Laurence Simmons is Head of the Department of Film, Television and Media Studies at The University of Auckland. He is the co-editor of Derrida Downunder (2001), Baudrillard West of the Dateline (2003) and From Z to A: Zizek at the Antipodes (2005) and published a book on Freud’s papers on art and aesthetics and his relationship with Italy entitled Freud’s Italian Journey in 2006. His latest book, Tuhituhi (2011), is on the painter William Hodges who journeyed with Captain James Cook on his second voyage to the South Pacific.
- "For Derrida, literature is the possibility for any utterance, writing, or mark to be iterated in innumerable contexts and to function in the absence of identifiable speaker, context, reference, or hearer."
- "Derrida’s essay delivers a ‘profession of faith [."
- "The system disarticulates itself before our very eyes, forcing open again whatever closure gives the university its concept."
- "Repetition is not therefore the opposite of originality or even innovation, but rather both internal to it and at the same time heterogeneous."
- "If we conceded to the notion of the master (the teacher) as he or she who possesses certainty and its conventions absolutely, then we first of all give in to a phantasm, and secondly reduce the future to a mechanical application of a programme."
- "I do not think there is, or should be, the ‘non-institutional’."
- "Literature is an exploitation of the possibility that any utterance may be ‘non- serious’."
- "Here and in another essay entitled ‘Unconditionality or Sovereignty: The University at the Borders of Europe’, he gives the name ‘unconditionality’ to the research university’s hypothetical freedom from outside interference, to the privilege to put everything in question, even to put in question the right to put everything in question."
- "He posits that ‘the modern university should be without condition’ and: [t]his university demands and ought to be granted in principle, besides what is called academic freedom, an unconditional freedom to question and to assert, or even, going still further, the right to say publicly all that is required by research, knowledge, and thought concerning the truth."
- "Indeed, I could be outrageous (and why not be outrageous!)"