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No Places: Thinking on Frontiers, Passages and Impasses - for further details, please visit  Hermeneutic Series, Spring 2021.

Literature stands in the chasm that divides philosophical consciousness from itself. Since the expulsion of the tragic poets from Plato’s republic, literary thinking occupies no place, or rather, an atopos in the calamitous history of western metaphysics and the self-colonization of the European psyche. How are we to excavate this no place, delineate the contours of its absence and of its forgetting within the territoriality that is western philosophy, to re-enact the atopic, or utopian force of a form of thinking always already moving at its own frontiers and recognizing its own aporias? How might this no place of a non-site preserved and afforded by literature nonetheless transfix the self-understanding of philosophy and the philosophical understanding of the self as present to, identical as, contemporaneous and synchronized with itself? 

Tuesday, 4 May
1 - 2:15 pm via Zoom
Lecture - When Seascapes Collide: Maritime Fiction after the Age of Adventure
by Burkhardt Wolf, Professor of German and Media Studies, University of Vienna



Thursday, 22 April
Kim Fortun, Professor and Department Chair, Department of Anthropology, University of California Irvine

"Experiments in Ethnographic Collaboaration:  Purposes, Designs, Infrastructures, Invitations"
4:30 - 6:30 PM (EDT)

In the last decade, there has been increasing interest in collaboration among cultural analysts, and between cultural analysts, researchers in other disciplines, and people in the communities they study. Through an array of projects, we’ve learned that the process and politics of collaboration is far from straightforward. We've also learned how collaboration is shaped by the sociotechnical infrastructure that underpins it. In this presentation, I'll share what we have learned about collaboration through projects supported by the Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography (PECE), digital research space we’ve built to support collaboration in cultural anthropology, history and kindred fields.  I’ll also introduce diverse collaborative projects, inviting participation. This presentation extends from work with the PECE Design Group, and with the design groups for many PECE projects

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Two events with Todd McGowan, Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Vermont

Wednesday, 5 May
5:00 - 7:30 pm (ET)
A Collaborative Reading of Lacan

In this event, Professor McGowan will lead a guided close-reading of Jacques Lacan's essay, "The Subversion of the Subject and the Dialectic of Desire in the Freudian Unconscious."  Those interested in participating, please email humanities.center@dartmouth.edu to RSVP and receive a copy of the text.

Co-sponsored by the Society of Fellows, the Leslie Humanities Center, and the Psychoanalysis Study Group.

Thursday, 6 May
4:00 - 5:15 pm (ET)
Webinar: Fantisizing Racism

Racist fantasy plays a foundational role in contemporary capitalist society as a system of erotic distribution.  It operates by making the excessive figure of the racial Other into a site of illicit enjoyment, at once appearing as a noisome obstacle to the racist's freedom-to-enjoy and an avenue to envision disavowed enjoyment.  In this talk, McGowan will argue for the enduring relevance of the psychoanalytic logic of fantasy for antiracist critical practice.

Please register here.

This event is co-sponsored by the Society of Fellows, the Department of English & Creative Writing, the Department ofe Film and Media Studies, and the Comparative Literature Program.