COMING SOON: GIFT // DEBT // DEATH

22 May

Don’t book up your Tuesday evenings just yet. Reading group will be back in no time—for a discussion of gift, debt, death, and community. The following is a tentative schedule for our summer sessions:

GIFT // DEBT // DEATH

  • 06/04 – Marcel Mauss, “The Exchange of Gifts and the Obligation to Reciprocate (Polynesia)” in The Gift
  • 06/11 – David Graeber, “A Brief Treatise on the Moral Grounds of Economic Relations” in Debt: The First 5000 Years

  • 06/18 – Friedrich Nietzsche, “Second Essay: ‘Guilt,’ ‘Bad Conscience,’ and the Like” in Genealogy of Morals and “On the Gift-Giving Virtue” in Thus Spoke Zarathustra
  • 06/25 – Georges Bataille, “The Gift of Rivalry: Potlatch” in The Accursed Share: An Essay on General Economy
  • 07/02 – Jean Baudrillard, “Political Economy and Death” [first half, pp 125-157] in Symbolic Exchange and Death
  • 07/09 – Alphonso Lingis, TBD

  • 07/16 – Jacques Derrida, “The Time of the King” in Given Time: 1. Counterfeit Money
  • 07/23 – Jean-Luc Marion, “The Reason of the Gift” in The Essential Writings
  • 07/30 – Jacques Derrida + Jean-Luc Marion, “On The Gift” in God, the Gift, and Postmodernism

  • 08/06 – Jean-Luc Nancy, “The Inoperative Community” in The Inoperative Community
  • 08/13 – Maurice Blanchot, “The Negative Community” in The Unavowable Community
  • 08/20 – Roberto Esposito, “Introduction: Nothing in Common” in Communitas

Reading Group: Wang on Prison Abolition

12 May

READING GROUP:

PCPN is back this spring with, Afro-Pessimism // Black Nihilism. Don’t miss our meetings most Tuesday evenings (8:00pm) at the Bloomfield Crazy Mocha.

This week:

  • 05/14 – Jackie Wang, Carceral Capitalism, “The Prison Abolitionist Imagination: A Conversation”

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

Please bring either a digital or hard copy of the text with you to the discussion.

Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Bloomfield Crazy Mocha (4525 Liberty Ave).

As a reminder, even though we have moved to thematic groups, there is no expectation that people participate in every week, so even if you can’t commit to the whole section, you are still more than welcome to join us when you can.

OTHER EVENTS THIS WEEK:

OTHER NEWS:

LOOKING AHEAD:

Upcoming in Afro-Pessimism // Black Nihilism

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

  • 05/14 – Jackie Wang, Carceral Capitalism, “The Prison Abolitionist Imagination: A Conversation”

 

Reading Group: Warren on Ontology

5 May

READING GROUP:

PCPN is back this spring with, Afro-Pessimism // Black Nihilism. Don’t miss our meetings most Tuesday evenings (8:00pm) at the Bloomfield Crazy Mocha.

This week:

  • 05/07 – Calvin Warren, Ontological Terror, “The Question of Black Being”

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

Please bring either a digital or hard copy of the text with you to the discussion.

Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Bloomfield Crazy Mocha (4525 Liberty Ave).

As a reminder, even though we have moved to thematic groups, there is no expectation that people participate in every week, so even if you can’t commit to the whole section, you are still more than welcome to join us when you can.

OTHER EVENTS THIS WEEK:

OTHER NEWS:

LOOKING AHEAD:

Upcoming in Afro-Pessimism // Black Nihilism

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

  • 05/07 – Calvin Warren, Ontological Terror, “The Question of Black Being”
  • 05/14 – Jackie Wang, Carceral Capitalism, “The Prison Abolitionist Imagination: A Conversation”

 

Reading Group: Sexton on Afro-Pessimism

29 Apr

READING GROUP:

PCPN is back this spring with, Afro-Pessimism // Black Nihilism. Don’t miss our meetings most Tuesday evenings (8:00pm) at the Bloomfield Crazy Mocha.

This week:

  • 04/30 – Jared Sexton, “Afro-Pessimism: The Unclear Word”

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

Please bring either a digital or hard copy of the text with you to the discussion.

Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Bloomfield Crazy Mocha (4525 Liberty Ave).

As a reminder, even though we have moved to thematic groups, there is no expectation that people participate in every week, so even if you can’t commit to the whole section, you are still more than welcome to join us when you can.

OTHER EVENTS THIS WEEK:

OTHER NEWS:

LOOKING AHEAD:

Upcoming in Afro-Pessimism // Black Nihilism

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

  • 04/30 – Jared Sexton, “Afro-Pessimism: The Unclear Word”
  • 05/07 – Calvin Warren, Ontological Terror, “The Question of Black Being”
  • 05/14 – Jackie Wang, Carceral Capitalism, “The Prison Abolitionist Imagination: A Conversation”

 

Reading Group: Wynter on the Human

21 Apr

READING GROUP:

PCPN is back this spring with, Afro-Pessimism // Black Nihilism. Don’t miss our meetings most Tuesday evenings (8:00pm) at the Bloomfield Crazy Mocha.

This week:

  • 04/23 – Sylvia Wynter, “No Humans Involved: An Open Letter to My Colleagues.”

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

Please bring either a digital or hard copy of the text with you to the discussion.

Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Bloomfield Crazy Mocha (4525 Liberty Ave).

As a reminder, even though we have moved to thematic groups, there is no expectation that people participate in every week, so even if you can’t commit to the whole section, you are still more than welcome to join us when you can.

OTHER EVENTS THIS WEEK:

OTHER NEWS:

LOOKING AHEAD:

Upcoming in Afro-Pessimism // Black Nihilism

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

  • 04/23 – Sylvia Wynter, “No Humans Involved: An Open Letter to My Colleagues.”
  • 04/30 – Jared Sexton, “Afro-Pessimism: The Unclear Word”
  • 05/07 – Calvin Warren, Ontological Terror, “The Question of Black Being”
  • 05/14 – Jackie Wang, Carceral Capitalism, “The Prison Abolitionist Imagination: A Conversation”

 

Reading Group: Wynter and Wilderson on Metaphysics

14 Apr

READING GROUP:

PCPN is back this spring with, Afro-Pessimism // Black Nihilism. Don’t miss our meetings most Tuesday evenings (8:00pm) at the Bloomfield Crazy Mocha.

This week:

  • 04/16 – Patrice Douglass and Frank B. Wilderson III, “The Violence of Presence: Metaphysics in a Blackened World.” (2013)

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

Please bring either a digital or hard copy of the text with you to the discussion.

Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Bloomfield Crazy Mocha (4525 Liberty Ave).

As a reminder, even though we have moved to thematic groups, there is no expectation that people participate in every week, so even if you can’t commit to the whole section, you are still more than welcome to join us when you can.

OTHER EVENTS THIS WEEK:

OTHER NEWS:

LOOKING AHEAD:

Upcoming in Afro-Pessimism // Black Nihilism

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

  • 04/16 – Patrice Douglass and Frank B. Wilderson III, “The Violence of Presence: Metaphysics in a Blackened World.”
  • 04/23 – Sylvia Wynter, “No Humans Involved: An Open Letter to My Colleagues.”
  • 04/30 – Jared Sexton, “Afro-Pessimism: The Unclear Word”
  • 05/07 – Calvin Warren, Ontological Terror, “The Question of Black Being”
  • 05/14 – Jackie Wang, Carceral Capitalism, “The Prison Abolitionist Imagination: A Conversation”

 

READING GROUP: Moten on Blackness

8 Apr

READING GROUP:

PCPN is back this spring with, Afro-Pessimism // Black Nihilism. Don’t miss our meetings most Tuesday evenings (8:00pm) at the Bloomfield Crazy Mocha.

This week:

  • 04/09 – Fred Moten, “Blackness and Nothingness (Mysticism in the Flesh)” (2013)

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

Please bring either a digital or hard copy of the text with you to the discussion.

Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Bloomfield Crazy Mocha (4525 Liberty Ave).

As a reminder, even though we have moved to thematic groups, there is no expectation that people participate in every week, so even if you can’t commit to the whole section, you are still more than welcome to join us when you can.

OTHER EVENTS THIS WEEK:

OTHER NEWS:

LOOKING AHEAD:

Upcoming in Afro-Pessimism // Black Nihilism

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

  • 04/09 – Fred Moten, “Blackness and Nothingness (Mysticism in the Flesh)” (2013)
  • 04/16 – Patrice Douglass and Frank B. Wilderson III, “The Violence of Presence: Metaphysics in a Blackened World.” (2013)
  • 04/23 – Sylvia Wynter, “No Humans Involved: An Open Letter to My Colleagues.” (2015)
  • 04/30 – Jared Sexton, “Afro-Pessimism: The Unclear Word”  (2016)
  • 05/07 – Calvin Warren, Ontological Terror, “The Question of Black Being” (2018)
  • 05/14 – Jackie Wang, Carceral Capitalism, “The Prison Abolitionist Imagination: A Conversation” (2018)