Rebecca Comay: Mourning Sickness: Hegel and the French Revolution

September 4, 2012
School of Humanities, University of New South Wales

Morven Brown Room 310

Keynote speakers:

Rebecca Comay
University of Toronto

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The School of Humanities, UNSW, is hosting a workshop on Professor Rebecca Comay’s most recent book and the openings to thought that this work provokes. Mourning Sickness (Stanford, 2010) is an extremely rich text, which takes as its starting point an account of German philosophers’ responses to the French revolution, but extends these reflections on the terror into a thoroughgoing interrogation of 19th Century German thought and cultural identity. More than a simple exegesis of this curious liaison, Comay explores broad questions of cultural memory and identity, testimony, translation, trauma, psychoanalysis, and the nature of revolution, as these threads are bought into focus by the German intellectual reception of the revolution, and, in particular, Hegel’s refinement of this response.

Speakers include

  • Professor Paul Redding (Sydney University)
  • Robert Sinnerbrink (Macquarie)
  • Simon Lumsden (UNSW)
  • Jean-Philippe Deranty (Macquarie)
  • Joanne Faulkner (UNSW)
  • Professor Rebecca Comay

The workshop will begin with a rountable discussion of Mourning Sickness and response from Rebecca Comay, before opening out to new research that connects to the major themes dealt with in Comay’s book.

Rebecca Comay is Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. Her other books include Lost in the Archives (ed.) (Alphabet City, 2002), and Endings: Questions of Memory in Hegel and Heidegger (ed. with John McCumber) (Northwestern, 1999).

The workshop will take place in Morven Brown Room 310, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 4 September, 2012

All are welcome, but please RSVP to Joanne Faulkner,  [email protected].

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