The Making of Humanities VI | Oxford

MOH VI final conference booklet

International Board: Rens Bod, Christopher Celenza, Hent de Vries, Julia Kursell, Fenrong
Liu, Jaap Maat, Helen Small, Thijs Weststeijn
Local Organizing Committee: Helen Small, Hampus Östh Gustafsson, Laura Miller

The Society for the History of the Humanities

29th September 2017, Brittain Williams Room

Invisible Battles: The Political Stakes of Literary Theory in Eastern Europe

Chair: Julia Kursell (University of Amsterdam)

• Darin Tenev (University of Sofia “St. Kl. Ohridski”), Language Models and the Study of
Literature (Bulgarian Guillaumist School vs. Roland Barthes and the Saussurean Legacy)
• Kamelia Spassova (University of Sofia “St. Kl. Ohridski”), Transforming the Concept of
Mimesis: Yuri Lotman and Todor Pavlov
• Enyo Stoyanov (University of Sofia “St. Kl. Ohridski”), Lines of Dissention: The Political
Dimensions of Bakhtin’s Early Reception
• Maria Kalinova (University of Sofia “St. Kl. Ohridski”), Ideology Behind Our Back:
Ideologeme and Aesthetic Event
• Miglena Nikolchina (University of Sofia “St. Kl. Ohridski”), Literary Theory in Action: the
Case of Metamorphosis

The Kristeva Circle: Stockholm, Sweden

October 13-16, 2016, Stockholm, Sweden

Keynote Speakers: Miglena Nikolchina & Eivind Engebretsen

Honorary Guest and Speaker: Julia Kristeva
Preliminary Conference Program: PDF

stockholmThursday October, 13, Södertörn University
15.00 -16.00 Registration, Södertörn University

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Panel: The Early Kristeva and the Chance of Semiotics

a) Darin Tenev, Semiotics as the Making of Models

b) Enyo Stoyanov, Process and Ruination in Revolution in the Poetic Language

c) Maria Kalinova, The Concept of “ideologeme” in Kristeva’s Semanalysis

d) Kamelia Spassova, Dual Codes: the Semiotic and the Symbolic in Lotman and Kristeva

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

[Report] International Forum “The Sublime and the Uncanny” (2)

Originally posted on the blog of University of Tokyo Center for Philosophy (UTCP)

Hisato Kuriwaki (UTCP)


What is a “center?” Here, let us think not about the relationship between a point, a line, and a plane, which people often talk about, but rather about the relationship between a point, a line, and a circle. If you have two points, you can draw a line between them. And if you fix one point and rotate the other around it, a circle would appear. Then, what looks like a circle at first sight may in fact only be a point. The “center” is essentially the central point of a circle. The location of this point shifts incessantly, according to which the circle continues to transform or to “metamorphose.”

In March 2015, I participated in the international forum “The Sublime and the Uncanny” co-organized by the University of Tokyo Center for Philosophy (UTCP), the Sofia Literary Theory Seminar (SLS) and the Cultural Centre of Sofia University – there are at least two “centers” here. The academic exchange between UTCP and Sofia University had already started in 2013 with the international symposium “Metamorphosis and Catastrophe,” but I imagine the two exchanges held by the two centers – the two points – have different characteristics. For example, we can compare the two organizers from UTCP: Prof. Yasuo Kobayashi who organized the first exchange and who has retired from the University of Tokyo this spring, and Dr. Futoshi Hoshino, organizer of the second forum, who is more than thirty years younger than Prof. Kobayashi. This year’s forum has been realized by young scholars, and thanks to the atmosphere created by this younger generation, I, as a PhD student, was able to participate in it without any hesitations. Има още

[Report] International Forum “The Sublime and the Uncanny” (1)

Originally posted on the blog of University of Tokyo Center for Philosophy (UTCP)

Futoshi HOSHINO (University of Tokyo)


We held the international forum “The Sublime and the Uncanny” at Sofia University, Bulgaria. This forum was co-organized by the Sofia Literary Theory Seminar (SLS), the Cultural Center of Sofia University, and the University of Tokyo Center for Philosophy (UTCP).

In the autumn of 2013, Profs. Boyan Manchev (New Bulgarian University), Darin Tenev (Sofia University), and Yasuo Kobayashi (University of Tokyo) organized the forum “Metamorphosis and Catastrophe” in Sofia, through which young scholars from the University of Tokyo and Sofia University conceived a plan for the next meeting. Through conversation with Dr. Kamelia Spassova, who had organized a long-term seminar on das Unheimliche (the uncanny) with her colleagues, I decided to focus on the two notions in this forum: the “sublime” and the “uncanny.”

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The Sublime and the Uncanny

University of Tokyo Center for Philosophy (UTCP)
Sofia Literary Theory Seminar (SLS)
Cultural Centre of Sofia University

International Forum
“The Sublime and the Uncanny”

Place: New Conference Room, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Sofia
Time: 2.03- 4.03.2015

sublime_uncannyThe international forum „The Sublime and the Uncanny“ will be held between the 2nd and the 4th of March 2015 in the New Conference Room of the Sofia University. It is organized by the University of Tokyo Center for Philosophy (UTCP), the Sofia Literary Theory Seminar and the Cultural Centre of Sofia University. The forum is interdisciplinary and focuses on the notions of ‘the Sublime’ and ‘das Unheimliche’, which play a crucial role not only in 20th century but also in contemporary critical discourses.

It will pose the question of the correlation and heuristic potential of these notions in the time of redefinition of the understanding of human intellect, respectively – the status of the (in)human. The forum will expose in a new perspective the topics of the „Metamorphosis and Catastrophe“ symposium, held at the beginning of November 2013.

Interventions on the topic „The Sublime and the Uncanny“ will be presented by Alexander Kiossev, Boyan Manchev, Futoshi Hoshino, Kamelia Spassova, Yuji Nishiyama, Darin Tenev, Takafumi Shimada, Bozhana Filipova, Hisato Kuriwaki, Maria Kalinova, Enyo Stoyanov, Miglena Nikolchina
The forum is open to the public. See below the detailed program.
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Forum international „Métamorphose et Catastrophe“

From the UTCP University of Tokyo Center for Philosophy’s blog

25 November, 2013

We co-organized an international symposium “Metamorphosis and Catastrophe” at Sofia University, Bulgaria (from October 31 to November 2, 2013). The symposium was organized by Profs. Boyan Manchev (New Bulgarian University), Darin Tenev (Sofia University) and Yasuo Kobayashi (University of Tokyo). Around fifteen participants joined from Tokyo, Paris and Sofia. Има още

Darin Tenev: How to Build Models in Literary Theory?

20141202_DarinTenevLecture by Darin Tenev
(Sofia University, Bulgaria)
„How to Build Models in Literary Theory?“

Date: 16:30-18:30, Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Venue: Collaboration Room 4, Bld. 18, The University of Tokyo, Komaba

More here!

Language: English

Organized by “Japan” Unit, Integrated Human Sciences Program for Cultural Diversity, The University of Tokyo
Co-organized by The University of Tokyo Center for Philosophy (UTCP)

Дискусия около „Нови форми на бунта“ в Софийския литературоведски семинар

Снимка: Яница Радева

Снимка: Яница Радева

На 26.09 Юлия Кръстева гостува на Софийския литературоведски семинар за дискусия върху нейната лекция „Нови форми на бунта“, състояла се същия ден в Аулата на СУ „Св. Климент Охридски“.  В дискусипта, водена от Миглена Николчина, участваха  Александър Кьосев, Амелия Личева, Дарин Тенев, Мария Калинова и Камелия Спасова. Техните изказвания можете да прочетете по-долу. Изказването на Юлия Кръстева очаквайте в най-скоро време във в. „Култура“.

Революциите: парадокси на „вътрешното” и „външното”
Александър Кьосев

Литературен вестник, бр.30/2014, стр. 12.

Не съм компетентен да обсъдя всички мотиви в блестящата лекция, която чухме от проф. Кръстева, особено в нейната психоаналитична част, затова реших да коментирам само една мисъл от нейния доклад – възловото изречение, което тя приписва на аржентински професор, но зад което и тя самата изцяло стои.

…преди да вдигнеш революция в квартала, трябва да направиш революция в себе си…

Както всички разбрахме, тук има амбиция за истинско преобръщане на идеята за революция и бунт. Революцията вече не отваря линеарното време към ново летоброене (както сме свикнали да мислим след идеолозите на буржоазната и комунистическата революция, а и след теоретици като Козелек, Хабермас и Фюре), а говори чрез скритите си етимологични пластове за въртене и връщане, движение не навън в социалния свят и обществения договор, не напред и нагоре в прогресистките хоризонти, а обратно, назад и в дълбочините на вътрешното, в трепета и пропастите на индивидуалното и психическия живот. Има още

Modeling the Potentiality of the Literary Image

logo_lit.formenOn July 2, 2014 Darin Tenev presented a paper on “Modeling the Potentiality of the Literary Image” at the Graduate College in the Westfällische Wilhelms Universität Münster. The paper was a follow-up to the most recent of a series of international workshops initiated by Robert Matthias Erdbeer, Ivan Popov and Darin Tenev and organized by the Departments of Literary Theory and of German Studies in the University of Sofia and the “Literarische Form” Graduate College in the Westfällische Wilhelms Universität Münster. The goal of this on-going project is to outline a new literary theory of models that could account for the generation and development of literary forms, and also for the history of literary criticism (in other words, to account for the very possibility of different readings and the effect these readings have had on literature). For a more detailed account of the work so far see WORKSHOPS ON LITERARY THEORY OF MODELS.