Paris is Burning: Reading and a Screening

Saturday July 14th 6-9pm at Pro Musica “James Baldwin makes the point in The Fire Next Time that “people who cannot suffer can never grow up, can never discover who they are.” Without being sentimental about suffering, Dorian Carey urges all of us to break through denial, through the longing for an illusory star identity,…

Contingency, Hegemony, Universality

Contemporary Dialogues on the Left – Book Discussion July 16th 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…

Marx Seminar – “Das Kapital”

Reading Kapital Part VIII “The So-Called Primitive Accumulation” Monday June 9th 6-8pm at the Harold Washington Library in the North Study Room RSVP Via Meetup.com or email criticaltheorychicago@gmail.com “Production of surplus-value is the absolute law of this mode of production.” “The relative mass of the industrial reserve-army increases therefore with the potential energy of wealth….

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…