Conference Schedule: Real Objects or Material Subjects?


‘Real Objects or Material Subjects’

Department of Philosophy, University of Dundee

March 27-28, 2010



11am-12pm: registration

12pm-12:15pm: Introductory Remarks

12:15pm-1:30pm: James Williams (Dundee) “Contemplating Pebbles

1:30pm-2:30pm: Lunch

2:30pm-4:00pm: Nathan Coombs (Royal Holloway, University of London) Platonism and Realism: Badiou contra Harman

Sid Littlefield (Georgia College & State University): Inflationary and Deflationary Metaphysics

Mike Olson (Villanova University) On the Dogmatic Limitations and Speculative Resources of Transcendental Idealism

4:30pm-6:00pm: Graham Harman (American University, Cairo) “I Am Also of the Opinion that Materialism Must Be Destroyed”



10:00am-10:15am: Introductory Remarks

10:15am-11:30am: Adrian Johnston (University of New Mexico) “‘Naturalism or anti-naturalism?  No, thanks–both are worse!’:  Science, Materialism, and Slavoj Zizek.”



Austin Smidt (Nottingham) The Beyond In Our Midst: Sartre’s Robust Materialism as a Root of Revolution

Tom Eyers (Middlesex) Lacanian Materialism and the Question of the Real

Colby Dickinson (KU Leuven) Materialism as pantheistic animality: Giorgio Agamben and the silence of transcendence

1:15pm-2:00pm: Lunch Break


John Van Houdt (KU Leuven):  The Necessity of Contingency or  Contingent Necessity?  Meillassoux, Hegel, and the Logic of Modal Necessity

Paul Ennis (University College Dublin) Phenomenology and the Ancestral

3:15pm-4:30pm: Peter Hallward (CRMEP, Middlesex) “Self-Emancipation between Hegel and Marx”


4:30pm-5:00pm: Closing Discussion

Registration is ESSENTIAL, please email with Name/Address/Institutional Affiliation/Email Address by March 8th.

Cost is £10 unwaged/ £20 waged. Checks can be made out to University of Dundee and sent to:

Department of Philosophy c/o Mike Burns, University of Dundee, Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4HN, Scotland, UK

6 thoughts on “Conference Schedule: Real Objects or Material Subjects?

  1. […] February 6, 2010 Michael Burns has posted the schedule for the conference he’s hosting in the Department of Philosophy at the […]

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  3. Rob says:

    I hope that someone is taping this. I’d love to hear it….

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