Grounds for Materialism
Public Talk and Master Class by Dr. Jaques Lezra (University of California, Riverside) Thursday, June 14th (4-6pm) in the Oudemanhuispoort, room C1. 17
To draw from the seeming contradiction--the project of finding "grounds" for a philosophical practice devoted largely to dissolving the primacy or ideality of terms like "principle" and "ground"—this talk proposes a new figure of thought: a materialism of principles. My argument is that a materialism of principles offers a way of imagining, perhaps even of fashioning, defective institutions for radically democratic societies. To draw this figure of thought, "Grounds for Materialism" follows the long, incoherent philosophical line that leads from Lucretius to Bataille and Derrida.
Jacques Lezra is Professor and Chair in the Department of Hispanic Studies at the University of California, Riverside. He received the PhD in Comparative Literature from Yale University, and taught at Yale, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and NYU before joining the faculty at UC-Riverside. His most recent book is Contra todos los fueros de la muerte: El suceso cervantino (2016). Other books are On the Nature of Marx’s Things: Translation as Necrophilology (Fordham, 2018); Untranslating Machines: A Genealogy for the Ends of Global Thought (2017); Wild Materialism: The Ethic of Terror and the Modern Republic (2010; Spanish translation 2012; Chinese translation 2013); Unspeakable Subjects: The Genealogy of the Event in Early Modern Europe (1997); and (with Liza Blake, eds.) Lucretius and Modernity. Lezra has edited collections on "Allegory and Political Representation;" on the work of Althusser, Balibar and Macherey; and on Spanish republicanism. He has published articles on Shakespeare, contemporary and early modern translation theories and practices, Freud, Althusser, Woolf, animality studies, the New Materialism, and other topics. He is the co-translator into Spanish of Paul de Man’s Blindness and Insight. With Emily Apter and Michael Wood, he is the co-editor of Dictionary of Untranslatables (2014), the English translation of Vocabulaire européen des philosophies. Paul North and he edit the Fordham University Press book series IDIOM.
Masterclass with Jacques Lezra
Jacques Lezra will also host a 3 hour masterclass from 12-3pm on Wednesday, June 13th. All welcome. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for readings and details.
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