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French Theory Today--An Introduction to Possible Futures
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A seminar covering five philosophers over five days. Looking beyond the influential generation of 1960s and '70s French theory, we explore a number of younger voices only now being discovered by the English-speaking world. Our goal is not to set in aspic a new canon for French philosophy, but rather to proceed inductively, tracing some recent experiments and possible futures. Short readings will be circulated for each session. Attend each day or just the days you wish. Free and open to everyone.

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October 25: On the work of Catherine Malabou
Reading: Malabou, What Should We Do with Our Brain?, trans. Sebastian Rand (Fordham, 2008), pp. 1-31.

October 26: On the work of Bernard Stiegler
Reading: Stiegler, "What is Philosophy?," Taking Care of Youth and the Generations, trans. Stephen Barker (Stanford, 2010), pp. 107-123.

October 27: On the work of Mehdi Belhaj Kacem
Reading: Belhaj Kacem, "In the Surrender Community," trans. Isabelle Cordonnier, Critical Secret 4 (http://www.criticalsecret.com/n4altern/mehdi/index.htm).

October 28: On the work of Quentin Meillassoux
Reading: Meillassoux, "Ancestrality," After Finitude: An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency, trans. Ray Brassier (Continuum, 2008), pp. 1-27.

October 29: On the work of François Laruelle
Reading: Laruelle, "The Truth According to Hermes: Theorems on the Secret and Communication," trans. Alexander R. Galloway, Parrhesia 9 (2010).

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Time: 7pm - 8:30pm

Format: a 30-40 minute presentation meant to provide information, context, and criticism, followed by questions and discussion. Short readings circulated in advance.

Instructor: Alexander R. Galloway (NYU).

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The French Theory Today: An Introduction to Possible Futures pamphlet series is now available as a PDF on AAAARG: http://aaaaarg.org/text/34887/french-theory-today-introduction-possible-... and via Alexander R. Galloway's website: http://cultureandcommunication.org/galloway/FTT/

Hi zorgjones! Indeed, we'll have a full site up around 12/5 along with an option to purchase via paypal. The url: http://cultureandcommunication.org/galloway/FTT/

Will the book be available for purchase online anywhere? Cannot make it to launch unfortunately.

The French Theory Today pamphlet series by Alexander R. Galloway and the Public School New York is now in production. The set of five pamphlets—one for each night—documents the weeklong seminar (lectures + q & a) and includes contributions from Nicola Masciandaro, Eugene Thacker, Dominic Pettman, Jackson Moore, Stephen Squibb, Prudence Whittlesey, Taeyoon Choi, and David Horvitz.

We have now completed printing 150 copies of each on a Risograph GR 3750 and are looking for assistance with the binding process. Yes, you've done the math correctly—that's 750 books to bind! If you have experience making books, or you'd like to learn how to make a book, or you are eager to talk more French Theory Today, we'd love to see you at one of our production workshops, the first of which will take place this Saturday, September 3rd, at 12:30pm. For more information, please visit the workshop page: http://nyc.thepublicschool.org/class/3661

And, of course, look out for the launch sometime this fall!

Oh yes, I know that you are not affiliated. I only referred to you as a strong witness ( compliment ) to the event, to give us some of the important hints after, but unfortunately you won't be there. If anyone feels like posting an after note it will be very much appreciated.

Good points, Georgia! Agreed that the location is small for the expected audience. Having no affiliation with the events or their organization, I can't answer your question or speak to your concerns with any authority. Presumably, it's at the gallery because Abreu organized the lectures. His Sequence Press recently formed an alliance with Urbanomic (in the UK, which publishes the journal Collapse), and together they published François Laruelle's new book The Concept of Non-Photography.

I can't make it either night, so I won't be able to report back. But perhaps others will...?

I'm out of town and I will miss it; but why at Miguel Abreu? The gallery is fine for art but the space is very small for lectures and most of them have the tendency to feel like an elitists' gathering, which I would assume that it is not the intention...or maybe not?

A month later for the "public" the lecture will be posted on the gallery's site. Sarah, if you make it to get in, let us know how it was, otherwise we will only watch and listen.

I'm out of town and I will miss it; but why at Miguel Abreu? The gallery is fine for art but the space is very small for lectures and most of them have the tendency to feel like an elitists' gathering, which I would assume that is not the intention...or maybe not?

A month later for the "public" the lecture will be posted on the gallery's site. Sarah, if you make it to get in, let us know how it was, otherwise we will only watch and listen.

Friends of French Theory Today,

Note that Miguel Abreu Gallery is hosting two François Laruelle related events this week: tomorrow, April 6, a symposium on non-philosophy; and Thursday, April 7, a lecture by Laruelle himself on his new book, Non-Photography.

More information here: http://www.miguelabreugallery.com/pdf/UrbanomicSequence_PrRlse_Apr2011.pdf

In order to give French Theory Today another life in another format, we're compiling and printing a pamphlet series, to include all five lectures, a transcription of each day's Q&A (or approximation thereof), class handouts (Stiegler glossary, Laruelle diagrams, + +), and entries by you, the class participants. We're pleased to consider responses of all forms—textual or visual or some combination thereof; literal or oblique; in english or en français—so long as they are print format friendly. The pamphlet series, to be published by The Public School New York, will be available at bookstores in New York and elsewhere in 2011.

Please submit your entries to thepublicschoolny@gmail.com by December 3rd for consideration.

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