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Crunching the Core: Critical Moves

March 25, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

We will continue our collective exercises by crunching moves associated with critiquing expertise. We will meet on Zoom on Friday, March 25th at 10:00am-11:30am EST.  We are thrilled that the conversation will be started by two great commentators, Zina Miller (Seton Hall) and Aziza Ahmed (UC Irvine), who will guide us through our move(s), before opening to a wider discussion among all attendees.

Discussion Questions: In preparing for the session, we ask that you consider the following questions:

  1. Based on the texts, what is the critical move?
  2. How has this critical move been used in different times, places and contexts?
  3. What does the move uncover?

Excerpts: This week we will read selections from the following texts, attached in pdf to this email, with the relevant passages excerpted:

  • Max Weber, ‘Politics as a Vocation’, in HH. Gerth & C. Wright Mills (trans. and ed.) From Max Weber: Essays in Sociology (OUP 1946 [1921]) (excerpts from pages 120-128);
  • U. Beck, Risk Society: Towards a New Modernity (1992), chapter 1 ‘On the Logic of Wealth Distribution and Risk Distribution’, pages 19-22;
  • D. Kennedy, Of War and Law (Princeton UP 2004), Epilogue, pages 171-172;
  • S. Jasanoff, Designs on Nature: Science and Democracy in Europe and the United States (2005) (excerpt from page 250);
  • J. Halley, ‘Introducing Governance Feminism’, in Governance Feminism: An Introduction (2018), pages xiv-xvi;
  • L. Allen, Rise and Fall of Human Rights: Cynicism and Politics in Occupied Palestine (Stanford UP 2013) (excerpts from pages 20-21 & 23-26).


March 25, 2022
8:00 am - 5:00 pm