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10 Years of Theory

February 25-26, 2016

Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society
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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

THURSDAY, FEB 25 

4:30pm — Introductory Remarks
Lisa Wedeen (Chicago)

Roundtable: Theorizing the Contemporary, 2005-2015
Moishe Postone (Chicago)
Bill Sewell (Chicago)
Jean Comaroff (Harvard)
John Comaroff (Harvard)

Remarks:
Cathy Cohen (Chicago)
Linda Zerilli (Chicago)
Jim Chandler (Chicago)

Q&A

6:30pm — Reception

 

FRIDAY, FEB 26 

9:00am — Breakfast

9:30am — Introductory Remarks
Lisa Wedeen (Chicago)

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”

Q&A

11:00am — Coffee break

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)
Bill Brown (Chicago)

Q&A

1:00pm — Lunch

2:00pm — Panel Three: Immanence and Transcendence
Andreas Glaeser (Chicago), “The Political Transcendent”
William Mazzarella (Chicago), “Ecstatic Life and Social Form”
Respondent: Manu Goswami (New York University)

Q&A

3:10pm — Coffee break

3:20pm — Closing Keynote: Worlds and Now
Lauren Berlant (Chicago), “Affectivity | Receptivity”
Katie Stewart (U Texas, Austin), “Matter Poems”

Q&A

5:00pm — Reception with Ian Kiaer Endnote, Ledoux exhibition