Keynote Speakers

Adrian Johnston is Professor of Philosophy at the University of New Mexico, and an Assistant Teaching Analyst at the Emory Psychoanalytic Institute of Atlanta. His recent research has focused on the elaboration of a theory of transcendental materialism, that is, an account of how it is that something like a free subject might emerge out of a fully material cosmos. He is currently completing a trilogy on this and related subjects, the first volume of which – The Outcome of Recent French Philosophy: Prolegomena to Any Future Materialism – is forthcoming from Northwestern University Press. Professor Johnston has also done a good deal of work in bringing contemporary scientific insights to bear on Continental philosophy, resulting in the forthcoming Self and Emotional Life: Bridging Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, and Neurobiology (co-authored with Catherine Malabou). An expert on psychoanalysis and German Idealism, he has also engaged critically with the works of Martin Hägglund, Badiou, Meillasoux, William Connolly, and Jane Bennett, among others. Professor Johnston’s publications include Time Driven: Metapsychology and the Splitting of the Drive (2005), Žižek’s Ontology: A Transcendental Materialist Theory of Subjectivity (2008), and Badiou, Žižek, and Political Transformations: The Cadence of Change (2009), all published by Northwestern University Press.

Dorothea Olkowski is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Cognitive Studies Minor at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, where she has also been Chair of the Philosophy Department and Director of Women’s Studies. She has also been a fellow at the Rotman Institute of Philosophy and Science, and the Australian National University. Her current research examines the scientific and mathematical bases of new and emerging materialisms in contemporary Continental philosophy. Professor Olkowski has published many books dealing with feminism, ontology, and their intersection in recent French thought.  These include Gilles Deleuze and the Ruin of Representation (University of California, 1999), Resistance, Flight, Creation, Feminist Enactments of French Philosophy (Cornell, 2000), as well as Feminist Interpretations of Merleau-Ponty (with Gail Weiss, Penn State University Press, 2006). Her most recent monograph, Postmodern Philosophy and the Scientific Turn (Indiana University, 2012), brings Continental philosophy into an intimate engagement with contemporary physics and its history.

Michael Naas is Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at DePaul University. His work focuses on both Classical Greek and contemporary French philosophy. Much of Professor Naas’ recent work has contributed to establishing the future of Jacques Derrida’s thought in the 21st century, as in Taking on the Tradition: Jacques Derrida and the Legacies of Deconstruction (Stanford, 2003) and Derrida From Now On (Fordham, 2008). He has co-translated and edited several volumes by Derrida, including The Other Heading, Rogues and The Work of Mourning. Professor Naas’ newest book – Miracle and Machine: Jacques Derrida on the Two Sources of Religion, Science, and the Media (Fordham, 2012) – is an extended commentary on and reading of Derrida’s essay “Faith and Reason” and Don DeLillo’s novel Underworld that elaborates on Derrida’s most basic concepts and positions, reframing them for a world increasingly marked by globalization, technoscience, and complex networks of communication.


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