IV Conference of the Australian Hegel Society: “The Labour of the Negative” (Sydney and online, Nov 30- Dec 1, 2023)

IV Conference of the Australian Hegel Society: "The Labour of the Negative" (Sydney and online, Nov 30- Dec 1, 2023)

We are glad to give notice that the Fourth Biennial Conference of the Australian Hegel Society: The Labour of the Negative, hosted by the New South Wales University Sydney, will take place online and on campus on November 30 and December 1, 2023. T


Keynote Speaker: Jean-Philippe Deranty (Macquarie)

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For further information, please visit the website of the Australian Hegel Society

Below you can find the program of the conference.



Thursday 30 November 2023 (UNSW campus and hybrid)

Morven Brown Building Room 209

Welcome 8:50

Keynote 9:00-10:30

Jean-Philippe Deranty (Macquarie): ‘Not and Notwendigkeit: necessity, work, freedom’

Session 1

11:00 Mathew Abbott (Federation): ‘Coming Round to Ourselves: Labour and

Education in the Anthropocene’

11:40 Andrew Benjamin (Melbourne): ‘Bataille’s Hegel. Delimiting the Work of the


12:20 Lunch

Session 2: Early Career and Graduate Student Session

13:35 *Darren Rosso (UNE): ‘Hegel’s Phenomenology: The Road to the Infinite of

Immanent Production’

14:00 Bryan Cooke (Melbourne) ‘Hegel’s Apocalypse and the Obscure Disaster of a World without End’

14:25 Brendan Duncan-Shah (Melbourne): ‘Rendering determinate and sundering

determinacy: the origin of Hegel’s principle’ that ‘determinateness is negation’

14:50 Lachlan Wells (Melbourne): ‘The force of negation in the logoi and

the mathemata: Jean Hyppolite’s footnote on Jean Cavailles’s “nearly Hegelian


15:20 Break

Session 3

16:00 *Kazuya Kawase (Miyazaki Municipal University): ‘Labour as a form of

human action’

16:40 *Michael Lazarus (Monash): ‘The Philosophy of Right and the critique of political


17:20 Finish

Friday 1 December 2023 (On-line)


Session 4

9:00 Michael Baur (Fordham): ‘Hegel, Negativity, and Psychoanalysis as a Model for Critical Theory’

9:40 James Sares (Kentucky): ‘Hegel’s Logic as a Phenomenology of Pure


10:20 Break


Session 5

11:00 Viren Murthy (Wisconsin-Maddison): ‘Rethinking Normativity in Hegel and Marx: Labor, Negativity and the Subject of History’

11:40 Clark W. Wolf (Marquette): ‘Labor and Self-Formation in Hegel’s ‘Lordship and Bondage’

12:20 Jarrad A. Felgenhauer (Seattle): ‘Hegel’s Freedom: The Labor of Negativity or the Labor of Difference?’

13: 00 Break


Session 6: Early Career and Graduate Student Session

16:00 Rutwij Nakhwa (Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay): ‘The Labour of the Negative as the Work of Truth’

16:25 Cynthia Cruz (European Graduate School): ‘Madness and Subjective


16:50 Ana María Guzman Olmos (Bonn): ‘The Negation of the Machine. Hegel’s concept of labor in light of the Science of Logic’

17:15 Charlotte Nóra Szasz (Leuphana Universität Lüneburg) ‘Master, slave and the negative power of the unconscious’

17:40 Break


Session 7

18:20 Jacob Blumenfeld (Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg):

‘The Negative or Freedom or Crime’

19: 00 Daniel-Pascal Zorn (Bergische Universität Wüppertal): ‘Hegels Strategien,

Hegels Didaktik. Zum Darstellungs problem der spekulativen Dialektik’

19:40 Break


20:30-22.00 Book Session: Paul Redding’s “Conceptual Harmonies: The Origins and Relevance of Hegel’s Logic” with Stephen Houlgate and Sebastian Rand 

Response from Paul Redding


Note: all times are Australian Eastern Daylight Times (GMT+11)

* Speaker presenting on-line

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