Reading Loop

A series of round table discussions exploring key ideas

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Wednesday March 23rd, 6pm

Led by Jaspar Joseph-Lester.

Owen Hatherley, ‘Fossils of Time Future: Bunkers and Buildings from the Atlantic Wall to the South Bank’, in Collapse, vol. 6 (January 2010), edited by Robin Mackay.
Clegg and Guttmann’s ‘Monument for Historical Change’, in Transmission Annual: Hospitality, eds. Michael Corris, Jaspar Joseph-Lester and Sharon Kivland, London: Artwords Press, 2010, pp. 64-77.
Bruno Latour, ‘From Realpolitik to Dingpolitik or How to Make Things Public’

Wednesday March 16th, 6pm

Led by Conn Redden and Amanda Crawley Jackson, the texts to be discussed in this session are:

Franz Kafka, ‘The Giant Mole’
Stephen J. Gould and Richard C. Lewontin, The Spandrels of San Marco and the Panglossian Paradigm: A Critique of the Adaptationist Programme
Adrian Lahoud, ‘Architecture, Contingency and Crisis: An Interview with Slavoj Žižek’ (

Wednesday March 9th, 6pm

Led by Dale Holmes.

Theodor Adorno, Commitment
Alain Robbe-Grillet, Commitment

Wednesday 2nd March, 6pm
‘The Ethical Author, the Ethics of Readership’, led by Matt Colbeck and focusing on the ethical
issues of writing about cognitive disability (and disability as a whole). While Matt’s research is specifically grounded in the literature of coma, brain
injury and disability (and the readings reflect this), we don’t expect the discussion to be purely focused on this field.

1) ‘The Portrayal of Coma in Contemporary Motion Pictures’ by the two neuro-
scientists, Eelco F.M.Wijdicks and Coen A. Wijdicks

2) Extracts from two different sections of the novel ‘The Coma’ by Alex Garland
(London: Faber and Faber, 2004)

3) ‘Philosophers of Intellectual Disability’ by Licia Carlson
Eva Feder Kittay, and Licia Carlson, eds., Cognitive Disability and
Its Challenge to Moral Philosophy (Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010)

Wednesday 23rd February, 6pm
Led by Eve Michelaki.

Reading Foucault, Manet and the Object of Painting

Wednesday 16th February, 6pm
Led by David McCallam
A manifesto for the arts and humanities?

Reading: Voltaire, Candide

Wednesday 9th February, 6pm
“And the last remnants memory destroys…”
Led by Laurence Piercy.

Reading WG Sebald, The Emigrants and Lebbeus Woods,The Reality of Theory

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