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The political theory reading group

Posted on 04/01/2012

The 2011/12 CPTRG Reading Group is co-organized with theorists from the Department of Politics at Queen Mary, University of London. The group will meet at the RHUL Bedford Square Building (11 Montague Place, WC1B 3DG) and will explore the texts of key thinkers in post-68 French thought, including Althusser, Ranciere, Lacan, and Deleuze & Guattari. All are welcome. For more details please email Nathan Widder.

The first seminiars have now been scheduled and the schedule below will be updated in due course.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011, 7-9pm, Room F1: Part Two, Chapters 1-5 of Althusser and Balibar's Reading Capital.

Friday, 9 December 2011, 5-7pm, Room F1: Part Two, Chapters 6-9 and Appendix of Reading Capital.

Friday, 20 January, 4-6pm, Room F1: Ranciere, The Ignorant Schoolmaster, chapters 1-3.

Wednesday, 1 February, 6-8pm, Room F1: Ranciere, The Ignorant Schoolmaster, chapters 4-5.


2010/11 Seminar Schedule

13 January 2011 - Carl Schmitt's "The Concept of the Political," sections 1-4. As an additional reading, Schmitt's 1929 essay, "The Age of Neutralizations and Depoliticizations."

27 January 2011 - Carl Schmitt's "The Concept of the Political," sections 5-8.

17 February 2011 - Carl Schmitt's "Theory of the Partisan" (Note: change of date from 10 Feb).

4 March 2011 - Giorgio Agamben's State of Exception(Note: seminar on a Friday; change of date from 3 March).

25 March 2011 - Deleuze and Guattari, "Treatise on Nomadology - The War Machine," in A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia, trans. Brian Massumi (University of Minnesota Press, 1987), pp. 351-423 (Note: seminar on Friday; change of date from 17 March; change of time to 5-6:30pm).

14 October 2010 - (NOTE: 5pm start) - Hegel's Dialectic of Lordship and Bondage (including introductory pages of chapter 4 of the Phenomenology), plus a short section of Alex Honneth's The Struggle for Recognition.

28 October 2010 - Chapter 6 of Frederick G. Weiss's (ed.) Hegel: The Essential Writings (with selections from the Philosophy of Right and the Philosophy of Mind).

11 November 2010 - Hegel selections, pp. 266-297.

2 December 2010 - Hegel selections, pp. 297-313.

Please note two special reading group sessions, one on the work of Dr. Charlotte Epstein (6 October) and one on Foucault's Care of the Self and Ghandi's Satyagraha (18 November) will be held at the Egham campusMore...

2009/10 Seminar schedule

21 October 2009 - "Pluralism and Time" from William E. Connolly's Pluralism (Duke University Press, 2005)

11 November 2009 - Chapter 3 of Kwame Appiah's The Ethics of Identity (Princeton University Press, 2007)

25 November 2009 - Introduction to Geoff Waite's Nietzsche's Corps/e: Politics, Prophecy, or, the Spectacular Technocultre of Everyday Life (Duke University Press, 1996)

2 December 2009 - Marx's "On the Jewish Question"

3 February 2010 - Selections from Nietzsche's Twilight of the Idols

3 March 2010 - Chapter 2 of Iris Marion Young's Justice and the Politics of Difference (Princeton University Press, 1990)

17 March 2010 - Hannah Arendt's "Lying in Politics"

28 April 2010 - Richard Rorty, "Pragmatism as Romantic Polytheism"

12 May 2010 - Chapters 1 and 2 of Jane Bennett's Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things (Duke University Press, 2010)


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