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Applications are now open for the annual London Graduate School Summer Academy in the Critical Humanities

Posted: Wednesday 16 Oct 2013
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The London Graduate School

Summer Academy in the Critical Humanities: Derrida’s Glas

23-26 June 2014

The London Graduate School is pleased to announce details of its 2014 Summer Academy, an intensive week-long programme offered annually for postgraduate students of any institutional affiliation. Hosted in conjunction with Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London, the venue for the Summer Academy this year is once again the impressive Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London.

To mark the fortieth year of its publication, as well as to commemorate Jacques Derrida a decade after his passing, in 2014 the programme will concentrate centrally on Glas. Together we will explore this most complex and challenging text, in order to work on a number of interconnected problems and themes, including Derrida’s deconstruction of the Hegelian interpretation of Antigone, the philosophy of familial and civil life, questions of sexual difference and dissidence, Derrida’s treatment of anthological gathering and of ‘transcendental excrescence’ in the text, motifs and readings of the Judaic and the Christian, the bicolumnar structure and typographical layout of Glas itself, the philosophical and political relevance of Glas today, and so on. Each morning, a renowned academic will introduce and develop these and other aspects of the text, with close reading of selected passages and themes taking place in a small group setting each afternoon. There will also be a number of evening lectures, and a Summer Academy dinner for all participants.


This year the programme will feature:

Étienne Balibar (Columbia University and Kingston University)

Andrew Benjamin (Monash University and Kingston University)

Geoffrey Bennington (Emory University)

Tina Chanter (Kingston University)

Mairéad Hanrahan (University College London)

Catherine Malabou (Kingston University)

Registration is free, but by application only. The number of places is limited. The London Graduate School will receive applications from 28 October 2013 onwards. The closing date is 7 February 2014.To apply, please send an expression of interest, current CV, and sample of recent work by email to Prof. Martin McQuillan (), Prof. Simon Morgan Wortham (). Students are welcome to make their own arrangements for accommodation during the week, or alternatively we will be able to direct you to campus accommodation available at a subsidised rate. All tuition and course-attendance is wholly free of charge for all selected candidates.

The Summer Academy expresses our commitment to the future of rigorous and provocative thought, supporting a new generation of scholars in the critical humanities. We want to reaffirm the transformative potential of the legacy with which we engage, believing that its critical renewal is best served by bringing together the strongest expertise and the most exciting new talent.


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