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All things hauntological, atemporal and future past nostalgic in music, media, art and ideas
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Haunted Cultures/ Haunting Cultures:
Spectres and Spectrality
in Cultural Practices | Toruń, 22-23 September 2016 | Book of Abstracts

'Department of English at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń invites you to attend the international conference whose major theme “Haunted Cultures/ Haunting Cultures” explores the cultural significance of the figure of the spectre, spectrality, haunting and hauntology in their deconstructive and/or other more traditional contexts. Following Jacques Derrida’s argument that “[t]here is then some spirit. Spirits. And one must reckon with them. One cannot not have to, one must not not be able to reckon with them…” (Derrida, 2006, xx), we invite papers reflecting on the place of the spectral figure, spectral metaphors and conceptualisations in past and present cultures. In its deconstructive preoccupations, hauntology endeavours to account for the persistence of the unspeakable and unnameable in cultural practices and discourses. One of our aims is to encourage a debate on the relevance and legitimacy of these spectral presences and/or absences in the twenty first century technologically advanced cultures.'
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Oct 16 | Artifactualities: Derrida and the Hauntology of Media | New York University

'MCC Lecture Series: 'Artifactualities: Derrida and the Hauntology of Media Thursday, October 16, 2014  4:00-8:00 PM | 239 Greene Street, Floor 8 | New York University'

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Hauntology Monograph - Katy Shaw [Bloomsbury 2013]

Hauntology Monograph - Katy Shaw [Bloomsbury 2013] | Hauntology | Scoop.it

'Hauntology: A Critical Introduction provides an exciting, accessible and interdisciplinary introduction to hauntology, an approach in cultural studies that has recently experienced a huge surge in popular attention. Analysing Derrida’s original writings on hauntology as well as discussing criticisms and uses through the analysis of a range of contemporary cultural forms, this text is the first secondary resource concerning hauntology available to the reading public the world over. The book argues that hauntology offers a fascinating and powerful means of reading contemporary culture. Investigating an innate paradox of being and non-being, hauntology provides a way of understanding the spectral nature of the past and it’s informing presence in today’s world. Exploring the history and uses of hauntology to date, the study analyses key themes (such as ghosts / supernatural / haunting of the past) through a carefully selected range of cultural examples from literature, film, music and architecture. Beginning with an overview of Derrida’s work and critical debates surrounding hauntology, the book goes on to apply hauntology as a critical approach to contemporary culture. Each chapter examines a different way of using hauntology and illustrates its arguments with close reading of apposite texts. As an interdisciplinary work, the book explores a variety of cultural examples to demonstrate how the critical understandings established and debated by the introductory chapter can be put to use by critical readers in their own fields of study. The text will conclude with a consideration of hauntology as a critical approach for the new millennium.'

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HAUNTOLOGY – preliminary notes

From 2011

 

'Jacques Derrida introduced the term in 1993 in  'Spectres of Marx'. According to him the present does not exist 'on its own' but that it necessarily contains in it the remainers (using 'remainder...'

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Transpondency : 234 - Suburban Transpondency | Hauntology: The Future Belongs To Ghosts

'Developed in his 1993 work Specters of Marx, Jacques Derrida coined hauntology as a philosophical means of understanding history concerned with the nature of being, existence, reality, and time. The concept of hauntology stems out of postmodern ideology, particularly Derrida's deconstructionism. In simple terms, it is a means of understanding that the present exists in respect to the past, and that the modernist conception of time moving in a linear direction is false. In this sense, the hauntological analysis plays upon an enigmatic form of fragmented and anachronistic memory, in a dreamlike and often subtly dreadful manner. Remnants of the past are re-applied to the present; the past exists within the present, constantly haunting humanity. Although initially utilized to describe the lingering traces of Marxism upon society, hauntology has since branched out in a variety of ways, including the realm of art. Whether by applying ideas to art as a postmodern critique of culture, or by simply studying the philosophy, hauntology may duly be used to explain time in a non-linear fashion and what our position within culture may actually be.' - Transpondency
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Article: Spirits in a material world: hauntology, historical materialism, and phenomenological medium theory

From Western Journal of Communication, October 1st 2007

 

'Medium theory, most often in the phrase "the medium is the message," has had a contentious history vis-a-vis media and cultural studies. This essay argues that, along with that of Karl Marx, the spirits of Harold Innis, Marshall McLuhan, and Martin Heidegger haunt us on a regular basis in media and cultural studies. If they already exist in ghostly form, perhaps by exorcising them through the logic of the specter, we can allow them to comingle with the living via historical materialism, Marxism, and phenomenology, along with a Heideggerian "questing for technics."' - Marc Leverette

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LRB · Adam Shatz · Not in the Mood: Derrida’s Secrets

LRB · Adam Shatz · Not in the Mood: Derrida’s Secrets | Hauntology | Scoop.it

'In Spectres of Marx (1993), Derrida delivered on an old promise to write about the founder of historical materialism. He took off from the first line in The Communist Manifesto, ‘A spectre is haunting Europe,’ portraying Marx as obsessed with ghosts: the inventor of what he called ‘hauntology’. With the collapse of communism, Marx himself had become a ghost, as an entire generation of French intellectuals, from Lévy and Glucksmann to Sollers and Kristeva, denounced him as fervently as they had once embraced him. Once again, Derrida was luxuriating in philosophy’s figurative language. Yet his denunciations of the new world order, and his insistence that the spectre of Marx would continue to haunt capitalism, revealed an old-fashioned moral outrage he might have once found embarrassing, even suspect.'  Adam Shatz

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Hauntology: A not-so-new critical manifestation Andrew Gallix

Hauntology: A not-so-new critical manifestation Andrew Gallix | Hauntology | Scoop.it

From 2011

 

Andrew Gallix: The new vogue in literary theory is shot through with earlier ideas...

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