To celebrate his forty-two years as the editor of Critical Inquiry, we asked past and present contributors and editors Homi Bhabha (0:55), Frances Ferguson (7:35), Elizabeth Abel (10:07), Lauren Berlant (16:08), Slavoj Žižek (19:20), and Hillary Chute (27:30) to share their experiences of working with W. J. T. Mitchell at the journal. To read his farewell editorial note, see the Summer 2020 issue of Critical Inquiry.
Robert Pippin and Tom Gunning discuss Douglass Sirk’s film All That Heaven Allows (1955). Pippin’s “Love and Class in Douglas Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows” was published in the Summer 2019 issue of Critical Inquiry.
Bruno Latour and Dipesh Chakrabarty visited WB202 to discuss new “questions of concern” and the fight over “facts” and climate change in the world after Trump’s election. Latour and Timothy Lenton’s “Extending the Domain of Freedom, or Why Gaia Is So Hard to Understand” appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Critical Inquiry. Chakrabarty’s “The Planet: An Emergent Humanist Category” is forthcoming in Autumn 2019.
Catherine Malabou stopped by the office of Critical Inquiry for a short and informal audio interview during her visit to the University of Chicago two years ago. We talked about her two CI essays, her book Before Tomorrow: Epigenesis and Rationality (2017), and her work in progress.
Coeditor Richard Neer interviews Arnold Davidson about, among other things, his writing on music. This interview expands on the work featured in “Davidson and His Interlocutors,” a Winter 2019 special issue of Critical Inquiry. This is the second part of a two-part interview.
Coeditor Richard Neer interviews Arnold Davidson about the history of his scholarship and research (including a fortuitous encounter with Michel Foucault). This interview expands on the work featured in “Davidson and His Interlocutors,” a Winter 2019 special issue of Critical Inquiry. This is the first part of a two-part interview.
Consulting Editor Dipesh Chakrabarty stopped by the office to discuss his 2009 Critical Inquiry essay, the emergence of the Anthropocene, the end of the world, and the future of theory. Listen to the podcast and visit our website to read “The Climate of History: Four Theses” (Winter 2009).
Adrienne Brown and Adom Getachew met with Saidiya Hartman in the offices of Critical Inquiry to discuss the varieties of unfreedom that Hartman continues to explore in her work. Hartman was the 2018 Critical Inquiry Visiting Professor. She is the author of Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth Century America (1997) and Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route (2007). Her University of Chicago seminar last spring examined the sociological, literary, and historical work of W. E. B. Du Bois from The Philadelphia Negro (1899) to Dusk of Dawn (1940).
Lauren Berlant asks participants of “The Soup Is On” about their engagement with theory and optimism for what writing can do. The June 2018 conference launched Berlant and Katie Stewart’s The Hundreds (2018), their forthcoming experiment in form, attention, and generative worlding. Apart from Stewart and Berlant, every conference experimenter wrote an index for the book, reorganizing it in their own register and mode. Their collaborative effort aspires to jumpstart a community conversation about what critical thinking can look like, sound like, and be for.
To read more about the conference and its participants, visit the 3CT website.