Archive | February, 2015

Date and Place change for our next meeting

22 Feb

Dear all,

In order to allow interested people to attend a discussion this Thursday on Claudia Rankine’s Citizen, we’re rescheduling and relocating the Frankfurt School Working Group’s next meeting and conversation about music. We will gather to talk about the Adorno and Frith pieces on Wednesday, March 4th, at 5pm, in the English department lounge, which is Wheeler Hall room 330.

We apologize for toying with your anticipations! But we’re looking forward to seeing you all and talking about music!

yours,

Megan & Erin

PS In addition to the Rankine discussion, we wanted to inform you about an event this coming Wednesday (National Adjunct Action Day) on the subject of contingent labor in the UC system. Four UCB lecturers will be offering perspectives on their work experiences and the changing (eg privatizing) university, in dialogue with graduate students and other members of the community. The undercommons will be gathering at 5pm, 2/25, in 300 Wheeler.

 

 

next meeting on Thursday, 2/26 @ 5pm, to critique / confess musical fetishes

20 Feb

Dears,

The Frankfurt School Working Group’s next meeting will take place on Thursday, February 26th, at 5pm in Wheeler Hall room 306 (note that the room is different from our usual windowless attic space). We’ll be discussing Adorno’s essay, “On the Fetish-Character in Music and the Regression of Listening” and Simon Frith’s “Towards an aesthetic of popular music”. Perhaps you should also prepare by listening to Now That’s What I Call Music! 6,402.

warmly,

Megan & Erin

Frankfurtish: the undercommons

5 Feb

Dears,

Next Wednesday, February 11th, the Frankfurt School Working Group will meet to talk about the contemporary text The Undercommons, by Fred Moten and Stefano Harney. We’re going to focus on chapters 2 and 4, “The University and the Undercommons” and “Debt and Study,” but the entire book is available (appropriately, as you’ll see) for free online here: http://www.minorcompositions.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/undercommons-web.pdf. It might be especially fun to think about the Adorno articles we read last week in concert with the concepts of critique, study, and fugitivity developed in The Undercommons. Hope you enjoy the reading, and see you next week (same time, same place: Wheeler Hall 450 at 5pm).

yours,

Megan & Erin