MemberCourtney Naum Scuro

Focusing on experiences and perceptions of time, my work on early modern English “texts” seeks to bring work from Shakespeare, to ephemera, to material and performance culture into mutually illuminating critical frameworks which emphasize the signifying potential of ambivalent, inconclusive, ommissive, and excessive modes of expression. Current Work In my dissertation, “What is’t o’clock?”: Temporal Ethics, Timely Matters, and English Textuality Around the Turn of the Seventeenth Century, I argue that by exploring early moderns’ intensely somatic sense of time, we uncover the power, privilege, and possibilities inscribed into that embodied time’s capacity to make and to challenge dominant social values. Focusing on disruptively monstrous, queer, technological, and/or magical times, I uncover how the multiplying of available timescapes often works to raise questions around the ethics of the time one keeps in plays, poetry, travel writing, pamphlets, and even portraiture during this period of intense horological upheaval. Texts’ temporally-inflected moral ambivalences expose time’s potentially powerful role in practices of social marginalization and the repression of alternative forms of life. By exploring such problematic aspects of temporal discursiveness, this project adds an additional dimension to the politics of difference we understand to be at work in the period. This project’s critical undertakings also necessitate my engagement with larger questions about time. How and why does time matter to early moderns? And how does time help to construct a sense of body, or community, or world and with it, of one’s own belonging in and to each? “What is’t o’clock?”: more than a quotidian question after the hour, such moments of temporal uncertainty invite us into the radical uncertainty, contingency, and plurality of the early modern timescapes through which writers reconceive perceptions of the possible. I am also interested in exploring the place where what has come to be dubbed as high theory meets early modern studies. One facet of that work is querying the applicability of recent theorists’ work within the historical contexts of sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Another aspect of that work is exploring the place early modern literature, and Shakespeare in particular, has within more contemporary critical and philosophical movements. I am currently finishing an article tentatively entitled “‘The rest is [never] silence’: Textual Returns, Spectral Retrievals, and Time’s Disjunctive Subject in Derrida and Shakespeare’s Hamlet.” In it, I consider how to situate Derrida-meets-Shakespeare (and equally, the other way around) within the milieu of contemporary thought and especially, am interested in how we might productively think through their relation within the much more limited sphere of critical practice today. With a professional background in the performing arts, I am also interested in the history of Shakespeare in performance as well as the benefits to be gleaned from integrating performance, media, and other artistic practices into teaching Shakespeare.

MemberFergal McHugh

…guably the dominant view in practical moral philosophy. The ramifications of Moral Individualism for those with disabilities is currently a subject of a controversy in disability studies where there appears to be a deep disjunction between the moral attention we feel is due to those with disabilities and what “the theory” allows. One concern with Moral Individualism runs as follows: creatures like us are often at our most vulnerable…

I work on themes at the intersection of metaphilosophy, aesthetics and bioethics. I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at University College Dublin. I am a member of the American Voice in Philosophy project team.