The Theory Reading Group at Princeton University
The Theory Reading Group at Princeton University provides a space outside of the classroom for graduate students and faculty dedicated to theoretical inquiry. The reading group is not a survey course of the Theory canon, but rather a workshop, a supplement to Princeton’s intellectual culture, where texts are chosen based on their interdisciplinary content and their immediate relevance to the present, within but also beyond the academy. Each month members propose and vote for the next month’s reading. In this way, each member of a diverse body of students and faculty are included in the decision-making process and intellectual trajectory of the group.
The Theory Reading Group seeks to foster cross-disciplinary community through interdisciplinary discussion. Rather than the initiative of one department, this group is composed of members from multiple disciplines and aims to include both the Humanities and the Social Sciences. By bringing together such diverse perspectives, our discussions are unique and experimental. Members are introduced to new ways of thinking by learning from students and faculty they would not normally meet in the classroom. Also, each member’s view of what constitutes Theory, a view inevitably conditioned by one’s disciplinary training, is challenged by the members of other disciplines.
Theory Reading Group Colloquium: Theory, Translation, Universality - 219 Aaron Burr Hall, April 25th
1:00PM - 4:30PM Presentations by Brent Edwards (Columbia University), Peggy Kamuf (University of Southern California), Jacques Lezra (New York University), and Peter Thomas (Brunel University)
4:30PM Roundtable discussion with presenters and Sandra Bermann (Princeton), Ben Baer (Princeton), and Lital Levy (Princeton)
Keynote Speaker - John Holloway (Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla)
Actuality and the Idea (May, 2012)
Keynote Speaker - Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths, University of London)
2013 - 2014
Peggy Kamuf, To Follow: The Wake of Jacques Derrida
Peter Thomas, The Gramscian Moment: Philosophy, Hegemony and Marxism
Jacques Lezra, Wild Materialism: The Ethic of Terror and the Modern Republic
Brent Hayes Edwards, The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black Internationalism
Alain Badiou, Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism
Jacques Derrida, Monolingualism of the Other, or, the Prosthesis of Origin
Étienne Balibar, "Sub specie universitatis," "On Universalism," "Ambiguous Universality"
Richard Calichman, Contemporary Japanese Thought
Lisa Lowe, "Work, Immigration, Gender: New Subjects of Cultural Politics"
Anthony Bogues, "And What about the Human?: Freedom, Human Emancipation, and the Radical Imagination"
Walter Mignolo, "The Zapatistas's Theoretical Revolution: Its Historical, Ethical, and Political Consequences"
Rodolfo Kusch, Indigenous and Popular Thinking in América
John Holloway, Crack Capitalism
Alain Badiou, Philosophy for Militants
Herbert Marcuse, Eros and Civilization: A Philosophical Inquiry into Freud
2011 - 2012
Alberto Toscano, Fanaticism: On the Uses of an Idea
Judith Butler, Frames of War: When is Life Grievable?
Marina Sitrin, Horizontalism: Voices of Popular Power in Argentina
Sylvere Lotringer and Christian Marazzi, Autonomia: Post-political Politics