How Could We Keep Hoping In The Future? Discussion with Luce Irigaray

Panel Discussion with Luce Irigray, Andrew Bevan, Harry Bregazzi, Jennifer Carter, Maria Fannin

Presented by the Centre for Comparative Political Thought, Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS University of London

28 October 2019 at 5:30 PM

Pushkin House, Music Room, 5a Bloomsbury Square

Many fear there will be no future for our planet and the beings on it without a radical evolution of our current world. This cannot happen without changing how we bring up and educate children, envisage our natural and cultural environment, and conceive of theory and culture.

How Could We Keep Hoping in the Future is a panel discussion led by Luce Irigaray. It is focused on the engagement with her work found in the recently published edited volume Towards a New Human Being.  After an introduction by Professor Irigaray, contributors to Towards a New Human Being (Palgrave 2019) will briefly expound their own proposals for the dawn of a new humanity and a new world.

Speakers

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).

Dr. Andrew Bevan recently obtained his PhD from Kingston University. He has published chapters in Thinking Catherine Malabou: Passionate Detachments (2018) and ‘Refounding Philosophy with Self-Affection’ in Towards a New Human Being (2019).

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).

Dr. Jennifer Carter is a lecturer in philosophy at Stony Brook University. Her work focuses on twentieth and twenty-first century continental philosophy, especially Luce Irigaray, phenomenology, existentialism, and the philosophy of touch.

Dr. 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 co-editor of ‘Reproductive Geographies; Bodies, Places and Politics’ (Routledge, 2018)

Contact email: cb84@soas.ac.uk

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How Could We Keep Hoping For a Future?, The University of Cambridge, 18th June 2019

A MEETING CHAIRED BY LUCE IRIGARAY AND ANDREA WHEELER

The University of Cambridge, Center for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT.
18th June 2019, 4pm.

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Many people today 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 changing our way of bringing up and educating children, of relating to our natural and cultural environment, and of conceiving of theory and culture. Two contributors to Towards a New Human Being (Palgrave 2019) – Andrea Wheeler (Iowa State University, USA) and Andrew Bevan (University College London) – will briefly expound their own proposals for the emergence 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 a discussion of our proposals and some other suggestions from the participants in the meeting. Books will be available at a discount – with a dedication for people who want it.

Luce Irigaray is one of the leading thinkers of our age. She is director of research in philosophy at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (Paris ). 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), Through Vegetal Being (co- authored with Michael Marder, 2016) and To Be Born (2017). 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.

Andrea Wheeler is Associate Professor of Architecture at Iowa State University and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge. She teaches classes on Green and Sustainable Architecture at undergraduate and graduate levels and is a studio instructor. Since completing her PhD on the philosophy of Luce Irigaray she has taken interest in lifestyle change, the actual performance of buildings and challenging the sustainability agenda in architecture. Most recently, she has presented papers at the conferences organized and hosted by Luce Irigaray: “Thinking Love” (University of Bristol, 2016) and To Be Born (University of Sussex, 2017).

Andrew Bevan is completing his PhD. at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University London, UK. His research focuses on affect in philosophy and neurobiology. He is author of “The Plasticity of Empathy” in Thinking Catherine Malabou (2018).

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

Summary

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

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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?.

Bio

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: https://info.uwe.ac.uk/events/event.aspx?id=24206