The #FailedIntellectual Goodwill Tour 2014-15
Frankfurt am Main: 9 October, Frankfurt Book Fair
Munich: 16 October, Max Planck Gesellschaft
Lund, Sweden: 21 October, Lund University
Uppsala, Sweden: 22 October, Uppsala University
Halifax: 3 November, St. Mary's University
Wolfville: 4 November, Acadia University http://polisci.acadiau.ca
Stanford: 5 November, Stanford University http://events.stanford.edu/events/471/47175/ (To be rescheduled.)
Davis: 6 November, University of California Davis https://www.facebook.com/pages/UC-Davis-Humanities-Institute/49848555698
Chicago: 10 November, University of Illinois Chicago. 11 November: DePaul University https://www.facebook.com/depaulmol/posts/621342181297941. 11 November: Goethe Institut Chicago: http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/chi/ver/en13363216v.htm
Portland: 13 November, Reed College
Olympia: 14 November, Evergreen State College
Seattle: 15 November, Ada's Technical Books http://seattletechnicalbooks.com/neinquarterlys-failedintellectual-goodwill-tour
Calgary: 17 November, University of Calgary
Victoria: 19 November, University of Victoria http://www.uvic.ca/humanities/home/home/news/announcements/2014-nov19-nein_webcast.php
Vancouver: 20 November, St. John's College, University of British Columbia http://cenes.ubc.ca/community/events/ziegler-series/2014-2015/
Hartford, Connecticut (Trinity College): 4 December
Bookings and More Information:
THE TOUR IN PICTURES. Please ring the bell.
The #FailedIntellectual Goodwill Tour Fact Sheet
Is the Tour a lecture?
Nein. Though it may include one upon request. Its negative utopian potential is often best realized as a conversation with a moderator, some visuals, possibly music, and a theme we will work out in advance. Some examples:
1. Theory as Tragedy. Praxis as Farce. — A Conversation with Nein. Quarterly about What Matters. And Why it Doesn't.
2. A Civilization of Discontents. A Conversation with Nein. Quarterly about Social Media in the Golden Age of Crisis in the Humanities.
3. Nothing New. A Conversation With Nein. Quarterly about Critical Theory and Nihilist Praxis.
4. How to Become a #FailedIntellectual. And Why. – A Conversation with Nein. Quarterly about Living the Broken Dream.
5. This is not a pipe. — A Conversation with Nein. Quarterly about the Lost and Found Art of the Aphorism.
Is the Tour art?
Nein. It is, however, a performance of sorts. An aesthetic and intellectual experiment only slightly less pretentious than it sounds. It has been called the death of the academy. Somewhat entertaining. Moderately edifying. And the dawn of a new age.
Is the Tour philosophy?
Nein. It is, however, frozen music, thawed in the refrigerator light of its own sad redemption. Refrozen. Then gone bad. It is thought resigned to always already being misunderstood. It is beauty and truth as dialectic. A Doppelgänger without a Doppelgänger. A Welt without Anschauung. Plus Schmerz.
Am I the only one foolish enough to consider hosting such an event?
Nein. The Tour has made stops at several leading universities, publications, and cultural institutions throughout the world. Sadly, they have remained standing.
Will the event be live-streamed?
Nein. But it can be.
Is there anything in it for the host?
Nein. Though it's a good opportunity to draw attention to your staid institution, impress your students or patrons, and save your cultural center, academic department, or discipline. If only from itself. For an hour or so.
Is the Tour expensive?
Nein. You pay for travel, a room for the night, and a modest honorarium left to your discretion. (History will be your judge.) Although no longer required, I ask that you please hire an aspiring local accordionist or one-man-band for the event. Ideally, the musician will be familiar with the major works of Wagner and Johnny Cash. After the event, you, your entourage, and the musician are invited to walk into a bar with me and drink to the evening's resounding success. And/or failure.
Eric Jarosinski is a #FailedIntellectual based in New York. An expert on modern German literature, culture, and critical theory, he recently left academia to devote himself to his post as founding editor of Nein. Quarterly, a critically acclaimed, and non-existent, compendium of utopian negation.
Cited as some of the best writing on the web, @NeinQuarterly is quickly approaching 100,000 followers on Twitter in over 100 countries. NQ also appears in a four-line print format, with its trademark scowl gracing the opinion page of Die Zeit, Germany’s leading weekly newspaper. Soon NQ will also be making its debut as a weekly column in a major Dutch newspaper.
Jarosinski and his work have been featured in numerous international publications, including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, The Believer, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Der Spiegel, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Wall Street Journal, Slate, and The Irish Times.
His first book, Nein. A Manifesto, will be published in 2015 in the US (Grove Atlantic), Canada (House of Anansi), Germany (S. Fischer), the Netherlands (Lebowski), Finland (Gummerus), the UK and Australia (Text).