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Conferences Archive (2009-2010)

Kant’s 5 Questions: A Symposium

Thursday, November 12-13, 2009


November 12th – 13th, 2009
The Institute for the Humanities,
Lower Level Stevenson Hall, 701 S. Morgan Street, UIC.

This conference is free and open to the public.

Thursday, November 12, 2009
12:00 p.m. Coffee

1:00 p.m.
Michelle Grier, University of San Diego
What can I know?

2:30 p.m.
Julian Wuerth, Vanderbilt University
What should I do?

4:00 p.m.
Andrew Chignell, Cornell University
What may I hope for?

Reception to follow directly

Friday, November 13, 2009
9:00 a.m. Coffee

9:30 a.m.
Patrick Frierson, Whitman College
What is the human being?

11:00 a.m.
Sam Fleischacker,University of Illinois at Chicago
What is enlightenment?

Conference Moderators: Daniel Sutherland, University of Illinois at Chicago; Allen Wood, Stanford University; Rachel Zuckert, Northwestern University

Beginning in 2010, Routledge plans to publish series of books on these questions, one by each of the speakers.

This Conference is free and open to the public. It is helpful for us to calculate attendance so please preregister by November 6th, 2009. Register by phone 312-996-6354, by email, or by online registration form.

For more information, contact Linda Vavra, Associate Director, Institute for the Humanities, 701 South Morgan, MC 206, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL. 60607-7040, at 312-996-6354 or



Neoliberalism and Its Discontents
Friday, March 5-6, 2010

March 5-6, 2010

Institute for the Humanities, Lower Level Stevenson Hall,
701 South Morgan, University of Illinois at Chicago

Increased mobility of capital, increased mobility of labor, increased economic inequality
— these are several of the most visible phenomena of neoliberalism. This conference will
be about the ways in which these and related developments are either understood
or misunderstood, criticized or enabled by current modes of cultural and political analysis.



Coffee 3 pm

PANEL: 4 – 6 pm
“Neoliberalism and the Power Elite”
Winfried Fluck, Kennedy Institute, Berlin

“From Bigger to Barksdale: Neoliberalism and The Wire
Kenneth Warren, University of Chicago




Coffee 8:30 am

PANEL: 9:30 – 11.00 am
“Ethno-Racial ‘Community’ Talk: Uses and Misuses in History and in Contemporary Research”
Merlin Chowkwanyun, University of Pennsylvania

“Neoliberalism and Asian American Racialization”
Helen Jun,University of Illinois at Chicago

PANEL 11:15 am – 12:45 pm
“The Jurisprudence of Doubt: Left Legalism, Abject Subjects, and the Depoliticization of Asylum in Ireland”
Anwen Tormey, University of Chicago

“Arendt, the Common World, and Political Economy”
Stephen Englemann, University of Illinois at Chicago

LUNCH BREAK 12:45 – 2 pm

PANEL DISCUSSION   2:00 – 3:30 pm
Sunil Agnani, University of Illinois at Chicago
Madhu Dubey, University of Illinois at Chicago
Walter Benn Michaels, University of Illinois at Chicago
Adolph Reed, University of Pennsylvania

Conference organized by Walter Benn Michaels, University of Illinois at Chicago

The conference is free and open to the public.  Preregistration is highly recommended. For additional information, contact Linda Vavra at 312-996-6354 or