Японско-български форум „Въображението на философията”


21-22 септември 2016

Организиран от Боян Манчев, Футоши Хошино, Камелия Спасова, Васил Марков и Дарин Тенев

9-21Двудневният българско-японски форум Въображението на философията ще представи в лекционен и семинарен формат актуалните изследвания на японски и български философи и теоретици на изкуството. Предложената експериментална тема, Въображението на философията, предполага не само обсъждането на категорията въображение в рамките на философията, но и на способността на философията да въобразява понятия, да произвежда рефлексивни образи и фигури.

Форумът ще се проведе на английски език. Program in English below

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Нова книга на Радосвет Коларов Radosvet Kolarov’s New Book


(For English, see below) Миглена Николчина. На предната линия на съвременните търсения. Рецензия за новоизлязлата книга на Радосвет Коларов. Елин-Пелин (София: Просвета, 2016).

(резюме) Коларов предлага иновативен прочит на един автор колкото класически, толкова и пренебрегван теоретически през последните десетилетия. Подходът му демонстрира познатото ни още от „Звук и смисъл“ майсторство да работи с всички регистри на художествения текст. Заедно с това, като проследява трансформативните ефекти на сетивно-материалните страни на художествената проза, Коларов по бележещ нови пътища начин отваря анализите си както към концептуалните „трансмодалности“ между философията и другите хуманитарни сфери, така и към културологичния ангажимент със социалното и политическото. Един прочит, който радикално преобразява клишираните представи за Елин Пелин.

Miglena Nikolchina. New Vistas for Theoretical Investigation A review of Radosvet Kolarov’s book Elin-Pelin (Sofia: Prosveta, 2016).

(abstract) The book presents a ground-breaking reading of a classical Bulgarian author who has been mostly neglected by theoreticians in recent decades. Kolarov’s approach demonstrates his capacity to work with all registers of the literary text, which has marked his writing ever since Sound and Sense (1983). By closely following the transformative effects of the material aspects of fiction, he innovatively opens his analyses to the conceptual “transmodalities” between philosophy and other spheres of the humanities, while remaining sensitive to facets of social and political engagement. After Kolarov’s reading, Elin Pelin will never be the same.IMG_1853


Pandora’s Daughters

As of yet, ON THE BLIND SPOT authors have been Alain Brossat (PLEBS INVICTA), Maurizio Lazzarato (The Making of the Indebted Man), and Giovanni Leghissa (Verfirmung der Gesellschaft/Incorporating Society). The series will continue in 2016 with its fourth edition called Pandora’s Daughters in collaboration with philosopher Boyan Manchev

Linguistic encounters: the performativity of active listening

24 June 2016, New Conference Room, Sofia University

Beata Stawarska University of Oregon

image1 In my talk, I examine social encounters in language by combining an inquiry into individual saying acts (otherwise called speech-acts) with a reflection on how the enabling and constraining social conditions impact the success of such acts in the present. In other words, I propose to work at the intersection of a micro-sociology of social encounters with a larger structural focus on historically contingent social positions. Yet my overall task is not only diagnostic but also emancipatory, and I seek resources for resisting the received and sedimented social relations of power, including at the level of the individual sayings themselves. I therefore recover Bourdieu’s central claim that language mirrors social conditions of power operative in our not-solely-linguistic lives but emphasize, in agreement with Butler’s conception of linguistic performativity, that an ongoing linguistic practice does not solely reflect but can also resist and revise dominant distributions of power by enacting novel social relations through the saying acts. I argue that both Bourdieu’s and Butler’s understanding of the language-power structure will benefit from integrating additional insights from speech act theory, specifically regarding the importance of the hearer’s uptake for a successful or felicitous performance of a speech act. Speech is typically thematized in terms of the vocal production made by an individual speaker or a group but I will argue, drawing on Austin and in agreement with Hornsby and Langton, that the hearer’s uptake, which includes at least minimal receptiveness to what the speaker is saying, constitutes an integral and active element of the total speech situation. Defined in this way, uptake belongs to the language and power structure since granting the speaker minimal receptivity can enable a speech act to function as such (for example, an attempted order to become an accomplished one) while withdrawing minimal receptivity can make the speech act flounder. I turn to Irigaray’s philosophy of dialogue across sexual difference to make a case for active listening as an emancipatory strategy that can re-authorize speakers who have been socially disempowered on account of their gender. Throughout, I seek to both recognize the weight of inherited social conventions in language and to recover the capacity for sociolinguistic renewal within the partially unscripted and potentially innovative interactions between language users in the present

June Readings of the Sofia Literary Seminar with the Participation of Beata Stawarska

624th June, New Conference Room, University of Sofia,

19:00. Beata Stawarska.  Linguistic Encounters: the Performativity of Active Listening

25th June,  Sofia University Central Library

12:00~13:00. Miglena Nikolchina. Will You Stay Here: Commons Ex Machina

13:00~14:00. Enyo Stoyanov. Kristeva and Deleuze on the Notion of Process

14:00~15:00.  Darin Tenev. Theory and Modeling. Lévi-Strauss, Badiou, Kristeva and the Modeling Activity

15:00~16:00. Radosvet Kolarov.  Hesitation, Undecidability, and Desire for the Other

16:00~17:00. Kamelia Spassova.  Mimesis and Modeling: Lotman’s Double Structures

17:00~18:00. Discussion: Lotman, Kristeva, and the Question of Theory