Screening of Step by Step and Stars in Broad Daylight
Sep
29
3:00 PM15:00

Screening of Step by Step and Stars in Broad Daylight

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Please join 3CT for screenings of a astonishing documentary short, Step by Step (1978) and a feature-length parody of regime rule, Stars in Broad Daylight (1988) by critically-acclaimed filmmaker Ossama Mohammed. The screening will begin at 3PM and refreshments will be provided.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Cinema and Media Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Pozen Center for Human Rights.

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ABOUT THE FILM DIRECTOR - SCRIPT WRITER Born in Lattakiya in 1954, Ossama Mohammed graduated from the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1979. His first short documentary".. Khutwa Khutwa" (Step by Step-1978), a film that touched the secret transformation of poor innocent children into soldiers and stand-by killers. It was selected after 35 years to the official selection Berlin 2013. His first fiction feature Nujum al-Nahar (Stars in Broad Daylight) in 1988 was deemed by many to be the most scathing critique of contemporary Syrian society trapped in the iron grip of the Baath regime, the film has never been allowed a public screening in Syria. The film was selected at the Cannes Film Festival's Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, and earned the filmmaker great critical praise, including the Golden palm at the Valencia Festival in the same year. 

He was unable to make his second feature until 2002. Sunduq al-Dunya (Sacrifices, 2002), was selected for the Cannes Film Festival's section Un Certain Regard in 2002. Complex and visually stunning, the film has confirmed its maker as one of the Soviet film school's graduates most individual and masterful filmmakers.

After 2011 in the forced exile in Paris, he began a new cinematic adventure : “ Silvered Water , Syria Self- Portrait ”, Cannes official selection-2014 an innovative proposal for Cinema Author. Syrian tragedy Shot by "1,001 Syrians” Ossama's film is composed of a thousand images filmed by a thousand Syrian anonymous authors.

Grierson Award London Film Festival 2014, !f Istanbul’s Love & Change competition award 2015

Awards of Excellence ,YAMAGATA  Film Festival 2015 

*   Prince Claus Award in 2015 for his cinematographic and humanitarian biography     

* Ossama served as Juror, Tutor and Speaker in many festivals and workshops, including Cannes, Berlin, Abu Dhabi, Doha, MOMA, DOX BOX.


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Screening of Ossama Mohammed's Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait 
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

Screening of Ossama Mohammed's Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait 

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Ossama Mohammed’s award-winning film Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait has been featured at the Cannes and New York film festivals, as well as in Beirut, Istanbul, Tunisia, and various parts of Europe. The feature-length film is a study in the process of mourning and an avowal of cinema's evolving revolutionary capacities. Silvered Water chronicles Mohammed’s efforts to wrestle artistically with the politics of displacement and the shift from peaceful protests to catastrophic war. A product of a new estrangement, the film recalls to viewers those first exhilarating months in which Syrians demanding an end to tyranny and injustice crossed the threshold of fear. The film also testifies to the subsequent carnage. And it intriguingly complicates Mohammed's long-term preoccupation with cinematic form by incorporating footage taken by ordinary citizens. Unlike filmmakers who demand of the camera that it tell the truth, Mohammed has always been self-conscious about how decisions about locations and shot selection shape what we see. Silvered Water relocates this recognition, taking a massive archive of raw amateur footage and transforming it into cinema. Mohammed has precedents in this—Godard’s cinéma vérité comes to mind—but in this film the artfully composed cinematic collages highlight the director’s role as archivist, curator, and poet--as arbiter of multiple points of view. The film will also be screened in the presence of Syrian opera singer Noma Omran, who composed the music for the film. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Cinema and Media Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the Pozen Center for Human Rights. 

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ABOUT THE FILM DIRECTOR - SCRIPT WRITER Born in Lattakiya in 1954, Ossama Mohammed graduated from the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1979. His first short documentary".. Khutwa Khutwa" (Step by Step-1978), a film that touched the secret transformation of poor innocent children into soldiers and stand-by killers. It was selected after 35 years to the official selection Berlin 2013. His first fiction feature Nujum al-Nahar (Stars in Broad Daylight) in 1988 was deemed by many to be the most scathing critique of contemporary Syrian society trapped in the iron grip of the Baath regime, the film has never been allowed a public screening in Syria. The film was selected at the Cannes Film Festival's Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, and earned the filmmaker great critical praise, including the Golden palm at the Valencia Festival in the same year. 

He was unable to make his second feature until 2002. Sunduq al-Dunya (Sacrifices, 2002), was selected for the Cannes Film Festival's section Un Certain Regard in 2002. Complex and visually stunning, the film has confirmed its maker as one of the Soviet film school's graduates most individual and masterful filmmakers.

After 2011 in the forced exile in Paris, he began a new cinematic adventure : “ Silvered Water , Syria Self- Portrait ”, Cannes official selection-2014 an innovative proposal for Cinema Author. Syrian tragedy Shot by "1,001 Syrians” Ossama's film is composed of a thousand images filmed by a thousand Syrian anonymous authors.

Grierson Award London Film Festival 2014, !f Istanbul’s Love & Change competition award 2015

Awards of Excellence ,YAMAGATA  Film Festival 2015 

*   Prince Claus Award in 2015 for his cinematographic and humanitarian biography     

* Ossama served as Juror, Tutor and Speaker in many festivals and workshops, including Cannes, Berlin, Abu Dhabi, Doha, MOMA, DOX BOX.


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Bob Meister, Historial Justice in the Age of Finance
Oct
18
4:00 PM16:00

Bob Meister, Historial Justice in the Age of Finance

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Professor Meister was 3CT’s 2016 visiting scholar. A professor of social and political thought in the department of the History of Consciousness at UC Santa Cruz, Meister’s research interests include political and moral philosophy, law and social theory, Marxian theory, institutional analysis, and financialization. His most recent book is After Evil: A Politics of Human Rights(Columbia University Press, 2011). His essay, “Liquidity”, in Derivatives and Wealth of Society (University of Chicago Press, 2016) will be part of his next book, tentatively titled Just Optionality.

While at 3CT, Professor Meister participated in 3CT events and held office hours with students in addition to presenting at two public events sponsored by 3CT’s History, Social Theory and Capitalism cluster and a cluster of three other workshops on campus.

More information to come.

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Silencing the Past @ 25 Symposium
Oct
26
9:00 AM09:00

Silencing the Past @ 25 Symposium

The year 2020 will mark the 25th anniversary of the publication of Michel-
Rolph Trouillot’s seminal text, Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History. This conference will use the occasion of this anniversary to reflect both on the continued importance and afterlife of Silencing the Past (STP) and on
its relationship to Trouillot’s larger oeuvre. Proceedings from the conference
will be published as a volume in 2020.

CONVENED BY: YARIMAR BONILLA, MAYANTHI FERNANDO, GREG BECKETT & FRANCOIS RICHARD

For more information visit: www.silencingthepast25.com

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Michel Feher - "Rated Agency" - Jonathan Levy
Oct
26
6:00 PM18:00

Michel Feher - "Rated Agency" - Jonathan Levy

Rated Agency is a must-read for anyone seeking to escape the melancholy of the Trump era by building an effective progressive movement against a creeping dystopia.”—Yanis Varoufakis

Michel Feher discusses "Rated Agency: Investee Politics in a Speculative Age." He will be joined in conversation by Jonathan Levy. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

Presented in partnership with Zone Books and The Seminary Co-op Bookstore.

About the book: The hegemony of finance compels a new orientation for everyone and everything: companies care more about the moods of their shareholders than about longstanding commercial success; governments subordinate citizen welfare to appeasing creditors; and individuals are concerned less with immediate income from labor than appreciation of their capital goods, skills, connections, and reputations.

That firms, states, and people depend more on their ratings than on the product of their activities also changes how capitalism is resisted. For activists, the focus of grievances shifts from the extraction of profit to the conditions under which financial institutions allocate credit. While the exploitation of employees by their employers has hardly been curbed, the power of investors to select investees — to decide who and what is deemed creditworthy — has become a new site of social struggle.

In clear and compelling prose, Michel Feher explains the extraordinary shift in conduct and orientation generated by financialization. Above all, he articulates the new political resistances and aspirations that investees draw from their rated agency.

About the author: Michel Feher, a Belgian philosopher, is the author of "Powerless by Design: The Age of the International Community" and the editor of "Nongovernmental Politics and Europe at a Crossroads," among other titles. Founder of Cette France-là, a monitoring group on French immigration policy, Feher is also a founding editor of Zone Books.

About the interlocutor: Jonathan Levy teaches history at the University of Chicago. He is currently completing a book on the history of American capitalism.

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Demetra Kasimis - "The Perpetual Immigrant"
Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

Demetra Kasimis - "The Perpetual Immigrant"

Demetra Kasimis discusses "The Perpetual Immigrant and the Limits of Athenian Democracy." She will be joined in conversation by Jonathan H. Hall, John P. McCormick, and Josephine McDonagh. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

Presented in partnership with the Seminary Co-Op Bookstore

About the book: In the fifth and fourth centuries BCE, immigrants called 'metics' (metoikoi) settled in Athens without a path to citizenship. Galvanized by these political realities, classical thinkers cast a critical eye on the nativism defining democracy's membership rules and explored the city's anxieties over intermingling and passing. Yet readers continue to treat immigration and citizenship as separate phenomena of little interest to theorists writing at the time. In "The Perpetual Immigrant and the Limits of Athenian Democracy," Demetra Kasimis makes visible the long-overlooked centrality of immigration to the originary practices of democracy and political theory in Athens. She dismantles the interpretive and political assumptions that have led readers to turn away from the metic and reveals the key role this figure plays in such texts as Plato's Republic. The result is a series of original readings that boldly reframes urgent questions about how democracies order their non-citizen members.

About the author: Demetra Kasimis is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago, where she specializes in democratic theory and the thought and politics of ancient Greece. Her research in political theory has been supported by awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council for Learned Societies, and the Fulbright and Mellon Foundations. "The Perpetual Immigrant and the Limits of Athenian Democracy" (Cambridge UP, 2018) is her first book.

About Jonathan H. Hall: Jonathan M. Hall is the author of "Ethnic Identity in Greek Antiquity" (Cambridge, 1997), which received the 1999 Charles J. Goodwin Award for Merit from the American Philological Association; "Hellenicity: Between Ethnicity and Culture" (Chicago, 2002), which was the recipient of the 2004 Gordon J. Laing Award from the University of Chicago Press; "A History of the Archaic Greek World, ca. 1200–479 BCE" (2nd edition: Chichester, 2014); "Artifact and Artifice: Classical Archaeology and the Ancient Historian" (Chicago, 2014); and a series of articles and chapters concerning the political, social, and cultural history of the Greek world. He has taught at the University of Chicago since 1996 and was awarded the Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2009.

About John P. McCormick: John P. McCormick is Professor in the Department of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago. He is the author of several books on the history of political thought and democratic theory, most recently, "Reading Machiavelli" (Princeton University Press, 2018).

About Josephine McDonagh: Josephine McDonagh is Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature, University of Chicago. Before coming to Chicago she taught in a number of universities in Britain and Ireland, most recently University of Oxford and King’s College London. She is author of "De Quincey’s Disciplines" (Oxford University Press, 1994), "George Eliot" (Northcote House, 1997), and "Child Murder and British Culture 1720–1900" (Cambridge University Press, 2003), and has co- edited a number of volumes, most recently (with Joseph Bristow), "Nineteenth-Century Radical Traditions" (Palgrave, 2016) and (with Supriya Chaudhuri, Brian Murray and Rajeswari Sunder Rajan) "Commodities and Culture in the Colonial World" (Routledge, 2018). Her study of literature and migration in the nineteenth century is in process.

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Christopher Taylor - "Empire of Neglect" - Adom Getachew
Nov
5
6:00 PM18:00

Christopher Taylor - "Empire of Neglect" - Adom Getachew

Christopher Taylor discusses "Empire of Neglect: The West Indies in the Wake of British Liberalism." He will be joined in conversation by Adom Getachew. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

Presented in partnership with The Seminary Co-op Bookstore

At the Co-op

About the book: Following the publication of Adam Smith’s "The Wealth of Nations," nineteenth-century liberal economic thinkers insisted that a globally hegemonic Britain would profit only by abandoning the formal empire. British West Indians across the divides of race and class understood that, far from signaling an invitation to nationalist independence, this liberal economic discourse inaugurated a policy of imperial “neglect”—a way of ignoring the ties that obligated Britain to sustain the worlds of the empire’s distant fellow subjects. In "Empire of Neglect" Christopher Taylor examines this neglect’s cultural and literary ramifications, tracing how nineteenth-century British West Indians reoriented their affective, cultural, and political worlds toward the Americas as a response to the liberalization of the British Empire. Analyzing a wide array of sources, from plantation correspondence, political economy treatises, and novels to newspapers, socialist programs, and memoirs, Taylor shows how the Americas came to serve as a real and figurative site at which abandoned West Indians sought to imagine and invent postliberal forms of political subjecthood.

About the author: Chris Taylor is an assistant professor of English and the College at the University of Chicago. His first book, "Empire of Neglect: The West Indies in the Wake of British Liberalism," was published by Duke University Press in 2018. He is currently working on a new book project, entitled "The Voluntary Slave: Atlantic Modernity’s Impossible Subject." Chris holds a PhD in English from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in English from New York University.

About the interlocutor: Adom Getachew is Neubauer Assistant Professor of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago. Her forthcoming book, "Worldmaking After Empire: The Rise and Fall of Self-Determination," reconstructs an account of self-determination offered in the political thought of Black Atlantic anticolonial nationalists during the height of decolonization in the twentieth century. Adom holds a joint PhD in Political Science and African-American Studies from Yale University and BA in Politics and African-American Studies from the University of Virginia.

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Elliot Colla
Nov
8
4:00 PM16:00

Elliot Colla

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Elliott Colla is associate professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. He is author of Conflicted Antiquities: Egyptology, Egyptomania, Egyptian Modernity, and essays on modern Arab literature, culture and politics. He has translated works of contemporary Arabic literature, including Ibrahim Aslan’s novel, The Heron, Idris Ali's Poor, Ibrahim al-Koni's Gold Dust, and Rab‘i al-Madhoun's The Lady from Tel Aviv. For full access to scholarly publications, visit: http://www.elliottcolla.com

This event will be from 4:00 - 5:30 PM with a reception to follow. 

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Immortality for All: A Trilogy of Films about Russian Cosmism with Anton Vidokle
Nov
30
7:00 PM19:00

Immortality for All: A Trilogy of Films about Russian Cosmism with Anton Vidokle

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Today the Russian philosophy known as Cosmism has been largely forgotten. Its utopian tenets–combining Western Enlightenment with Eastern philosophy, Russian Orthodox traditions with Marxism–inspired many key Soviet thinkers until they fell victim to Stalinist repression. In this three-part film project, artist Anton Vidokle probes Cosmism’s influence on the twentieth century and suggests its relevance to the present day. This Is Cosmos (2014) returns to the foundations of Cosmist thought, The Communist Revolution Was Caused by the Sun (2015) explores the links between cosmology and politics, and Immortality and Resurrection for All! (2017) restages the museum as a site of resurrection, a central Cosmist idea. Combining essay, documentary, and performance, Vidokle quotes from the writings of Cosmism’s founder Nikolai Fedorov and other philosophers and poets. His wandering camera searches for traces of Cosmist influence in the remains of Soviet-era art, architecture, and engineering, moving from the steppes of Kazakhstan to the museums of Moscow. Music by John Cale and Éliane Radigue accompanies these haunting images, conjuring up the yearning for connectedness, social equality, material transformation, and immortality at the heart of Cosmist thought. 

(Kazakhstan/Germany/Russia/USA, 2014-2017, 96 min., DCP)

Co-sponsored with Film Studies.

Anton Vidokle is an artist based in New York and Berlin. As founder of e-flux and e-flux journal, he has produced projects such as the Martha Rosler Library 2005-2006, Pawnshop 2007, unitednationsplaza 2008-09 and Time/Bank 2010. Vidokle’s work has been exhibited internationally at Documenta 13 and the 56th Venice Biennale. His films have been screened at Bergen Assembly; Shanghai Biennale; Istanbul Biennial; Witte de With, Rotterdam; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; Berlinale International Film Festival; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Gwangju Biennale; Locarno Festival; and Centre Pompidou, among others.

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The Soup Is On: Experiment in Critical Practice
Jun
1
to Jun 2

The Soup Is On: Experiment in Critical Practice

This conference launches Berlant and Stewart's The Hundreds (DUKE, 2018), their forthcoming experiment in form, attention, and generative worlding. Apart from Stewart and Berlant, every Soup is On experimenter wrote an index for the book, reorganizing it in their own register and mode. Their collaborative effort aspires to jumpstart a community conversation about what critical thinking can look like, sound like, and be for.

Registration is not required, but is recommended. RSVP through Eventbrite or through the Facebook event

Check out our Experiments, Workshops & more!
For more information, please visit the conference website.
 

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Linda Zerilli Book Salon
May
29
6:00 PM18:00

Linda Zerilli Book Salon

Please join us in celebrating Professor Linda Zerilli's book, A Democratic Theory of Judgment (University of Chicago Press, 2016). Professor Deborah Nelson, author of Tough Enough: Arbus, Arendt, Didion, McCarthy, Sontag, Weil (University of Chicago Press, 2017) will serve as respondent. Copies of Professor Zerilli's book can be purchased here; copies of Professor Nelson's book can be purchased here

In this sweeping look at political and philosophical history, Linda M. G. Zerilli unpacks the tightly woven core of Hannah Arendt’s unfinished work on a tenacious modern problem: how to judge critically in the wake of the collapse of inherited criteria of judgment. Engaging a remarkable breadth of thinkers, including Ludwig Wittgenstein, Leo Strauss, Immanuel Kant, Frederick Douglass, John Rawls, Jürgen Habermas, Martha Nussbaum, and many others, Zerilli clears a hopeful path between an untenable universalism and a cultural relativism that forever defers the possibility of judging at all.
           
Zerilli deftly outlines the limitations of existing debates, both those that concern themselves with the impossibility of judging across cultures and those that try to find transcendental, rational values to anchor judgement. Looking at Kant through the lens of Arendt, Zerilli develops the notion of a public conception of truth, and from there she explores relativism, historicism, and universalism as they shape feminist approaches to judgment. Following Arendt even further, Zerilli arrives at a hopeful new pathway—seeing the collapse of philosophical criteria for judgment not as a problem but a way to practice judgment anew as a world-building activity of democratic citizens. The result is an astonishing theoretical argument that travels through—and goes beyond—some of the most important political thought of the modern period.

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Modes of Ethnographic Inquiry: Where Ethnographic Practice Meets Multimedia
May
24
3:30 PM15:30

Modes of Ethnographic Inquiry: Where Ethnographic Practice Meets Multimedia

Please join us for Modes of Ethnographic Inquiry, a panel discussion centered around the intersections of ethnographic practice and multimedia. Refreshments will be served at 3:30pm; our conversation will begin at 4:00pm. For more information, please check out our Facebook event

Panelists:

  • Tirtza Even (SAIC) & Nadav Assor (Connecticut College)
  • Meg McLagan (Barnard College)
  • Maple Razsa (Colby College)

Organizers: Kaushik Sunder Rajan and Julie Chu

Moderator: Owen Kohl

This event is co-sponsored by:

Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture

UChicago Urban

Department of Anthropology

Center for East European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

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Climate Change and Asia
May
24
9:30 AM09:30

Climate Change and Asia

Asia is central to the causes, responses, and implications of climate change. This symposium explores climate policy and environmental challenges across East, Southeast, and South Asia, from water politics and renewable energy to sustainable tourism in the Anthropocene. 

Sponsored by: 

"Studies in Climate Change: The Limits of the Numerical"

a Mellon Foundation Project at the Franke Institute for the Humanities

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Elettra Stimilli: The Debt of the Living
May
23
5:30 PM17:30

Elettra Stimilli: The Debt of the Living

Please join us for a talk by Elettra Stimilli. Stimilli will be presenting on her book, The Debt of The Living. RSVPs are not required, but are recommended. Register on Eventbrite or Facebook


Max Weber’s account of the rise of capitalism focused on his concept of a Protestant ethic, valuing diligence in earning and saving money but restraint in spending it. However, such individual restraint is foreign to contemporary understandings of finance, which treat ever-increasing consumption and debt as natural, almost essential, for maintaining the economic cycle of buying and selling.

In The Debt of the Living, Elettra Stimilli returns to this idea of restraint as ascesis, by analyzing theological and philosophical understandings of debt drawn from a range of figures, including Saint Paul, Schmitt and Agamben, Benjamin and Marx, Nietzsche and Freud, and Foucault. Central to this analysis is the logic of “profit for profit’s sake”—an aspect of Weber’s work that Stimilli believes has been given insufficient attention. Following Foucault, she identifies this as the original mechanism of a capitalist dispositif that feeds not on a goal-directed rationality, but on the self-determining character of human agency. Ascesis is fundamental not because it is characterized by renunciation, but because the self-discipline it imposes converts the properly human quality of action without a predetermined goal into a lack, a fault, or a state of guilt: a debt that cannot be settled. Stimilli argues that this lack, which is impossible to fill, should be seen as the basis of the economy of hedonism and consumption that has governed global economies in recent years and as the premise of the current economy of debt.

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Global Authoritarianisms
May
17
5:00 PM17:00

Global Authoritarianisms

The first panel in our series on The New Global Authoritarianism focuses on the electorate. It addresses the question why a majority of the voters in countries that have only recently turned towards democracy feel compelled to support politicians whose explicit goal it is to undo vital parts of of the institutional fabric commonly held to make up a formal democracy. Our three speakers have been carefully chosen to represent areas of the world distinct in economic development and history: Turkey, eastern Europe, and Southeast Asia. After addressing all three cases in turn, the discussion between the three panelists will explore common patterns and causes.

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3CT Presents Future Café: Cities
May
14
5:00 PM17:00

3CT Presents Future Café: Cities

What is a Future Café? It is an experiment. It is an open-ended conversation. It is a chance to brainstorm and share ideas without evaluation. It is a place to eat cake. Based loosely on both 3CT’s successful Book Salon series and the global Death Café movement, the objective of this new recurring event is to provide opportunity and space for undergraduates to collectively imagine utopian possibilities and long-term futures. 

Under the auspices of the Materializing the Future research project, Professors Shannon Dawdy and Bill Brown facilitate the Future Café, a venue where students in the College can creatively and collaboratively imagine possibilities for the long term.

There is no formal registration nor an Eventbrite as previous Future Cafés. You can access the Facebook event here.

This Future Cafe will coincide with the symposium: Materializing the Future: Urban Spaces.

"For additional information and links, go to: http://voices.uchicago.edu/futurecafe/ .

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Materializing the Future: Urban Space
May
11
2:30 PM14:30

Materializing the Future: Urban Space

This event brings together visionary urban designers whose practices are shaping the future of the city in Chicago, New York, and Cape Town. The aim is to spark a conversation across the disciplines about how materiality, temporality, and social praxis might inform radically alternative urban futures. Sponsored under the Materializing the Future initiative of 3CT’s Object Cultures Project and open to all, our distinguished guests will be:

Emmanuel Pratt, Sweet Water Foundation, Chicago, IL

Sweet Water Foundation practices Regenerative Neighborhood Development, a creative and regenerative social justice method, that creates safe and inspiring spaces and curates healthy, intergenerational communities that transform the ecology of once-blighted neighborhoods.

Ilze and Heinrich Wolff, Wolff Architects, Cape Town, S.A.

Wolff is a design studio concerned with developing an architectural practice of consequence through the mediums of design, advocacy, research and documentation. Ilze Wolff co-founded Open House Architecture in 2007, a transdisciplinary research practice that develops documentation, exhibits, and tours of industrial spaces in urban South Africa. Heinrich Wolff was the 2005 Lubetkin Award winner and elected Designer of the Future by the Wouter Mikmak Foundation.

Michael Sorkin, Michael Sorkin Studio, New York, NY

Michael Sorkin Studio is a global design practice devoted to both practical and theoretical projects at all scales with a special interest in the city and green architecture. The studio is based in New York City and maintains satellite offices in Shanghai and Xi’an, China.

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1918: The Constitutional Anomalies of Insurgent Universality” by Massimiliano Tomba
May
7
12:00 PM12:00

1918: The Constitutional Anomalies of Insurgent Universality” by Massimiliano Tomba

Massimiliano Tomba will be presenting his paper "1918: The Constitutional Anomalies of Insurgent Universality” at the Political Theory Workshop. 

Massimiliano Tomba is a professor at the History of Consciousness Department in UC Santa Cruz. His new project, “Insurgent Universality” is about the plurality of revolutions that intersected in the French Revolution, which he considers from the perspective of the insurgency of the slaves in the Haitian revolution and the insurgencies of women and the poor in France. He makes a case for an alternative tradition of “insurgent universality” that challenges the dominant conception of universalism in several ways. “Insurgent universality” constitutes a different tradition that, on the one side, holds together political experiments, such as the Paris Commune and the first Soviet Constitution, both of which question the statist-juridical conception of citizenship, and on the other side, allows us to think of different pathways of modernization, which bridge Western and non-Western juridical, political and economic conceptions.

 

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3CT Presents Future Café: Intimacy
May
3
5:00 PM17:00

3CT Presents Future Café: Intimacy

What is a Future Café? It is an experiment. It is an open-ended conversation. It is a chance to brainstorm and share ideas without evaluation. It is a place to eat cake. Based loosely on both 3CT’s successful Book Salon series and the global Death Café movement, the objective of this new recurring event is to provide opportunity and space for undergraduates to collectively imagine utopian possibilities and long-term futures. 

Under the auspices of the Materializing the Future research project, Professors Shannon Dawdy and Bill Brown facilitate the Future Café, a venue where students in the College can creatively and collaboratively imagine possibilities for the long term. 

"For additional information and links, go to: http://voices.uchicago.edu/futurecafe/ .

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Tone, Tact and Meaning in Ethnographic and Documentary Film
Apr
12
6:30 PM18:30

Tone, Tact and Meaning in Ethnographic and Documentary Film

Michael M.J. Fischer (MIT) and Thorsten Trimpop (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)   

Thorsten Trimpop’s film, Furusato 古里, is a human-scale portrait of a small town in Japan’s nuclear exclusion zone. It premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival Leipzig (DOK Leipzig) where it won the grand prize, the Golden Dove. 

Currently, it's touring film festivals worldwide and is in theatrical release in 52 cities in Germany and Austria. 

The film will be shown, followed by a discussion with the filmmaker (Trimpop) and anthropologist (Fischer). Trimpop and Fischer co-taught a class at MIT last year exploring ethnographic filmmaking and particularly the fast-changing partnership between technologies and ways of seeing. 

Food will be served in Cobb Hall 402 at 6:30pm

Screening and lecture will begin at 7:00pm in the Film Studies Center (Cobb Hall 306)

Fischer's interest is in broadening the tools of ethnographic “writing” (including both epistemological frames from other media, and incorporating other media for ethnographic and social theory purposes). 

Furusato 古里 translates, roughly, as “home”, but also more poignantly evokes the landscapes both of our origin and birth, but also our death.  

Such “structures of feeling” are themselves of ethnographic interest, as are the transnational structures of feeling that motivate a filmmaker to take up the years that it takes to produce such a film.    

Furusato 古里 reveals the unusual relationship between a landscape and its inhabitants. Over the course of a thousand years, the exuberant nature of Japan’s eastern coast has become interwoven in the lives of its people. Here, the earth is sacred—but now, it is tainted with the invisible danger of radiation. For those who have decided to stay, the rural scene surrounding the crippled Fukushima Daiishi nuclear power plant remains the place they call home – their furusato, the first landscape they experience as children and the last one they will see before they die. A monumental portrait of wounded nature and the unsung costs of progress, the film illuminates the struggle of daily existence amidst the greatest nuclear disaster of our time. Here, no one measures in half-lives. This is about eternity.

 

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Beyond Satire: What Lubitsch, Genet, and Claudel Can Tell Us About Ideology Today.
Apr
10
5:00 PM17:00

Beyond Satire: What Lubitsch, Genet, and Claudel Can Tell Us About Ideology Today.

Please join us for a talk with Aaron Schuster on contemporary satire and ideology: 

Can there still be political comedy when politics has itself become an unsurpassable comedy, a self-satire to beat all satires? Today we ought to reverse Marx's famous formula: instead of history as the farcical repetition of what previously possessed tragic dignity,  contemporary reality presents itself as "the first time as farce, the second time as tragedy." This is the lesson of Jean Genet's play The Balcony, a subversive political comedy that takes place almost entirely inside a fancy brothel. What begins as a seemingly inconsequential sex farce ends as a deadly serious political tragedy when the clownish troupe of brothel-goers effectively seize the reigns of power.

In this talk, I will focus on three artworks, Ernst Lubitsch's film To Be or Not To Be, Genet's The Balcony, and Paul Claudel's play The Hostage, to outline some of the ways that ideology works today.

Aaron Schuster is a philosopher and writer, based in Amsterdam. He is the author of The Trouble with Pleasure: Deleuze and Psychoanalysis (MIT Press, 2016). He is currently working on two book projects: Spasm: A Philosophy of Tickling, forthcoming from Cabinet Books, and, together with William Mazzarella and Eric Santner, Sovereignty Inc.: Three Inquiries in Politics and Enjoyment, to appear in the Trios Series of the University of Chicago Press. In 2016 he was a visiting professor at the University of Chicago.

 

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The Digital and the Analog
Apr
9
4:30 PM16:30

The Digital and the Analog

 

Please join us for a talk with Alexander Galloway and Ivan Ascher on analogicity, digitality, and information theory. Galloway and Ascher will be discussing the ways in which analogicity has defined itself as an alternative to digitality - how "pure" information always encounters its supplement (or opposite) in the form of real materiality (bitcoin's consumption of energy being one prime example).

Alexander R. Galloway is a writer and computer programer working on issues in philosophy, technology, and theories of mediation. He is author of several books on digital media and critical theory, including The Interface Effect (Polity, 2012). His collaboration with Eugene Thacker and McKenzie Wark, Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation, has recently been published by the University of Chicago Press. With Jason E. Smith, Galloway co-translated the Tiqqun book Introduction to Civil War(Semiotext[e], 2010). For ten years he worked with RSG on Carnivore, Kriegspiel and other software projects. Galloway's newest project is a monograph on the work of François Laruelle, published in October 2014.

Ivan Ascher teaches social and political theory at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His current research is on the continued relevance of Karl Marx and Max Weber for a critique of contemporary capitalism. He is also developing a new research project on the university in the age of neoliberalism.

Please RSVP via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-digital-and-the-analog-tickets-44195454795

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3CT Presents Future Café: Transportation
Apr
5
5:00 PM17:00

3CT Presents Future Café: Transportation

What is a Future Café? It is an experiment. It is an open-ended conversation. It is a chance to brainstorm and share ideas without evaluation. It is a place to eat cake. Based loosely on both 3CT’s successful Book Salon series and the global Death Café movement, the objective of this new recurring event is to provide opportunity and space for undergraduates to collectively imagine utopian possibilities and long-term futures. 

Under the auspices of the Materializing the Future research project, Professors Shannon Dawdy and Bill Brown facilitate the Future Café, a venue where students in the College can creatively and collaboratively imagine possibilities for the long term. 

"For additional information and links, go to: http://voices.uchicago.edu/futurecafe/ .

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3CT Presents Future Café: Post-Capitalism and Labor
Mar
1
5:00 PM17:00

3CT Presents Future Café: Post-Capitalism and Labor

What is a Future Café? It is an experiment. It is an open-ended conversation. It is a chance to brainstorm and share ideas without evaluation. It is a place to eat cake. Based loosely on both 3CT’s successful Book Salon series and the global Death Café movement, the objective of this new recurring event is to provide opportunity and space for undergraduates to collectively imagine utopian possibilities and long-term futures. 

Under the auspices of the Materializing the Future research project, Professors Shannon Dawdy and Bill Brown facilitate the Future Café, a venue where students in the College can creatively and collaboratively imagine possibilities for the long term. 

"For additional information and links, go to: http://voices.uchicago.edu/futurecafe/ .

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Terrell Carver, Marx & Engels's "German ideology" update: fabrications receptions, questions
Feb
28
5:30 PM17:30

Terrell Carver, Marx & Engels's "German ideology" update: fabrications receptions, questions

This illustrated talk presents an overview of very recent historical and analytical research on Marx and Engels, arguing that The German Ideology “never took place,” considering how and why activists become “thinkers,” and exploring what difference a practice-based contextual approach might make to the discourses through which political theory is defined in scholarly and other communities.

Terrell Carver is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Bristol, UK. He has published widely on Marx, Engels and Marxisms, and also on sex, gender and sexualities. He is co-general editor of the Palgrave Macmillan book series "Marx, Engels, and Marxisms" and co-editor of the journal Contemporary Political Theory. Currently he is Program co-chair for the 25th IPSA World Congress of Political Science in Brisbane,July 21-25, 2018.

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Thomas Dodman, What Nostalgia Was: War, Empire, and the Time of a Deadly Emotion
Feb
27
6:00 PM18:00

Thomas Dodman, What Nostalgia Was: War, Empire, and the Time of a Deadly Emotion

Nostalgia today is seen as essentially benign, a wistful longing for the past. This wasn't always the case, however: from the late seventeenth century through the end of the nineteenth, nostalgia denoted a form of homesickness so extreme that it could sometimes be deadly.

What Nostalgia Was unearths that history. Thomas Dodman begins his story in Basel, where a nineteen-year-old medical student invented the new diagnosis, modeled on prevailing notions of melancholy. From there, Dodman traces its spread through the European republic of letters and into Napoleon's armies, as French soldiers far from home were diagnosed and treated for the disease. Nostalgia then gradually transformed from a medical term to a more expansive cultural concept, one that encompassed Romantic notions of the aesthetic pleasure of suffering. But the decisive shift toward its contemporary meaning occurred in the colonies, where Frenchmen worried about racial and cultural mixing came to view moderate homesickness as salutary. An afterword reflects on how the history of nostalgia can help us understand the transformations of the modern world, rounding out a surprising, fascinating tour through the history of a durable idea.


Thomas Dodman is Assistant Professor in the Department of French and the College at Columbia University. He is the author of What Nostalgia Was: War, Empire and the Time of a Deadly Emotion(Chicago, 2018) and is currently co-editing a global history of war for the Éditions du Seuil. A cultural and intellectual historian of modern France, Dr.Dodman received his PhD from the University of Chicago and was a Mellon Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He previously taught at Boston College and currently serves as associate editor for Emotion Review.

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Future Cafe and Doc Films Present: Afrofuturism
Feb
26
5:30 PM17:30

Future Cafe and Doc Films Present: Afrofuturism

Future Cafe: 5:30-6:45 PM

Sankofa: 7 - 9:10 PM; $5.00 at the door (cash or card)

3CT's Future Cafe and Doc Films are pleased to contribute their collaborative effort to Doc Film's Afrofuturism series. Please join us for a discussion moderated by Professor Shannon Dawdy and Doc Films Series Programmer Jola Idowu, followed by a screening of Sankofa. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Afrofuturism has been a part of the African and African Diaspora experience in all generations from slavery, to the Great Migration, Civil Rights, and today. The desire for a better and more equitable future that offers a site of healing for both the past and the present has been an integral part of the Black experience. In celebration of the end to our Afrofuturist series, Doc Films and 3CT present FutureCafe.2: Afrofuturism. Join us as we host a conversation on imagining a Black future in an uncertain present and what defines a Black Future. The conversation will be moderated by Professor Shannon Dawdy, Anthropology, and "The Future Is Black: Afrofuturism in Film" programmer, Jola Idowu. After the conversation, guests are free to transition to Ida Noyes Theater for a screening of a seminal film of Afrofuturism, Sankofa by Haile Gerima.

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3CT Presents the next Future Café: Climate Change
Feb
1
4:30 PM16:30

3CT Presents the next Future Café: Climate Change

The next meeting of the Future Café will take place Thursday, February 1st, from 4:30-6:00 pm in Wilder House with the student-selected topic of long-term human responses to Climate Change. Participants are invited to check out the following optional media pieces that can be used to launch the discussion:

1) "Six Ways We Can Adapt to Climate Change" 

2) Snowpiercer (Bong Joon-Ho, 2013)

All undergraduates are welcome to participate. Registration is highly encouraged as seating is limited. RSVP via Eventbrite  or on Facebook

What is a Future Café? It is an experiment. It is an open-ended conversation. It is a chance to brainstorm and share ideas without evaluation. It is a place to eat cake. Based loosely on both 3CT’s successful Book Salon series and the global Death Café movement, the objective of this new recurring event is to provide opportunity and space for undergraduates to collectively imagine utopian possibilities and long-term futures. 

Under the auspices of the Materializing the Future research project, Professors Shannon Dawdy and Bill Brown facilitate the Future Café, a venue where students in the College can creatively and collaboratively imagine possibilities for the long term. 

"For additional information and links, go to: http://voices.uchicago.edu/futurecafe/ .

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"Where have all the leaders gone?" with Michael Hardt
Jan
18
4:30 PM16:30

"Where have all the leaders gone?" with Michael Hardt

We continue to witness each year the eruption of “leaderless” social movements.  From North Africa and the Middle East to Europe, the Americas, and East Asia, movements have left journalists, political analysts, police forces, and governments disoriented and perplexed.  Activists too have struggled to understand and evaluate the power and effectiveness of horizontal movements.  Why have the movements, which express the needs and desires of so many, not been able to achieve lasting change and a more just society?  Many assume that if only social movements could find new leaders they would return to their earlier glory and be able to sustain and achieve projects of social transformation and liberation.  Where, they ask, are the new Martin Luther King Jr.s, Rudi Dutschkes, Patrice Lumumbas, and Stephen Bikos?  Where have all the leaders gone? 

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Future Café
Nov
29
4:30 PM16:30

Future Café

Please join 3CT’s new venture into the future. Under the auspices of the Materializing the Future research project, Professors Shannon Dawdy and Bill Brown will facilitate the Future Café, a venue where students in the College can creatively and collaboratively imagine possibilities for the long term. 

What is a Future Café? It is an experiment. It is an open-ended conversation. It is a chance to brainstorm and share ideas without evaluation. It is a place to eat cake. Based loosely on both 3CT’s successful Book Salon series and the global Death Café movement, the objective of this new recurring event is to provide opportunity and space for undergraduates to collectively imagine utopian possibilities and long-term futures. What sort of ideas appeal in the present moment? What projects are already underway? What is neo-futurism, or futurology? What is the role of imagination in shaping politics, the environment, and social life? How might radical futures be brought into being? Each café will have a general theme linked to an optional discussion piece such as a podcast, a piece of fiction or journalism, a film, or a museum exhibit.

Future Café will take place on the first Thursday of every month from 4:30-6:00 PM in Wilder House.

February 1

March 1 

April 5 

May 3

June 7 

 All undergraduates are welcome to participate. Registration is highly encouraged as seating is limited. RSVP at the Eventbrite link here or on Facebook.

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New Book Salon: Pharmocracy
Nov
20
6:00 PM18:00

New Book Salon: Pharmocracy

Please join us for the first New Book Salon of the academic year. Kaushik Sunder Rajan will be discussing his latest publication, Pharmocracy


Continuing his pioneering theoretical explorations into the relationships among biosciences, the market, and political economy, Rajan introduces the concept of pharmocracy to explain the structure and operation of the global hegemony of the multinational pharmaceutical industry. He reveals pharmocracy's logic in two case studies from contemporary India: the controversial introduction of an HPV vaccine in 2010, and the Indian Patent Office's denial of a patent for an anticancer drug in 2006 and ensuing legal battles. In each instance health was appropriated by capital and transformed from an embodied state of well-being into an abstract category made subject to capital's interests. These cases demonstrate the precarious situation in which pharmocracy places democracy, as India's accommodation of global pharmaceutical regulatory frameworks pits the interests of its citizens against those of international capital. Sunder Rajan's insights into this dynamic make clear the high stakes of pharmocracy's intersection with health, politics, and democracy.

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Not Reading: 2017 English Graduate Conference
Nov
2
to Nov 3

Not Reading: 2017 English Graduate Conference

The 2017 Conference of the English Department Graduate Students at the University of Chicago invites students, faculty, and local (not) readers to a conference on the relevance of "not reading" to the cultures, practices, and institutions of literature. Our conference begins with a simple contention: every act of reading entails an implicit decision not to read something else—and, indeed, not to engage in an activity other than reading. How can an acknowledgement of this fact help us rethink some of the most pressing issues of literary study today, including new interpretive methodologies, canonicity, patterns of publication, the work of reading, lost texts, the archive, or the politics of what we (don't) read?

Conference Website: https://voices.uchicago.edu/notreadinguofc/

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Co-Sponsored Event: Round table discussion with Françoise Vergés
Oct
19
6:00 PM18:00

Co-Sponsored Event: Round table discussion with Françoise Vergés

  • Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Terrace Seminar Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

 

Presented by Logan Center Exhibitions in partnership with the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CT).

Drawing on her writings and extensive research on postcoloniality, racism and the work of Pan-Africanist scholars such as Aimé Césaire, post-colonial theorist Françoise Vergés leads a discussion on the origins of pan-Africanism and considers its contemporary articulations in the culture and politics of the African diaspora.  

This event is part of the multiyear research project and public program, The Ties that Bind: Waves of Pan-Africanism in Contemporary Art and Society. The first convening, Returns, presents a series of public programs that takes place at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts from October 13 – 15, and October 19, 2017. For more information, please visit the website

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Conspiracy/Theory Conference
Oct
6
to Oct 7

Conspiracy/Theory Conference

Please join us for a two-day conference entitled Conspiracy/Theory where we'll be discussing the theoretical in conspiracy and the conspiratorial in critical theory.  Participants will explore the conditions for knowing in a world where there is often too much information but not of the right kind to judge evidence, ascertain the nature of truth claims, or resolve issues of agency and intent.  And, we'll be examining how and when intuition, experience, and judgement become marked as either conspiratorial or theoretical --trying to understand the elective affinities between conspiracy and theory while appreciating the seductions of each.

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