ReadingRoom 3: "Who Cares?"

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ReadingRoom 3: "Who Cares?",

Alex Martinis Roe, Graeme Thomson,

Event 28 Sep 2016, 17:00-26 Apr 2017, 19:30

ReadingRoom 3: Who Cares? – Politics and Poetics in the Affirmative

ReadingRoom (RR) is a local Terra Critica practice in Utrecht with the collaboration of Casco, returning for its third yearly incarnation starting 28 September 2016.

The first session of ReadingRoom takes place on 28 September, 17.00-19.30 hrs at Casco, where we will read Aimé Césaire’s essay “Poetry and Knowledge” (1948); “The university and the undercommons” the second chapter from The Undercommons (2013) by Fred Moten and Stefano Harney; and Achille Mbembe’s essay “Decolonizing the University: New Directions” (2016). To participate, please make a reservation by sending an e-mail to

This season’s sessions are centered around the poetics and politics of the affirmative. Through this emphasis on a political stance of affirmation at a time that is calling for negativity, RR further their agenda of sharpening our senses and creating affective communities. This RR series investigates the spaces of education, activism, and art on different pedagogical, poetical, and political levels. Its primary focus is an affirmative interpretation of the question “Who Cares?”

ReadingRoom is a series of open and inclusive close-reading sessions that strive for substance, meaning, and non-quantifiable value through the praxis of careful and critical readings of texts from a wide range of disciplines.

The 2016-17 ReadingRoom sessions will take place on 28 September, 2 November, and December 7, 2016, and continue on 1 February and April 26, 2017. More information on ReadingRoom is available on the Terra Critica website.


28 Sep 2016, 17:00-26 Apr 2017, 19:30

Special Dates

28 Sep 2016

17:00-19:30: Session 1

02 Nov 2016

Session 2

07 Dec 2016

Session 3

01 Feb 2017

Session 4

26 Apr 2016

Session 5

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Supported by

Casco’s program is made possible with financial support from the City Council of Utrecht, Mondriaan Fund, and DOEN Foundation. Casco is part of Arts Collaboratory.