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Event and Becoming: the Inaugural 2021 Ereignis Conference


How does the event puncture the smooth flow of becoming? And what is it like, the event in which we become ourselves?

These are among our key questions in this first, inaugural Ereignis conference, to be held online Friday, June 11, 2021. Headlined by internationally acclaimed speakers on events and becoming, this conference seeks to merge profound and innovative thought with practical approaches to becoming. How do we arrive into our own?


Sharif Abdunnur, Yeditepe University: A strong believer in interdisciplinary and intercultural education and collaboration, Sharif focuses on creating works in various mediums that help bridge cultural gaps as well as challenging the accepted limits and norms. His works vary from journal articles, books, literature, experimental and feature films. Sharif has published three books in various genres, several academic articles and five films winning more than 50 International Awards (for Directing, Scriptwriting, Best Indie Filmmaker etc.).

Julio Alcántara, European Graduate School: The phenomenologist Julio Alcántara signals a crest in the successive waves of dazzling Mexican filmmaking auteurs in this century. His breakthrough signals an integration of inner/outer into a holistic state of the ‘parareal’ inside the real is both universal and self-contained in that the parts reflect the whole. Alcantara’s artistic quest is to penetrate the state of contemporary alienation in order to seek the myth of the integral state connecting humanity at the core. His innovation of the film medium is through the marriage of celluloid/digital by means of deconstruction/reconstruction in mythical narrative, sacred geometry, symbolism and time/timelessness expressed in his material--the film frame itself. (Lisa Paul Streitfeld, Huffington Post Arts)

James Bahoh is an assistant professor at the University of Memphis. He has held been a Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar at Deakin University in Australia, Visiting Assistant Professor at Marquette University, VolkswagenStiftung / Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Bonn in Germany, and Scholar-in-Residence at Duquesne University’s Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center. While completing his PhD, he spent half a year as a visiting researcher at Heidelberg University in Germany. Bahoh’s main research is in phenomenology, post-phenomenological Continental philosophy, and ontology / metaphysics in the context of German and French thought from Kant to today. He is especially interested in Heidegger and Deleuze and is a proponent of drawing on the history of philosophy to advance and to address issues in 21st-century post-analytic / continental divide philosophy. He also has interests in social / political and early modern philosophy.

Constanza Filloy is a doctoral student in Philosophy at the National University of Córdoba, Argentina.

Torgeir Fjeld is Head of the Ereignis Center for Philosophy and the Arts. He interested in research and creative acts on the intersection of technology, presencing, and the event of salvation. He has published academic studies on how our bodies are shaped by national sports, on a philosophy of life-experience grounded in psycho-analysis, and on the limits of perversion, and has taught at several international universities, including the University of Minnesota, Roehampton University, and the University of Gdańsk.

Avron Kulak is Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities at York University, Toronto. Along with teaching in the Humanities undergraduate and graduate programs, he teaches in the graduate program in Social and Political Thought. He has published studies on, among others, Descartes, Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Derrida.

Daniel Neumann was born 1988 in Stralsund Germany. He holds an MA in philosophy, media theory and art studies from the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design in 2015. His PhD project about the reception of Cartesian dualisms is due for completion this year. Since 2019 Neumann has been a research associate in the Department for Philosophy at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria.

Mehdi Parsa is a PhD candidate of philosophy at the University of Bonn, with a project concerning Gilles Deleuze’s Logic of Sense, under the supervision of Prof. Markus Gabriel. His last publication is “Speculative vs. Transcendental: a Deleuzian Response to Meillassoux,” published in La Deleuziana, issue 11, 2020, pp. 171-185.

Prof. Dror Pimentel teaches at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. Among his publications are The Dream of Purity: Heidegger with Derrida (2009); Aesthetics (2014); Heidegger and Derrida: Being Written (2019), and articles in Iyyun: The Jerusalem Philosophical Quarterly; Heidegger Studies; British Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology; and Performance Philosophy Journal.

Nikolaus Schneider holds an MA degree from the CRMEP, Kingston University.

Dominique Sellier is a French urban planner living in Oslo. Sellier graduated with an MA in philosophy (master thesis on Arne Næss and Felix Guattari’s ecosophy) and is now PhD student in philosophy at the University of Reims-Champagne (France) writing mostly about ‘urban ecosophy’.

Simon Smith holds a DPhil degree and is a member of the British Personalist Forum.

Jørgen Steen Veisland is associate professor of Scandinavian, American and Comparative Literature at the University of Gdańsk, Poland, where he has been employed since 1992. Previous appointments include The International People's College, Denmark; The University of Wisconsin-Madison; The University of California­Berkeley, and Fudan University, Shanghai. He is a member of The International Association for Scandinavian Studies and The International Association for Ethical Literary Criticism. He is the author of numerous articles on Scandinavian and American literature and of several books.


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