Articulating Politics: An Authors-Meet-Readers Conference

Free and open to the public. 

Friday, April 24 - Saturday, April 25

Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, Room 103
5701 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637

Political theory is fueled by persistent uncertainty about the relation of its object—"politics" or the "political"—to a series of other terms and things, from ethics to economics, from the ontological to the aesthetic, from philosophy to history. Articulating Politics is an authors-meet-readers conference in political theory that approached this uncertainty indirectly through critical engagements with five important new and recent books in the field. These books cover a wide variety of topics, including political melodrama in contemporary America, republican critiques of wage labor, the phenomenology of the penitentiary, racial justice and moral virtue, and the temporality of democratic theory and practice.

During this two-day conference, the authors of Orgies of Feeling, From Slavery to the Cooperative Commonwealth, Solitary Confinement, The Color of Our Shame, and The Time of Popular Sovereignty joined ten visiting commentators to discuss these books and the larger questions they broach about the specificity of the political, and about the articulations that connect politics and political theory to other modes of experience and inquiry.

This conference was organized by Patchen Markell (Political Science, University of Chicago).

Elisabeth Anker, The George Washington University
Orgies of Feeling: Melodrama and the Politics of Freedom

Alexander Gourevitch, Brown University
From Slavery to the Cooperative Commonwealth: Labor and Republican Liberty in the Nineteenth Century

Lisa Guenther, Vanderbilt University
Solitary Confinement: Social Death and its Afterlives

Christopher Lebron, Yale University
The Color of Our Shame: Race and Justice in Our Time

Paulina Ochoa Espejo, Haverford College
The Time of Popular Sovereignty: Process and the Democratic State

Banu Bargu, The New School for Social Research
Michaele Ferguson, University of Colorado at Boulder
Jason Frank, Cornell University
Alexander Livingston, Cornell University
Jill Locke, Gustavus Adolphus College
Nancy Luxon, University of Minnesota
Lori Marso, Union College
William Clare Roberts, McGill University
Melvin Rogers, University of California, Los Angeles
George Shulman, New York University


Friday, April 24, 2015

9:15-9:45 a.m.                    Coffee and pastries

9:45-10:00 a.m.                  Welcoming remarks
                  Patchen Markell (University of Chicago)

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.         Panel 1: Elisabeth Anker, Orgies of Feeling

                   Chair: Patchen Markell (University of Chicago)
                   Commentators: Jason Frank (Cornell University), Nancy Luxon (University of Minnesota),
                   Paulina Ochoa Espejo (Haverford College)
                   Respondent: Elisabeth Anker (The George Washington University)

12:00-1:00 p.m.                   Lunch 

1:00-3:00 p.m.                     Panel 2: Alexander Gourevitch, From Slavery to the Cooperative Commonwealth

                   Chair: Jennifer Pitts (University of Chicago)
                   Commentators: William Clare Roberts (McGill University), Alexander Livingston (Cornell University), Elisabeth Anker
                   Respondent: Alexander Gourevitch (Brown University)

3:00-3:30 p.m.                    Coffee break

3:30-5:30 p.m.                     Panel 3: Christoper Lebron, The Color of Our Shame

                   Chair: Michael Dawson (University of Chicago)
                   Commentators: Jill Locke (Gustavus Adolphus College), George Shulman (New York University),
                   Lisa Guenther (Vanderbilt University)
                   Respondent: Christopher Lebron (Yale University)

Saturday, April 25, 2015

9:30-10:00 a.m.                    Coffee and pastries

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.          Panel 4: Paulina Ochoa Espejo, The Time of Popular Sovereignty

                   Chair: John McCormick (University of Chicago)
                   Commentators: Michaele Ferguson (University of Colorado at Boulder), Melvin Rogers (University of California,
                   Los Angeles), Christopher Lebron
                   Respondent: Paulina Ochoa Espejo (Haverford College)

12:00-1:00 p.m.                   Lunch        

1:00-3:00 p.m.                     Panel 5: Lisa Guenther, Solitary Confinement

                   Chair: Linda Zerilli (University of Chicago)
                   Commentators: Banu Bargu (The New School for Social Research), Lori Marso (Union College),
                    Alexander Gourevitch
                   Respondent: Lisa Guenther

3:00-3:30 p.m.                     Coffee break

3:30-4:30 p.m.                     Concluding roundtable discussion with the authors

This conference is supported by the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society. Co-sponsored by the Division of the Social Sciences.