Leon of After Nature has a useful post up about how what he calls “speculative naturalism” and “bleak theology” relate to contemporary discussions of realism, materialism, etc.–the “new metaphysics,” as it’s generally called.
Peter Gratton announced today that his new book, Speculative Realism: Problems and Prospects, is now available in the US.
In related news, later this week Gratton and I, along with Steven Shaviro, will participate at the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts on a book panel devoted to our three new books on Speculative Realism. Shaviro’s book The Universe of Things and my The End of Phenomenology are available at Amazon.
Today I got word from Lexington Books that my co-edited book A History of Habit: From Aristotle to Bourdieu will appear in paperback. They estimate that it will be available in January 2015. The book’s webpage at Lexington is HERE.
Graham Harman conducted an interview with me about my new book, The End of Phenomenology. You can read it here: EUP Interview.
Next Friday, with plenaries by Claire Colebrook (Penn State), Erik Garrett (Duquesne), and myself.
It’s been in the works for a while now, but I’m very pleased to say that Itinerant Philosophy: On Alphonso Lingis is now available for purchase and download at punctum books. Much thanks to my director, Eileen Joy, and my co-conspirator, Bobby George!
Having only been out of graduate school for a few years, I still have plenty of contacts still working on their degrees. One thing I envy about these students, aside from the fact that they still get to sit in on seminars and don’t yet know the crushing depression of the job market, is their travel funding. Where I work, at a public, state-funded university, there is no premium on research. As a result, there is little travel funding available aside for the faculty. I’m allotted just enough to cover one domestic conference, if I drive myself, stay in the cheapest hotel, and don’t spend too much on food. It seems like all my graduate school contacts are constantly traveling the country and, more enviously, heading overseas for conferences, workshops, and summer schools. I remember the days when that was realistic for me, but now that student loans are due and my funding is minimal, I find myself passing up on many conferences and other networking opportunities domestic and foreign.
This is one aspect of my life in the “Ivory Tower.” That nickname really bothers me, more and more, because it never feels like I’m living in an Ivory Tower at all. A brick and concrete institution, maybe. A public facility, yes. But there’s really very little that’s elevated, insulated, or prestigious about my university. I’m not treated like royalty, and I don’t enjoy any sort of special protection or security. I’m not as vulnerable as all the adjuncts out there, but my job security year-to-year is only marginally better than theirs. Only a portion of academics enjoy life in the Ivory Tower, and that number is diminishing every year. So, can we please stop referring to all of academe as the Ivory Tower? It’s not only a misrepresentation of the state of things, it’s offensive to the growing population of contingent labor that’s educating our children.
At the Center for Contemporary European Philosophy, Radboud University Nijmegen:
Call for Papers
International workshop and graduate student meeting on
The Ideas of Phenomenology. Contemporary Varieties of Phenomenological Research
Center for Contemporary European Philosophy & Center for the History of Philosophy and Science
Radboud University Nijmegen – Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
Nijmegen, the Netherlands
19-20 March 2015
Sara Heinämaa (University of Jyväskylä, University of Helsinki)
Nicolas de Warren (University of Leuven)
A truly paradoxical and puzzling situation affects contemporary debates in phenomenology. On the one hand, over the last century phenomenology has been widely and diversely disseminated in all major fields of philosophical research and in a variety of scientific domains. In effect, a considerable number of philosophers and (neuro-)scientists make use of phenomenological or phenomenologically inspired concepts and approaches in order to address basic questions in ontology, practical philosophy, epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion etc. On the other hand, the question ‘what is phenomenology?’ has become significantly less important, with the result that ‘phenomenology’ seems to be nothing but a label attached to philosophical perspectives which do not seem to have much to do with each other. The ambition of this international conference is precisely to re-address the question ‘what is phenomenology’. Instead of interpreting or presenting the conceptions of phenomenology that have been elaborated by the major authors of the phenomenological movement, the speakers will discuss the more or less implicit ideas of phenomenology that define today’s phenomenological landscape.The conference includes two sections. The international workshop is intended for senior researchers (post-doc and professors). The graduate student meeting is intended for PhD candidates and research master students. Obviously, graduate students are invited to attend the international workshop as well.
Papers will be presented in English (30 min. presentation + 20 min. collective discussion).
Organizers: Antonio Cimino & Cees Leijenhorst (international workshop); Cees Leijenhorst & Carli Coenen (graduate student meeting)
Deadline for the submission of abstracts (1,000 words) and CV (1 page): October 1, 2014.
Please send abstracts (prepared for blind review) and CV to:
firstname.lastname@example.org (international workshop)
email@example.com (graduate student meeting)
A decision about the submitted abstracts will be made by the 1st of November 2014 at the latest.