The Mimetic Subject: Identity, Gender, and Trauma in Continental Feminist Philosophy

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Tuesday 12 February

4.30pm - 6pm

SAB003, King Alfred Quarter, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, SO22 4NR

The Mimetic Subject: Identity, Gender, and Trauma in Continental Feminist Philosophy: Dr Willow Verkerk (Paris Institute for Critical Thinking)

Located at the juncture of mimetic theory and feminist philosophy, this talk opens up new interdisciplinary perspectives to rethink subject formation from the angle of gender studies. Still underrepresented within mainstream continental philosophy, feminist philosophy is revisiting one of the most fundamental concepts in western thought (mimesis) from original perspectives. Focusing on leading continental feminist thinkers whose work is located at the crossroads of political theory, psychoanalysis, and aesthetics, I provide a philosophical framework which rethinks the psychic, ethical, and ontological foundations of contemporary identity.

Dr. Willow Verkerk is a Faculty Member at the Paris Institute for Critical Thinking and an Associate at the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University. She has taught in the UK as a Lecturer in Modern European Philosophy at CRMEP Kingston University and as an Associate Lecturer in Philosophy at St. Mary's University. Her first book, Nietzsche and Friendship, is currently in press with Bloomsbury forthcoming in February 2019.

For more information please contact Neil.Messer@winchester.ac.uk

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