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Critical Thought in the 21st Century

International Conference Program

Moscow, June 16-17, 2009

Address: National Centre for Contemporary Arts, 13 Zoologicheskaya St.


Organized by the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences



Tuesday, June 16



Leonid Bazhanov. WelcomingAddress

Valery Podoroga. Welcoming Address

Fredric Jameson. A New Reading of Capital

Valery Podoroga.Merab Mamardashvili and Georgiy Shedrovitsky as Critics of Marxism


General discussion


13:30-14:30    Lunch



Artemiy Magun. On Messianism in Marx

Jonathan Flatley. Finally Got the News: Newspapers and Collectivity from Lenin to the League of Black Revolutionary Workers

Oleg Aronson.The Economy of Contagion


General discussion



Wednesday, June 17



Antonio Negri. Some Reflections about Dialectics, Tendency and Abstraction

Susan Buck-Morss. “The Second Time as Farce+”


General discussion


13:30-14:30    Lunch



Alexei Penzin. The Formation of Political Subjectivity

Igor Chubarov. The Making of Marxist Aesthetics in the 1920s

Helen Petrovsky. Contemporary Art: Capital or Critique?


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Call for Papers
“Rethinking 1968”
PhaenEx: Journal of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture
Special Issue

The events of 1968 shook the world. On the 40th anniversary > of the protests in France, Germany and the United States, the EPTC organized a series of panels to investigate these industrial and student actions, and whether they can serve as a basis for critiquing our current political climate. We want to ask if the philosophical underpinnings of these revolutionary acts have continued relevance today.

For example, in France, the French phenomenologist and existentialist, turned Marxist, Jean-Paul Sartre was held up as one of the intellectuals who could provide an intellectual basis for the revolution. Alongside structuralists like Althusser, Sartre was viewed as an intellectual god-father of the movement, not only because of his writings critical of capitalism and the bourgeois system, be they his early writings on existentialism, or his later reformulation of Marxism in the Critique of Dialectical Reason, nor because he linked left-wing activism in the first world with support for the oppressed elsewhere, but because he was willing to lend his name and support to the Maoists against the Gaullist government.

Similarly, in Germany, two philosophers, the phenomenologically-inspired and Marxist Herbert Marcuse and the neo-Marxist and member of the Frankfurt School Jürgen Habermas were central figures for the student revolutionaries. As a member of the Frankfurt School’s second generation, Habermas was viewed by the students as safely removed from the alleged post-World War II conservatism of Adorno and Horkheimer. For the first several years following its publication, Habermas’s habilitation thesis, The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere, was a text central to the student struggle in Germany. Similarly, Marcuse’s texts, Reason and Revolution, Eros and Civilization, and One-Dimensional Man, as well as his occasional writings, were used as rallying cries by the left both in Europe and in the United States.

The question we propose for this volume is: what relevance do these philosophers’s works have today, in light of the continued expansion of the capitalist system, and the fact that student leaders like Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Bernard Kouchner, and Joschka Fischer have renounced extra-political activities and joined the political mainstream? We are interested in papers that explore the relevance of the philosophical critiques that inspired the movements of 1968 for present day radical politics, including papers that use the philosophical inspirations behind 1968:

(1) To critique global capitalism while providing a positive way forward,
(2) To examine American hegemony,
(3) To examine possibilities for overturning existing political structures in either the developed or developing world,
(4) To examine issues surrounding the environment or environmental justice,
(5) Or any other topic, provided that the paper deals extensively with the philosophical ideas of 1968 and their relevance for today’s changed political landscape.

Interested authors should submit a copy of their paper in RTF or WORD format to PhaenEx’s website:

Queries should be sent to Kevin W. Gray at:

The submission deadline is July 1, 2009.

Contact: Kevin W. Gray, Faculté de Philosophie, Université Laval,Québec, QC G1K 7P4, Canada. Phone: +1 845 228.8548, Skype: kevinwgray, Email:


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C-SAP Critical Pedagogy and Popular Education Special Interest Group


“Podcasting Critical Pedagogy and Popular Education”

Date: 3rd July 2009, 10:00 – 3:30.

Venue: Aston University, Main Building, Room 404C,

Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 2ET

The C-SAP – Critical Pedagogy/Popular Education Special Interest Group (SIG) seeks to hold a day seminar to expand upon ideas discussed at its 20 February 2009 event 

Whilst the prior event explored the relevance and importance of the bodies of ideas known as Critical Pedagogy and Popular Education for HE teachers and educators, the 3 July event seeks to take forward the discussion from that day with a slightly different focus.  In 2008 Dr Gurnam Singh, one of the members of the SIG, obtained funding from C-SAP to develop a series of podcasts on themes associated with Critical Pedagogy and Popular Education. Gurnam, with, support from other colleagues, has now completed a series of 8 podcasts that will provide the basis for the day’s activities. The day will be divided into two sessions, with the morning session bringing together as many as possible of those who participated in making the dialogical podcasts with Gurnam will discuss the significance of this process for themselves and the wider audience. The afternoon will focus on the work of the Critical Pedagogy and Popular Education SIG to both publicise the availability of the material on the C-SAP website and consider the wider issues raised by the podcasts.


 The programme of the day will be as follows:

10:00 Coffee and welcome

10:30 – 11:15 Overview of Podcasting Project: Gurnam Singh will offer a general overview of the project, what he sought to achieve and what came out of it.

11:15   – 12:30 Responses from Interviewees in which the issues raised within the interviews will be discussed.

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 3:30 Developing and Extending the work of the Special Interest Group.

This discussion aims to respond to the prior event and is entitled, “We have the analysis, now what do we do with it?”

Much of what happens in academia concerns discussion and analysis of the current situation in which we find ourselves.  Whilst this is essential work, as Critical Pedagogy is not just a method but a practice, we also want to think about how we build a bridge between theory and practice, in other words how can Critical Pedagogy and Popular Education be used as means to facilitate real change in HE today. 

Cost and who can attend: The workshop is free for participants and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. The event is primarily aimed at HE teachers and students.

If you would like to attend please contact Sarah Amsler:  

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Advance notice of conference and call for papers

‘Challenges to Learning in 21st Century Schools’

Thursday 28 January 2010, Leeds Trinity & All Saints

Keynote Speaker:  Dr Bill Rogers

Dr Bill Rogers is an international education consultant with a highly acclaimed reputation.  He lectures widely on discipline and behaviour policy, classroom management, stress and teaching and colleague support.  The conference has as its overarching theme: “Challenges to Learning in 21st Century Schools’.  There will be a keynote address and final plenary review from Dr Bill Rogers and a number of presentations of papers.

The aim of the Leeds Trinity & All Saints conference is to provide an opportunity for academics and professionals from various educational sectors with a wide variety of interests to bridge the knowledge gap, promote research and further a deeper understanding of present challenges.

The keynote address and a selection of papers presented at the conference will be published in a new series (Leeds Trinity Papers).  

Further details about the conference and how to submit a paper are available on our website at:

We anticipate a high demand for places at this conference and we look forward to receiving your proposal.

Simon Green, Director of Development Services, Leeds Trinity & All Saints, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5HD

Tel/Fax: 0113 283 7226

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Conference on Adorno

The Centre for Social and Political Thought (University of Sussex) is hosting a one-day conference on the 6th August 2009 to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the death of Theodor W. Adorno.

Anyone interested in presenting at this event is invited to submit either a paper proposal or abstract (no more than 500 words) to

Please include with proposals/abstracts your full name, email address, institutional affiliation, and position within institution.

We welcome papers on any issue directly related to (or influenced by) Adorno’s work – areas of interest may include aesthetics, memory, technology, ethics, politics, ideology, literature, theory/praxis, fetishism, culture and critique, as well as Adorno’s legacies, influence and contemporary relevance.

The deadline for receiving abstracts or paper proposals has been extended until the 30th June 2009. Time allocations for presentations will be 45 minutes (25-30mins for the paper, with an additional 15-20mins for questions).

We have three key speakers confirmed for the conference. They are:

Professor Max Paddison (University of Durham)

Drew Milne (University of Cambridge), and

Nicholas Joll (Open University).

Please send abstracts/proposals via email to either Simon Mussell at: or Chris O’Kane

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As the political fault lines of a new era take shape, what will be the defining politics of the next decade? In the wake of an era of social dislocation and rapid change one response will be a search for belonging and cultural familiarity in face of the destruction of old ways of life; and, as we saw on 4 June, this may find expression in support for a politics of xenophobia. A new political culture will need to speak about a sense of home, place and belonging that can give security, meaning and value to people. The way people value these, and their reaction to threats against them, will shape the post-crash political landscape.

Registration: £25 (includes an excellent lunch).

To reserve a place, go to:
Or send a cheque payable to ‘Soundings’ to 99a Wallis Road, London ER9 5LN.


10.30-11.45 Session 1: Thinking global, Paul Mason and Doreen Massey 

12pm-1pm Session 2: Class, culture and belonging in an insecure world, Lynsey Hanley, Ben Rogaly and Becky Taylor

2pm-3pm Workshop 1: The end of labourism and the BNP, Andrew Pearmain; Workshop 2: Gangs, territory and class, Ejos Ubiribo

3.30-4.30pm Closing session: In search of a new politics, Mike Kenny, Leanne Woods

10.30am-4.30pm, Saturday 20 June 2009
120 Belsize Lane, London NW3
(nearest tube stations Belsize Park and Finchley Road)

For more information on Soundings go to:

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Why we need a Campaign for Social Ownership

I have written a discussion document, expressing a personal point of view, titled “Why we need a Campaign for Social Ownership”. The piece is on the Solidarity website. It’s rather long so there is a PDF file which you can download from the site.

I will be happy to receive feedback, either by way of comments on the site or direct to me at:

Martin Wicks


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