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Derrida and Performativity
Part 1 ; Part 2 (June, 2010)

LSE Lecture. MP3 File : "Obamanation and the Art of Kara Walker" [Art and the Limits of the Political, June 2010]]






















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Research 2014

In October and November of 2014 I conducted continued research at the Derrida Archives at UC Irvine in preparation for Archival Derrida which will be a multi-volume book covering Derrida's lecture courses. Volume one will cover four of those courses in the 1980s. The book will contain synopses and chapters that elucidate the major aspects of each course in order to bring them into conversation with Derrida's publications. I'm grateful to the Humanities Research Institute at UCI for making my stay possible and enjoyable and to colleagues in comparative literature for their companionship.


In September of 2014 I assumed directorship of the Interdisciplinary Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, which convenes a minor as well as a Graduate Certificate in Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the Master's Degree level. In the planning stages for Spring 2016 is a symposium on utopia in honor of Thomas More's Utopia which is having its quincentennial anniversary.


Recent Work

"Is Theory a Science?" forthcoming in American Literary History (Oxford UP).

"Secondary Thinking and Trauma" in Contemporary Approaches to Literary Theory (Macmillan 2014).

"Performativity as Ex-Scription: Adonis after Derrida" was published in Performatives after Deconstruction, edited by Mauro Senatore (London: Bloomsbury, 2013)

"A Lover's Lobster: Somatic Projection in Proust" was published in Journal of Philosophy (Fall 2012)



January 2015, Modern Language Association, Special Session: Antagonism and the Future of Theory, Arranged by Society for Critical Exchange. "Reading Fredric Jameson Today"

February 2014, University of Houston-Victoria. Lecture "Shattered Worlds"

October 2013 NYC: Performa 13 / White Box

October 2013, Southern Comparative Literature Association, "Specters of Benjamin II'

October 2013, WFU, "Hegel and Adorno"

August 2013, Modernism Studies Association, "Critical Theory in an Age of Academic Twitter"

2013, Boston; Lecture on the Real at Modern Language Association

November 2012, WFU; Lecture on Walter Benjamin at Exile and Interpretatuion International Conference

October 2012, Las Vegas; Lecture on Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit at MSA Conference

July 2012, Manchester, UK; Lecture on Milton at Renaissance Studies Conference.

January 2012: MLA Special Session on Constraint

October 13, 2011. "Statements" w/ Christina Soriano (dance) and Louis Golstein (piano). At Reynolda House, WFU.

Nov. 4, 2010 Moderator/Participant, Roudtable Discussion, Minor American Poetry Series. Evening Lecture: "The Mortification Thesis." Duke University

Sept. 24, 2010. Lecture: "Walter Benjamin's Bed" at the Uncertain Arrivals Conference, Wake Forest University, Reynolda House.

In June 2010 I presented "Obamanation and the Art of Kara Walker" at the London School of Economics, as part of their European Forum, and read a paper on Albert Ayler and Performance Art at the University of Reading. I presented "Derrida in the Photomat" at the conference, Performatives after Deconstruction, organized by Mauro Senatore, which was held at London Graduate School, Kingston University. Webcasts of some of these events can be accessed on this page.

In January of 2010 I performed with composer Elliott Sharp at White Box, NYC, in conjunction with the show Inmixing: Intermedia and Extradimensional Space.



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