Program for the 2020 Global Bergsonism Research Project Webinar November 6-7, and 13

Note 1: Participation in the Webinar is by invitation only. In order to receive the invitation for the Webinar, please email Leonard Lawlor, lul19@psu.edu, or Ted Bergsma, tzb5226@psu.edu.

Note 2: All times below are Eastern Standard Time (EST) for the USA and Canada

 

Program

Friday, November 6

Welcome comments 8:45 am

Session 1

Keynote

9:00-11:00 am

Moderator: Leonard Lawlor, Penn State University, USA

Frédéric Worms, École normale supérieure, rue d’Ulm, France, Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago: “Global Bergsonism”

 

Session 2

Encounters with Bergson: Evaluations and Analysis

11:15 am-12:45 pm

Moderator: Nicolas de Warren, Penn State University

Joël Dolbault, Independent Scholar, France: “Pan-psychism in Bergson and James”

Mohit Abrol, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India: “Bergson-Eliot Encounters: Philosophical Notes on Time, Theology and Culture”

 

Session 3

Sympathy, Ethics and Aesthetics: Bergsonian Approaches in Dialogue

4:00-5:30 pm

Moderator: Débora Morato Pinto, Universidad Federal de São Carlos, Brazil

Melanie White, University of New South Wales, Australia: “Bergson and Sympathy”

Miguel Paley, The New School for Social Research, USA: “Utility, Affect, and Self-Constitution: A Bergsonian Reading of Levinas and Whitehead”

 

Saturday, November 7

Session 1    

Creative Evolution: Philosophical and Biological Perspectives

9:00-10.30 am

Moderator: Yasushi Hirai, Fukuoka University, Japan

Tano Posteraro, Penn State University, USA: “Canalization and Creative Evolution: Images of Life from Bergson to Whitehead and Beyond”

Emily Herring, University of Ghent, Belgium: “Bergson’s Creative Evolution and 20th Century Biology”

Session 2

Bergson and the Political: Liberalism and Colonialism

4:00-5.30 pm    

Moderator: Émile Kenmogne, Yaounde 1 University, Cameroon

Alexandre Lefebvre, University of Sydney, Australia: “Bergson and Liberalism”

Larry S. McGrath, Wesleyan University, USA: “Bergson’s Views on Colonialism: Education and Empire in North Africa after the French Third Republic”

 

Friday, November 13

Session 1

Bergson and Critical Theory of Race

 9:00-10:30 am

Moderator: Alia Al-Saji, McGill University, Canada

Leah Kaplan, Emory University, USA: “Black Time and the Suspension of Duration”

Rebecca Hill, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia: “Reading Bergson beyond the Figure of Man with Wynter and Indigenous Philosophy”

 

Session 2    

Bergson and Anglo-American Evolutionary Theories 

10:45 am-12:15 pm

Moderator: Povilas Aleksandravicius, Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania

Bruno Rates, University of São Paulo, Brazil: “Creative Evolution and American Evolutionary Thought: The influence of Edward Drinker Cope, James Mark Baldwin and Nathaniel Southgate Shaler on Bergson’s Views of Life and Technology”

Mathilde Tahar-Malaussena, Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, France: “The History of the Bergsonian Interpretation of Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution”

 

Session 3

Keynote  

4:00-5:30 pm

Moderator: Caterina Zanfi, Centre national de la recherche scientifique/École normale supérieure, rue d’Ulm, France

Suzanne Guerlac, University of California, Berkeley, USA: Title to be announced

 


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