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 …

End of Summer School: The Three Ecologies

The Centre for Critical Theory is running a three day ‘End of Summer School’ in conjunction with Nottingham Contemporary, at the gallery on the 14th, 15th, and 16th of September, in the late afternoons and evenings. The workshops and seminars scheduled for the event will look at the theories and struggles at the juncture of mental …

An Outline of Two of Tiqqun’s Concepts: ‘Civil War’ and ‘Bloom’

The following was just one of the presentations given during the ‘Anti-Market’ section of the Vital Theory symposium that took place at the Nottingham Contemporary on the 12th of December 2014. Our very own David Eckersley (former MA and now PhD student in the Centre for Critical Theory) offers a quick take on two key …

Vital Theory Paper: Re-membering, human rights and neoliberalism

The human rights project, ostensibly hegemonic since the collapse of communism, has gained most traction in so- called transitional societies, a term which does not describe an anomaly, so much as it does a practice designed to manage the global order of things. It describes the ever more frequent process in which the end of …

Debord is dead, long live Debord!

Twenty years ago, Guy Debord, the French thinker responsible for The Society of the Spectacle (a book, a ‘sequel’, and a film) and figurehead of the Situationist movement, took his own life. It seems an appropriate moment to reflect. Rather than sentimentally recalling his ‘finest moments’ and sycophantically inventorying his ‘greatest ideas’ – which would, …

Youtube Link for Stuart Elden’s Talk at the Nottingham Contemporary

For those of you who couldn’t make it, or for those of you who simply want to see it again, the Youtube link for Professor Stuart Elden’s talk at the Nottingham Contemporary last week is here: Happy Viewing! Best, Colin Wright

Stuart Elden – ‘Foucault, Subjectivity, and Truth’ – 12 November

Nottingham Contemporary, Wednesday 12 November, 18:30.

CCT Event: Professor Peter Osborne

Wednesday May 14th at 18:30, Nottingham Contemporary What Makes Contemporary Art Contemporary? Or, Other People’s Lives

The Politics and Poetics of Disgust

As it is already at the half way point, I thought it worth sharing a brief write up of the study group the Centre for Critical Theory is currently offering at the Nottingham Contemporary. We’ve called it ‘The Politics and Poetics of Disgust’, although ‘Analysing All Things Icky’ would have worked too. Disgust is a …

Critical Theory Meets Science & Technology Studies

Last week I got invited to give a talk by the University of Nottingham Institute for Science and Society.  As well as really enjoying it and meeting some great people, I got asked some interesting questions that made me think about different elements of my research: particularly issues surrounding potential incompatibilities between policy and activism. …