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Capitalism

APPROACHING PASSIVE REVOLUTIONS – CAPITAL & CLASS SPECIAL ISSUE

The special issue of Capital & Class guest edited by Adam David Morton, entitled “Approaching Passive Revolutions,” is now out.

See: http://cnc.sagepub.com/

Sage Publication is providing free access to all its journals until 15 October and free online access to Capital & Class will continue into November. Therefore, users may be able to download this issue for free.

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CRITICAL GOVERNANCE STUDIES CONFERENCE 

AT WARWICK UNIVERSITY, UK, DECEMBER 13/14 2010 

  

 
“Governance” has for some time been a fashionable concept across the social sciences and throughout the public, private and voluntary sectors.  Rod Rhodes identified 7 different arenas and senses in which “governance” discourse is used and promoted: governance as governing without government, the minimal state, new public management, self-organising networks, socio-cybernetic systems, good governance; corporate governance.  

Our goal is to establish a forum to challenge orthodoxies and develop a dialogue between scholars and practitioners interested in developing critical approaches to the study and practice of governance. To this end, Warwick University’s Institute of Governance and Public Management has organised a two day international, cross-disciplinary conference to debate these issues, with a view to generating a post-conference edited collection.    

Our keynote speaker is the world-renowned Professor Nancy Fraser (New York’s New School for Social Research).

Professor Nigel Thrift (Vice Chancellor, University of Warwick), will give the opening address.

Other distinguished contributors include professors Mark Bevir (Berkeley, California), Janet Newman (Open University), Helen Sullivan (Birmingham) and Hugh Willmott (Cardiff).  

We welcome individual abstract submissions from now until 19th November and invite colleagues to submit abstracts on themes that might include, among others, critical approaches to the governance of citizens, space, money, networks, risk, security, science and universities. Proposals for panels and streams along these lines are also welcome. Abstracts for both panels and individual papers should be between 200 and 500 words and including the names, positions, affiliations and contact details of all proposers and contributors.
As the conference theme is “challenging orthodoxies”, we ask colleagues to address it directly in their abstracts by describing a problematic orthodoxy, subjecting it to critical challenge and outlining new areas of inquiry and new social practices based on the critical approach. At the same time, we encourage people to problematize the key terms, governance, orthodoxy and critique.  

After the conference, we plan to publish an edited collection with selected papers, showcasing the best critical governance research from across the disciplines.

We are able to offer a small number of discounts to scholars and doctoral students who would otherwise be unable to attend.  If you wish to apply for a discounted fee, please state this at the end of your abstract and explain why you need financial support.  

Please email abstracts to esme.farrington@wbs.ac.uk and register for the conference at: http://www.wbs.ac.uk/events/2010/12/13/Critical/Governance/Conference

We look forward to meeting you at the Warwick Critical Governance Studies conference.  Warwick University is close to Shakespeare’s Stratford-on-Avon, to the charming and historic Cotswolds, and to London. Warwick’s campus is easily accessible by road, plane and train (20 minutes from Birmingham International Airport; or 60 minutes from London’s Euston rail station).  Warwick’s campus and conference facilities are pleasant and modern, the accommodation is 4 star and the service is professional.  

Jonathan S Davies and Penelope Tuck
Institute of Governance and Public Management (IGPM)
Warwick University, Coventry UK  

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Lenin

WHAT IS TO BE DONE? LARS T. LIH AS READER OF LENIN

Conference: What Is to be Done? Lars T. Lih as Reader of Lenin

Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht, The Netherlands
After 1968
8th November 2010 
10:00-12:00

Lenin’s Scenario of Class Leadership: The Unifying Theme of his Political Career   

– Lecture by Lars T. Lih
– Introduced by Sara Farris + Peter Thomas
– Auditorium
08.11.2010 
13:30-15:30

What Is to be Done? and Bolshevism: Lars T. Lih as Reader of Lenin 
– Workshop with Sara Farris, Lars. T. Lih, Peter Thomas + Katja Diefenbach
– Auditorium

Lenin wrote What Is to Be Done? at top-speed in late 1901 and early 1902—years filled with dramatic events that foreshadowed the great Russian revolution of 1905. Beneath the polemics, Lenin’s book reflects this drama and offers an enthusiastic, indeed romantic view of the galvanizing effect of the workers’ struggle against the Tsar on all of Russian society. Lenin assigned the Social Democratic underground a heroic mission in leading this struggle against the Tsar. His vision of the underground was opposed in spirit to the conspiratorial underground of an earlier generation of Russian revolutionaries. Indeed, his concrete proposals arose from the collective experience of his own generation of underground activists, and as such were accepted by all factions in the Social Democratic party.

These features of What Is to Be Done? force us to look critically at the accepted story that Lenin’s book was the major cause of the split in 1903-4 between Bolsheviks and Mensheviks.

For further information, please contact: Katja Diefenbach: katja@bbooksz.de or Sara Farris: sara.farris@gmail.com
or Peter Thomas: thomas_p_au@yahoo.com.au

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Radical Politics

SPACES OF DEMOCRACY AND THE DEMOCRACY OF SPACE – UPDATE 29th OCTOBER 2010

Please see below for details of THREE forthcoming Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Space events:-

1] SPATIAL JUSTICE: RADICAL SPATIAL FOUNDATIONS 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
Doreen Massey
Roundtable:
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 a.pavoni@my.westminster.ac.uk to reserve your seat.

2] Two-day workshop on “Democratic Politics: Between Antagonism and Agonism. An International Symposium on the Work of Chantal Mouffe”
Friday, 26 November 2010, 10:30-7pm,
Saturday, 27 November 2010, 10:30-2pm
The Pavilion, University of Westminster,
115 New Cavendish Street, London W1W 6UW

Admission free but places limited. To reserve your place please email: jessica.schmidt@my.westminster.ac.uk

3] 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 a series of events to inaugurate the Spaces of Democracy initiative at Rutgers.

These include:

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
regulska@rci.rutgers.edumailto:regulska@rci.rutgers.edu

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
rlake@rutgers.edumailto:rlake@rutgers.edu

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For “The Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Space” network website: http://www.spaceofdemocracy.org/

For Radical Politics Today magazine: http://www.spaceofdemocracy.org/resources/publications/magazine/magazine.html<http://www.spaceofdemocracy.org/resources/publications/magazine.magazine.html>

For more on the book What is radical politics today?, published in 2009 by Palgrave MacMillan:
http://www.spaceofdemocracy.org/resources/resources_bookstoread.html

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
NE1 7RU
United Kingdom
Honorary Fellow, The Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster

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