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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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self-differing Hegel

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Totalizing, teleologizing, triadic: standard readings of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit are monotone. In The Hegel Variations, Fredric Jameson re-encounters the rhythm and dynamism of the text, reprising the fluidity of the negative. Come tune your dialectic with InterCcECT at our first reading group of the summer, Wednesday 25 June, 12noon, Bucktown-Wicker Park Public Library Study Room.

What’s on your reading/talking/writing/making list? Contact us to propose summer collaborations, or to request the texts.

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Psychoanalysis, Phenomenology, Paul: May’s finale; summer’s open vista


As semesters adjourn and quarters eye the end, InterCcECT invites you to propose summer projects. What are your summer reading goals? Writing goals? Want to convene a session or working group? We want you! Contact us us or connect on Facebook.

May is wrapping up with a theory bang around town; let some of these events this week from our calendar inspire your proposals to us!

17-19 May, Which Way Forward for Psychoanalysis?
19-21 May, Phenomenology Roundtable
20-21 May, Paul of Tarsus Working Group presents Aidan Tynan, “Belief in This World: Deleuze, Paul and the Apocalyptic Mood” and InterCcECTer Adam Kotsko, “What St. Paul and the Franciscans Can Tell Us About Neoliberalism: On Agamben’s The Highest Poverty”.

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the void of / in Badiou’s Ontology: a talk by Tzuchien Tho

fWith the generous support of Gallery 400, InterCcECT is very pleased to present “Nothing Just Isn’t (what it used to be): The Void and Structure,” a talk by Tzuchien Tho, researcher at The Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften and The Centre International d’Etude de la Philosophie Française Contemporaine. Join us Thursday 25 April at 4pm at Gallery 400!

abstract:
Alain Badiou inherited a series of concepts in the late 60’s that manifest a similar sort of argumentative strategy. From
Neo-Kantianism, French epistemologie, Hegelianism and structuralism, there were a number of different figures of the void, the nothing, indeed the “not”, all of which stood in as a reified repository for the undetermined and contingent (the virtual), the not-yet (the new in history), the horizon of determination and knowledge (regulative judgment). By looking at how Badiou refuted this construal of the problem of the void (the nothing and the like) in the late 60’s, I will demonstrate how these initial works led to his arguments concerning the void in the 1980’s provided a real alternative to those that he inherited. In turn, understanding Badiou’s rejection from this late 60’s context of treating the notion of the void sheds light on the meaning of his “mathematical ontology” through set theory and allows us to evaluate his larger philosophical project from a different historical vantage.

highlights from our calendar: — as always, Contact us to announce or propose events!
12-13 April, Norms of Freedom in Kant and Hegel
19-20 April, Death Penalties
20 April, Andrew Curran, Before Anthropology: Enlightenment Science and the Category of the Human
2 May, Jacques Derrida: Points of Departure

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New Year, New InterCcECTions

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InterCcECT is pleased to commence the new year with a winter line-up bookended by two special events in contemporary philosophy:

24 January, 4pm: InterCcECT presents Andrew Benjamin, “Being-In-Relation,” Newberry Library, Room B82

19 March, 4pm: InterCcECT presents Andrew Cutrofello, “Two Contemporary Hegelianisms,” Newberry Library, Room B82

“Being-In-Relation: Philosophy’s Other Possibility,” Professor Benjamin’s latest project, revisits Descartes, Fichte, Kant, Hegel, and Heidegger in a radical attempt to think the priority of relationality to singularity. For the InterCcECT works-in-progress session, we will pre-circulate a draft of Chapter One, which establishes the parameters of the problem. Request the paper and join us!

In between, look out for our February event announcement, and check our calendar regularly for highlights from around town, like:

9 January, Wendy Brown, The Protoean Morphology of Homo Economicus
11 January, Graham Harman, A New Look at Identity and Sufficient Reason
17, 18, 25 January, Andrew Benjamin, The Fabric of Existence, Recovering Relationality, and more
31 January, Pierre Keller, Kant’s World Concept of Philosophy
13 February, Elizabeth Rottenberg, Freud’s Other Legacy

InterCcECT wants to hear your theory new year’s resolutions! Contact us to announce or propose events, and “like” us on Facebook for frequent links.

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