Sawyer Seminar Schedule of Speakers
All Events are from 4:30pm-6:30pm (see posts on the main page for specific venue information)

Also check the Related Talks page for more events


September 8: (4pm start time, this seminar only)
Mark Hansen and Rob Mitchell
Introduction to the seminar topics and schedule

September 22:
Thomas Pfau (English & German, Duke University)
“Disclosure: G. M. Hopkins and E. Husserl on the Phenomenology of the Image”

October 6:
Robert Brain (History, University of British Columbia)
“Genealogy of Zang Tumb Tumb: Experimental Phonetics, Vers Libre, and Modernist Sound Art”

November 3:
Ralph Pred (independent scholar)
“Reinstating the vague to its proper place in our mental life: on Jamesian phenomenology and some issues in contemporary neuroscience”

December 1:
Cary Wolfe (English, Rice University)
“Animal Dasein”

December 7:
Judith Jones (Philosophy, Fordham University)

“Provocative Expression: Transitions In and From Metaphysics in Whitehead’s Later Work”


January 26:
Shaun Gallagher (Philosophy, University of Memphis)
“The socially extended mind”

February 9:
Geoffrey Winthrop-Young (German, University of British Columbia)
“Kittler’s Siren Recursions”

February 16:
Didier Debaise (Philosophy, Université Libre de Bruxelles)
“Speculative Interpretation of the Subject”.

March 1:
Scott C. Richmond  (Film Studies, Wayne State University)
Screening of The Flicker (1966) with the following discussion: “Aesthetics Beyond the Phenomenal: Tony Conrad’s The Flicker
*Richard White Auditorium (Duke East Campus) 5:30pm – 7:30 pm*

March 22:
Warren Neidich (Berlin)
Discussion of “The Artist Residency in the 21st Century: Experiments in Cultural Potentiality and Contamination”

March 29:
Joshua Kates (Indiana University and currently Associate Resident at the National Humanities Center)
“Historicity and Holism:  Deleuze and Guattari, Transcendental Argument, and History”

April 11:

Brendan Z. Allison (Institute for Knowledge Discovery, Laboratory of Brain Computer Interfaces, University of Graz, Austria)
“BCI 2020: Big Contentious Issues in Brain-Computer Interface Research Today and Tomorrow”
*The Garage in Smith Warehouse 4:30pm-6:30pm*

*co-presented by the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS)*

Two papers co-written by Brendan Allison also available: Nijholt et al 2011 – BCIs Can Multimodality Help and Allison et al – Toward smarter BCIs

April 19:
Henning Schmidgen (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science)
“The Donders Machine: Matter, Signs, and Time in a Physiological Experiment, ca. 1865”

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