Luce Irigaray: How Can We Keep Hoping for a Future?, ICA, London,14 June 2019

14 June, 6.30pm

£5 Full / £5 Concession / Free to ICA Red Members


Luce Irigaray is joined by Elspeth Mitchell and Harry Bregazzi to expound ideas from her new co-edited collection Towards a New Human Being.



Many people believe that there is no possible future for our planet and all the living beings which live on it. But why not work on changing our culture instead of passively assenting to its decline?

– Luce Irigaray

Luce Irigaray’s new edited collection Towards a New Human Being (co-edited with Mahon O’ Brien and Christos Hadjioannou (Palgrave, 2019)) gathers papers by researchers from various disciplines who make bold propositions for how we might create hope for the future. These collected essays outline alternative ways of thinking and approaching logic, especially with regard to politics and religion. Ultimately, Towards a New Human Being proposes a modified approach to the way we educate children, with a view to transforming our way of inhabiting the earth

In this public meeting, Irigaray presents the intention behind this transformative cultural and political project, which initially arose from her previous book To Be Born (Palgrave, 2017). Irigaray is joined by researchers and contributors to Towards a New Human Being, Elspeth Mitchell and Harry Bregazzi, who present their own proposals regarding the education of a new generation and the way of reaching peace.

Discussion of the project and new proposals from the audience will be welcomed.

This lecture follows on from Irigaray’s 2017 ICA lecture Giving birth to oneself; giving birth to one another and her 2018 ICA public seminar How to Give Birth to a New Human Being?.


This public lecture marks the culmination of Irigaray’s annual closed seminars for international PhD researchers working in the fields of Philosophy, Gender Studies, Religious Studies, Literature, Arts and Critical and Cultural Studies, whose work at least in part touches on Irigaray’s work. Since 2003, these seminars have been hosted at universities across the UK. In 2019, the ICA hosts its first of these seminars alongside The Goodenough College.

Professor Luce Irigaray is the author of more than thirty books translated into various languages, the most recent of which are To Be Born (2017), Through Vegetal Being (co-authored with Michael Marder, 2016), In the Beginning, She Was (2012) and Sharing the World (2008) . 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.

Harry Bregazzi, who is completing his PhD, is a researcher in geographies of peace at the University of Bristol. He has recently published ‘Agonism, critical political geography, and the new geographies of peace’ with M. Jackson, in Progress in Human Geography, vol 42 (2018).

Elspeth Mitchell’s research focuses on feminist theory, visual art and cinema. She completed her PhD in 2018 at the University of Leeds with a thesis on theories of ‘the Girl’ and the moving image and feminist philosophy. She was Associate Editor of the journal of critical theory and philosophy parallax and co-founded Feminist Readings Networks / Réseau Lectures Féministes, a multi-lingual network for early-career artists and researchers. Alongside her research, Elspeth is a writer and programmer, Working with Leeds-based arts organisation Pavilion.


How Could We Keep Hoping for a Future? A meeting chaired by Luce Irigaray and Katrina Mitcheson

The Watershed, Bristol

Friday April 12th, 6 to 8 pm

There is no doubt that many of us fear that there will be no future for our planet and all the living beings which live on it without a radical evolution of our current world. This cannot happen without changes in our way of bringing up and educating children, of envisaging our natural and cultural environment, and of conceiving of theory and culture. Some contributors, spanning a range of disciplines, to Towards a New Human Being (Palgrave 2019) – Katrina Mitcheson (UWE), Maria Fannin (University of Bristol), Harry Bregazzi (University of Bristol), Andrew Bevan (Kingston University London) – will briefly expound their own proposals for the dawn of a new humanity and a new world. First, Luce Irigaray, the main editor of the volume, will present the intention behind this cultural and political project, which arose from To Be Born her most recent book (Palgrave, 2017). Then, we anticipate an intense discussion with the public, and perhaps some new suggestions. Books can be bought at a discount – what is more, with a dedication for people who want it.

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Luce Irigaray is one of the leading thinkers of our age. She is the 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.

Andrew Bevan is a researcher in philosophy working on the intersection between neurosci-ence and philosophy at Kingston University, and author of ‘The Plasticity of Empathy: A Materialist, Post-Phenomenological Critique of Einfühlung in Aesthetics, Phenomenology and Contemporary Neuroscience’, in Thinking Catherine Malabou: Passionate Detachments, Eds. by T. Wormald and I. Dahms, (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2018).

Harry Bregazzi is a researcher in geographies of peace at the University of Bristol. He has recently published ‘Agonism, critical political geography, and the new geographies of peace’ with M Jackson, in Progress in Human Geography, vol 42 (2018).

Maria Fannin is Reader in Geography at the University of Bristol, she has published widely on feminist approaches to health and understandings of motherhood, and is editor of Reproductive Geographies; Bodies, Places and Politics (Routledge, 2018), with Marcia R England and Helen Hazen, and Refiguring the Postmaternal: Feminist Responses to the Forgetting of Motherhood (Routledge, 2018), with Maud Perrier.

Katrina Mitcheson is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of the West of England, and President of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society. She has published on the philosophy of art, Nietzsche and Foucault, and their relationship to Hellenistic thought, and is author of Nietzsche, Truth and Transformation (Palgrave, 2013).

Attendance is free and open to all but register for being sure to have a place:

Videoconference with Luce Irigaray on November 8th, 2018

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Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu and Hecate Publishing House, in collaboration with Metacritic Circle of the Faculty of Letters, Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, invites you to participate in a videoconference with Luce Irigaray, powered by Z9 “Literature in Sync,” a project co-financed by the Administration of National Cultural Fund (AFCN). It will be the first event ever to bring together the Romanian audience and the Belgian-born French theorist.

The event will take place on November 8th, 2018, at 18:00, in the Eminescu Hall of the Faculty of Letters in Cluj and begins with a talk delivered by Luce Irigaray, entitled “How to Share the World in Difference.”

Ovidiu Anemțoaicei (Hecate Publishing House), hosted by academics and researchers Alex Goldiș and Mihaela Ursa, will then moderate a Q&A session between the audience and Luce Irigaray.

Admission is free.

The conference and Q&A will be held in English.

Luce Irigaray talking on Merleau-Ponty in Paris, 23th March 2018

On 23th March 2018, during a conference “Political Inheritance of Maurice Merleau-Ponty”, Luce Irigaray will give a talk ‘La médiation du toucher’ at the École Normale Supérieure, rue d’Ulm 45, Paris.


14h30 : Hourya BENTOUHAMI : «Se tenir à l’arrière de soi : la honte chez Fanon et
15h15 : Mara MONTANARO : «“La parole du silence”. Françoise Collin lectrice de
Maurice Merleau-Ponty»
16h : Pause
16h15 : Judith REVEL : «Merleau-Ponty/Foucault, la prose du monde mise au travail »
17h : Table ronde : Claude Lefort, continuateur ou critique politique de MerleauPonty?
10h : Jérôme MELANÇON : «Altérité, relationalité et pouvoir. Les philosophies
politiques obliques de Jean-Toussaint Desanti et Tran Duc Thao»
10h45 : Antoine CHOLLET : «Héritage et traduction, Castoriadis lecteur de MerleauPonty»
11h30 : Pause
11h45 : Claire PAGÈS : «Lyotard avec Merleau-Ponty : passibilité et passivité»
14h30 : Claire DODEMAN : « L’individu et l’histoire : l’engagement politique selon
Colette Audry et Maurice Merleau-Ponty »
15h15 : Luce IRIGARAY : « La médiation du toucher »
16h : Pause
16h15 : Marc CRÉPON : « Penser la violence : l’héritage de Merleau-Ponty »
17h : Vincent PEILLON : « De Machiavel à Mendès France : le républicanisme de
Merleau-Ponty »

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



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.


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


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.