2017 Research Seminars

Memory vs. Forgetting: A conflicting complicity

remo-bodei

Date and Time: Wednesday, 15 March, 2017. 6.00 pm — 7.30 pm
Location: Bankstown Campus, Building 3, Meeting Room 3.G.54 

Speaker
Remo Bodei

Abstract
Memory and forgetting construct the battlefield in which collective identity is created and legitimized. Every victor in history imposes a forgetting on old beliefs. At the same time, an identity is free on condition it taps into memory. Yet, despite their conflict, forgetting is just as indispensable to memory as memory is to forgetting. How can we chart their conflicting complicity? 

Remo Bodei is professor of the history of philosophy at UCLA (California) and the University of Pisa. He is the author of numerous books mostly on political philosophy. 

Organised by the Italian Institute of Culture, with the collaboration of the Philosophy Research Initiative at Western Sydney University.