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Contemporary Political Theory Reading Group

September 2015-June 2016

CPTRG is exploring three books by Gilles Deleuze over the course of the year. The first, hosted by the Centre for Arts and Learning at Goldsmiths, will take place at Goldsmiths College on Fridays, 5-7pm in the Autumn Term and will explore Deleuze's Spinoza: Practical Philosophy.  In the Spring Term, we will be reading Nietzsche and Philosophy in Senate House, room 264.  In the Summer Term, we will be reading Bergsonism at the newly refurbished Royal Holloway building at Bedford Square.


September 2014-May 2015

CPTRG and the Centre for Arts and Learning at Goldsmiths are co-hosting a year long reading group on Gilles Deleuze's The Logic of Sense.  During the Autumn and Spring Terms this will take place on Fridays, 4-6pm, in Senate House Room 264.  In the Summer Term the group will move to Goldsmiths College and meet on Fridays, 5-7pm.


May-June 2014

CPTRG and the Centre for Arts and Learning at Goldsmiths are co-hosting a seven week reading group on Gilles Deleuze’s The Fold: Leibniz and the Baroque, on Fridays from 4-6pm starting on Friday, 2 May.  The group will meet in room G3 of Royal Holloway’s central London building on the corner of Gower Street and Montague Place (entrance on 11 Montague Place).  The reading group will be directed by Dr. Anna Hickey-Moody, Head of Goldsmiths’ CAL.

The group will begin with discussion on the first week of two of Leibniz’s texts, ‘The Monadology’ and the ‘The Principles of Grace and Nature Based on Reason’ (texts available through Jonathan Bennett’s http://www.earlymoderntexts.com/), followed by six week’s devoted to The Fold.  The provisional schedule (subject to variation depending on the group’s progress) is as follows:

2 May – ‘The Monadology’ and ‘The Principles of Nature and Grace Based on Reason’

9 May – The Fold, ‘The Pleats of Matter’ and ‘The Folds of the Soul’

16 May – The Fold, ‘What is the Baroque?’ and ‘Sufficient Reason’

23 May – The Fold, ‘Incompossibility, Individuality, Liberty’ and ‘What is an Event?’

30 May – The Fold, ‘Perception in the Folds’

6 June – The Fold, ‘The Two Floors’

13 June – The Fold, ‘The New Harmony’


February 2013 to February 2014

After a one year absence the CPTRG Reading Group has returned with Prof. Nathan Widder and Dr. Henry Somers-Hall organizing a slow reading of Deleuze and Guattari's Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia.  The reading group has met on most Fridays from 4-6pm at the College's Bedford Square Building  (11 Montague Place, WC1B 3DG) since 1 February onwards.  As of January 2014 we are a few weeks away from completing the book after which we will begin on another text, though possibly not authored by Deleuze or Guattari. For more details please email Nathan Widder.


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 campus.

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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