Ryan Engley & Todd McGowan
Location: Het Huis Main Stage
Why Theory is a philosophy podcast that has been running every two weeks since 2017, hosted by Ryan Engley and Todd McGowan. By combining psychoanalytic and Hegelian models of thought, and applying them to contemporary culture, they highlight the intricacies and relevance of these models to an ever-growing audience that extends well beyond the confines of academia. If their discussions move through a broad field of inquiry – encompassing everything from superhero films to the very structures that undergird language and civilization – they keep returning to one fundamental insight: Contradiction is no dead end but the very condition that makes thought possible. IMPAKT invites Why Theory to bring this insight to bear on the question that stands at the heart of The Curse of Smooth Operations: ‘What if the most dissatisfying technology of all is the one that works?’
What else is on Saturday?
See the Saturday timetable to visit the other programmes with your Festival Pass (5-days) or Day Pass (1-day). With the passes you can also visit the festival exhibition The Curse of Smooth Operations at the IMPAKT [Centre for Media Culture] and Steenweg 26.
Todd McGowan― Speaker
Todd McGowan (United States) teaches theory and film at the University of Vermont. He is the author of Enjoyment Right and Left, The Racist Fantasy, Emancipation after Hegel, Capitalism and Desire, Only a Joke Can Save Us, and other works. He is the editor of the Film Theory in Practice series at Bloomsbury and the co-editor (with Slavoj Žižek and Adrian Johnston) of the Diaeresis series at Northwestern University Press. McGowan is the co-host of the Why Theory podcast with Ryan Engley.
Ryan Engley― Speaker
Ryan Engley (United States) is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies at Pomona College. His work has appeared or will appear in New Review of Film and Television, Comparative Literature and Culture, Continental Thought & Theory and the International Journal of Žižek Studies. Along with Todd McGowan, Ryan co-hosts the podcast Why Theory, which brings Continental philosophy and psychoanalytic theory together to examine contemporary phenomena.