Derrida by Night.

Abstract for a paper for London Met in December:

Derrida by Night.

In receipt of the Adorno prize in 2001, Jacques Derrida meditates on what Theodore Adorno had to say about dreams and violence (Derrida “Paper Machine”, 2001/2005:168)

What might be made of the work of Derrida on the rogue state, and how could this be thought of in the light of Youth v. Police violence in France? It should not be overlooked that the cars that burn in Paris burn at night, as in some dream or nightmare in the dark unconscious that underpins the racist imperialist State. The burning cars are certainly unusual and perhaps even weird versions of what Derrida might have called writing in the expanded sense. Is there any mileage in Derrida’s notion of inscription, as a way to make sense of this uprising? – certainly the car (carriage-way) has marked Paris and since Haussman we know this is an issue of urban planning, as it is perhaps in a different way for the suburbs today.

.Who knows how this will go, its a small (closed) workshop.


About john hutnyk

Writer on culture, cities, diaspora, history, film, prisons, colonialism, education, Marxism. Studied and taught in Australia at Deakin and Melbourne Universities; and in the UK in Manchester University’s Institute for Creative and Cultural Research; before moving to Goldsmiths in 1998, and becoming Academic Director of the Centre for Cultural Studies in 2004-2014. Has held visiting researcher posts in Germany at the South Asia Institute and Institute fur Ethnologie at Heidelberg University, and Visiting Professor posts in InterCultural Studies at Nagoya City University Japan, Zeppelin University and Hamburg University, Germany, Sociology at Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul, Turkey and at the Graduate institute for Social Research and Cultural Studies, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. Immediate past adjunct Professor of RMIT University, Melbourne and GIAN Visiting Professor Jadavpur Uni Kolkata.
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4 Responses to Derrida by Night.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Inscription seems like a better description than carnival!

  2. John Hutnyk says:

    sure, but I am already regretting linking writing to rioting! Still, better than some things I’ve been reading that ‘blame’ hip hop, gnnng. j

  3. John Hutnyk says:

    Same reason, if not inverse reasoning as well, applies for ‘why?’ as when I reccommended the Zamyatin novel “We” on the Simone post – its relevant here too. Terror has to be combatted by humour as well as seriousness – the link with writing and rioting maybe does have a danger of not being (taken as) serious. I mean it to be, but then its also stepping onto the dangerous terrain of Derridada. I mean, ‘mileage’… Anyway, in “We” the architect of the spaceship is called Integral. I do like that.

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