[SydPhil] [Philosophy at UWS seminar] Chris Fleming: The Apocalypse will not be Televised, 19 March 2014

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Philosophy @ UWS Seminars 2014
The Writing and Society Research Centre and Philosophy @ UWS present:

Dr Chris Fleming
Senior Lecturer (UWS)

TITLE: The Apocalypse will not be Televised

DATE/TIME: Wednesday 19 March, 3.30 pm - 5.00 pm

PLACE: University of Western Sydney, Bankstown Campus, Building 3, Room 3.G.27  [How to get to Bankstown Campus]<http://www.uws.edu.au/campuses_structure/cas/campuses/bankstown>

In this paper, I will engage theoretically with two signal disasters of the twentieth century, often signified by place names - Auschwitz and Hiroshima. These are widely considered to point to profoundly revelatory historical events, events that point unambiguously to the violent horrors of that century. Equally, however, these events have also been considered "unrepresentable" in some ways - that in their extremity and horror they even may somehow "escape" representation, with our attempts to figure them by recourse to concepts either pointless or tasteless. This paper considers both their capacity to signify and the challenges laid down by theorists like Jean-Francois Lyotard who contend that they not so much "signify" than possess a capacity to disrupt signification itself.

Chris Fleming<http://logincms.uws.edu.au/staff_profiles/uws_profiles/doctor_chris_fleming> is Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at the University of Western Sydney. He is the author of René Girard: Violence and Mimesis (Cambridge: Polity, 2004), the editor of two volumes of essays on the work of Girard, and is currently the editor of a book series on mimetic theory and violence for Bloomsbury. He has published in Body and Society, Modern Drama, Parallax, and Philosophy and Social Criticism, among other journals. His forthcoming book Modern Conspiracy: The Importance of Being Paranoid - co-written with Emma A. Jane - will be released by Bloomsbury later this year.

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