the new narcissism

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The ancient myth of Narcissus found elaboration in psychoanalytic theories of the late 19th and mid 20th centuries. How must the theories stretch to illuminate ego orthodoxies of the i-media age?

Join us for a miniseminar with special guest and InterCcECT resident summer Lacanian Professor Chris Breu, Thursday 30 May, 5pm, Red Lion Pub. 2446 N Lincoln (Red, Brown, Purple Lines: Fullerton)

Readings include Sigmund Freud, On Narcissism, and selections from Jacques Lacan, the seminar book 1: Freud’s Papers on Technique. Contact us for pdfs.

Summer! Our collectively driven events amp up the pace in warmer months, so send us proposals and we’ll get rolling!

On our calendar:

The Marxist Literary Group Institute for Culture and Society 21-26 June
V21 Collective summer reading groups June, July, August
“Political Sentences” InterCcECT miniseminar with special guest Jan Mieszkowski 7 August

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What was the sublime? Miniseminar with Ian Balfour

Is the sublime so five minutes ago? So two centuries ago? This mini-seminar explores the extraordinarily discontinuous history of the category of the sublime and loaded examples of it proffered by theorists and critics, as well as how the sublime lines up, easily or not, with its aesthetic “others.” The point of departure will be Hegel’s short account of the sublime, considered in conjunction with passages from Adorno, Benjamin, Rancière, Negri, Newman, and Ngai.

Join InterCcECT for “Their Aesthetic Category: What was the Sublime?” led by ultra special guest Ian Balfour. Contact us for the readings.

Monday 18 March
4pm
UIC Institute for the Humanities
Stevenson Hall (lower level)
701 S Morgan St

Blue Line: UIC/Halsted

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byways of transindividuation and intersection

In this riven present, unilluminating debates about identity politics make an odd commons uniting the blogosphere, journalism, and academic theory.   Cast some light on questions of subjectivity, structuration, and collective identities for our times with new theses from African-American Studies and Continental Philosophy:  Jennifer Nash’s Black Feminism Reimagined and Jason Read’s The Politics of Transindividuality. Contact us for excerpts.

image.pngJoin InterCcECT for a reading session Monday 21 January, 5pm-7pm.  Red Lion Pub 2446 N Lincoln (Red, Brown, Purple Lines: Fullerton).

As ever, send us proposals for events, and like us on f*cebook for links and discussion.

On our calendar:

Open University with Adam Kotsko

Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors 

Bonnie Honig

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the devil is in the dollars

pyramid_on_dollar For almost a century, “Political Theology” has named a set of inquires into the secular ideologies that legitimate power and secure social cohesion.  How should these inquiries adapt to the specificity of late late capitalism, and what light can their answers shed on the superglue sustaining the preposterous contradictions of the present?

InterCcECT presents a mini-seminar on these and other issues at the intersection of politics, economy, and religion with Professor Adam Kotsko. We’ll read selections from his latest book Neoliberalism’s Demons: On the Political Theology of Late Capital (Stanford UP, 2018).

Join us Tuesday 30 October, 5pm, at the UIC Institute for the Humanities (Stevenson Hall, 701 S. Morgan; Blue Line: UIC Halsted).

Contact us for the readings or to propose events!  Like us on f*cebook for frequent links and commentary.

On our calendar:

Oct 12-13 Political Futures 

Oct 19 1968 Decentered

 

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feminism in other dimensions

image.pngAugust calls us to revisit and redirect our discussion of feminist lives with some quite different texts, Nina Power’s One Dimensional Woman and Helen Hester’s Xenofeminism (excerpts).

Join us Wednesday 8 August, 4:30pm at The Map Room (blue line: Western).  Contact us for PDFs.

As always, InterCcECT welcomes your proposals for events including mini seminars, field trips, and lectures.  Follow us on Facebook for frequent links.

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mystery repeating: what to know about Deleuze

 

First as tragedy, second as dystopian hellscape.

What are the compulsions and the freedoms, the benefits and the constraints, the eruptions and rhythms of theorizing repetition?

Join InterCcECT Tuesday 17 July at 4:30pm at Map Room (Blue Line: Western) for a reading session on Difference and Repetition. We’ll focus on the introduction and first chapter, and there’s a proposal on the table to continue with the whole thing weekly. Contact us for PDFs.

As always, like us on Facebook for frequent links, and send us your proposals for working groups, guest lectures, field trips,and more.

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the art of the concept

How does art think? What kind of conceptuality inheres in the aesthetic? What artistic revolutions and political-economic transformations help account for the contemporary preponderance of “conceptual art” and “autofiction”? Between immanently critical works and postcritical trends, is interpretation obsolete?
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InterCcECT kicks off summer with a reading group session on Peter Osborne’s Anywhere or Not at All: Philosophy of Contemporary Art. We’ll focus on the introduction and chapters 1-2; contact us for the readings. Join us Thursday June 7th, 4pm, at the Red Lion Pub 2446 N Lincoln (Red, Brown, Purple Lines: Fullerton).

As always, InterCcECT welcomes your proposals for events including mini seminars, field trips, and lectures. Summer ramps up frequency, so propose away! Follow us on Facebook for frequent links.

On our Chicago calendar:
The Debt of the Living
Adam Phillips and Leo Bersani
Work, Blackness, Sex
Political Futures

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