a past that has never been present

Art • Philosophy • History
June 9-12, 2011

University of King’s College

About Halifax, NS

Conference Poster
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Keynote presentations
and panels
are open to the public.
Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, University of King’s College

Conference Particpants
Mark Antaki teaches public law, legal theory, and legal history at McGill University, Montreal. His principal interests lie in combining the history of ideas and philosophy with the study of law. He is currently revising a 'Genealogy of Crimes Against Humanity' and looking into 'Keywords of Constitutional Law.'
Zsuzsa Baross is a cultural theorist teaching in the Cultural Studies Program at Trent University. Her work on temporality and the cinema (cinema, memory, history) turns to Godard and Deleuze for inspiration to rethink the cinema as a temporalizing apparatus, a machine for making time(s) and for projecting the "memories of the future." Her more recent publication is a collection of essays, Posthumously, for Jacques Derrida (Sussex Academic Press, 2011). Her current project, The Creation of the New: Repetition, Re-appropriation, and Deconstruction turns to painting and the cinema as sites where the creation of the new finds an urgent and living expression.
Bettina Bergo, Associate Professor at the Université de Montréal, is the author of Levinas between Ethics and Politics and co-editor of several collections, notably Levinas and Nietzsche: After the Death of a Certain God (Columbia, 2008), Trauma: Reflections on Experience and Its Other (SUNY, 2009), Levinas’s Contribution to Contemporary Thought (double issue of the New School for Social Research Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, 1999). She translated three works of Levinas, Marlène Zarader’s The Unthought Debt: Heidegger and the Hebraic Heritage (Stanford), co-translated and edited Judeities: Questions for Jacques Derrida (Fordham 2007), and Didier Franck’s Nietzsche and the Shadow of God (forthcoming, Northwestern). 
Daniel Brandes is Acting Director and Assistant Professor in the Foundation Year Programme at the University of King’s College. He also teaches metaphysical and religious topics in the Early Modern and Contemporary Studies Programmes at King’s. After receiving his BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Toronto, Dr. Brandes wrote a PhD on Hannah Arendt at Northwestern University. Dr. Brandes is working on several forthcoming publications, including a book-length manuscript on Arendt and a series of thematically related essays on the constellation of freedom and evil in contemporary continental theory.
Sarah Clift teaches in the Contemporary Studies department at the University of King’s College. She completed her PhD at York University in the Department of Social & Political Thought. Her dissertation, entitled “Committing the Future to Memory” (2009), investigates futurity in modern accounts of the subject. Her primary research areas include 19th and 20th century continental philosophy; memory studies; literature, narrative and aesthetics. She is also active as a translator.
Rebecca Comay is Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto, where she is also associate member of Jewish Studies and the German Department, and Co-Director of the Literary Studies Program. Her primary research and publication areas include 19th and 20th century continental philosophy, psychoanalytic theory, memory and trauma studies and contemporary art and architecture. She has recently published  Mourning Sickness: Hegel and the French Revolution (Stanford University Press, 2010). Her current projects include: a project on revolutionary erasure and the theological-political idea of the tabula rasa; a project on hypochondria and the end of life (Kant and Proust); and a project on inheritance.
Susan Dodd is a Senior Fellow in the Foundation Year Programme at the University of King’s College. Her primary research interest involves looking at the interplays between the talk of day-to-day life and the languages of bureaucracies. Dr. Dodd is completing a book entitled The Ocean Ranger: Oil, Money and the Politics of Memory  (Halifax: Fernwood, forthcoming) and will be co-editing a collection of essays on the tradition of Hegel scholarship in Canadian universities.
Ben Dorfman is Associate Professor of intellectual and cultural history in the Department of Culture and Global Studies at Aalborg University, Denmark.  Ben has published on a wide array of topics in historical and cultural theory and 20th century intellectual and cultural history.  Currently, Ben's research focus is on human rights.  Ben is also editor for Ideas in History, Journal for the Nordic Society for the History of Ideas.
Victoria Fareld is Assistant Professor in History of Ideas, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. She currently works on a project about forgiveness and memory in relation to conceptions of guilt and responsibility in Western Europe since the post-war period, focusing on the writings of Arendt, Jankélévitch and Améry.
Eden Wales Freedman is a Doctoral Student in Literature at the University of New Hampshire. Her work focuses on twentieth-century American fiction, life-writing, and trauma. She is currently researching how readers respond to traumatic narratives, in order to formulate a theory of reading that enables both speaker and reader to witness traumatic events.
Katie Geha is a writer, curator, and art historian living in Austin, TX.  She is currently a  PhD Candidate in art history at the University of Texas, Austin and her research centers on 1970s art and the ordinary. Her writing has appeared in Artforum, Artlies, and on PoetryFoundation.org among other publications. She runs the apartment gallery, SOFA.
Sean Hannan is a second-year PhD student in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. Born in Edmonton, AB, he received his BA (Hons) in History from the University of Alberta and an MA in the Social Sciences from Chicago.
Christopher Latiolais received his BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego.  He conducted dissertation research at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universitaet, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, working closely with Juergen Habermas, Carl Otto Apel, and Axel Honneth.  He specializes in 19th- and 20th-century European-Continental philosophy, philosophy of language, psychoanalytic theory, and theories of development.   He is currently writing a book titled Communicative Freedom, Ethical Life, and Embodiment, along with associated articles on the semantics/pragmatics debate.

Don Landes is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy at McGill University. He received his PhD from Stony Brook University, where his thesis focused on the concept of expression in Merleau-Ponty. His research engages topics in phenomenology and ethics, and he is completing a new translation of Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception.
Anne Leonard is Curator and Mellon Program Coordinator at the Smart Museum of Art and Lecturer in Art History at the University of Chicago.  She earned her Ph.D. in art history at Harvard University.  Her scholarly research focuses on late-nineteenth-century French and Belgian art, particularly Symbolism and its musical aspects.
Scott Marratto is a Senior Fellow in the Foundation Year Programme at the University of King’s College. Dr. Marratto completed his PhD in philosophy at the University of Guelph. His dissertation was entitled “The Intercorporeal Self: Merleau-Ponty on Subjectivity” (2009).  He specializes in 19th and 20th century continental philosophy, with an emphasis in the phenomenological tradition. In 2008, he published a book (co-authored with Lawrence E. Schmidt) on ethics, politics, and modern techno-science.
Desmond Manderson is Canada Research Chair in Law and Discourse and Director of the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas, McGill University, Montreal.
Eleanor Moseman is Assistant Professor of Art History at Colorado State University (Ph.D. 2006, Bryn Mawr College). She publishes on Central European modernism, especially the classic avant-gardes in twentieth-century German- and Czech-speaking lands. She recently curated a traveling exhibition on German Surrealist Richard Oelze and postwar interiority.
Katarzyna Ruchel-Stockmans graduated from philosophy and art history in Cracow (Poland) before moving to Leuven (Belgium). She is currently a fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders and a researcher at the Lieven Gevaert Centre for Photography, K.U.Leuven. She is completing a doctorate on photography and representations of history in contemporary art.
Kenneth Sheppard is currently completing a dissertation at Johns Hopkins University on the arguments and representations of atheism in early modern England.
Bryan Smyth (Ph.D. McGill, 2006) has served as Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Memphis since 2008, prior to which he held a visiting appointment at Mount Allison University. His main research interests are in twentieth-century Continental philosophy, in particular phenomenology and critical theory.
Cory Stockwell is a Teaching Fellow in the Foundation Year Programme at the University of King’s College, Halifax, NS.  He obtained his PhD from the Comparative Literature Program at the University of Minnesota in 2010.  He is currently working on a book manuscript on the concept of secrecy, entitled "The Secret of the World."
Teresa Strong-Wilson is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, McGill University. Her research expertise lies in literacies, narrative, memory, teacher learning and social justice and Indigenous education. She is author of Bringing Memory Forward: Storied Remembrance with Teachers in Social Justice Education and a Research Fellow in McGill’s Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (Memory and Echo).
Anne Van Leeuwen recently graduated with a PhD in philosophy from The New School for Social Research (2010). Since then, she has begun a research fellowship in the theory department at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht (The Netherlands). While her dissertation focused
on Luce Irigaray’s engagement with Heidegger, her most recent work expands upon this line of inquiry, exploring intersections between phenomenology, 20th century French philosophy and feminism. Currently, she is working on a book that seeks to explicate Irigaray’s oeuvre from
Speculum to Sharing the World vis-à-vis her engagement with Heidegger,
Lacan, Derrida and Deleuze.
Keith Whitmoyer is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at the New School. The title of his dissertation is “The Philosophy of Ontological Lateness: Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology of Perception,” and his recent publications include “Ontological Lateness: Merleau-Ponty’s Meta-philosophy” in Chiasmi International 12 and “Merleau-Ponty’s Philosophy of Ontological Lateness,” forthcoming in Philosophy Today.

  Funding from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada is gratefully acknowledged.
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