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Rethinking the University: On Discipline, Excellence, and Solidarity

October 31, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

We are excited to invite you to the Global Theories of Critique’s second event of the academic year, with our theme for this year being “On the Failed and Marginal,” focusing on the excluded and undermined from and in Euro-American histories. Challenging these histories or going against and beyond them demands an interrogation of the space from which we think, write, and act: the university and its various arms. Following this thinking, our second event will be a workshop on “Rethinking the University: On Discipline, Excellence, and Solidarity” with Professor Reginald Jackson, to be held on Thursday, Oct. 31st, 4-6 pm, room 1014 Tisch Hall, dinner included.

Professor Jackson is an Associate Professor of Pre-modern Japanese Literature at U of M’s department of Asian Languages and Cultures, and has been long committed to thinking and practicing knowledge production in relation to solidarity with the marginalized and forgotten, within both the university’s own space and its many outsides. As such, ahead of this event, we recommend reading Professor Jackson’s recently published article, titled “Solidarity’s Indiscipline: Regarding Miyoshi’s Pedagogical Legacy,” along with two theoretical pieces he is in engaging with. All readings are available here, and we recommend reading them in this order:

Readings, “The Idea of Excellence”
Jackson, “Solidarity’s Indiscipline: Regarding Miyoshi’s Pedagogical Legacy”
Moten and Harney, “The University and the Undercommons” (optional)

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October 31, 2019
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Department of History


Tisch Hall – 1014
435 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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