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,…

the art of the concept

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How does art think? What kind of conceptuality inheres in the aesthetic? What artistic revolutions and political-economic transformations help account for the contemporary preponderance of “conceptual art” and “autofiction”? Between immanently critical works and postcritical trends, is interpretation obsolete? InterCcECT kicks off summer with a reading group session on Peter Osborne’s…

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….

Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?

The title of this meetup comes from feminist critic Linda Nochlin’s 1971 essay of the same name. She posed her admittedly provocative question to bring attention to women’s accomplishments in art history. Her answer encompasses the nature of genius, the economics of artistic production, and the ways aesthetic standards are shaped. Nochlin, who had a…

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…

field trip: The Hysterical Material

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What unites the contemporary American multimedia artist Bruce Nauman with the nineteenth-century sculptor Auguste Rodin?  Literary and aesthetic theorists Mieke Bal, Anita Chari, Ankhi Mukherjee, and Geof Oppenheimer argue in their work “The Hysterical Material” that these artists share a fascination with the body as an agent of speech, expression, and representation…