Conferences

2016 Critical Theory in Critical Times Workshop

A discussion with Axel Honneth on Freedom's Right

November 11, 2016
3pm - 6:30pm
Harris Hall 107, 1881 Sheridan Road (Northwestern University, Evanston Campus)
Reception to follow

The 2016 Critical Theory in Critical Times annual series workshop will focus around the work of Axel Honneth (University of Frankfurt and Columbia University, Philosophy) and, in particular, his book Freedom's Right (Columbia Univ. Press, 2014). Axel Honneth will discuss his book with three commentators: Prof. Penny Deutscher (Northwestern University, Philosophy); Prof. Joshua Kleinfeld (Northwestern University, Law); Prof. Fred Neuhouser (Columbia University, Philosophy); and William Scheuerman (Indiana University, Political Science). This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Global Culture and Communication; Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities; Department of Philosophy; Department of German and the Critical Theory Cluster.

Preparatory Reading Session for Interested Faculty & Graduate Students

November 3, 2016
6-8pm
TGS Commons, 2122 Sheridan Road, Seabury 140
Refreshments will be served

Past Critical theory Conferences

2015 Critical Theory in Critical Times Workshop

November 13, 2015
3-8pm
TGS Commons
Seabury 140
2122 Sheridan Rd.

Preparatory Reading Session for Interested Faculty & Graduate Students

November 5, 2015
6-8pm
Harris 108
Refreshments will be served

The 2015 Critical Theory in Critical Times annual series workshop will focus around the work of Wendy Brown (Professor of Political Science at University of California, Berkeley) and, in particular, her new book Undoing the Demos (Zone Books, 2015). Wendy Brown will discuss her book with three commentators: Prof. Patchen Markell (U of Chicago, pol sci), Prof. Annie McClanahan (UWM, English), and Prof. Antonio Vázquez-Arroyo (Rutgers U at Newark, pol sci) (see the attachments for more details about the book and event). This event is a joint initiative of the Center for Global Culture and Communication and the Critical Theory Cluster.

The workshop will allow for a comfortable discussion format, and a stimulating dialogue between faculty and graduate students. We are glad to offer an opportunity to discuss a groundbreaking work in which Wendy Brown provides an incisive analysis and devastating critique of the way neoliberal rationality its hollowing out democracy itself, and calls for forms of popular politics that may restore the promise of radical democracy.

We would like to invite expressions of interest from faculty and graduate students to form a small reading group to meet, at least once, in advance of the workshop. We will supply PDF’s or copies of the book- the commitment is to read one chapter, and meet once in advance of the workshop. We are planning the meeting for Thursday, November 5, 6-8pm, Harris 108. Dinner will be served!

The meeting will take one of two formats, either all agreeing to read one chapter of the work and discuss it together, or, as we did last year with Brunkhorst's book, each of a small group agreeing to take one chapter, and present it in ten minutes. In responding, please feel free to specify the format you would prefer. This advance ‘prep’ event will be introduced and led by Dilip Gaonkar and Cristina Lafont.

2014-15 CTCT Workshop: Critical Theory of Legal Revolutions. A Discussion with Hauke Brunkhorst
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May 2014: Inaugural Critical Theory in Critical Times Workshop: Keynote Address by Jürgen Habermas
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