Talk in Knoxville tomorrow on the Devil and Neoliberalism

Tomorrow I will be giving a talk at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville entitled “The Devil and Neoliberalism: A Discussion of Free Will.” Details here.

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Mark your calendars!

Awkward architecture lecture

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My ACLA Paper: “What is to be done? The Endgame of the Homo Sacer Series”

Here is my paper (PDF) for the ACLA session on Agamben that Virgil Brower and I organized. It was the final paper of the seminar and provided an oblique “preview” of the final Homo Sacer volume, The Use of Bodies.

Enjoy your creepiness!

Next Thursday, February 27, I will be giving a talk at Columbia College Chicago’s Cultural Studies Colloquium entitled “Creepiness and Culture.” The talk is at 4pm at the Columbia campus’ 624 South Michigan Avenue building, room 610. In it, I will be addressing ideas I am working through for the projected final volume of my trilogy on bad affects in pop culture, Creepiness.

Harvard talk reminder

This Thursday, February 6, I will be giving a talk at Harvard University entitled “Why Agamben Needs Psychoanalysis,” as part of the Psychoanalytic Practices Seminar. It will be at 4:00 in Room 133 of the Barker Center. The talk will deal with every book in the Homo Sacer series to some extent, as I lay out a psychoanalytically-inflected internal critique of Agamben’s project.

Upcoming speaking events

This semester, I will be giving the following talks:

Thursday, February 6, at Harvard University, under the auspices of the Psychoanalytic Practices Seminar, which is sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center, I will be giving a talk entitled “Why Agamben Needs Psychoanalysis.”

Thursday, February 27, at Columbia College in Chicago, as part of the Cultural Studies Colloqium series, I will be giving a talk entitled “Creepiness and Culture.”

Friday, February 28, at the University of Chicago Divinity School, I will be a panelist for a discussion on pedagogy.

Friday, March 21 through Sunday, March 23, at the American Comparative Literature Association conference at NYU, I will be participating in a seminar entitled “Agamben, Capital, and the Homo Sacer Series: Economy, Poverty, People, Work” (which Virgil Brower and I organized) and giving a paper entitled “What is to Be Done? The Endgame of the Homo Sacer Series.”

Further details will be forthcoming as these events get closer.

Text of my devil lecture

Yesterday, I delivered a lecture at Shimer College entitled “A Brief History of the Devil,” and the text of my talk is available in PDF form here. The talk is aimed at an undergraduate level, and so I did not include much theoretical or scholarly discussion. You can get a sense of how I see these ideas relating to the discipline of political theology, however, if you keep in mind that this recent post was written while I was drafting the lecture.


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