11
Apr 14

Next Workshop, April 24

Please join us  Thursday, April 24 at 6pm at Wilder House (5811 S. Kenwood Ave.) for the following paper and discussion at the Social Theory Workshop:

“The Spanish Temporal Fix: 25% unemployment, or, the Crisis of the Social Division of Time”
Alvaro Briales
PhD Candidate
Departmento de Sociología I (cambio social)
Universidad Complutense de Madrid

All papers will be distributed in advance of the workshops via the Social Theory Workshop list serv. To join this list serv go to: lists.uchicago.edu and search for “Social Theory”


16
Oct 12

October 18 Eric Triantafillou

The next meeting of the Social Theory Workshop will take place Thursday, October 18 at 6pm in Wilder House (5811 S Kenwood Ave)

In keeping with the workshop’s on-going engagement with historical understanding of left social movements and politics, we will be discussing a paper by Anthropology PhD student Eric Triantafillou, “‘We Rule You': The Visual Epistemology of Capitalism as a Pyramid.” In this paper Eric considers the critical sufficiency of the imagery and discourses about aesthetic production deployed by left social movements in the United States.

Questions, accessibility concerns, and paper requests can be directed to sakent@uchicago.edu

 


13
Jan 12

February 6 — Robert Hullot-Kentor

On February 6, the Social Theory Workshop will host Robert Hullot-Kentor,  Philosopher and Chair, Critical Theory and the Arts, Master of Arts degree program, School of Visual Arts (NY). The meeting will take place in Wilder House (5811 S. Kenwood Ave) at 8pm.

“Severe Clear: Sacrifice and Right Wishing”

In the context of the tenth anniversary of 9/11, in the midst of a sudden deepening of the economic crisis partly or entirely overshadowing the occasion, we hear raised from every corner primordial demands for the necessity of sacrifice and self-inflicted wounds as the only adequate response to the gravity of the situation. The intensification of the economic calamity itself has by any measure been intentional, while nationwide the only audible voices seem to be those calling for austerity and for every budget to be ‘cut.’ The moment thus urgently prompts the question of whether the seminal insight that has lapsed­-the insight from which the whole of radical modernism developed­-can be recovered: the insight into the primitive in ourselves and in the world around us. `Severe Clear,’ the weather alert issued to pilots on September 11th, 2001, is an excursus on this question that examines in detail the sacral edifice now being constructed in lower Manhattan.

The paper will be distributed one week prior, via the Social Theory Workshop listserv. If you would like to be added to the list serv, contact Stacie Hanneman, sakent@uchicago.edu

 

Robert Hullot-Kentor is the author of Things Beyond Resemblance: Collected Essays on Theodor W. Adorno; Ice Flow: Essay and Commentary on David Salle; Terra Infirma: The House that Mowry Baden Built. He has edited and/or translated several volumes including, Current of Music: Elements of a Radio Theory, Philosophy of New Music,  Aesthetic Theory, and Kierkegaard: Construction of the Aesthetic

 

 


14
Nov 11

November 21 — Larisa Jasarevic

The next meeting of the Social Theory Workshop will take place Monday, November  21 at 8pm in Wilder House (5811 S. Kenwood Ave.).

We will be discussing a paper by International Studies Senior Lecturer Larisa Jasarevic, entitled, “Insanely Generous in Bosnia”

A copy of the paper will be sent out over the Social Theory Workshop list serv later this week. Others planning to attend the workshop can request a copy from Stacie Hanneman sakent@uchicago.edu

We look forward to seeing you there.

Persons with a disability who believe they may need assistance, please contact Stacie Hanneman in advance at sakent@uchicago.edu


14
Nov 11

Critical Historical Studies Conference December 2-4

A full schedule is now available for the Critical Historical Studies Conference taking place at the University of Chicago December 2-4, 2011.

http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/socialtheory/chs/


07
Nov 11

“Adorno on American Democracy” NOVEMBER 10

The Social Theory and American Literature and Cultures workshops, in collaboration with

Exile on Mainstreet: Fascism, Emigration, and the European Imagination in America, presents:

A workshop and discussion with Shannon Mariotti, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Southwestern University, and author of Thoreau’s Democratic Withdrawal: Alienation, Participation, and Modernity (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2010)

Please join us Thursday, November 10th at 4:30pm in Social Sciences 401, where we will be discussing Professor Mariotti’s paper, entitled “Adorno on American Democracy: Countertendencies, Immanent Critique, and Democratic Pedagogy,” a chapter from her present book project:

Adorno on Democracy in America

“This project explores the American roots and contemporary relevance of the German critical social theorist Theodor W. Adorno’s critique of existing democracy as well as his normative ideal of democracy. Illuminating how Adorno’s thoughts reflect the context of their genesis, I also show how his theory can inform and guide contemporary democratic politics. Drawing from newly published essays, radio addresses, and lectures that Adorno originally composed in English during his time in the U.S., my manuscript revises the traditional understanding of Adorno as a high modernist aesthete, a cultural elitist, and a notoriously inaccessible theorist. I show how Adorno’s project is deeply democratic at its core while also exploring moments where he speaks in a different register, to the demos that lies at the heart of his theoretical concerns. Writing about democracy in America, in English, while in the U.S., Adorno translates and introduces his ideas to a broader public in ways that reflect a desire to understand and inform the problems and possibilities of democracy as they are enacted at the level of the everyday customs, conventions, and habits of citizens. Reframing our image of Adorno in the process of drawing out the lessons of these newly available writings composed in the U.S., I also use Adorno’s thought to intervene in, and inform, key debates in contemporary American democratic theory and practice: Adorno’s unconventional perspectives can revitalize our democratic politics, add conceptual rigor to democratic theory, and remind us of the normative promise that used to attach more closely to the concept of ‘democracy.'”

A copy of the paper is now available. Please email Stacie Hanneman, sakent@uchicago.edu

More information on the conference is available here: http:exileonmainstreetconference.blogspot.com

 


28
Oct 11

November 7 — Spencer Leonard

The Social Theory Workshop is pleased to announce its next meeting will take place Monday, November 7 at 8pm in Wilder House (5811 S. Kenwood Ave.).

We will be discussing a paper by Harper-Schmidt Fellow Spencer Leonard, entitled, “Cathago est Delenda! Adam Smith’s Criticism of the East India Company as Response to the Crisis of the British Empire and Revolution.”

A copy of the paper will be sent out over the Social Theory Workshop list serv. Others planning to attend the workshop can request a copy from Stacie Hanneman sakent@uchicago.edu

We look forward to seeing you there.

Persons with a disability who believe they may need assistance, please contact Stacie Hanneman in advance at sakent@uchicago.edu

 


24
Oct 11

Social Theory Workshop Co-sponsored Event: November 10

The Social Theory and American Literature and Cultures workshops, in collaboration with

Exile on Mainstreet: Fascism, Emigration, and the European Imagination in America, presents:

A workshop and discussion with Shannon Mariotti, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Southwestern University, and author of Thoreau’s Democratic Withdrawal: Alienation, Participation, and Modernity (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2010)

Please join us Thursday, November 10th at 4:30pm in Social Sciences 401, where we will be discussing Professor Mariotti’s paper, entitled “Adorno on American Democracy: Countertendencies, Immanent Critique, and Democratic Pedagogy,” a chapter from her present book project:

Adorno on Democracy in America

“This project explores the American roots and contemporary relevance of the German critical social theorist Theodor W. Adorno’s critique of existing democracy as well as his normative ideal of democracy. Illuminating how Adorno’s thoughts reflect the context of their genesis, I also show how his theory can inform and guide contemporary democratic politics. Drawing from newly published essays, radio addresses, and lectures that Adorno originally composed in English during his time in the U.S., my manuscript revises the traditional understanding of Adorno as a high modernist aesthete, a cultural elitist, and a notoriously inaccessible theorist. I show how Adorno’s project is deeply democratic at its core while also exploring moments where he speaks in a different register, to the demos that lies at the heart of his theoretical concerns. Writing about democracy in America, in English, while in the U.S., Adorno translates and introduces his ideas to a broader public in ways that reflect a desire to understand and inform the problems and possibilities of democracy as they are enacted at the level of the everyday customs, conventions, and habits of citizens. Reframing our image of Adorno in the process of drawing out the lessons of these newly available writings composed in the U.S., I also use Adorno’s thought to intervene in, and inform, key debates in contemporary American democratic theory and practice: Adorno’s unconventional perspectives can revitalize our democratic politics, add conceptual rigor to democratic theory, and remind us of the normative promise that used to attach more closely to the concept of ‘democracy.'”

A copy of the paper is now available. Please email Stacie Hanneman, sakent@uchicago.edu

More information on the conference is available here: http:exileonmainstreetconference.blogspot.com

 


28
Sep 11

October 3 Dwaipayan Sen

Welcome back! The first meeting of the fall quarter will take place next Monday, Oct. 3 at 8pm in Wilder House (5811 S. Kenwood). We will be discussing a paper by History PhD candidate Dwaipayan Sen entitled, “Representation, Education and Agrarian Reform: Jogendranath Mandal and the Nature of Scheduled Caste politics, 1937-1943.”

Those still needing a copy of the paper should email Stacie Hanneman sakent@uchicago.edu

We look forward to seeing you there!

 


21
Sep 11

Critical Historical Studies Conference Dec. 2-4, 2011

Critical Historical Studies is an attempt by current and former members of the University of Chicago’s Social Theory Workshop to confront what we see as a looming methodological crisis in the social sciences. We note that the predominantly cultural approaches to social life that have been in vogue in the historical social sciences in recent decades have proven incapable of grasping the large-scale transformations that social life has repeatedly undergone in the modern era – not least the economic and political crisis touched off in 2008. Discussions in the Social Theory Workshop have, over the years, developed the contours of an approach that strives to overcome both the idealistic tendencies of cultural historical studies and the opposite deterministic and reductionist propensities of social historical studies. This general approach carries on the tradition of critical theory and provides a supra-disciplinary perspective that grasps social and cultural questions as historically constituted. By bringing together scholars from a variety of fields, but with a common commitment to combining empirical research and theoretical insight, the conference aims to facilitate a methodologically-oriented exchange with agenda-setting goals.

For more information about the conference, click here.