Events

Promiscuous Ontologies

15 October, 2010 – Albuquerque, New Mexico, RMMLA Conference

Audio files available here.

Speakers

Ian Bogost

Levi Bryant

Timothy Morton


Accelerationism

14 September, 2010 – Goldsmith’s, London, UK

In the early 1970s, post-68 French thinkers such as Deleuze and Guattari and Lyotard made the heretical suggestion that capital should not be resisted but accelerated. Deplored, repudiated then forgotten, this remarkable moment was returned to only in the UK during the 1990s, in the theory-fiction of Nick Land, Iain Hamilton Grant, Sadie Plant and the Cybernetic Culture Research Unit. Drawing upon Fernand Braudel, Manuel DeLanda, and cyber-theory, 90s accelerationism drew a distinction between markets (as bottom-up self-organising networks) and capital (an oligarchic and predatory system of control). Was accelerationism merely a new cybernetic mask for neoliberalism? Or does the call to “accelerate the process” mark out a political position that has never been properly developed, and which still has a potential to reinvigorate the left?

Audio files available here.

Speakers

Alex Andrews

Ray Brassier

Mark Fisher

Benjamin Noys (Paper)

Nick Srnicek (Paper)

Alex Williams


Transcendental Realism Workshop

11 May, 2010, 12pm-7pm – LIB 2 and S0.11, Warwick University, Coventry,

The purpose of the workshop is to examine the arguments underlying the increasing push towards realism in parts of modern continental philosophy, along with approaches that bridge the analytic/continental divide, and to assess the possibility of transcendental approaches to realism within this context.

Speakers

Ray Brassier (American University of Beirut)

James Trafford

Reid Kotlas (Dundee)

Nick Srnicek (LSE)

Tom O’Shea (Sheffield)

Pete Wolfendale (Warwick)


Object Oriented Philosophy Conference

23 April, 2010 – Atlanta, Georgia

Ontology is the philosophical study of existence. Object-oriented ontology (“OOO” for short) puts things at the center of this study. Its proponents contend that nothing has special status, but that everything exists equally—plumbers, cotton, bonobos, DVD players, and sandstone, for example. In contemporary thought, things are usually taken either as the aggregation of ever smaller bits (scientific naturalism) or as constructions of human behavior and society (social relativism). OOO steers a path between the two, drawing attention to things at all scales (from atoms to alpacas, bits to blinis), and pondering their nature and relations with one another as much with ourselves.

Bringing some of its foundational figures together for the first time, this inaugural Object-Oriented Ontology Symposium marks an effort to brew a new flavor of post-continental philosophy for the twenty-first century.

Audio files available here.

Speakers

Ian Bogost

Levi Bryant

Graham Harman

Steven Shaviro


Theology, Gnosticism, and Theory

5 March, 2010, 11am-5pm – The University of Nottingham, Great Hall, Trent Building

An introduction to non-philosophy for philosphers, theologians, and theorists.

Audio files available here.

Speakers

Francois Laruelle

Philip Goodchild

John Milbank

John Mullarkey

Graham Ward


Warwick Symposium on the Non-Philosophy of Francois Laruelle

3 March, 2010  – Warwick University, UK

The Warwick University Philosophy Society, in association with Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy, is pleased to announce a short symposium on the non-philosophy of Francois Laruelle on Wednesday the 3rd of March. This will take place in H0.52, in the humanities building, on Warwick main campus, from 3.30pm to 7.00pm.

Free to all, no registration required. For further enquiries contact t.k.osborne@gmail.com

Speakers

Francois Laruelle

Reid Kotlas (Paper)

Anthony Paul Smith (Paper)

Nick Srnicek (Paper)


Militant Dysphoria: What are the Politics of Disaffection?

30 September, 2009 – Goldsmiths, University of London

An event to discuss some of the issues raised by Domininc Fox’s Cold World: The aesthetics of dejection and the politics of militant dysphoria, due to be published by zer0 at the end of September. What is meant by ‘militant dysphoria’, and in what ways can the concept help us move beyond the impasses of contemporary politics? How might disaffection be converted into militancy? What political potentials are there in dysphoric music such as Black Metal? The event will also explore the relationship between politics and Speculative Realism.

Speakers

Dominic Fox

Nathan Brown (Paper)

Mark Fisher

Nina Power (Paper)

Nick Srnicek (Paper)

James Trafford

Alex Williams (Paper)


21st Century Materialism

20-21 June, 2009 – Zagreb, Croatia

A century has passed since the 1909 publication of Materialism and Empirio-Criticism, a text in which Lenin responded to the supposed ‘disappearance of matter’ in physical theory by attempting to clarify the stakes of philosophical materialism. He did so by interrogating the consequences of contemporary positions on elementary philosophical questions: Is being prior to thought? Can we establish the adequacy of thought and sensation to material objects independent of thought and sensation? Is it possible to reduce the operations of thinking to material processes? Is ‘matter’ a philosophical or scientific concept? What is the relation between philosophical materialism and political praxis?

These questions continue to agitate contemporary thought, but they are no longer the ‘same’ questions: their significance has been transformed by a centry of political, scientific, and philosophical interventions. This symposium is dedicated to reassessing their stakes for 21st century philosophy and politics. Dialectical. Historical. Transcendental. Non-Philosophical. Eliminative. Speculative. ………………. Something called ‘materialism’ continues to demand that we take a position. What is it?

Speakers

Miran Božovič (Paper)

Nathan Brown (Paper)

Martin Hägglund (Paper)

Peter Hallward (Paper)

Graham Harman (Paper)


Speculative Realism / Speculative Materialism

24 April, 2009, 12–7pm – Lecture Theatre H124, St Matthias Campus, University of the West of England, Bristol BS16 2JP

Speakers

Ray Brassier (American University of Beirut)

Iain Hamilton Grant (University of the West of England)

Graham Harman (American University in Cairo)

Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths, University of London) (Paper)

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