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    • 15 Jan 2024
    • 18 Jan 2024
    • New York City

    NAKS Session 1: Kant’s Aesthetics on Beauty and Creativity


    Chair: Daniel Sutherland

    Kate Moran, "Adherent Beauty as Art?"

    Samantha Matherne, "The Value of Creativity in Kant’s Aesthetics"

    NAKS Session 2: Author Meets Critics Discussion of Lara Ostaric’s  "The 'Critique of Judgment' and the Unity of Kant’s Critical System (Cambridge University Press, 2023)


    Chair: Daniel Sutherland (University of Illinois at Chicago)

    Author: Lara Ostaric (Temple University)

    Critics: Paul Guyer (Brown University)

                  Reed Winegar (Fordham University)  

    • 21 Feb 2024
    • 24 Feb 2024
    • New Orleans

    Date: Thursday, February 22, 2024 9:00am - 11:30am

    NAKS Session 1: Panel Discussion, "Rethinking Kant's Philosophy in Light of His Raciology"

    Participants: Huaping Lu-Adler, Maria Meija, Elvira Basevich, Corey Beckford

    Description: The panelists will each give a 15-minute presentation on issues concerning Kant and race, followed by an open Q & A discussion.  

    DateThursday, February 22, 2024 7:00pm - 10:00pm

    NAKS Session 2: “A Kantian Birthday Party”

    Participants:  Lucy Allais, Andrew Chignell, Katharina Kraus (and other participants to be announced).  

    Description:  In this evening session, we will celebrate Kant’s 300th birthday in a festive way by reading parts of Thomas Bernhard’s absurdist play “Immanuel Kant.”  The play has just been translated into English and is due to be performed at the NAKS Tercentennial Extravaganza in Washington D.C. and at Johns Hopkins in March.

    • 08 Mar 2024
    • 09 Mar 2024
    • Johns Hopkins University

    In honor of Kant’s Tercentennial, there will be two events hosted and supported by Johns Hopkins University with additional support from NAKS,  and co-organized by Lucy Allais, Andrew Chignell, and Katharina Kraus:


    Thomas Bernhard’s Immanuel Kant – Performance and Discussion


    Together with the Goethe-Institut in Washington, DC, professional actors under the direction of Drew Lichtenberg, resident dramaturg at the Shakespeare Theatre Company DC, will stage a reading of Thomas Bernhard's play Immanuel Kant – a seldom performed absurdist play that offers an excellent opportunity to consider the complexities of Kant’s lasting impact and the achievements, struggles, and contradictions of the Enlightenment project in general.


    The first reading will be at Hopkins’ Homewood Campus in Baltimore on Friday, March 8, 2024 (evening).


    The second reading will be staged at the Goethe-Institut in Washington, DC, on Sunday, March 10, 2024 (evening).


    Before each performance there will be a short introduction to the play, and it will be followed by a panel discussion with the dramaturg, the translator and scholars of Kant and Bernhard.


    Workshop/Symposium: “Kant and the World Today”


    The play will be accompanied by a symposium on “Kant and the World Today” at Johns Hopkins University on Friday, March 8, and Saturday, March 9, 2024. Talks and panels will explore the relevance of Kant’s philosophy for today, focusing on critical discussions of the implications of his philosophy for issues of political economy, the role of hope and despair in the face of global challenges, and Kant’s universalism and cosmopolitanism in light of questions of particularity, participation, and exclusion.


    Hosts: Johns Hopkins University, with additional support from NAKS

    Organization: Lucy Allais (Hopkins), Andrew Chignell (Princeton), and Katharina Kraus (Hopkins)

    • 20 Mar 2024
    • 23 Mar 2024
    • Portland, Oregon

    NAKS Session: Author Meets Critics Discussion of Morganna Lambeth’s Heidegger's Interpretation of Kant (Cambridge University Press, 2023)

    DateMarch 20-23, 2024

    Place: Portland, Oregon


    Chair: Rachel Zuckert (Northwestern University)

    Author: Morganna Lambeth (Cal State Fullerton)

    Critics: Alexandra Sasha Newton (University of California Riverside)

                  David Suarez (University of Toronto)

                  Clinton Tolley (University of California San Diego)

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