Mar 26, 2014, 6:30pm
Proshansky Auditorium

EVENT CANCELLED: New Forms of Revolt

Julia Kristeva


We apologize, but due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule, so please check our website in the coming weeks for updates.

Julia Kristeva

proposes a new interpretation of the experience of revolt: far from simply a negation or contestation of the norm, revolt is a transvaluation of memory, a reconstruction of subjectivity. Setting out from this definition, Kristeva stresses the personal experience of revolt as an infinite refounding of the self, and as a motor of social change. Emphasizing the memory of language (etymology of the word revolt: reversal, discovery, revelation), the psychoanalytic experiment bequeathed us by Freud, art and literature (Aragon, Sartre, Barthes), and current events, Kristeva makes the case for an engagement. In this sense, engagement means an investment of personal initiative, in the refoundation of languages and social codes against the current of schemas and precipitations, illusions, and promises, and as Kristeva sees it, the ongoing banalization of minds. She will be joined by

Kyoo Lee (Associate Professor of Philosophy at John Jay College, CUNY) as a discussant.

Cosponsored by the Center for the Study of Women and the PhD Program in French.