CIDRAL Special Public Event: Benoît Peeters, 'Writing the Life of Jacques Derrida'
|Starts:||17:30 19 Oct 2015|
|Ends:||20:00 19 Oct 2015|
|What is it:||Lecture|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public|
This is a CIDRAL Special Public Event, jointly organised by CIDRAL, Sociology, and CRESC at the University of Manchester, Wallonie-Bruxelles International and Institut français du Royaume-Uni
Benoît Peeters's widely acclaimed study, Derrida: A Biography was first published in English in 2012 by Polity Press. In writing this biography, Peeters was granted first access to Derrida's extensive personal archives and interviewed more than a hundred of his friends and colleagues. The result is a compelling account of one of the later twentieth century's foremost thinkers set in the context of the turbulent and disputatious intellectual politics of the time.
In a session chaired by Dr Andrew Miles (Sociology, University of Manchester), Peeters will be talking about Derrida's life and how he went about writing the biography. He will then be in conversation with CIDRAL Director Francesca Billiani before taking part in a question and answer session with the audience. The event will be followed by a reception and book signing at Blackwell's Bookshop in The Precinct Centre.
Benoît Peeters was born in Paris in 1956. Following a degree in Philosophy at the Sorbonne (Paris I), he went on to study for his Masters at the École Pratique des Hautes Études under the direction of Roland Barthes. He has since published over forty works on a wide variety of subjects and has written essays and biographies on Hergé, Alfred Hitchcock, and Paul Valéry.
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