Upcoming Events and CfP

Re-visitations of Greek Myth: The (O)ther Desires of Antigone and Medea
Talk by Alessandra Capperdoni
Free event
January 24, 2020 at 2.30pm
Room AQ6229

For details visit: https://www.sfu.ca/sfu-community/events.html#!view/event/event_id/9053

Join us Friday, January 24th in room AQ6229, to hear Alessandra Capperdoni, Limited-term Lecturer in SFU’s Department of Humanities, for the first instalment of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies Spring 2020 Seminar Series. She will be presenting a seminar entitled “Re-visitations of Greek Myth: The (O)ther Desires of Antigone and Medea.”

This event is free and open to everyone. Join us after the event for refreshments at Club Ilia, courtesy of the SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies. 

Among the most controversial figures of Greek myth, Antigone and Medea still constitute sources of inspiration and debate for modern writers and thinkers—from Jean Anouilh, Christa Wolf and Pierpaolo Pasolini to Jacques Lacan and Slavoj Žižek. This paper revisits some of the most influential interpretations of these fascinating myths based on Sophocles’s and Euripides’s plays (and Seneca’s rereading thereof). It approaches Antigone and Medea as figures of radical alterity who may be read as occupying closer positions than the ones posited by Žižek, who discusses Medea as an anti-Antigone. In particular, the political subversion that both women operate with regard to the (ir)rational power of the State can be read more productively through a feminist Lacanian lens as different economies of desire. Lacan’s identification of Antigone as a figure of ethics contra the universalization of Kant and of Medea as a “vrai femme” will be discussed in relation to the potential of these myths as developed in two modern Italian plays—Corrado Alvaro’s The Long Night of Medea (1949) and Ilaria Draghi’s Migrations_change the ending/without borders Antigone Does Not Die (2019). That both playwrights, who work at a temporal distance yet are closer in the experience of the social urgency of their times, focus on the irreducible foreignness of Medea and Antigone should not come as a surprise. In particular, Draghi’s ritualistic and embodied performance shows the transhistorical potential of ancient Greek theatre in recasting Polynices’s body within the contemporary crisis of Mediterranean failed crossings.

Alessandra Capperdoni teaches courses in modern and contemporary Literature and Critical Theory (semiotics, poststructuralism, psychoanalysis, Marxism, and Feminism), classical mythology, and Italian Renaissance studies in the Department of Humanities at Simon Fraser University. She holds a degree (BA Honours and MA) in Foreign Languages and Literatures from the Università degli Studi di Bologna (Italy) and a PhD in English from Simon Fraser University, BC. Her research in the areas of poetics, performance, and experimental writing has developed in conjunction with her interest in 20th century and contemporary theories of language (from Russian formalism to poststructuralism and American language poetry), translation studies, psychoanalysis, and the social dimension of literature and culture (literature, national communities, and global modernities; critical modernism and aesthetics; violence and conflict; affect and new social imaginaries; ecocriticism and animal studies).

Islam and / with Psychoanalysis: A Provocative Encounter
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 | 7:00PM | FREE.
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre
SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver
For details visit: http://www.sfu.ca/sca/events---news/events/islam-and---with-psychoanalysis--a-provocative-encounter.html

In recent years the contours of a hitherto unexpected theoretical interface has emerged: Islam and/with psychoanalysis. Why bring this seemingly odd couple together? What kinds of theoretical insights could be gained in this crossing of wires? This roundtable panel discussions hopes to stage a provocative yet mutually productive encounter between facets of Islam and psychoanalytic theory, whereby both can mutually illuminate and enrich each other — in a short-circuiting way.
Participants include: Dr. Laura U. Marks (SFU), Dr. Dina al-Kasim (UBC), Dr. Clint Burnham (SFU), and Dr. Farshid Kazemi (SFU). .
There will be a short Q&A after the roundtable and refreshments will be offered.

Presented by the SFU School for the Contemporary Arts, the Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies, and the Substantial Motion Research Network (substantialmotion.org).

Decolonizing Psychoanalysis: Fanon in Palestine
January 28th 6pm-8pm
SFU Harbour Centre Room 7000

Stephen Sheehi, "The Settler's Town is a Strongly Built Town: Fanon in Palestine" and Lara Sheehi, “Toward a Decolonial Clinical Praxis: A Case Example from Palestine"
Respondents: Samir Gandesha and Rawia Inaim

For more information: https://www.sfu.ca/humanities-institute/public-events/public-events/2020/fanon-palestine.html


LACK on the Lake
September 24-26, 2020
At the University of Vermont, Burlington
Keynote: Mladen Dolar, University of Ljubljana

Call for proposals until March 1st, 2020
For more information: https://lackorg.com/2020-conference/

2020 Lacan's Ecrits Conference
September 12-13, 2020
Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Hosted by Lacan in Scotland

Deadline for proposals: April 30th, 2020
For details: http://lacanecritsconference2020.com/