"On the Protocols of Experience": Tuesday, October 11, 2016, Mosher House, 4:00pm.
"On the Protocols of Experience"
A lecture by Luis Miguel Isava (Universidad Simón Bolívar)
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2016
4:00PM, in the MOSHER ALUMNI HOUSE
Against the traditional view that experience is made by the subject without mediation, I propose (taking a cue from Kant's transcendental deduction) that in order for experience to become such, there is "something" in the subject that contributes to it: I call this "protocols of experience," borrowing the term from Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. These protocols belong to the "archive of what is known": the ways in which culture has instituted the traditional, stable, and naturalized ways of making experiences. I further contend that the reception of certain cultural artifacts may clash with such protocols; as a result, these artifacts induce the emergence of what I call "alternative protocols of experience." I conclude with analyses of poems by Rilke, Vallejo, and Heißenbüttel that provide both an instance of this transformation and a theorization of its implications.
Luis Miguel Isava is Professor of Comparative and Latin American Literature at the Universidad Simón Bolívar (Caracas, Venezuela). He is the author of the book Wittgenstein, Kraus, Valéry: A Paradigm for Poetic Rhyme and Reason (2002) as well as numerous articles on the relationships between literature, philosophy and aesthetics. He has published translations of various thinkers and poets, among them Walter Benjamin, Saint-John Perse and Enrico Testa.
The Departments of Spanish and Portuguese, French and Italian, and Germanic and Slavic Studies; the Latin American and Iberian Studies Program; and the Comparative Literature Program