Former dean of Brown University, Paul Armstrong serves on the Brown faculty as Professor of English Literature. Generally considered one of America's leading theorists in hermeneutics, his most recent books include How Literature Plays with the Brain: the Neuroscience of Reading and Art and (forthcoming) Stories of the Brain: The Neuroscience of Narrative. Professor Armstrong will lecture on hermeneutics.
Among the most important European philosophers and cultural historians of our time, Howard Caygill has taught at Goldsmiths, Kingston and Paris VIII, and is the author of several books, including A Kant Dictionary, Walter Benjamin: The Colour of Experience, On Resistance: A Philosophy of Defiance and most recently Kafka: In Light of the Accident. Professor Caygill will lecture on “Walking as Method” and “Haunted Berlin.
Philosopher and theatre author Silvia Mazzini writes on the philosophy of poverty and teaches History of late-modern Continental Philosophy at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands). Among her publications: For a Many-fold Possible World: Arts and Politics in Ernst Bloch and Gianni Vattimo (2010), Making Communism Hermeneutical: on Vattimo and Zabala (coedited, 2017). Professor Mazzini will lecture on Kant and Hegel.
World-renowned French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy has written more than twenty books and hundreds of texts or contributions to volumes, catalogues and journals, including The Inoperative Community (1991), The Sense of the World (1997), Being Singular Plural (2000) and numerous studies on art, community and contemporary society. Nancy deals with the question of how we can still speak of a ‘we’ or of a plurality, without transforming this ‘we’ into a substantial and exclusive identity.
Philosopher, documentary filmmaker, and video artist Giovanni Tusa is currently a Researcher in Philosophy and Ecology at the Universidade Nova of Lisbon. A Visiting Lecturer in Philosophy and Critical Theory in many institutions in Europe and the US, he is the Co-author of De la Fin, with Alain Badiou. Together with Jean-Luc Nancy, Professor Tusa will lecture on “The fragile skin of the world: Philosophy and Ecology.”
Associate Lecturer in Modern Liberal Arts at Winchester University, Elina Staikou is the author of Deconstruction at Home: Metaphors of Travel and Writing and of several articles on contemporary philosophy, literature and biomedicine. Professor Staikou will lecture on “Philosophies of Immunity and Migration.”