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Bilkent Philosophy and Literature Colloquium

We collaborate with Bilkent’s Program for Cultures, Civilizations and Ideas on the topic of “philosophy and literature”. We are featuring a range of invited talks, which will take place on Zoom. Click here to subscribe to these events and receive the links to the Zoom events. For further information, you may contact the organisers: Andrea Selleri at and Patrick Fessenbecker at

Spring 2022 Events

  • Joshua Gang: “Derek Jarman and Everything That is the Case.” 1 April, 18:45. Abstract
  • Andrea Gadberry, “To Be Determined: On Literature’s Causes”. 28 April, 19:30. Abstract
  • Joshua Landy, “I’m like a Helicopter: For a Two-Point Theory of Creative Imagery”. 10 May, 18:30. Abstract

Fall 2021 Events

  • Dominic McIver Lopes, “Aesthetic Injustice: What It Is and Why It Matters.” 9 September, 19:00
  • Robert Pippin, “Do the Arts Contribute to Philosophy?” 5 October, 19:30.
  • Roger Maioli, “Enlightenment Relativism: A Reassessment”. 21 October, 19:30
  • Matthew Sussman, “Virtue Aesthetics”. 25 November, 12:30
  • Toril Moi, “Wittgensteinian Literary Criticism? An Investigation of Stanley Cavell’s Essay on King Lear“. 6 December, 19:30. Abstract


“Literature and Sustainability” lecture series

As part of Bilkent’s “Year of Sustainability,” the Departments of English Language and Literature and American Culture and Literature hosted a lecture series on “Literature and Sustainability.” On Monday, April 4, we welcomed Dr. John Parham (University of Worcester) to present “News from Somewhere: How Nineteenth-Century Writers Imagined Sustainability.” The series continued on April 21 with Dr. Vesna Kuiken’s (University at Albany, State University of New York) talk entitled “Life on the Rocks: Celia Thaxter on Ecological Memory.” The final lecture in the series was Dr. Priscilla Ybarra’s (University of North Texas) “Sustainability or Reciprocity?: Why Stories Matter,” which took place on Tuesday, May 10.