Anxieties of Knowing: Academic pathologies, critical philosophy and the culture of self

Date / Time: 26 March 2013 6-7pm
Venue: Opus Bar at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato

WMIER professor Michael A. Peters has written dozens of books and hundreds of papers and chapters on education, philosophy and politics, but one paper has evaded him for the past decade. In his inaugural lecture as a professor of the University of Waikato, Professor Peters pursues this elusive paper theorising the concept of "academic pathologies" and examining what he calls the "anxiety of knowing". During the lecture, he draws upon the work of Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard, widely considered one of the foundational thinkers of existentialism, the American film-maker Woody Allen, and Jacques Derrida, among other thinkers, to talk about the culture of the "academic self".

The Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series at the University of Waikato introduces our newest professors to the community. The 2013 series will showcase some of their latest research in Education, Science and Management - come along to find out what our people are doing, and how their work is having a real impact on the world around us.

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