For our first meeting of the year we will explore what Arendt means by the term "dark times". To do this we will read the opening section of one of Arendt's less popular but nevertheless useful books, her essay collection Men in Dark Times (1968). We will also turn to Arendt's source material for this formulation, Bertolt Brecht's poem 'An die Nachgeborenen/To Those Born Later'.
Truly, I live in dark times! The guileless word is folly. A smooth forehead Suggests insensitivity. The man who laughs Has simply not yet had The terrible news. #1 Hannah Arendt in Dark Times – 06/10/2016, 5–7pm Primary reading: Hannah Arendt, 'Preface' and 'On Humanity in Dark Times: Thoughts about Lessing', in Men in Dark Times (New York: Harvest, 1968), pp. vii–x; 3–31. Click here for PDF. Secondary reading: Bertolt Brecht, 'An die Nachgeborenen/To Those Born Later', in Bertolt Brecht: Poetry and Prose, ed. by Rheinhold Grimm and Caroline Molina y Vedia (New Yor…
When: 3:30pm, Thursday 19th November Where: LHRI Seminar Room 1, 29–31 Clarendon Place (map) Main Text: Hall (1986) The problem of ideology: Marxism without guarantees (download) Supplementary Text: Karl Marx and Marxism (Video here)
The Quilting Points reading group continues reading Stuart Hall on Thursday the 19th, with his 1986 paper 'The problem of ideology: Marxism without guarantees'. To supplement the reading there is a documentary about Karl Marx and Marxism, presented by Hall. As ever, Quilting Points is an inter- multi- cross- and counter-disciplinary reading group, and everyone is welcome to attend.
Arendt, with few illusions, invites us to think about
and live [life] in the present, of course, but always with forgiveness
and promise that are the very basis of an optimal
political action - Julia Kristeva, Hannah Arendt: Life is a Narrative For our third meeting we'll take a closer look at Arendt's The Human Condition, focusing on how her concept of "Action" is imagined as that which can revitalise the public sphere. #3 The Human Condition (2): Action, 03/11/2016, 5–7pm Primary reading: Hannah Arendt, excerpts from 'Action', The Human Condition (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1998), pp. 220-247. Click here for PDF. Location: LHRI, Seminar Room 1