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Call for Papers: International Herbert Marcuse Society

  • Posted by: Gabriel Rockhill
  • Posted Date: March 27, 2013
  • Filed Under: Call for Papers

Call for Papers

The Fifth Biennial Meeting

International Herbert Marcuse Society 

University of Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky, USA

November 7-9, 2013

 

Conference Theme:

“Emancipation, New Sensibility,

and the Challenge of a New Era:

Theory, Practice, and Pedagogy”

 

“Social theory is supposed to analyze existing societies in the light of their own functions and capabilities and to identify demonstrable tendencies (if any) which might lead beyond the existing state of affairs. By logical inference from the prevailing conditions and institutions, critical theory may also be able to determine the basic institutional changes which are the prerequisites for the transition to a higher stage of development: “higher” in the sense of a more rational and equitable use of resources, minimization of destructive conflicts, and enlargement of the realm of freedom. But beyond these limits, critical theory did not venture for fear of losing its scientific character. I believe that this restrictive conception must be revised, and that the revision is suggested, and even necessitated, by the actual evolution of contemporary societies.”

–Herbert Marcuse, An Essay on Liberation, 1969

 

The International Herbert Marcuse Society (IHMS) is an atypical gathering of the community of academics, scholars and activists who labor together in an attempt to help the specter of liberation that haunts our society materialize in the concrete lives of oppressed people. For this reason, we bring together not only Marcuse scholars, but scholars and activists from a wide range of disciplines. We are interested in connecting with all people who participate in the “Great Refusal” by trying to transform our society in theory and practice. The IHMS emerged as a response to our current social, political, philosophical, and historical situation.  In short, we have witnessed the apparent domination of one-dimensional thinking.

However, the control of society by one-dimensional thinking has never been complete. One-dimensional thinking has always been challenged but not overthrown by an antagonistic specter. Marx spoke of the specter of communism.  Arnold Farr has spoken of the specter of liberation. Mark Cobb has spoken of Marcuse’s ghost.  Derrida has spoken of the specter of Marx. Even as one-dimensional thinking takes its throne, no coronation is in the works.

 

“A Specter is haunting Europe—the specter of communism.”      

Karl Marx

Communist Manifesto, 1848

 

“There is a specter haunting western philosophy—the specter of liberation.”       

Arnold Farr

Critical Theory and Democratic Vision: Marcuse and Recent Liberation Philosophies, 2009                                     

 

“The specters of Marx. Why this plural? Would there be more than one of them?”

Jacques Derrida

Specters of Marx, 1993

 

Derrida was right to speak of multiple hauntings. Today we are confronted by the haunting of Marcuse, suggesting that his work is as relevant in 2013 as it was in the 1960s and 70s. Marcuse’s work itself embodies a multiplicity of specters, specters of liberation.  This is the point of the long opening quotation from Marcuse. On one level, (Marcusean) critical/social theory discloses the specters of liberation in terms of the possibilities that exist within the present mode of social organization. This is the function of critical/social theory in what Marcuse has called its restricted operation. At another level, critical/social theory transcends the present form of social organization to reveal the specter of utopian visions that haunt the present reality principle. However, he reminds us that the Utopian vision is not one with content insofar as our society has reached a level of technological development that makes liberation possible. We are beyond the threat of scarcity.  However, what is at issue here is the blocking of liberation by the very forces that make it possible.

In 2011, the IHMS conference was entitled “Critical Refusals.” We chose this title because we wanted to bring together scholars and activists who were all engaged in some kind of “Great Refusal” through their work. We wanted to bring together people who were engaged in critical projects even though they may not be Marcuse scholars.  Marcuse and his work are still at the core of the IHMS. However, Marcuse’s project is carried out best when it is put into conversation with other theorists and activists who are doing critical and transformative work. The 2013 conference will be organized according to this same principle. We welcome papers and projects from all who are seeking serious engagement and social transformation.

 

Please send abstracts and papers to: Arnold L. Farr alfarr00@uky.edu.

Deadline for abstracts:  June 1, 2013.

Abstracts: maximum 500 words; include a title and 3-5 keywords to assist with paneling, in the event your abstract is chosen for presentation.

Notification: July 15, 2013.

Papers: final versions should be no more than 3000 words written with standard formatting and 12-point font.

Registration:  $30.00

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Pittsburgh Summer Symposium in Contemporary Philosophy: Schelling and Naturphilosophie

  • Posted by: Nikolaus Fogle
  • Posted Date: March 22, 2013
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

Pittsburgh Summer Symposium in Contemporary Philosophy

Duquesne University

Dept. of Philosophy

Pittsburgh, PA

 

Call for Applications

 

We are pleased to announce the Pittsburgh Summer Symposium in Contemporary Philosophy, held at Duquesne University.  Details for the program are as follows:

 

Schelling and Naturphilosophie

August 5 – 9, 2013

(Optional Participants’ Conference, August 3-4)

 

“What then is that secret bond which couples our mind to Nature, or that hidden organ through which Nature speaks to our mind or our mind to Nature?” (Ideas for a Philosophy of Nature)

“The concept of nature does not entail that there should also be an intelligence that is aware of it. Nature, it seems, would exist, even if there were nothing that was aware of it. Hence the problem can also be formulated thus: how does intelligence come to be added to nature, or how does nature come to be presented?” (System of Transcendental Idealism)

 

Seminar Leaders:

Prof. Iain Hamilton Grant (University of the West of England, Bristol)

Prof. Jason Wirth (Seattle University)

 

Course Description:

In recent years there has been a surge of research on the work of the German philosopher F.W.J. Schelling, aided in the English-speaking world by a number of recent translations. This movement has included reexaminations of Schelling as a figure in the history of philosophy, as a source of influence on a number of twentieth century thinkers, and as a rich resource for addressing contemporary philosophical debates.

 

Schelling’s distinctive influence in the history of philosophy has been, in part, a product of his objective approach to transcendental idealism. In opposition to Fichte’s Wissenschaftslehre, which argued that the subject must be the fundamental ground for transcendental idealism, Schelling argued that an objective approach, taking the form of Naturphilosophie, is equally necessary for explaining the subject-object form of knowledge. Additionally, in his later works, Schelling’s concepts of freedom, existence, and the non-ground, would give some of the earliest critiques of Hegel’s absolute idealism, and would later influence thinkers like Kierkegaard, Marx, and Nietzsche. In the twentieth century, the impact of his work would continue. His Freiheitsschrift, for instance, forms an important part of the conceptual context within which Martin Heidegger developed his notions of event, ground, and the plight of the human being, operative in the 1930s and early 40s. Likewise, Schelling’s influence profoundly marked Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s later ontology of the flesh, his understanding of art, the unconscious, and the provocative task of doing a “psychoanalysis of Nature.”

 

More recently, Iain Hamilton Grant has mobilized Schellingian Naturphilosophie as a basis for recasting epistemological and metaphysical or ontological issues regarding the relation of physics and metaphysics, the nature of time, the nature of ground, and more broadly calling for a radical reevaluation of the post-Kantian philosophical framework dominant over much of the last two centuries. This project has established one of the major arms of the recent movement to rethink the realist/anti-realist debate. Likewise, Jason Wirth has revitalized Schellingian accounts of the Good, intellectual intuition, aesthetics, nature, and life in contemporary debates. He has also worked to put Schelling into conversation with a number of other recent thinkers, both Western and, notably, of the Japanese Kyoto School.

 

Other contemporary philosophers have also taken up Schelling in related manners. Markus Gabriel, for instance, has integrated Schelling’s notion of non-ground into his “domain ontology” and its treatment of the nature of the world (or more properly the non-existence of the world), mythology, evil, contingency, and necessity. Further, in the Lacanian meta-psychology of Slavoj Žižek and Adrian Johnston, Schelling’s philosophy has been used to give an account for the genesis of the transcendental subject out of natural and material substance conceived with reference to Trieb, or drive.

 

This summer symposium will bring together interested graduate students, postdoctoral students, and junior faculty  for a week of discussion, lecture, and close textual study concerning this important philosopher. The topic for the seminar is Schelling’s Naturphilosophie. We will examine questions about nature, objectivity, matter, life, knowledge, and whether or not transcendental philosophy can be reconciled with the findings of the empirical sciences. All texts and discussion will be in English.

 

Application:

We invite current graduate students, postdoctoral students, and junior faculty in philosophy or related disciplines to submit an application composed of a C.V. and a short letter of intent (500 words maximum) to pghsummersymposium2013@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is April 5, 2013. The seminar will be limited to 20-30 participants. For more information as it becomes available, we have created a website for the symposium:

http://pghsummersymposium.wix.com/pghsummersymp2013

 

Participants’ Conference (August 3-4):

In order to facilitate a further exchange of ideas and research, a participants’ conference will be held the weekend before the seminar begins. Applicants who receive notice of acceptance as participants will be asked – if interested – to submit an abstract of up to 500 words on any theme related to the topic of the seminar. The participants’ conference will take place on Saturday and Sunday, August 3-4, 2013.

 

Financial Information:

There will be a $125 registration fee for each participant of the seminar. This money will be used for a conference dinner, celebration, and daily expenses such as coffee, etc. Please note that participants will be responsible for arranging their own housing as well as financing most of their own meals for the duration of the symposium. However, with respect to lodging, we expect a number of arrangements with graduate students will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

 

Organizers:

James Bahoh
Dept. of Philosophy
Duquesne University
bahohj@duq.edu
Dave Mesing
Dept. of Philosophy
Villanova University
dmesing@villanova.edu
Martin Krahn
Dept. of Philosophy
Duquesne University
krahnm@duq.edu
Jacob Greenstine
Dept. of Philosophy
Duquesne University
greenstinea@duq.edu
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Shades of Occupation: Iraq After 10 Years 2013 Mellon Symposium

  • Posted by: Gabriel Rockhill
  • Posted Date: March 22, 2013
  • Filed Under: Conferences
The John B. Hurford '60 Center for the Arts and Humanities

Shades of Occupation: Iraq After 10 Years
2013 Mellon Symposium
Organized by Zainab Saleh

Friday, March 29th, 2013
Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities
Haverford College

This interdisciplinary symposium will be held on the 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq as a venue to examine multiple dimensions of the decade-long occupation. Despite the US Army’s official withdrawal from the country, the US presence in Iraq as a military, economic and political force continues to loom large. Baghdad is home to the largest US embassy in the world. An enormous body of private security and other contractors remain in the country. The institutions installed by the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority since 2003 will continue to have far-reaching impact on the future of Iraq. Apart from military operations and sectarian violence, subversive aspects of the war and occupation, the repercussions on Iraq have received little attention: the occupation of Iraq is the United States’ Forgotten War.

“Shades of Occupation” approaches the invasion of Iraq in a historical and global context, whereby American empire, since the Cold War, attempted to control the politics and the resources of the country as well as the region. It brings together scholars who have been thinking, and writing, about the war from different perspectives, including oil, empire, perception of the Iraqi society, and the impact of wars on Iraq among others.

Visit http://www.haverford.edu/iraqafter10years for a full schedule of events.

Shades of Occupation: Iraq After 10 Years is organized by Zainab Saleh, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Haverford College, and  made possible with the support of the John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contact Associate Director Emily Cronin:ecronin@haverford.edu

haverford.edu/hcah
haverford.edu/iraqafter10years

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Past Masters: Full-Text Primary Sources Online

  • Posted by: Nikolaus Fogle
  • Posted Date: March 21, 2013
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

Past mastersPast Masters is an abundantly useful online collection of primary source texts, mainly in philosophy, which has proven to be highly popular among those who have discovered it.

It consists of scholarly editions of great writers and thinkers, usually the complete or collected works in the original language or in English translation. At present, our Past Masters holdings include the works of Anselm, Aquinas, Aristotle, Augustine, Descartes, Dewey, Feuerbach, Fichte, Foucault, Hegel, Hobbes, Hume, Kant, Kierkegaard, Leibniz, Locke, Marx and Engels, Merleau-Ponty, Nietzsche, Pascal, Peirce, Plato, Santayana, Schopenhauer, Spinoza, Wittgenstein, and Wollstonecraft.

We also have several period collections that contain many further important works: The Latin Background: 1100-1550, The Continental Rationalists, British Philosophy: 1600-1900, The Romantic Age, and Political Philosophy: Machiavelli to Mill.

Apart from the convenience of being able to read these works online, on a mobile device, or select sections to print, it’s also very handy to be able to search the full text. You can do this not only for individual works, but for whole collections as well. For example, if you know that Merleau-Ponty discusses marxisme in parts of his corpus, but you don’t know exactly where, Past Masters will create a neatly formatted list of the places in each work where the term occurs.

We are continuing to expand our access to Past Masters collections, so look out for new works to be added in the future.

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Adorno Conference at Temple

  • Posted by: Gabriel Rockhill
  • Posted Date: March 18, 2013
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

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CfP: Lehigh Philosophy Conference (Deadline 5/1/13)

  • Posted by: Annika Thiem
  • Posted Date: March 5, 2013
  • Filed Under: Call for Papers

Call for Abstracts

“The Last Chapter”

Lehigh University Department of Philosophy
Inaugural Annual Conference
Thursday, October 3 – Friday October 4, 2013

Keynote speakers:
Paul Guyer, Jonathan Nelson Professor of Humanities and Philosophy, Brown University
Nancy Sherman, University Professor, Georgetown University

The Lehigh University Philosophy Department invites submissions for our first annual philosophy conference.  Submissions should address one of two dimensions of the conference theme: either aspects of the often under-read or overlooked final chapters, sections, or moments of philosophical texts, or philosophy’s relation to the idea of its own “final chapter” or of that of some other domain.

Topics for submissions focusing on the theme’s first dimension—texts– include, but are not limited to:  How do the text’s concluding thoughts stand in relation to the remainder of the work? How do they inform or deform the coherence of the philosophical project at hand?  How does one properly end a philosophical work? Is it important to attend to the last chapter? Papers may treat specific texts or specific oeuvres: e.g., the Critique of Pure Reason or Kant’s oeuvre, Tractatus 7 or Wittgenstein’s oeuvre, Leviathan or Hobbes’s oeuvre.  Submissions are welcome on any period of philosophy or employing any method of following philosophical inspiration.

Papers focusing on the second theme dimension might address such questions as these: Does or should philosophy see itself as aiming for a concluding chapter or as eventually reaching an end?  Is our enterprise necessarily interminable? If not a conclusion, what other ends, if any, does or should philosophy seek? How does or might philosophy distinctively address the end(s) or endings in other disciplines or domains of life?

Submission deadline:
May 1, 2013

notification by June 15, 2013

Electronic submission of detailed abstracts (750-1000 words) should be in MSWord or pdf format.  Reading time for presented papers is 30 minutes.

Send abstracts as attachments to <amy206@lehigh.edu> with “conference submission” as the subject. Please include in body of e-mail your name, paper title, institutional affiliation, and contact information.

Department of Philosophy
Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA 18015
http://philosophy.cas2.lehigh.edu/

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New Philosophy Books

  • Posted by: Nikolaus Fogle
  • Posted Date: March 4, 2013
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

Great heaps of new philosophy books have been arriving at Falvey lately. Here’s a sampling:

Leviathan (3 vols.)
by Thomas Hobbes, edited by Noel Malcolm (Oxford University Press)

From the publisher: Hobbes’s Leviathan is one of the most important philosophical texts in the English language, and one of the most influential works of political philosophy ever written. This is the first critical edition based on a full study of the manuscript and printing history. It is also the first edition to place the English text side by side with Hobbes’s later Latin version of it, complete with a set of notes in which the many passages that differ in the Latin are translated into English. So, for the first time, readers of Leviathan will be able to see every stage of the development of the text at a single glance. Both texts are fully annotated with explanatory notes. The editor’s Introduction, which takes up the whole of the first volume, gives a path-breaking account of the work’s context, sources, and textual history. This definitive edition will set the study of Hobbes’s masterwork on a new basis.

Schizoanalytic Cartographies
by Felix Guattari (Bloomsbury Academic)

From the publisher: Schizoanalytic Cartographies represents Félix Guattari’s most important later work and the most systematic and detailed account of his theoretical position and his therapeutic ideas. Guattari sets out to provide a complete account of the conditions of ‘enunciation’ – autonomous speech and self-expression – for subjects in the contemporary world. Over the course of eight closely argued chapters, he presents a breathtakingly new reformulation of the structures of individual and collective subjectivity. Based on research into information theory and new technologies, Guattari articulates a vision of a humanity finally reconciled with its relationship to machines. Schizoanalytic Cartographies is a visionary yet highly concrete work, providing a powerful vantage point on the upheavals of our present epoch, powerfully imagining a future ‘post-media’ era of technological development. This long overdue translation of this substantial work offers English-speaking readers the opportunity finally to fully assess Guattari’s contribution to European thought.

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Cognitive Science
edited by Eric Margolis, Richard Samuels and Stephen P. Stich (Oxford University Press)

From the publisher: Recent research across the disciplines of cognitive science has exerted a profound influence on how many philosophers approach problems about the nature of mind. These philosophers, while attentive to traditional philosophical concerns, are increasingly drawing both theory and evidence from empirical disciplines — both the framing of the questions and how to resolve them. However, this familiarity with the results of cognitive science has led to the raising of an entirely new set of questions about the mind and how we study it, questions which not so long ago philosophers did not even pose, let alone address. This book offers an overview of this burgeoning field that balances breadth and depth, with articles covering every aspect of the psychology and cognitive anthropology. Each article provides a critical and balanced discussion of a core topic while also conveying distinctive viewpoints and arguments. Several of the articles are co-authored collaborations between philosophers and scientists.

Retrieving Aristotle in an Age of Crisis
by David Roochnik (SUNY Press)

From the publisher: In 1935 Edmund Husserl delivered his now famous lecture “Philosophy and the Crisis of European Humanity,” in which he argued that the “misguided rationalism” of modern Western science, dominated by the model of mathematical physics, can tell us nothing about the “meaning” of our lives. Today Husserl’s conviction that the West faces a crisis is no longer an abstraction. With the ever-present threat of nuclear explosion, the degradation of the oceans, and the possibility that climate change will wreak havoc on civilization itself, people from all walks of life are wondering what has gone so terribly wrong and what remedies might be available. In Retrieving Aristotle in an Age of Crisis, David Roochnik makes a lucid and powerful case that Aristotle offers a philosophical resource that even today can be of significant therapeutic value. Unlike the scientific revolutionaries of the seventeenth century, he insisted that both ordinary language and sense-perception play essential roles in the acquisition of knowledge. Centuries before Husserl, Aristotle was a phenomenologist who demanded that a successful theory remain faithful to human experience. His philosophy can thus provide precisely what modern European rationalism now so painfully lacks: an understanding and appreciation of the world in which human beings actually make their homes.

Textes dispersés I : esthétique et théorie de l’art / Miscellaneous Texts I: Aesthetics and Theory of Art 
by Jean-Francois Lyotard, edited by Herman Parret (Leuven University Press)

From the publisher: This fourth volume in the series devoted to Jean-François Lyotard’s writings on contemporary art and artists presents nine essays on general aesthetics and the theory of art. They are published in the original French along with English translations on facing pages. Most of these texts, preserved in the Lyotard archives of the Bibliothèque Littéraire Jacques Doucet in Paris, are published here for the first time. They do not reveal ‘another Lyotard’ than the one whom we know through his major writings. Nevertheless, they cover the whole period of his production, from 1969 to 1997; and they make the development of his philosophy of art explicit. After the ‘libidinal’ conception of art in his early writings, the ‘Kantian twist’ of around 1980 places his view on art under the aegis of the sublime. These essays specify what, for Jean-François Lyotard, the hand of the painter means, as well as the gaze of the viewer, enamoured with resonant colours.

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French Translation Grants

  • Posted by: Gabriel Rockhill
  • Posted Date: March 3, 2013
  • Filed Under: Grant

 

call for submissions

TRANSLATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS—2013

French Voices Award — Heminwgay Grant — Acquisition of Rights


We are pleased to announce that the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the Institut français and FACE are now accepting applications for their translation assistance programs.

The Book Department of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy works with FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), the Institut français and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to promote French and Francophone literature and to encourage English translations of French fiction and non-fiction. To that effect, it provides and oversees three bi-annual programs concerning translations from French into English of works that have not yet been published in the United States. The French Voices Award, Hemingway Grants and Acquisition of Rights Grants are awarded to fiction and non-fiction translations (including children’s books, comics and digital books).

To facilitate the application process, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy offers a single online application process. By filling out a form and uploading the necessary documents, you can apply directly online to the three following programs:

French Voices Awards
The French Voices Awards honor both translators and American publishers for English translations of works that have been published in France in the last 6 years. Awards recipients are selected by a literary committee. Each book receives a $6,000 award, shared by the American publisher ($4000) and the translator ($2000) ($5,000 and $1,000 respectively in case of a comic book or picture book).
http://frenchculture.org/books/grants-and-programs/publishing-grants-prizes/prizes

Hemingway Grants
Hemingway Grants allow publishers to receive financial help for the translation and publication of a French work into English. Grant beneficiaries are selected by the Book Department of the French Embassy in the United States. Grants awarded for each work range from $500 to $6,000.
http://frenchculture.org/books/grants-and-programs/publishing-grants-prizes/publishers

Acquisition of Rights grants
The Institut français helps American publishers offset the cost of acquiring the rights to French works. Grant beneficiaries are selected by the Institut français in Paris. The amount awarded cannot exceed the amount of the advance paid to the French Publisher for the acquisition of rights and varies from 500 to 7,000 Euros.
http://frenchculture.org/books/grants-and-programs/publishing-grants-prizes/publishers

For access to the online application and application and guidelines, please visit us online.
http://facecouncil.org/applications/

Application deadlines
The deadline for the 2013 Spring session is March 20th, 2013.
The deadline for the 2013 Fall session is August 30th, 2013.

In 2012, the French Voices Committee selected nine titles. Three of these titles are currently seeking an American publisher:

  • Histoire des grands-parents que je n’ai pas eus (Seuil, 2012) by Ivan Jablonka
    translated by Susannah Dale

  • D’un Pays sans amour (Grasset, 2011) by Gilles Rozier
    translated by Pierre Hodgson

  • Ramallah Dream: voyage au coeur du mirage palestinien (La Découverte, 2011)by Benjamin Barth
    translated by Michelle Nava

If you are interested in learning more about these titles or for information about other past grantees seeking an American publisher, please contact us at:972livre@gmail.com

For the 2006-2012 titles seeking an American Publisher, a translation sample is available upon request.

We thank you for your interest in our grant programs and look forward to receiving your applications.

Best regards,

Laurence Marie
Book Department | Cultural Services of the French Embassy
972 Fifth Avenue | New York, NY 10075
www.frenchculture.org

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Lecture by Roxanne Euben

  • Posted by: Gabriel Rockhill
  • Posted Date: March 2, 2013
  • Filed Under: Lectures
The Drexel Comparative Political Theory Colloquium
presents:

Roxanne Euben
Ralph Emerson and Alice Freeman Palmer Professor of Political Science
Wellesley College

“Comparative Political Theory as Practice: 
Travel, Translation, and Islamic Political Thought”

Thursday, March 14th, 4pm
2019 MacAlister Hall
33rd and Chestnut, southeast corner

*Funded by the Drexel Career Development Award Program
Questions? Contact George Ciccariello-Maher, gjcm@drexel.edu
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Chris Marker Events at Slought

  • Posted by: Gabriel Rockhill
  • Posted Date: March 1, 2013
  • Filed Under: Events
Ciné-Cat: Marking the City
Stop going to see films and make a film of the city!

Wednesday, March 06, 2013; 6:30-8:00pm
at Slought, 4017 Walnut Street

http://slought.org/content/11511/

Slought Foundation is pleased to announce Ciné-Cat: Marking the City, a street art project across Philadelphia beginning in March 2013. In the film The Case of the Grinning Cat (2004), Chris Marker becomes intrigued by the sudden appearance of painted grinning yellow cats on the streets of Paris. Documentation of these images and personal commentary throughout the film are joined by discussion of political events of the time.

Join us for a public workshop at Slought on Wednesday March 6th from 6:30-8pm to make meaning of the grinning yellow cat. The workshop, led by Slought Fellow Rachel Heidenry, will begin with a brief discussion of Chris Marker’s work, followed by an overview of street art practices and hands-on stenciling demonstrations. Templates and supplies will be provided in the workshop. Following the workshop, participants will be invited to add their grinning cat to Philadelphia’s built landscape.

Rules for Ciné-Cat Participants
– Be creative. The templates are only guides. We encourage you to adapt the grinning cats to your individual style and medium.
– Please document your street art creations and send us your grinning cats at: info@sloughtfoundation.org
– All public works must be executed in adherence to the City of Philadelphia laws.
– We encourage the use of non-permanent materials, such as chalk, removable spray, washable paint, and tape when creating in public places.
– Permanent materials, such as industrial paints and aerosol sprays, may only be used on condemned structures or with formal consent of property owners.
– Slought and its affiliates are not responsible for any participant who does not adhere to these rules or the law.
– Celebrate Chris Marker!

Recommended Street Art Templates
Grinning Cats Template #1
Grinning Cats Template #2

Agnès Varda in Philadelphia
in conversation with Molly Nesbit

Wednesday, March 13, 2013; 6:00-7:30pm
at Meyerson Hall B1, University of Pennsylvania

http://slought.org/content/11514/

Slought is pleased to announce a public conversation with Agnès Varda and Molly Nesbit on March 13, 2013 from 6-7:30pm in Meyerson Hall at the University of Pennsylvania (210 S. 34th St).

Agnès Varda is one of the leading filmmakers of our time. Her self-funded debut, the 1956 fiction-documentary hybrid La Pointe Courte is often considered the unofficial first New Wave film. In 1962, she released the seminal nouvelle vague film Cléo from 5 to 7. Over the coming decades, Varda became a force in art cinema, conceiving many of her films as political and feminist statements, and using a radical objectivity to create her unforgettable characters. She describes her style as cinécriture, and it can be seen in audacious fictions like Le bonheur andVagabond as well as revealing autobiographical documentaries like The Gleaners and I and The Beaches of Agnès.

Molly Nesbit is Chair and Professor in the Department of Art at Vassar College as well as a contributing editor ofArtforum. Since 2002, together with Hans Ulrich Obrist and Rirkrit Tiravanija, she has tri-curated Utopia Station, an ongoing book, exhibition, seminar, website and street project.

This program is made possible thanks to the generous support of University of Pennsylvania’s Cinema Studies Program, Department of Fine Arts, Emily and Jerry Spiegel Fund to Support Contemporary Culture and Visual Art, Slought Foundation, and Temple University’s Department of Film and Media Arts. Additional support has been provided by University of Pennsylvania’s Department of French Studies, Department of English, Penn Humanities Forum, and School of Arts and Sciences. We also acknowledge the collaboration of the International House of Philadelphia and Scribe Video Center.

Jointly organized by Nora M. Alter, Timothy Corrigan, Nicola Gentili, Aaron Levy, and Jean-Michel Rabaté.

Total Installation, Public Project
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov in Conversation

Thursday, March 14, 2013; 5:30-7:00pm
at Slought, 4017 Walnut Street

http://slought.org/content/11516/

Slought Foundation is pleased to announce Total Installation, Public Project: Ilya and Emilia Kabakov in Conversation, a public conversation with artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, on Thursday, March 14, 2013 from 5:30-7pm. The event will be introduced and moderated by Matthew Jesse Jackson, and has been organized by Kevin M.F. Platt and Christine Poggi.

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov create large-scale environments, “total installations,” that orchestrate elements of the Everyday within an atmosphere of the Extraordinary. While rooted in their experience of life in the Soviet Union, the Kabakovs’ art strives to reach a plane of transcultural significance, to penetrate to the core of the desires and fears that mold our present world. An ever-changing, ambitious project designed to reintegrate contemporary art into the public imagination, the Kabakovs’ art challenges its viewers to become utopians without any allegiance to any utopia.

Ilya Kabakov was born in Dnepropetrovsk, Soviet Union, in 1933. He studied art in Moscow, and began his career as a children’s book illustrator during the 1950’s. He was part of a group of Conceptual artists in Moscow who worked outside the official Soviet art system. In 1985 he received his first solo show exhibition at Dina Vierny Gallery, Paris, and he moved to the West two years later. His installations speak as much about conditions in post-Stalinist Russia as they do about the human condition universally. Emilia Kabakov (nee Kanevsky) was born in Dnepropetrovsk, Soviet Union, in 1945. She studied in Irkutsk and Moscow, immigrating to Israel in 1973, and moved to New York in 1975, where she worked as a curator and art dealer. In 1988, Ilya and Emilia began their collaborative projects together. Their work has been shown in such venues as the Museum of Modern Art, the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Documenta IX, at the Whitney Biennial in 1997 and the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg among others. In 1993 they represented Russia at the 45th Venice Biennale with their installation The Red Pavilion. This program is made possible in part through the generous support of the Sachs Programming Fund and the Departments of the History of Art and Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania.

Things That Quicken the Heart- 
Chris Marker: A Symposium

Friday, March 15 to Saturday, March 16, 2013
at Slought, 4017 Walnut Street

http://slought.org/content/11510/

Slought Foundation is pleased to announce Things That Quicken the Heart- Chris Marker: a Symposiumon March 15-16, 2013.

Organized by the Department of Film and Media Arts at Temple University, the Cinema Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania, and Slought Foundation, the symposium will explore the work of the late French filmmaker Chris Marker, who passed away in July 2012 at the age of 91 and is widely acknowledged as one of the most prolific and inventive media artists in the history of cinema. Working continually since the 1940s, Marker directed some of the most important films in the history of world cinema, including La jetée (1962), A Grin without a Cat (1997), Sans Soleil (1982), and multi-media projects Level 5 (1996) and Immemory (1998, 2008).

The symposium will feature a variety of speakers in conversation, including Agnès Varda, Raymond Bellour, Bill Horrigan, Sam Di Iorio, Lynne Sachs, Hito Steyerl, Renée Green, Dominique Blüher, Rick Warner, Christa Blümlinger, and Gertrud Koch.

It will be accompanied by an exhibition of photographs by Chris Marker documenting political protests and friends who shared Marker’s political leanings (Courtesy of Mari and Peter Shaw).

Symposium Schedule

Reservations recommended but not required:
http://chrismarker.eventbrite.com/

Friday, March 15th, 2013 
Panel 1: Cats
Marker Forever

Opening Remarks by Nora M. Alter and Timothy Corrigan
Moderated by Molly Nesbit; Presentations by Raymond Bellour and Agnès Varda
5:30-7pm
Reception to follow

Saturday, March 16th, 2013 
Panel 2: Elephants
An Auteur without an Image: Marker in History

Moderated by Louis Massiah; Presentations by Dominique Blüher, Sam Di Iorio, and Rick Warner
10-12pm 

Panel 3: Owls
Remembrance of Films to Come: Marker and Future Media

Moderated by Timothy Corrigan; Presentations by Christa Blümlinger, Gertrud Koch, and Bill Horrigan
1:30-3:30pm 

Panel 4: Wolves
The Cinema Rolls On: Filmmakers Under the Influence

Moderated by Rea Tajiri; Presentations by Renée Green, Lynne Sachs, Hito Steyerl
4-6pm

Other Screenings and Events

March 14, 1-4pm at Scribe Video Center (4212 Chestnut Street, 3rd Fl)
Master class with Agnès Varda

March 16, 5pm at International House, 3701 Chestnut St
Screenings of Chris Marker’s Early Collaborations:
Walerian Borowczyk, Les Astronautes (1959, 12 min)
Alain Resnais and Chris Marker, Toute la mémoire du monde (1956, 21 min, French w/ English subtitles)
Alain Resnais and Chris Marker, Les Statues meurent aussi (1953, 30 min, French w/ English subtitles)
Alain Resnais, Night and Fog – Nuit et brouillard (1955, 31 min, French w/ English subtitles)


Acknowledgements

This program is made possible thanks to the generous support of University of Pennsylvania’s Cinema Studies Program, Department of Fine Arts, Emily and Jerry Spiegel Fund to Support Contemporary Culture and Visual Art, Slought Foundation, and Temple University’s Department of Film and Media Arts. Additional support has been provided by University of Pennsylvania’s Department of French Studies, Department of English, Penn Humanities Forum, and School of Arts and Sciences. We also acknowledge the collaboration of the International House of Philadelphia and Scribe Video Center.

Jointly organized by Nora M. Alter, Timothy Corrigan, Nicola Gentili, Aaron Levy, and Jean-Michel Rabaté.

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4017 Walnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19104
Tel: 215.701.4627
Fax: 215.764.5783

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