Upcoming Events

  • 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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