The texts for our September 13 are listed below.
Selected readings from our co-faciliators, Erin Greer and Angela Marino, include: four of Hannah Arendt’s lectures on Kant’s political philosophy; the last chapter of Linda Zerilli’s A Democratic Theory of Judgment entitled “Judging as a Democratic World-building Practice”; and conversation between Iñigo Errejón and Chantal Mouffe entitled “Re-thinking the Political” from their Podemos: In the Name of the People.
It is our hope that these selected readings will create a shared basis for discussion.
Additionally, I (the working group organizer) have chosen a number of suggested readings. In particular, if you have the time, I highly recommend reading Greer’s recent article, “‘A Many-Sided Substance,'” which works through elements Kantian aesthetic theory in Virginia Woolf’s The Waves in order to begin building a philosophy of conversation. This and the other suggested readings offer insights and reflections on a variety of topics surrounding the term “collaboration,” from collaboration and the Vichy period; to collaborative circle group dynamics (in particular, within the Frankfurt School); to canonical texts by Benedict Anderson, Jean-Luc Nancy, and Victor Turner on community, which implicitly and explicitly invoke certain ideas of what collaboration is, should, or could be in the process of community formation; to a cluster of reading around the recent (re-)emergence of the 1970s Russian Collection Action Group in the field of visual arts.
REMEMBER: all of these are only suggested—perhaps they can take the notion of collaboration in a direction that interests you, or troubles you, or somewhere else I can’t even imagine! And it is also entirely possible that you don’t have time to read anything beyond those three texts selected by our co-facilitators—that is okay too!!
Hannah Arendt, Lectures on Kant’s Political Philsophy
Linda Zerilli, “Judging as a Democratic World-building Practice” from A Democratic Theory of Judgment
“Rethinking the Political,” a conversation between Iñigo Errejón and Chantal Mouffe in Podemos: In the Name of the People
Erin Greer, “‘A Many-Sided Substance’: The Philosophy of Conversation in Woolf, Russell, and Kant”
Talbot Inlay and Martin Horn, excerpts from The Politics of Industrial Collaboration during WWII
Michael Farrell, excerpts from Collaborative Circles
Neil McLaughlin, “Collaborative Circles and Their Discontents. Revisiting Conflict and Creativity in Frankfurt School Critical Theory”
Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities
Jean-Luc Nancy, The Inoperative Community
Victor Turner, “Liminality and Communitas”
Claire Bishop, “The Zone of Indistinguishability”
Various texts from the Moscow Conceptualism website (your choice!)
Reviews of Boris Groys’ curated program of Collective Action re-performances
Joshua Tucker, “Enough! Electoral Fraud, Collective Action Problems, and Post-Communist Colored Revolutions”