Program

All of the sessions will take place online. The program is subject to change.

Invited guests: Timothy Bewes, Larry Busk, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Jennifer Ponce de León, Gabriel Rockhill, Julian Sempill, Antonio Vázquez-Arroyo, Massimiliano Tomba and others.

WEEK I
I
6/29/20
12 p.m. – 2 p.m. EST
Introduction
Gabriel Rockhill, “Critical and Revolutionary Theory”
Material:
Max Horkheimer, “Traditional and Critical Theory
Michael Parenti, “The End of Marxism?” (this is chapter 8 of Blackshirts & Reds, which is available online here).
Jennifer Ponce de León & Gabriel Rockhill, “Toward a Compositional Model of Ideology: Materialism, Aesthetics, and Cultural Revolution
Optional: Gabriel Rockhill, “The CIA Reads French Theory: On the Intellectual Labor of Dismantling the Cultural Left

II
6/30/20
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. EST 
Rencontre I
Denise Ferreira da Silva in conversation with Jennifer Ponce de León
Material:
Denise Ferreira da Silva, “Scene of Nature

III
7/1/20
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
EST 
Groupes de travail I
Participants’ Preliminary Research Presentations


WEEK 2
I
7/6/20
12 p.m. – 2 p.m. EST
Rencontre II
Timothy Bewes
Material:
Timothy Bewes, “Is a Non-Regime Mode of Thinking Possible?” (the program coordinator will share this essay with registered participants)

II
7/7/20
12 p.m. – 2 p.m. EST
Débat I
Author-Meets-Critics Session with Larry Busk
Material:
Larry Busk, Democracy in Spite of the Demos: From Arendt to the Frankfurt School (if you are unable to read the book in full, the most relevant excerpt for our discussion is available here).

III
7/8/20
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. EST (please take note of the time change)
Débat II
Julian Sempill and Larry Busk, “Ecological Crises: The Endgame of Liberalism and the Return of Marx”
Material:
Geoff Mann and Joel Wainwright, “Climate Leviathan
Julian Sempill, “Nobody Owns the Future
Optional: André Gorz, “Political Ecology: Expertocracy versus Self Limitation
Larry Busk and Russell Duvernoy, “Climate X or Climate Jacobin? A Critical Exchange on Our Planetary Future

IV
7/9/20
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
EST 
Groupes de travail II
Participants’ Research Presentations in Small Groups

WEEK 3
I
7/13/20
12 p.m. – 2 p.m. EST
This session has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances and will hopefully be rescheduled at a later date.
Rencontre III
Antonio Vázquez-Arroyo
Material:
Antonio Vázquez-Arroyo, “Critical Theory, Colonialism and the Historicity of Thought

II
7/14/20
12 p.m. – 2 p.m. EST
Gabriel Rockhill, “The Myth of the ’68 Thinkers: Historical Commodity Fetishism and Imperial French Theory”
Material:
Dominique Lecourt, “A Fiction: ‘La Pensée 68‘” in The Mediocracy: French Philosophy since the mid-1970s
Gabriel Rockhill, “The Failure of the French Intelligentsia? Intellectuals and Uprisings in the Case of the Yellow Vests
Optional
: Gabriel Rockhill, “Foucault, Genealogy, Counter-History

III
7/15/20
12 p.m. – 2 p.m. EST
Débat III
Author-Meets-Critics Session with Massimiliano Tomba
Material:
Massimiliano Tomba, Insurgent Universality: An Alternative Legacy of Modernity (if you are unable to read the book in full, the most relevant excerpt for our discussion is available here).
Optional: Gabriel Rockhill’s recent review of Insurgent Universality is available here.

IV
7/16/20
1-5 p.m. EST (approximately)
Groupes de travail III
Final Participants Conference