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Interiorities: Reflecting Subjectivity and Sociality First Annual Duke-Stanford Graduate Student Conference Sponsored by the Philosophy and Literature Initiative at Stanford and by the Center for Philosophy, Arts, and Literature at Duke University.  April 27-28, 2018 at Stanford University “Interiorities: Reflecting Subjectivity and Sociality” brings together doctoral students and scholars from both coasts to reflect on how…

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What do humanists do?

  Toril Moi spoke at the Future Humanities Conference, organized by Laura Mandell, at Texas A&M on March 29, 2018. She began her paper by showing that there are three ways of defending the humanities: (1) We can align the fate of the humanities with the fate of the institution we call the university. Then the question becomes: What should a university be? (2) We can argue for the instrumental value of the humanities, which essentially means claiming that the humanities are good things because they are useful for some other activity. Or (3): We can argue for the substantive value of the humanities. Since several audience members at Texas…

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Write Now! with Messud and James Wood

Tuesday, April 3rd 4:30-8:30PM—WRITE NOW! ON FICTION AND CRITICISM—reading/talk, reception & book-signing—with Claire Messud & James Wood, at 21c Museum & Hotel.   Wednesday, April 4th 12:00-4:00PM—WRITE NOW! ON FICTION AND CRITICISM—special workshop/class on the writing process—with Claire Messud & James Wood, at Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, Smith Warehouse

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Fall 2018 Courses: Updated

Hannah Arendt & the Human Condition Rob Mitchell ENG 890S.03  Wedn 11:45AM – 02:15PM, Allen 304I. Hannah Arendt’s 1951 publication of _The Origins of Totalitarianism_ established her as a key political theorist of the twentieth century. Though subsequent texts such as _Eichmann in Jerusalem_, _On Revolution_, and _On Violence_ further consolidated that reputation, texts such as _The Human Condition_ and _The Life of the Mind_ underscored the singularity and essentially uncategorizable nature of Arendt’s intellectual project, which though it encompassed, yet was by no means limited to, political theory and philosophy. It is in part this singularity of Arendt’s project that is responsible for the recent reemergence of her texts…

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Macchia versus Memory?

Macchia versus Memory? Outlining Inner Images A lecture by Nicola Suthor (Yale University, History of Art, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures) Monday April 16 5 pm reception at 4:30pm Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall Smith Warehouse, Bay 4 First Floor   Event Flyer  

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Character: Identification, Ethics, Ontology

Part of PAL’s 2018 Young Scholars Workshop 4pm Reception, with books for purchase 4:30pm Keynote Lectures and discussion Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, First Floor   Amanda Anderson, Brown University: “Thinking With Characters” This paper will trouble any easy distinction between literary character and real character by taking seriously the literary representation of…

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Submit Brief Bio and Abstract for CFP Stanford/Duke Conference

The joint initiative of Duke’s PAL (Center for Philosophy, Art and Literature) and Stanford’s Phil+Lit (The Initiative in Philosophy and Literature) will be holding a conference 2018 at Stanford titled Interiorities: Reflecting Subjectivity and Sociality on April 27 – 28. We invite students at Duke to submit a brief bio and 250-word abstract by February 12, 2018. Participants will…

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Call for Applications for The PAL Young Scholars Workshop 2018

PAL (Duke’s Center for Philosophy, Arts, and Literature) is delighted to announce its fifth Young Scholars Workshop, on March 22 and 23. The overarching topic for this year’s workshop is “Character: Identification, Ethics, Ontology.” The workshop seeks to explore the question of character in literary criticism and ethical debates from new angles. Our visiting speakers, and workshop leaders, are two of the most exciting literary critics in the United States today, namely Rita Felski (University of Virginia, Charlottesville) and Amanda Anderson (Brown University).   On Thursday March 22, Rita Felski and Amanda Anderson will give their public lectures, beginning at 4 p.m. These lectures are open to all. (You don’t…

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