We're interrupting our steady stream of reading to announce that, for our penultimate seminar, we will be hosting a special guest lecture by Dr Natalia Cecire (University of Sussex). Dr Cecire will be discussing her ongoing research project, 'Quartz Contentment', details of which can be found on her website here: http://natalia.cecire.org/research/.
The event will take place on Tuesday 4th Junefrom 5 - 7pm (location TBC). A wine reception will follow the Q&A session after Dr Cecire's paper.
We really look forward to welcoming Dr Cecire to the University of Leeds this coming June, and we hope as many of staff and students as possible will be able to make it.
Further details about the paper itself and the location will be sent out in due course. In the meantime, save the date - it looks set to be a fascinating paper.
2 Oct | 5.00-6.30pm | Seminar Room 1, 3:01, Clothworkers South Building For our first session of the year we will discuss the trajectory of Julia Kristeva's academic and political career, as represented in her own words in 'My Memory's Hyperbole' (1984). In this autobiographical essay, Kristeva charts her entry into the francophone intelligentsia, her experiences with the Tel Quel group, her engagement with radical politics in France, her 1974 trip to China, and her turn towards America. In addition, we will also discuss Toril Moi's introduction to French feminist theory and her exposition of Kristeva's work, as found in Sexual/Textual Politics (1985). All are welcome, and as always discussion will continue in the pub following the session.
16 Oct | 5.00–6.30pm | Seminar Room 1, 3:01, Clothworkers South Building For our second meeting, Quilting Points will be reading Julia
Kristeva’s ‘From One Identity to Another’ (1975), alongside Judith Butler’s ‘The Body Politics of Julia Kristeva’ (1988). Kristeva’s essay sets out many of the
defining ideas of her early period—the subject-in-process, chora and the
distinction between the semiotic and the symbolic—in order to characterise what
is in her view the privileged access of poetic language to primordial and prediscursive drives. Butler’s
essay, later included in what remains her most well-known work, Gender
Trouble (1990), takes ‘From One Identity to Another’, alongside other texts
from the period, as its object of critique. Butler raises questions regarding
not only the logical consistency of Kristeva’s theories, but also the political
ramifications of those theories. All are welcome, and as always discussion will continue in the pub following the session.