Does the oyster sleep? Reading love and politics

Saturday, March 11, 11am – 4pm

Join us for a day of reading with Letters & Handshakes and John Paul Ricco, hosted by guest curators Pip Day and Irmgard Emmelhainz.

11am – 1pm:
Morning Study Session: Rethinking Political Acts of Love
with Letters & Handshakes

Ten years ago the Toronto School of Creativity & Inquiry organized a public conversation with philosopher Michael Hardt, that took up the question: Can love act as a political concept? Join us for a restaging of this question within our current social and political conjuncture.

Letters & Handshakes is a collaboration of Greig de Peuter and Christine Shaw. Previously, Shaw and de Peuter were members of the Toronto School of Creativity & Inquiry (2005–2010).

Readings to be discussed include excerpts from:

Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, Multitude
Precarias a la Deriva, “A Very Careful Strike: Four Hypotheses”
Nancy Fraser, “Capitalism’s Crisis of Care”
Sara Ahmed, “Selfcare as Warfare”

To register for the study session and receive the readings, please email Daniella Sanader at

2 – 4pm:
Afternoon Reading Session: John Paul Ricco, Innocents and Others

Filmmaking and female friendship, pseudonymity and the telephone, the seductive power of an ear and a voice: John Paul Ricco reads from Dana Spiotta’s brilliant latest novel, Innocents and Others.

Dana Spiotta is the author of Eat the Document and Stone Arabia and teaches at Syracuse University. John Paul Ricco is the author of The Decision Between Us and teaches at the University of Toronto.

This reading will be followed by collective reading of poetry and prose in relation to Does the oyster sleep?

No registration or advance preparation required for the afternoon reading session.

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