Reading & Writing Groups (Spring 2020, Monthly)

Each reading group will meet approximately once a month on Wednesdays in TASC 2, 7809. For specific information on each group, please see below.

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Dependency Road: Communications, Capitalism, the Unconscious

Led by Svitlana MatviyenkoYing-Fen HuangXuezhi DuSiyuan Yin, and Yuezhi Zhao.

Meeting Dates

  • Jan 8 2:30-4:00pm
  • Feb 5 12:30-2:00pm
  • Mar 4 2:30-4:00pm
  • Apr 15 2:30-4:00pm
  • Apr 29 2:30-4:00pm

To join and to receive the readings, please get in touch with Svitlana (

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Indigenous Epistemology, Scientific Knowledge and the Ends of the World

Led by Karrmen Crey and Svitlana Matviyenko.

Meeting Dates

  • Jan 29, 3:00-5:00pm
  • Feb 12, 3:00-5:00pm
  • Mar 11, 3:00-5:00pm
  • Apr 8, 3:00-5:00pm
  • Apr 22, 3:00-5:00pm

To join and to receive the readings, please get in touch with Karrmen ( and Svitlana (

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Abusive Language, Affective Labors, and Agonism: Critical Interventions into Gaming Culture Toxicity Group

Led by Jaime Kirtz

To join and to receive the readings, please get in touch with Jaime (

Meeting Dates:

  • Jan 30, 2:30-4:00pm
  • Feb 27, 2:30-4:00pm
  • Mar 26, 2:30-4:00pm
  • May 7, 2:30-4:00pm

In response to the current proliferation of hate-speech and toxicity online, this reading group seeks to understand assemblages of abusive language, specifically through a focus on toxicity within games and gaming culture. In doing so, many of the readings address both established and emerging toxicity, and counter-strategies and critical re-imaginings of agonistic discourse. This includes thinking through and engaging with cultural and critical theories such as queer theory, critical feminism, intersectionality, critical race theory. Furthermore, we will occasionally discuss case studies/games as a way to generate conceptual and practical development of counter-strategies. Thus, this reading group is an attempt to not only enrich our knowledge of toxicity online, but to consider contemporary and future interventions in a variety of environments.

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