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Writing Is Thinking IV

PAL is proud to announce Writing Is Thinking IV Co-sponsored by the English Department and the Graduate School Our biannual writing event for academic writers is happening again! As usual, all graduate students are particularly welcome!   Patricia Hampl will speak on “First Person Singular: Voice as an Aspect of Thinking” Venue: Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, Smith…

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Spring 2017 “Adorno” PAL/FHI Seminar Reading Group

The “Adorno” PAL/FHI Seminar invites any and everyone to join in its reading group for the Spring 2017 semester. The schedule is as follows: Friday, Feb. 3 – Negative Dialectics Friday, Feb. 17 – Adorno’s contribution to The Authoritarian Personality (and some essays on fascism by Georges Bataille and others) Friday, March 3 – Aesthetic Theory Friday, April 28 – Minima Moralia We will be meeting in Allen 318. Please contact Thomas Manganaro (thomas.manganaro@duke.edu) for access to the readings on the website.

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Salla Peltonen Is Back!

Salla Peltonen has returned to Duke for the spring semester of 2017. She is  a Phd student at the department of Gender Studies, at Åbo Akademi University in Finland. Currently she is writing her dissertation on critique and epistemic habits in feminist theory, focusing on questions of epistemology, language and ethics. Her research interests include…

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“The Other” PAL/FHI Seminar: List of Activities in Fall 2016

Organizers: Toril Moi and Corina Stan Assistant: Thomas Manganaro   Tuesday, September 13 Organizational meeting Wednesday, September 28 Reading group session: J. M. Coetzee, Waiting for the Barbarians Corina Stan, Introduction to The Art of Distances; or, a Morality of the Everyday Tuesday, October 18 Lecture by Nancy Bauer (Philosophy, Tufts University): “Simone de Beauvoir on Motherhood and Otherness” Wednesday, October 19    Reading group session: Emmanuel Levinas, Time and the Other Simone de Beauvoir, Chapter 1, The Second Sex Wednesday, November 2  Reading group session: Sonia Kruks, “Theorizing Oppression” from Simone de Beauvoir and the Politics of Ambiguity Simone de Beauvoir, entries from America Day by Day and The Coming of Age; “Pyrrhus and…

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Spring 2017 Course for PAL: Prof. Kata Gellen Will Be Teaching “Modernism, Language, Theory”

German 790-1 Course Description: According to one narrative, literary modernism emerged out of a crisis of language articulated by such thinkers as Friedrich Nietzsche, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, and Karl Kraus. This crisis implicated various aspects of language, from its communicative potential to literary figuration, and from the formulaic to the formless, as well as issues of accent, dialect, idiosyncratic speech, phraseology, and oral versus written practices. The works of numerous writers in the modernist literary tradition—including James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Samuel Beckett, Rainer Maria Rilke, Franz Kafka, and Robert Musil—can be read in this context. Whether they reformulate the problems of language in modernity or offer explicit or implicit solutions…

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Prof. Corina Stan’s English 599, “How to Live Together? Community and Migration” Is Being Offer as a Spring 2017 PAL Course

English 599: How to Live Together? Community and Migration   How does the systematic reflection on community over the past century prepare us for the migration crisis? From Helmuth Plessner’s Limits of Community (1924) to Jean-Luc Nancy’s Inoperative Community (1986), Maurice Blanchot’s Unavowable Community (also 1986), and Roberto Esposito’s Communitas (1998), much of the philosophical reflection of the past century offered a systematic deconstruction of the traditional form of community (identified after Ferdinand Tönnies as Gemeinschaft) and its attendant principle of sincerity. Critical readers of Being and Time (in particular of Heidegger’s insistence on the communal “we” that precedes individual existence), Nancy and Lévinas followed different routes in rethinking community, the former arriving at the formulation singular plural, the latter postulating the…

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