The idea has come up in various threads to organize a series of seminars, similar to the Sloterdijk-Spheres reading group (and the Gebser reading prior), but open to exploring more diverse topics, authors, books, ideas, or other cultural occasions (e.g., drama, film, poetry) as part of a process collegial and collaborate inquiry.
It’s also been expressed that we should proceed with some urgency with respect to actual currents of consciousness in the world. How does one read in a fascist time? As voraciously as possible, it’s been said. How might we transmute these currents (if not counteract, where necessary, and within ourselves) for beneficial effect?
To proceed, we need to schedule at least a preliminary conference, which can serve as an opportunity to dialogue about our desired outcomes and respective interests, as well as bandwidth and availability. To get that ball rolling…I’ve created a Doodle poll with my personal availability for the next few weeks.
I’ve left out Thursdays (Trumpocalypse already scheduled, Spheres calls previously penciled in) and weekends (family time for me), although I’m open to occasional weekend events in the long run, especially if this allows people to participate whose schedule doesn’t allow during the week.
Part of the complexity will be time zone coordination. In the past, we’ve have readers from across the US, as well as Europe (CET) and sometimes Australia or New Zealand. We’ll just have to do our best to find a sweet spot when most can make it.
Let’s use this Doodle only to schedule a PRELIMINARY call. If we can find a time for this when all the principal participants are available, then we can follow up to find a suitable regular time, or some way to cycle or alternate, or even discover a ‘time-free’ approach that resolves the dilemma.
Please this post if this approach works for you, and if not, please comment below.