Marx Seminar – The Humanist, Materialist, and Economic Periods

Wk 7 Reading: Last half of “I. Feuerbach: Opposition of the Materialist and Idealist Outlooks”  at Next Door Dec. 23rd Tell me about Marxism. Go on. We’ve all heard of Karl Marx and his ideas, but could you tell me what those ideas are? Are you slightly annoyed that you hear about it so much…

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,…

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…