SOAS University of London

Centre for Global Media and Communications

Culture, Interpretation and beyond

Professor Mark Hobart

Date: 14 November 2018Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 14 November 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B211

Type of Event: 0

Culture is one of the two or three most complicated words in the English language. This
is so partly because of its intricate historical development, in several European languages,
but mainly because it has now come to be used for important concepts in several distinct
intellectual disciplines and in several distinct and incompatible systems of thought
(Williams Keywords 87).
Words and language are not wrappings in which things are packed for the commerce of
those who write and speak. It is in words and language that things come first into being
and are (Heidegger An introduction to metaphysics 13).
Interpretation finds itself before the obligation of interpreting itself endlessly, of always
correcting itself... Two consequences follow...: one does not interpret what there is in the
signified, but one interprets, fundamentally, who has posed the interpretation... The second
consequence is that interpretation always has to interpret itself (Foucault Nietzsche, Freud,
Marx 66).

Discussion theme: Is an extra-historical, trans-cultural subject possible?
Is the study of humans by humans a vicious circle?

Cultural practice: Try describing your thoughts and feelings in a foreign language.