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.
- "The system disarticulates itself before our very eyes, forcing open again whatever closure gives the university its concept."
- "The university is in principle the institution that ‘lives’ the precarious chance and ruin of the institution as its very institutionality."
- "The paradox is that in order for an original work to be recognised it must bear a resemblance to other works, which compromises its originality, and yet in order to be recognised as original a work must be taken to resemble nothing other than ‘itself’."
- "Indeed, I could be outrageous (and why not be outrageous!)"
- "What is invoked here is the way in which all performatives are necessarily haunted by a non-present remainder, by what still remains to be thought, engaged, experienced, by the possibility that the performative fails or goes astray."
- "For him, the condition for the possibility of thinking is an essential and unavowable debt: in order to speak of this radically new present, and in order to make claim for the new, one must already submit that eventful newness to a repeatable system."
- "Its promise, its performative act, is thus staged as the instantaneous positing of what is not yet, and perhaps never will be, present."
- "Derrida’s unconditional university is based on ungrounded performative speech acts, speech acts based neither on previously existing institutionalised sanctions, nor on the authority of the ‘I’ who utters the speech act."
- "Derrida maintains that ‘[i]t would be necessary to dissociate a certain unconditional independence of thought, of deconstruction, of justice, of the Humanities, of the University, and so forth from any phantasm of indivisible sovereignty and of sovereign mastery’."
- "It is what, by being impossible, rules since our otherwise supposed sovereignty (mastery, control) can never overtake unconditionality."