International conference “Emmanuel Levinas: a Radical Thinker in the Time of Crisis”

Vilnius University

International Conference

Emmanuel Levinas: a Radical Thinker in the Time of Crisis

Vilnius, October 27-29, 2015

October 27

Senate Hall | Vilnius University, Universiteto str. 3

9.00-9.30 Registration

9.30-10.00 Official Opening

Welcome address by Vice-Rector of Vilnius University prof. Rimantas Jankauskas

Welcome speech by directress of the CRSR, Vilnius University prof. Rita Šerpytytė


Moderator – Danutė Bacevičiūtė

10.00-12.00 Keynote lecture. Roger Burggraeve (Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium)

“Ethics as Crisis. Levinas’ Contribution to a Humane Society”

12.00-12.30 Coffee Break

12.30-13.30 Rita Šerpytytė (Vilnius University, Lithuania)

“Levinas and the Negativity of Thought: from Hegel to Malabou”

13.30-15.00 Lunch


Moderator – Nerijus Milerius

15.00-15.45 Danutė Bacevičiūtė (Vilnius University, Lithuania)

“Emmanuel Levinas: Ethics and Ontology”

15.45-16.00 Coffee Break

16.00-18.00 Keynote lecture. Isy Morgensztern (Paris VIII University, France)

“Levinas' Complex Relationship with the Media”

18.00-19.00 "Levinas" by David Hansel and Isy Morgensztern

Documentary film screening

20.00 Reception

October 28

Senate Hall | Vilnius University, Universiteto str. 3


Moderator – Mintautas Gutauskas

10.00-12.00 Keynote lecture. Richard A. Cohen (University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, USA) “Crisis, Anarchy and Responsibility”

12.00-13.00 Lunch


Faculty of Philosophy | Universiteto str. 9/1, Room 201

I Session

Moderator – Kristupas Sabolius

13.00-13.30 Iddo Dickmann (Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium)

“Alterity and Affirmation”

13.30-14.00 Jolanta Saldukaitytė (Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania)

“Is Alterity Strange?”

14.00-14.30 Wing-Keung Chik (Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium)

“Life, Infinity and Exaltation: Alterity as Exaltation of Life”

14.30-15.00 Irina Poleshchuk (University of Helsinki, Finland)

“Diachrony and Affectivity: One-for-the-Other and Disrupted Subjectivity”

15.00-15.30 Coffee Break

II Session

Moderator – Danutė Bacevičiūtė

15.30-16.00 Kristupas Sabolius (Vilnius University, Lithuania)

“Face-to-Face with the Facelessness"

16.00-16.30 Lina Vidauskytė (Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania)

“Guilt, Nude Face and Bare Life“

16.30-17.00 Flora Bastiani (University of Toulouse II, France)

“Trauma and Crisis in Emmanuel Levinas and Henri Maldiney”

17.00-17.30 Estevan de Negreiros Ketzer (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do

Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil and Université de Strasbourg, France)

“Subjectivity after Trauma: a Critical Standpoint from Oneself as Another”


Faculty of Philosophy | Universiteto str. 9/1, Room 107

I Session

Moderator – Jūratė Baranova

13.00-13.30 Dalius Jonkus (Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania “The Destruction of Representation and the Problem of Intentionality (Levinas and Husserl)“

13.30-14.00 Mintautas Gutauskas (Vilnius University, Lithuania) “The Question of Experience

in Phenomenology after Emmanuel Levinas: Bernhard Waldenfels”

14.00-14.30 Max Schaefer (University of Limerick, Ireland) “Ethical Beginnings:

Rethinking Levinas and Heidegger”

14.30-15.00 Alena Rettová (University of London, UK) “Lévinas and Intercultural Ethics:

distance métaphysique as the Basis of a Multicultural Society?”

15.00-15.30 Coffee Break

II Session

Moderator – Dalius Jonkus

15.30-16.00 Tomas Sodeika (Vilnius University, Lithuania) “Some Remarks on

Spoken Language in Franz Rosenzweig and Emmanuel Levinas”

16.00-16.30 Jūratė Baranova (Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences, Lithuania)

“Literary Metaphor and Philosophical Concept: Levinas and Deleuze“

16.30-17.00 Hakan Karahasan (Near East University, Nicosia, Cyprus) “Levinas, the Other

and Its Relation with National Identity: The Example of Mehmet Yashin’s Poetry”

17.00-17.30 Vaiva Daraškevičiūtė (Vilnius University, Lithuania)

“The Artwork as the Event of (not) Understanding: Levinas and Gadamer”


Faculty of Philosophy | Universiteto str. 9/1, Room 208

I Session

Moderator – Danutė Bacevičiūtė

13.00-13.30 Walker Trimble (St. Petersburg State University, Russia)

“Radical Ethics under the Aegis of Neurology”

13.30-14.00 Marija Oniščik (Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania)

“The Precept of Infinity: Do Not Participate in the Concept“

14.00-14.30 Regiany Gomes Melo (Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande

do Sul , Brasil and Université de Strasbourg, France) “Responsibility for a Justice of the Future”

14.30-15.00 Coffee Break

II Session

Moderator – Aušra Pažėraitė

15.00-15.30 Jojo Joseph Varakukalayil (Husserl-Archives: Centre for Phenomenology and

Continental Philosophy, KU Leuven, Belgium) “Emmanuel Levinas on Racism and the Crisis

of very Humanity of the (hu)man!”

15.30-16.00 David Martinez Rojas (University of Sussex, UK)

“Ethics, Politics and the Possibility of a Levinasian Critical Theory”

16.00-16.30 Viktoras Bachmetjevas (Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania)

“The Radicality of Forgiveness: the Perspectives of Levinas and Jankélevitch”

Faculty of Philosophy | Universiteto str. 9/1, Room 201

18.00-18.30 Aušra Pažėraitė (Vilnius University, Lithuania)

“Emmanuel Levinas and his Family in Kaunas: Newly Discovered Archival Sources”

October 29

Senate Hall | Vilnius University, Universiteto str. 3


Moderator – Rita Šerpytytė

10.00-11.30 Keynote lecture. Marie-Anne Lescourret (University of Strasbourg, France)

“The Ethical Challenges of a Life”

11.30-13.00 Lunch

13.00-19.00 Guided Tour (Kaunas)

20.00 Closing Evening

Organized by: Center for Religious Studies and Research at Vilnius University

Organizing Committee: Chair - assoc. prof. Danutė Bacevičiūtė (CRSR, Vilnius University), Co-Chair - prof. Rita Šerpytytė (CRSR, Vilnius University), assoc. prof. Aušra Pažėraitė (CRSR, Vilnius University), dr. Vaiva Daraškevičiūtė (CRSR, Vilnius University), administrator – Kristina Rinkevičienė – (CRSR, Vilnius University)

Scientific Committee: Chair - prof. Rita Šerpytytė (CRSR, Vilnius University), prof. Tomas Sodeika (CRSR, Vilnius University), assoc. prof. Kristupas Sabolius (Department of Philosophy, Vilnius University), assoc. prof. Danutė Bacevičiūtė (CRSR, Vilnius University)

Supported by: Vilnius University, Good Will Foundation, Research Council of Lithuania


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