How To Really Do Things With Words | Humanities & Social Sciences

How To Really Do Things With Words

Prof. Barbara Cassin
Date and Time: 
Fri, 29/01/2016 - 12:00am
09:27 AM to 04:57 PM
IRD Conference Hall, 7th Floor, Main Building, IIT Delhi

QIP Workshop, Dept. of Humanities &Social Sciences, IIT Delhi
Supported by Institut Francais en Inde

10 am: COFFEE

10.15 am: Introduction - BIJOY BORUAH

10.30 am: SESSION 1
"The Dictionary of Untranslatables and its Translations" - BARBARA CASSIN

1 pm: LUNCH

2.30 pm: SESSION 2
Chair - SANIL V.
"From Sophistics to Psychoanalysis" - BARBARA CASSIN

5.30 pm: COFFEE

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BARBARA CASSIN is Emeritus Research Director at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris. A program Director at the International College of Philosophy, she is also Director of its Scientific Council and member of its Board of Directors. In 2009, she founded, at the request of the UNESCO, the Network of Women Philosophers for which she coordinates the online magazine. She has also worked on the power of words in relation to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa (Vérité, réconciliation, réparation, "Le Genre humain", Seuil, 2004). She’s also worked on a number of editorial committees: succeeding Paul Ricoeur and François Wahl, she has collaborated with Alain Badiou, the editorial director of "The Philosophical Order" collection for the French publisher Le Seuil; and founded its series "Points bilingual" Since 2007, she has directed with Alain Badiou the collection "Ouverture" and "Ouverture-billingues" for the French publisher Fayard. Responsible of several groups of international research at the CNRS, Cassin has had the opportunity to work on the Dictionary of Untranslatables (Seuil-Le Robert, 2004 / Princeton University Press, 2014). The goal of this philosophical lexicon was to establish a map of European philosophical differences in languages and the difficulties in translating. The ambitious dictionary is the work of 150 philosophers and took 10 years to complete. Recently published in English, it is, at this time, being adapted in Ukrainian, Spanish, Arabic, Romanian, Portuguese, Persian. Cassin is the author / editor of more than 20 works of philosophy. More recently in France she has published Jacques le Sophiste, Lacan, logos et psychanalyse, (Epel, 2012) and La Nostalgie, Quand donc est-on chez soi ? Ulysse, Enée, Arendt (Autrement, 2013) and two books with Alain Badiou : Il n’y a pas de rapport sexuel (Fayard, 2010) and Deux leçons sur L’Etourdit de Lacan, et Heidegger, le nazisme, les femmes, la philosophie, (Fayard, 2010, which are currently being translated.

BIJOY BORUAH is Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. His areas of specialisation include Philosophy of Mind; Philosophical Aesthetics; History of Modern Western Philosophy; Ethics and Value Theory; Metaphysics of the Self, Philosophy of Literature; Philosophy of Religion; Metaphysics and Epistemology; Philosophy of Cognitive Science. He is the author of Fiction and Emotion: A Study in Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Mind (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988), Social Reality and Tradition: Essays in Modes of Understanding (Jaipur: Rawat Publications, 2006) co-edited with Ramashanker Misra, and Dharma and Ethics: The Indian Ideal of Human Perfection (New Delhi: Decent Books, 2010) co-edited with Dinesh C Srivastava. his recent research publications include ‘Forum: The Character of Mind,’ Biolinguistics 5.3, (co-authored with Wolfram Hinzen and Nirmalangshu Mukherjee), and ‘Metaphysics Immanent in the Ordinary: Ramchandra Gandhi and Contemporary Indian Philosophy,’ in A Raghuramaraju (ed.), Ramchandra Gandhi: The Man and His Philosophy (New Delhi: Routledge, 2013).

SUVIR KAUL is A. M. Rosenthal Professor of English at University of Pennsylvania and Visiting Fellow at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study at Jawaharlal Nehru University. He has taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, at Stanford University, and at the Jamia Milia Islamia as a Visiting Professor. He has also held post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Canterbury at Kent and at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University. He teaches courses in Eighteenth-century British Literature, Contemporary South Asian Writing in English, and in Literary and Critical Theory. He has published four books, Of Gardens and Graves: Essays on Kashmir; Poems in Translation (New Delhi: Three Essays Collective, 2015), Eighteenth-century British Literature and Postcolonial Studies (Edinburgh University Press, 2009), Poems of Nation, Anthems of Empire: English Verse in the Long Eighteenth Century (University Press of Virginia, 2000; Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2001), and Thomas Gray and Literary Authority: Ideology and Poetics in Eighteenth-Century England (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1992; Stanford University Press, 1992) and has edited a collection of essays entitled The Partitions of Memory: the afterlife of the division of India (Delhi: Permanent Black, 2001; London: C. Hurst, 2001; Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2002). He has also coedited (with Ania Loomba, Antoinette Burton, Matti Bunzl and Jed Esty) an interdisciplinary volume entitled Postcolonial Studies and Beyond (Durham: Duke University Press, 2005; Delhi: Permanent Black, 2005). At Penn, he has served as the Director of the South Asia Center (2005-07) and as the Chair of the English Department (2007-10).

DIVYA DWIVEDI is Assistant Professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and Visiting Fellow at Centre for Fictionality Studies, Aarhus University. She works on the Philosophy of Literature, Narratology, Political Philosophy and the writings and political cartooning of O. V. Vijayan. She is the co-editor with Sanil V. of The Public Sphere from Outside the West (Bloomsbury Academic, London, 2015). Her forthcoming publications include Gandhi and Philosophy: On Theological Anti-Politics with Shaj Mohan (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016), Narratology and Ideology: Encounters between Narrative Theory and Postcolonial Criticism co-edited with Richard Walsh and Henrik Skov Nielsen (Ohio State UP), Structuralism and Narratology in Herman Rapaport ed. series (Orient Blackswan) and ‘Anti-Mimetic Theory and Postcolonialism’ in Robin Warhol, Mark Currie and Zara Dinnen ed. Edinburgh Companion to Narrative Theory.

SANIL V. is Professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. He was the Watumall Distinguished Professor at Dept of Philosophy University of Hawaii, USA 2010, and Directeur d'études Associés, at Maison des sciences de l'homme Paris. His research interests lie in Continental Philosophy, including Philosophical Aesthetics and Philosophy of Technology. He works on art and technology in Classical India, Asian Cinema, Indian Theatre, and Phenomenology. His recent publications include The Public Sphere from Outside the West (Bloomsbury Academic, London, 2015) co-edited with Divya Dwivedi, ‘On Hating One’s Own Children’ in Jyotirmaya Sharma and A. Raghuramaraju (eds.) Grounding Morality: Freedom, Knowledge and the Plurality of Cultures (Routledge 2010), ‘The Diagram of Vastu Purusha: From Meaning to Measurement’ in Amiya Dev (ed.) Science, Literature, Aesthetics, A Project of History of Indian Science Philosophy and Culture (PHISPC 2009), and ‘The Impersonal Image’ in Journal of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research. Besides publishing in English, he writes in Malayalam on 19th- and 20th-century social movements and culture.

VIJAY TANKHA is a Greek philologist and Head, Department of Philosophy, St. Stephen’s College. His research specialises in Plato’s early works and led him into a study of the pre-Socratic philosophers. Awarded two fellowships by the Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR), he teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses on Plato, Parmenides and Aristotle. Apart from his interest in Greek philosophy, he has also taught courses in Indian philosophy, logic and ethics. Interested in philosophy as well as literature, Tankha has published several articles in journals and periodicals. His Ancient Greek Philosophy: Thales to Gorgias was published by Pearson in 2006. He is currently working on a book on Plato’s The Republic.

ANUP DHAR is associate Professor, at the School of Human Studies, Ambedkar University, Delhi. He
works at the interface of philosophy, psychoanalysis and the political. His books include Dislocation and Resettlement in Development: From Third World to World of the Third (with Anjan Chakrabarti) (Routledge, 2010), World of the Third and Global Capitalism (with Anjan Chakrabarti and Stephen Cullenberg) (Worldview Press, 2012) and The Indian Economy in Transition: Globalization, Capitalism and Development (with Anjan Chakrabarti and Byasdeb Dasgupta) (Cambridge University Press, 2015). (co-authored with Anjan Chakrabarti). He has just completed a book manuscript titled Psychoanalysis and Sexuation in Cultural Crucible: Genealogies of Aboriginalization. He is currently co-editing three volumes titled Breaking the Silo: Integrated Science Education in India (co-edited with Sridhar. K. and Tejaswini Niranjana) – Orient Blackswan: Hyderabad, Telengana (forthcoming 2016), (Clinic, Culture, Critique: From Psychoanalysis to Mental Health and Back (co-edited with Radhika. P. and Ashish Rajadhyaksha) – Orient Blackswan: Hyderabad, Telengana (forthcoming 2016) and Psychoanalysis in the Indian Terror (co-edited with Manasi Kumar and Anurag Misra) - Routledge: New Delhi (forthcoming 2016).

Organising Faculty: Divya Dwivedi

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