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  • Askesis, Critique and Tradition: Foucault and Benjamin

    Ori Rotlevy, Postdoctoral Fellow, Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

    • 23 September, 2019, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    • 282 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
  • A central concept in Foucault’s later work is Askesis: an exercise of oneself, related to self-mastery and self-transformation. The concept of “ascetic schooling” in the foreword to Benjamin’s Origin of the German Trauerspiel has a similarly significant role, much neglected by scholarship. Both Foucault’s askesis and Benjamin’s “ascetic schooling” relate to the transformation of the subject through arduous work as fundamental […]

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  • The Problem of Democracy and the Politics of Neoliberalism

    Thomas Biebricher, Professor of Political Theory and Philosophy at the Goethe University, Frankfurt

    • 08 October, 2019, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • 3335 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
  • Neoliberal thinkers developed numerous agendas for the reform of – most notably – democracy and the state. But what is the neoliberal view of politics and, especially, the kind of politics that would bring about these reforms? This is the main question that the talk seeks to address; it does so in three sections. The […]

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  • Neoliberalism, Ordoliberalism and the Future of the European Union

    Thomas Biebricher, Professor of Political Theory and Philosophy at the Goethe University, Frankfurt

    • 09 October, 2019, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    • 3335 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
  • In this seminar we will investigate the role that neoliberal, ordoliberal and conservative ideas play in the political economy of the European Union. This entails an examination of the basic set up of European Union and Eurozone and how they correspond to neoliberal designs of a supranational federation, and, particularly, an analysis of the institutional […]

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  • Mark Devenney Seminar

    • 22 October, 2019, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    • 3401 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
  • Details forthcoming.

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  • Capitalism and the Question of Genealogy

    Melinda Cooper, Researcher and Author

    • 24 October, 2019, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    • 820 Barrows Hall
  • In this talk, Melinda Cooper asks why periods of capitalist breakdown are so often experienced as crises of reproduction and why the imagined solutions to such crises so predictably involve a return to reproductive order, with its attendant hierarchies of gender and race. The paper casts a critical eye on the role played by “reproduction” in […]

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  • “As on the First Day”: The Struggle of Firsts in Heidegger’s “First Elaboration” of his “Origin of the Work of Art”

    Peter Fenves, Professor of German, Comparative Literary Studies, Jewish Studies, and Asian Languages and Cultures

    • 07 November, 2019, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    • 370 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
  • The primary thesis of this paper is that Heidegger’s “First Elaboration” of the thoughts that would emerge as his essay on “The Origin of the Work of Art” provides a tantalizing brief index of an insight into the work of art from which the later elaborations of the “Artwork” essay would progressively retreat.  The secondary thesis […]

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  • Inside the Magnetic Fields:Surrealism @100

    • 16 November 2019 -
    • 370 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
  • Part of a two-week series of events observing and reflecting on the centennial of the Surrealist Movement in art. This event is co-sponsored with City Lights Bookstore and The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

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  • Etienne Balibar Lecture

    Anniversary Chair Professor at the Center for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP), Kingston University and Visiting Professor, Department of French and Romance Philology, Columbia University

    • 25 November, 2019, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall, UC Berkeley
  •   Details forthcoming.

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  • Akiko Shmizu Seminar

    • 27 January, 2020, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley
  • Details forthcoming.

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