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
In an era of racist violence and economic refeudalization and their entwinement, what lessons can be drawn anew from reconstruction, the black radical tradition, and the early twentieth-century political novel?
Join InterCcECT for a reading group on Cedric Robinson’s Black Marxism, Monday 15 January, 2018, 4pm-6pm at O’Shaughnessy’s Public House (Brown Line: Montrose). We’ll focus on Part 3: “Black Radicalism and Marxist Theory.” Contact us for PDFs. Special guest Andrew Leong will facilitate discussion.
Please note: online conversations about Parts 1 and 2 of Black Marxism will be held on Wednesday, January 10, 5-7pm (CT), and Friday, January 12, 5-7pm (CT). For participants outside the Chicago area, an online conversation on Part 3 will be held on Monday, January 15, 5-7pm (CT). Please contact Andrew Leong at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 8 if you would like to participate in any of these conversations, or require PDFs of the reading. Participants may also find it fruitful to read the online articles in the African American Intellectual History Society’s roundtable on Black Marxism (http://www.aaihs.org/announcement-aaihs-online-roundtable-on-cedric-robinsons-black-marxism/).
The January 12 and 15 online conversations will be facilitated by Lisa Hofmann-Kuroda (http://ealc.berkeley.edu/people/hofmann-kuroda-lisa)
The January 10 conversation will be facilitated by Andrew Leong.
As always, like us on Facebook for frequent links, and get in touch to propose events.
What’s on your new year theory calendar?
A bit of ours:
12 January The Mana of Mass Society
16 January Chicago Works
Amidst its present Russian turmoil, 2017 is also distinct as the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution and the 150th anniversary of the publication of Karl Marx’s Capital, Volume 1.
Join InterCcECT for 2 linked sessions on what is to be done.
Session 1 reads the novelist/critic China Mieville’s new narrative history of the Russian revolution, October (excerpts) alongside Lenin’s The State and Revolution (chapters 1 and 5).
Session 2 reads Capital (Chapters 25 and 26) alongside William Clare Roberts’s recent brilliant polemic
Marx’s Inferno: The Political Theory of Capital.
Thursday 15 June, 4pm, HandleBar 2311 W North Ave
Wednesday 12 July, 4pm, Parts&Labor
Contact us (interccect at gmail) for the readings, like us on the facebooks for frequent links, and, as always, send proposals for group endeavors!
On our calendar:
26 May, Psychoanalysis and Deconstruction
28 May, Mieville himself at Seminary Coop
9 June, Poems, Prose, & Possibility
15 June, Summer of Cage
21 June, The Political Conscious
In this fresh hell, InterCcECT stands by our founding project, the pursuit of abstraction as both explanation for existing situations and inspiration for new situations, and we stand for the thinkers, makers, doers, survivors, gatherers who have lived other hells and will fight this one too. We theorize and teach and struggle as we can with and for the oppressed and the objectified, and anyone who strives to build something more.
Join us Thursday 15 December for a reading group on thought in catastrophe and thought out of catastrophe, focusing on selections from Theodor Adorno’s Minima Moralia and Jose Esteban Munoz’s Cruising Utopia. The Map Room, 4pm.
Write interccect at gmail for the readings.
InterCcECT allays summer angst with a special session on Jaques Lacan’s recently translated Seminar X: Anxiety, led by Professor Chris Breu. We’ll focus on the first section (chapters 1-6); readings available by request to interccect at gmail. Join us Thursday, 11 August, 5pm, at Volumes Bookcafe (back room), 1414 N Milwaukee Ave (Blue Line: Damen).
When both scientism and the so-called “post-critical” movement are ascendent, what can possibly be the purchase of psychoanalysis? Alenka Zupancic is going to tell us! Join us Tuesday 14 June for a reading group on her very short book “Why Psychoanalysis: Three Interventions.” We’ll meet in the garden at Handlebar at the luxuriantly summery hour of 3pm. Drop a note to interccect at gmail for the readings.
InterCcECT compatriot`V21 Collective is hosting a series of reading groups this summer on debates in literary theory and criticism, including psychoanalysis and postcritique, world-systems theory and world literature, and distant reading. Check out the syllabus below and see v21collective.org for more details; the first session is June 21.
Sigmund Freud, An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria
Fredric Jameson, The Political Unconscious (excerpt)
Eve Sedgwick, “Paranoid Reading and Reparative Reading”
H.G. Wells, The Time Machine
Immanuel Wallerstein, World Systems Analysis: An Introduction (excerpt)
Jason Moore, Capitalism and the Web of Life (excerpt)
Immanuel Kant, “On the Mathematical Sublime”
Franco Moretti, “Graphs, Maps, Trees”
Mark McGurl, “The Posthuman Comedy”
Julie Orlemanski, “Scales of Reading”