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Uncertainty

Uncertainty

THE GOVERNMENT OF UNCERTAINTY: HOW TO FOLLOW THE POLITICS OF OIL

 

Economy and Society Guest Lecture 2009

“The Government of Uncertainty: How to Follow the Politics of Oil”

Professor Timothy Mitchell, Columbia University, New York, 6.30pm – 8.00pm, Thursday 15th October 2009

Sheikh Zayed Lecture Theatre, London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE

Please RSVP to econsoc@lse.ac.uk

Professor Timothy Mitchell
Timothy Mitchell is professor in the Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures and the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He is the author of Colonising Egypt (1991) and Rules of Experts: Egypt, Techno-Politics, Modernity (2002).

Mitchell has published articles in numerous publications including; American Political Science Review; Comparative Studies in Society and History; Theory and Society; and International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies

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Urban Spirit

Urban Spirit

FROM CRITICAL URBAN THEORY TO THE RIGHT TO THE CITY
Tuesday 6th October
6.30pm
London, UK

Peter Marcuse argues that the ultimate purpose of critical urban theory is to implement the demand for a Right to the City. Drawing on the work and witness of his father Herbert Marcuse, and on his own work and experience as a lawyer, planner and urban scholar and activist, he focuses on the differences between the crisis of 1968, which produced the demand for the Right to the City, and the crisis we confront today. He asks: ‘Is another world not only possible, but realistically attainable?’

His most recent publication is ‘Cities for People, Not for Profit’, jointly edited with Neil Brenner and Margit Mayer, a special issue of the journal City: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy (13.2-3, June-September, 2009).

For further information on the lecture please visit: www.tandf.co.uk/journals/pdf/conferences/ccit-urban-theory.pdf.

For more information on the special issue ‘Cities for People, Not for Profit’ please visit:  www.tandf.co.uk/journals/pdf/CCIT_special_issue_2009_leaflet.pdf

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Evil Media

Evil Media

STUDIES IN EVIL MEDIA

 

University of East London School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Centre for Cultural Studies Research present:

Studies in Evil Media

October 7th 2009, 14:00-17:00, University of East London, Docklands Campus (Cyprus DLR – the station is literally at the campus), Room EB.3.19 (third floor, main building, turn left on entering the main square from station)

All Welcome

Matthew Fuller (Goldsmiths: Author of Media Ecologies) & Andrew Goffey (Middlesex University: Translator of Isabelle Stengers’ Capitalist Sorcery)

Evil Media

Evil Media updates Machiavelli’s ‘The Prince’ for the era of networked digital media and corporate governance. Addressing a range of objects, practices, techniques and knowledges traditionally excluded from the purview of media studies, it explores the sophistry that is quite literally embodied by the sophisticated technologies of the knowledge economy. ‘Evil’ explicitly references the antagonistic ethical and moral quality that an epoch gorging itself on progress has sought unsuccessfully to banish; and so Evil Media offers a useful prospectus of the ruses, subterfuges, deception, manipulation and trickery which media technics make possible and effective.  By adopting a perspective which counters the idealistic, liberal, assumptions encoded within the notion of representation or facilitation and enabling, it aims to re-situate the study of media within a framework which includes forms of media that are ‘below the radar’ of most contemporary theory and actively occluded by the framework of representation.  Here, media do not so much tell us about things, but are themselves things that exhibit behaviours.

Tony Sampson (University of East London: Author of Virality:Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks) – New Media Hypnosis

Drawing on the microsociology of Gabriel Tarde (1843-1904), and a number of other “Tardean scholars”, this presentation approaches the idea that new media landscapes function increasingly as a mode of hypnotic mass persuasion. Significantly, this is not a sociological perspective that concerns itself with rational, self-contained individuals, or indeed society as a whole, but rather responds to what one viral marketer (following a decidedly similar trajectory to Tarde) recently referred to as ‘the invisible currents that run between and among consumers’. These ‘invisible currents’, affective contagions (Thrift, 2007), or the radiation of imitation-suggestibility, as Tarde termed it, work at the intersections between attention inattention, cognition/noncognition, social/biological domains and consciousness/unconsciousness. The talk focuses on examples taken from the new science of networks,epidemiology, HCI, emotional design, affective computing, eye tracking technology, neuromarketing and evil media studies.

Respondent: Paul Gormley
(University of East London: Author of The New Brutality Film: Race and Affect in Contemporary American Cinema).

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