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Castoriadis in the Antipodes - USyd - Dec 15

sydney-uni10th Castoriadis’ Symposium in the Antipodes December 2017

University of Sydney

Cornelios Castoriadis: The Formative Years and Beyond

Call for Papers

The University of Sydney

December 15th, 2017

Conveners: Vrasidas Karalis & Craig Brown

Technology, Knowledge, Truth - Melbourne - 13-15 Dec

MSCP2014Technology, Knowledge, Truth

RMIT Melbourne
13-15 Dec 2017


Registration and Full Program are available.


Ray Brassier, Alessandro Russo,  Anne Sauvagnargues, Gregg Flaxman, Robyn Adler, Agon Hamza, John Cleary, Tom Ford, Cat Moir, Joe Hughes, Allan James Thomas, Sigi Jottkandt, Jessica Whyte, Knox Peden, Campbell Jones, Nick Heron, Janice Richardson, Jon Rubin, Alison Ross, Robert Boncardo, Daniel Ross, Jon Roffe, Mark G. E. Kelly, Emma Black, Russell Grigg, Alex Ling, Bryan Cooke, Adam Nash, Justin Clemens, A. J. Bartlett, Ali Alizadeh, & Cindy Zeiher


Conference Theme

Technē is as old as human being. Like language and waste-disposal, it is inseparable from the story of anthropogenesis. If the human being is both, as Aristotle avers, a zōon politikon and a anthrōpon logos echōn, we find ourselves confronted by the question of the nature of the relationship between these distinct constants of the history of humanity: between politics and, on the one hand, purposefully directed arts (technē as poiēsis and entelecheia) and technology/prostheses on the other. Yet does there exist, as Plato asks, a properly political art? Is politics traduced or abandoned the moment it is conceived on the model of technē, as if politics had an end outside itself? The question is further complicated if we take into account another ancient distinction: the distinction between truth and knowledge so vital to philosophy and education alike. Can there be such a thing as a ‘political truth’ and, if so, what might that be? What is truth in science? Is art capable of truth? In reposing such ancient questions, we also find ourselves caught up in the modern reflections on technology, knowledge, and truth from Martin Heidegger and Hannah Arendt through Gilbert Simondon to Friedrich Kittler and beyond.


Australian Society for French Studies Conference - ANU - 13-15 Dec

ANUAustralian Society for French Studies Conference 2017
Truth and Representation

The Australian National University, 13-15 December

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Professor Nicki Hitchcott, University of St Andrews
Dr Chris Watkin, Monash University

What is truth and how do we represent it? For centuries philosophers, artists, theologians, and political thinkers have reflected on the nature of truth, each exploring the various rhetorical and visual strategies with which we might render its universality and its relativity. When we talk about truth, we call upon objectivity, authenticity, and verifiability. But we also inevitably evoke subjectivity, artifice, and mendacity. Indeed, to talk about truth is to recognise its intimate connection to lies.

In our current political climate, terms such as ‘post-truth’ and ‘fake news’ have become ubiquitous. In the wake of Brexit and the American presidential election, and leading up to the 2017 French election, politicians and the media continually call the status of truth and representation into question. How are we to determine what truth is when facts are manipulated to reflect and reinforce the opinions we already hold? How are we to retain our grasp on reality when we see our world increasingly through the mediation of the screen? Such questions bring to mind a much broader problematic surrounding our understanding of social, cultural, and political reality in the light of myriad and ever-evolving ideologies and theoretical orientations.
This conference seeks to reflect on these questions within French and Francophone Studies. What role can our interdisciplinary research play in negotiating the problems of truth and representation in the 21st century, from cultural studies and politics to literature and film? Our aim is to address these problems from a multiplicity of methodological approaches and areas of focus.

We invite proposals for individual papers (20 minutes) and for panels (3-4 papers of 20 minutes each) related to the theme of truth and representation. We will also consider proposals that do not conform directly to this theme. Possible topics for discussion may include, but are not limited to:

Philosophical, theoretical, and historical/historiographical understandings of truth-making
Representations of Otherness
Reflections on language and the shaping of political discourse
The role of truth in education, including plagiarism and academic dishonesty in the language classroom
Film and the fluid boundaries of audio-visual representation
Embodied truths, psychic truths, lived realities
National myths and the politics of migration
Life-writing/ Representing the truth of the self
Truth and religious pluralism
Postmodernism and post-truth
Representation in (applied) linguistics and second language acquisition
Imagination, or the truth of fiction

Please send your proposal of 250 words for papers in English or French to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 3 July 2017.

Organising committee: Leslie Barnes, Ashok Collins, Solène Inceoglu, and Gemma King, ANU.

Vérité et Représentation
The Australian National University, 13-15 décembre

Séances plénières confirmées:
Professor Nicki Hitchcott, University of St Andrews
Dr Chris Watkin, Monash University

Qu’est-ce la vérité et comment la représenter ? Pendant des siècles des philosophes, artistes, théologiens, et penseurs politiques ont réfléchi à la nature de la vérité, explorant de diverses stratégies visuelles et rhétoriques pour comprendre son universalité et sa relativité. Quand nous parlons de la vérité, nous évoquons l’objectivité, l’authenticité, et la vérifiabilité. Mais de façon inévitable, nous évoquons aussi la subjectivité, l’artifice, et la fausseté. En fait, parler de la vérité est reconnaître sa relation intime avec le mensonge.
Dans notre climat politique actuel, des termes tels que ‘post-vérité’ et ‘fausses nouvelles’ sont devenus omniprésents. A la suite du Brexit et l’élection présidentielle américaine, et précédant l’élection française de 2017, les politiciens et les médias remettent sans cesse en cause la vérité et la représentation. Comment définir la vérité quand nous manipulons les faits pour refléter et renforcer nos opinions établies ? Comment assurer notre connexion avec la réalité quand nous percevons le monde de plus en plus souvent à travers la médiation de l’écran ? De telles questions engendrent une problématique beaucoup plus large sur notre compréhension de la réalité sociale, culturelle, et politique au vu de toute une myriade d’idéologies et d’orientations théoriques en perpétuelle évolution.
Cette conférence vise à considérer ces questions dans le cadre des études françaises et francophones. Comment nos recherches interdisciplinaires peuvent-elles faire face aux questions de vérité et de représentation dans le XXIe siècle, soient-elles en études culturelles ou en sciences politiques, en littérature ou en cinéma ? Notre but est d’aborder ces problèmes depuis une multiplicité de perspectives et d’approches méthodologiques.
Nous invitons des propositions de communications individuelles (20 minutes) et de groupes (3-4 communications de 20 minutes chacune) autour du thème ‘vérité et représentation’. Nous considérerons aussi des interventions qui ne se conforment pas directement à ce thème. Quelques sujets possibles comprennent, mais ne se limitent pas à :

Conceptions philosophiques, théoriques, et historiques / historiographiques de la vérité
Représentations d’autrui
Réflexions sur le langage et la formation du discours politique
Le rôle de la vérité dans l’éducation, y compris le plagiat et la malhonnêteté dans les cours de langue
Cinéma et les limites fluides de la représentation audio-visuelle
Vérités incarnées, vérités psychiques, réalités vécues
Mythes nationaux et politique de migration
(Auto)biographie / Représenter la vérité du soi
Vérité et pluralisme religieux
Postmodernisme et post-vérité
Représentation dans la linguistique (appliquée) et l’acquisition des langues étrangères
Imagination, ou vérité de fiction

Veuillez envoyer des propositions de 250 mots pour des interventions en anglais ou en français à This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. avant le 3 juillet 2017.

Comité : Leslie Barnes, Ashok Collins, Solène Inceoglu, and Gemma King, ANU.

Vladimir Jankélévitch in the twenty-first century - ACU Sydney - 15-16 Feb 2018

ACUVladimir Jankélévitch in the twenty-first century

A roundtable to be held at the Institute for Social Justice, Australian Catholic University, Sydney, 15-16th February 2018.

Vladimir Jankélévitch (1903-85) taught at the French Institute in Prague, the University of Toulouse and other universities and then held the chair in moral philosophy at the Sorbonne (1951-78) and published on a range of subjects, especially ethics and the virtues, musical aesthetics, death, and the work of Bergson and Schelling. Researchers of philosophy of music have long read Jankélévitch’s writing on Debussy, Fauré, and Ravel, and his passionate essay ‘Pardonner?’ published in Critical Inquiry in 1996 has provoked a range of responses. Partly inspired by Jacques Derrida’s and Emmanuel Levinas’ discussion of his work, more of Jankélévitch’s texts are being translated into English, thus garnering a wider scholarly interest in the details of his thought. The published translation of his book Forgiveness in 2005, followed by the publication of The Bad Conscience and Henri Bergson in 2015, means that a significant body of his work is available for international twenty-first century readers’ scholarly interpretation and debate, and there has been increasing academic interest in his conceptualizations and philosophical use of forgiveness, apophasis, irreversibility, resentment, repentance, and love. This roundtable aims to further the rebirth of interest in Jankélévitch’s rich, insightful, and beautiful texts, and so papers on any aspect of his work will be considered for inclusion.

We invite papers discussing philosophical problems and concepts in Jankélévitch’s work, its contextualizations and reception within the field of contemporary continental philosophy, as well as the relevance of Jankélévitch’s thought for the current issues of social justice, politics and aesthetics of public memory, temporality and creation.
The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to June 16th, 2017. Please include name, paper title, 250 word abstract, and a brief biographical note.

Please send abstract submissions to Marguerite La Caze ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and/or Magdalena Zolkos ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). Notification of whether the abstract is accepted will be sent by July 1st, 2017.

Marguerite La Caze, Philosophy, University of Queensland
Magdalena Zolkos, Institute for Social Justice, Australian Catholic University, Sydney.


Primary Texts
Jankélévitch, Vladimir. 2015a. The Bad Conscience. Trans. Andrew Kelley. Chicago: University of Chicago.
——. 2015b. Henri Bergson. Trans. Nils. F. Schott, Durham; Duke University Press.
——. 2005. Forgiveness. Trans. Andrew Kelley. Chicago: University of Chicago.
——. 2003. Music and the Ineffable, Trans. Carolyn Abbate. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
——. 1996. ‘Should we Pardon them?’ Critical Inquiry, 22, 552-572.
——. 1959. Ravel. Trans. Margaret Crosland. New York: Grove Press.

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