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What do we mean when we call something contemporary?


Hannah Arendt, Crises of the Republic [Book Discussion]

Friday, December 7, 2018

December 7th, 2018: 2-4pm in 260-252

Gianni Vattimo, Of Reality [Book Discussion]

Friday, November 2, 2018

November 2nd, 2018: 2-4pm in 260-252

Lee Edelman, No Future [Book Discussion]

Friday, October 12, 2018

Edelman’s book--a "searing polemic" whose "main target is the all-pervasive figure of the child... the linchpin of our universal politics of 'reproductive futurism'--was published in 2004. In the Contemporary workshop we would like to discuss how we might approach Edelman’s book nearly 15 years after its publication, in light of recently introduced marriage equality legislation and increased access to adoption and other options for establishing families for same-sex couples. We would also like to think about it in the context of already-present climate disaster, and how knowledge of worse to come may shape queer and straight people’s conception of future generations.

A Roundtable on Very Contemporary Fiction

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Join us on Thursday, May 31st, from 4:30-6:00 PM for a Roundtable on Very Contemporary Fiction, an end-of-year discussion and celebration of the Contemporary research group, in collaboration with the English Dept. WISE program.
Location: Margaret Jacks (460) Terrace Room (4th Floor). Food and drink will be served.