2020-21 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.
April 29, 2021 @ 2:00 p.m. EST
Dr. John Paul Ricco
Professor of Comparative Literature and Art History and Visual Culture
University of Toronto
“Solitude and Things in the Time that Remains.”
By looking at the ways in which Yiyun Li's autobiographical novel Where Reasons End, Denise Riley’s essay, Time Lived, Without Its Flow, and Adania Shibli’s novel, Minor Detail, confront the singularity of death and what of life remains unlivable, and then turning to Dean Sameshima’s photo series, being alone, and zu verschenken (‘to give away’), Ricco outlines a queer ethos of finitude. In which solitude and things are two principal existential and empirical affirmations of the sense of time as only ever the time that remains.
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Solving the Dissolve: Collective Material Agency
March 8, 2019