Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Dec 17th: 'Afterword to The Temptation of Saint Anthony'

Our final meeting of 2014 is on December the 17th. We will be reading Foucault's 'Afterword to The Temptation of Saint Anthony'.


Introducing the text will be Ryan Topper, PhD student in the School of English and co-director of Quilting Points.

A link to the text can be found here: 'Afterword to The Temptation of Saint Anthony'.



As per usual we will meet in the LHRI (29-31 Clarendon Place), from 3-5pm.

Ben Chwistek and Ryan Topper
Directors, Quilting Points 2014/2015

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Dec 3: "What is Enlightenment?"

In our next meeting we will discuss Michel Foucault's "What is Enlightenment?" alongside Immanuel Kant's "An Answer to the Question: What is Enlightenment?"

Dr. Simon Swift (Senior Lecturer in Critical and Cultural Theory) will introduce our discussion.

The links to the readings can be found here: "What is Enlightenment?" and "An Answer to the Question: What is Enlightenment?"


As usual, we will meet in the Leeds Humanities Research Institute from 15:00-17:00, followed by a trip to a local pub.

Ryan Topper and Ben Chwistek
Directors, Quilting Points 2014/2015

Monday, 10 November 2014

Nov 19: "Return to History" and "Different Spaces

In our next meeting we will be discussing two short texts: 'Return to History', which will be introduced by Dr Denis Flannery (Senior Lecturer in American Literature); and 'Different Spaces', which will be introduced by Professor Jane Taylor (Wole Soyinka Chair of Drama and Theatre Studies).

The link to the readings can be found here: 'Different Spaces'; 'Return to History'.




As per usual, we will meet in the Leeds Humanities Research Institute from 15:00-17:00. After this we will head to a local pub.

Ben Chwistek and Ryan Topper
Directors, Quilting Points 2014/2015

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Nov 5: "Nietzsche, Genealogy, History"

Our next meeting is approaching. On Wednesday, November 5, we will be discussing "Nietzsche, Genealogy, History," which you can access through the link.

Dr. Stefan Skrimshire (Lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies) will be introducing the discussion.


As always, we will meet in the Leeds Humanities Research Institute from 15:00-17:00, followed by a trip to a local pub.

29-31 Clarendon Place, Leeds Humanities Research Institute

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

October 22: "Two Lectures"

After one meeting, this year looks like an exciting time to be a part of Quilting Points. Thanks to all who share our goal of promoting theoretical inquiry across academic disciplines.

Our second meeting is approaching. On Wednesday, October 22nd, we will discuss "Two Lectures" from Power/Knowledge. The lectures are found in chapter five of the link provided. For a separate PDF of "Two Lectures," click here.

Dr. Thomas Campbell (Lecturer in Social Theory) will be introducing our discussion.


As always, we will meet in the Leeds Humanities Research Institute from 15:00-17:00, followed by a trip to a local pub.

29-31 Clarendon Place, Leeds Humanities Research Institute

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

October 8: "The Subject and Power"

We are pleased to announce that Quilting Points' first meeting of the year is approaching.

On Wednesday, October 8th, we will kick off what looks to be an exciting year with a discussion of Foucault's "The Subject and Power" from Critical Inquiry 8.4 (1982).

Ben Chwistek (PhD Student in School of Classics and Quilting Points co-director) will be introducing our discussion.




Whether you are an avid Foucauldian or simply interested in understanding his work, you are welcome to join us.

We will meet in the Leeds Humanities Research Institute from 15:00-17:00, followed by a trip to a local pub.

29-31 Clarendon Place, Leeds Humanities Research Institute

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Michel Foucault's Cowboy Hat

Michel Foucault once wore a cowboy hat. For this reason, we will spend the next year discussing his work.

Michel Foucault at UC Berkeley, October 1983.
Photograph by Paul Rainbow

Friday, 2 May 2014

Reading Benjamin: Kellog 'Walter Benjamin and the Ethics of Violence' 7 May

The last meeting of Quilting Points this academic year will be Wednesday, the 7th of May, 3.30pm-5pm at LHRI (Leeds Humanities Research Institute, 29-31 Clarendon Place) Seminar Room 1. 

We will be reading: 
1. Walter Benjamin's Critique of Violence 
2. Catherine Kellog's Walter Benjamin and the Ethics of Violence

We will also discuss plans for the future and end with a trip to a nearby pub.
All welcome!

Monday, 17 March 2014

Reading Benjamin: Derrida's 'Force of Law', Wednesday, 26 March

The last meeting of Quilting Points before the spring break  will be Wednesday, the 26th of March, 3.30pm-5pm at LHRI (Leeds Humanities Research Institute, 29-31 Clarendon Place) Seminar Room 1. 

We will be reading: 
1. Walter Benjamin's Critique of Violence 
2. Jacques Derrida's 'Force of Law' [bilingual version]
Carla Douglas (English) will be introducing the text.

Soft drinks and nibbles provided. 

Monday, 10 March 2014

Reading Benjamin with Zizek: Wed 12 March


The next meeting of Quilting Points will be Wednesday, the 12th of March, 3.30pm-5pm at LHRI (Leeds Humanities Research Institute, 29-31 Clarendon Place) Seminar Room 1. 

We will be reading: 

1. Walter Benjamin's Critique of Violence 
2. Slavoj Zizek's 'Robespierre or the "Divine Violence " of Terror
online version here: http://www.lacan.com/zizrobes.htm


Soft drinks and nibbles provided. 

See you all there, 

The Quilting Team

Friday, 14 February 2014

Reading Benjamin: Wed 19th Feb//Critique of Violence and Nonviolent Violence +Workshop Reminder (28th Feb)



The next Quilting Points reading group will be:

Wednesday 19th Feb, 3.30pm, Leeds Humanities Research Institute (29-31 Clarendon Place), Seminar Room 1

We shall discuss:
1.       Walter Benjamin, Critique of Violence [available here]
2.       Simon Critchley, Faith of the Faithless, Ch. 5 'Nonviolent Violence'.

Texts introduced by Dr Stefan Skrimshire (School of Philosophy, Religion and the History of Science)




We would like to remind you about the upcoming workshop with Prof Agata Bielik-Robson on the 28th of February. 

Here are the details:
Quilting Points / Northern Theory School are pleased to invite you to:

"Walter Benjamin: All Shades of Gnosis": A workshop with Professor Agata Bielik-Robson (Nottingham University) on themes of political theology, divine violence and tragedy in the thought of Benjamin.


Please let us know if you intend to come as soon as possible (s.skrimshire[at]leeds.ac.uk or quiltingpoints[at]gmail.com)
 
Friday 28th February, 3.00-5.30

The University of Leeds: (Leeds Humanities Research Institute, 29-31 Clarendon Place)



Schedule:

2.30pm - Tea / Coffee

3.00pm Talk and discussion with Professor Bielik-Robson

5.00pm Wine / refreshments



We shall also have dinner somewhere in the city centre at 6.30pm: please let us know if
you intend to come to this as soon as possible.



Professor Bielik-Robson has published widely in all areas of Jewish philosophy with
special emphasis paid on modern Jewish thought, from Spinoza to Derrida. She also
researches contemporary philosophy and psychoanalysis, particularly when in a dialogue
(or polemic) with theology.

This workshop will be of benefit to Benjamin scholars (or those curious about his work)
across a spectrum of disciplines: critical theory, philosophy, theology, art history,
literature and beyond!

All welcome!

Monday, 27 January 2014

"Walter Benjamin: All Shades of Gnosis": A workshop with Professor Agata Bielik-Robson (Nottingham University)


Quilting Points / Northern Theory School are pleased to invite you to:



"Walter Benjamin: All Shades of Gnosis": A workshop with Professor Agata Bielik-Robson (Nottingham University) on themes of political theology, divine violence and tragedy in the thought of Benjamin.



Friday 28th February, 3.00-5.30

The University of Leeds:

(Leeds Humanities Research Institute, 29-31 Clarendon Place)



Schedule:

2.30pm - Tea / Coffee

3.00pm Talk and discussion with Professor Bielik-Robson

5.00pm Wine / refreshments



We shall also have dinner somewhere in the city centre at 6.30pm: please let us know if
you intend to come to this.



Professor Bielik-Robson has published widely in all areas of Jewish philosophy with
special emphasis paid on modern Jewish thought, from Spinoza to Derrida. She also
researches contemporary philosophy and psychoanalysis, particularly when in a dialogue
(or polemic) with theology.

This workshop will be of benefit to Benjamin scholars (or those curious about his work)
across a spectrum of disciplines: critical theory, philosophy, theology, art history,
literature and beyond!



Open to all. This event is free, but please contact s.skrimshire@leeds.ac.uk to
reserve a place.



This is an event of Quilting Points reading group at the University of Leeds, and the
Northern Theory School.

It is generously supported by the Leeds Humanities Research Institute.



Stefan Skrimshire

Kasia Mika

Reading Benjamin: Wed 5th Feb

Dear all,



As we hit the new semester running, we are pleased to announce a new series of 'Reading
Benjamin' seminars, as well as an exciting, one-off workshop at the end of Feb (see
below).

This semester’s theme is Violence / Tragedy, focusing on readings of and around
Benjamin’s essay The Critique of Violence.


Next reading group meeting:

Wednesday 5th Feb, 3-5.30pm, Leeds Humanities Research Institute (29-31 Clarendon Place)

We shall discuss:

1.       Benjamin, Critique of Violence [available here]

2.       Judith Butler ‘Critique, Coercion and Sacred Life in Benjamin’s Critique of
Violence’, [available here]

(or ask us for PDFs)


The Quilting Team