Reason Plus Enjoyment

Reason Plus Enjoyment Conference 2015

10-14 July 2015

This year marks the ten-year anniversary of the Rhetoric, Politics, Ethics 2005 conference in Ghent, Belgium, which gathered international scholars from a variety of critical perspectives to map recent signature events in contemporary theory. Reason Plus Enjoyment 2015 marks this occasion by inviting critical and cultural theorists to Sydney, Australia to reflect on the theoretical challenges posed in the intervening years. The remit of this second RPE conference is to read the vanishing futures of to phronein (thinking) and to¬†khairein (enjoyment) in the twilight of what Derrida called the great Western metaphysical adventure. Joan Copjec once diagnosed our critical condition in terms of the “euthanasia of pure reason”. This interdisciplinary conference draws on a wide spectrum of interests to explore the endgames of Reason. What new, ‘bastard’ forms of aesthetic, political, rhetorical, sexual and technical rationality (and their enjoying subjects) are emerging in the 21st century?

We welcome papers that take up critical attitudes towards the questions of thinking and being. Papers on specific contemporary thinkers are also encouraged, as are suggestions for special topic panel sessions.

Please submit abstracts by March 15th, 2015 to Kate Montague kateamontague[at]

Our areas of interest include (but are not limited to) critical theory, feminism, cultural studies, philosophy, psychoanalysis, literature and film.

Conference organisers: Kate Montague, Sigi Jöttkandt, Mark Steven

Conference committee: Nora Liu, Prue Gibson, Christian Gelder

We’re grateful to our conference sponsors, UNSW Arts & Social Sciences, the School of the Arts and Media, UNSW, the Centre for Modernism Studies in Australia and the Sydney School of Continental Philosophy.