Conference: “Genesis of a New Human Being”; University of Bristol, 9-10 June 2017

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G E N E S I S  O F  A  N E W  H U M AN  B E I N G

A Conference About the Themes Approached in To Be Born
University of Bristol, 9 – 10 June 2017

9 June:

9:45 am: Welcome and registration

10:15 am: Katrina Mitcheson, University of West England (UK): The Possibilities and Limits in Nietzsche’s Concepts of Pregnancy

11:00 am: Mahon O’Brien, University of Sussex (UK): Nothing Against Natality

11:45 am: Andrea Wheeler, University of the State of Iowa (USA): Rethinking Heidegger’s Fourfold and Luce Irigaray’s Philosophy in To Be Born

12:30: Harry Bregazzi, University of Bristol (UK): Testimony against the whole – examining the limits of peace with Irigaray and Derrida

1:30 pm: Lunch

3:15 pm: Christos Hadjioannou, University College Dublin (Ireland): Invaginating Dasein: Rythm, Breathing and Sexuate Constitution

4:00 pm: Jennifer Carter, Stony Brook University (USA): How to lead a Child to Its Flowering (Further Steps)

Coffee Break

6:30 pm: Luce Irigaray, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (France): How to Give Birth to a New Human Being

8:00 pm: Dinner

10 June:

9:45 am: Welcome and registration

10:15 am: Maria Fannin, University of Bristol (UK): What a Child Can Teach Us: Reflections on Education in Luce Irigaray’s To Be Born

11:00 am: Elspeth Mitchell, University of Leeds (UK): Gesture and Breath: Luce Irigaray’s To Be Born in the context of Film Studies and the audiovisual

11:45 am:  Andrew Bevan, University of Kingston (UK): Refounding Philosophy from Self-affection

12:30: Phyllis H. Kaminski, Saint Mary’s College Notre Dame (USA): Faithful to Life

1:30 pm: Lunch

This announcement is still incomplete and the timetable provisory. Researchers who have participated in a past seminar of Luce Irigaray for PhD students can propose to give a talk during this conference.

Luce Irigaray on “To Be Born”, May 10th, 2017, ICA, London

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Luce Irigaray: Giving birth to oneself; giving birth to one another

The Institute of Contemporary Arts

10 May 2017 ; 6:30 pm | Cinema 1

Philosopher Luce Irigaray presents a talk reflecting upon the nature of human existence through an analysis of birth. This is introduced by Elspeth Mitchell, who also leads the following discussion and marks the publication of Irigaray’s latest book “To Be Born” (Palgrave MacMillan, 2017).

Professor Luce Irigaray is author of more than thirty books translated into various languages, the most recent of which are “Sharing the World” (2008), “In the Beginning, She Was” (2012) and “Through Vegetal Being” (co-authored with Michael Marder, 2016). She is also the co-editor (with Michael Marder) of “Building a New World” (2015), a volume in which early-career researchers from her seminars explore new ways of thinking, in order to promote a world-wide community respectful of differences between the sexes, generations, cultures and traditions.

Elspeth Mitchell is a PhD researcher at the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds, exploring the figure of ‘the girl’ in the moving image and feminist philosophy. She is associate editor of the critical theory and philosophy journal parallax and recently co-convened the second Feminist Readings symposium in 2016. She is also co-director of SPUR, a contemporary arts collective based in the North of England.

Luce Irigaray will dedicate her book(s) after the presentation.

For more information visit: https://www.ica.art/whats-on/luce-irigaray-giving-birth-oneself-giving-birth-one-another

‘To Be Born: Genesis of a New Human Being’ Conference, Sussex, February 27

Department of Philosophy

University of Sussex

Sussex House, Falmer
Brighton, BN1 9RH
United Kingdom

Monday 27 February, from 10.00 a.m., Arts A108

In this event, world-renowned philosopher Luce Irigaray will speak about her new book To Be Born (Palgrave Macmillan 2017).

Speakers:

Katrina Mitcheson (University of the West of England): Giving Birth to the Overman

Andrea Wheeler (Iowa State University): What environment is suitable for supporting the development of the child?

Maria Fannin (University of Bristol): Giving Birth

Jennifer Carter (SUNY Stony Brook): TBC

Luce Irigaray: Giving Birth to Oneself, Giving Birth to One Another with responses by Mahon O’Brien, Tanja Staehler

About To Be Born:

In this book, Luce Irigaray – philosopher, linguist, psychologist and psychoanalyst – proposes nothing less than a new conception of being as well as a means to ensure its individual and relational development from birth.

Unveiling the mystery of our origin is probably what most motivates our quests and plans. Now such a disclosure proves to be impossible. Indeed we were born of a union between two, and we are forever deprived of an origin of our own. Hence our ceaseless search for roots: in our genealogy, in the place where we were born, in our culture, religion or language. But a human being cannot develop starting from roots as a tree does, it must take on responsibility for its own being and existence without continuity with its origin and background.

How can we succeed in doing that? First by cultivating our breathing, which is not only the means thanks to which we come into the world, but which also allows us to transcend mere survival towards a spiritual becoming. Taking on our sexuate belonging is the second element which makes us able to assume our natural existence. Indeed this determination at once brings us energy and provides us with a structure which contributes to our individuation and our relations with other living beings and the world. Our sexuation can also compensate for our absence of roots by compelling us to unite with the other sex so that we freely approach the copulative conjunction from which we were born; that is, the mystery of our origin. This does not occur through a mere sexual instinct or drive, but requires us to cultivate desire and love with respect for our mutual difference(s). In this way we become able to give rise to a new human being, not only at a natural but also at an ontological level.

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To Be Born: Birth, Existence and Responsibility, 25th February 2017, London

To Be Born: Birth, Existence and Responsibility

Saturday 25 February 2017

11:00AM to 12:30PM

Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE, London, WC2A 3LJ

Hosted by the Forum for European Philosophy and LSE Literary Festival

In this event, world-renowned philosopher Luce Irigaray will speak about her new book To Be Born (Palgrave Macmillan 2017).

In this book, Luce Irigaray – philosopher, linguist, psychologist and psychoanalyst – proposes nothing less than a new conception of being as well as a means to ensure its individual and relational development from birth.

Unveiling the mystery of our origin is probably what most motivates our quests and plans. Now such a disclosure proves to be impossible. Indeed we were born of a union between two, and we are forever deprived of an origin of our own. Hence our ceaseless search for roots: in our genealogy, in the place where we were born, in our culture, religion or language. But a human being cannot develop starting from roots as a tree does, it must take on responsibility for its own being and existence without continuity with its origin and background.

How can we succeed in doing that? First by cultivating our breathing, which is not only the means thanks to which we come into the world, but which also allows us to transcend mere survival towards a spiritual becoming. Taking on our sexuate belonging is the second element which makes us able to assume our natural existence. Indeed this determination at once brings us energy and provides us with a structure which contributes to our individuation and our relations with other living beings and the world. Our sexuation can also compensate for our absence of roots by compelling us to unite with the other sex so that we freely approach the copulative conjunction from which we were born; that is, the mystery of our origin. This does not occur through a mere sexual instinct or drive, but requires us to cultivate desire and love with respect for our mutual difference(s). In this way we become able to give rise to a new human being, not only at a natural but also at an ontological level.

Speakers
Luce Irigaray, Director of Research in Philosophy, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
Mahon O’Brien, Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Sussex
Tanja Staehler, Reader in Philosopher, University of Sussex

Chair
Danielle Sands, Lecturer in Comparative Literature and Culture, Royal Holloway, University of London, and Forum for European Philosophy

More info: here

“Through Vegetal Being” – the ICA Book of the Year 2016!

We are pleased to announce the winner of the ICA Book of the Year 2016 is Through Vegetal Being: Two Philosophical Perspectives, by Luce Irigaray and Michael Marder (Columbia Univerity Press 2016). It is a personal, philosophical, and political meditation on the significance of the vegetal for our lives, our ways of thinking, and our relations with human and nonhuman beings.

 

Luce Irigaray talking on Nietzsche at Kingston University, 25th November 2016

Conference

NIETZSCHE, PSYCHOANALYSIS, AND FEMINISM

Kingston University London

Penrhyn Road campus, John Galsworthy building, Room 0002

November 25-November 26, 2016

 

10:30-12:30

PLENARY SPEAKER

LUCE IRIGARAY: ‘Why Freudian Psychoanalysis Could Not Rescue Nietzsche’

Response by Willow Verkerk, Kingston University

Please click here to view the programme.

For further information about this event click here or contact:

Willow Verkerk
Email: W.Verkerk@kingston.ac.uk

 

 

Luce Irigaray speaking at University of Warwick, 14th-15th November 2016

Social Theory Centre

University of Warwick

Coventry, CV4 7AL, United Kingdom

 

Monday 14th November 2016, 17.00-19.00

Luce Irigaray Public Lecture ‘How Could We Truly Live and Talk Together: Beyond Idealist Dreams and Pseudo-materialists Dictates’.

Tuesday 15th November 2016, 13.00-14.00

Luce Irigaray & Stephen Seely in conversation around her latest book Through Vegetal Being (Columbia University Press, 2016), co-authored with Michael Marder.

For further information about this event click here: Social Theory Centre

“The First Steps in Building a World Culture”: The Luce Irigaray Paris Seminar

Program for the Seminar Held by Luce Irigaray

The Global Center for Advanced Studies

Director Creston Davis

12-16 September 2016, 10:00 am to 12:30 am

    (Centre Sèvres, 38, rue de Sèvres, 75OO6, Paris)

 

Too often we consider that reaching a world culture could happen through acquiring new knowledge and an a priori tolerance about other traditions. However, this entails at least a double mistake. First, the life of humanity is henceforth in danger, not only this of our planet and of the biodiversity of other living beings. Second, it is not the acquisition of knowledge and an abstract will to relate to others that can render us capable of „governing the world”, as Nietzsche would say, but a transformation of our way of being and behaving. Thus I will try to approach some conditions which can unable us to deal with the task of guaranteeing a future for our planet and all the human and not human living beings which live on it:

  • How can we save our energy resources and undertake to cultivate them in a more suitable way?
  • How can we imagine the genesis of a new human being after the Nietzschean criticism of Platonism, and given the present evolution of the world?
  • What language can contribute to our living, talking and sharing together?
  • What legacy about love our Western tradition passed on to us, and how can we transform our manner of conceiving and incarnating love?

Each of these themes will be treated in a talk followed by a discussion with the participants in the seminar.

Proposal of reading for preparing the seminar:

Meeting 1

  • The book Through Vegetal Being (CUP, 2016) especially the part written by Luce Irigaray
  • „A chance to live” (in Sexes and Genealogies)
  • „Remembering humanity” (in Building a New World)
  • „Between myth and history: The tragedy of Antigone” ( in In the Beginning, She Was)
  • and the tragedy Antigone by Sophocles


Meeting 2

  • „Sexual difference as universal” (in I Love to You)
  • „Ethical gestures toward the other” (in Building a New World)
  • „Afterword” (in Sharing the World)

Meeting 3

  • „Toward a sharing of speech” (in Luce Irigaray: Key Writings)
  • „How to meet in difference” (in Luce Irigaray: Teaching I)
  • and at least some chapters of Elements of General Linguistic, by Ferdinand de Saussure

Meeting 4

  • „Beyond all judgment, you are” (in Luce Irigaray, Key Writings)
  • The Way of Love (chapter 4)
  • „Perhaps cultivating touch can still save us” (in Building a New World)
  • and The Symposium of Platon

Meeting 5

Discussion from written questions in relation to the 4 talks.

To register for this seminar, please visit The Global Center for Advanced Studies page and  be in touch with Luce Irigaray at <towardthinking@gmail.com> or via this website.

If you are a researcher working with Luce Irigaray, please be in touch with her on this website  for information about the cost for attending.

Draft of the programme for the conference “Thinking Love” University of Bristol 9th to 11th of June 2016

9th of June

From 10:00 to 12:00 am:

– Visit to the Botanical garden with comments by the responsible of the site on love of some flowers and amorous relations between insects and flowers.

At 12:30 pm:

– Lunch.

At 2:00 pm:

– Welcome coffee with registration of the new arrivals.

From 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm:

– Some words of welcome by Maria Fannin;

– Luce Irigaray (CNRS Paris): Giving Life;

– Lisa Watrous (Arisona State University): Labouring Love.

At 5:00 pm:

– Coffee break.

From 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm:

– Sinith Sittirak (University of Bangkok): Reading Love, Reading Silence; Re-reading the life of Grasroots’ Writing and Fighting for Land Rights in Thailand (1963-2004);

– Andrea Wheeler (Iowa State University): Building Energy, Building Love, Building a Living Architecture.

At 7:00 pm:

– Dinner.

10th of June

From 9:30 am to 11:00 am:

– Maria Fannin (University of Bristol): Immunity as Love: Relations Between Others during pregnancy;

– Randolph Dible (University of Stony Brook): Woman, an Umbilical Unbiblical Genesis.

From 11:00 am to 11:30 am:

– Coffee break.

From 11:30 am to 1:00 pm:

– Katrina Mitcheson (University of the West of England): Louise Bourgeois: Ambivalence and Family;

– Jennifer Carter (University of Stony Brook): Rethinking Generational Relations through Touch.

1:00 pm:

– Lunch.

From 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm:

– Presentation with comments on words and drawings of girls and boys by Luce Irigaray and Jennifer Carter;

– Tanja Staehler made a little film in which her three sons express themselves about sexuation and sexuality and the girls will be invited to react to their words;

– Maria Fannin will organize a visit to a farm situated in a popular area of Bristol where they offer many activities for children. A tea break or a dinner will take place there.

11th of June
From 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (with a coffee break at 11:00am):

– Presentation and Suggestions for a Updated Plato’s Symposium;

– Laura Roberts (University of Queensland): A Revolution of Love: Thinking through a Dialectic that Is Not One;

– Tanja Staeler (University of Sussex): Parental Love beyond Teleology;

– MahonO’Brien (University of Sussex): Socrates: the Unerotic Philosopher;

– Luce Irigaray (CNRS Paris): Giving Birth to one another through Love;

– With shorter interventions by Andrea Wheeler, Jennifer Carter, Lisa Watrous.

At 1:00 pm:

– Lunch.

From 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm:

– Walk and activities in Ashton Court Park, in particular in the rose garden.

The location of the conference is Wills Memorial Hall, Coutts Lecture Theatre Room 3.31, University of Bristol, Queens Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ, UK.