Just Theory Lecture Series

Faculty and students after a lecture.

The Just Theory Lectures Series is an annual series of presentations hosted by and held within the Comparative Literature Department. These lectures bring some of the most well-known and influential thinkers working in the fields of literary criticism and philosophy to the department to present new research. These lectures are free and open to the public and bring together students and scholars from the larger UB community.


Friday, September 23, 2022 lecture at 3:00pm, second lecture at 4:30pm Clemens 904
Literature, Violence, Truth Symposium
“On Homicide as First Death. Blanchot, Reader of Plato”
Aïcha Liviana Messina
Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile

“Literature in Dark Times. Testimony, Violence and Political Action in Contemporary Mexico”
Enrique Díaz Alvarez
UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico

Thursday, October 20, 2022 5:00pm Clemens 904
“The Post-Deconstructive Concept of Evidence”
Juan Manuel Garrido
Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Santiago, Chile

Friday, October 21, 2022 5:00pm Clemens 904
“Space for Utopia: Poetical Tropologies and Topologies for the Real”
Andrés Claro
Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile


Thursday, February 23 at 5:00 pm, Clemens 904
“Nietzsche and Heraclitus on How to “Truly” Think Coming-to-Be in Philosophy in the Tragic Age of the Greeks” 
Sean Kirkland
DePaul University

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Eugenio Donato Seminar:"Poetic Theology: Retrieving the Radical Impulse of Aesthetic Protestantism"
Directed by Jayne Svenungsson from Lund University (Sweden)
1.  Tuesday, April 4, 2023 12:30pm Clemens 708
    Session I "Sensibility and Taste for the Infinite"
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2. Wednesday, April 5, 2023 5:00pm Clemens 708
    Session II "Protestantism and Aesthetics"
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3.   Thursday, April 6, 2023 5:00pm Clemens 708
    Session III "On Religion in the 21st Century"
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CANCELED- Friday, April 14, 2023 4:00 Clemens 708
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"Latina/x Abolitionist Feminisms: Incarceration, Agency, and Coalitional Politics"
Andrea J. Pitts
University of North Carolina—Charlotte

Thursday, April 20, 2023
5:00pm  ZOOM Event Only
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"The Question of the Illimitable in the Thought of W. E. B. Du Bois"
Nahum D. Chandler
University of California, Irvine

Thursday, April 27, 2023 5:00pm Room Clemens 708
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“Troubled Rests: On the Identity Crises of Idealism” 
Kristina Mendicino
Brown University

RESCHEDULED to FALL 2023 Thursday, May 4, 2023 5:00pm Room Knox 104
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“The Mortality of the Soul: Radicalizing Aristotle”
Martin Hägglund
Yale University