performatives after deconstruction
29-30 June 2010
Kingston University, London
The London Graduate School
Since Derrida, de Man and Miller first read Austin, the encounter between deconstruction and the
performative has affected every discipline of the humanities (politics, law, architecture, literature,
philosophy, psychoanalysis, critical theory, cultural studies, etc.). Analyses have multiplied and
have put into relief the performative structure of concepts and traditions in a search for their
conditions and laws of possibility. This conference seeks to understand the current terrain of the
performative after deconstruction: its heritage, its operation and its future. We welcome
contributions from any perspective that bring into focus the deconstructive reading of the
performative in all its articulated complexity: testimony, oath, conjuration, promise, excuse,
confession, disavowal, forgiveness, yes and so on.
Deadline for abstracts (of max. 300 words): 1st March 2010
Submission method online at:
Keynote Speakers
Prof. Drucilla Cornell (University of Cape Town)
Prof. Werner Hamacher (Goethe Universit├Ąt, Frankfurt am Main)
Prof. Nicholas Royle (University of Sussex)
Organiser name: Mauro Senatore