Critical Theory’s 2015-16 Season

Now in its seventh year, Critical Theory’s program of public lectures and events brings scholars from the United States and abroad to Berkeley to present new writing and scholarship. This season features lectures on the concept of violence in modern feminism, the intellectual connections between Adorno and Scholem, and the notion of eternal peace, among others. This year’s Animal Futures Working Group, organized by DE student Joshua Williams (Ph.D. Candidate, Performance Studies) explores the social, political, and theoretical implications of new scholarship in the burgeoning the field of animal studies.

Presented with the support of UC Berkeley’s Division of Arts and Humanities, the Division of Social Sciences, and the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities.

All events take place at UC Berkeley. Free and open to the public. For more information about upcoming events, please join our mailing list.

Thursday, September 24, 5:30 pm
New Naturalisms
Joshua Williams, Ph.D. Candidate in Performance Studies, DE Critical Theory, UC Berkeley
340 Moffitt Library, BCNM Commons
Animal Futures Working Group

Tuesday, September 29, 5 pm
The Phenomenological Antinomies and the Phenomenology of Antinomianism: Adorno and Scholem on Authority and Law
Asaf Angermann, Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Philosophy and the Program in Judaic Studies, Yale University
370 Dwinelle Hall

Thursday, October 15, 5 pm
Feminism and the Abomination of Violence
Jacqueline Rose, Professor of Humanities, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London
315 Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room

Friday, October 16, 4 pm
Violence Non-violence: A Conversation
Jacqueline Rose
Judith Butler, Maxine Elliott Professor, Department of Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

Wednesday, October 21, 5:30 pm
“I Want More Time:” Passing and the Posthuman in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner
Donna V. Jones, Associate Professor of English, UC Berkeley
340 Moffitt Library, BCNM Commons
Animal Futures Working Group

Thursday, November 12, 5:30 pm
After Animacy
Mel Y. Chen, Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, UC Berkeley
340 Moffitt Library, BCNM Commons
Animal Futures Working Group

Wednesday, February 10, 5:30 pm
England’s Sheep: From Creaturely Life to the Commodity Form
Tobias Menely, Assistant Professor of English, UC Davis
340 Moffitt Library, BCNM Commons
Animal Futures Working Group

Tuesday, March 1, 5 pm
Limits and Possibilities of the Theory of Psychoanalysis for an “Eternal Peace”
Rosaura Martínez, Professor of Philosophy, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
370 Dwinelle Hall

Wednesday, March 9, 12 pm
Zoomorphizing Humans
Charis Thompson, RQIF Professor of Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science, and Chancellor’s Professor and Chair, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, UC Berkeley
340 Moffitt Library, BCNM Commons
Animal Futures Working Group

Thursday, March 17, 5 pm
Affirmative Ethics, Suffering, and Generative Life
Rosi Braidotti, Distinguished University Professor, Founding Director of the Centre for the Humanities, Utrecht University
Thursday, March 17, 2016
220 Stephens Hall, Geballe Room

Monday, April 11, 5:30 pm
Blackness, Animality, and Posthumanism
Alexander Weheliye, Associate Professor of African American Studies, Northwestern University
Zakiyyah Iman Jackson, Assistant Professor of English, George Mason University
3335 Dwinelle Hall
Animal Futures Working Group