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University of Manitoba Distringuised Visiting Lecture: Rebecca Comay

Thu. Sep. 29, 2016

Mosaic is pleased to invite you to the upcoming Distinguished Visiting Lecture, and open seminar, with the incomparable Dr. Rebecca Comay, Professor of Comparative Literature and Philosophy at the University of Toronto, and Professor of Philosophy at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. Dr. Comay is the author of Mourning Sickness: Hegel and the French Revolution (2011), editor of Lost in the Archives (2002), and co-editor of Endings: Questions of Memory in Hegel and Heidegger (1999).

You are warmly invited to attend a special public lecture on Thursday, October 27, at 7:30pm in the Robert Schultz Theatre, St. John’s College. Also, in addition, you are welcome to attend, and participate, in an Open Seminar with Dr. Comay on Friday, October 28, from 2:30-4:30pm in the Institute for Humanities Boardroom (409 Tier). 

Dr. Comay will speak on “Our inheritance was left to us without a testament – or is it the other way around?” Dr. Comay will pursue a kind of thought experiment, turning on its head the notion that there is a deficit of "testamentary protocol" for revolutionary modernity.  She will consider how the "treasure" of testimony is passed on to future generations through a "thicket of imperatives, injunctions, promises, exhortations, incitements, excitations" with which the dead speak to us.  Using the second thesis from Walter Benjamin's "Theses on the Philosophy of History" as a guide, this talk will explore some of the manifestations of testimony excess.