[NetBehaviour] Metaphor of the Blind

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Metaphor of the Blind

Date: 24 January 2013 - 3:00pm - 26 January 2013 - 3:00pm
Link: http://derridaconferenceathensuniversity.wordpress.com


Metaphor of the Blind looks into the thought of philosopher Jacques 
Derrida through the prism of artistic practice. Blindness operates as a 
metaphor connoting lack of agency. The project reflects on the 
disability to resolve contemporary social and political exigencies. The 
political blind alley (impasse) is examined through the mirror's 
manoeuvre in the work of Georgia Sagri. The artist "deconstructs" the 
Greek Parliament through the looking glass, so as to reveal what is 
behind the mirror and its screen. The mirror becomes the agency of 
political reflection.

The Philosophy Department at the School of Philosophy, Faculty of 
Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology of the University of Athens in 
collaboration with the French Institute of Greece co-organise the 
Conference Jacques Derrida’s Political and Ethical Thought, from 
Thursday 24th of January 2013 till Saturday 26 January 2013 at the 
Ampitheatre “Argiriadi” (New Amphitheatre) at the Central Venue of the 
University of Athens (Panepistimiou 30) and at the French Institute of 

The Conference hosts 40 delegates from different scientific disciplines 
( philosophy, political theory, psychoanalysis, architecture, 
literature, etc) and covers a wide span of Jacques Derrida‘s ethical and 
political concepts, like: democracy, law, philoxenia,gift (offering), 
forgiveness, justice, decision, responsibility, morality and animals, etc.

On Friday 25/1 at the French Institute of Athens, 19:00-22:00, two 
roundtables will take place entitled : “The Crisis Considered in the 
Context of Jacques Derrida’s Thought”with the participation of four 
distinguished french philosophers Michel Deguy, poet, Professor of 
Philosophy Paris 8 University, Marc Crepon, director of The Faculty of 
Philosophy at École Normale Supérieure, Charles Ramond, Professor of 
Philosophy at the University of Nice. Two Greek Philosophers will 
provide commentary after these four lectures. Professors Michel Deguy, 
Marc Crepon and Charles Ramond will also give lectures on Saturday 
morning at the Central Venue of The University of Athens. Translation 
will be provided during the conference.

The Conference will present the Greek National Television’s documentary 
” The Paths of Jacques Derrida’s Thought”

In conjunction with the conference the art event “The Metaphor of The 
Blind” will take place, by Artist Georgia Sagri, curated by Sozita 
Goudouna ( Artistic Director of Out Of The Box Intermedia 
http://outoftheboxintermedia.org )

Entrance is free, for more information about the conference please visit 
: http://www.ppp.uoa.gr/


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