Call for papers: Castoriadis in the Antipodes

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12th Annual Cornelius Castoriadis in the Antipodes Symposium

The Department of Modern Greek and Byzantine Studies, School of Languages and Cultures, University of Sydney and Thesis Eleven Forum for Social and Political Theory are very pleased to announce a call for papers for the 12th Annual Cornelius Castoriadis in the Antipodes Symposium

November 29th, 2019
The University Of Sydney

Autonomy And Philia (Αυτονομια Και Φιλια) in Cornelius Castoriadis’ Life And Thought

Drawing from Aristotle’s suggestion that ‘…cities are held together by philia [friendship] and legislators should study it more than justice,’ we want to explore philiaas found in Cornelius Castoriadis’ theoretical thinking and understanding of politics.

Since his youth Castoriadis established life-long friendships with many individuals whose life, ideas and practical engagement had a permanent presence in his own work.

The symposium wants to bring together the abstract and the concrete, the life of the philosopher with the social ontology of his theory.

During the one-day meeting, we would like to explore the concept of political or civic friendship especially within the overall Castoriadis project to restore democratic politics to the immediacy and radicalism of their origins in classical Athens.

After the recent death of the philosopher and friend Agnes Heller, papers are invited to address friendship as political virtue in contemporary anti-political societies.

Key-Note Address:

Professor John Rundell (La Trobe University)

‘Celebrating Imagination: elective affinities between Agnes Heller and Cornelius Castoriadis’

Entrance is free and all are welcome.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Modern Greek and Byzantine Studies, School of Languages and Cultures, University of Sydney and Thesis Eleven Forum for Social and Political Theory

Please complete the form below to submit a proposal for a paper. Submissions will be accepted until October 18th, 2019.

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