Contingency, Hegemony, Universality

Contemporary Dialogues on the Left – Book Discussion

Every Other Monday
March 12 through July 16, 2018
6-8 pm
Harold Washington Library
6th Floor North Study Room

Critical Theory Chicago widens the discussion that began with Hegemony and Socialist Strategy to include theorists in discussion with each other. So often, theorists, philosophers, or non-fiction texts are read as stand-alone arguments, but they actually exist as just one part of a larger discourse–a discourse with its own assumptions, definitions, and practices. CTC will discuss the back and forth between well-known theorists Judith Butler, Ernesto Laclau, and Slavoj Zizek in Contingency, Hegemony, Universality. Exercise your reading and critical thinking skills and challenge your assumptions about the political left and what kinds of discourse are out there.

Discussion Schedule

Come to what you can–no need to attend all discussions.

March 12 Introduction through “Restaging the Universal: Hegemony and the Limits of Formalism” Judith Butler

March 26 “Identity and Hegemony: The Role of Universality in the Constitution of Political Logics” Ernesto Laclau

April 9 “Class Struggle or Postmodernism? Yes, please!” Slavoj Zizek

April 23 “Competing Universalities” Judith Butler

May 7 “Structure, History and the Political” Ernesto Laclau

May 21 “Da Capo senza Fine” Slavoj Zizek

June 4 “Dynamic Conclusion” Judith Butler

June 18 “Constructing Universality” Ernesto Laclau

July 16 “Holding the Place” Slavoj Zizek

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