Category Archives: Reading Groups

What is Sex?

Often the simplest questions are the most theoretically fruitful. Alenka Zupančič’s What is Sex? works as both an introduction to psychoanalysis and an expert tour of its distance from competing (anti)philosophies. Join us for a special reading session led by Lakshmi Padmanabhan, on the new school holiday 8 November. We’ll read the intro, chapter 1, and chapter 4, and meet at 4pm at The Red Lion (Red Line: Fullerton).

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abolish this place

How do we get out of this place? Why is geography the home discipline for one of the most powerful theorists of abolition? What do we build instead? Join us to discuss Ruth Wilson Gilmore’s new essay collection Abolition Geography. We’ll read the editor’s intro and chapter 1, and aspire to chapter 2.

Thursday 4 August

4pm

Moody’s Pub (Red Line: Thorndale)

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Also mark your calendars now for an event with special guest Alex Galloway, Tuesday 27 September!

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incubating theory

Successive viral waves, unrelenting loss, and the cumulative strain of semester 5 at Pandemic University have discombobulated InterCcECT too much in recent months, but it is now time to resuscitate! The authoritarian surge warrants more fighting, and also some more thinking. Join us for a discussion of Lauren Berlant’s *America, “Fat,” The Fetus* and all things bodily, genderly, nationcraftly – and mourningly. We’ll meet Monday 13 June, 4pm, outdoors at Pilot Project (Blue Line: Western). And fire up your summer reading lists, as we’ll be making plans for many future sessions.

The Queen of America Goes to Washington City: Essays on Sex and Citizenship - Berlant, Lauren

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a decade of experimental critical theory

This June marks a special anniversary for the Inter Chicago Circle for Experimental Critical Theory: ten years of conversations and conviviality, readings, lectures, field trips, workshops, and experiments. One decade of cross-city wild thought, of crowds and parties, of cinema, television, hysteria, and so many dialectics. Our deepest gratitude to the many many theorists of many many persuasions who’ve linked the circle together!

In celebration, including in cyclical return to the politics of literature, join us for an extra festive experiment in speculative fiction: for next time we’re reading Dr. Kim Stanley Robinson’s Ministry of the Future, a big novel of big ideas and big states.

Decadent Decadeversary Salon

29 June

4pm

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Wild Thought

It seems the circumstances might allow us to reconvene in person! And what better way to honor haptic social idea-making than readings in wild thought, reason unbound, conceptuality on the move? University of Chicago press just put out a new translation of Claude Levi-Strauss’s La Pensée Sauvage, the magisterial study of intellection outside disciplines and beyond the west-east divide. We’ll read the first chapter, “The Science of the Concrete,” see if anybody remembers how to do a reading group, and air desires for collective summer endeavors with this or other works.

Join us for Wild Thought Thursday 27 May, 4pm. Since venues are operating with constraints about groups, we’ll meet at our Bucktown salon, outdoors among the wildflowers. Contact us for the reading and address.

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at last the end of art

We continue with Rose for next time. Chapter 4 “The Division of Labor and Illusion,” meeting Weds 30 Dec, 4pm CST.

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Hegel in the severe style

Continuing our march through Rose, chapter 3 this time. Weds 16 Dec, 4pm CST.

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everything coming up roses

Though Anthony Giddens is dubious, we’ll continue with Gillian Rose’s Hegel Contra Sociology (chapter 2) Thursday 10 December, 4pm CST.

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Dialectics Contra Bricks

Though interlocking and worsening crises continue to prevent normal InterCcECT events, the time has come to fail better. Tracking the present emergency conscripts us to sociology, but we need speculation “now more than ever.” Join us Weds 2 December, 4pm CST, to discuss a text that stages this contradiction, Gillian Rose’s Hegel Contra Sociology. Focus on the first chapter, with the option to continue the book in subsequent weeks as a kind of structure for mitigating the deficits on z00m. Contact us for PDFs and meeting link. Wishing everyone well.

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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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