson: Face-Interface or the Prospect of a Virtual Ethics
7.00 – 9.00: Cocktail Party

Saturday 1 July 2006
9.30 – 10.30: Breakfast/Morning Tea

10.30 – 12.00: Ghassan Hage: “The faith of the other: reflections on the radical alterity of seriously religious Muslims”
12.00 – 1.00: Lunch
1.00 – 3.00: Panel III: “spaces belonging to the other man”: indigeneity, negotiation and avoidance
Hamish Morgan: ‘What do you expect’: Negotiating…
Angela Hirst: Avoiding guilt in the city (the story of Levinas in my life)
Avril Bell: The hiatus between ethics and politics as generative tension
3.00 – 3.30: Afternoon Tea
3.30 – 6.00: Panel IV: “the whole of humanity, in the eyes that look at me”: asylum, detention and genocide
Claire Loughnan: Being at home with oneself
Sonia Magdalena Tascón: Responsibility at a time of threat
Donna-Lee Frieze: ‘The First Violence”: Exposing Genocide…

As the title of this conference suggests, we plan an engagement with Levinas’ work that is grounded in contemporary ethical issues, inviting contributions from critical scholars working both within and without the borders of philosophy as it is traditionally defined. Professor David L. Clark (McMaster University,,
Associate Professor Ghassan Hage (University of Sydney, and Dr. Deborah Bird Rose (The Australian National University) will be among the invited speakers.

Professor David L. Clark: “Towards a Prehistory of the Postanimal: Levinas, Kant, and the Regard of Brutes.” David L. Clark is Professor in the Department of English and Cultural Studies and Associate Member of the Health Studies Program at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, where he teaches courses in critical theory, Continental philosophy, and the discourses of HIV/AIDS. He has twice been Visiting Professor at the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism at the University of Western Ontario, and was Halls-Bascom Visiting Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003. He has published work on a wide range of subjects, from the question of addiction in Heidegger and Schelling, to philosophical concepts of animality, to the surgical separation of conjoined twins. Recent publications include: Bodies and Pleasures in Late Kant (forthcoming, Stanford University Press); "Bereft: Schelling's Haunt, Derrida's Memory," South Atlantic Quarterly (forthcoming); "'Waving, Not Drowning:' On the Lives of Theory," Studies in Romanticism (2005); "On Being 'the Last Kantian in Nazi Germany:' Dwelling with Animals after Levinas," Post-Modernism and the Ethical Subject, ed. Barbara Gabriel and Suzan Ilcan (2004); "Hegel, Eating: Schelling and the Carnivorous Virility of Philosophy," Cultures of Taste / Theories of Appetite: Eating Romanticism, ed. Timothy Morton (2004); Regarding Sedgwick: Essays on Queer Culture and Critical Theory, co-edited with Stephen M. Barber (2002).

Ghassan Hage: “The faith of the other: reflections on the radical alterity of seriously religious Muslims”. Ghassan Hage is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at University of Sydney, where he has taught since 1994. He has been visiting professor and associate researcher at Pierre Bourdieu's Centre de Sociologie Européenne at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. He is an associate researcher at the Centre de Recherche sur l'Immigration, L'Ethnicité et la Citoyenneté at the Université du Quebec à Montreal, and is also an associate researcher at the Centre for Behavioural Research at the American University of Beirut. Ghassan Hage won the 2004 NSW Premier’s literary prize and award (Community Relations) and has been recently awarded an Australian Research Council grant to investigate Lebanese Muslim emotions surrounding the Arab-Israeli conflict. Recent publications include: the books, White Nation: Fantasies of white supremacy in a multicultural society (1998, 2000 and 2003 Japanese edition) and Against Paranoid Nationalism: searching for hope in a shrinking society (2003); the edited collection, Arab-Australians Today: Citizenship and Belonging (2002); and the papers, ‘The Real, the Potential and the Political’ (2005), ‘Truth and Reality in Warring Societies’ (2005), ‘A not so multi-sited ethnography of a not so imagined community’ (2005), ‘ Migration and the transformation of masculine sexuality: the case of a rural Lebanese migrant’ (2005/6), ‘What would you die for?’ (with Roger Scruton and Ken Worpole, 2004), ‘Migration, Hope and the Making of Subjectivity in Transnational Capitalism’ (in conversation with Dimitris Papadopoulos, 2004).

Deborah Bird Rose: “Ruined Faces: The shattering of ethics”” Dr. Deborah Rose is Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Research and Environmental Studies, Institute of Advanced Studies, at The Australian National University, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. She writes widely in the fields of anthropology, history, philosophy, and religious studies. She is the author of prize-winning books, and her recent book Reports from a Wild Country: Ethics for Decolonisation (UNSW Press, 2004) was short-listed for the NSW Premier’s Awards Gleebooks Prize. She has worked with Aboriginal people in their claims to land, and in other decolonising contexts. Her work in both scholarly and practical arenas is focused on the convergence of social and ecological justice in cross-cultural domains.

There will be no parallel sessions. The conference consists of two days of shared dialogue, with generous time devoted to discussion. Our hope is to provide the depth and intimacy required to engage ethically with Levinas’ work today. Ideally, we will publish the outcome of the conference (both papers and discussion) in an edited publication. We have chosen the Brisbane Powerhouse ( as the venue for the conference. It is a dynamic contemporary cultural site, positioned alongside the Brisbane River, directly connected to New Farm Park, and easily accessible (by Citycat ferry, bus, car or bike) from the city centre.

For those with children, it is exciting to note that the Powerhouse will also be host to a number of children’s activities as part of the Powerkidz Festival (26 June – 9 July 2006). Details soon to be released on the Powerhouse web site.

For further information contact

Conference Convenors:
Dr. Michelle Boulous Walker
Dr. Angela Hirst
Tel: +61-7-3365 2616

The EPRG is a group of scholars working in modern and contemporary European philosophy between CHED ( and the School of HPRC ( at The University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia.


Professor Elizabeth Grosz
Elizabeth Grosz, Rutgers University, gave a talk 'Deleuze, Bergson, and Becoming' in March 2005.

In her recent book the Nick of Time: Politics, evolution and the untimely, (Allen & Unwin, 2004), Elizabeth Grosz juxtaposes the work of Darwin, Nietzsche and Bergson. Each theorises time as an active phenomenon with specific effects, with a profound impact on understandings of the body in relation to time. She shows how their concepts of life, evolution, and becoming are manifest in the work of Deleuze and Irigaray.

Elizabeth Grosz is the author of six previous books, including the widely read Volatile Bodies (Allen & Unwin, 1994). Hugely influential in many fields of critical theory, she has taught at (amongst others) the University of Sydney, Monash University , Harvard, Princeton, and Johns Hopkins University. She is currently Professor in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University.

Her paper may be downloaded here.

Visiting Speakers 2004
  • Alison Ross, Monash University
    The Work of Art after the 'The Origin of the Work of Art'
  • Simon Lumsden, University of New South Wales
    The Question of Subjectivity in Deconstruction

Visiting Speakers 2005
  • Rosalyn Diprose, University of New South Wales
  • Andrew Schaap, University of Melbourne

A Mini-Conference: Virtual Mathematics
This mini-conference provided the opportunity for a range of papers from the collection Virtual Mathematics: the logic of difference, edited by Simon Duffy, to be presented for discussion. The collection brings together a range of new philosophical encounters with mathematics using the work of French philosopher Gilles Deleuze as a focus. Invited speakers to the mini-conference included: Arkady Plotnitsky, Jean-Michel Salanskis, Daniel W. Smith and David Webb. The conference was held in Brisbane at the University of Queensland on Monday, 20 June 2005. For further details about this conference or the Virtual Mathematics edited volume contact Simon at, or click on the link to view the Virtual Maths webpage.

Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1985) Centenary
Friday 11th November 2005
On Friday 11th November 2005, the European Philosophy research group held a one-day conference in honour of the centenary of Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1985). Papers were presented by Joe Hardwick, Greg Hainge, Paul Crittenden, Jennifer Ang Mei Sze, Diane Josey, Michelle Boulous Walker and Marguerite La Caze, discussing aspects of Sartre's work such as his novel Nausea, his views on violence, on racism, on ethics, on revolution, and on the human condition.