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Singularity's -abilities: In Celebration of Samuel Weber's 80th Birthday

When: Tuesday, December 1, 2020
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM CT

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Courtney Essenpreis   (847) 491-7249

Group: Department of German

Category: Academic


On the occasion of Samuel Weber's 80th birthday, twelve scholars who have been inspired and influenced by his work will give short papers, reflecting on the ways in which Weber's thinking constellates with their own, revealing a singular multiplicity of disciplines.

Presentations will be in English and German. All times are local to Chicago, USA.



9:00am - 10:00am — Singularity's Inscriptions

Isabelle Alfandary - Learning to Read with Sam Weber

Julia Ng - Whistling Lillabullero

Hans-Jörg Rheinberger - Schreiben und Experimentieren

Bernard Geoghegan - Theatricality and AI

(Moderator: James Martel)


10:15am - 11:15am — Singularity's Philosophy

Peter Fenves - Singularity, Again

Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky - The Ever New Angel

Diego Rosello - The Task of Thanking: Thanking as Thinking with Samuel Weber

Laura Chiesa - tba

(Moderators: James Martel, Julia Ng)


11:45am-12:45pm — Singularity's Politics

Marian Hobson - How can classification be violent? Weber and Derrida

Javier Burdman - Sam Weber's Response to Lyotard's Just Gaming and the Elusive Link between Deconstruction and Politics

James Martel - Singularity and the Commandment: another form of law

Héctor Castaño - Singularity in Translation and the Economy of Cultural Difference

(Moderator: Julia Ng)


1:00pm - 1:30pm

Response by Samuel Weber




Organized by Jörg Kreienbrock, James Martel, Julia Ng, and generously co-sponsored by Northwestern University, San Francisco State University, and the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought at Goldsmiths, University of London

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