Upcoming Events

  • Cleverness and Drive, or the Cybernetic Fantasy of Value: R.S. Hunt’s “Two Kinds of Work”

    Seb Franklin, Lecturer in Contemporary Literature, King's College London

    • 22 February, 2017, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    • 470 Stephens Hall
  • In January 1951, R.S. Hunt—a British technical editor and former chemist without any university degree or diploma—sent a manuscript titled “Two Kinds of Work” to the mathematician Norbert Wiener, who did not read it. Hunt’s manuscript promises to “put metaphysics within the scope of physics.” And it claims to do so by making “such quantities […]

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  • Syncing… Subject, Media, Society: 25th Annual Interdisciplinary German Studies Conference

    • 24 February, 2017, 10:00 am - 7:30 pm
    • 3335 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
  • “Not all people exist in the same Now,” claimed Ernst Bloch in his seminal 1932 book Erbschaft dieser Zeit (“Heritage of Our Times”). The rhythms of modernity had fractured society into isolated temporal worlds. While individuals occupied the same space, he argued, they lived ungleichzeitig—out of sync. Synchronism speaks to a temporal relation, a shared […]

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  • Syncing… Subject, Media, Society: 25th Annual Interdisciplinary German Studies Conference

    • 25 February, 2017, 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
    • 370 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
  • “Not all people exist in the same Now,” claimed Ernst Bloch in his seminal 1932 book Erbschaft dieser Zeit (“Heritage of Our Times”). The rhythms of modernity had fractured society into isolated temporal worlds. While individuals occupied the same space, he argued, they lived ungleichzeitig—out of sync. Synchronism speaks to a temporal relation, a shared […]

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  • To Be the Owner of My Own Person: Toward a Concept of Freedom as Heteronomy Without Servitude

    Vladimir Safatle, Professor and Director of Research, Department of Philosophy and Institute of Psychology, Universidade de São Paulo

    • 28 February, 2017, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley
  • Today autonomy, defined as self-legislation and self-determination, appears to be a precondition of freedom. Autonomy is widely accepted as the normative horizon of claims for social emancipation and psychological maturity. Nevertheless, this understanding of autonomy depends on a fundamental metaphysical presupposition that must be submitted to criticism. This presupposition follows from the belief that the […]

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  • Critical Theory in Times of Crisis Working Group | Critical Theory and Sociopolitical Crisis: Then; and Then; and Now?

    Robert Kaufman, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley

    • 06 March, 2017, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    • 3401 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
  • A discussion initiated by the Critical Theory in Times of Crisis Working Group, considering how Frankfurt School and related currents in critical theory have approached, adapted, and rethought the intellectual and practical aspects of their work in, and on, crises generated by authoritarian, fascist, and fascist-oriented movements (paying particular attention to the 1930s-40s; the late […]

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  • Recognition and Affirmation of African-Brazilian History and Culture In Schools: A Debate On Education, Emancipation, and the Formation of Black Youth Identity in Brazil

    Monica Amaral, Associate Professor of Psychoanalysis, Education and Culture at the Faculty of Education, University of São Paulo, Brazil

    • 16 March, 2017, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    • 3335 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
  • Since 2003, a Brazilian federal education law has required the inclusion of African history and African-Brazilian culture in the basic curriculum of public and private schools. This talk presents the results of my research into the effective implementation of this requirement, focusing on an interdisciplinary collaborative experience my team and I have developed around the […]

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  • Critical Theory in Times of Crisis Working Group | Historical Gestures in the Cinematic Present

    Noa Steimatsky, Visiting Associate Professor of Italian Studies, UC Berkeley

    • 12 April, 2017, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    • 3335 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
  • In the flexible realms of cinematic time and movement, in oceans of contingent detail and the overwhelming expressivity of bodies and gestures—does history risk drowning in sensory response, in ritualistic absorption, in pleasure or in shock? The experience of presentness of the screened, time-based moving image can be maneuvered and intensified in ways that cut […]

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  • A Critical Theory of Justice

    Rainer Forst, Professor of Political Theory and Philosophy, Goethe Universität, Frankfurt

    • 13 April, 2017, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley
  • In this lecture, Forst will reflect on some of the basic issues for a critical theory of justice. What are the basic normative concepts for such an approach, and does it proceed by way of immanent critique? What kind of social realism is required for it to be sociologically grounded? What notion of emancipation is […]

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  • Critical Theory in Times of Crisis Working Group | Asian Socialism, Magical Realism: What was Global Maoism?

    Colleen Lye, Associate Professor English, UC Berkeley

    • 27 April, 2017, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    • 3335 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
  • In an Arrighi-inspired model of literary history, Jed Esty has recently argued that periods of imperial crisis have also been periods in literature of “realism wars.” This account forces us to reconsider not only the question of whether postmodernism was the ascendant aesthetic of the 70s but also the question of whether postmodernism was in […]

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