ReadingRoom is open to anyone interested in careful close readings. It strives to create an open and inclusive space for substantial and meaningful conversations in the humanities, the arts and beyond. In the face of the current pressure for applied science and socio-economic profitability, reading and its crystallizing of critical questions are skills to refine in order to sharpen our understanding of and practicing in this world. We understand reading as an active intervention into our present, a shared practice that sharpens our senses and enables new affective communities.
ReadingRoom holds one thematic series per year, with 4-6 meetings per series. Each time we base our conversations on a few key texts from a wide range of disciplines.
The fourth series of ReadingRoom is currently running, discussing un/learning: the p/re/distribution of knowledge. This series asks how we host, organize and maintain knowledge and, more broadly, will take up questions concerning access to, institutionalization of and the distribution of knowledge in its many forms. For feminist, decolonial and anti-capitalist struggles, the p/re/distribution of knowledges – linked to un/learning our habits of embodied thinking and acting – is a key tool of critical practice. Who has left what ‘unread’? How can we and what must we unread for the re/distribution of knowledge? And how to p/re/distribute what is or could become common/ing? This series is in part inspired by the exhibition project The Library of Unread Books by Heman Chong and Renée Staal at Casco Art Institute (26 November 2017 – 25 February 2018).
In our first meeting, we discussed un/learning from artistic, decolonizing and feminist angles. In our other meetings, we take ‘phenomena’ – ‘mountains’ (March), ‘waste’ (May) and ‘time’ (June) – as topics per session to un/learn them from different perspectives and for commoning in the anthropocene. Can we un/learn our relations with these phenomena? Tell other stories, relate otherwise?
Session Four: Tuesday, 26 June 2018 (17.00-19.30)
In our last meeting, our conversations on the p/re/distribution of knowledge in regard to “waste” already delved into questions of time and temporality and we discussed how to un/learn ourselves with forms of waste and contamination that are likely to outlast human generations. In the upcoming and last meeting in this fourth series, we now want to turn to “time” itself. In his work on the atomic age, Günther Anders spoke of “a combat at ‘the time of the end’ in order to push back ‘the end of times’ – a political combat for peace” (Danowski/Viveiros de Castro, The Ends of the World, 85). In order to ask how to fabulate and fabricate such a combat for peace and commoning, we might first have to un/learn what time is in the Anthropocene. How can we live time in and out of neoliberal capitalism? Can we modify our habits of time as a line or a clock? At which speeds to move?
Our readings for June 26, 2018 are:
- Sarah Ahmed, “The Time of Complaint” @ https://feministkilljoys.com/
- Lorraine Daston, “Time (and time again). Temporality, criticality, and the historical imagination: a conversation with historian of science Lorraine Daston” interview with Andrew Yang [http://deeptimechicago.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Yang-Daston-Time_again.pdf]
- Taraneh Fazeli, “Notes for ‘Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Crip Time: Against Capitalism’s Temporal Bullying’ in conversation with the Canaries” Temporary Art Review, May 2016 [available @ http://temporaryartreview.com/notes-for-sick-time-sleepy-time-crip-time-against-capitalisms-temporal-bullying-in-conversation-with-the-canaries/]
- Isabelle Stengers, In Catastrophic Times. Resisting the Coming Barbarism (chapter 13 “Learning”), p. 127-134. [available OA @ https://meson.press/books/in-catastrophic-times/]
To register, please send an email to email@example.com, by Thursday June 14, 2018. If you register, also indicate if you’d like to join the dinner (as usual, we ask for a contribution of 10€ for the dinner).
You can find more details on past sessions in this series here. For more on our past series, please scroll down.