Lauren Berlant & Kathleen Stewart – First Responders
MB Building, 9th floor
Room 9 ABCD
1450 Guy Street
NOTE: This event is sold out, but it will also be livestreamed. Those who have tickets and cannot go, please return the tickets so others can attend!
The livestream link will be provided the day of the event.
The MB building is accessible for people with mobility disabilities. There is one gender neutral washroom on the 9th floor.
First Responders is a collaboration in forms of writing that aspire not just to virtuosic description but take place at the level of thought. As in what Lauren calls The New Frankness (Hundreds, 97) we are committed to being direct but not literal, open but not fetishizing representations of flux or indeterminacy. Naming is not the end of experiment but its beginning. We use call and response prompts to riff on, think with, cut, get into, or double down on what could be happening in a scene, a gesture, or a reverb in the new ordinary. There’s no adequation, no matching the concept with its objects. We seek not the fact of objects but their generativity. We test out propositions against repetitions, frictions, voicings, affects, events, or different and similar inclinations. This plays out in many ways.
Kathleen Stewart teaches ethnographic theory through writing at the University of Texas, Austin. Books include A Space on the Side of the Road: Cultural Poetics in An Other America (1996); Ordinary Affects (2007); and, with Lauren Berlant, The Hundreds (2019). First Responders is their current project.
Lauren Berlant teaches at the University of Chicago. Recent books include Cruel Optimism (2011); with Lee Edelman, Sex, or the Unbearable (2013); and, with Kathleen Stewart, The Hundreds (2019). First Responders is their current project.