CIVILISATION AND FEAR
CIVILISATION AND FEAR
Writing and the Subject/s of Ideology

International Conference

22 - 25 September 2010
Ustroń, Poland

Plenary Speakers


Professor Agata Bielik-Robson

Agata Bielik-Robson, born in 1966, received her PhD in philosophy in 1995. She works at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at the Polish Academy of Sciences. She published articles in Polish, English and German on philosophical aspects of psychoanalysis, romantic subjectivity, and philosophy of religion (especially Judaism and its crossings with modern philosophical thought). Her publications include books: The Saving Lie. Harold Bloom and Deconstruction (in English: forthcoming at the Northwestern University Press in 2010), In the Wilderness. Cryptotheologies of Late Modernity (Cracow 2008), Romanticism. An Unfinished Project (Cracow 2008), The Spirit of the Surface. Romantic Revision and Philosophy (Cracow 2004) Another Modernity (Cracow 2000) and On the Other Side of Nihilism (Warsaw 1997).



Professor Horst Ruthrof

Horst Ruthrof (BAHons; MA; PhD) is Professor Emeritus in English and Philosophy at Murdoch University, Western Australia. After gymnasium schooling in Bavaria and undergraduate studies in English, Philosophy and History at the Universities of Erlangen-Nuernberg and Munich, he taught at several Universities of the Commonwealth. In 1974, he joined the foundation staff at Murdoch University, where he chaired the Literature Programme in its initial phase from 1975 and was appointed foundation chair of Philosophy in 1990. Professor Ruthrof played a central role in the administrative structure of the new University, serving for many years on such bodies as the Senate, Academic Council, the Vice-Chancellor’s Resources Advisory Committee, the Board of Research and many others. During this period, a number of grants and fellowships assisted Professor Ruthrof in maintaining his international research network. His main focus at Murdoch from 1974 to 2004 was on research training, with 38 PhD completions. As Emeritus Professor, Horst Ruthrof continues to contribute to the University’s publications record and international research links.

He has published more than sixty articles in philosophical, literary, linguistic, and semiotic journals and, in addition to two edited volumes, is the author of The Reader’s Construction of Narrative (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1981), Pandora and Occam: On the Limits of Language and Literature (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1992), Semantics and the Body: Meaning from Frege to the Postmodern (Toronto: University of Toronto Press 1997), and The Body in Language (London: Cassell, 2000). His recent research includes a definition of modernity as ‘the acceleration of the splitting of reason’ and, among other projects, an investigation into ‘Wahrnehmungsvergessenheit in philosophy and language’. He continues to spearhead the search for a ‘corporeal’ theory of natural language able to account for an evolutionary perspective and the role of perception and Vorstellung in language.



Professor Jeremy Tambling

Jeremy Tambling is Professor of Literature at the University of Manchester, where he teaches critical theory and nineteenth and twentieth century literature. He has written several books, the last being a monograph on Allegory (Routledge 2009), and “On Anachronism” (Manchester University Press 2010), with particular reference to the significance of countertime in Proust and Shakespeare.



And I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
(T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land, ll.27-3O)

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