CANCELLED - Dialogue:  DeSigning Praxis: DeSigning Globality // Shiben Banerji + Nora Akawi
May
17
4:30 pm16:30

CANCELLED - Dialogue: DeSigning Praxis: DeSigning Globality // Shiben Banerji + Nora Akawi

  • Wilder House

For our fourth episode of the DeSigning Praxis dialogue series, two architectural theorists, teachers and practitioners -- Shiben Banerji from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and Nora Akawi from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) -- will explore the relationship between Design and Globality. In so doing, Banerji and Akawi will add to the DeSigning Praxis’s ongoing consideration of Design as a world-imagining, and thus world making or “worlding” enterprise -- a social practice that makes the cosmological into the praxiological.

Lecture:  The Limits of Sovereignty as Responsibility // Adom Getachew
May
11
5:00 pm17:00

Lecture: The Limits of Sovereignty as Responsibility // Adom Getachew

  • Franke Institute for the Humanities

This Theorizing the Present lecture argues that the redefinition of sovereignty as responsibility dangerously reduces sovereignty to a functional role and casts the relationship between a state and its citizens in a paternalistic form. The functionalism and paternalism of sovereignty as responsibility renders it conditional and reproduce structures of international hierarchy. In response to these problems, Getachew calls for a return to and rethinking of sovereignty as autonomy.

Dialogue: DeSigning Praxis: Design as Political Economy // Alejandra Azuero + Francesco Marullo
May
8
5:00 pm17:00

Dialogue: DeSigning Praxis: Design as Political Economy // Alejandra Azuero + Francesco Marullo

  • Wilder House

The fourth installment of the DeSigning Praxis series brings together a lawyer/anthropologist -- Alejandra Azuero -- and architect and architecture theorist -- Francesco Marullo, to discuss the coming into being of a world of total design as a historical process of alignment of epistemologies, practices, and theories of design with modes for producing economic and legal order.

Co-Sponsored Event:  Civil war: discord within
Apr
28
9:00 am09:00

Co-Sponsored Event: Civil war: discord within

  • Franke Institute for the Humanities

This symposium asks what are the stakes of naming violent domestic conflict civil war rather than revolution, or the Greek stasis, or tumult, sedition, insurgency, or guerilla warfare? At what point do we call conflicts civil wars and when do we stop doing so? The recent disturbance in Syria, for instance, goes by civil war in the Western media, but it raged for a full year before earning that appellation. Arabists, however, prefer to characterize it as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran and therefore feel civil war is off the mark—a terminological-conceptual controversy that hearkens back at least to the “Spanish Civil War.” Some might choose to designate the Syrian conflict rather a religious war within Islam. Depending on one’s stakes, the name of civil war can legitimate one side or condemn all of the warring parties.

 Lecture: Excavating contemporary capitalism: toward a critique of extraction writ large // Sandro Mezzadra
Apr
19
6:00 pm18:00

Lecture: Excavating contemporary capitalism: toward a critique of extraction writ large // Sandro Mezzadra

  • Franke Institute for the Humanities

Beginning with the question of globalization's persistence in the age of Trump, Mezzadra will attempt to shed light on the specific “rationality,” or “logic” underlying operations of capital in strategically important “sectors” of economic activity – such as extraction, logistics, and finance. He examines the relationship of such operative logics with the nation state form and argues for an expended notion of extraction and its impact upon contemporary capitalism before turning to a set of questions regarding a politics capable of effectively confronting this increasingly extractive capitalism and opening up new vistas of liberation and life beyond the rule of capital.

Grad Student Workshop: On Operations and Optionality / Sandro Mezzadra + Robert Meister
Apr
14
4:00 pm16:00

Grad Student Workshop: On Operations and Optionality / Sandro Mezzadra + Robert Meister

Political theorists Robert Meister and Sandro Mezzadra have uniquely advanced the study of capitalism and politics, but their considerable bodies of work have not often been placed in direct conversation with each other. 

Beginning with the “operations of capital” (Mezzadra/Neilson 2015) and the “option form of value” (Meister 2016), this graduate student designed workshop proposes to initiate this conversation by asking how these analytics resonate and differ in their shared aim to further our understanding of the abstract and material nature of global technologies of capital accumulation, and by inquiring into the political practices highlighted in and perspectives afforded by each approach. 

 

Lecture: The President’s Body and Other Missing Matters: “Conspiracy Culture” in Cyprus // Lisa Davis
Apr
13
5:00 pm17:00

Lecture: The President’s Body and Other Missing Matters: “Conspiracy Culture” in Cyprus // Lisa Davis

  • Franke Institute for the Humanities

This lecture begins with the theft of the corpse of controversial Cypriot president, Tassos Papadopoulos, from his grave in a south Nicosia cemetery in December 2009.  Working through the intense public speculation surrounding the theft, Davis examines the intersections between “conspiracy theory” and social theory on epistemological and ethical grounds, and asks what kinds of knowledge are enabled and what kinds of politics are empowered by “conspiracy theories” as well as by their debunking.

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 Cosmologies // Keith Murphy and Taylor Lowe
Feb
13
5:00 pm17:00

Dialogue: DeSign Cosmologies // Keith Murphy and Taylor Lowe

  • Wilder House

In our second DeSigning Praxis dialogue, DeSigning Cosmology, Keith Murphy and Taylor Lowe will discuss the intersection of Design and Cosmology in their own research on Swedish and Thai politics, respectively. Their work on the place of design in political cosmologies (or cosmopolitics) will frame a discussion of the contemporary politics of cosmology. 

3CT Forum: Trumpism and the University
Feb
10
9:00 am09:00

3CT Forum: Trumpism and the University

  • Swift Hall Divinity School (Common Room)

** PLEASE NOTE LOCATION HAS CHANGED TO SWIFT HALL **

This one-day participatory event co-organized by faculty fellows at 3CT and University of Chicago students provides an opportunity to think through the phenomenon of Trumpism, reactions to it, and its reverberations upon the institution of the university.

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.

(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. 

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.