Conference: “Benjamin & Leibniz: On Expression” (London, 27-28 June 2017)

We are glad to give notice of the conference “Benjamin & Leibniz: On Expression”, which will take place at Goldsmiths, University of London on Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th of June 2017.

The conference is hosted by the Walter Benjamin London Research Network and the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought, Goldsmiths, with the support of the London Graduate School and the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University.

The event is free and open to all, but registration is required. You can register at the following link:***

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Tuesday 27th June (Richard Hoggart Building, RHB 342)

10.15 – 10.30  Introduction and Welcome

10.30 – 11.30 Panel 1:

Dennis Johannssen (Brown University), ‘Diminution in Leibniz and Benjamin’

Laurynas Adomaitis (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa), ‘Cryptographic Expression in Leibniz: Poetic Aspects’

11.30 – 11.50 Coffee Break

11.50 – 12.50 Invited Speaker: Valerie Debuiche (Université d’Aix-Marseille), ‘What is Leibniz’s Expression?’

12.50 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.00 Panel 2:

Audrey Borowski (Oxford University) ‘Leibniz and Deleuze on Expression and Paradox’

Javier Toscano (TU-Chemnitz), ‘Violence as expression: Leibnizian sources on Benjamin’s Towards a Critique of Violence’

15.00 – 15.30 Coffee Break

15.30 – 17.00 Keynote Lecture  (via Skype)

Peter Fenves (Northwestern University), ‘Benjamin with Leibniz’

17.00 Drinks

Wednesday 28th June (Richard Hoggart Building, RHB 142)

10.30 – 11.30 Panel 3:

Josh Alvizu (Washington & Lee University, Hollins University) ‘Montage Monadology: Leibniz, Benjamin, Modernity’

Noa Levin (CRMEP, Kingston University) ‘Deviations and Continuity in Walter Benjamin’s Construction of History’

11.30 – 11.50 Coffee Break

11.50 – 13.40 Invited Speaker panel:

Lucie Kim-Chi Mercier (CRMEP, Kingston University), ‘The Point of Indifference: Benjamin, Leibniz and (Anti-)Method’

Paula Schwebel (Ryerson University) ‘Expressionist Anti-Kantianism: Experience as Language’

13.40 – 15.00 Lunch

15.00 – 16.30 Workshop session: ‘Expression and Style in Leibniz and Benjamin’, led by Christopher Law (Goldsmiths)

16.30 – 17.00 Conclusion and Final Remarks

17.00 – Drinks Reception

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