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(Tomorrow!) "Theory of Metamorphosis" | Emanuele Coccia @ Unit of Play 13th March 5-7pm, MMB 220

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Wednesday 13th March | 5-7pm
Margaret Macmillan Building (MMB) 220
Goldsmiths, University of London
London SE14 6NW

All Welcome

Part of the Pluralistic Variations Lecture Series
Organised by Dr Martin Savransky (Sociology)

Emanuele Coccia (EHESS)

Since Darwin, we know that every biological identity is the result of a
metamorphosis: every species is only a transformation of the one that preceded
it. Based on some of the most remarkable examples (such as the transformation
of the caterpillar into a butterfly), this talk would like to question the
structure of life in its most extreme power: that of metamorphosis. In it is
shown the fact that all life is unassignable to a specific anatomical and
ecological identity and that all living beings participate in a single and
unique life that crosses all forms and species. We will articulate the
analysis of the forms of metamorphosis in three stages: mutation, nutrition
and sexuality.

Emanuele Coccia is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Ecole des Hautes
Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and formerly taught in Freiburg im
Breisgau, Germany. He has worked extensively on biology and aesthetics, and
has written about contemporary art and fashion. His publications include
Sensible Life (Fordham University Press, 2016), Goods:Advertising, Urban Space
and the Moral Law of the Image (Fordham University Press, 2018), and The Life
of Plants (Polity Press, 2018). With Giorgio Agamben, he edited an extensive
anthology covering angels in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Angeli.
Giudaismo, Cristianesimo, Islam (Neri Pozza, 2009). He recently published with
Donatien Grau a book on the history and the meaning of concept stores, The
Transitory Museum (Polity Press, 2018).


Dr. Martin Savransky
Lecturer | Department of Sociology
Director, Unit of Play (UoP)
Convenor, MA Critical & Creative Analysis
Goldsmiths, University of London
London SE14 6NW
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