"With a lever...": Beckett, Badiou and the Logics of Sexual Difference


Sigi Jöttkandt will address the apparent shift in Alain Badiou's thinking on sex and universality.

Start Date

1st Dec 2017 11:15am

End Date

1st Dec 2017 12:45pm


Stanley Burbury Theatre, University Centre, Sandy Bay campus

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Dr Sigi Jöttkandt

In this talk, Dr Sigi Jöttkandt will address an apparent shift in Alain Badiou's thinking on sex and universality. Badiou is well known for claiming that sex, like other predicative descriptions of identity such as nation, race and class, is merely a particularity that must be subtracted from the universal in order to meet his criteria for ethics. However, more recently, Badiou has said that the sexuation of philosophical and symbolic thought is "inevitable". Using Samuel Beckett as her guide, Dr Jöttkandt will explore the implications of this claim to ask whether Badiou's philosophy allows for the possibility of a real change in his thought?

Dr Sigi Jöttkandt

Sigi Jöttkandt works at the intersection of literature, psychoanalysis and continental philosophy. She is author of Acting Beautifully: Henry James and the Ethical AestheticFirst Love: A Phenomenology of the One, and Nabokov to the Letter (forthcoming).Currently a Senior Lecturer in English at UNSW, she is also co-founding Director of Open Humanities Press, an open access publishing collective whose mission is to make leading works of contemporary critical thought freely available worldwide.