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Toxic Positivity in the University – Second Speaker: Dr Jamie Woodcock (16th May)

Please do join us for the second instalment of the Centre for Critical Theory’s ‘Toxic Positivity in the University‘ series which is taking place next week. Dr Jamie Woodcock (University of Oxford) is a sociologist of work who focuses on digital labour, the gig economy and resistance. At 5pm in room A46 of the Trent Building, on …

Fascism and Crisis: Workshop with Alberto Toscano (Thursday 2nd May at 1pm)

Dear All, Please do join us for this timely and important event this week, in which we will try to think through responses to the rise of the alt-right … FASCISM AND CRISIS Workshop with Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths) Date: Thursday 2 May, 1 – 4 pm Venue: A19 Trent Building, University of Nottingham Description: The recent …

Toxic Positivity in the University – First Speaker Dr Jana Bacevic (24th April)

This should be of interest to just about everyone reading this blog since it addresses the changing nature of the university and the increasingly precarious nature of academic labour. It would be great to see as many of you there as possible, and at the subsequent events around this theme … Toxic Positivity in the …

Will McCrory: Placement at Nottingham Contemporary

My name is Will McCrory and I’m a third year PhD candidate in The Centre for Critical Theory and my research focuses on post-Independence Indian Modernism. I recently started a three-month M4C placement with Nottingham Contemporary’s Public Programme team. From the start of my PhD I knew I wanted to take a placement with one …

Lacan Study Group – Discussion Board

Hi All, So it was decided in the Lacan Study Group that we would benefit from some sort of rolling blog or discussion forum to help us in engaging with Lacan’s third seminar on the psychoses. To that end, we are going to hijack this blog! It is hoped that everyone involved can post questions …

The Lacan Study Group Returns!

Last year, the Lacan Study Group worked on Lacan’s 23rd seminar on The Sinthome, which focussed on James Joyce and the hypothesis of his psychotic structure. This year, so that new members can start with a different text but also so that former members can continue exploring some of the same questions, we will go …

Register for the Centre for Critical Theory’s End of Summer School Now!

You won’t want to miss this! The Centre for Critical Theory, in conjunction with the public programme at the Nottingham Contemporary, has organised a second ‘End of Summer School’ to follow on from the success of last year’s events. With these workshops over two days, we continue to invite participation in collaborative explorations of the …

New Lacanian School Congress in Dublin

Hi All, Some of you, especially those of you coming along to the Lacan Study Group, should be interested in this. It’s the annual congress of the New Lacanian School which is happening on the 2nd and 3rd of July. Last year it was in Geneva, but this year it is closer to home, in James …

Winter Detox Workshop at Nottingham Contemporary January 19th

Toxic Objects and Inhospitable Environments Tuesday January 19th 4.00 – 8.00   What better way to start the New Year than with a detox?! Mobilising the language of toxicity is a tried and tested element of strategies for individualised health management (”Detox!”, “Declutter!” and so on) but it quickly shifts into territories that are far …

Walter Benjamin and the Unclaimed Present

Increasingly a veteran blogger for us, here’s MA student Max Bacharach reflecting on Benjamin’s ongoing relevance …. Walter Benjamin’s enduring, if not growing, appeal, his relevance to many of today’s Big Questions, and the steady stream of literature attributed to, and focused on, him – Verso alone have published two recent editions, with another due …