Event Archives

FALL 2012

Professor Levi Bryant

December 7, 2012  “Machine-Oriented Ontology”
Professor Levi R. Bryant is a former psychoanalyst and professor of philosophy at Collin College outside of Dallas, Texas. He is the author of Difference and Givenness: Deleuze’s Transcendental Empiricism and the Ontology of Immanence (Northwestern University Press, 2008) and co-editor, along with Nick Srnicek and Graham Harman, of The Speculative Turn: Continental Materialism and Realism (re.press, 2010). He has written numerous articles on Deleuze, Badiou, Lacan, and Žižek, and has written widely on social and political thought, cultural theory, and media theory at his blog  Larval Subjects.
Faculty Website


James Turrell Skyspace Roundtable

May 3, 2013 – “Turrell Scott Skyspace Roundtable Discussion”

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2013 Spring Symposium

May 4, 2013 – 3CT Spring Symposium – “Ecologies of Art, Architecture, and Theory”

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Fall 2013 Colloquium –  Karen Pinkus, Cornell University
“Terranes of Climate Change: Theory Between Geology and Geography”


Nietzsche and The Ethics of Naturalism” – Jan. 11, 2014
Sponsored by Rice German Studies, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany (Houston) and 3CT – Center for Critical and Cultural Theory RICE









MARCH 13, 2014    
HRC – History of Philosophy Workshop
Geoffrey Winthrop-Young

April 11 – 13, 2014

(ICAS) North American Conference for Critical Animal Studies
“Breaking the Silence on Global and Local Intersections of Ethnicity, Spirituality, and Nonhuman Animals.”

3CT, BioScience Collaborative Research Center
6500 Main Street

From April 11th through 13th, the Center for Critical and Cultural Theory (3CT) and the Institute for Critical Animal Studies (ICAS) are partnering to host the 13th Annual North American Conference for Critical Animal Studies. Located in the BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC), this conference offers presentations and workshops from leading critical animal studies scholars and animal activists from across the globe.

Panels will cover topics such as animal rights philosophy, disability studies, feminist theory, biopolitics, critical theory, race, and sexuality—with debate and discussion to follow each panel. The full conference schedule is available on the ICAS website.

To attend, guests can register online now or on site from 4:00–5:00 pm in the BRC on April 11th. Admission is free for Rice University students and faculty, while non-members are asked to contribute $60. Paid registration includes two vegan meals.


ICAS Website


Spring 2014 – April 18   Keith Ansell-Pearson
Senior Rice Senior Rearch Fellow (HRC) 
12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch/Seminar  ( 3CT Graduate Students Only)  Room:  Herring 255
4:00 p.m. Presentation (Open to the public)   Room: HUMA 117

“Epicurean Lessons in Nietzsche”
Epicurus has been alive in all ages and lives now, unknown to those who have called and call themselves Epicureans, and enjoying no reputation among philosophers. He has, moreover, himself forgotten his own name: it was the heaviest burden he ever cast off (Nietzsche)

In this talk I will explore why Epicurean teaching becomes an important resource for Nietzsche in his middle period writings, including texts such as Dawn (1881) and The Joyful Science (1882).  In these texts Nietzsche is inviting humanity to make the effort to temper emotional and mental excess by relinquishing certain fears, superstitions, and illusions, and so as to establish new modes of living and a new kind of dwelling on the earth. I shall situate Nietzsche’s reception and adoption of aspects of Epicurean teaching in the wider context of an appreciation of his practice of ‘the philosophy of the morning’. In the second part of the talk I will turn to critically examining the concerns over Epicurus that Nietzsche articulates in his later writings, and that are centred on anxieties over contemplation as a way of life and the problem of decadence.   In conclusion I shall show how it is possible to save Epicurus from Nietzsche’s critique.

Keith Ansell-Pearson
Rice Senior Research Fellow -HRC
Professor of Philosophy
University of Warwick
Faculty Website Link

September 5-6, 2014


November 15, 2014 – Houston Cinema Arts 
Special Screening “Roadside Kestrel/Wolf”

5:30 p.m.   Reception with private screening “Roadside Kestrel” and “Mountain qPine Beetle”
by Maria Whiteman and Cary Wolfe     Roadside Kestrel and Mountain Pine Beetle Link

7:00 p.m.  Live Performance –  “Wolf”

by Deke Weaver  Wolf Mainpage
In Conversation to follow with Deke Weaver and Cary Wolfe
Rice Media Center Movie Theater

FALL 2014 – November 21:   Ian Balfour “Nothing Exceeds Like Excess:  On Some Poetics and Politics of the Sublime ( And Why It Matters)”
Professor of English
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
York University
12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch/Seminar  ( 3CT Graduate Students Only)  Room:  Herring 255
2:30 p.m. Presentation (Open to the public)   Room: HUMA 119

 Spring 2015 – April 7:  Hugh Raffles  

“On The Beach:  Steps Toward an Athropology of Stone”

Faculty of Anthropology
Eugene Lang College
The New School for Liberal Arts
12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch/Seminar  ( 3CT Graduate Students Only)  Room:  Herring 255
4:00 p.m. Presentation (Open to the public)
Room: Sewall Hall 307

 Spring 2015 – April 10:  “After Paleofuturism:  Retro Presentism”   

Dominic Pettman
Professor, Culture and Media
Eugene Lang College
The New School



29th Annual SLSA (Society for Literature, Science and the Arts) Conference  and Art Exhibition
Rice University
Houston, Texas

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FALL 2015 COLLOQUIUM    Friday, Dec.11, 2014

“STATE AND SOCIETY: An Old Dichotomy of an Old but Persistent Problem”
Professor William Rasch
German Studies Department
Indiana University

Lunch Seminar (3CT Certificate Program Students Only)
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. English Graduate Lounge
4:00 p.m.  Huma 117 (Open to the public)

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