Theory of The Border – Talk And Book Signing By Thomas Nail

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When?  Thursday, February 15, 2018 6:30-8:30

Where? BookBar, 4280 Tennyson Street, Denver, CO 80212, 303-284-0194

BookBar “is a bookshop for wine lovers. A wine bar for book shoppers. And a fabulous cafe, too”.

Sponsored by Cri Hub.  Admission free and open to the public.  Map.

Despite — and perhaps because of — increasing global mobility, there are more types of borders today than ever before in history.

Borders of all kinds define every aspect of social life in the twenty-first century. From the biometric data that divides the smallest aspects of our bodies to the aerial drones that patrol the immense expanse of our domestic and international airspace, we are defined by borders. They can no longer simply be understood as the geographical divisions between nation-states.

Rather than viewing borders as the result or outcome of pre-established social entities like states, University of Denver philosopher Thomas Nail reinterprets  history from the perspective of the continual and constitutive movement of the borders that organize and divide society in the first place. Societies and states are the products of bordering, Nail argues, not the other way around. Applying his original movement-oriented theoretical framework, which he calls “kinopolitics”, to several major historical border regimes (fences, walls, cells, and checkpoints), Theory of the Border pioneers a new methodology of “critical limology,” that provides fresh tools for the analysis of contemporary border politics.

Thomas Nail is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Denver. He is the author of Returning to Revolution: Deleuze, Guattari and Zapatismo (Edinburgh University Press, 2012), The Figure of the Migrant (Stanford University Press, 2015), Theory of the Border (Oxford University Press, 2016) and co-editor of Between Deleuze and Foucault (Edinburgh University Press, 2016).

Divinatory Poetics – Public Talk And Book Signing by Selah Saterstrom

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When?  Thursday, October 12, 6:30-8:30

Where? BookBar, 4280 Tennyson Street, Denver, CO 80212, 303-284-0194

BookBar “is a bookshop for wine lovers. A wine bar for book shoppers. And a fabulous cafe, too”.

Sponsored by Cri Hub.  Admission free and open to the public.  Map.

Selah Saterstrom’s creative work draws heavily from her life growing up in the Spiritual Church Movement in Natchez, Mississippi. As a university student, she studied Biblical hermeneutics and was influenced by writers such as Stephen Moore (Derrida & Foucault at the Foot of the CrossGod’s Gym).  Her work addresses the tensions and consonances between postmodern hermeneutics and the spiritualist tradition in which she was raised.  While divinatory tactics, such as tarot card reading, keep a fashionable place in New Age culture, Saterstrom’s work with divination comes from a lineage of root workers in the South and runs much deeper than a fad.
 
Saterstrom’s novels – The Pink Institution; The Meat and Spirit Plan; and Slab — make up a trilogy.  Each novel is narrated from a young woman’s perspective, but all three are not the same person.  One hears southern cadences in the language in  a stark and “punchy” style that leaves a cognitive residue often after having made the reader laugh. In her forthcoming book of essays, Ideal Suggestions: Essays in Divinatory Poetics, Saterstrom blends belletristic pieces with her most direct theoretical and aesthetic conceptions o date in print. 
The book is a nod to Henry Wood’s 1899 book of New Thought, Ideal Suggestion through Mental Photography, which William James cited multiple times in his classic, Varieties of Religious Experience.  Her forthcoming book, Ideal Suggestions, is advertised: “By employing various “divinatory generators” (instructions, methods, trances), the essays in Ideal Suggestions: Essays in Divinatory Poetics genuflect to practices that celebrate engagement with uncertainty while cultivating strategies through which one might collaborate with both rupture and rapture.”  Saterstrom teaches writing and hermeneutic at the University of Denver, and she has been director of its creative writing program.