Luce Irigaray: How to Give Birth to a New Human Being? Two days with Luce Irigaray and PhD researchers working on her thought, ICA, London, 17-18 August 2017

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The problems and situations to which we face today call for more than mere reforms inside the same cultural horizon. It is the foundation of culture which has to be changed. And what is at stake is the urgency of a rebirth of the human being itself. We must thus return to the origin of our cultural tradition and wonder about its lacks in order to start to become again, in order to be able to correspond with what is henceforth required from us.

In these two days at the ICA we will question and inquire about the privilege of sight over touch and the necessity of a cultivation of touch for our human development, beginning with that of children and adolescents. We will also make proposals concerning a politics which no longer focuses on having: money, goods, properties enz. – but takes into consideration our being, that is, cares about our life, our desire and the difference(s) between us.

 

DAY 1 (17 August): A Culture Favouring Touch

11:00–12:30: Workshop animated by Jennifer Carter (Stony Brook University, USA) and Elspeth Mitchel (University of Leeds, UK): Developing a culture of touch in bringing up the little children and educating the girls

12:30–14:00: Lunch

14:00–15:30: Workshop animated by Elspeth Mitchel (University of Leeds, UK) and Judith Rifeser (University of Roehampton, UK): Look but don’t touch? Exploring haptic visuality and touch in works of art by the light of the philosophy of Luce Irigaray

15:30–16:00: Coffee break

16:00–18:00: Round table about Touch, self affection, hetero affection and qualities of life and culture favouring touch. Harry Bregazzi, Jennifer Carter, Elspeth Mitchel, Judith Rifeser and Andrea Wheeler read a fragment of the work of Luce Irigaray on touch and question her about its meaning towards the emergence of a new human being.

18:00–19:30: Dinner

DAY 2 (18 August): Toward a political culture respectful of life, desire and difference

11:00–12:30: Workshop animated by Andrea Wheeler (Iowa State University, USA) and (perhaps) Luce Irigaray How to imagine an environment suitable for the development of a new human being?

12:30–14:00: Lunch

14:00–16:00: Workshop animated by Luce Irigaray (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris): Who am I? Who are you? Past and present investigations on the way of speaking and drawing, notably but not only of boys and girls

16:00–16:30: Coffee break

16:30–18:30: Workshop animated by Harry Bregazzi (University of Bristol) and Ciara Merrick (University of Bristol): Community, difference and new politics of peace

18:30–20:00: Dinner

20:00–22:00: A talk by Luce Irigaray: How to give birth to a new human being. Harry Bregazzi will introduce the talk and the discussion

For further information and eventual registration look at this link

About the participants:

Harry Bregazzi is a PhD student in Human Geography at the University of Bristol. His research is focused on peace as a geographical concept, and how peaceful relations are constituted through different socio-spatial contexts.

Jennifer Carter is a Doctoral Candidate in Philosophy at Stony Brook University, New York. Her work is in 20th and 21st century French and German philosophy, especially Luce Irigaray, phenomenology, and the philosophy of touch. She is interested in the ways carnal subjects develop and relate to one another. Her dissertation is titled Luce Irigaray and the Fecundity of the Caress.

Luce Irigaray has sustained her PhD, Speculum, on the place of woman in history of philosophy. Afterwards she worked on the elaboration of a subjectivity in the feminine and means to relate in difference, beginning with the most elemental and universal difference, this between the sexes. She has written more than 30 books translated into various languages, the last being To Be Born. She has held a seminar for PhD researchers working on her thought for the last 14 years. Two of her books of particular relevance for this seminar are Luce Irigaray: Teaching  (edited with Mary Green) and Building a New World (edited with Michael Marder).

Ciara Merrick is a PhD candidate in Human Geography at the University of Bristol. Her research is focused on spaces of encounter in post-conflict Northern Ireland. Interested in engaging with difference and the body, she is exploring how such spaces are animating an embodied peace that transcends traditional identity politics and their territorial manifestation.

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 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.

Judith Rifeser is a doctoral candidate, audiovisual practitioner and visiting lecturer at the University of Roehampton. Her research investigates the notion of touch and feminine subjectivity in the films of women directors of the 2000s. The point of departure for her study is the philosophical work of Luce Irigaray. By combining practice-as-research with writing, Judith’s work foregrounds the textual, political, ethical and poetical significance of the intertwining between theory and practice.

Andrea Wheeler is a Professor of Architecture at Iowa State University where she is a studio instructor, and teaches classes on sustainable architecture. Since completing her doctorate in 2005 she has been working on issues of sexuate difference and sustainability in the built environment. She has presented papers at conferences organised by Irigaray including most recently the Genesis of a New Human Being at the University of Bristol in June.

 

Luce Irigaray Paris Seminar 2017

 SEMINAR OF LUCE IRIGARAY

for the Global Center for Advanced Studies

Director Creston Davis

2–6 October 2017

venue: Centre Sèvres, 38, rue de Sèvres, 75006 Paris

 

Monday, 2 October, 10:00–13:00

‘Why Freudian Psychoanalysis Could not Rescue Nietzsche?’

Readings to prepare the lesson:

  • Nietzsche, Friedrich: Genealogy of Morality
  • Irigaray, Luce: Speculum, on the Other Woman. Part I: The blind spot of an old dream of Symmetry. (Cornell University Press 1985, trans. Gillian C. Gill).

 

Tuesday, 3 October, 10:00–13:00

‘Touch as Mediation towards a New Culture’

Readings to prepare the lesson:

  • Irigaray, Luce: Perhaps cultivating touch can still save us? (In Building a New World, Palgrave 2015, ed. by Luce Irigaray and Michael Marder).
  • Irigaray, Luce: The Return. (In Luce Irigaray: Teaching. Continuum 2008, distributed by Bloomsbury, ed. by Luce Irigaray and Mary Green).

 

Wednesday, 4 October, 10:00–13:00

‘How to Give Birth to a New Human Being?’

Reading to prepare the lesson:

  • Irigaray, Luce: To Be Born, Genesis of a New Human Being. (Palgrave 2017).

 

Thursday, 5 October, 10:30–12:30

Written Interrogation on the three talks

 

Friday, 6 October, 10:00–13:00

Comments on the written copies and general questions

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.