8th October | 5:30-7:00pm | Microsoft Teams For our first meeting of the year, we are going to look at James Baldwin’s 1963 essay collection The Fire Next Time . We’ll aim to read the first short essay (‘My Dungeon Shook’), and the first half of the second essay (‘Down at The Cross’), which can be found on pages 3-47 in the attached reading. The first of these takes the form of a letter Baldwin wrote to his nephew for the centenary of the emancipation proclamation, and the second broadly considers the role of the church in Baldwin’s early life, examining how that contributed to his understanding of, and engagement with, the civil rights movement. We will also discuss Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s article, ‘The Fire Last Time’ , which was published in 1992, shortly after the LA riots. In it, Gates re-examines the relevance of Baldwin’s work at that time, a question we will re-visit ourselves over the course of the year. This year's meetings will be delivered online through Micr
11 Dec | 5.00-7:00 pm | Seminar Room 1, 3:01, Clothworkers South Building We are excited to announce that our fifth session of the year, and final session of the Autumn term, will be lead by Dr. Nicholas Ray. Dr Ray is a lecturer in Critical and Cultural theory at the University of Leeds, with expertise in Freudian and post-Freudian psychoanalytic theory, the intersections of psychoanalysis and culture, and translation. In particular, Dr. Ray's research has been, and continues to be, influenced by the writings of French psychoanalyst Jean Laplanche. In this special session, Dr. Ray will guide our discussion of a chapter from Kristeva's Étrangers à nous-mêmes (1988), translated into English as Strangers to Ourselves (1991). In this text Kristeva tackles the figure of the stranger - the foreigner or alien in a land not their own, as well as the strangeness within the self. We will also be reading ' Hostipitality ' (2000) by Jacques Derrida, in which he consid
13 February 2020 | 5.00-6.30pm | Seminar Room 2, 3:02, Clothworkers South Building Please note the change of day and venue (thursday, next door to our usual room). In a special Valentine's edition of Quilting Points, we will be coming together to discuss ' Freud and Love: Treatment and its Discontents' , the first chapter of Tales of Love (1987), first published in French as Histoires d'amour (1983). In this chapter Kristeva engages with Freud's theories of eros and narcissism, and suggests that the paternal function includes an element of love, as well as law and the threat of castration. Romantic! Alongside Tales of Love , we will also be reading the fourth chapter of philosopher and sociologist Gillian Rose's 1995 work of memoir and philosophy, Love's Work .