This month will be engaging a chapter out of Peter Blum’s recent book For a Church to Come: Experiments in Postmodern Theory and Anabaptist Thought.
We will be reading Chapter 1, “Foucault, Genealogy, Anabaptism.”
For those who are interested and ambitious I am also posting a background piece by Foucault that informs Blum’s work.
Michel Foucault – Nietzsche, Geneaology, History
We are meeting Friday, March 14 @ noon (Katherine Friesen Centre; 940 Notre Dame Ave).
This month we are temporarily moving to the third Friday. We will be reading selected passages from Dorothee Soelle which relate mysticism to themes of power, wonder, and self.
Essential Writings of Dorothee Soelle
We are meeting Friday, February 21 @ noon (Katherine Friesen Centre; 940 Notre Dame Ave).
Not scheduled for an upcoming event but a really great example of the intersection of biblical hermeneutics and postcolonial thought.
Reading for Decolonization – Musa Dube [Semeia 75 (1996); reading of John 4:1-42]
We will kick off 2014 with an important text in critical theory that asks the blunt question, “Critical theory died away long ago; can we become critical again?” Has critical theory run out of steam; must it always take away and never add?
Bruno Latour – Matters of Fact, Matters of Concern [.pdf]
We are meeting Friday January 10 @ noon (Katherine Friesen Centre; 940 Notre Dame Ave)
This month we will be engaging the original research of Sean Patterson a graduate student here in Winnipeg. We will be discussing aspects of the Makhnovshchina during the civil war in the Ukraine from 1917-1921, particularly as it was experienced in relation to the surrounding Mennonite communities. From Patterson’s work,
The Makhnovshchina emerged from the hope and expectations of the revolution and was developed, and ultimately defeated, in the devastation of civil war. A thoroughly peasant movement it drew support predominantly from the rural poor (bedniaki and batraki) and to a lesser extent the middle peasantry (seredniaki). . . . A defining characteristic of the Makhnovshchina was its adherence to philosophical anarchism. While the whole of the civil war “Green movement” could be described as “anarchistic” it was only the Makhnovshchina that was led by confirmed anarchists and actively strove through propaganda to make its ideological agenda widely known.
This essay seeks to lay bare the nature of the anarchist experiment through a comparative analysis of the movement’s beneficiaries and victims.
Please come having read the first linked text and it is encouraged that the other texts be read for further context and engagement.
Makhnovists and Mennonites: Intersecting Histories, Unacquainted Narratives
Nestor Makhno Memoir Excerpts
We will be meeting Friday December 13, noon @ The Katherine Friesen Centre (940 Notre Dame Ave).
For those interested, Patterson’s entire thesis can be accessed here,
Things will be a little different this November.
First, this month we will shift our regular second Friday slot to the first Friday. So we will be meeting Friday November 1st @ noon (The Katherine Friesen Centre 940 Notre Dame Ave).
The second change is that alongside a text of critical theory we will also be looking at a popular text. Malcolm Gladwell came up in our last reading group and, with help from Melanie Dennis Unrau (who will be facilitating), we will be reading Judith (now Jack) Halberstam’s The Queer Art of Failure (chapter three) alongside Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath (intro and chapter one). Failures and Underdogs.
We will focus on Halberstam but please give Gladwell a look as a point of cultural reference. I think this will be fun!!
Gladwell – David and Goliath – Intro and Chapter One
Halberstam – Queer Art of Failure – Chapter Three
Queer Art of Failure – Images and Endnotes
After an extended summer holidays Critical Conversations is gearing up for another great year. This October our first session will be facilitated by Melanie Kampen. We will be looking at an important text in Indigenous thought, Vine Deloria Jr.’s God is Red. I have uploaded chapters 4, 6, and 7. We will be focusing on chapters 6 and 7 (about 30 pgs total).
Deloria – God is Red
Looking forward to seeing some regulars and some new faces!
We will be meeting Friday October 11, noon @ The Katherine Friesen Centre (940 Notre Dame Ave).