[SydPhil] Rebecca Comay visit to UNSW

Joanne Faulkner j.faulkner at unsw.edu.au
Tue Aug 7 11:54:06 AEST 2012

***Apologies for cross-posting***


Rebecca Comay: Mourning Sickness: Hegel and the French Revolution

The School of Humanities, UNSW, is hosting a workshop on Rebecca Comay’s most recent book and the openings to thought that this work provokes. Mourning Sickness<http://www.sup.org/book.cgi?id=17143> (Stanford, 2010) is an extremely rich text, which takes as its starting point an account of German philosophers’ responses to the French revolution, but extends these reflections on the terror into a thoroughgoing interrogation of 19th Century German thought and cultural identity. More than a simple exegesis of this curious liaison, Comay explores broad questions of cultural memory and identity, testimony, translation, trauma, psychoanalysis and the nature of revolution, as these threads are bought into focus by the German intellectual reception of the revolution, and, in particular, Hegel’s refinement of this response.

Speakers will include Professor Paul Redding (Sydney University), Robert Sinnerbrink (Macquarie), Simon Lumsden (UNSW), Jean-Philippe Deranty (Macquarie), and Joanne Faulkner (UNSW), as well as Professor Rebecca Comay herself. Theworkshop will begin with a rountable discussion of Mourning Sickness and response from Rebecca Comay, before opening out to new research that connects to the major themes dealt with in Comay’s book.

Rebecca Comay is Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. Her other books include Lost in the Archives (ed.) (Alphabet City, 2002), and Endings: Questions of Memory in Hegel and Heidegger (ed. with John McCumber) (Northwestern, 1999).

The workshop will take place in Morven Brown Room 310, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 4 September, 2012 (map ref. C20: http://www.facilities.unsw.edu.au/Maps/pdf/kensington.pdf).

All are welcome, but please RSVP to Joanne Faulkner, j.faulkner at unsw.edu.au<mailto:j.faulkner at unsw.edu.au> for the purposes of catering.

Rebecca Comay: Mourning Sickness: Hegel and the French Revolution


Tuesday 4 September, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Morven Brown Building, room 310

10:30 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

Roundtable discussion of Mourning Sickness: Hegel and the French Revolution

-      Professor Paul Redding (U. of Sydney), Dr Robert Sinnerbrink (Macquarie), and Dr Simon Lumsden (UNSW) in conversation with Professor Rebecca Comay

12:30 p.m.

Lunch (provided)

1:30 p.m.

Mourning or Melancholia? Reading Freud with Hegel and Merleau-Ponty

-      Dr Jean-Philippe Deranty (Macquarie)

Between Apology and Reconciliation: The Untimely Subject of Colonialism

-      Dr Joanne Faulkner (UNSW)

3:00 p.m.


3:10 p.m.

4:30 p.m. close

Keynote session:

Hegel’s Last Words: Mourning and Melancholia at the End of the Phenomenology

-      Professor Rebecca Comay (U. of Toronto)

Drinks at “The White House” (Fig Tree precinct, Gate 4, High Street, UNSW)

Dr Joanne Faulkner
ARC DECRA Research Fellow
School of Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Room 338, Morven Brown Building
University of New South Wales
Kensington, NSW 2052

j.faulkner at unsw.edu.au
+61 2 9385 2287
Co-Government/Institutional Representative, Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy: http://www.ascp.org.au
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