Graduate Program in Media + Modernity | Princeton University presents:
Eric L. Santner
"Untying Things Together”
[Response: Brigid Doherty]
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 @5pm ET
N107 (School of Architecture)
This event is co-sponsored by the Department of German.
In 1905, Freud published his Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality, the book that established the core psychoanalytic thesis that sexuality is central to formations of the unconscious. With “Untying Things Together”, Eric L. Santner inverts Freud’s title to take up the sexuality of theory—or, more exactly, the modes of enjoyment to be found in the kinds of critical thinking that, since the 1960s, have laid claim to that ancient word, “theory.” Santner unfolds his argument by tracking his own relationship with this tradition and the ways his intellectual and spiritual development has been informed by it.
Eric L. Santner is the Philip and Ida Romberg Distinguished Service Professor in Modern Germanic Studies at the University of Chicago. He works at the intersection of literature, philosophy, psychoanalysis, political theory, and religious thought. He is author of several books including: On Creaturely Life: Rilke, Benjamin, Sebald (University of Chicago Press, 2006); Sovereignty Inc.: Three Inquiries in Politics and Enjoyment (with W. Mazzarella and A. Schuster; University of Chicago Press, 2019) and Untying Things Together: Philosophy, Literature, and a Life in Theory (University of Chicago Press, 2022).
Brigid Doherty holds a joint appointment in the Departments of German and Art & Archaeology at Princeton, where she is also an Associated Faculty member in the School of Architecture and a member of the Executive Committees of the Center for Digital Humanities and the Programs in European Cultural Studies and Media + Modernity.
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