Interregnum Week 4-5

New Interregnum now available. A major highlight is Susan Stryker’s trans- history in the US.


Interregnum Week 4 and 5

These two weeks of podcasts finished the trans-disciplinarily conference and continued with talks by prominent transgender thinkers.

David Cunningham talks about Derrida’s writing about the university. His engagement with Derrida is absolutely stunning, and showcases the skills of a close thinker who can draw on a deep philosophy catalogue. The highlight for me was a discussion about Derrida’s suggestion that philosophy should no longer be considered autonomous, which is a refreshing contrast with the disappointing series on French Theory currently being run by the Brooklyn Rail.

Simon Morgan Wortham’s response to Cunningham is brief, but once again a careful consideration of Derrida. Moreover, I like how Wortham reiterates a previous comment that “a responder is one who responds by taking responsibility for the paper.”

The trans-disciplinary and anti-humanism talks continue with a second session on gender. There are two incredibly standout talks from Tuija Pulkkinen…

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Interregnum: Week 3

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Interregnum Week 3
This week and the following week have less content. There are two reasons: first, I commuted fewer times, and second, I used some commutes to read comparative mythology for a paper on Prometheanism. Most important so far has been Jean-Pierre Vernant’s writing on Hesiod.
The first lectures are from a session on socialist feminism and utopia. Their most provocative claim is that socialists should turn away from Marx toward figures like Robert Owen, Henri Saint-Simon, and Charles Fourier. And from those figures, they drew concrete lessons about making socialism into a way of life. As one speaker puts it, they see socialist feminism as a radical form of social work.
The second lectures are part of a series on transdisciplinarity and anti-humanism. Peter Osborne’s introduction to transdisciplinarity is refreshingly open-ended, and it resonates with earlier reading that I have done on Félix Guattari’s concept of “transdisciplinary meta-modelling.”…

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