The UCLA Program in Experimental Critical Theory is meant to galvanize, coordinate, and expand research and teaching in critical theory across departments and disciplines at UCLA.The Program offers the Graduate Certificate in Experimental Critical Theory, which is open to graduate students enrolled in a Ph.D. or MFA program in any participating department at UCLA.The Program also sponsors the annual ECT Colloquium, which meets twice a quarter, and various lectures and conferences.


The UCLA Department of World Arts & Cultures / Dance Announces


Tactical Bodies:

The Choreography of Non-Dancing Subjects

A joint conference of the Congress On Research in Dance (CORD) Special Topics

and Dance Under Construction (the University of California Dance Studies graduate student conference)

Keynote speaker: Gabriele Brandstetter, Freie Universität Berlin

Closing comments: Susan Foster, UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance


April 19–21, 2013

University of California Los Angeles


Call For Papers

Tactical Bodies will interrogate the possibilities and problematics of choreographic analysis. Choreographers, dance researchers and others have extended the concept of choreography to works that do not necessarily involve danced movement, challenging the assumption that choreography must relate to dance and vice versa. In scholarly and other projects, the value of choreography as an approach and a means of analysis has been demonstrated across cultural sites as well as in a variety of disciplinary domains. Yet interdisciplinary exchange is rare both because of the manner in which the academic disciplines are organized in the institution, and because of the marginal position that dance has historically held as an art form and area of study.


Tactical Bodies provides an opportunity to enrich the discourse surrounding “choreography” on the one hand, and on the other, to ask what the concept does in disciplines other than dance studies. We invite submissions from researchers in disciplines such as performance studies, curatorial studies, comparative literature, art history and criticism, ethnic studies, gender studies, LGBTQ studies, disability studies, post-colonial studies, urban planning, education, and history, as well as art practitioners, curators, social justice activists, and scholars studying human behavior in the health and other sciences.


We seek proposals that examine how choreography exists in multiple spaces and also proposals that consider unexpected subjects—in short, how the movements of bodies and objects inform our daily social, political and economic lives. Choreographic terms such as position, locality, direction, pace, inclusion, and exclusion, and the myriad ways in which movement and stillness are expressed lend themselves to theorizations of power and difference. We look forward to offering a forum for textual and performative presentations that explore the function of choreography within and beyond the context of dance with a focus on activity that is not normally conceived of as dancing.


Possible themes include:

  • The choreography of curating/Choreography as curating
  • Choreography of spectatorship
  • Arts production: the invisible labor of moving bodies in theatres, museums and festivals
  • Choreography of torture and punishment
  • Migration, apartheid, social and geographical lines of separation and motion
  • Mobilization, insurrection, and occupation in electoral politics, protest and revolution
  • Colonial and post-colonial maneuvers in global and local choreography
  • Planning, urban movement, and architectural spatial arrangement
  • Moving pedagogy in the choreography of the classroom
  • Movement in the context of visual art
  • Movement of non-human phenomena
  • Choreographing meaning through the rhythm of the text
  • Movement as a trope in theoretical discourse

Genres of Participation

We invite broad and innovative interpretations of the conference theme through papers (both conventional and performative) and practice-oriented presentations. Work that utilizes and/or analyzes multiple mediums such as dance, film, text, and other performance genres is encouraged. Proposals for panels, working groups, workshops, and roundtable discussions are also welcome.

Submission Guidelines

-Abstract (300 words max.) of your paper, presentation*, or proposed theme for a panel, working group, workshop or roundtable discussion.

-A half page bibliography for your research.

-Full name, contact information, institutional affiliation or professional status, and brief biography (approx. 100 words).

-Specify whether a dance studio or lecture setting would best suit your work in the comments section of the form.

-A paper/presentation cannot exceed 20 minutes. A panel, working group, or round table discussion cannot exceed one hour with an additional 30 minutes for open questions.

* Performance-as-Research Proposals should include a critical description of the practice-based research engaging in artistic, theoretical, epistemological or political themes relating to the conference. Means of inviting critical engagement with the research should also be indicated. Set up/strike for such contributions must take no more than 5 minutes, and have minimal staging needs as no technical support will be provided beyond a microphone and projection onto a screen as per a conventional paper presentation. All presentations will be subject to the 20-minute time limit, and may be scheduled on a panel with conventional scholarly papers.


Panel, Working Group, Workshop and Roundtable Discussion Proposals should provide the full name, contact information, institutional affiliation or professional status, and brief biography (approx. 100 words) for each participant. Note that each panelist seeking to present must submit an abstract (300 words max.) of their own work along with the abstract for the panel’s theme.


For online submissions of proposals: Go to http://www.pmswebreg.info/cord2013/openconf/openconf.php

Submission deadline: November 16th, 2012.


Submission Instructions:

  1. Go to http://www.pmswebreg.info/cord2013/openconf/openconf.php and click “Make a Submission”
  2. Complete the submission form. Be sure to include your 300 word or less abstract on the form.       This section should contain the abstract for the panel’s theme for Organized Panel, Working Group, Workshop or Roundtable Discussion proposals.
  3. Attach your bibliography in the “File Upload” field.
  4. In the comments box, please specify any special requirements you may have.
  5. Click “Make Submission” to submit your form.


If you have additional supporting documents to upload, please follow the instructions below.

  1. Navigate to the submission homepage (http://www.pmswebreg.info/cord2013/openconf/openconf.php).
  2. Select “Upload File”
  3. Select the upload type (Bio, Bibliography, or Supporting Docs).
  4. Enter your submission ID and password and attach your file.       Click “Upload File”.
  5. You may repeat this process to add up to two more additional files.



The UCLA Program in Experimental Critical Theory is proud to welcome


Alain Badiou


On the occasion of the 10th year of his visits to Southern California.

On Wednesday, May 23 at 4:00 Badiou will present a lecture, “Towards a Contemporary Conception of the Absolute,” in the Popper Theatre in Schoenberg Hall at UCLA.

On Saturday, May 19th, Alain Badiou will present a lecture and participate in a symposium entitled “Changing the World: Between History and Politics” at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena (at the Graduate Art Program location: 950 S. Raymond Ave. Pasadena, CA)


2:00 pm - 4:30 pm: talks
Nathan Brown (UC-Davis): “Rational Kernel, Real Movement: Alain Badiou and Théorie Communiste in the Age of Riots”

Kenneth Reinhard (UCLA): “The Use of Forcing”

Jason E. Smith (ACCD): “From Riot to Insurrection: History and Politics in Badiou”

4:30 - 5:00 pm: Break

5:00 - 6:00 pm: Keynote Lecture by Alain Badiou

6:00 - 6:30 pm: Roundtable

For more information, please contact Jason Smith at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Art Center College of Design
Graduate Art Program
950 S. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105



On Wed. May 2 at 5:00 in the CL Seminar Room (Humanities 348),

Simone Pinet

(Professor of Romance Studies at Cornell)

will present an ECT Symposium (co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, The UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and the UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies) entitled

World Maps, Local Languages.”


On Thurs. May 3 at 3:00 in the CL Seminar Room (Humanities 348),

Bruno Bosteels

(Professor of Romance Studies at Cornell)

will lead a session of the ECT Seminar on

Alain Badiou’s concepts of truth, the subject, the generic, and forcing

(recommended reading is Parts VII and VIII of Being and Event, especially Meditations 31, 33, 35, and 37).



Please join us on Tuesday, April 24 at 5:00 in Humanities 348 at UCLA for an ECT Symposium with


Frédéric Worms



“Critical Vitalism:

A Thread Through French 20th Century Philosophy and Today’s New Philosophical Problems”


Frédéric Worms is Director of the Centre International d'Étude de la Philosophie Française Contemporaine and teaches the history of philosophy at the Université de Lille III. Professor Worms is a specialist of Henri Bergson, and the coauthor with Philippe Soulez of a biography of Bergson. He has recently published a book on the ethics of care (Le moment du soin) in which he attempts to expand the notion of care that has been a noted aspect of ethical thought coming out of Anglo-American feminist thought.


Support for this talk has been provided by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the UCLA Department of Comparative Literature.









ECT Seminar Spring 2012
Alain Badiou: Worlds, Events, Truths 

Tues. April 3 ECT Symposium: Stathis Gourgouris
5:00 CL seminar room
“Archē and Infinity of a Political Cosmos”

1. April 5 Introduction
Badiou, Manifesto for Philosophy

Tues. April 10 ECT Symposium: Michael Saman
5:00 CL seminar room
“Goethe, Lévi-Strauss, and the Science of the Concrete”


2. April 12
Badiou, Theory of the Subject, “Everything that belongs to a whole,” “Action, manor of the subject,” “Algebra and Topology,” “Neighborhoods”); “The Neighborhood,” “Toward a Philosophy of the Open” (pdf and video)

Wed. April 18 ECT Symposium: Deborah Achtenberg
noon, Faculty Center
“Derrida Between Moses and Elijah”


3. April 19
Badiou, Being and Event, “Introduction,” selections from Parts I-III (the ontology of situations)

Tues. April 24 ECT Symposium: Frédéric Worms
5:00 CL seminar room
“Critical Vitalism: a thread through French twentieth century philosophy and today’s new philosophical problems”

4. April 26 Badiou, Being and Event, selections from Parts IV and V (events)

Wed. May 2 ECT Symposium: Simone Pinet
5:00 CL Seminar Room
“World Maps, Local Languages”

5. May 3 Bruno Bosteels
Badiou, Being and Event, selections from Parts VII and VIII
(truth and the subject: the generic and forcing)
Bruno Bosteels, “World and Event”


6. May 10
Jason Smith and Ken Reinhard
Badiou, Logics of Worlds, Book I
Badiou, Second Manifesto for Philosophy

7. May 17 Seminar with Alain Badiou
1. Analytic study: the transcendental
Badiou, Logics of Worlds, Book II, Greater Logic 1: The Transcendental

Sat. May 19 Art Center (Pasadena) conference:
“Changing the World”
Alain Badiou, Jason Smith, Nathan Brown, Ken Reinhard

Mon. May 21 Lecture by Emily Apter 4:00, Humanities 193
“Translation at the Checkpoint: On States, Borders, and the Limits of Sovereignty in Translation Theory”

8. Tues. May 22, 5:00 Seminar with Alain Badiou
2. Dialectic study: modification, fact, weak change, event
Badiou, Logics of Worlds, Book V: The Four Forms of Change

Wed. May 23, 4:00 ECT Symposium: Alain Badiou
“Towards a Contemporary Conception of the Absolute” Popper Theatre in Schoenberg Hall

9. May 31 Badiou, Logics of Worlds, Book VI: Theory of Points

10. June 7 Badiou, Logics of Worlds, Book VII: What is a Body?