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war, death, working through

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Virtualization is piteous, as is oligarchic nihilism.  But InterCcECT did ok with a first virtual session and will try again.  We’re reading Sigmund Freud’s “Thoughts for the Times on War and Death,” along with “Remembering, Repeating, and Working Through.”  Join us Monday June 1, 4pm. Contact us for pdfs and virtual deets.

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necropolitics, death cults, time immemorial

For 9 years, InterCcECT has been a deliberately off-line circle, taking strength in ad-hoc conversations in para-institutional spaces around Chicago.  Yet day 46 of isolation here, with a new order for at least 33 more, spools us off in to the ether.  Thus an experiment – perhaps ill-fated, perhaps inspiriting – in virtualizing our collective.

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Achille Mbembe’s recent Necropolitics is surely a book for pandemic time.  Join us Thursday 14 May, 4pm, no customary El stop needed. Contact us for deets. (We’ll focus on intro-chapter 4.)

 

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“women” as a political category

 

skin-abstract-acrylic-painting-cara-bevan.jpgAre all political identities fictions?  And if not, shouldn’t they be?  What is constructed and what is material in the subjectivities, experiences, bodies invoked by “feminist” moments, and how does feminist theory itself produce the opposition of “constructed” and “material”?  The Marxist Feminist Sylvia Federici offers bracing correctives to many contemporary debates around biopolitics, performativity, and sexual identity with the weight of decades of feminist praxis; her new book Beyond the Periphery of the Skin: Rethinking, Remaking, and Reclaiming the Body in Contemporary Capitalism centers reproductive labor and boldly reaches for a collective body.

Join InterCcECT for a reading session on selections from Skin: Thursday February 20th, 4pm at Half Sour, 755 S. Clark (Red Line: Harrison; Blue Line: LaSalle). Contact us for pdfs.

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Do We Still Need Kojève?

Alexandre Kojève’s lectures on Hegel are the crossroads through which German philosophy passes into French theory. What happens to our current theoretical projects—especially those that want to claim Hegel for the emancipatory Left—when we acknowledge Kojève’s mediation? Or does Kojève’s humanist dialectic take us away from the Hegel we desire most?

Readings include the introduction to Kojève’s Introduction to the Reading of Hegel, Bataille’s “Hegel, Death, and Sacrifice” and “Letter to X, Lecturer on Hegel,” and Žižek’s “Lacan: at What Point is He Hegelian?”. Contact us for pdfs.
Join us for a festive winter break reading session facilitated by Dr. Zachary Tavlin , Thursday Dec 19th, 4pm at The Map Room.
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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.

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Open University with Adam Kotsko

Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors 

Bonnie Honig

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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.

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