Winter 2020 COMMA Lecture Series, Post-doctoral Fellow Jesse Miller, Friday, February 28th

You are all invited to attend a talk by Jesse Miller, this year’s Postdoctoral Fellow of Literature and Medical Humanities, entitled “Troping the Literary Clinic: Metaphors for Reading in a Therapeutic Culture”.

Friday, February 28th, 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Sankey Room (South Hall 2623).

Discussion and refreshment to follow. Please join us to support the outstanding work of our English department’s postdoctoral fellow!

Winter 2020 COMMA Reading Group Meets Friday, February 14th

Friday, February 14th, 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Sankey Room (South Hall 2623).

Frantz Fanon, “Grandeur and Weakness of Spontaneity” from The Wretched of the Earthhttp://home.ku.edu.tr/~mbaker/CSHS503/FrantzFanon.pdf

Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, “Preface, Life in Common” and selections from Part II, “Multitude” (pp. 99-115, 129-138, 189-190, and 211-219) from Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire: http://rebels-library.org/files/multitude.pdf

Paolo Virno, “Introduction” from A Grammar of the Multitude: http://www.sduk.us/afterwork/virno_a_grammar_of_the.pdf

Winter 2020 COMMA Reading Group Meets Friday, January 31st

Friday, January 31st, 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Sankey Room (South Hall 2623).

Please join our discussion of the following readings:

Peter Stallybrass, “Marx and Heterogeneity: Thinking the Lumpenproletariat”

Hal Draper, “The Lumpen-class Versus the Proletariat”

Winter 2020 COMMA Special Event: PARASITE Film Screening

A COMMA Special Event!

Friday, January 17th, 2:00-5:00 p.m. in the Fishbowl (South Hall 2635).

Please join us for a screening of Bong Joon-Ho’s 2019 film Parasite.

The film will be shown at 2:00 p.m., with discussion, food and refreshments to follow.

Don’t miss this exciting event!

Fall 2019 COMMA Reading Group, ECO-MARX, Meets Friday, December 6th

Friday, December 6th, 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Sankey Room (South Hall 2623).

Please join our discussion of the following readings:

Dimitris Papadopolous, “Insurgent Posthumanism”

Silvia Federici and George Caffentzis, “Commons Against and Beyond Capitalism”

Fall 2019 COMMA Reading Group, ECO-MARX, Meets Friday, November 8th

You are all invited to attend the third meeting of the COMMA Reading Group:

Friday, November 8th, 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Sankey Room (South Hall 2623).

Please join our discussion of the following readings:

From Friedrich Engels’s Dialectics of Nature:
“Introduction”: https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1883/don/ch01.htm
“Dialectics”: https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1883/don/ch02.htm
“Basic Forms of Motion”: https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1883/don/ch03.htm
“The Measure of Motion–Work”: https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1883/don/ch04.htm
“The Part Played by Labour in the Transition from Ape to Man”: https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1876/part-played-labour/index.htm

Fall 2019 COMMA Reading Group, ECO-MARX, Meets Friday, October 25th

Friday, October 25th, 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Sankey Room (South Hall 2623):

Please join our discussion of the following readings:

John W. Moore, Capitalism in the Web of Life, “Introduction” (12-41): http://geopolitica.iiec.unam.mx/sites/default/files/2019-08/Moore-CapitalismInTheWebOfLife.pdf

John W. Moore (interview with Kamil Ahsan), “Capitalism in the Web of Life”: https://www.viewpointmag.com/2015/09/28/capitalism-in-the-web-of-life-an-interview-with-jason-moore/

Fall 2019 COMMA Reading Group, ECO-MARX, Meets Friday, October 11

Friday, October 11th, 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Sankey Room (South Hall 2623)

Please join our discussion of the following readings:

John Bellamy Foster, “Marxism and Ecology: Common Fonts of a Great Transition”: https://greattransition.org/publication/marxism-and-ecology

John Bellamy Foster and Brett Clark, “Marx’s Ecology and the Left”: https://monthlyreview.org/2016/06/01/marxs-ecology-and-the-left

John Bellamy Foster, “Marx’s Ecology and the Ecological Revolution,” an interview with Aleix Bombila (optional): https://mronline.org/2010/02/24/marxs-ecology-and-the-ecological-revolution/

COMMA Lecture Series: Ben Etherington

The first COMMA event of the 2019-2020 school year is Friday, October 7th, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in South Hall 2635 (“the fishbowl”).

Ben Etherington, Associate Professor at the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sidney University, will give a talk, “WORLD LITERATURE AS A SPECULATIVE TOTALITY: Veselovsky, Auerbach, Said, and the Critical Humanist Tradition”

Thank you for celebrating another great year of COMMA programming for 2018-19!

Thank you to all who joined us on Friday, May 24th to celebrate another great year of COMMA programming!

We honored our talented graduating seniors with many warm wishes and we extended a special, heartfelt congratulations to those who graduated with the undergraduate COMMA major specialization! This year was also the first full year of programming for the student-run undergraduate COMMA reading group that started last Spring when a few passionate undergraduates took the initiative to begin their own COMMA. This group is entirely student run & we are grateful and proud of all the hard work students put into programming and planning!

A thank you to our Center Director, Maurizia Boscagli, & the 2018-19 Center RA, Christine Weidner

~Stay tuned for more COMMA starting in the Fall when we welcome the incoming COMMA RA, William Collins~