The last two decades have seen a variety of escalating crises globally. In this academic year we will look into the ways in which we are confronted with crises of many forms, the discourses and realities of crises, their origins and unifiers, from the refugee, climate, care, housing and mental-health crises.

Reading groups are on the third Thursday of the month, from 12.30-13.30PM. (EDIT: October and November sessions shifted to alternative dates)

Thanks to Boeun Hong and Vicky Gerrard who helped to build this list and coordinate this year’s group.

Readings ’20 – ‘21 

October 22nd – TRUTH 

Essential  

Chapters 

  • Davies, W. Nervous States: How Feeling Took Over the World. Vintage. 2018. Chapters 1,2.  

Publicly Available Essays  

Further Reading and Listening 

November 5th – CULTURE 

Essential  

Article 

  • Bouvier, G. (2020). Racist call-outs and cancel culture on Twitter: The limitations of the platform’s ability to define issues of social justice. Discourse, Context and Media38, 100431. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dcm.2020.100431 

Public Lecture 

Further Reading and Listening 

December 17th – CARE 

Essential  

  • The Care Collective. The Care Manifesto: The Politics of Interdependence. Verso. 2020. 

Further Reading and Listening 

  • Boltanski, L., & Chiapello, E. The New Spirit of Capitalism. 2006. Verso.  
  • De La Bellacasa, P., Matters of Care. University of Minnesota Press. 2017.  

Essays 

Podcast 

  • Hello Neighbour. Rough Translation.  

https://www.npr.org/2020/07/08/889047625/hello-neighbor

January 21st – ECOLOGICAL 

Essential  

Article and Chapters 

  • Matthewman, S. (2017). Mobile disasters: Catastrophes in the age of manufactured uncertainty. Transfers7(3), 6–22. https://doi.org/10.3167/TRANS.2017.070303 
  • Chomsky, N & Pollin, R., Climate, Crisis and the Global Green New Deal. Chps 1-4. 

Further Reading & Listening 

  • Out of the woods collective. Hope against hope: writings on ecological crisis. Https://www.Commonnotions.Org/buy/hope-against-hope  
  • Malm, A. Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency. 2020. Verso.  
  • Soper, K. Post-Growth Living – For an Alternative Hedonism. 2020. Verso.  

February 18th – IDENTITY 

Article 

Further Reading & Listening 

  • Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities. Census, Map and Museum. Chp. 10.  
  • Eddo-Lodge, R. Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race. Bloomsbury. 2020.  

Podcasts  

March 18th ’21 – IDEAS 

  • Radical Happiness. Moments of Collective Joy. Lynne Segal. pp 157-186. 

Further Reading & Listening 

April – Easter Break 

May 20th – POLITICAL 

  • Butler, J. The Force of Non-Violence. Verso. 2020.  

Public Lecture 

Further Reading & Listening 

  • Escobar, A. Pluriversal Politics: The Real and the Possible. Duke University Press. 2020.

June 17th ’21 – SOLIDARITY IN CRISIS 

Further Reading & Listening 

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