2021-22 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:  



April 20, 2022
4:00 p.m. EST
Eldritch Priest

Professor in The School for Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University

"Presque Rêvé (or, To Want To Be a Metaphor)"


In his recent book Earworm and Event (Duke UP 2022), Eldritch Priest explores music, daydreams, and other imaginary refrains  to address what might be called “the earworm unconscious.” Playing fast and loose with concepts drawn from a variety of sources including animal studies, process philosophy, stand-up comedy, philosophy of language, stream of consciousness, and neuroscience, Priest rebels against certain of the metaphysical distractions of recent sound studies but also the sober remit of the cognitive sciences, both of which overlook just how weird and funny earworms are. That said, this talk will not be about the earworm per se. Instead, through a reverie on reverie, Priest considers the infectious refrain of daydreaming from an idle pastime to an addictive meantime that signals the outbreak of an oneiric contagion.

Join us via Zoom


PASSCODE: 828615

Contact theory@uwo.ca for more info


Watch some of our previous talks on YouTube

Past Speakers:

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

Dr. John Ó Maoilearca
A Philosophy of Mysticism or A Mysticism of Philosophy?: Bergson and Laruelle
April 6, 2021