March 31, 2007

Weird Realism: Lovecraft and Theory



Thursday 26 April 2007
Goldsmiths, Room RHB142, 11am – 6 pm

'A philosophy should be judged on what it can tell us about Lovecraft...' (Graham Harman)

The Centre for Cultural Studies brings a unique one-day symposium dedicated to exploring H. P. Lovecraft’s relationship to Theory.

The event will not follow the ordinary format of the academic conference. Some written materials will be circulated beforehand, but there will be no papers delivered on the day. Instead, there will be structured discussions based on five of Lovecraft’s stories:

'Call of Cthulhu'
'The Shadow over Innsmouth'
'The Dunwich Horror'
'The Shadow out of Time'
'Through the Gates of the Silver Key'

Themes to be discussed include:

The Weird
Fictional systems
Lovecraft’s pulp modernism
Houellebecq’s Lovecraft
Lovecraft and hyperstition
Lovecraft’s materialism
Lovecraft’s racism and ‘reactionary modernism’
Lovecraft and schizophrenia
Lovecraft and the transcendental
Lovecraft and schizophonia

Participants so far include:

Benjamin Noys (Chichester) - author of The Culture of Death and Georges Bataille: A Critical Introduction
Graham Harman (Cairo) - author of Tool-Being and Guerilla Metaphysics. (Graham says that a philosophy should be judged on what it can tell us about Lovecraft)
China Miéville - acclaimed author of Perdido Street Station, The Scar, and other tales of the Fantastic.
Luciana Parisi (Goldsmiths) - author of Abstract Sex: Philosophy, Biotechnology and the Mutations of Desire
Steve ‘Kode9’ Goodman (UEA) - author of the forthcoming Sonic Warfare
Justin Woodman (Goldsmiths) - expert on the Chaos Magick appropriation of Lovecraft’s mythos
James Kneale (UCL) - author of ‘From Beyond: H. P. Lovecraft and the Place of Horror’
Mark Fisher (Goldsmiths) - k-punk weblog
Dominic Fox - Poetix weblog

Anyone wishing to attend should e-mail Mark Fisher. Registration is free but places are limited. If anyone wishes to lead discussion on any of the stories, please state in the email which story you would like to talk about

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