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PUBLIC LECTURE | "With a lever...": Beckett, Badiou and the Logics of Sexual Difference


Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy Conference 2017.

Start Date

1 Dec 2017 11:15 am

End Date

1 Dec 2017 12:45 pm


Stanley Burbury Theatre, Sandy Bay Campus

This lecture is part of the Australian Society for Continental Philosophy Conference 2017 hosted at the University of Tasmania.

presented by Dr Sigi Jöttkandt, University of New South Wales

About the Lecture

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In this talk Dr Sigi Jöttkandt addresses an apparent shift in Alain Badiou's thinking on sex and universality. Badiou is well known for claiming that sex, like other predicative descriptions of identity such as nation, race and class, is merely a particularity that must be subtracted from the universal in order to meet his criteria for ethics. However, more recently, Badiou has said that the sexuation of philosophical and symbolic thought is "inevitable". Using Samuel Beckett as my guide, Dr Jöttkandt works through the implications of this claim to ask whether Badiou's philosophy allows for the possibility of a real change in his thought?

About the Presenter

Sigi Jöttkandt works at the intersection of literature, psychoanalysis and continental philosophy. She is author of Acting Beautifully: Henry James and the Ethical AestheticFirst Love: A Phenomenology of the One, and Nabokov to the Letter (forthcoming).

Currently a Senior Lecturer in English at UNSW, she is also co-founding Director of Open Humanities Press, an open access publishing collective whose mission is to make leading works of contemporary critical thought freely available worldwide.


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