Mieke Bal – keynote speaker
Dr Mieke Bal, a cultural theorist and critic, Professor of Theory of Literature, and a founding director of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), University of Amsterdam. She is the author of over thirty books, and her areas of interest range from biblical and classical antiquity to 17th century and contemporary art and modern literature, feminism and migratory culture. Her books include A Mieke Bal Reader(2006), Travelling Concepts in the Humanities(2002) and Narratology(3rd edition 2009). Mieke is also a video artist, her internationally exhibited documentaries on migration include Separations, State of Suspension, Becoming Veraand the installation Nothing is Missing. With Michelle Williams Gamaker she made the feature film A Long History of Madness, a theoretical fiction about madness, and related exhibitions (2012). Her current project Madame B: Explorations in Emotional Capitalism, also with Michelle, is shown worldwide and will be exhibited in the SCA Galleries from August 1 – 30. Occasionally she acts as an independent curator. Her co-curated exhibition 2MOVE travelled to four countries.
Dr Jane Goodall is a Professor at the Writing and Research Centre – University of Western Sydney. She has written extensively on arts in the modern era, with a special interest in the relationship between the arts and sciences. Her academic publications include Artaud and the Gnostic Drama, Performance and Evolution in the Age of Darwin (winner of the Australasian Drama Studies Association’s Robert Jordan Prize), and, with Christa Knellwolf, the collection Frankenstein’s Science (Ashgate, 2008), which contextualises Mary Shelley’s work in contemporary scientific and literary debates. She is the author of the popular and award winning novels The Walker (2004), The Visitor (2005) and The Calling (2007). Her book, Stage Presence, was published by Routledge in May 2008.
Dr Melissa Hardie is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and Associate Dean Undergraduate in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney. Current work includes a consideration of the circulation of books as objects in mid-century cinema, focusing on figures of affiliation, rivalry, and contest. Recent and forthcoming publications include essays and chapters on masculinity and editing in Modernism, on post-structuralism in queer theory, on Lindsay Lohan, and on celebrities, closets, and objects.
Dr Bruce Isaacs is Lecturer in Film Studies at The University of Sydney, Australia. He has published work on a variety of film-related topics, including digital cinema aesthetics, realism and the index, and post-classical American cinema. He is the author of The Orientation of Future Cinema: Technology, Aesthetics, Spectacle (Bloomsbury, 2013).
Dr Vrasidas Karalis is a Professor in the Department of Modern Greek at The University of Sydney. He works in the area of Greek Cultural Studies since the Byzantine and Modern periods. He has published extensively with special emphasis on Byzatine historiography, Modern Greek political life, Greek Cinema, Balkan culture, European Union and Greece. He has also worked extensively as a translator (Novels by Patrick White) and the theory of the trans-cultural translation. He has edited volumes on modern European political philosophy, Martin Heidegger, Hannah Arendt, Cornelius Castoriadis.
Dr Urša Komac is an architect and critic, working as Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra. She holds a PhD on public space from Barcelona School of architecture. As a Marie Curie Fellow she was researching places for the cities of tomorrow. She has taught history of architecture and design at UPC Barcelona, Boston Architectural College, The University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales. She received the Piranesi Award for The Rest Areas for the Bicycle Paths in the Slovene Karst. Her Georges River Collection Box was selected by the City of Bankstown and built as a site-specific art installation. Recently she has published a book on Bogdan Bogdanović, which has been translated into German.
Dr Nikolas Kompridis is Research Professor in Philosophy and Political Thought, and Director of the Institute for Social Justice – Australian Catholic University. He is the author of The Aesthetic Turn in Political Thought (Bloomsbury, 2014), Critique and Disclosure: Critical Theory between Past and Future (MIT, 2006), Philosophical Romanticism (Routledge, 2006), and over 50 articles on a very broad spectrum of topics in philosophy and political theory. Originally trained as a musician (the University of Toronto and Yale University), he was the founder and artistic director of the Canadian new music ensemble, Sound Pressure, during which time he worked with some of the world’s leading composers – Frederic Rzewski, Martin Bresnick, Louis Andriessen, and David Lang, among others. After a decade long-career in music he was drawn into an academic career, inspired by the Critical Theory tradition, which eventually took him to Frankfurt, where he worked with Jürgen Habermas as a postdoctoral fellow at J.W. Goethe University. Drawing on the traditions of Critical Theory, Political Theory, Philosophical Romanticism, and American Pragmatism, his work has been concerned with rethinking the meaning of reason, critique, normativity, and agency from the perspective of his conceptions of “reflective disclosure” and “receptivity” (in Critique and Disclosure: Critical Theory between Past and Future, and other writings). This larger project also involves rethinking democratic practices of collective self-reflection and democratic practices of institutional and cultural change. He is currently completing two new books, one on his critical theory of receptivity, and the other on reanimating romanticism. Among his future projects is an ambitious rethinking of what it means to be human in the age of the Anthropocene, beyond the limitations of both humanism and posthumanism. Other projects include a book on the philosophy of music and a book on Jean-Luc Godard.
Dr David Macarthur is a Senior Lecturer in the Philosophy Department at The University of Sydney. He works at the interface of the pragmatist tradition and Wittgenstein. In addition to these topics, he has published articles in leading journals and books on skepticism, perception, language, aesthetics, philosophy of architecture, photography and film. He has co-edited three collections with Mario De Caro (Roma Tré): two on the advantages of a liberal naturalism over orthodox scientific naturalisms; and one on the recent writings of Hilary Putnam.
Dr Talia Morag (Bsc Tel-Aviv, MA Paris 8, PhD Sydney) recently graduated from the PhD program at Sydney University where she teaches philosophy and psychoanalysis. She is an adjunct fellow at UWS and a research associate at Paris 8. She has published on Badiou & Pragmatism, Kant & Aesthetics, and Philosophical Psychology. She has research interests in the philosophy of emotion, practical rationality, Freud, philosophy of the social sciences and philosophy of television.
Dr Toni Ross teaches art history and theory at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales. Her recent publications address Jacques Rancière’s writings on politics and aesthetics and their application to contemporary art. These include: ‘The elusive “beyond” of aesthetic and anti-aesthetic,’ Beyond the Aesthetic and the Anti-Aesthetic, eds. J. Elkins & H. Montgomery, Pennsylvania State University Press, 2013; ‘Resonances of Nineteenth-Century Realism in Steve McQueen’s Hunger.’ Framing Film: Cinema and the Visual Arts, eds. S. Allen & L. Hubner, Intellect Books, 2012; ‘Departures from postmodern doctrine in Jacques Rancière’s refiguring of the politics of artistic modernity,’ Transformations Journal of Media and Culture, Issue 19, 2011.
Dr Robert Sinnerbrink is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at Macquarie University, Sydney. He is a former Chair of the Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy (ASCP) and is currently a member of the ASCP’s executive committee. He is a book review co-editor for the journal Critical Horizons, has been a member of the Sydney Society for Literature and Aesthetics, the International Association for Philosophy and Literature, and a former co-convenor of the Sydney Seminar for the Arts and Philosophy. He is currently on the editorial boards of the journals Film-Philosophy and Transformations, the editorial advisory board of Parrhesia: A Journal of Critical Philosophy and the general editorial board of the journal Derrida Today (Edinburgh University Press).
Stephen White – keynote speaker
Dr Stephen White is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Tufts University (Boston, USA). His early work centred on issues in philosophy of mind and moral psychology and culminated in his 1991 book, The Unity of the Self. Since then he has explored the phenomenology of experience from the analytic and continental perspectives in philosophy and with reference to empirical work in a number of disciplines. His most recent work includes issues in epistemology–particularly those most relevant to scepticism–as well as a defence of transcendental arguments. He also teaches Romantic theory, aesthetics, and film, including both film theory and production.