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29th Annual DePaul University  Philosophy Graduate Student Conference




Chicago Area Consortium in German Philosophy Workshop (Twitter Post)



The Hermeneutics of Suscpision Revisited

The Hermeneutics of Suspicion Revisited

Friday, March 11, 2022

11 am - 5:30 pm


DePaul University 

Lincoln Park Campus

Richardson Library, Rosati Room, 300 

2350 N Kenmore Ave 

Chicago, IL 60614



Sarah Johnson, University of Chicago; "Histroy and Critique in Marx's Brussels Manuscripts" 

Commentator: Kasey Hettig-Rolfe, Northwestern University 



Jacqueline Scott, Loyola University Chicago; "Profundity as a Tool in a Nietzschean Overcoming of Morality and Instilling Great Health" 

Commentator: Jennifer Gammage, DePaul University 



Elizabeth Rottenberg, DePaul University, "Freud's Jewish Jokes: The Case of Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious" 

Commentator: Amy Levine, University of Chicago 



DePaul University
Friday & Saturday, April 20-21, 2018
Deborah Cook

Keynote Speaker: Deborah Cook, University of Windsor

Prof. Cook’s new book is The Critical Matrix: Adorno and Foucault, forthcoming with Verso.  Prof. Cook received her doctorate from Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne in 1985. In Paris, she took courses with Jacques Derrida at the École Normale, and with Michel Foucault at the Collège de France.  To date, she has published more than thirty articles on Adorno; five of them are reprinted in anthologies. A book she edited, Theodor Adorno: Key Concepts, published by Acumen, appeared in 2008. Adorno on Nature was also published by Acumen in 2011.

In addition to Prof. Cook’s keynote, there will be paper presentations by Chicago area graduate students which aim to produce a dialogue between these two prominent twentieth-century social critics. There is also a year-long series of reading groups on Adorno, Foucault, and secondary literature in conjunction with the workshop.

For additional information, please email:

Marxism and New Materialisms Conference

Friday, April 27, 2018
Time: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Location: DePaul University | Munroe Hall, Room 124 & 125 | 2312 N. Clifton Ave.
Sylvia Federici (Hofstra University)--KEYNOTE
Adrian Johnson (University of New Mexico)
Duy Lap Nguyen (University of Houston)
Jason Read (University of Southern Maine)
Gabriel Rockhill (Villanova University)
Iris van der Tuin (Utrecht University)
For additional information please contact Peg Birmingham (
Chicago Area Consortium in German Philosophy March 2018

Chicago Area Consortium in German Philosophy
German Philosophy Workshop German Aesthetics

Friday, March 16, 2018

DePaul University
Lincoln Park Campus
Richardson Library, Rosati Room, 300
2350 N. Kemore Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

10:00    Chair: María Acosta, DePaul
Mark Alznauer, Northwestern, “Aesthetic Theodicy in Wordsworth and Hegel” Commentator: Miguel Gualdrón, DePaul

11:30     Chair: Elizabeth Millàn, DePaul
Heidi Schlipphacke, UIC, “Kinship and Aesthetic Depth: The Tableau Vivant in Goethe’s Elective Affinities (Die Wahlverwandtschaften)”Commentator: Eliza Starbuck Little, University of Chicago

1:00-2:30     Lunch

2:30     Chair: Robert Norton, Notre Dame
Alexis Chema, University of Chicago, “Herder and Coleridge on Sacred Punning” Commentator: Nick Curry, UIC

4:00    Chair: TBA
Andrew Cutrofello, Loyola, “How are Synthetic A Priori Judgments Possible in Poetry?” Commentator: Hao Liang, Northwestern

5:30    Conclusion
For additional information please contact Kevin Thompson (
Critique in German Philosophy
DePaul University
Chicago, November 9-11, 2017
Keynote Speakers
Amy Allen, Pennsylvania State University
Karin de Boer, University of Leuven
Christoph Menke, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
Sponsored by the University Research Council (URC) and Department of Philosophy at DePaul University, St. Mary’s University Office of Sponsored Project, Academic Research, and Compliance (SPARC) and Department of Philosophy, and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
Organized by María del Rosario Acosta López (Associate Professor of Philosophy, DePaul University) and J. Colin McQuillan (Associate Professor of Philosophy, St. Mary’s University)

For more information, contact María del Rosario Acosta López, at or J. Colin McQuillan, at

Full Program

A collaborative conference between the Department of Philosophy, DePaul University and the Whitlam Institute at Western Sydney University.

DePaul University, Chicago, IL
APRIL 7 - 8, 2017

On the face of it neoliberalism’s conception of human beings as maximizers of human capital seems far from social democracy’s conception of active citizens guided by the principles of social equality and political freedom. However, neoliberalism has viewed its project as rooted in the intellectual traditions of social democracy. Bringing together scholars from sociology, history, economics, political science and philosophy, this two-day conference will address the relation between social democracy and neoliberalism.

Participants include:
Christina Lafont, Northwestern University
Philip Mirowski, Notre Dame
James Martel, San Francisco State University
Eric Santner, University of Chicago

The Whitlam Institute carries on the work of Geoff Whitlam, who during his brief tenure as Australia’s Prime Minister (1972-1975), which had been proceeded by nearly two decades as leader of the Labour Party, enacted legislation that granted the recognition of Aboriginal land claims, the equal rights amendment for the equality of women, free university education, universal health care, and the abolition of the death penalty.

For additional information please contact Peg Birmingham (  This event is free and open to the public.
The Chicago Area Consortium in German Philosophy
DePaul University
Richardson Library
2350 N. Kenmore Ave.
Dorothy Day Room, 400
Chicago, IL

March 31, 2017
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Avery Goldman, DePaul University, “Kant on Leibniz: Disentangling the Principle of Sufficient Reason from the Principle of the Identity of Indiscernibles
    Commentator:  Kyoungnam (Kay) Park, Loyola University of Chicago

Yoon Choi, Marquette University, “Kant and the Spontaneity of the Understanding”
    Commentator: Chen Liang, University of Illinois at Chicago

Jacqueline Mariña, Purdue University, “The Second Analogy and the Motion of the Subject”
    Commentator: Morganna Lambeth, Northwestern

Daniel Sutherland, University of Illinois at Chicago, “Kant on Pure and Applied
    Commentator: Anastasia Berg, University of Chicago

For additional information please contact Kevin Thompson (

Conference Program
 and MAXIMUM SECURITY (Theatrical Play)
Thursday & Friday
November 12th & 13th
Richardson Library
2352 N. Kenmore, Room 400
Chicago, IL

The Theatrical Play is open to the public.  If you are interested in attending the workshop please contact  María Acosta
Day 1 Day 2
10:00-12:30 Addressing Life
Cathy Caruth, Cornell University
9:30-11:00 Freud's Other Legacy
Elizabeth Rottenberg, DePaul University
2:30-4:00 Legal Understanding(s)
Estaban Restrepo, Universidad de los Andes
11:30-1:00 Hip-Hop as Testimony to Carceral Trauma
Lissa Skitolsky, Susquehana University
4:30-6:00 Pain & Distribution: Beyond the Grandiose &
Foundational in our Understanding of Trauma
Isabel Cristina Jaramillo, Universidad de los Andes
At the Event Room in the DePaul Art Museum:
4:00-5:15 Maximum Security (Theatrical Play)
5:15-6:00 Roundtable

Sponsored by: Universidad de Los Andes, Department of Philosophy, and the Vincentian Endowment Fund at DePaul University


The workshop will bring together scholars who have been concerned in recent years with the specific subject of trauma in the context of mass atrocity and extreme forms of violence. There will be two professors coming from Law Departments in Colombia, Prof. Isabel Jaramillo and Prof. Esteban Restrepo from the Universidad de los Andes, in Bogotá, who will address the philosophical challenges of a just and adequate legal representation of trauma resulting from mass atrocity in the context of Colombian violent conflict. Cathy Caruth, a renowned international expert on trauma studies from the University of Cornell, will be working on the relationship between trauma and representation in literary studies inspired by study cases of both street violence in the United States and victims’ recovery cases in Colombia.  Elizabeth Rottenberg and Michael Naas, both professors in the Philosophy Department at DePaul, will be proposing a philosophical elucidation of the problematic challenge that trauma represents for our understanding of language and memory. And prof. Lissa Skitolsky, from Susquehana University, will be sharing with us her personal experience as a philosophy teacher in a maximum security prison in Pennsylvania, oriented by a philosophical reflection on trauma, victimhood, and the way in which, in her opinion, the jail system in the United States reproduces what Holocaust studies have coined as the phenomenon of “social death.” Graduate students in the Philosophy Department, as well as other Faculty members of LAS and undergraduate students interested in the subject will all be able to participate in the discussions during the two days of presentations and engage directly with each one of the speakers.


The play "Maximum Security" from ID Theater Company (based on New York), was written by a Colombian writer (Piedad Bonnett)and directed by Nelson Celis, the background of the play is the Colombian conflict between guerrillas, paramilitary and army. The play is directly concerned with some of the explicit subjects of the workshop on Trauma and Memory: the conditions of confinement in prisons and the traumatic experiences related to extreme forms of violence. The play stages two actors, an ex-paramilitary and a street delinquent. Through their dialogues and actions onstage one learns not only about their respective traumatic pasts, and their very difficult present in jail, but also of the atrocious forms of violence that are linked to a conflict tied to issues of radical social injustice. At the end of the play we'll have a roundtable with the Director of the Company, Germán Jaramillo, the two actors, Wilmar Saldarriaga and Victor Hugo Grajales, and Michael Naas from the Philosophy Department.



OCTOBER 6-9, 2016
Ricoeur Conference 2016

The 50th Annual Meeting of the Heidegger Circle

Future Legacies


Thinking Universalities


DePaul University
Friday & Saturday - October 23-24, 2015

Friday - Arts & Letters, 2315 N. Kenmore, Room 103, 1:00-7:30 PM
Saturday - Schmitt Academic Center, 2320 N. Kemore, Room 254, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

"On the New Controversy of Universals"
Saturday, October 24, 2015
4:00 - 6:00 PM
Full program information can be found here.

For additional information, please contact Peg Birmingham (
This event is free and open to the public.