Archive for March, 2014

Claire Colebrook: ‘Exceptional Disaster’

Posted in Theory on March 25, 2014 by Diana S-V

ACLA 2014 | Update and program

Posted in Reviews on March 11, 2014 by Diana S-V

Time has flown and here we are almost in the middle of March, and the countdown is on to the 2014 ACLA Annual Meeting in New York.

The full conference program has become available (you can download it here), and I have to say that this is one of the most exciting and flexible conference themes I’ve come across in a while. I’m looking forward to catching as many of my colleagues’ presentations as possible, but also delighted to see that my seminar (Death Sentence) has been expanded to allow for more presenters. There are now two consecutive Death Sentence seminars every morning over the course of the conference’s three days. Unfortunately, due to the conference structure, I will be unable to catch the more Derrida-specific Deconstructing Capital Punishment seminars. However, there are more than a few people on the program that I hope to get in touch with and/or get the opportunity to meet.

In other news, the benevolent gods of theory and philosophy have done me some serious kindness in the month of March. Last week on March 6th, I had the opportunity to hear Simon Critchley’s talk on tragedy’s philosophy. Having been exhausted by writing my primary qualifying exam that morning, I was not in an optimal space to take more critical notes on the talk or in a frame of mind that was gunning to deconstruct it, but I found it to be accessible, provocative, and thoroughly enjoyable. As might be surmised, my biggest interest in Critchley’s work lies elsewhere, particularly The Ethics of Deconstruction (1992) and The Mattering of Matter (2012). I, along with other ACLA attendees, will have the great privilege and pleasure of seeing Judith Butler’s plenary talk (titled “Capital/Punishment”) on the evening of March 21st. Once back in London-town, I’ll also get to see Claire Colebrook give a talk on March 26th on the “Exceptional Disaster,” which I expect will be… well, exceptional. I greatly admire Colebrook’s work on Deleuze, Derrida, materiality, and the body, and am very much looking forward to seeing this, especially given that I missed seeing her the last time she was at Western.

I’m eager to visit New York for the first time, eager to chat about death and ethics with like-minded folks, and eager to see Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan in Waiting for Godot on Broadway on March 20th. A banner month, all things considered.