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Concept and Form

Date:21 May 2009 to
22 May 2009
Location:The Drawing Room, Mansion Building, Trent Park Campus

Concept and Form: The Cahiers pour l'Analyse and Contemporary French Thought

The Cahiers pour l’analyse was a journal published by a group of brilliant young philosophy graduates (including Jacques-Alain Miller, Jean-Claude Milner, Alain Badiou and François Regnault) at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. Ten issues of the journal appeared between 1966 and 1969 – arguably the most fertile and productive years in French philosophy during the whole of the twentieth century. Articles published in the Cahiers include landmark texts by Derrida, Foucault, Althusser and Irigaray, as well as seminal and brilliantly original texts by Miller, Badiou, Regnault and other members of the journal's editorial circle.

Guided by the examples of Canguilhem, Lacan and Althusser, the Cahiers was conceived as a contribution to a philosophy based on the primacy of concepts, on the rigour of logic and formalisation, in opposition to philosophies based on the categories of representation, of lived experience, or of the conscious subject of such experience.

This conference will explore some of the more general philosophical issues bound up with the ambitious ‘ultra-structuralism’ at work in the Cahiers: the effort to develop a non-psychological, non-humanist theory of the subject that might be compatible with some of the insights of structuralism; the relation between psychoanalysis and logic; the scope and limits of formalisation; the relation between psychoanalysis and politics, and so on.

Programme: Thursday 21 May

9:30-10:00am
Registration and coffee

10:00-10:15am
Introductory remarks: Peter Hallward, CRMEP

10:15-11:30am
Knox Peden, University of California at Berkeley, 'The Fate of the Concept'

11:30am-12:45pm
Luke Fraser, University of Guelph, 'What is Structure?'

12:45-2:00pm
Lunch (sandwiches provided)

2:00-3:15pm
Tracy McNulty, Cornell University, 'Transmission Terminable and Interminable'

3:15-3:30pm
Christian Kerslake, Middlesex University, brief demonstration of the Concept and Form website

3:30-3:45pm
Break

3:45-5.00pm
François Regnault, University of Paris VIII, 'Structure and Subject'

5.00-6.00pm
concluding discussion

6.00-7.30pm
Wine reception

Programme: Friday 22 May

9:30-10:00am
Coffee

10:00-11:15am
Patrice Maniglier, University of Essex, 'Acting out the Structure: from Lévi-Strauss to the Cahiers pour l'Analyse'

11:15am-12:30pm
Claude Imbert, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, 'Lévi-Strauss and the Eighteenth Century: Forty Years Later'

12:30-1:30pm
Lunch (sandwiches provided)

1:30-2:45pm
Christian Kerslake, Middlesex University, 'Suture and Foreclosure in the Cahiers pour l'analyse'

3:15-4:00pm
Jelica Šumič Riha, The Institute of Philosophy, Ljubljana, 'Logic of the pas-tout or Lacan with Aristotle'

4:00-4:30pm
coffee break

4:30-5:45pm
Adrian Johnston, University of New Mexico, 'Affects Are Signifiers: The Infinite Judgment of Lacanian Ultrastructuralism'

5:45pm-6:15pm
concluding discussion

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