CRITICAL THEORY WORKING GROUP | COLLABORATIONS, CO-OPERATIVES, COALITION-BUILDING | Questions of State

Leading up to Michael Hardt’s campus visit at the end of the month, this working group meeting seeks to explore the different challenges and failures in performances of state formation, as well as in alternative models of social formation. How can we hold open space to imagine and engage different possible strategies for a future, while also always imagining new and ever more resilient ways of protecting each other in a dangerous present? Can we do both at once?

Co-facilitators:

Jasper Bernes, UC Berkeley alumni from the Department of English; independent scholar and author of the forthcoming The Work of Art in the Age of Deindustrialization

Keith Feldman, Associate Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley; faculty participant in the Color of New Media working group

This meeting is part of the Critical Theory Working Group Collaborations, Co-operatives, Coalition-Building, co-sponsored by the Arts Research Center, the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, the Berkeley Center for New Media, and the Maxine Elliot Chair of Comparative Literature.