We are honored to announce that Prof. Beata Stawarska and Prof. Leonard Lawlorare our keynote speakers, and Prof. Daniela Vallega-Neu and Prof. Jamin Pelkey are Plenary Speakers at the SSA 44thAnnual Conference in Portland, Oregon, October 9–13, 2019.
“Ghostwriting or How to Make an Official Doctrine”
Abstract: In my talk I will reconstitute the process of ghostwriting the Course in General Linguistics (a posthumous redaction attributed to Ferdinand de Saussure) by the book’s two editors, Charles Bally and Albert Sechehaye, in order to reflect on the processes of exclusion involved in establishing a study of signs as a recognizable scientific discipline. I will argue specifically that the received ‘official doctrine’ articulated in the
Bio: Beata Stawarska is Professor of Philosophy at the U. of Oregon. She is an author of Saussure’s Philosophy of Language as Phenomenology. Undoing the Doctrine of the Course in General Linguistics (Oxford UP, 2015) and Between You and I. Dialogical Phenomenology(Ohio UP, 2009), as well as several essays in contemporary European Philosophy. A recent recipient of a Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Nantes (France), Stawarska is an expert in phenomenology, structuralism and post-structuralism, and feminism. She is currently at work on a project on martial morality and the ambiguity of violence.
“The Most Difficult Task: On the Idea of an Impure, Pure Non-Violence in Derrida (with a Post-Script on the Death Penalty)”
Abstract: This article attempts to elaborate on the Derridean idea of transcendental violence and his idea of “violence against violence.” It does this by examining the structure of the gift as Derrida presents it in Given Time. The article lays out in detail all of the conditions for the gift Derrida presents across Given Time. More precisely, it examines Derrida’s analysis of the giving of counterfeit money. The conclusion it draws is that the giving of counterfeit money comes closest to the golden mean between exchange and non-exchange (or pure gift-giving), the golden mean between violence and non-violence. But the open question is: should we prescribe the giving of counterfeit money for all gift-giving and even for human relations of friendship and love? After the examination of the gift, we shall briefly, in a post-script examine Derrida’s Death
“The Temporal Delimitation of Bodies”
Abstract: This paper takes as a point of departure the assumption that living beings, in so far as they are living, cannot be delimited by firm boundaries and cannot be through primarily as present things or representable substances. They rather need to be understood as spatial-temporal happenings. And yet living beings are not simply spatial-temporal happenings (which would include, for instance, a rainstorm), but distinct lives. How do we account for the distinctness of living beings, then? How are we to think their boundaries from the midst of their exposed and interconnected happening as well as in terms of their enduring and particular ways of temporalizing? The paper explores these questions by taking recourse especially to Aristotle, Merleau-Ponty, and Nancy.
Bio: Daniela Vallega-Neuis Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oregon. Her research focuses on a plural ontology that examines the
“On Losing Yourself Beyond Borders: An Analysis of Concentric Meaning in Zhuangzi’s Butterfly Dream Chapter(齊物論)”
Bio: Jamin Pelkey (Ph.D. Linguistics, La Trobe University 2009) is Associate Professor in the Department of Languages,