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.
Category Archives: Reading Groups
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.
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.
Are 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.
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.
Join 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:
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.
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.
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?
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.
Service economy, helping professions, care work, affective labor. For at least two hundred years, feminist and marxist theories of social reproduction have underscored the unwaged, unvalorized, unappreciated exertions that make the quotidian happen, that uphold the infrastructures of the present for the future, that give life. Now the contemporary finds that labor not only unofficial, but delegitimized, not only under-compensated but over-burdened to the point of disaster. Whence arises the image of the lazy greedy feminine public employee, welfare queen, unfireable teacher? How long can dystopia hold?
This International Women’s Day, InterCcECT invites you to commune with us over feminist words. We’ll read Tithi Battacharya’s Social Reproduction Theory primer, and selections from Sara Ahmed’s Living a Feminist Life, and discuss Thursday April 19th, 5pm-7pm, at Ambassador Public House (back room), 310 S Halsted (Blue Line: UIC Halsted). Contact us for PDFs.
As always, send us proposals for events, field trips, works-in-progress, techniques of survival.
On our calendar:
10 March The Withering of the State, with Corey Robin keynote
16 April Eduardo Cadava, Learning to See
18 April Maria Acosta and Fanny Soderback, Underrepresented Groups in Philosophy
photo: Amy De’Ath