112 s Michigan Room 501
Summer and Fall/Autumn 2018 – Winter 2019
I. What is the Left? – What is Marxism?
• required / + recommended reading
Marx and Engels readings pp. from Robert C. Tucker, ed., Marx-Engels Reader (Norton 2nd ed., 1978)
Week 3. What is Marxism? I. Socialism | Oct. 31, 2018
• Marx, selections from Economic and philosophic manuscripts (1844), pp. 70–101
• Marx, Address to the Central Committee of the Communist League (1850), pp. 501–511
Week 4. What is Marxism? II. Revolution in 1848 | Nov. 7, 2018
• Engels, The tactics of social democracy (Engels's 1895 introduction to Marx, The Class Struggles in France), pp. 556–573
Week 5. What is Marxism? III. Bonapartism | Nov. 14, 2018
+ Karl Korsch, "The Marxism of the First International" (1924)
• Marx, Inaugural address to the First International (1864), pp. 512–519
+ Korsch, Introduction to Marx, Critique of the Gotha Programme (1922)
• Marx, Critique of the Gotha Programme, pp. 525–541
• Marx, Programme of the Parti Ouvrier (1880)
Week 6. What is Marxism? IV. Critique of political economy | Nov. 21, 2018
• Marx, Capital Vol. I, Ch. 1 Sec. 4 "The fetishism of commodities" (1867), pp. 319–329
Week 7. Nov. 28, 2018 U.S. Thanksgiving break
Winter break readings
+ Richard Appignanesi and Oscar Zarate / A&Z, Introducing Lenin and the Russian Revolution / Lenin for Beginners (1977)
+ Sebastian Haffner, Failure of a Revolution: Germany 1918–19 (1968)
+ Edmund Wilson, To the Finland Station: A Study in the Writing and Acting of History (1940), Part II. Ch. (1–4,) 5–10, 12–16; Part III. Ch. 1–6
+ Tariq Ali and Phil Evans, Introducing Trotsky and Marxism / Trotsky for Beginners (1980)
+ James Joll, The Second International 1889–1914 (1966)
Week 8. What is Marxism? V. Reification | Dec. 5, 2018
Week 9. What is Marxism? VI. Class consciousness | Dec. 12, 2018
Week 10. What is Marxism? VII. Ends of philosophy | Dec. 19, 2018
• Korsch, “Marxism and philosophy” (1923)
+ Marx, To make the world philosophical (from Marx's dissertation, 1839–41), pp. 9–11
+ Marx, For the ruthless criticism of everything existing (letter to Arnold Ruge, September 1843), pp. 12–15
+ Marx, "Theses on Feuerbach" (1845), pp. 143–145
Towards a Newer Avant-Garde presents: "To a Woman Passing By"
Friday, September 21st, 2018 (Obst, 1801 s Peoria)
To a woman passing by,
I have watched you on the street, placing foot in front of foot, darting through the mass of God’s hellish creation. I have been irreparably struck by your image, which is always departing from my view. With the abandon of your steps, you have won my admiration. I love you for your grace because your walk is so unloving and your movement so unending. I love you for your presence because your sight vaporizes and your gaze unnerves.I love you for the indifferences you cast and the interest you represent. I love you for your taste because it ruthlessly discards whatever cannot last, for you have shown me that the ever-new remains the same old thing. But most of all, I love the cloudy dreams your profanity inspires. Your’s is a rejuvenating sight, and for that I dedicate these works, my first efforts in your name.
The softness that fascinates, the pleasure that kills!
I may be an incomplete man, but I am very passionate.
Exhibiting Artists |
Tatyana Skalany, Anthony Gonzalez, Wesley Gryziak, Suzy Vogenthal, Ant Morales, Anthora Guarderas, Patrick Zapien, Erin Hagood, Stephanie Gomez
Erin Hagood, Patrick Zapien, Stephanie Gomez & Suzy Vogenthaler, insert by Wesley Gryziak
"To A Woman Passing By"
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September 11, 2018
School of the Art Institute Chicago
37 S Wabash Ave
Sharp Building, Room 327
This talk will examine the historical and present-day strategies and challenges of antifascist struggles in Germany. Against the background of Marxist theory and 'Autonomen'-style politics, join us to interrogate the failures of radical left politics and what ask what lessons we might draw from them and how they can inform challenges coming from the right in both Europe and the US today.
Our guest speakers are members of the Berlin-based anticapitalist organization TOP B3Rlin and the German-wide "UmsGanze" alliance of (post-)antifascist groups.