Walter Benjamin, Pedagogy and the Politics of Youth

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Friday 31st May – Saturday 1st June 2013
University of Westminster, London
Fyvie Hall, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW

Co-hosted by the Institute for Modern & Contemporary Culture (IMCC)
and the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP)

Provisional Schedule:

Friday 31st May: Fyvie Hall, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London

13:15 – 14:00 Registration (Entrance Hall)
14:00 – 14:30 Welcome
Introductory Remarks
David Cunningham
Matthew Charles
IMCC, Westminster
IMCC, Westminster
14:30 – 15:30 The Life of Students is a Great Transformer Antonia Birnbaum
Chair: Andrew McGettigan
Paris 8
15:30 – 16:00 Break
16:00 – 17:00 Attunement and Interference:
Benjamin’s Hölderlin Reading
Howard Caygill
Chair: Peter Osborne
CRMEP, Kingston

Saturday 1st June: Fyvie Hall, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London

09:45 – 10:30 Registration (Entrance Hall)
10:30 – 11:30 Quo Vadis? Knowing and being in the digital age Milan Jaros
Chair: Steven Cranfield
Newcastle
11:30 – 12:00 Break
12:00 – 13:00 Chockerlebnis and Education: Learning from Modern Experience Élise Derroitte
Chair: Howard Caygill
Louvain
13:00 – 14:15 Lunch
14:15 – 15:15 Student as Producer: a pedagogy of the avant-garde; or, how do revolutionary teachers teach? Mike Neary
Chair: David Cunningham
Lincoln
15:15 – 15:30 Break
15:30 – 17:00 Education as Awakening
Respondent
Howard Eiland
Peter Osborne
Chair: Matthew Charles
MIT
CRMEP, Kingston

Participants:

Antonia Birnbaum (Paris 8)
Bonheur Justice Walter Benjamin; ‘Between sharing and antagonism: the invention of communism in the early Marx
Howard Caygill (CRMEP)
Walter Benjamin: the colour of experience; Also Sprach Zapata: Philosophy and resistance
Matthew Charles (Westminster)
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: ‘Walter Benjamin’, ‘Lines in class: the ongoing attack on mass education in England’
Élise Derroitte (Université catholique de Louvain)
La critique de la critique. : De la philosophie de l’histoire de Walter Benjamin; ‘“Die Schulereform, eine Kulturbewegung”, on Benjamin’s theory of learning
Howard Eiland (MIT)
Walter Benjamin: Early Writings; ‘The Pedagogy of Shadow: Heidegger and Plato
Milan Jaros (Newcastle)
Pedagogy for Knowledge Recognition and Acquisition: Knowing and Being at the Close of the Mechanical Age‘; ‘To thing or not to thing: Pedagogy of knowledge acquisition in the networked society‘.
Mike Neary (Lincoln)
Student as producer: how do revolutionary teachers teach?; Towards Teaching in Public: Reshaping the Modern University.
Peter Osborne (CRMEP)
Walter Benjamin’s Philosophy: Destruction and Experience; ‘Privatization as Anti-Politics: Interview with Peter Osborne

Registration:

The conference is free, open to all and there is no need to pre-register. Attendance on each day will be allocated on a “first come, first served” basis: the registration desk will be open on Friday 31st May from 13:15 – 14:00 and on Saturday 1st June from 9:45 – 10:30 and will be located in the main entrance hall to the University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London W1b 2UW.

The conference proceedings will begin at 14:00 on Friday and at 10:30 on Saturday and will end at 17:00 on both days. All talks will be held in Fyvie Hall (off the main entrance hall to the University of Westminster building on Regent Street).

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Further Information:

For further information and to be added to the conference mailing list for updates, please contact:
Matthew Charles
M.Charles1@westminster.ac.uk