Deconstruction Summer Academy

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London Graduate School

The London Graduate School

Deconstruction Summer Academy

24-27 June 2013

The London Graduate School is pleased to announce the launch of its Deconstruction Summer Academy, an intensive week-long programme offered annually for postgraduate students of any institutional affiliation. The inaugural Summer Academy is scheduled for 24-27 June, 2013. Admission is free of charge, but there are a limited number of places and entry is by application only.

The Summer Academy expresses our commitment to the future of rigorous and provocative thought, supporting a new generation of scholars in the critical humanities. We want to reaffirm the transformative potential of the legacy with which we engage, believing that its critical renewal is best served by bringing together the strongest expertise and the most exciting new talent.

The programme will include intensive study of selected shared texts, including lectures and research seminars led by some of the most prominent figures in the field. The Summer Academy will also provide the context for participants to experience London as a global city of culture and the arts.

Students are welcome to make their own arrangements for accommodation during the week, or alternatively we will be able to arrange campus accommodation at a subsidised rate. All tuition and course-attendance is wholly free of charge for all selected candidates.


Day 1:

9.30 Registration and Welcome

Deconstruction, Plasticity and the Visual Arts
10-12 Plenary session with Catherine Malabou

2-4 Plenary session with Andrew Benjamin

4-6 Social Event

Day 2:

10-12 Reading Group, Deconstruction, Plasticity and the Visual Arts

Deconstruction and Translation

2-4 David Wills, "(How) Do You Want Me To"

4-6 Pleshette deArmitt and Kas Sagafi, "What Remains–Of Mastery and Ipseity"

Day 3:

Deconstruction, Singularity and the Poetic

10-12 Plenary session with Samuel Weber

2-4 Plenary Session with Simon Morgan Wortham

Day 4:

10-12 Reading group on Deconstruction, Singularity and the Poetic

2-4 Martin McQuillan, Closing Address and Discussion: "Other Deconstructions"

To apply, students should send an academic CV, a statement of their current programme of research and why they wish to attend the Deconstruction Summer Academy (no more than 500 words), and a sample of their recent scholarly writing, to:

Professor Martin McQuillan (

Professor Simon Morgan Wortham (

Please also indicate if you wish to go on our waiting list, should your application not be successful at the first attempt. The 2013 Summer Academy is open to applications from 30th October 2012, with a deadline of January 31st 2013. We expect to notify candidates of decisions concerning entry by March 1st 2013.