Philosophy Under Occupation - UniMelb - 19 July

UnimelbSymposium: Philosophy Under Occupation: Technology, Labour, Persecution

Speakers: Birgit Lang (Keynote); Nicolas Hausdorf; Giles Fielke; Marilyn Stendera; Justin Clemens

Friday, 19 July 2019
9.30am- 5.30pm
The Linkway 4th Floor
John Medley Building
The University of Melbourne 
Parkville VIC 3010

Admission is free. Bookings are essential.

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For further information please contact: Justin Clemens


“The incredible encirclement of man was prepared long ago by the theories that aim at giving a flawless logical explanation of the world and that march in lockstep with the development of technology.”

More than 20 years after Ernst Jünger’s death in 1998, the German philosopher’s work has proven disturbingly prescient. Only last year, Jünger’s diaries as an officer in occupied Paris in World War II were published in English to wide acclaim. These intimate accounts, of high literary and philosophical quality, reveal Jünger negotiating compliance with acts of subversion and resistance against the Nazi regime. Perhaps Jünger’s appeal and ongoing popularity is that of the escape artist: an unlikely survivor emerging from the slaughter of WWI trench-warfare, the siege of WWII totalitarianism, and later of the pensée unique of post-war liberalism. His life — and those of others in comparable situations — appear as evidence that history is both real and unrealistic. This symposium aims to investigate the nature of the diverse strategies that have emerged from confronting and surviving the monstrous avatars of a totalising technological force.

About the Speakers: 

Birgit Lang is Associate Professor of German Studies at the University of Melbourne. Her fields of research include the history of sexuality and psychoanalysis. Other fields of expertise include exile and migrant literature, with a particular focus on the cultural history of refugees from National Socialism. She is also co-editor of the series Translation History (Palgrave).

Justin Clemens is Associate Professor in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. His publications include Psychoanalysis is an Antiphilosophy (Edinburgh UP 2013) and, with A.J. Bartlett and Jon Roffe, Lacan Deleuze Badiou (Edinburgh UP 2014).

Giles Fielke is a writer and researcher of film and media art histories. He is currently working on the Cantrills Collection at the University of Melbourne, where he completed his PhD in 2019.

Nicolas Hausdorf is an editor, analyst, and essayist living in Castlemaine, Australia. He has written for publications including Vice Magazine, Arena Magazine, the Hong Kong Review of Books, and Jacobite Magazine. He has worked in digital activism, finance, narrative advertising, and city planning. Superstructural Berlin was published with Zero Books in 2015.

Marilyn Stendera’s research focuses mainly on the phenomenological tradition, with particular interest in conceptualisations of time. She received her PhD in philosophy from the University of Melbourne, and has further undergraduate degrees in social theory and German. She has taught at Melbourne, Monash and for the Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy.



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Associate Professor Justin Clemens

School of Culture and Communication

The University of Melbourne VIC 3010



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