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Political Futures Conference

October 12-13 2018

Room 302, Tower, Student Center East

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This conference explores the relation between conceptual or aesthetic work and future political organizations, institutions, and affiliations. Our aim is to practice the power of the engaged humanities to envision futures, while also reflexively exploring the benefits, challenges, and limits of future-projection. Questions that we want to consider include: what aesthetic and theoretical modes and discourses are adequate to the task of political imagining? How do the resources of critical theory both enable and challenge future-directed thought? Why have pessimism and anti-futurism been frequent trajectories in theories of race and sexuality? How does future thinking depend upon or depart from presentism? What are the advantages and disadvantages of “utopian” thinking? When, where, and how is utopian thinking happening? How does the question of the future reframe the theory/practice divide? To what degree do certain theoretical models enable or disable the practical work of apportioning resources, addressing inequalities, or redressing injuries?  How valid are conventional distinctions between revolution and evolution/change/progress?

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October 12, 2018 from 10 AM - 5:30 PM

9am-10am Breakfast, Welcome
Welcome: Mark Canuel 

Reading Group: Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality among Men in Basic Political Writings, ed. and trans. Donald A. Cress. Hackett, 2011. [Discussion Leaders: Anthony Laden (UIC) and Yann Robert (UIC)]. 

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12pm-1pm Lunch

1pm-3pm  Futures on the Ground
Moderator: Nasser Mufti (UIC)

Ralph Cintrón (UIC)
Midwest Farm Life, Techno-Positivism, and Futurist Rhetoric 

Anthony Laden (UIC)
Future Imperfect: Two Ways of Thinking About Tomorrow

Caroline Levine (Cornell University)
Reformolution? Reconsidering Reform in the Humanities

Karuna Mantena (Yale University)
Means and Ends of Political Action

3:30pm-5:30pm Resources and Resourcefulness
Moderator: Anna Kornbluh (UIC)

Angela Cooley (Minnesota State University)
Freedom's Farms: Food Security Past, Present, and Future

Molly Doane (UIC)
Sanctuary Gardens: Thinking Through Human/Animal Futures in the City

Robert Grillo (Activist, Author)
Farm to Fable

Rachel Havrelock (UIC)
How Oil Found God

Imre Szeman (University of Waterloo)
Energy Commons 

October 13, 2018 from 10 AM - 3 PM

9am-10am Breakfast

10am-12pm Future Critique
Moderator: Mark Canuel (UIC)

Jodi Dean (Hobart and William Smith Colleges)
Lenin and Projected Time

Madhu Dubey (UIC)
"Not-Quites and Almost-Could-Be's": Speculative Futures

Lee Edelman (Tufts University)
The De/Ontology of the Future

Roderick Ferguson (UIC)
The Blackheart Prison Issue and the Question of Futurity

Anne-Lise François (UC Berkeley)
What Seasons for the Future? What Future for the Seasons? 

12pm-1pm Lunch

1pm-3pm Institutions: Then, Now, and Later

Moderator: Anna Kornbluh (UIC)

Shiben Banerji (School of the Art Institute)
Supplementing Hope

Stephen Engelmann (UIC)
Institution, Corruption, Crisis

Robert Meister (UC Santa Cruz)
Can Capitalism Short Itself? Funding Historical Justice

Christopher Newfield (UC Santa Barbara)
Activism, Education, and Big Data

Yue Zhang (UIC)
Inequality, Informality, and Urban Resilience: Perspectives from Cities

  • Date(s): Saturday, 10/13 10:00 AM to Saturday, 10/13 3:00 PM
  • Address: 750 S Halsted
  • Location: Chicago, IL, USA
  • Contact: Linda Vavra
  • Email: lvavra@uic.edu
  • Website: http://huminst.uic.edu
  • Phone: (312) 996-6354
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