Center for Discursive Inquiry

The Center for Discursive Inquiry is a Research Center based in the School of Critical Studies at California Institute of the Arts.

The CDI supports a sustained discursive, critical and explorative environment, committed to ambitious long and short term research projects focusing on intersections and dialogues across critical and creative writing, as well as critical inquiry into artistic practices, and other fields of systematic research. It promotes a diversity of topics and forums emerging from the interests and pedagogy of faculty in the School of Critical Studies, advancing rigorous and original work through partnerships between individuals, academic institutions and other non-academic affiliates, locally, nationally and internationally. Activities include, research groups, publications, journals, hosted and collaborative events, as well as CalArts initiated conferences, seminars and curated speaker-series. 


Fall 2018 Event Series


Language and its Possible Worlds

Chair: James Wiltgen
Speakers: Amanda Beech, Anna Longo, Daniel Sacilotto, Inigo Wilkins

Thursday, Nov. 8, 4:30 pm
Open to the Institute

This panel discussion brings together four speakers from the fields of philosophy, aesthetics, music and art to discuss some of the mechanisms by which possible worlds could be imagined, constructed and instantiated.

Given the highly coercive and heavily surveilled dynamics of the present moment, the question of construction, what we construct and its orientation to our future is ever present, and perhaps ever more urgent.

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Elaborating a Computationalist Account of Normative-Linguistic Reason

Reading by Inigo Wilkins

Thursday, Nov. 1, 4:15 pm

Inigo Wilkins took his masters in Sonic Culture at the University of East London, and completed his doctorate in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths in 2016. The title of his thesis was ‘Irreversible Noise', which is the basis for a forthcoming publication by Urbanomic. He is co-director of the online arts journal and research platform Glass Bead (http://glass-bead.org/).


The History of Philosophy as a Philosophical Problem

Written by Martial Gueroult
Reading by Anna Longo

Thursday, Oct. 18th

Longo has a Ph.D. in aesthetics from Université Paris 1, where she has been teaching and researching. She is currently working on Deleuze's mathematical differential ontogenesis and Fichte's aesthetics, and is currently editing two books: Retour de l'objet, retour de l'ontologie? (2019), Le paradoxe de la finitude (2019). She has also edited the volumes: La genèse du transcendantal (2017), Breaking the Spell: Speculative realism under discussion (2015), Time without Becoming (2014), and Il Divenire della Conoscenza (2013).


Allography and the Strange Agency of the Objectile

 

Speaker: Matthew Poole
Respondent: Jeremy Lecomte

Thursday, Sept. 27

Poole is a professor at California State University San Bernardino, where he is also Chair of the Department of Art. His work includes curating exhibitions, producing and collaborating with artists on projects, as well as writing on contemporary art, museology, and digital design. More on his recent work can be found at www.kynastonmcshine.org.uk

Lecomte is a researcher and theoretician working between political philosophy, art, architecture and urban studies. This fall, 2018, he has been invited to lecture at SCI-arc, Los Angeles. He is the co-founder and co-director of Glass Bead, an art journal and research platform dedicated to the relations between art and other domains of thought, and to their political ramifications: (http://glass-bead.org/).