Wendy's Subway

The Fabrication of Social Order: A Critical Theory of Police Power by Mark Neocleous
Led by Molly Osberg
Schedule: Weekly, Tuesdays February 17-March 17, 7-8pm 

To register, please email info@wendyssubway.com by February 12th with subject line: "Fabrication of Social Order"

The production of the post-9/11 American police force has been studied and debated at length; its tactics have been deconstructed, its oppressive policies protested, its financial incentives to surveil and intimidate well-documented. This reading group seeks to enrich that analysis by studying the origins of policing itself, specifically through a discussion of The Fabrication of Social Order: A Critical Theory of Police Power (2000), a book by the British scholar Mark Neocleous. Over five weeks, the group will read and discuss the book, which focuses on the construction of a narrow definition of policing throughout the 18th century and traces the influences that led to our current understanding of social order. In addition to discussing this specific text, the group will engage with current debates on the state of policing and police power, in New York City and across the country. 

Download the book here.

Feminist Reading Group
Facilitated by Elvira Basevich and Ruby Brunton
Schedule: Bi-Weekly, Thursdays October 16-December 18, 7-9pm

To sign up email wendys.subway@gmail.com with the subject line: "Feminist Reading Group"

Along with reading the voices of all women, especially those that are most marginalised, this feminist reading group hopes to create an informal space for dialogue and critical inquiry. We meet twice a month and focus on key philosophical, sociological, and contemporary feminist writing, with special attention to intersectional feminism, critiques of mainstream and white feminism, and Marxist theoretical frameworks. A provisional reading list includes Audre Lorde, Silvia Federici, Hester Eisenstein, and bell hooks. Readings will be drawn from both academic texts and spaces often ignored by academic discourse. 

The reading group will culminate in a public event, which may include either a panel discussion, a poetry reading, or a performance, depending on the interests of the group's participants.

Week 1 (October 16): A Critique of White Feminism
Audre Lorde, "An Open Letter to Marry Daly," 1979
Mia McKenzie, "Why I'm Not Really Here for Emma Watson's Feminism Speech at the U.N." blackgirldangerous.org, 2014

Week 2 (October 30): Reproductive Health
Hester Eisenstein, "Fault Lines of Race and Class," Feminism Seduced: How Global Elites Use Women's Labor and Ideas to Exploit the World, 2010
Committee for Puerto Rican Decolonization, "35% of Puerto Rican Women Sterilized," The CWLU Herstory Website Archive, late 1970's
Angela Davis, "Racism, Birth Control and Reproductive Rights," 1990

Suggested Readings: 
Linda Burnham, "1% Feminism," opendemocracy.net, 8 April 2013
Hester Eisenstein, "'Lean In' While Holding up 'Half the Sky': On the Marketing of Neoliberal Feminism," 2014
Roxanne Gray, "Emma Watson? Jennifer Lawrence? These aren't the feminists you're looking for," The Guardian, 10 October 2014

Week 3 (November 13): Sex/Work
bell hooks, "Hardcore Honey: bell hooks Goes on the Down Low with Lil Kim." papermag.com, 11 July, 2014.
Despentes, Virginie. "Porno Witches." King Kong Theory, 2010.

Suggested Readings: 
Marie, Peechington. "The Erasure of Maya Angelou's Sex Work History." titsandass.kinja.com, 30 May, 2014.
Tina Fey Hates Sex Workerstitsandass.com

Week 4 (November 20): Feminist Performance Art
Cahun, Claude. Excerpts from Disavowels: or Cancelled Confessions. 

Recommended Readings: 
Krauss, Rosalind. "Claude Cahun and Dora Maar: By Way of Introduction." Bachelors, 1999.
Downie, Louise. "Sand Nom: Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore." Jersey Heritage Magazine, 2005.

Week 5 (December 4): Marxist Theory
Federici, Silvia. "Wages Aginst Housework." 1975.
Kollontai, Alexandra. "The Social Basis of the Woman Question." 1909.

Week 6 (December 18): Queer Theory & Queer Identity
Readings TBA 

Manifesto Mondays

"It is."

"That is."

"We are." or "We shall be."

Manifestos declare and make distinctions – they carry the intentions of their author(s), which are often abstract and pursuant of an ideal reality--declaring x or y; or, specifying what should be. The form's use-value is clear through its stated function and purpose, yet the diversity of forms these texts take, and the multiplicity of intentions underlying them across a variety of movements complicates what appears to be a clear cut practice. Morphing from more obvious political documents to accelerationist, futurist, inferrealist, or situationist twists on the form of the manifesto, this group will ask what similarities in form carry through such divergent intents?

This group will investigate the manifesto's many forms and interpretations. Reading across different time periods and places, we will gain a sense of its use and restriction in order to better understand its application, use-value, and form in writing. 

The manifesto as fiction
The manifesto as poetry
The manifesto as art
The manifesto as revolution
The manifesto as...

Manifesto Mondays will meet on the second and last Monday of each month.


Monday, March 10 - 8pm
Mina Loy, International Psycho-Democracy 
Mina Loy, Aphorisms on Futurism
Suggested reading: Alan Badiou, Second Manifesto for Philosophy

Monday, April 14 - 8pm

Valerie Solanas, SCUM Manifesto

Monday, April 28 - 8pm
Guy Debord, Society of the Spectacle, pt. 1

Monday, May 12 - 8pm
Guy Debord, Society of the Spectacle, pt. 2

Monday, May 26 - 7:30pm
Alex Williams & Nick Srnicek, #ACCELERATE MANIFESTO for an Accelerationist Politics

Monday, June 9 at 8pm
Alex Williams & Nick Srnicek, #ACCELERATE MANIFESTO for an Accelerationist Politics

Monday, June 23 at 8pm
Dodie Bellamy, Barf Manifesto

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