Bryan Mukandi
Bryan Mukandi

Project Title: Inscribing the Ineffable: the trouble with representing others

Principal Advisor: Associate Professor Marguerite La Caze

Project Abstract: My thesis centres on the potential conflict between the process of living one’s life and pursuing one’s chosen ends on one hand, and being visible or recognisable to others. I ask whether we necessarily perpetrate the 'violence' of ‘fixing’ those around us in place, fitting them into a script that we write for them, as a means of orienting ourselves in the world. If we all perpetrate that ‘violence’ on each other, I question its ethical limits. I pursue these questions by means of my reading of Derrida’s ‘Violence and Metaphysics’, which is in turn his reading of Levinas’ work.

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