Kent Summer School in Critical Theory – University of London Institute in Paris

An initiative of the University of Kent, the KSSCT is supported by the Kent Law School and its interdisciplinary Centre for Critical Thought.

From 26 June to 7 July 2017 June at the University of London Institute in Paris


Timothy Campbell (Cornell, USA)

Timothy Campbell teaches in the Department of Romance Studies at Cornell University, USA. In addition to his translations of Roberto Esposito’s Bios: Biopolitics and Philosophy (Minnesota, 2007), Communitas: The Origin and Destiny of Community (Stanford, 2010), and Carlo Diano’s Form and Event, he is the author of Wireless Writing in the Age of Marconi (Minnesota, 2006), Improper Life: Biopolitics and Technology from Heidegger to Agamben (Minnesota, 2011), and most recently The Techne of Giving: Cinema and the Generous Form of Life (Fordham, 2017). Along with Adam Sitze, he co-edited Biopolitics: A Reader (Duke, 2013). He is also the editor of “Commonalities”, a series on political philosophy published by Fordham University Press.

Seminar: Attention, Ethos, Life: Practices of the Self in the Contemporary Milieu

Lecture: The Comic Self

Patricia Williams (Columbia, USA)

Patricia J. Williams is a graduate of Wellesley College and Harvard Law School. She is the James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia University. Her book, The Alchemy of Race and Rights was named one of the twenty-five best books of 1991 by the Voice Literary Supplement; one of the “feminist classics of the last twenty years” that “literally changed women’s lives” by Ms. Magazine; and one of the ten best non-fiction books of the decade by Other books include Seeing a Color-Blind Future: The Paradox of Race (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 1998), and The Search for a Room of My Own (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2004). Her 1988 article, ‘On Being The Object of Property’, remains one of the most cited pieces ever published in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. As a parallel career, Professor Williams has pursued journalism. She has authored hundreds of essays, book reviews, and articles for journals, popular magazines and newspapers. Her award-winning column, “Diary of a Mad Law Professor,” has appeared monthly in The Nation Magazine for two decades.

Seminar: Seeing and Surveillance: Law, culture and notions of justice

Lecture: TBA

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