Graduate Center for Literary Research, UCSB
In May 2017, I presented a paper entitiled 'Bodies as Creative Experience: Living our way out of the Anthropocene', drawing on the work of Isabelle Stengers, Michel Agier and Donna Haraway (among others). The paper makes two claims. Listening to stories of precarity that for many populations have existed for generations is more fruitful in dealing with environmental change than any earth destroying prophecies. Second, understanding that this process will be uncomfortable and strange because the listeners will need to change their worldview.
The MLK Committee and SGI-USA Santa Barbara
I partcipated in a panel discussion in January 2017 on pacifism, nuclear abolition and the Nichiren Buddhist view on peace in honor of Dr. King's legacy, featuring Dr. David Krieger (President, Nuclear Peace Foundation) and Dr. Vilna Bashi Treitler (Chair, UCSB Black Studies). Together with my co-presenter Nicole Nomura, I shared the Buddhist view on peace-building, compassion and interconnectedesss.
Joint Annual Conference of the Society for European Philosophy and the Forum for European Philosophy, London, UK
In the summer of 2016, I presented a comparative paper examining Alain Badiou's theory of love. Drawing on the fiction of Milan Kundera and Marguerite Duras, I problematized Badiou's ethical maxim of 'Continuer!' or 'Keep Going!' by arguing that commitment to one truth or event, such as love, can be self-destructive. By appeal to Badiou's more recent work on different types of subject responses, I suggested that the emphasis on exploration and the hope for positive transformation which are at the forefront of his more recent writings can resolve some of the tension in a strict application of his formal philosophy.