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Sasha Langford: "An Atmosphere of Certain Uncertainty": Knowledge, Embodiment, and Ecology in Thick Time March 25, 2019 Anthropocene discourse over the past decade has often framed global warming as a form of "certain uncertainty" that demands new empirical and speculative methodologies in order to be properly known. In this talk, I consider the "c…
 
Nermin Gogalic in conversation with Jerry Zaslove: Transition and Identity in the Post-Yugoslav Environment March 18, 2019 What was then seen as "The End of History” by Francis Fukuyama was actually the beginning of a long lasting catastrophe for many of us living in the former Yugoslavia. The turmoil of political transition, which in our case coin…
 
Christine Kim: Brutalist Imaginary - North Korea through a Minor Transpacific Lens March 11, 2019 For audiences located in the West, and perhaps beyond, North Korea is a dystopic spectacle that appears ludicrous, terrifying, and tragic. This effect is created through periodic media coverage, films, memoirs, and other cultural representations that f…
 
March 4th, 2019 - 7pm Geoff Mann: Permanent Emergency The effort to understand contemporary sovereignty (“rulership”) might best be pursued not through Schmitt’s influential characterization of sovereignty as inaugurated in the decision on the exception, but by concentrating on necessity. If, as has been said for a century, we are in a “permanent s…
 
March 19th - Hilda Fernandez - Will a Cyborg Steal My Jouissance? Unconscious Labour and the Enjoying Body of the Virtual. Jouissance, understood as a sort of pleasurable pain, expressing an excessive tension of psychical nature, coded in the body, consumptive, and inaccessible to the symbolic order, is a universal characteristic of the human subje…
 
March 5th - Lee Su-Feh - Wrestling for Autonomy: choreographic gestures How do I know my body and its pleasures are mine when they have developed under oppressive systems? If our conscious sense of self is a social construct, how do we discern between our autonomous self and our socially-obligated or machine-mediated self? Lee Su-Feh will discuss h…
 
From climate change to mushrooming authoritarianisms, natural disasters to economic and humanitarian crises, contemporary ontology is overwhelmingly problematized as a multiplicity of emergencies, which calls for faster and swifter modes of action, and ostracizes any other engagement as regressive, reactionary, and unrealistic. This talk puts a que…
 
“The Utopia of Finance Capital: Fredric Jameson and The Wolf of Wall Street” In this talk, derived from a book forthcoming in the fall of 2016, I argue that Martin Scorsese’s film The Wolf of Wall Street is best understood via the critical theory of Fredric Jameson. Just as Jameson argued The Godfather is really about capitalism, we can see that Sc…
 
“Small Effects from Big Causes: The Dialogic Documentary Practice of Natalie Bookchin” In her digital video work Mass Ornament (US, 2009), the Testament series (US, 2009), and Now He’s Out in Public and Everyone Can See (US, 2012), Natalie Bookchin gathers clips from vlogs where people perform dances and discuss issues both personal and political, …
 
"Adorno's Reading of 'Endgame': Between Autonomy and Authenticity" Theodor W. Adorno's central philosophical contribution is the development of "negative dialectics." Negative dialectics, itself, emerges as the recognition of the crisis of what Adorno calls "metaphysical meaning" or the Hegelian idea that history can be understood as embodying a ra…
 
"13 Ways of Looking at a Crocodile" Starting from one of the more obscure and often overlooked literary references in Freud’s Das Unheimliche– a tale about haunted houses and reptilian ghosts – my talk will engage with a series of texts that feature a strange theoretical animal: the crocodile. In a trajectory that leads from Freud’s Viennese home t…
 
There is still a great deal of investment, among writers, scholars and readers, in the idea of "canons" of "great books" that cultured persons are supposed to have read.Mancini's talk will introduce his proposal that certain texts, positioned para-canonically (alongside or nearby canons) antagonize the mythologies of literary canons. While function…
 
This talk will explore dust and materiality through multiple mediations. In general, it will examine processes, and the invisibility of production, distribution, and consumption. Framed through Jussi Parikka’s critical lens, we will study how the “seemingly immaterial is embedded in wide material networks,” and how technoculture is anchored in a tr…
 
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