Pausing Time/Timing the Pause: sayability in the arts, philosophy, and politics

In his acceptance speech for the Nobel prize in literature Jon Fosse only half jokingly referred to himself as the master of silence: how else, he asked, can we bring the unsayable out in language than through “long pause, short pause, or, simply, pause.”

This year’s Ereignis conference seeks to bring the relation between speech and silence into further focus. Our key questions are:

  • What kind of speech, or speech event, enables the silent to come forward?
  • How can that which cannot be said be alluded or referred to in speech?
  • How is the relation between speech and silence challenged by the an increasing awareness of non-human speech?
  • What are the socio-political ramifications of these relations?

The 4th interdisciplinary Ereignis conference will take place in Gdynia, Poland, on August 10 and 11, 2024, with a hybrid option for those unable to attend in person.

Image by Holger Feulner. Used by permission.

Confirmed keynote speakers

  • Matthew Goulish, dramaturg, writer, and scholar with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The author of 39 microlectures – in proximity of performance (Routledge, 2001) and many other books and articles on art and drama Matthew is widely recognised as a groundbreaking thinker and practitioner in the performing arts.

Further keynotes TBA.


Papers are timed to 20 minutes and followed by a Q&A with the audience. Each session is moderated.

Conference fee

  • General attendance: €150 (standard fee);
  • Reduced fee: €100 (students and the unwaged).


This event is hosted by Ereignis Center for Philosophy and the Arts and Inscriptions — a journal for contemporary thinking on art, philosophy and psycho-analysis.

Scholastic committee