The Political Role of the Intellectual
A Roundtable Discussion
November 12, 5-7pm
The Campus Y, Anne Queen Lounge
For many of us, the decision to enter academia was motivated by a tacit belief that the university, and intellectual practice more generally, offered a space for political engagement. While the forms of such engagement may vary, cultural studies has historically provided a space for conversation and maintenance around what it means to be a politically efficacious intellectual within changing political contexts.
We offer the roundtable discussion on November 12th entitled The Political Role of the Intellectual, featuring the scholars Alvaro Reyes, Wahneema Lubiano, Michael Hardt, and Lawrence Grossberg, in service of such an endeavor. We recognize that this roundtable is one piece of an ongoing discussion, and we invite all members of the cultural studies community to attend the roundtable as active participants in this discussion.
To help foster a lively discussion, our panel participants have each provided a short reading. We encourage interested scholars to read these pieces and respond over the listserv or at the roundtable with any insights, provocations, and/or lines of flight that might further our understanding of what it means to be a politically engaged intellectual.
Suggested by Dr. Reyes:
Grupo Acontecimiento. ”The Affirmation of an Other Politics of Emancipation”. The South Atlantic Quarterly 111.1 (2012): 29-49.
Suggested by Dr. Hardt:
Hardt, Michael and Antonio Negri. “Altermodernity”. Commonwealth. Harvard: Harvard UP, 2009. 101-107.
Suggested by Dr. Lubiano:
Lubiano, Wahneema. “Affect and Rearticulating the Racial ‘Un-Sayables’”. Cultural Anthropology 28.3 (2013): 540-543.
Lubiano, Wahneema. ”Standing in for the State: Black Nationalism and ‘Writing’ the Black Subject” in Is It Nation Time? Contemporary Essays on Black Power and Black Nationlism. Ed: Eddie Glaude, Jr. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2002. 156-164.
Suggested by Dr. Grossberg:
Grossberg, Lawrence. “On the Political Responsibilities of Cultural Studies”. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 11.2 (2010): 241-247.