Welcome to the program site for the 2013 Villanova Philosophy Conference, to be held April 12-13 at Villanova University, Villanova, PA. This year’s conference is entitled “Apocalyptic Politics: Framing the Present.” Scheduled keynote speakers for this year’s conference are:
Mladen Dolar (University of Ljubljana)
Alenka Zupančič (Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts)
Jeffrey W. Robbins (Lebanon Valley College)
Catherine Malabou (Kingston University)
John D. Caputo (Syracuse University and Villanova University)
***Please Note: Our scheduled Keynote Slavoj Žižek regrets that he will not be able to make it to the US for our conference.
The present is often characterized as a critical moment that totters between possibilities of irresolvable catastrophe and redemptive restoration. Such claims involve prophecies of an end. Whether theological predictions of a messianic end, political predictions of a revolutionary end, or historical predictions of an epochal end, claims on the future charge the present with immediate significance through the ethical and political demands they place on it in the course of theorizing present conditions. This is to say, an anticipated end, which in a way is not-yet, is also always enacted in the present. Apocalyptic futures clearly enter into the structure of contemporary subjects – of their desires and drives, on the planes of fantasy and of theory – but these relations call for clariﬁcation. The multiplicity of ways in which prophecy can be received, for instance – whether the foretold end is interpreted as already- accomplished, imminent, or in the indeterminate future, whether the end is met with a spirit of fear or hopeful anticipation, or whether it is understood as necessary and irrevocable or as contingent and preventable, etc. – invite fundamental inquiry into the conscious and unconscious relations of the subject to history and its ruptures.
For a schedule of the weekend’s events, click here.
To pre-register for the weekend’s events (free and encouraged), click here.