Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism

2014-2015 Speaker Series

Each year The Speaker Series brings in several visiting guest lecturers. Speakers over the years have included Jean Baudrillard, Lauren Berlant, Peter Brooks, Norman Bryson, David Carroll, Anthony Cascardi, Wlad Godzich, Jean-Joseph Goux, Elizabeth Grosz, N. Katherine Hayles, Linda Hutcheon, Martin Jay, Michael Hardt, Agnes Heller, Barbara Johnson, David Farrell Krell, Murray Krieger, Arthur Kroker, Dominick LaCapra, Jerome McGann, J. Hillis Miller, Chantal Mouffe, Christopher Norris, Mark Poster, Richard Rorty, Charles Scott, Thomas Sebeok, Kaja Silverman, Gayatri Spivak, Bernard Stiegler, Samuel Weber, Hayden White, Slavoj Žižek, and many others.

This year's speakers include:

Eric Cazdyn

"The Non-Coincidence of the Future"


November 27, 2014
Somerville House Rm. 2348

Eric Cazdyn is Distinguished Professor of Aesthetics and Politics at the University of Toronto (located in the Centre for Comparative Literature and Department of East Asian Studies). He teaches courses on critical and cultural theory, psychoanalysis, Marxism, film and video, architecture, illness, literature and Japan. He has written a number of books, with his latest called Nothing: Three Inquiries into Buddhism and Critical Theory (with Marcus Boon and Timothy Morton, University of Chicago Press, 2015). Cazdyn has been a visiting professor at The University of Sao Paulo, Central European University, The University of Alberta, Kings College and The University of California, Los Angeles. Two years ago Cazdyn received the Mellon Foundation’s New Directions Fellowship (2012-2015) for a project called “The Worldly Clinic.” Cazdyn’s films have been screened and performed in Japan, Canada, the US, Europe and the UK. His upcoming talk for Western University, "The Non-Coincidence of the Future," will be a reaction to two key problems. The first, "blindspot," describes the political, aesthetic and psychological implications of an absent-presence. The second, "participation," refers to how we participate in making the very structures that make us (even when we choose to not-participate). He will be performing these problems of blindspot and participation as a spoken-word accompaniment to a film he recently shot. Please visit Dr. Cazdyn's website at www.ericcazyn.net for more information about him and his work!


David Clark


"Goya's Scarcity"

January 20, 2015


Past Speakers:

Frances Dyson
Sound, Sense, and Sensing
November 11, 2014

Françoise Meltzer
The Ethics of Ruins: Berlin 1945
October 29, 2014

Andre Pietsch Lima
On creative processes (Simondon/Deleuze)
October 15, 2014

Nick Srnicek
The Eyes of the State
April 9, 2014

Alenka Zupančič
Power and Comedy
April 4, 2014

Claire Colebrook
Exceptional Disaster
March 26, 2014

Brett Buchanan
What is called behaviour?
Ethological articulations of bodies in contemporary continental philosophy
March 13, 2014

Simon Critchley
The Problem with Levinas
March 6, 2014

Steven Shaviro
on Scott Bakker's Neuropath
February 13 , 2014

Jack Halberstam
Against Marriage?
February 6, 2014