What’s So Great About Democracy Anyway?

Democracy in What State? Reading: “Democracies Against Democracy” by Jaques Ranciere Monday September 24, 2018 6-8pm Harold Washington Library 6th Floor North Study Room   Democracy. What is it? Should we still care about it? This question was posed to the note-worthy thinkers in Democracy in What State? to address modern notions of democracy: “Is…

Discussion: Derrida’s Of Grammatology

Of Grammatology Translator’s Preface by Spivak Sections III – VII Monday September 17th 6-8pm Meeting at the Harold Washington Library 6th Floor North Study Room Derrida. You know the name, but what can you say about this writer? If you would like to know more about Derrida’s work, join us for a discussion of Of…

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

Originally posted on InterCcECT:
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…