Category Archives: Reading Groups

“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.

Have theory new years resolutions? Propose events, topics, field trips, and happenings!  Like us on social media for frequent links and commentary.
On our calendar:

Leave a comment

Filed under Reading Groups

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.
Have theory new years resolutions? Propose events, topics, field trips, and happenings!  Like us on social media for frequent links and commentary.
On our calendar:

1 Comment

Filed under Reading Groups

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

Leave a comment

Filed under Reading Groups

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.

Leave a comment

Filed under Reading Groups

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.

Leave a comment

Filed under Reading Groups

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?
conceptual-art-gallery-12
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

2 Comments

Filed under Reading Groups

unwaged labors of love

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

Leave a comment

Filed under Reading Groups