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the theory of desire in the era of id

When the unconscious is engaged in “work,” a favorite of Freud’s conceits, what is it producing? What sort of value is the value that is enjoyment? Who might articulate a labor theory of the unconscious, and what would it offer the analysis of regulated desire, social cohesion, and ideology under capitalism run amok?
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Join InterCcECT for a discussion of Samo Tomsic’s The Capitalist Unconscious: Marx and Lacan Tuesday February 21st, 5pm, at The Newberry Library (red line:Chicago).

Drop at line to interccect at gmail dot com to request the readings.

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Encyclopedia Brown: a summer of Hegel kicks off 6 May

Encyclopedia-1InterCcECT will host a series of reading groups this summer, and the first focuses on the beginning of Hegel’s Encyclopedia Logic (Prefaces and Sections 1-18). Join us Friday, 6 May, 2:30pm at the south loop’s Little Branch Cafe, 1251 S Prairie Ave (Roosevelt “L”). Drop a note to interccect at gmail if you need the readings (we are using the Hackett Classics Edition/ Translation). As always, contact us to propose events, and follow us on Facebook for frequent links.

also on our books:
4 May, Fred Moten

11-13 May, Modernities: Old Problems, New Approaches

23 May What is Critical Theory?

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livable communes

barricade-paris-1871“There are moments when a articular event or struggle enters vividly into the figurability of the present, and this seems to me to be the case with the Paris Commune today.”  Thus opens Communal Luxury: The Political Imaginary of the Paris Commune, Kristin Ross’s manifesto for new futures of the past.  What does the 19th century hold for us today?  What do the practices of livability in the commune commend to our unlivable world?

Join InterCcECT for a reading group session Tuesday 11 August, 3-5pm, at, fittingly The Bourgeois Pig (Red line: Fullerton).    We’ll plan to read the entire (shortish) book.

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Presentism, Form, and the Future of History

The V21 Collective announces its inaugural symposium, “Presentism, Form, and the Future of History,” October 9-10 at the University of Chicago.  6a00d8341c562c53ef01bb07d43410970d Designed as a series of roundtables on contemporary literary study, the symposium is free and welcomes public participation.

InterCcECT particularly highlights the pre-symposium reading group this summer and fall, with sessions on queer temporality and queering historicism; form and formalism; and description and post-critique.

Join us for the first reading group session, 21 July, 3-5pm, at the DePaul University Library, room 300.  Readings include a GLQ roundtable on queer time, excerpts from Elizabeth Freeman’s Time Binds, and from Walter Pater’s The Renaissance.  Contact interccect at gmail.com or v21collective at gmail.com to receive PDFs.

And mark your calendars for the symposium:

PRESENTISM, FORM, AND THE FUTURE OF HISTORY
a series of collaborative, experimental roundtables featuring affiliates of the V21 collective
October 9th and 10th, 2015
University of Chicago

Friday, October 9
9:00am: Opening Remarks: Benjamin Morgan

9:15-11am: Bleak House Today
On how the form of Dickens’s novel resonates through time
Alex Woloch (roundtable anchor)
Elaine Auyoung
Elisha Cohn
David Coombs
Jonathan Farina
Emily Steinlight
Megan Ward

11:15-12:45: Theorizing the Present
On the continuing significance of Nietzsche’s critique of nineteenth-century historicisms, “On the Use and Abuse of History for Life”
Pearl Brilmyer (discussion facilitator)
Danielle Coriale
Eleanor Courtemanche
Devin Griffiths
Matthew Sussmann
Danny Wright

2pm-4pm: The Way We Write Now
On questions of method and interpretation in the current work of V21 affiliates
Caroline Levine (roundtable anchor)
Carolyn Betensky
Ellis Hanson
Anna Kornbluh
David Kurnick
Jesse Rosenthal
Jesse Oak Taylor

4:30-6:30 Empire and Unfielding
On the disciplinary relationship between Victorian Studies and studies of empire, grounded in Antoinette Burton and Isabel Hofmeyr’s Ten Books That Shaped the British Empire: Creating an Imperial Common
Antoinette Burton and Isabel Hofmeyr (roundtable anchors)
Tanya Agathocleous
Nathan Hensley
Jos Lavery
Sebastian Lecourt
Nasser Mufti
Mary Mullen

7:00-10:00
Affiliates Dinner
Evening Salon, Maeve Adams, facilitator

Saturday, October 10
9:30-11: Plenary, Bruce Robbins
Introduction, Molly Clark Hillard
Response, Zach Samalin

11:30-12:30: Symposium wrap-up, moderated by Elaine Hadley

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This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, email V21collective at gmail dot com.

Made possible by the generous support of the Franke Institute for the Humanities, the Department of English Language and Literature, the Nicholson Center for British Studies, and the Center for International Studies, and University of Illinois at Chicago Institute for the Humanities and Department of English.

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the limits of representation

Our archaeological dig into the human sciences continues; join us next Monday, 15 June, 4pm, at The Bourgeois Pig (red line: Fullerton), for Foucault’s The Order of Things (chapter 6, Exchanging, and chapter 7, The Limits of Representation).  We’ll plan to finish the book for the week after.

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Expelling the Demos

If dramatic inequality and profound immiseration are the phenomenological appearance of the manifold contemporary economic technologies for extracting surplus value and enacting surplus populations, these ever more primitive accumulations require thinking beyond the usual terms of “injustice” and “poverty.”  Saskia Sassen has recently proposed the paradigm of “expulsion” to understand today’s plutocratic brutality. ruins-of-detroit_marchand-and-meffre_16 In the domain of politics, Wendy Brown has similarly suggested that “the demos” has been expelled from democracy.  What are the interrelations of these dynamics?  InterCcECT is delighted to host a mini-seminar on these questions with Professor Ignacio Sanchez Prado, who will guide us through the first chapters of Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution and Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy.

4pm, 4 May, Institute for the Humanities, UIC

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While he’s in town, Professor Sanchez Prado will also give a talk at the University of Chicago on 5 May, “The Golden Age Otherwise: Cosmopolitanism and Mexican Cinema, circa 1950”

this week:

23-24 April, Radical Poetics

24 April, Salvage 2.0: Meanings/Material/Value

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What is a refrain? repetition, difference, dialectic and the knell of Hegel

The myriad blows dealt the dialectic cannot arrest its motion; the movement and form exceed the pugilists’s conceptualizations – and therein consists a powerful affinity with one of its great interlocutors, deconstruction. Glas, Jacques Derrida’s fabulously probing study of genre in Hegel and Genet, is 40 years old this year, yet the encounter between deconstruction and the dialectic could not be more new.
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Join InterCcECT as we continue our dialectical summer: Wednesday, 23 July, 12noon, Bucktown-Wicker Park library study room. The text of Glas is out of print (new translation in the works), so let us know if you need a copy. If you want to read more deliberately, the Paul of Tarsus working group is accompanying us for our meeting, but holding sessions on smaller sections in the interim.

Where does the dialectic lead you? As always, follow us on Facebook or contact us to propose events.

May we recommend a field trip? Magritte: commenced this week, defamiliarizing objects and signifiers alike.

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