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Rebecca Comay: 1st Annual Gillian Rose Memorial Lecture

Time: 5.00pm - 6.30pm
Venue: PRMB0012 Clattern Lecture Theatre, Penrhyn Road campus, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE
Price: free
Speaker(s): Rebecca Comay

Rebecca Comay: 1st Annual Gillian Rose Memorial Lecture

Title: Deadlines (literally)

The Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy is pleased to welcome Rebecca Comay from the University of Toronto to deliver the inaugural Gillian Rose Memorial Lecture.  This event is sponsored by the Tom Vaswani Family Trust.

Abstract:
Is there more than a superficial family resemblance between the emergencies we suffer on a daily and an epochal basis-due dates, expiration dates, statutes of limitation, biological clocks, revolutionary crisis-points, environmental tipping points, messianic end-times? The deadline invokes the implacable indifference of measured time but it imposes itself in anything but a uniform manner. Like all emergency measures, deadlines are coercive rituals that distribute privilege unevenly-limits are announced, extensions are granted, penalties are imposed, time runs out faster for the disenfranchised. In other words, the deadline (like death itself) is a ‘real abstraction': it universalizes itself in a palpably discordant fashion. The deadline marks the place where the continuum of homogeneous, empty time erupts into a mine-field of exceptions. This lecture will explore some of the vicissitudes of this terrifying word and concept.

The lecture will be followed by a reception in the Picton Room, 6.30pm - 8.00pm, to which we also welcome CRMEP alumni.

Booking is essential to attend this event.

For further information about this event:

Contact: Peter Osborne
Email: P.Osborne@kingston.ac.uk

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