CONFERENCE PAPERS/PANELS/ INVITED LECTURES/SEMINARS

  • “Ideology and Criticism in The Biopolitical Era,” paper presented in the seminar on “The Life and Death of Criticism,” at the annual international conference of ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association), at the University of Utrecht, in Utrecht, Netherlands, July 6-9, 2017.
  • TBA, invited to present a talk, along with Étienne Balibar, Pierre-François Moreau, and Gerasimos Vokos, at the symposium on Spinoza and Contemporary Political Philosophy, at the Concert Hall of Thessaloniki, Greece, June 20, 2017.
  • “Truth as the Standard of Both Itself and the False: Spinoza and Kafka,” on panel “Uncommon Communities I: Spinoza’s Communities, with Moira Gatens and Anthony Uhlmann, presided by Jean-Michel Rabaté, Modern Languages Association Convention, Philadelphia, 5-8 January, 2017.
  • Respondent to the panel “Re-imaging Socialism, Re-actualizing Communism,” organized by Hoon Song (Professor of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota), at the Annual Conference of the American Anthropological Association, in Minneapolis, MN, November 16-20, 2016.
  • “Religion of Enjoyment,” paper at the first biannual conference for LACK: Association for Lacanian Theory, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, April 22-23, 2016.
  • “Spinoza’s Immanent Sovereignty: Fantasy and the Decision of Interpretation,” talk at the Symposium “New Directions in Spinoza Scholarship,” at the University of Minnesota, April 15-16, 2016.
  • Session leader in the year-long series of seminars on Spinoza, organized by the “Spinoza Scholarship Group” and supported by the “Center for the Study of the Pre-Modern World,” at the University of Minnesota University of Minnesota, February 18, 2016.
  • “Psychoanalysis, Time, Biopower,” keynote speech at the “Psychoanalysis Reading Group” annual conference on “Time and/in Psychoanalysis,” Cornell University, March 20-21, 2015.
  • “Psychoanalysis and Biopolitics,” invited talk for the Psychoanalysis Series, and discussion of my article “Being or Sex, and Differences” in Professor Andrea Righi’s seminar, at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, February 26-27, 2015.
  • “Horror, Terror(ism) and Global Biopower,” public talk organized by Professor Joe Hughes, with Justin Clemens as respondent, the University of Melbourne, Australia, January 14, 2015.
  • “Monsters of Biopower: Terror(ism) and Horror,” paper presented at the International Conference on The Power of the Monstrous, at Brunel University, London, UK, June 26-27, 2014.
  • “Spinoza’s Biopolitics,” paper presented at the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), in the seminar on “Spinoza’s Authority: Resistance and Power,” organized by Siarhei Biareishyk and A. Kiarina Kordela, at the New York University, New York, NY, March 20-23, 2014.
  • “Horror,” paper presented at the “Political Concepts: A Critical Lexicon in the Making” conference, at Brown University, Providence, RI, November 15-16, 2013.
  • “Biopolitics of Blood and Immortality: From Tribes to Commodity Fetishism,” keynote speech at the International Conference on Affect, Politics, and Psychoanalysis, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, June 21-23, 2013.
  • “Spinoza’s Biopolitics,” paper presented at the London Conference on Critical Thought 2013, Royal Holloway, University of London, 6-7 June, 2013.
  • “Jouissance and Sex in Biopolitics,” paper presented at the Miami Symposium of Psychoanalysis: What Lacan Knew About Women, in celebration of the inaugural issue of Culture/Clinic, Miami Beach, Florida, May 31-June 2, 2013
  • “Religious—Secular: A Matter of Translation?” talk at the Critical Theory Annual Symposium, organized by me (as the director of the CT concentration), Macalester College, Saint Paul, Minnesota, April 5, 2013.
  • “Secular Eternal Life and Immortality,” public talk at the State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, August 7, 2012.
  • “Gaze, or, The Limit to Boundary,” talk at the Philosophy Seminar, organized by the Center for Writing and Society & Philosophy @ UWS, University of Western Sydney, Australia, August 1, 2012.
  • “Marxian Psychoanalytic Biopolitics,” talk at the “Theory Reading Group Spring Series: From Bodies to Specters,” University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, April 26, 2012.
  • “(Psychoanalytic) Biopolitics & Bioracism,” talk and discussion of my article “(Psychoanalytic) Biopolitics & Bioracism,” in Umbr(a) (2011), for InterCcECT (Inter-Chicago Circle for Experimental Critical Theory), Institute for the Humanities, University of Illinois, Chicago, April 9, 2012.
  • “Consent Beyond Ideology: (Marxian-Psychoanalytic) Biopolitics,” talk, in combination with discussion of my article “(Psychoanalytic) Biopolitics & Bioracism,” in Umbr(a) (2011), for the Pembroke Research Seminar on The Question of Consent, Brown University, Rhode Island, April 4, 2012.
  • “The Subject of Commodity Fetishism and Biopolitics,” paper at the seminar-panel “What Comes After the Subject?” at the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), Brown University, Rhode Island, March 29-April 1, 2012.
  • “Laying the Ground of Biopolitics,” as guest instructor at the seminar on “Spinoza’s Resistance,” organized by Professor Jacques Lezra, Comparative Literature Department, New York University, New York City, NY, March 26-28, 2012.
  • “Gaze, or, The Limit to Boundary,” keynote speech at the Spring Graduate Student Conference “On Limits,” organized by the Comparative Literature Department at the New York University, New York City, NY, March 22-23, 2012.
  • Panelist for the post-performance discussion of Josh Tobiessen’s play Crashing the Party, at the Mixed Blood Theater, Minneapolis, February 19, 2012. http://vimeo.com/37135130
  • “Crisis and (Im)Mortality,” paper and discussion at the Political Theory Colloquium “Capital and Crisis,” at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, December 16, 2011.
  • Trauerspiel and Modern Times,” paper presented at the panel “Inventing Lives (1400-1700),” MLA (Modern Languages Association), Los Angeles, January 7, 2011.
  • “Posthuman Bioracism,” paper presented at the panel “Racism and Posthumanism,” MLA, Los Angeles, January 8, 2011.
  • “Enlightenment and Spiritual Evolutionism (Or, Bioracism),” talk presented at the “Faculty International Development Seminar: The Hague Returnees,” panel on Limits of Enlightenment, at Macalester College, November 10, 2010.
  • “Kafka/Deleuze: Dialectic and Structuralism,” paper at the Deleuze International Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 11-14 July, 2010.
  • “Being, Time, Bios,” presentation of my eponymous book manuscript, upon invitation by the Theory Department, at the Jan Van Eyck Academy: Post-Academic Institute for Research and Production Fine Art, Design and Theory, Maastricht, The Netherlands, May 29, 2010.
  • “Here and Elsewhere [Ici et ailleurs],” keynote speech at the Conference of Gender Across Borders, on the theme of “Globalisms,” organized by the Gender Institute, at the State University of New York, at Buffalo, April 1-3, 2010.
  • “Psychoanalysis—Ontology—Biopolitics,” seminar lecture and discussion of my book $urplus, as well as my current work on biopolitics, at the Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture, at the State University of New York, at Buffalo, April 1-3, 2010.
  • Organizer of the symposium Kafka’s Cages, Macalester College, November 20, 2009.
  • “The Kafkaesque Cage” and “Kafkaesque Allegory: Kafka/Benjamin,” introductory talk and  paper presented at the symposium Kafka’s Cages, Macalester College, November 20, 2009.
  • “Deleuze, Lacan, and Differences,” opening talk at the workshop What is sexual difference now? A Conversation with Joan Copjec and Elizabeth Grosz, University of Minnesota, November 13, 2009.
  • “(A)Sexual Being,” paper at the workshop What is sexual difference now? A conversation with Joan Copjec and Elizabeth Grosz, as response to Joan Copjec’s paper, at the University of Minnesota, November 13, 2009.
  • Trauerspiel and Secular Times: Amor fati, Magic, Contingency, and ‘Prevemption,’” paper presented at the Humanities Symposium on Engagement with the Secular, Macalester College, October 23-25, 2009.
  • Co-organizer of the panel “Limitlessness Beyond Surplus Value,” and presenter of the paper “Chrematistic, Utilitarianism, and Their Surplus,” at the annual conference of the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society (APCS), on Psychoanalysis, Economy, and Limits, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, October 9-10, 2009.
  • Series of events at the University of Western Sydney, Australia, July 1-10, 2009:
    • Trauerspiel, Politics, and Temporality,” paper presented at the opening plenary talk for the conference Literature and Politics, organized by the Australian Association of Literature (AAL). (http://www.aal.asn.au/cfp2009.html)
    • Symposium on Kafka’s Cages, at the State Library, Sydney, as part of the “Sydney Seminars” series, co-sponsored by the University of Western Sydney and the Goethe Institute.
    • Reading seminar for post-graduate students in the “Writing and Society Research Group” (http://www.uws.edu.au/writing_society/writing_and_society )
  • “Psychoanalytic Approaches to Biopolitics,” public lecture at the Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, and discussion of my book, $urplus, with the Graduate Student Reading Colloquium, April 24-27, 2009.
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari as a Case of Biocinema,” public talk at the series organized by the “Transnational Film and Media Studies Collaborative” of the “Institute for Advanced Study” at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, December 12, 2008.
  • Discussion of my article, “The Gaze of Biocinema,” with graduate students at the Department of Comparative Literature, the University of Minnesota, December 4, 2008.
  • “A Psychoanalytic Biopolitics, and Bioracism,” paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society (APCS), on Ethics in the Age of Diminishing Distance: The Clash of Difference, at Rutgers University, October 24-26, 2008.
  • Commentator on the panel “Traces: Interrupting Modernity—Tradition and Reflexivity in a Postcartographic World,” at the annual “German Studies Association” (GSA) conference, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, October 2-5, 2008.
  • “Deleuze, Foucault, Lacan, and Biocinema,” paper presented at the “Deleuze International Conference,” in Cardiff, Wales, August 11-13, 2008.
  • “Biocinema: Money-Labor-Gaze, and (Im)Mortality,” paper presented at the Conference of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), as part of the seminar on “Cinema/Life/Money: Reading Cinema in the Era of Biocapital,” in Long Beach, CA, April 24-27, 2008.
  • “Surplus and (Postmodern) Bioracism: The ‘War Against Mortality,’” paper presented at the Conference on Surplus/Excess, sponsored by the Association for Social and Economic Analysis (AESA), Rethinking Marxism, and the Center for Ideas and Society, at the University of California, Riverside, April 3-5, 2008.
  • “Subjectivity and War,” public talk at Macalester College, November 16, 2007.
  • “Spinoza, Marx, Lacan, and the Ontology of Differential Value,” paper presented at the International Conference Rethinking Marxism 2006, at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 26-28 October, 2006.
  • “Secular Pantheism and the Irrelevance of (Anti-)Platonism,” paper presented on the plenary panel at the International Conference Wandering With Spinoza,  organized by the Center for Ideas, Victorian College of Arts, Melbourne, Australia, in response to Alain Badiou, September 13-15, 2006.
  • Participated in panel on the film The Corporation (2004), organized by the Humanities, Media, and Cultural Studies Department, Macalester College, October 22, 2004.
  • “Sexual Difference, Ethics, and Democracy (Kant, Marx, Arendt),” paper presented at the conference of the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society (APCS), on Psychoanalysis and Democracy, Columbia University, New York, NY, October 15-17, 2004.
  • “Ontology and Ethics of the Surplus,” plenary presentation at the Seminar of Experimental Critical Theory (SECT), on “Psychoanalysis, Politics, and the Event,” contacted by Joan Copjec, Mladen Dolar, Eric Santner, Slavoj Žižek, and Alenka Zupančič, at the Humanities Research Institute (HRI) of the University of California, at Irvine, August 16-27, 2004.
  • “Traversing the Screen: Cinema and Community in World Language Classrooms,” under this title I conducted the German Session of the Teacher Institute Seminar for the Minnesota Humanities Commission, at the Humanities Education Center, Saint Paul, MN, April 14-15, 2003.
  • “Architecture of Emotions,” paper presented at the Eighth Annual Conference on Psychoanalysis and Social Change, sponsored by The Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society (APCS), on Emotions, at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, October 25-27, 2002.
  • “Postmodern Capitalism: If Nothing Else, At Least It Kills Time,” keynote talk at the Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature (CSCL) Graduate Conference: “Flight Time: Moment and Momentum in the New Millennium,” at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 22-24, 2002.
  • “The Flag Is the Beef: Aaron McGruder and the ‘Left’ after 9/11,” paper presented at the Macalester College International Week, on “The Arts, Identity and Internationalism,” Macalester College, Saint Paul, Minnesota, February 25-March 1, 2002.
  • “Marx, Condensed and Displaced,” paper presented at the Interdisciplinary Conference sponsored by The Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society (APCS) and the Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture (CCACC), at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, November 9-11, 2001.
  • “Obsessional Neurosis from a Lacanian Point of View,” at the Annual International Conference of Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups (APW) on “Obsessional Neurosis,” State University of New York, Albany, May 4-6, 2001.
  • “Maturing Gaze: From Nazi Films to Hitchcock (Spinoza, Lacan, and Deleuze in Film Studies),” invited by the Other Press to offer this lecture at the Center for the Humanities, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, February 22, 2001.
  •  “Marx, Condensed and Displaced,” paper presented at the International Conference of Psychoanalysis—Centennial of Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams: Interpretation of Dreams/Dreams of Interpretation, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 5-8, 2000.
  • “Immanent Causality, Transitive Causality, and Positivism,” paper presented at the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program of Philosophy and History of the Sciences and Technology, University of Athens and Polytechnic School of Athens (Departments M.I.Q.E. and A.K.E.D.), Athens, Greece, February 15, 2000.
  • “Labor, Love, and Law,” paper presented at the Seventh Annual Conference of Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies (GEMCS): Labor and Leisure, Florida International University, Coral Gables, Florida, October 7-10, 1999.
  • “The Unintentional Shoes,” paper presented at the International Conference: Deconstruction Reading Politics, Staffordshire University, Stoke-on Trent, England, July 26-29, 1999.
  • “The Topos of Allegory, or, Goethe’s Error,” paper presented at the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, April 14-16, 1999.
  • “What Is Kafkaesque about Kafka?” lecture at the Colloquium of the Department of Germanic Language and Literature, University of Pittsburgh, October 1998.
  • “Jocasta’s Oedipus: Trauma and the Desire of the o/Other,” paper presented at the International Symposium: Legacies of Freud, Cornell University, November 1996.
  • “The Gift of Poison, or Grafting ‘Grafting’: International Supplement and Multinational Grafting,” paper presented at the German Colloquium, Cornell University, November 1996.
  • “Enlightenment Interminable: Hermeneutics, Social Constructivism, Deconstruction, Psychoanalysis, or, Four Readings of the Kantian Antinomies of Pure Reason,” paper in response to Axel Honneth, at the International Conference: The Legacy of Enlightenment: The Unfinished Project of Enlightenment, Cornell University, Ithaca, November 1995.