Jeffrey T. Nealon is Liberal Arts Research Professor of English and Philosophy at Pennsylvania State University. His fields of expertise include American literature after 1900, contemporary literature, theory and cultural studies, visual culture. He has published widely on contemporary literary and cultural theory in journals including Critical Inquiry, Cultural Critique, PMLA, Modern Fiction Studies, SAQ, and Postmodern Culture. He is the author of Double Reading: Postmodernism after Deconstruction (Cornell, 1993), Alterity Politics: Ethics and Performative Subjectivity (Duke, 1998), Foucault Beyond Foucault: Power and Its Intensifications since 1984 (Stanford, 2008), and Post-Postmodernism; or, the Cultural Logic of Just-In-Time Capitalism (Stanford, 2012). His masterclass will focus on issues related to postmodernism and posthumanism, while his public lecture will be on biopower and vegetable life in Foucault, Deleuze & Guattari, and Derrida in particular.
Public lecture, September 30
The Plant and the Sovereign: Vegetable and Animal Life in Derrida
In his lecture ‘The Plant and the Sovereign: Vegetable and Animal Life in Derrida’ Jeffrey Nealon will discuss the way that vegetable life gets oddly elided within Derrida’s work on animality, and how particular attention to his 1974 masterwork Glas, grafted onto his very last seminar (the final session of the second The Beast and the Sovereign course), might bring a Derridean interest in vegetable life back into the ‘posthuman’ conversation
Key words: posthumanism, animality, plant theory, Derrida
Tuesday September 30
Location: University of Amsterdam, Oudemanhuispoort, room D1.09
16:00 Introduction by Dr. Gaston Franssen (UvA) & Dr. Iris van der Tuin (UU)
16:10 Lecture by Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Nealon
17:30 Closing words
Masterclass, October 1
Posthumanism and (Post)Postmodernism
On Wednesday October 1, NICA organizes a masterclass on posthumanism and (post)postmodernism with Prof. Dr. Jeffrey T. Nealon. We invite PhD students and early career researchers whose research relates to postmodernism, post-postmodernism, posthumanism and poststructuralist philosophy (e.g. the work of Deleuze, Jameson, Foucault, Derrida, French feminism) to submit a presentation proposal (400 words) before September 19 through firstname.lastname@example.org
. During the masterclass, contributors will have the opportunity to present on their research in 15 minutes, followed by a response by Professor Nealon and general discussion. Closing words will be by Prof. Dr. Gregg Lambert, Dean’s Professor of the Humanities, Syracuse University.
Key words: posthumanism, posthumanism, Deleuze, Derrida, French Feminism, postmodernism
Wednesday October 1
Location: University of Amsterdam, Universiteitstheater, room 1.01A.
14:00 Introduction by Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Nealon
14:15 Contributions by PhD students and early career researchers
15:30 Coffee/tea break
15:45 Contributions by PhD students and early career researchers
16:45 Closing words by Prof. Dr. Gregg Lambert (Syracuse University, USA)
17:00 Closing words, drinks