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Acts of Reading: Non-Philosophy and Humanities, an NEH International Symposium

February 23, 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Join The School of Language & Literature as it hosts “Acts of Reading: Non-Philosophy and Humanities,” an NEH International Symposium on Feb. 23-24.

Non-philosophy, inaugurated in the ’90s by François Laruelle, is an experimental mode of thinking that revisits the connections between philosophy and reality, while questioning the way philosophy has influenced and supervised our artistic and scholarly practices. This symposium will be open to other disciplines that involve the act of reading. Contributions to this interdisciplinary symposium will include communications about ethics, political science, world literature, religion, gender studies, music, and visual arts.

The symposium will consist of 40-minute presentations over two days given by a host of international scholars. This event is free and open to the public.

Schedule of events: 

Friday, Feb. 23

9:30-10:25 AM — Session 1: Non-Philosophy and Music
Featuring Dr. Anne-Françoise Schmid (Professor Emeritus of Philosophy – University Paris 10 Nanterre).

10:45 AM — Session 2: Non-Standard Philosophy and Political Pragmatics of our Present Times
Featuring Dr. Anthony Paul Smith (Associate Professor of Religion & Theology, La Salle University, PA, USA) and Dr. Sophie Lesueur (Ph.D. Independent Scholar).

2:30-3:25 PM — Session 3: Ordinary Mysticism, the Supernormal, and Hetero-Continuity
Featuring Dr. John  Ó Maoilerca (Professor of Critical & Historical Studies – Kingston University (London)

3:40 PM — Session 4: Religion, Gnosis & World History
This session will be moderated by Dr. Michael McLaughlin, Adjunct Associate Professor of Philosophy & Religious Studies (Old Dominion University, VA, USA).
Featuring Simon Martin (Ph.D. Candidate, University Paris-8 Vincennes) and Timothy Lavenz (Poet and Independent Scholar).

Saturday, Feb. 24

9:00-10:40 AM — Session 5: Gendered & Generic Non-Philosophical Politics
This session will be moderated by Dr. Philip Beitchman (Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York).
Featuring Dr. Katerina Kolozova (Professor of Gender Studies & Philosophy, Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities-Skopje and School of Materialist Research – Interuniversity Platform (Tempe AZ, Vienna, Skopje, Eindhoven, Tallin) and Dr. Sylvia Nambiar (Ph.D, Independent Scholar, India).

11:00 AM-12:40 PM — Session 6: Liminal Spaces Between Literature & Non-Philosophy
This session will be moderated by Dr. Victor Udwin, Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature (University of Tulsa).
Featuring Dr. Jeremy R. Smith (PhD – Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism – University of Western Ontario) and Jacob Vangeest (PhD Candidate – Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism – University of Western Ontario).

2:30 PM-5:00PM — Session 7: Non-Philosophy and Visual Arts (Painting, Theater & Cinema)
This final session will be moderated by Dr. Amin Erfani (Playwright and Assistant Professor of French & CPLT, at Lehman College; City University of New York)
Featuring Dr. Jonathan Fardy (Associate Professor of Arts, Idaho State University), Dr. Karl Pollin-Dubois (Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature, University of Tulsa),  and Dr. Jared Wells, Ph.D (independent scholar, New-Zealand).


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