Conference: 3CT's Ten Years of Theory

3CT Event

February 25 - 26 2016

Description: On the occasion of 3CT’s 10th anniversary, we reflect once more on the contemporary as an imaginative projection and a site of struggle, where the question of what can be shared matters to so many.  How do we create concrete and conceptual infrastructures of the present that are at once vital and textured, given different foci and disciplinary divides?  Exploring histories, gesturing toward virtual and actual political and economic frameworks, this conference aims to prompt comparison and theoretical innovation.

This event is co-sponsored by the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society.







4:30PM Introductory Remarks: Lisa Wedeen (Chicago)  

Roundtable: Theorizing the Contemporary   

Moishe Postone (Chicago)

Bill Sewell (Chicago)

Jean Comaroff (Harvard)

John Comaroff (Harvard)


Cathy Cohen (Chicago)

Linda Zerilli (Chicago)

Jim Chandler (Chicago)


6:30PM Reception


9:00AM Breakfast

9:30AM Introductory Remarks: Lisa Wedeen (Chicago)

9:40AM Panel One: Environmental Subjectivities and Ethnographic/Literary Imaginaries

Kaushik Sunder Rajan (Chicago), Constitutions of Biomedical Subjectivity: Pharmocratic Structures and Sensibilities in ‘Bhopal’/‘India’/‘the Global South’

Gabriele Schwab (UC Irvine), The Nuclear Imaginary: Precarious Subjectivities in Chernobyl’s Aftermath

Mike Fischer (MIT), Fukushima, SARS, and Avian Flu: Global Theory from the East

11:00AM Break - Coffee

11:15AM Panel Two: Logics of Imminent Danger

Joe Masco (Chicago), The Crisis in Crisis 

Victoria Bernal (UC Irvine), The Spectre of Cyberwar, Constructions of Cybersecurity and the Disappearing Citizen

Lisa Wedeen (Chicago), On Uncertainty in Syria

Respondents: Patchen Markell (Chicago) and Bill Brown (Chicago)


1:00PM Lunch

2:00PM Panel Three: Immanence and Transcendence

Andreas Glaeser (Chicago), The Political Transcendent

William Mazzarella (Chicago), Ecstatic Life and Social Form


3:10PM Break - Coffee

3:20PM Closing Keynote: Worlds and Now

Lauren Berlant (Chicago), Affectivity | Receptivity

Katie Stewart (U Texas, Austin), Matter Poems


5:00pm Reception with Ian Kiaer Endnote, Ledoux Exhibition