Current Lectureship

About the 2022 lectures: Walter Benjamin’s messianic materialism is at the center of this diffractive reading of insights from theology, politics, and science, or more specifically, Kabbalah, materialism, and quantum physics, through one another. How might the resulting inseparability of these themes in Benjamin’s work relate the undoing of progressivist notions of temporality to the undoing of notions of essence, kind, property, individualism, and nothingness that have been foundational to nationalism, colonialism, racialized capitalism, and gender oppression? What are the implications for physics, theology, and politics?


Diffractive Readings of Walter Benjamin and Quantum Physics

Humanities Quadrangle (HQ) L02

320 York Street, New Haven

Free and open to the public

Receptions to follow each lecture

Tuesday, November 1, at 4:30 p.m.

Constellations and Diffractions:

Theological-Political-Scientific Fragments and the Materiality of Theorizing

Thursday, November 3, at 4:30 p.m.

Nothing is Ever Lost to History:

Traces of Erasure and the Materiality of Re-membering

Tuesday, November 8, at 4:30 p.m.

What Flashes Up – Energetics of the Otherwise and the Material Force of Justice

Karen Barad

Philosopher, physicist, and feminist scholar, Karen Barad is Distinguished Professor of Feminist Studies, Philosophy, and History of Consciousness at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Barad held a tenured appointment in physics before moving into more interdisciplinary spaces. Particularly known for the theory of agential realism, Barad is the author of Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning (Duke University Press, 2007) and numerous articles in the fields of physics, philosophy, science studies, poststructuralist theory, and feminist theory. Barad’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Hughes Foundation, the Irvine Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.