How does the current “speculative turn” that has occurred in philosophy theorize the liveliness of objects? If speculative realism is staunchly non-anthropocentric, challenging Enlightenment notions of the subject, what are the ethical and political implications of such a stance? Join three preeminent speculative realist thinkers, Jane Bennett (Political Science, Johns Hopkins), Levi Bryant (Philosophy, Collin College), and Graham Harman (Philosophy, The American University in Cairo) for an evening of conversation, theorization, and speculation drawn from their current writings. Patricia Clough (Sociology and Women’s Studies, Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY) will moderate the conversation. The related exhibition “And Another Thing” is on view in the gallery from September 14 to October 29, 2011.
Sponsored by The Life of Things seminar.