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"Teach-in" for Critical Theory in the Global South Project

When: Monday, November 13, 2017
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM  

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Graduate Students

Contact: Sarah Peters   847.491.3864

Group: Critical Theory

International Education Week

Category: Global & Civic Engagement


As part of Northwestern’s participation in the new International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs (I.C.C.T.P.) the Critical Theory Cluster will soon hold an inaugural event for one of its Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-supported new initiatives focusing on Critical Theory in the Global South. The event will welcome professors and participants working in critical theory from universities in South Africa, Chile, Mexico, and Peru in cooperation with professors from Northwestern, Yale, Rutgers, and Fordham.​

As part of this initiative, on Monday, November 13, we will be holding a series of public workshops and “teach-ins,” whose aim is to gather together graduate students and faculty at Northwestern whose research interests overlap with one or more of the inter-university cooperative projects.

The themes and speakers for these sessions are listed below.

The workshops will offer participants an opportunity to interact with prominent critical theory scholars from a range of universities with whom Northwestern is instituting cooperations initially funded from 2017 to ​2020.

If you would like to participate in one or more of the below sessions, please send a preliminary expression of interest to David Johnson at


​Session One, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. (Kresge 3438)
Topic: Aesthetics and the Critique of Political Theology
Conveners: Eduardo Sabrovsky (Universidad Diego Portales, Chile) and Peter Fenves (German, Northwestern), with the participation of Javier Burdman (Northwestern graduate project fellow)​

Session Two, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. (John Evans Center, Living Room)
Topic: Afro-Pessimism, North and South (Appropriation and Its Discontents)
Conveners: Huey Copeland (Art History and Black Arts Initiative, Northwestern) and Mellon International Predoctoral Fellow Athi Joja (MFA and WISER, University of the Witwatersrand), with the participation of Mlondi Zondi (Northwestern graduate project fellow)​

Session Three, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. (John Evans Center, Dining Room)
Topic: From States of Exception to the Aesthetics of Biopolitics
Conveners: Alejandra Uslenghi (Spanish & Portuguese, Northwestern) and Penelope Deutscher (Philosophy, Northwestern), with the participation of Willy Thayer (Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación, Chile)

Session Four, 9:30am - 11:00am (John Evans Center, Sun Porch)
Topic: The Transnational Routes of Gender: Global South Reading Strategies and Critique in Feminist Theory
Conveners: Evan Mwangi (English and African Studies, Northwestern) and Marisa Belausteguigoitia (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)
Chaired and with responses from José Medina (Philosophy) and Andrew Parker (Rutgers), with the participation of Mellon International Predoctoral Fellow, Serah Kasembeli (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)

Session Five, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (John Evans Center, Sun Porch)
Topic: Circulating Anarchisms and Marxisms in the Andes: A discussion of Marx and Mariátegui
Conveners: Jorge Coronado (Spanish & Portuguese and Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Northwestern) and Víctor Vich (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú)
Note: This session will be conducted in Spanish

Session Six, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (John Evans Center, Dining Room)
Topic: Critical Memory
Conveners: Anna Parkinson (German and Gender & Sexuality Studies, Northwestern) and Sarah Nuttall (WISER, University of the Witwatersrand)

Session Seven, 11:30am - 1:00pm (Kresge 3438)
Topic: Invention and Errantry in Education: Rodríguez/Kohan, Rancière, and Hostos
Conveners: Ariana Gonzalez Stokas (Bard College), Samir Haddad (Fordham University), and Jason Wozniak (San José State University)​

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