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…

Marx Seminar – “Das Kapital”

Author’s Prefaces and Chapter 1 “Commodities” February 19, 2018 6-8pm at Sociale   RSVP Via Meetup.com or email criticaltheorychicago@gmail.com We start on our journey through Marx’s magnum opus “Capital,” where he seeks “to lay bare the economic law of motion of modern society.” Our approach will be multi-leveled. In addition to being the greatest political…

Hegemony and Socialist Strategy

Towards a Radical Democratic Politics – Book Discussion Every Other Monday Jan 29, Feb 12, and Feb 26, 2018 6-8 PM “Is there a power that is not always already fucked up?” – Always Already Podcast Critical Theory Chicago is hosting a book discussion about Hegemony and Socialist Strategy by Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe….

Arendt is a Racist? Reflections on Little Rock

Reading: “Reflections on Little Rock” Monday November 20, 2017 6-8 pm Harold Washington Library 6th Floor North Study Room Philosophers and Critical Theorists are familiar with issues of anti-Semitism in Heidegger’s work, and Arendt’s relationship with Heidegger has of course been part of those discussions. Hannah Arendt is widely understood to be a highly regarded Jewish…

The Archaeology of a Silence: Hegemony and Socialist Strategy

Hegemony and Socialist Strategy: Chapter 1 “Hegemony: the Genealogy of a Concept” Monday Sept. 23 6-8 pm Harold Washington Library 6th Floor North Study Room “The aim is still to radicalize democracy, but in order to radicalize it you first need to recover it.” –Chantal Mouffe For this night’s discussion, please read the first chapter…

Freedom’s Just Another Word: The “Atlanta Compromise”

Monday Oct. 9 6-8 pm Harold Washington Library 6th Floor North Study Room Sign up using this form or through Meetup.com At this Critical Theory Chicago event, we will discuss the “Atlanta Exposition Speech” through Booker T. Washington’s reflections and W.E.B. DuBois’ rebuttal. The readings for this Meetup are:  1. Booker T. Washington, Up from Slavery,…

Horkheimer – The Social Function of Philosophy

Monday September 25th 6-8 pm Harold Washington Library 6th Floor North Study Room At the centrally-located Harold Washington Library, we will discuss the essay “The Social Function of Philosophy” by Max Horkheimer. The goal is to understand how discussions and ideas, even academic or philosophical ones, affect the world. This free event is open to…

The Fact of Blackness

CTC Discussion: The Fact of Blackness Monday September 11, 6-8 pm Harold Washington Library 6th Floor North Study Room [PDF] The Fact of Blackness Add this to your calendar “And then the occasion arose when I had to meet the white man’s eyes. An unfamiliar weight burdened me. The real world challenged my claims. In the…

Interrogating Identity -Bhabha, Fanon, and Colonialism

Psychoanalysis, post-colonialism, and identity as “a fluid and indeterminate play of difference.” (Drew Milne, Modern Critical Thought pg 287). What’s not to love? We will be discussing “Interrogating Identity: Frantz Fanon and the Postcolonial Prerogative” from The Location of Culture” by Homi Bhabha. Text is available here. Please add the event to your calendar and RSVP…