Performatives after Deconstruction - Deadline 1 February 2010

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Kingston University/London Graduate School

Performatives after Deconstruction
29 - 30 June 2010
Kingston University, London
The London Graduate School

Since Derrida, de Man and Miller first read Austin, the encounter between deconstruction and the performative has affected every discipline of the humanities (politics, law, architecture, literature, philosophy, psychoanalysis, critical theory, cultural studies, etc.). Analyses have multiplied and have put into relief the performative structure of concepts and traditions in a search for their conditions and laws of possibility. This conference seeks to understand the current terrain of the performative after deconstruction: its heritage, its operation and its future. We welcome contributions from any perspective that bring into focus the deconstructive reading of the performative in all its articulated complexity: testimony, oath, conjuration, promise, excuse, confession, disavowal, forgiveness, yes and so on.

Professor Drucilla Cornell (University of Cape Town)
Professor Werner Hamacher (Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main)
Professor Nicholas Royle (University of Sussex)

Please submit abstracts of 300 words and a short bio online at
by 1st February 2010
Conference Organiser: Dr Mauro Senatore

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