Upcoming Events



  • Memoryscapes in World Literature

    Vilashani Cooppan, Associate Professor, Literature, UC Santa Cruz

    • 17 September, 2019, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • This event is co-sponsored by the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Vilashini Cooppan is professor of literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of¬†Worlds Within: National Narratives and Global Connections in Postcolonial Writing¬†(2009). Her essays on postcolonial and world literatures, globalization […]

  • Spiritual Exercise, Resistance, and the Critique of Tradition: Hadot, Foucault, and Benjamin

    Arnold Davidson, Distinguished Service Professor in Philosophy, Comparative Literature, History of Science, and Philosophy of Religion at the University of Chicago

    • 23 September, 2019, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Arnold Davidson has contributed a great deal to the appreciation of Pierre Hadot’s idea of philosophy as spiritual exercise, by noting its importance to Foucault’s idea of the fashioning of the self as resistance to power. However, what Davidson disregards is that Foucault dissociates the practice of spiritual exercise from tradition (philosophical or religious) in […]