Tuesday, April 06, 2010


Below is an announcement of a lecture to be given by Dr. Fintan Walsh at the University of Limerick in Ireland on April 29. Once upon a time, the Irish were celebrated for their skilled use of the Engish language. As far as I can tell, this announcement is written neither in English nor in Erse. What language is it written in?

One thing seems to be clear: the author favors the fragilization of psychotic positionality. I'm all for that (I think).

"This lecture explores the notion of ‘trouble’ in the field of masculine ontology and cultural representation. Moreover, drawing on a range of case studies, the presentation considers the relationship between hegemonic masculinity and sacrificial modes of signification. The talk argues that these proliferative aesthetic practices gravely restrict relational, cultural and political transformation, not least of all because they are invariably premised upon the traumatization of the feminine, and the feminization of trauma.

"This lecture addresses the writing of visual artist and psychoanalyst Bracha L. Ettinger, whose work seeks to reclaim the feminine from psychotic positionality. While Ettinger focuses on visual art, she is more broadly interested in the manner in which our encounters with the matrixial in art practices might open lanes of fragilization that resist the foreclosure of subjectivity. I look to Ettinger’s work to redress the place of the feminine/matrixial in the field of male relationality. Drawing on a selection of illustrative performances and representations, I suggest that if male trouble is to be truly transformative, then it must be fragilizing, and the feminine (and its associated others) must be disassociated from abjection and psychosis and negotiated as the basis for a border-linking, border-sharing ethical relation."



Blogger Thomas Kraemer said...

In my neck-of-the-woods this is called academic-ese. It is only utilized by either insecure academics or by persons who are writing PhD dissertations and are forced to use academic-ese by a review committee that demands "more precision" and "academic rigor" in their thesis.

I trained under a professor who had been one of Bertrand Russell's students. He said Russell prided himself in being able to explain the most complicated logical or philosophical concepts to anybody in plain English. He was the only philosophy professor I was able to understand what he was saying. He had clearly learned from the master.

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