Keynotes

 

1. Geoffrey Bennington 

Asa G. Candler Professor of Modern French Thought at Emory University

(DPhil. in French, Oxford University, 1984). Modern French Literature and Thought, Eighteenth Century Novel, Literary Theory, Deconstruction. 

Author of Sententiousness and the Novel, 1985; Lyotard: Writing the Event, 1988; Dudding: des noms de Rousseau, 1991; Jacques Derrida (with Jacques Derrida), 1991; Legislations: the Politics of Deconstruction, 1995; Interrupting Derrida, 2000; Frontières kantiennes, 2000; Frontiers (Kant, Hegel, Frege, Wittgenstein) (ebook, 2003); Other Analyses: Reading Philosophy (ebook, 2005) ; Open Book / Livre ouvert (ebook, 2005), Deconstruction is Not What You Think, (ebook, 2005), Late Lyotard,(ebook, 2005), Not Half No End (forthcoming 2009); Géographie et autres lectures (forthcoming 2009). Translator of works by Derrida, Lyotard and other French thinkers; author of over 85 essays published as chapters in books, or as articles in journals including Diacritics, Le contretemps, French Studies, Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, Oxford Literary Review, Paragraph, Parallax, Poétique, Ratio.  Member of the French editorial team preparing Jacques Derrida’s seminars (about 40 volumes) for publication (Editions Galilée), and General Editor (with Peggy Kamuf) of the English translation of those seminars (Chicago University Press). Currently writing a book entitled Scatter, on democracy, sovereignty, teleology and political judgment.

2. Peggy Kamuf

Marion Frances Chevalier Professor of French and Professor of Comparative Literature and English, University of Southern California.

Peggy Kamuf’s principal research interests are in literary theory and contemporary French thought and literature. She has written extensively on the work of Jacques Derrida, Hélène Cixous, and Jean-Luc Nancy, and has also translated a number of their texts. Her earlier work was on 18th-century French fictions of the feminine (Fictions of Feminine Desire: Disclosures of Heloise [1982]), the signature and authorship, especially in Rousseau, but as well Stendhal, Baudelaire, and V. Woolf (Signature Pieces: On the Institution of Authorship [1988]), and the institutionalization of literary studies, specifically in France (The Division of Literature, or the University in Deconstruction [1997]). Her most recent work, Book of Addresses (2005), gathers essays on fictionality, sexual difference, psychoanalysis, and literary theory around the figure of the address of speech and writing. She has also edited several collections of work by Jacques Derrida: A Derrida Reader: Between the Blinds (1991), Without Alibi (2002), and Psyche: Inventions of the Other (2007). In Spring 2006, she returned to teach at the Centre de Recherches en Études Féminines at the Université de Paris VIII (Vincennes-Saint Denis).

3. Nicholas Royle

Professor of English at the University of Sussex, UK.

His research interests include  Modern Literature and Literary Theory, especially deconstruction and psychoanalysis; the uncanny, and creative writing. He has published numerous essays and books, and on Derrida he has publised the following: Jacques Derrida (Routledge 2003), After Derrida (Manchester University Press, 1995), and Deconstructions: A User’s Guide (Palgrave, 2000).

4. Marian Hobson

Marian Hobson is Professor of French at Queen Mary, University of London.

Prior to that she was Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge (the first woman fellow) and Lecturer in the University. She has taught and lectured in China, U.S., Germany, Italy and France. Her research interests concentrate on the 18th century (Diderot) and 20th century (Derrida); on materialism and postmodernism, respectively. She is the author of Jacques Derrida: Opening Lines (Routledge 1998), and has written numerous articles on Derrida including: ‘History Traces’, in Post-Structuralism and the Question of History, eds. Attridge and Bennington (Cambridge 1986), ‘Characteristic Violence; or, The physiognomy of style’, in Violence, Identity and Self-Determination, eds. de Vries & Weber (Standford University Press, 1997), ‘Mimesis, presentation, representation’, in Derrida and the Humanities, ed. Tom Cohen (Cambridge University Press, 2001).