Interaction between affect and language subject of lecture

“There is no thinking outside language,” says Marcia Morgan. “Language is always in transit, exile, and dispossession.”

Professor of philosophy at Muhlenberg College, she will explore the interaction between affect and language as articulated in the works of Theodor W. Adorno and Julia Kristeva in her free public lecture, “The Affect of Dissident Language and Aesthetic Emancipation at the Margins,” Thursday, March 10, at 5:30 p.m. in room 2173, Chrysler Hall North.

Dr. Morgan says the two philosophers are united in their belief in emancipation through art.

“I aim to show a common ground between Kristeva and Adorno through the position of exile, realized by both philosophers by means of the social situation of the art work, which enacts an undoing of social norms and makes possible aesthetic emancipation,” she says.

Her talk is part of the Visiting Speakers Series of the Department of Philosophy.