Attempting to Teach the Event: an Experiment in Pedagogical Reflection
University of Central Arkansas, US
Clayton Crockett is Professor and Director of Religious Studies at the University of Central Arkansas. He is the author or co-author of a number of books, including Deleuze Beyond Badiou (2013), and most recently, An Insurrectionist Manifesto: Four New Gospels for a Radical Politics (2016, co-authored with Ward Blanton, Jeffrey W. Robbins, and Noëlle Vahanian).
This article focuses on the impossible task of teaching the event, using some ideas from Jacques Derrida, Jacques Lacan, John D. Caputo, and Catherine Keller. It also performs a pedagogical experiment by including some voices or testimonials from former students and others who have experienced this attempt to teach the event. There is a political and philosophical value to this form of education that works as a counter to the positivism of neo-liberal education.