Seminar dedicated to Luce Irigaray’s book Speculum of the Other Woman

Participants: Adriana Sabo, Emilia Epštajn, Ivona Živković, Jelena Mijić, Ksenija Stevanović, Nađa Bobičić, Petar Bojanić, Sanja Milutinović Bojanić, Tanja Marković.
Moderator: Adriana Zaharijević.

With its peculiar style and methodology, Luce Irigaray’s Speculum of the Other Woman was doubtlessly reflective of its time, but also of the following twenty years in which it was intensively read and interpreted. Unfortunately, Serbo-Croatian translation did not follow immediately after the publication in France in 1974 (after the defence of the thesis) – in Italy it appeared in 1975 thanks to Luisa Muraro, in USA in 1985, Cornell University Press – but the book appeared in Serbian almost forty years after it first was published. Although this tardiness in translation could itself be a subject for debate – the difficulties of translation, inaccessibility of Luce Irigaray’s philosophy, the female in philosophy, or women in philosophy, because she is, above all a woman philosopher – this seminar intends to, transcending the time that passed since the book first appeared, focus on problems and questions that still remain relevant.

How did Luce Irigaray read and interpret Greek philosophers (Plato, Aristotle…), mysticists, or Descartes, Kant or Hegel? To what extent did she succeed in questioning Freud as the untouchable authority in the business of consciousness and unconsciousness? Did Lacan – and if so, how – truly managed to preserve phallocentricity of the academic bastion, by preventing Irigaray from continuing her academic career? Whom did such an academia continue to produce and is it possible to find strong discourses outside of it, capable of inducing structural changes within thought?