The Work-In-Process seminar series aims to provide a space for regular exchange between researchers working on the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead. As a hybrid between a seminar and a community event for all those working in process thought, researchers will be given the informal opportunity to present and discuss their work in progress, to receive input and use this space to build collaborations.
The Work-In-Process series is hosted by the European Society for Process Thought and will take place online every two weeks, alternating between Mondays and Fridays. For an updated full schedule see below.
The seminar is completely free and we welcome everyone regardless of their academic position. If you want to present your own work or simply attend the seminar, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Friday, Jan 19, 15:00 – 16:00 CET
Veronika Krajíčková: Reading modernism differently via Whitehead’s metaphysics of experience, feeling and value
In her talk, Veronika Krajíčková is going to discuss her project focussing on reading (literary) modernism via the metaphysics of Alfred North Whitehead, which presents this movement in different, and hopefully more bright and constructive light. Analysing modernist texts with the aid of Whitehead’s concepts of experience, feeling, value and concern uproots the “detached”, individualist and reality-disconnected vibe that is traditionally associated with high modernism. Moreover, Whitehead’s theory of prehension applied to the process of reading permits more emotionally responsive and situated engagement with a text, which anticipates the affective turn in literary criticism long dominated by disinterested close reading and “hermeneutics of suspicion” (Rita Felski).
Monday, Jan 29, 18:00 – 19:00 CET
Andreas Wiechers: On the possibility of rhythm between God and the temporal world
Andreas Wiechers is exploring the concept of rhythm in A.N. Whitehead’s Process and Reality. His research is looking at the passages where rhythm is explicitly mentioned for their explanatory value in analyzing the concept and its status within Whitehead’s metaphysical framework. In this talk, he will focus on a specific passage that, due to its parallel structure with a core quotation on rhythm, suggests that rhythm occupies a significant systematic position in the interplay between the single actual entity named God and the actual world of actual occasions. Starting from this passage, Andreas will embark on a search for further clues and possibilities in Process and Reality for a systematic understanding of the rhythmicality between God and the world.
Friday, Feb 16, 15:00 – 16:00 CET
Svenja Schmitz: New ways of thinking about matter with Alfred N. Whitehead and Ernst Bloch
In her talk, Svenja Schmitz will present the topic of her doctoral thesis, in which she tries to find new ways of thinking about matter based on the thinking of Whitehead and Ernst Bloch. Although the two thinkers seem to have nothing in common, Svenja shows that the thinking of both can be understood as a reaction to what they see as an unsatisfactory thinking about the actual world, namely to one that results from a mechanistic view of matter.
In her reading of Whitehead, she is going to focus on a particular passage in Modes of Thought in which Whitehead emphasizes the transcendent function of existence, which is also the theme around which Bloch’s thinking revolves. In trying to understand this transcendent function, both develop a new idea of matter. In her project, Svenja discusses three theses that she believes apply to this new concept of matter:
1. matter can be understood as having a speculative surplus,
2. enduring objects can be understood as a moments of holding: to Bloch as experimental figures (,Versuchsgestalten‘) and to Whitehead as societies,
3. both concepts of matter share a utopian potential.
Monday, Feb 26, 18:00 – 19:00 CET
Alexandra Kimbo: Sociality as “feeling-for”: Thinking through interspecies relations with Whitehead
Friday, Mar 15, 15:00 – 16:00 CET
Martin Kaplický: Process philosophy, aesthetics and rhythm
Monday, Mar 25, 18:00 – 19:00 CET
EASTER BREAK – We’ll be back after the Easter Break with a brand new program every other Monday, 18:00 – 19:00 and Friday, 15:00 – 16:00. If you want to contribute, please get in touch with email@example.com
Friday, Apr 12, 15:00 – 16:00 CET
Denys Zhadiaiev: Where Language is not Enough: Concrescence, Cadences, Microgenesis