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Radical Politics


Please see below for details of FIVE forthcoming Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Space activities:-

A one-day workshop organised by Chantal Mouffe (node director), The Westminster Centre for the Study of Democracy, and Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, The Westminster International Law & Theory Centre.

Keynote Addresses: David Harvey AND Doreen Massey

Mustafa Dikec, Engin Isin, Ruth Levitas, Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, David Slater

19th November 2010, 10-6pm, The Pavilion, University of Westminster, 115 New Cavendish Street, London W1W 7UW

Admission free but places limited. Please contact Andrea Pavoni at to reserve your seat.

2] During 2009-2011, the new Rutgers University node has organized an extensive university-wide series of nearly two hundred lectures, colloquia, panel discussions, and other events exploring the theme of “Ecologies in the Balance.”
For the current academic year 2010-2011, they have designated eight specific events to inaugurate the Spaces of Democracy initiative at Rutgers.
These are as follows:

Sept 27 Steve Lerner, Research Director, Commonweal
“Sacrifice Zones: The Front Lines of Toxic Chemical Exposure in the US”

Oct 26 Etienne Balibar, Paris X-Nanterre, University of California-Irvine
“Europe: the Final Crisis?

Oct 27 Matthew Jelacic, Architecture, University of Colorado
“Traumatic Urbanization and its Consequences”

Oct 29 Carolyn Finney, Geography, University of California-Berkeley
“There Goes the Neighborhood: Race, Resilience and Environmental Change”

Nov 19 Mazen Labban, Geography, University of Miami
“State, Class, and Oil: Sovereignty Over Natural Resources, Nationalization, and Economic Development in Mexico, 1920-2000”

Feb 9 Ananya Roy, City and Regional Planning, University of California-Berkeley
“The Urban Century: Ecologies and Epistemologies of Dwelling in the Global South”

Feb 23 Daniel Nepstad, Woods Hole Research Institute
“Can Carbon Carry the Global Conservation Agenda?”

March 23 Sharyle Patton, Health and Environment Program, Commonweal
“Our Body Burden of Toxic Chemicals: Implications for Chemical Policy Reform”

For details contact the new Rutgers node Directors: Joanna Regulska and Robert Lake

Joanna Regulska
Professor of Women’s Studies and Geography
Dean of International Programs
School of Arts and Sciences
Rutgers University
77 Hamilton Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901 USA
tel 1-732-932-2699 ext 159
fax 1-732-932-1226

Robert W. Lake
Professor and Graduate Director
Director of the Doctoral Program
Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy
Rutgers University
33 Livingston Avenue, Suite 400
New Brunswick, NJ 08901 USA
tel 1-732-932-3133 ext 521
fax 1-732-932-2363>

3] ANANYA ROY ON POVERTY, DEMOCRACY AND PUBLIC SCHOLARSHIP: A micro-seminar on the research and activism of ANANYA ROY

(organised by Katharyne Mitchell (node Director University of Washington) and Victoria Lawson at University of Washington).

This includes a public lecture by Ananya Roy: Monday, Oct 11, 6:00pm, Kane Hall; a preliminary seminar on Friday, Oct 8, 2:30 – 5:20pm,

CMU 202 and a concluding seminar on Tuesday, Oct 12, 3:30 – 5:20pm, CMU 202 where there will be a discussion of intersections between public lecture,

Roy’s publications and her public activism and scholarship.

4] CALL FOR PAPERS!!! – Building states and civil societies in Africa: Liberal interventions and global governmentality

Many African states have been subject to donor programmes that place great emphasis on the participation of national and international civil society actors in the formation and implementation of development policy.

Donor policy suggests that the post-Cold War form of civil society is both autonomous from the post-colonial African state, as well as fundamental to the development of responsible liberal democratic states in Africa.

However, a number of studies have documented the emergence of non-state actors that may provide some form of institutional stability but challenge the clear-cut distinction between state and civil society.

Examples include religious organisations, so-called social movements and informal associational practices. This workshop takes as its starting point critical, postcolonial and governmentally derived insights on the limitations of the public/private, state/society, and domestic/international binaries for comprehending African politics and governance.

The aim is to bring together a wide, and sometimes disparate body of research on state-formation and civil society in a post-development context, and to ask whether civil society remains a meaningful term in attempting to understand social, political and economic practices in African societies.

This workshop has been kindly sponsored by the Journal for Intervention and State Building, and the African Studies Association UK.

Papers presented at the workshop will be considered for a special issue of the journal due to be published in 2011/12.

Participants are requested to produce a paper of 7-8,000 words, with Harvard referencing, a month prior to the workshop, and undertake to read and act as a discussant for one other paper, to a facilitate a close engagement with the research presented, and to allow time for 10  papers to be discussed.

Please submit an abstract of 200 words to: Clive Gabay or Carl Death by 15 November 2010, with your institutional affiliation.

5] The book WHAT IS RADICAL POLITICS TODAY? (2009) Palgrave-MacMillan, edited by Jonathan Pugh, Newcastle University, is now available for £10 on Amazon.

Including original contributions from Zygmunt Bauman, Will Hutton, Frank Furedi, Clare Short, Ken Worpole, Nick Cohen, Hilary Wainwright, Paul Kingsnorth, Chantal Mouffe, Terrell Carver, Edward W. Soja, David Chandler, Dora Apel, Doreen Massey, Jason Toynbee, James Martin, Michael J. Watts, Jeremy Gilbert and Jo Littler, Gregor McLennan, Tariq Modood, Amir Saeed & David Bates, Alastair Bonnett, Nigel Thrift, Sheila Jasanoff, Saul Newman, David Featherstone, James Heartfield, Alejandro Colás and Jason Edwards, David Boyle, Saskia Sassen.
“Provocative, authoritative and timely …” (New Statesman)


For “The Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Space” network website:

For Radical Politics Today magazine:

For more on the book What is radical politics today?, published in 2009 by Palgrave MacMillan:

Jonathan Pugh
Senior Academic Fellow
Director “The Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Space” network
School of Geography, Politics and Sociology
5th Floor Daysh Building
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom
Honorary Fellow, The Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster

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Karl Marx


ACTORS: Oksana Bulgakova, Dietmar Dath, Hans Magnus Enzensberger
COUNTRY: Germany
DIRECTOR: Alexander Kluge

Dir Alexander Kluge
Showing as part of Abandon Normal Devices (AND) 2010

In German with full English subtitles
Germany, 2008 – 570 mins

On 12 October 1927, after already having concluded the filming of October, his troubled dramatisation of the October Revolution, Sergei Eisenstein noted: ‘A firm decision is to film Das Kapital, with screenplay by K. Marx – formally, that’s the only way out.’ His plan never came to fruition. Eighty-one years later, Alexander Kluge, one of the key figures of the New German Cinema, constructs a monument to Eisenstein’s unrealised project, for which he enlisted help of, among others, Dietmar Dath, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Hannelore Hoger, Oskar Negt, Sophie Roise, Werner Schroeter, Peter Sloterdijk, Tom Tykwer, and Joseph Vogl.

Screening as part of Abandon Normal Devices, produced by Cornerhouse, FACT and folly: see the full programme on the AND festival website.

£15 full / £12.50 concs
This screening will include two 20 minute intervals. A valid ticket is required for re-admission to the screening.

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King’s College London Reading Capital Society presents….

‘Capital, Exploitation & Economic Crises’

A talk by John Weeks, author of the seminal work ‘Capital and Exploitation’ (re-written and soon to be republished as ‘Capital, Exploitation & Economic Crises’), who will trace a path from Marx’s analysis of commodities to the capitalist crisis of the twenty-first century.

Mon 11th Oct 2010
Room K4U.12, Strand Campus
King’s College London

The current economic crisis is the worst since the depression of the 1930s. Mainstream economics has failed to account for this disastrous collapse of financial assets, which required massive state intervention throughout the capitalist world. Karl Marx did anticipate this type of financial collapse, arguing that it was a product of the ‘fetishism of commodities’ inherent in the capitalist mode of production.

All welcome. Please see John’s website for further background reading –

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