Monday, 27 January 2014

"Walter Benjamin: All Shades of Gnosis": A workshop with Professor Agata Bielik-Robson (Nottingham University)

Quilting Points / Northern Theory School are pleased to invite you to:

"Walter Benjamin: All Shades of Gnosis": A workshop with Professor Agata Bielik-Robson (Nottingham University) on themes of political theology, divine violence and tragedy in the thought of Benjamin.

Friday 28th February, 3.00-5.30

The University of Leeds:

(Leeds Humanities Research Institute, 29-31 Clarendon Place)


2.30pm - Tea / Coffee

3.00pm Talk and discussion with Professor Bielik-Robson

5.00pm Wine / refreshments

We shall also have dinner somewhere in the city centre at 6.30pm: please let us know if
you intend to come to this.

Professor Bielik-Robson has published widely in all areas of Jewish philosophy with
special emphasis paid on modern Jewish thought, from Spinoza to Derrida. She also
researches contemporary philosophy and psychoanalysis, particularly when in a dialogue
(or polemic) with theology.

This workshop will be of benefit to Benjamin scholars (or those curious about his work)
across a spectrum of disciplines: critical theory, philosophy, theology, art history,
literature and beyond!

Open to all. This event is free, but please contact to
reserve a place.

This is an event of Quilting Points reading group at the University of Leeds, and the
Northern Theory School.

It is generously supported by the Leeds Humanities Research Institute.

Stefan Skrimshire

Kasia Mika

Reading Benjamin: Wed 5th Feb

Dear all,

As we hit the new semester running, we are pleased to announce a new series of 'Reading
Benjamin' seminars, as well as an exciting, one-off workshop at the end of Feb (see

This semester’s theme is Violence / Tragedy, focusing on readings of and around
Benjamin’s essay The Critique of Violence.

Next reading group meeting:

Wednesday 5th Feb, 3-5.30pm, Leeds Humanities Research Institute (29-31 Clarendon Place)

We shall discuss:

1.       Benjamin, Critique of Violence [available here]

2.       Judith Butler ‘Critique, Coercion and Sacred Life in Benjamin’s Critique of
Violence’, [available here]

(or ask us for PDFs)

The Quilting Team