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….

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 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…

racial capitalism, year 2018

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In an era of racist violence and economic refeudalization and their entwinement, what lessons can be drawn anew from  reconstruction, the black radical tradition, and the early twentieth-century political novel? Join InterCcECT for a reading group on Cedric Robinson’s Black Marxism, Monday 15 January, 2018, 4pm-6pm at O’Shaughnessy’s Public House (Brown Line:…

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…

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,…