My ACLA Paper: “What is to be done? The Endgame of the Homo Sacer Series”

Here is my paper (PDF) for the ACLA session on Agamben that Virgil Brower and I organized. It was the final paper of the seminar and provided an oblique “preview” of the final Homo Sacer volume, The Use of Bodies.

Enjoy your creepiness!

Next Thursday, February 27, I will be giving a talk at Columbia College Chicago’s Cultural Studies Colloquium entitled “Creepiness and Culture.” The talk is at 4pm at the Columbia campus’ 624 South Michigan Avenue building, room 610. In it, I will be addressing ideas I am working through for the projected final volume of my trilogy on bad affects in pop culture, Creepiness.

Harvard talk reminder

This Thursday, February 6, I will be giving a talk at Harvard University entitled “Why Agamben Needs Psychoanalysis,” as part of the Psychoanalytic Practices Seminar. It will be at 4:00 in Room 133 of the Barker Center. The talk will deal with every book in the Homo Sacer series to some extent, as I lay out a psychoanalytically-inflected internal critique of Agamben’s project.

Upcoming speaking events

This semester, I will be giving the following talks:

Thursday, February 6, at Harvard University, under the auspices of the Psychoanalytic Practices Seminar, which is sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center, I will be giving a talk entitled “Why Agamben Needs Psychoanalysis.”

Thursday, February 27, at Columbia College in Chicago, as part of the Cultural Studies Colloqium series, I will be giving a talk entitled “Creepiness and Culture.”

Friday, February 28, at the University of Chicago Divinity School, I will be a panelist for a discussion on pedagogy.

Friday, March 21 through Sunday, March 23, at the American Comparative Literature Association conference at NYU, I will be participating in a seminar entitled “Agamben, Capital, and the Homo Sacer Series: Economy, Poverty, People, Work” (which Virgil Brower and I organized) and giving a paper entitled “What is to Be Done? The Endgame of the Homo Sacer Series.”

Further details will be forthcoming as these events get closer.

Text of my devil lecture

Yesterday, I delivered a lecture at Shimer College entitled “A Brief History of the Devil,” and the text of my talk is available in PDF form here. The talk is aimed at an undergraduate level, and so I did not include much theoretical or scholarly discussion. You can get a sense of how I see these ideas relating to the discipline of political theology, however, if you keep in mind that this recent post was written while I was drafting the lecture.

“A Brief History of the Devil”: Lecture at Shimer College

On Wednesday, October 30, at 3:15, I will be giving a lecture a Shimer College entitled “A Brief History of the Devil.” It will be a partial sneak preview of my long-promised project on the devil, providing what one early reader of the text for the lecture calls “a really good reckless dash through the history of devil thought.”

Shimer College is located at 3424 S. State St. in Chicago, blocks away from the 35th St. Green and Red Line stops. The lecture is in the Cinderella lounge on the second floor of our building. Feel free to e-mail me at a.kotsko at shimer dot edu for further details. It is rumored that drinks at Maria’s Community Bar in Bridgeport, along with fortification from the Pleasant House Library, may follow this event.

Marge Piercy lecture on Thursday

This Thursday, April 18, at 7pm, Shimer College is hosting a talk by the novelist Marge Piercy at the Standard Club in downtown Chicago. She will be giving a presentation on her research, including on Sex Wars, her provocative novel of the turbulent post-Civil War period. Author of seventeen novels and eighteen collections of poetry, Piercy mines a multitude of intriguing topics and events that hold social and historical significance. Her fiction and historical fiction include such themes as feminism, social upheaval, Jewish mysticism, and Cyberpunk.

While the talk is free and open to the public, space is limited, and so please RSVP if you plan to attend.

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