2022-23 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.

Upcoming speakers:   

November 15, 2022
1:00 p.m. EST

Kirill Chepurin

Fellow at the Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies at the University of Hamburg

“Cross-Scalar Romanticism” 


The question of scale has recently come to the fore in discussions of the Anthropocene and the planetary—but the genealogy of this question is entangled with the trajectory of post-Copernican modernity as a whole. In this talk, I turn to the eighteenth century as the last great age of cross-scalar thinking, and to early Romanticism as its last great exemplification. The Romantic project of universal poiesis seeks to think across and conceptually unify three disparate temporal and spatial scales: the history of humanity across the globe; the geo-cosmic history of the planet Earth; and the broader processuality of the universe. In the wake of the Copernican Revolution, these scales increasingly drift apart and cease to cohere, which engenders the central questions that resonate between Romanticism and the present moment of crisis: What does it mean to think across scales, and what is at stake in cross-scalar thinking? How to inhabit immanently the contingency and incoherence of reality without seeking to control it, and without seeking to legitimate the exclusions and violences of the global on a planetary and cosmic scale?


Watch some of our previous talks on YouTube

Past Speakers:

Denise Ferreira da Silva
"Deep implicancy"
October 17, 2022

Eldritch Priest
Presque Rêvé (or, To Want To Be a Metaphor)
April 20, 2022

Shona N. Jackson
‘Beyond Constraint: Labour, Grammar, and Desire
April 13, 2022

Sayak Valencia Triana
‘The Regime is Live(streamed) and kicking’
March 17, 2022

Dr. Alexander J. B. Hampton
‘Participatory Ontology and the Aesthetics of Nature: The Artistic Tradition of Disrupting Anthropocentricism’
March 3, 2022

Dr. Gavin Mueller
Platformisation as Subsumption; or, What Hackers Can Learn from the Luddites 
December 3, 2021

Dr. Todd Dufresne
Killing Us With Kindness: On Doomism & 'Utopic Realism'
November 19, 2021

Dr. John Ricco
Solitude and Things in the Time That Remains
April 29, 2021

Dr. Todd McGowan
The Racist Fantasy and Its Vicissitudes
April 23, 2021