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The UCLA Program in Experimental Critical Theory is meant to galvanize, coordinate, and expand research and teaching in critical theory across departments and disciplines at UCLA.The Program offers the Graduate Certificate in Experimental Critical Theory, which is open to graduate students enrolled in a Ph.D. or MFA program in any participating department at UCLA.The Program also sponsors the annual ECT Colloquium, which meets twice a quarter, and various lectures and conferences.

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ECT Seminar, winter and spring 2016

Philosophy, Art, Politics

Winter Quarter

1. Jan. 7                      Introduction: Philosophy, Art, and Politics           

                                   Alain Badiou, “Art and Philosophy”;

                                   Jacques Rancière, “The Paradoxes of Political Art”              


2. Jan. 14                    Plato

                                    Plato, The Republic (Books I-III; VI-VII; X)

                                    Badiou, Hypertranslation of Plato’s Republic (selections)


3. Jan. 21                    Plato, cont.; Aristotle, Poetics, Politics (selections)

                                    Rancière, “From Archipolitics to Metapolitics”

Badiou, “What is a Poem? Or, Philosophy and Poetry at the point of the Unnameable”


4. Jan. 28                    Guest Speaker, Page duBois: “Swarms and the Democratic Insect”

                                    Aristophanes, Wasps

                                    Page duBois, “The Democratic Insect: Productive Swarms”

                                    Achille Mbembe, “Necropolitics”


5. Feb. 4                     Kant              

Kant, Critique of Pure Reason (selections); Critique of Judgment (selections)


Tues. Feb. 9                 ECT Symposium: Joseph Cohen, “The History of Philosophy and Anti-Judaism” (co-sponsored by the CJS and Comparative Literature)

Suggested reading:

Kant: Religion Within the Boundaries of Mere Reason;

Nietzsche, The Genealogy of Morality.

http://figureground.org/interview-with-joseph-cohen/


Thurs. Feb. 11           Guest Lecture: Joseph Cohen, “The ‘Unthinkable’ in Heidegger’s

History of Being: Judaism and the Black Notebooks

                                    (co-sponsored by the CJS and Comparative Literature)


6. Tues. Feb. 16          Kant

                                    Kant, Critique of Judgment, cont.

                                    Hannah Arendt, Lectures on Kant’s Political Philosophy (selections)


7. Feb. 18                   Guest Speaker, Jason Smith on Hegel’s Aesthetics        

Hegel, Lectures on Aesthetics (selections)  


8. Feb. 25                   Guest Speaker, T.J. Clark: "Heaven on Earth"

Bruegel's Land of Cockaigne, Giotto's Dream of Joachim, Poussin's Sacrament of Marriage, and Veronese's Allegories of Love, Picasso's UNESCO Mural, the Fall of Icarus

Reading TBA


9. March 3                  Guest speaker, Patrick Coleman on Rousseau

Rousseau, “Letter to D’Alembert on the Theatre”

Other reading TBA                                        

                                   

10. March 10              Guest Speaker, John McCumber on Nietzsche

                                    Nietzsche, “On Truth add Lies in a Non-Moral Sense”; 

“The Greek State” and “Homer’s Contest”;

Will to Power Book II Sections 3 and 4


Spring Quarter           (draft)

1. March 31                Marx (or Lukács and Brecht)


2. April 7                    Lukács and Brecht (or Adorno)

 

3. April 14                  Guest Speaker, Davide Panagia on Benjamin

Edgar Allan Poe, “The Man of the Crowd”

Walter Benjamin, “The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological

Reproducibility: Version 2”; “The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility: Version 3” (skim); “The Formula in Which the Dialectical Structure of Film Finds Expression”;

Miriam Hansen, “Room-for-Play: Benjamin's Gamble with Cinema”

Recommended:

Charles Baudelaire, The Painter of Modern Life

Rae Beth Gordon, “From Charcot to Charlot: Unconscious Imitation and

Spectatorship In French Cabaret and Early Cinema”


4. April 21                  Guest Speaker, Judith Butler on Marx and “Worldly Philosophy”

                                    Marx, early writings on critique and religion (TBA)


5. April 28                  Guest Speaker, Kristin Ross on the Paris Commune, “Communal Luxury


6. May 5                     Guest Speaker, Jason Smith on Guy Dubord and The Situationists

 

May 10                   ECT Symposium: William Marotti, “Art and Politics in Japan's 1960s” (5:00, Humanities 348)

William Marotti, “The Art of the Everyday, as Crisis: Objets, Installations, Weapons, and the Origin of Politics”; “Japan 1968: The Performance of Violence and the Theater of Protest”; “Proletarian Who Possessed Objets: the 1960s Politics of Akasegawa Genpei”; “The Untimely Timeliness of Nakajima Yoshio”; “The Lives and Afterlives of Art and Politics in the 1960s, from Anpo/Anpan to Bigakkō”


7. May 12                   Guest Speaker, Bruno Bosteels on the Mexican Commune


8. May 19                   Guest Speaker, Jodi Dean, “Not An Alternative: The Natural History Museum”

 

     May 24                   ECT Symposium: Jodi Dean, “Crowds and Party”


9. May 26                   Guest Speaker, Davide Panagia on Rancière, Art, and Politics

Jacques Rancière: Aisthesis (Prelude and Chapters 1,6, 11, 14)

Panagia/Rancière: “Dissenting Words: A Conversation with Jacques Rancière”

Jacques Rancière: Ten Theses on Politics

 

10. June 2                   Badiou: Art and Politics as Truth Procedures


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 Badiou Plato Republic

The video of Alain Badiou's talk on Dec. 1 at UCLA, "Concerning the Dominant Ideologies of the Contemporar World,"

is available here.


The video of Alain Badiou's talk on Dec. 3 at UCLA, “Cinema and Philosophy: What’s the status of Badiou’s ‘Life of Plato’ film?,"

is available here

 

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ECT 2015-16      Philosophy, Art, and Politics

 

The question of the relationship of art and politics dates at least from Plato’s famous critique of poetry and expulsion of the poets in the Republic, an act which seems to place philosophy, in its concern for justice and the good of the polis, in a fundamentally antagonistic relationship with art.  And beginning with Aristotle, philosophy has often taken on the role of defending art and asserting its potential for personal, social, and political value.  If, as Alfred North Whitehead claimed, all of philosophy is a history of footnotes to Plato, we should not be surprised that philosophers have continued to argue about the complex connections and disjunctions between aesthetics and politics ever since.  The modern articulation of this vexed relationship emerges with Kant, Hegel, the German Romantics, and Nietzsche; the issue was central to 20th century thinkers such as Heidegger, Benjamin, Adorno, and Arendt; and the relation of art and politics continues to be a key problem more recently for thinkers and political philosophers such as Dubord, Rancière, and Badiou. Artists, of course, have also long addressed the question of the relationship of their activity and products to the political – and their responses take a variety of forms, from art objects and performances to manifestos and critical essays. 

Guest seminar leaders will include Davide Panagia (UCLA), Page duBois (UC San Diego), Jason Smith (Art Center College of Design), Judith Butler (UC Berkeley), Jodi Dean (Hobart and William Smith) and others TBA.

Alain Badiou will speak for ECT on Nov. 30 (“Identity and Universality: A Contradiction?” at ACCD, Pasadena), Dec. 1 (“Concerning the Dominant Ideologies of the Contemporary World” at UCLA) and Dec. 3 (“Cinema and Philosophy: What’s the status of Badiou’s ‘Life of Plato’ film?” at UCLA). Kristin Ross (NYU) and Harry Harootunian (Columbia) will speak in the spring.

 This two quarter seminar is the core course of the UCLA graduate certificate program in Experimental Critical Theory. The ECT program is meant to galvanize, coordinate, and expand research and teaching in critical theory across departments and disciplines at UCLA. The Program offers the Graduate Certificate in Experimental Critical Theory, which is open to graduate students enrolled in a Ph.D. or MFA program in any participating department at UCLA. Information on the program can be found at http://ect.humnet.ucla.edu/

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Three Talks by Alain Badiou in Southern California

 

Badiou serious

 

 

Monday, Nov. 30  “Identity and Universality: A Contradiction?”

at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena (time and location TBA)

 

 

Tuesday, Dec. 1  “Concerning the Dominant Ideologies of the Contemporary World”

at UCLA in Franz 1178 at 6:30PM

 

 

Thursday, Dec. 3 “Cinema and Philosophy: What’s the status of Badiou’s ‘Life of Plato’ film?”

at UCLA in Franz 1178 at 6:30PM

 

 

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Read the text of Slavoj Zizek's talk at ECT on Thursday April 9, “Is God Dead, Unconscious, Evil … Or Counter-Factual?” here


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