Contemporary and Historical Perspectives on Spinoza and Culture is an upcoming conference on Spinoza, Spinozism, and all aspects of contemporary and historical cultural theory.

The conference is free and open to all, and no registration is required. Please see below for conference programme.

Contemporary and Historical Perspectives on Spinoza and Culture

 Manchester Metropolitan University, Geoffrey Manton room 230

3rd August 2018.


9.30– Arrive: Coffee and Tea

9.45– Christopher Thomas (Manchester Metropolitan University): Welcome and Introduction

10.00 – Gilah Kletenik (New York University): ‘Interpreting Scripture like Nature or How to Read without a Telos

11.00 – Brynnar Swynson (Butler University): ‘Elective Affectivities: Modern Subjects and the Colonial “I”’

12.00 ­­– Susan James (Birkbeck, University of London): ‘Feelings and Fictions’

13.00 ­– Lunch (GM 230 supplied for speakers)

14.00 – Christopher Norris (Cardiff University): Reading

14.30 – Moira Gatens (University of Sydney): ‘The Veracious Imagination: the fictions of Spinoza and George Eliot’

15.30 – Break

15.45 – Beth Lord (University of Aberdeen): ‘Spinoza and the Art of Reasoning’

16.45 – Martin Benson (Stony Brook University): ‘Knowledge Without Revelation: Reading Spinoza’s epistemological transitions through Beckett’s Endgame’

17.45 – End of Conference

19.00 – Conference Dinner (for speakers)


For more information please contact Christopher Thomas: c.thomas@mmu.ac.uk

With generous support from The British Society for the History of Philosophy and MIND


Dr. Christopher Thomas

Lecturer in Philosophy

Department of History, Politics and Philosophy
Manchester Metropolitan University
Geoffrey Manton Building
M15 6LL

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