The final Thursday seminar of the term features one of the Honorary Fellows of Kingston Shakespeare, namely Sam Gilchrist Hall (Kingston/Károli Gáspár University) giving a talk entitled Utopia, Determinate Negation: Shakespeare, Cave, Mann and Simone. We convene on Thursday March 22 at the Gallery of the Rose Theatre, Kingston starting at 6.30. The session is free and open to all!
Utopia has become a dirty word. Yet the fact remains that artworks from a striking array of cultural and historical contexts voice the desire for things to be other than how they are, while simultaneously acknowledging the impossibility of this desire to come to fruition. In this respect, they offer what Horkheimer and Adorno term a “determinate negation” of the world in which they were conceived. Understanding this process of negation is of crucial importance to the future of humanities scholarship, since this hitherto reflective discourse is increasingly replicating the prevalent positivistic and technocratic ideology of big data, networks and pseudo-connectivity.
Dr Gilchrist Hall‘s main research interest lies in changing conceptions of dwelling and belonging in medieval and early modern texts; he also has a deep interest in Frankfurt School Critical Theory and European modernism. He was educated at the University of London and has recently published his first monograph, Shakespeare’s Folly: Philosophy, Humanism, Critical Theory (Routledge, 2016). He is an Honorary Research Fellow of Kingston University and an Assistant Professor Károli Gáspár University, Budapest.