We had the pleasure to host Professor Farred in a series of online lectures this Fall, titled: “Singularly Opaque: The Philosophy of Martin Heidegger and Ornette Coleman,” coming out of his extended reading of Heidegger’s Being and Time and his reflection upon free jazz. He is currently developing the IDSVA lectures into an extended essay.
Grant Farred, a native of South Africa, is a professor of Africana Studies and English at Cornell University. He has previously taught at Williams College, the University of Michigan, and Duke University. He is the author of The Terror of Trump: An Essay for Ezra (forthcoming, University of Minnesota Press). His other works include, Entre Nous: Between the World Cup and Me (Duke UP, 2019), The Burden of Over-representation: Race, Sport and Philosophy (Temple UP, 2018) and Martin Heidegger Saved My Life (University of Minnesota Press, 2015).
Professor Jane Taylor is a South African writer, playwright and academic. She currently holds the Andrew W. Mellon Chair of Aesthetic Theory and Material Performance at the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa.
Professor Taylor has a history of scholarly as well as creative work within these domains. She has written several plays for puppets, working with artist William Kentridge and Handspring Puppet Company, as well as a recent puppet play for Renaissance scholar Stephen Greenblatt – a work dealing with the early history of neurology. She has written a novel on transplants, and most recently has completed a monograph on William Kentridge’s production of The Nose, for the New York Met Opera. This study explores the subject/object relation, as well as the aesthetic experiments associated with Soviet Constructionism. She was also an advisor for dOCUMENTA 2012.