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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

Agamben Reading Group

3rd November 2016, 17:00 to 18:00, A56, Elvet Riverside I, Durham University

The Agamben reading group (description below) will meet at 5-6pm on 3 November, 24 November and 8 December in Elvet Riverside A56. The reading for the first session can be obtained from Luke Sunderland or Heather Fenwick, but as we will be working through the entire book, members will need to buy a copy for future sessions.

The group is open to colleagues and postgraduates from all departments, and as you can see the relevance of the material is broad, so please feel free to circulate this announcement to anyone you think might be interested.

Reading Group on Agamben's Use of Bodies
The Use of Bodies is possibly Agamben's master work, concluding his famous Homo Sacer series. Moving from early Greek philosophy to the present, from Plato and Aristotle, through Paul and the Church Fathers, scholasticism, Leibniz and Spinoza, to Heidegger, Debord and Foucault, the book asks the following questions: What are bodies? What is at stake philosophically in the exploitation of our own bodies and those of others? How are bodies affected by our habits, our care, our mastery of techniques? How might thought about human potentiality and life be reinvigorated by a new conception of bodies and their uses? Because Agamben's thought ranges so widely, the group aims to bring together colleagues and postgraduates from MLAC and other departments, with interests in classics, philosophy, theology, visual culture, history, the medical humanities, and languages and literature, to collectively read this fascinating and complex text.

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