MLA 2011 was truly a new thing, insofar as three scholars who study and practice Buddhism took to the podium and gave some searching talks on Buddhism, philosophy, politics, aesthetics and more. You'll hear some diversity in the talks and you'll hear some similarities too. We were very excited by it. I was excited to hear Marcus's new work on this (he's already done a lot in In Praise of Copying). There was some very profound material in there about Badiouian (mis)recognitions of Buddhism. Eric's piece was a revelation, totally crystalline and elegant. It was an honor to share the stage with them.
Here is the song sheet:
Marcus Boon, Introduction.
Tim Morton, “What's Eating Slavoj Žižek?”
Marcus Boon, “Aporias of Relaxation.”
Eric Cazdyn, “Praxis at the Start and at the End: Buddhism, Psychoanalysis, Marxism.”
Tulku Urgyen's stupa in Crestone, Colorado