The KSU Theory Reading Group will meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month in SFH 104 at 5:15pm. Our first meeting will be next week on September 8, and we have a general discussion about theory in our research and classroom pedagogy. Also, we will agree on our first set of readings for the following meeting. For those folks who would like to participate, we are bridging our conversations via the Internet on Professor Masood Raja’s website. Go here and signup for an account to access the Theory Group.
Things are afoot in the English Literature graduate program at Kent State. The other day I met Professor Raja at Starbucks to hang out and talk about postmodern theory. While we enjoyed our coffee on the patio, we hatched a scheme for a theory reading group that would enable face-to-face discussion and online interaction with others beyond the confines of KSU.
Our initial plan is to use the Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism and read it from start to finish so that we can trace the development and progression of theory from its “beginning.” Another possibility would be to eventually include larger works such as Deleuze and Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus and go chapter-by-chapter or concept-by-concept.
It is our plan to meet twice a month on campus where we will discuss a couple of selections from the anthology. The online component of the group would allow folks who cannot be at the meetings (including those persons at other institutions) to take part in the discussions. Additionally, the online discussions may begin or continue the in person deliberations at the bimonthly meetings.
I am collating the responses from folks I have emailed about the group. If you are interested in this and I forgot to include you on the email, please drop me a line or comment to this post.