“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Sunday, March 23, 2014

I Shall Give the Wellek Lectures

The Wellek Lectures are the Gifford Lectures of theory, so I'm utterly delighted that I shall be giving them this year. I'm deeply honored to have been invited by UC Irvine to join the company of

Jacques Derrida
Hélène Cixous
Peter Sloterdijk
Jean Baudrillard
Angela Davis
Jean-François Lyotard
Judith Butler
Louis Marin
Gayatri Spivak
Wolfgang Iser
Étienne Balibar
Donna Haraway
Murray Krieger
Rosalind Krauss
Perry Anderson
Geoffrey Hartman
Edward Said
Joan Scott
Ngūgī wa Thiong'o
Harold Bloom
Achille Mbembe
Fredric Jameson
J. Hillis Miller
Elizabeth Grosz
Frank Kermode
Rosalyn Deutsche
David Harvey
Evelyn Fox Keller
Homi Bhabha
Paul Gilroy
Talal Asad
Harry Harootunian

Columbia publishes the lectures, as you can see here. There are some very important books in that series, such as Derrida's Memoires for Paul de Man.

There are three lectures. They'll be in May (21, 22, 23), at UC Irvine's Humanities Gateway.

The topic is something I now call ecognosis. I shall be reading the entire book in a series of three lectures.

Thanks to all who invited me. This was a wonderfully galvanizing moment for me, as it coincided with my having realized that I knew, finally, how to write this book, which once was Dark Ecology.


Alan said...

Splendid, Tim, Very proud of your achievement. You'll startle your audience with your original ideas and prose. Alan Weinberg

Alan said...

Splendid Tim. Great honour, yes. You'll startle your audience with your original ideas and brilliant style. Alan Weinberg

Anonymous said...

Couldn't seem to find it on the CUP website, please reupload the link to your lectures?

Anonymous said...

@misanthropicanthropologist I think I found a link to it here: https://archive.org/details/03DarkEcologyForALogicOfFutureCoexistenceTheWellekLectures3