Why Desire/ Knowledge?

The pairing of desire/knowledge has been a core structuring principle for contemporary theory & literary criticism from René Girard to Michel Foucault, spanning gender, queer studies, and theories of mind. The conference will consider how the idea pair has been represented from the classical to contemporary & examine its role in today’s major currents of thought.

Speakers & Panellists

Joining the conference from Departments of Comparative Literature, Classics,  French, English, Art History, and Philosophy, the speakers and panellists for Desire/Knowledge represent the cutting edge and critical of King’s College London, as well as universities in the United States, and France.

'Tales of Wit and Woe'

Anne C. Vila, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison will deliver the first of the conference’s keynote lectures, titled: “Tales of Wit and Woe: Esprit and gens d’esprit from Montesquieu to Balzac.”

Where to find us

Council Room, King's Building, Strand Campus

'Being Personal'

Vincent Descombes, from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris, will deliver the conference’s second and final keynote. In his paper, he will examine the opposition between two ways to answer Aristotle’s question about what makes you the person you are.