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PSSCP Seminar Sessions: Monday, August 4 - Friday, August 8, 2014








Seminar Schedule With Readings


Monday, August 4: Power Center Ballroom, 5th Floor (Forbes Ave. at Chatham Square)


9:30-10:00AM: Introductory Remarks by PSSCP Organizers


10:00-12:00: Paul Livingston


  • Badiou: Being and Event, Meditations 1, 3, 4, 5, 7-9, 16-18


1:30-3:30: Tom Eyers


  • Macherey, P. ‘The Literary Thing’, Diacritics, 37.4, 2007, 21-31

  • Eyers, T. ‘The Perils of the Digital Humanities: New Positivisms and the Fate of Literary Theory’, Postmodern Culture, 23.2, January 2013, open-access online:

  • Levine, C. ‘Strategic Formalism: Toward a New Method in Cultural Studies’, Victorian Studies, 48.4, 2006, 625-657


4:00-6:00: Bruno Bosteels: Dialectic and Difference


  • Louis Althusser, “On the Materialist Dialectic (On the Unevenness of Origins),” in For Marx

  • Louis Althusser, “From Capital to Marx’s Philosophy,” in Reading Capital


Tuesday, August 5


10:00-1:00: Paul Livingston


  • Lacan: Seminar XX (Encore) (especially sessions I-IV, VIII-XI)

  • Frege: Foundations of Arithmetic, §§ 55-86

  • Miller: “Action of the Structure”; “Suture (Elements of the Logic of the Signifier)” (in Concept and Form, vol. 1)


3:00-6:00: Tom Eyers


  • Ponge, F. ‘The Oyster’ (poem) in The Voice of Things, trans. Beth Archer, (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1974)

  • Peden, K. ‘From Consciousness to the Concept: The Spinozism of Jean Cavaillès’ in Spinoza Contra Phenomenology, (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2014)

  • Johnson, B. ‘The Poetics of Things: Marianna Moore and Francis Ponge’ in Persons and Things, (Cambridge, MA.: Harvard University Press, 2008)


Wednesday, August 6


10:00-1:00: Paul Livingston


  • Badiou: “Mark and Lack” (in Concept and Form, vol. 2). UPDATE: Omit “Infinitesimal Subversion,” which was previously included here.

  • Badiou: “The (Re)commencement of Dialectical Materialism” (in The Adventure of French Philosophy).

  • Badiou: Theory of the Subject, pp. 1-50 (part 1) and pp. 111-157


3:00-6:00: Bruno Bosteels: Being, Structure, Event, Subject


  • Bruno Bosteels, Chapters 1-3, Badiou and Politics (Durham: Duke University Press).


Thursday, August 7


10:00-1:00: Tom Eyers


  • Stevens, W. ‘An Ordinary Evening in New Haven’ (poem) in Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens, (New York: Vintage Books, 1990)

  • Badiou, A. ‘Drawing’ in The Symptom 12, Fall 2011, available online

  • Mallarmé, S. ‘Crisis in Verse’ in Divagations, trans. Barbara Johnson, (Cambridge, MA.: Harvard University Press, 2009)


3:00-6:00: Bruno Bosteels: Theories of the Subject


  • Alain Badiou, “Theory of the Subject,” in Being and Event, trans. Oliver Feltham (London: Continuum, 2006).

  • Karl Marx, “Original Accumulation of Capital” (pp. 459-71), “Forms which precede capitalist production” (pp. 471-514) and “Fragment on the Machine” (pp. 690-712), in Grundrisse (London: Penguin).


Friday, August 8 ***ALL SESSIONS IN SILVERMAN PHENOMENOLOGY CENTER (Gumberg Library 1st Floor)


10:00-12:00: Bruno Bosteels: Totality and Ideology


  • Ernesto Laclau, “The Impossibility of Society,” New Reflections on the Revolution of Our Time (London: Verso).

  • Jorge Luis Borges, “The Perpetual Race of Achilles and the Tortoise,” trans. Suzanne Jill Levine, Selected Non-Fictions, ed. Eliot Weinberger (New York: Penguin, 1999).

  • Jorge Luis Borges, “Avatars of the tortoise,” Other Inquisitions, 1937-1952, trans. Ruth L.C. Simms (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1964)


1:30-3:30: Tom Eyers


  • De Man, P. ‘Anthropomorphism and Trope in the Lyric’ in The Rhetoric of Romanticism, (New York: Columbia University Press, 1984)

  • Andrews, B. ‘Blueier Blue’ (poem), available online at the 2nd Avenue Poetry Collective website:

  • Silliman, R. ‘Albany’ (poem) in ABC, (San Francisco: Tuumba Press, 1983)

  • Lacan, J. ‘Lituraterre’, trans. Jack W. Stone, available online:


4:00-6:00: Paul Livingston


  • Deleuze: “How do we Recognize Structuralism?”  (in Desert Islands)

  • Livingston: “How do we Recognize Strong Critique?” (forthcoming in Crisis and Critique, 3)

  • Livingston: “Metaformal Realism and the Ontological Problematic” (chapter 5 of book MS: The Logic of Being: Heidegger, Truth, and Time)

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