When: 22/08/2019 – 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Where: The Book Merchant Jenkins
“In Plato’s Cave” in ‘On Photography’ by Susan Sontag
All readings (or links to readings) are available in the Google Drive. Access via:
About the Brisbane Free University Radical Reading Group
The idea is pretty simple: a bunch of folks getting together to think through some big ideas, drink tea, and shamelessly embrace our earnest enthusiasm for critical theory and gooey philosophical chats.
The focus of the reading group is on counter-canonical works; writing by and about Indigenous, queer, black, POC, anti-capitalist and feminist ideas and theories. We want the process of collective reading to be expressly political: we are reading this content in order to know how better to respond to the crises of the present. This isn’t an abstract learning exercise, though those too have their merit. This is a deliberate space for thinking philosophy, theory and politics in relation to the material, social, economic, aesthetic and emotional conditions of our lives.
These discussion groups are open to everyone, regardless of whether or not you want to read in advance. Each week, we’ll upload the readings and some framing questions. You can read through those, or just show up on the night to listen and think with us.
The Book Merchant Jenkins hosts the BFU Radical Reading Group most Thursdays. Check the events page for upcoming conversations.