(Soma)tic Poetry Workshop / CA Conrad
Jan
25
12:00 pm12:00

(Soma)tic Poetry Workshop / CA Conrad

  • Wilder House

Poet CA Conrad will lead this workshop on reconnecting with our own creative toolkits through (Soma)tic poetry rituals which he argues create an “extreme present” for our writing, helping us see the creative viability in everything around us. 

Co-Sponsored Event: New CHS Journal Issue + Global Intellectual History and the History of Capital: toward a social history of concepts // Andrew Sartori
Feb
3
6:00 pm18:00

Co-Sponsored Event: New CHS Journal Issue + Global Intellectual History and the History of Capital: toward a social history of concepts // Andrew Sartori

  • Seminary Co-Operative Bookstores

We're thrilled to announce a newest issue in our journal, Critical Historical Studies!  In conjunction with this latest issue, CHS editor and author Andrew Sartori will discuss how forms of economic practice help illuminate social imaginaries and asks to what extent writing the history of ideas is also a task of economic and social history or a task of critical theory.

Dialogue: Design Cosmologies // Keith Murphy and Taylor Lowe
Feb
13
4:30 pm16:30

Dialogue: Design Cosmologies // Keith Murphy and Taylor Lowe

  • Wilder House

Please join us for the second dialogue in 3CT's new student-run project, DeSigning Praxis which brings social theorists into dialogue with practitioners of design.  This event includes Keith Murphy, Design Anthropologist, author of Swedish Design Department of Anthropology, UCI in conversation with Taylor Lowe, Architectural Designer and PhD Student in Anthropology, Instructor at the department of Architecture Interior Architecture and Designed Objects SAIC, PhD Student University of Chicago, Architectural Designer at AND, Bangkok

Lecture:  In the shadow of de-industrialization // Rosalind C. Morris
Feb
24
3:30 pm15:30

Lecture: In the shadow of de-industrialization // Rosalind C. Morris

  • Wilder House

Roz Morris explores the withdrawal of electricity in the de-industrializing spaces of South Africa's gold economy, many of which are are subject to the state only via the threat of violence.  Here, popular tribunals nonetheless try to mimic the sovereign state and economic life attempts a rationalized form.  What conspires here - what brings together otherwise distinct bodies (of discourse and power), Morris argues - is not so much theory as forms of existence that are determined and determining in the mode of resemblance.   


Dialogue:  Design as Pedagogy // Robert Somol and Orit Halpern
Jan
19
4:30 pm16:30

Dialogue: Design as Pedagogy // Robert Somol and Orit Halpern

  • Franke Institute

For the inaugural conversation of the “DeSigning Praxis” dialogue series 3CT brings together Robert Somol, director of the school of architecture at UIC, and Orit Halpern, historian of science and scholar of mid-twentieth century pedagogies of design, for a discussion on their current critical engagements with the praxis and theory of teaching architecture and design.

Panel Discussion: Returning to Basics — Critique and Crisis
Jan
5
6:00 pm18:00

Panel Discussion: Returning to Basics — Critique and Crisis

  • Wilder House

Please join us for a round table discussion on the critique of political economy in light of contemporary economic, social, and political crises.  We’ll be using Postone’s re-reading of Marx as a point of departure for this discussion and will examine recent crisis-ridden developments in light of that critique.

3CT New Book Salon: "Network Aesthetics" // Patrick Jagoda
Dec
5
4:30 pm16:30

3CT New Book Salon: "Network Aesthetics" // Patrick Jagoda

  • Wilder House

Please join us for a discussion of Patrick Jagoda's new book Network Aesthetics which, in exploring how popular culture mediates our experience with interconnected life, reveals the network’s role as a way for people to construct and manage their world—and their view of themselves.  Jagoda will be introduced by Lauren Berlant, and Bill Brown will comment on the text.

Lecture: The Debt Drive: Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, Neoliberalism // Aaron Schuster
Nov
28
6:00 pm18:00

Lecture: The Debt Drive: Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, Neoliberalism // Aaron Schuster

  • Wilder House

This talk explores the workings of contemporary forms of neoliberal ideology in counter-distinction to earlier philosophical conceptions of the human being (as radically open and fundamentally historical).  Schuster argues that within neoliberalism, the very openness meant to combat reification has itself become a vector for reification.   Not only does neoliberalism exploit this openness or ontological precarity, it also mobilizes a powerful apparatus for interpreting the subject, giving it a specific form: namely, debt.

Co-Sponsored Event: Conserving Industrial Materials and Processes in Art
Nov
18
Nov 19

Co-Sponsored Event: Conserving Industrial Materials and Processes in Art

This two-day symposium, held in partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago, brings together leading practitioners in conservation and collection care for presentations and demonstrations, to explore how knowledge of industrial materials and processes can inform art historical interpretation. (For more information, including venues, please click on the event)

Lecture: Bubble Talk in Ramallah // Kareem Rabie
Nov
4
3:30 pm15:30

Lecture: Bubble Talk in Ramallah // Kareem Rabie

  • Wilder House

In this lecture, Rabie will give a political economic history and a city report on Ramallah, and argue that when viewed from a different perspective, the newness of the Ramallah market does not index instability, but instead points towards a set of practices that attempt to bound instabilities into possibilities for accumulation. In various ways, debt, falling wages, and PA wage instability control the dynamics of consumption and manage the market; and the political economic relationship of the PA to Israel keeps the West Bank, as both a territorial unit and a market, subordinate to Israel’s.

Co-Sponsored Event: Writing as Archival Practice: A Lecture/Writing, Theory/Practice Workshop Hybrid // Ann Cvetkovich
Nov
3
4:30 pm16:30

Co-Sponsored Event: Writing as Archival Practice: A Lecture/Writing, Theory/Practice Workshop Hybrid // Ann Cvetkovich

  • Center for Study of Gender and Sexuality (Rm 103)

Ann Cvetkovich asks what happens when a grassroots lesbian feminist archive finds its way to the collections of a major university research library.  Does it lose its counverarchival aura, or can it carry its powers of critical intervention into new spaces?  Please join us as Cvetkovich explores this and other questions within the broader context of her research on queer archival politics.

Lecture: The Slow Witness: Syrian War Literature in Real Time // Max Weiss
Oct
7
3:30 pm15:30

Lecture: The Slow Witness: Syrian War Literature in Real Time // Max Weiss

  • Wilder House

In the context of the ongoing Syrian civil war and its accompanying news cycle, Prof. Weiss explores reflections of an ethics of immediacy in Syrian literature through the concept of the “slow witness,” a figure that is both represented in specific literary texts but also embodied by the practice of writing and reading fiction itself in a time of extreme human suffering and dislocation.

 

Lecture: Michael Manley's Styles of Radical Will
May
16
5:00 pm17:00

Lecture: Michael Manley's Styles of Radical Will

  • Wilder House

Please join the Political Theory Workshop and Prof. David Scott who will present his reading of of the problem-space of political will in Michael Manley’s first book, The Politics of Change (1974).  He seeks to clarify the conceptual connections through which Manley sought identify the political conundrums of the aftermaths of colonial rule, and map a path toward their resolution.

Conference: Salvage 3.1
May
13
1:30 pm13:30

Conference: Salvage 3.1

  • Experimental Station

Fashions of dress are paradigmatic drivers of material obsolescence. Yet at the same time, fashion is the marginal aesthetic practice where ‘salvage’ is most on the surface. In part, the ubiquity and ordinariness of the vintage, the retro, and the cyclically recurrent in fashion put the oppositional charge of the act of salvage in question.

 

Workshop: From SAIC to MODA: A Salvage Design Practice Workshop
May
12
11:00 am11:00

Workshop: From SAIC to MODA: A Salvage Design Practice Workshop

  • Wilder House

Through a mentorship program with SAIC (MDesign) graduate students, University of Chicago MODA students have been working on the concept of 'salvaging' in fashion design, theory and construction.  This workshop will discuss their ongoing salvaged garment projects, which will then be exhibited at the Salvage 3.1 Symposium on May 13.

Workshop: Walk/Pose, Movement/Flow
May
11
12:00 pm12:00

Workshop: Walk/Pose, Movement/Flow

  • Rosenwald 405

In The Mechanical Smile Evans explores the connections between the first fashion shows and early cinema, arguing that they functioned (in the Benjaminian sense) as “new velocities”—forces that altered the rhythms of modern life.  Using significant new archival evidence, Evans shows how so-called “mannequin parades” employed the visual language of modernism to translate business and management methods into visual seduction and argues for an expanded definition of modernism as both gestural and performative, drawing on literary and performance theory rather than art and design history.

Co-Sponsored Conference: Gender | Publics | Panics in the Global South
May
5
May 6

Co-Sponsored Conference: Gender | Publics | Panics in the Global South

  • Wilder House

This conference explores new formations of, or contests over, gendered and generational power emerging in the global South. Topics include: what ways do conflicts over women’s visibility and mobility correspond to the reconfiguration of (in)equalities between men and women? What role does the circulation of women’s human rights discourses play in this process? How do these conflicts relate to ongoing changes in kin relations, regimes of love, and new forms of state regulation? And how does attending to new social panics reveal the shifting lines of contemporary citizenship and the way in which gender figures in these arrangements?

Co-Sponsored Conference: Islam and Regimes of Evidence
Apr
28
Apr 30

Co-Sponsored Conference: Islam and Regimes of Evidence

  • Franke Institute

How can we think of evidence when it is situated amid multiple fields of knowledge and practice? This conference examines the problems that evidence poses for a range of inquiries in Muslim communities, from law and theology to science and historiography.

Workshop: Fashion at the Edge
Apr
28
1:30 pm13:30

Workshop: Fashion at the Edge

  • Walker Hall RM 403

A discussion of Caroline Evan's Fashion at the Edge, which will draw on diverse perspectives from Marx to Walter Benjamin. Evans explores experimental fashion’s preoccupation with representations of death, trauma, alienation and decay and what these disturbing themes tell us about consumer culture and contemporary anxieties.

Lecture: Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War
Apr
12
6:00 pm18:00

Lecture: Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War

  • Assembly Hall

Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Shami will discuss their new book Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War, which is a vivid and groundbreaking look at a political and humanitarian nightmare. It explores the horrific and complicated reality of life in Syria today with unprecedented detail and sophistication, drawing on first-hand testimonies from opposition fighters, exiles lost in an archipelago of refugee camps, courageous human rights activists, and others.

3CT New Book Salon: "Other Things" // Bill Brown
Apr
8
3:30 pm15:30

3CT New Book Salon: "Other Things" // Bill Brown

  • Wilder House

How might we understand the enduring interest that material culture and the world of things holds for the humanities and social sciences?  Tracking the object/thing distinction as it appears in the work of Heidegger and Lacan, Bill Brown's new book, Other Things, focuses on the thingness disclosed by the literary and artistic works of people such as Virginia Woolf, Man Ray, Spike Lee and Don DeLillo.

Workshop: Object Lessons // Kathleen Stewart
Feb
27
10:00 am10:00

Workshop: Object Lessons // Kathleen Stewart

  • Wilder House

Participants will bring, to read aloud, 300-500 words about something that, for them, prompts a recognition/daydream/thought/action, etc.  The writing can take any form but should be an effort to present/characterize/follow the lines of the thing that prompts.

Conference: 3CT Presents Ten Years of Theory
Feb
25
Feb 26

Conference: 3CT Presents Ten Years of Theory

  • Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society

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.

Lecture: What is the matter with Hungary? // Susan Gal
Feb
17
5:00 pm17:00

Lecture: What is the matter with Hungary? // Susan Gal

  • Department of Art History

When Hungary joined the European Union and NATO, it was joyously welcomed as a newly "democratic" state.  Yet in the last few years, the former dissidents of the 1989-era have circulated alarming letters to an international audience warning of fraudulent elections, corrupted courts, rewritten histories, and an extreme far right party. Prof. Gal's analysis will begin with the postsocialist economic history of Hungary, the discursive strategies of the current government, and the dilemmas of the opposition.

Lecture: The European Crisis And The Radical Left's Strategic Dilemmas: Lessons Of The Greek Case // Leo Panitch
Jan
21
5:00 pm17:00

Lecture: The European Crisis And The Radical Left's Strategic Dilemmas: Lessons Of The Greek Case // Leo Panitch

  • Wilder House

The first anniversary of Syriza's election, as the first and only radical left party to gain state power since the beginning of the global capitalist crisis, provides an appropriate occasion to reflect on how and why the euphoria was so quickly tempered, and what this suggests about the structural constraints and strategic dilemmas facing the radical left, not only in Spain and Portugal as well as Greece but across the continent, amidst Europe's multliplying crises and the rise of the far right.

Workshop: The Capitalization Of Nature, Or, The Limits Of Historical Nature // Jason Moore
Jan
13
5:00 pm17:00

Workshop: The Capitalization Of Nature, Or, The Limits Of Historical Nature // Jason Moore

  • Wilder House

Description: Professor Moore will workshop the introduction and fifth chapter of his book Capitalism and the Web of Life at the Social Theory Workshop. 3CT fellow Bill Sewell will provide some introductory comments. Professor Moore's paper can be found here.

This event is co-sponsored by the Seminary Co-Op, Verso Books, the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CT) and Critical Historical Studies.  This event is free and open to the public.  If you need assistance to attend, please contact jhanchar@uchicago.edu

Lecture: Capitalism in the Web of Life // Jason Moore
Jan
12
6:00 pm18:00

Lecture: Capitalism in the Web of Life // Jason Moore

  • Seminary Co-Op

Finance. Climate. Food. Work. How are the crises of the twenty-first century connected? Join the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory and Critical Historical Studies for a discussion with Jason W. Moore about capitalism as a “world-ecology.” Capitalism, Moore argues, has drawn accumulation, power, and nature into a set of contradictions that, over the long run, threaten the food supply and imperil the world’s climate. 

Conference: Words Unofficial: Gossip, Circulation, Mediation
Nov
19
Nov 20

Conference: Words Unofficial: Gossip, Circulation, Mediation

  • Rosenwald Hall RM 405

This conference will explore how various forms and modes, both literary and otherwise, have treated information misplaced and in motion. This conference will foster a cross-disciplinary and cross-temporal conversation, reflecting on various interpretations of unrecognized or cryptic modes of communication.

Workshop: Teach-In On The Syrian Refugee Crisis
Nov
16
4:30 pm16:30

Workshop: Teach-In On The Syrian Refugee Crisis

  • Classics RM 110

The recent refugee arrivals in Europe suggest an EU project in disarray in the face of a tremendous humanitarian crisis. At this teach-in, UChicago and UCLA faculty will discuss - in a dialogue with students - what the highly-publicized fights over refugee quotas between the EU Institutions and its Member States signal about Europe’s sense of its ethico-legal obligations towards contemporary refugees and towards asylum protection itself.