Workshop 2

The second workshop was held on 19 May at the Pervasive Media Studio (Watershed) in Bristol.  There were two main presentations followed by a break-out group discussion.

  • The forgetting of relation: towards a co-existential analytic. Paul Simpson (Plymouth University). 

Recent post-phenomenological writings have been concerned with how we understand the subject. This has entailed critiquing the ways in which the subject has traditionally been understood – as a mental entity existing prior to and so organizing our experience of the world. In place of this, a relational subject has been posited, one emerging through a combination of affective experiences, performative enunciations, and haunting absent presences. However, the implications of such critiques of the unified subject for how we understand intersubjective relations have not been given so much attention. In light of this, this paper seeks to develop understandings of intersubjectivity ‘after the subject’ by staging a conversation between the writings of Jean-Luc Nancy on mitsein and Roberto Esposito’s on communitas and immunitas. In particular, the paper focuses on the tensions between the thinking of the differential and differentiating relationship between ‘the individual’ and other(s) that these writings open up and the ‘forgetting’ of such fundamental sociality present in a variety of commonplace understandings of community. In response, the paper makes an opening gesture towards a post-phenomenological, co-existential analytic.

Slides from Paul’s talk are available here: Forgetting of relation

Background reading: 

Simpson, P (forthcoming) What remains of the intersubjective?: on presenting of self and other. Emotion, Space & Society. The article provides an introduction to Jean Luc Nancy in the context of thinking about subjectivity and intersubjectivity.

Esposito, R (2013) Community, immunity, biopolitics. Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities. 18(3), 83-90. Provides and overview of the work of Robert Esposito who Paul will talk about.

  • Lively materials, interior surfaces: reading Luce Irigaray’s phenomenological critique. Maria Fannin (University of Bristol).

An exploration of ‘placental space’ as a metaphor and model for a feminist post-phenomenology.

Background reading:

Rachel Colls (2012) Feminism, bodily difference and non-representational geographies Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 37(3):  430–445 (contact Michael if you don’t have access).

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