Upcoming Events

  • CRITICAL THEORY WORKING GROUP | COLLABORATIONS, CO-OPERATIVES, COALITION-BUILDING | Questions of State

    • 18 October, 2017, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    • 340 Moffitt Library, UC Berkeley
  • Leading up to Michael Hardt’s campus visit at the end of the month, this working group meeting seeks to explore the different challenges and failures in performances of state formation, as well as in alternative models of social formation. How can we hold open space to imagine and engage different possible strategies for a future, […]

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  • Where Have All the Leaders Gone?

    Michael Hardt, Professor of Literature, Duke University

    • 26 October, 2017, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    • 370 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
  • We continue to witness each year the eruption of “leaderless” social movements.  From North Africa and the Middle East to Europe, the Americas, and East Asia, movements have left journalists, political analysts, police forces, and governments disoriented and perplexed.  Activists too have struggled to understand and evaluate the power and effectiveness of horizontal movements.  Why have the […]

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  • The Ends of Democracy

    International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs Conference

    • 07 November 2017 -
    • SESC Unidade Pompeia, São Paulo, Brazil
  • This multi-day conference runs from November 7-9. The rise of populist movements in recent years raises questions about the challenges for liberal democracy and its basic institutional forms. For instance, what are “the ends” of democracy in a double sense: what are the ends of democracy, that is, its purposes and promises, but also, what […]

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  • CRITICAL THEORY WORKING GROUP | COLLABORATIONS, CO-OPERATIVES, COALITION-BUILDING | Global Networks

    • 15 November, 2017, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    • 340 Moffitt Library, UC Berkeley
  • Following Michael Hardt’s campus visit, our November working group pans out from the contested form of nation-state to the flows and frictions of the international and transnational informe. The conversation this month is engaged with the politics of representing (making visible) the way in which labor, bodies, and information move through largely unregulated international distribution […]

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  • CRITICAL THEORY WORKING GROUP | COLLABORATIONS, CO-OPERATIVES, COALITION-BUILDING | Life/Style after ’68

    • 06 December, 2017, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • In anticipation of the fifty-year anniversary of “May ’68” in 2018, this final working group meeting of 2017 turns its attention towards the unlikely (coalitional) bedfellows tucked in to the intersectional and transnational histories of Leftist movements of the 1960s, as well as the connections between such movements and “the new spirit of capitalism.” Unfolding […]

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  • CRITICAL THEORY WORKING GROUP | COLLABORATIONS, CO-OPERATIVES, COALITION-BUILDING | Public Spheres

    • 21 February, 2018, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    • 340 Moffitt Library, UC Berkeley
  • After the campus winter break the working group re-opens with a discussion of what the “public” in phrases like (digital) public sphere, (virtual) public space, (online) public discourse, and (networked) public good, is or might be. As issues of access and equity increasingly expand into new and diverse frames of communication technologies, how and where […]

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  • CRITICAL THEORY WORKING GROUP | COLLABORATIONS, CO-OPERATIVES, COALITION-BUILDING | Co-operative Models

    • 21 March, 2018, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    • 340 Moffitt Library, UC Berkeley
  • TRIBUTE TO GHOST SHIP. TO THOSE 36 LIVES TAKEN TO SOON: REST IN POWER. On December 2, 2016, a fire destroyed an artist warehouse space in Oakland, California on the night of a queer experimental music show. The space was known as Ghost Ship. The heart-wrenching tragedy of the thirty-six lives lost was compounded with […]

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  • CRITICAL THEORY WORKING GROUP | COLLABORATIONS, CO-OPERATIVES, COALITION-BUILDING | COALITION HISTORIES

    • 18 April, 2018, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    • 340 Moffitt Library, UC Berkeley
  • The working group’s final meeting is a culmination of sorts, intended to draw out the constellations we have been collaboratively building all along, between the contested and shifting terrains of “the state”, “the global”, and “the public sphere” and the ways in which bodies are represented in (or not) and circulated through (or not) such […]

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