The Theory Reading Group at Princeton University
The Princeton University Theory Reading Group invites graduate students to take part in a new group devoted to thinking about issues of methodological, theoretical, and empirical impetus. Our theme for the 2015-2016 year is Narrating History and Memory. The way history is narrated, how populations form identities, and the way in which memory is conceptualized are processes whose results seem definitive as much as they are artificial. The Theory Reading Group’s aim is to reflect on historical “truths” and sanctioned forms of memorialization with an emphasis on deconstructing them. Through the reading of and discussion on theoretical texts, we intend to address these issues from a cross-disciplinary perspective. We invite graduate students from all the disciplines, especially those in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Every month, we will vote on a short set of readings in order to expand the ways in which we think about critical theory, memorialization, decolonialism, canon formation, among other topics. Due to the vastness of these categories, we invite all students with similar interests to attend and contribute to our monthly sessions!
Join us the second Monday of every month at 5:30pm in 209 Scheide Caldwell House!
2015 Meeting Dates:
- October 12
- November 9
- December 14
- January 11
For more information, comments or suggestions, please contact:
Candela Potente, firstname.lastname@example.org
Margarita Rosa, email@example.com
- Theory Reading Group Colloquium: Theory, Translation, Universality (April 2014)
- Radical Thought on the Margins II (October, 2013 - Cornell University)
- Radical Thought on the Margins (May 2013)
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