It’s that kind of Saturday morning. Obligations met; a decent cup of coffee to the good; sunlight over a garden too wet to tend, and the startings of another ending in the air – it’s truly autumnal up an down our road. Another academic year shakes itself out and takes form.
There’s still email to catch up on after my trip to Leuven and Brussels. And I am doing a cursory scan-through when one in particular catches my eye – a Geary Institute listserve about an upcoming talk by Mike Wilson (of the NCAD/DIT GradCAM) in the ongoing Humanities Institute of Ireland series. It’s titled: Knowledge production: the university, public culture and the possibility of dissent.
It’s the dissent bit that I like. So, a ‘Click for more..’ or two later and I’m hooked. Mike is clearly attracted by the work of Giorgio Agamben – particularly around the question of atheology and what Agamben puts forwards as the irreconcilable differences between modernity and eschatology. As a way of adding virtue to the time that is left between time and its ending, these have a certain appeal. But perhaps that’s because a part of me is still out there, walking those cobbled streets and navigating those low-land moments when it’s easy to imagine some other version of the self, and be for a while at least a part of streetscapes and cafe lives that would otherwise be beyond us. At a stretch, to know for what he is that passing stranger on a gabled laneway, moving perhaps between harbour and guild house. Or, more likely, between harbour and some cloister inn.
Not my usual Saturday morning fare. But then, dissent takes many forms…