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Avoidance and Appearance of the Child in Forms of Life

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Workshop Schedule

Day 1: 26th November, Sunday


Panel 1: Avoidance of the Child 10:00 - 12:00 A.M


Orna Ophir (New York University)
Precocity, Pseudo-Maturity, and the Model-Child: Psychoanalytic Thoughts on the Avoidance of Childhood

Perig Pitrou (Centre national de la recherche scientifique)
Ritual for Children and The Emergence of a New Center of Activities in some Amerindian Societies

Estelle Ferrarese (Université de Picardie Jules Verne)
Forms of life as coagulations in a very material sense - Some thoughts on the polyphony of current uses of the idea of form of life

Lunch Break: 12:00 A.M - 1 P.M

Panel 2: Shadow of the child 1:00 - 2:30 P.M

Veena Das (Johns Hopkins University)
A Child Comes into View: Fragments of Memory

Sandra Laugier (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) Founding fathers, found children

Coffee Break: 2:30 - 2:45 P.M


Panel 3: Child’s Voice

2:45 - 4:45

Clara Han (Johns Hopkins University)
Learning Korean, Learning Kinship: Betrayal and Belonging in Language

Andrew Brandel (Harvard University) German, Again: Mother tongues, child tongues

Yves Erard (Université de Lausanne)
Children’s claim and the Transmission of Language

Anne Eakin Moss (Johns Hopkins University) Child’s Play and Soviet Wonder

4:45 - 5:00 P.M
Hent De Vries (Johns Hopkins University/New York University) Final Remarks

Day 2: 27th November, Monday

Panel 4: Scenes of Learning 10:00 A.M - 12:00 P.M

Marco Motta (Johns Hopkins University)
The Adjacent World of Adults. Children witnessing parental decay in The Sound and the Fury

Paola Marrati (Johns Hopkins University) Learning and Knowing

Piergiorgio Donatelli (Sapienza Università di Roma) Initiation and Education: Wittgenstein, Cavell and Children


Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00 P.M 

Earlier Event: September 14
Alternative Contemporary Ethics
Later Event: April 24
Democracy and Forms of Life