Critical Theory’s 2014-2015 Events Calendar

The Program in Critical Theory announces its 2014-2015 season with lectures and seminars on the critical legacies of Walter Benjamin, Bertolt Brecht, and Jacques Derrida, and a Fall semester working group and Spring conference on neoliberalism and biopolitics. Partha Chatterjee, founding member of the Subaltern Studies collective, arrives in April to speak on non-western forms of governmentality.

All events are free and open to the public.

Neoliberalism + Biopolitics Working Group

Revisiting Foucault: The Biopolitics Lectures and Beyond
Hans Sluga, Prof. of Philosophy, UC Berkeley
William Callison, Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science, DE Critical Theory, UC Berkeley
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 5-7 pm
3335 Dwinelle Hall
**Session is currently full.

Globalizing Neoliberalism(s)?
Julia Elyachar, Associate Prof. of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies, UC Irvine
Lisa Rofel, Prof. of Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz
Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 5-7 pm
370 Dwinelle Hall

Neoliberalism and Marxist Legacies
Wendy Brown, Prof. of Political Science, UC Berkeley
Michael Burawoy, Prof. of Sociology, UC Berkeley
Colleen Lye, Associate Prof. of English, UC Berkeley
Richard Walker, Prof. Emeritus of Geography, UC Berkeley
Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 5-7 pm
3335 Dwinelle Hall

Foucault and Marx: A Disjunctive Synthesis?
Étienne Balibar, Prof. Emeritus of Moral and Political Philosophy, University of Paris X-Nanterre
Response by Judith Butler, Prof. of Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley
Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 5-7 pm
370 Dwinelle Hall

Politics of the Debt
Étienne Balibar, Prof. Emeritus of Moral and Political Philosophy, University of Paris X-Nanterre
Response by Wendy Brown, Prof. of Political Science, UC Berkeley
Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 2-4 pm
370 Dwinelle Hall

Graduate Student Symposium
Thursday, January 29, 2015, 5-7 pm
370 Dwinelle Hall

Neoliberalism + Biopolitics Conference
February 27 – 28, 2015

Lectures and Seminars

Reading the Hell Out of Derrida: The Octopus
Olivia Custer, Visiting Scholar, The Program in Critical Theory
Thursday, October 23, 2014, 5-7 pm
3335 Dwinelle Hall

On Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life
Howard Eiland, Prof. of Literature, MIT
Michael Jennings, Prof. of German, Princeton University
Lindsay Waters, Executive Editor, Harvard University Press
Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 5-7 pm
370 Dwinelle Hall

Seminar with Michael Jennings, Howard Eiland, and Lindsay Waters
Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 12-2 pm
3335 Dwinelle Hall

Bertolt Brecht: Becoming World Literature
Tom Kuhn, Faculty Lecturer in German, Oxford University
Thursday, April 2, 2015, 5-7 pm
370 Dwinelle Hall

Brecht’s Theater and Poetry
Seminar with Tom Kuhn
Friday, April 3, 2015, 10 am – 12 pm
3335 Dwinelle Hall

Governmentality in the East
Partha Chatterjee, Prof. of Anthropology and Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, Columbia University
Monday, April 27, 2015, 5-7 pm
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall