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The Kristeva Circle 2024

March 15, 2024

Concordia University will host the next annual meeting of The Kristeva Circle from October 24 to 26, 2024. This year will mark the 50th anniversary of Revolution in Poetic Language.

In Revolution in Poetic Language (1974), Julia Kristeva resisted the abstract use of language, with its aim of totalization and finality, in all its colonizing and alienating forms. A major thinker and critic, Kristeva reappropriated Hegel’s concepts of desire and negativity, in conjunction with the thought of Heidegger, Arendt, Freud, and Lacan, to revolt against modern nihilism and the Western inability to deal with loss.

The conference will feature three keynote speakers:

  • Fanny Söderbäck, Associate Professor at Södertörn University and author of the monograph Revolutionary Time: On Time and Difference in Kristeva and Irigaray (SUNY Press, 2019).
  • Alia Al-Saji, Associate Professor at McGill University and author of numerous publications in phenomenology on issues of temporality, racialization, and embodiment.
  • Perry Zurn, Provost Associate Professor at American University and scholar of social and political philosophy and trans subjectivity studies.

Julia Kristeva herself will participate in an interview via Zoom.

For more information, please contact local host Emilia Angelova, Associate Professor in Philosophy at Concordia University.

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