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The Island

BRUNEL SOCIAL AND POLITICAL THOUGHT RESEARCH GROUP SEMINAR

Brunel University, Uxbridge
Thursday, 4th November 2010
Room MJ 118, 1pm

Massimilliano Tomba (University of Padua) will give a talk on “Historical Temporalities in Marx’s Capital”.

Dr. Tomba is the author of several articles and volumes on Marxism, 19th and 20th century German political thought, and philosophy of history. His publications include: Krise und Kritik bei Bruno Bauer. Kategorien des Politischen im nachhegelschen Denken (2005), La vera politica. Kant e Benjamin: la possibilità della giustizia (2006), and «From History of Capital to History in Capital», in Re-reading Marx: New Perspectives after the Critical Edition, edited by R. Bellofiore and R. Fineschi, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. 

This is the first in a series of guest lectures organised by the Social and Political Thought Research Group in the Department of Politics and History, Brunel University. 

Future speakers will include Pangiotis Sotiris (University of the Aegean), Timothy Campbell (Cornell University) and Roberto Esposito (Istituto Universitario Orientale di Napoli).

For further information, see: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/about/acad/sss/depts/politics/research/socialandpolitical

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Lost

DISPERSING/REMAKING POWER: AUTONOMY, THE STATE AND LATIN AMERICAN MOVEMENTS

A CONVERSATION WITH RAUL ZIBECHI

Friday, November 12, 2010
2-4 pm in Room 6112.04 (Sociology Department Lounge)
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue @ 34th Street

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Place, Culture, Politics
Hosted by the Militant Research Group (CUNY)

Raul Zibechi is a life long militant, journalist and writer.  His works deal primarily with social movements in Latin America, and those movements in particular who are creating alternatives and dignity through the horizontal construction of new territories and with the creation of other powers.  In 2003 he won the Jose Marti Award for his writing on Argentina, including the book, Genealogy of a Rebellion: Argentina, A Society in Movement.

Zibechi is the author of six additional books, including Territories in Resistance: Political Cartography on the Urban Latin Americ an Periphery  (2008); Autonomies and Emancipations (2008); A Horizontal View: Social Movements and Emancipation (1999), The Youth Rebellion of the 1990s, Social Networks and the Creation of an Alternative Culture (1997) and The Streams When They Run Low, the Challenges of Zapatismo (1995). His writing addresses questions of power, the creation of other territories, and reconceptualization of social movements as more creative relationships, and less oppositional forces.  Zibechi’s writing has appeared in journals throughout the world, from Pagina 12 and MU in Argentina to Socialism and Democracy, Monthly Review, and Counterpunch in the US, The Guardian in the UK and La Jornada in Mexico. He is the editor of the weekly Brecha, in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Dispersing Power (2006/2010) is his first book translated into English: “Dispersing Power, like the movements it describes, explores new ways of doing politics beyond the state, gracefully mapping the “how” of revolution, offering valuable lessons to activists and new theoretical frameworks for understanding how social movements can and do operate independently of state-centered models for social change.” (From the back cover, AK Press).

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Utopia?

DYSTOPIA: WHAT IS TO BE DONE?

Dystopia: What is to be done? is an hour long documentary film available for free viewing and/or download and showing for educational purposes on the website: www.DystopiaFilm.com.  

It analyses a compendium of crises facing humanity – peak oil, climate change, pollution, disease. poverty, terrorism, war etc. – in terms of their complex causal inter-linkages and common framing and exacerbation within the global world economy.

The long time Marxist message that humanity faces a choice between (eco)socialism and barbarism is given a renewed urgency. The website in addition to the film contains a one minute trailer, a resources page and information about the book of the same title and it author.

Dr. Garry Potter

Director of Graduate Studies

Department of Sociology

Wilfird Laurier University

Waterloo, Ontario

Canada  N2L 3C5

gpotter@wlu.ca or garrypotter34@aol.com

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Kevin Anderson

KEVIN ANDERSON IN GLASGOW

Joint Seminar: Centre for the Study if Socialist Theory and Movements together with Sociology, University of Glasgow

Kevin Anderson (University of California) who will speak about Marx on the Margins. He will give his talk in 915 (former T315) Adam Smith Building, Bute Gardens, University of Glasgow, on Tuesday Nov 9th, at 5 – 6.30pm.

Prof Anderson writes that he will discuss Marx as a theorist of ethnicity, “race” and migration.

“Marx expended considerable time and energy on the analysis of non-Western societies, as well as race, ethnicity, and nationalism in Europe and N. America. While some of these writings show a problematically unilinear perspective and  traces of ethnocentrism, Marx’s overall trajectory was toward a critique of national, ethnic, and colonial oppression and toward an appreciation of resistance movements in these spheres.”

(Kevin B. Anderson is a Professor of Sociology, Political Science, and Feminist Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara. He has worked in social and political theory, especially Marx, Hegel, the Frankfurt School, Foucault, and the Orientalism debate. His most recent books are Foucault and the Iranian Revolution (with Janet Afary, 2005) and Marx at the Margins (2010), and earlier, the Rosa Luxemburg Reader (2004) and Lenin, Hegel, and Western Marxism (1995). His current projects include a book on Theoretical Wars over the Middle East and co-editing a volume of the Marx-Engels Gesamtausgabe (MEGA).

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Karl Marx

MARX AT THE MARGINS – KEVIN B. ANDERSON IN LONDON

Meet Kevin Anderson, author ‘Marx at the Margins’ (University of Chicago, 2010).

When: Wednesday 10 November, 6pm-8pm.
Where: SOAS, Room G3 (ground floor)

Kevin Anderson’s new book, Marx at the Margins, has received critical acclaim for its important excavation of Marx’s writing on colonialism, ethnicity and nationalism, and non-Western and precapitalist societies. Geographically, the focus is on India and China, the Civil War in the U.S., Ireland and Poland, as well as Latin America, Russia, Algeria, Indonesia, and other non-Western societies.

Concerning colonialism and non-Western societies, this book traces the Eurocentrism as well as the implicitly unilinear concept of social development in works like the Communist Manifesto (1848) and the 1853 Tribune articles on India.  Later, especially with the Grundrisse (1857-58) and the 1856-58 writings on anti-colonial resistance in China and India, Marx’s thought evolves toward a more multilinear and decidedly anti-colonialist position.  This evolution culminates in his last decade, where three strands of his thought stand out: (1) the 1872-75 French edition of Capital, (2) the largely unpublished 1879-82 notebooks on non-Western and precapitalist societies and gender, and the late writings on Russia, which point to the possibility of alternative pathways of development. The 1879-82 notebooks, to which Kevin has access through the Marx-Engels Gesamtausgabe project, also show an interest in gender relations across a wide variety of societies. Concerning ethnicity and nationalism, this book concentrates on Marx’s writings on Poland, the Civil War in the U.S., and Ireland. His writings on Poland show a commitment to that country’s national emancipation from foreign occupation as a crucial test for the international democratic and labor movements.  Those on the Civil War discuss the relationship of race and class in the U.S. and the efforts of the international working class to take a stand against slavery and for democracy. Those on Ireland bring together both of these themes, whether on the relationship of Irish national emancipation to the prospects for the labor movement in Britain, or on the ethnic cleavages between Irish and British labor inside Britain. 

As a whole, this book seeks to show Marx’s critique of capital to have been far broader than is usually supposed.

Kevin will be in London for the 2010 Historical Materialism Conference (http://www.historicalmaterialism.org) and has kindly agreed to meet to discuss his book with SOAS faculty, students and others who may be interested.

The meeting is sponsored by the ‘Neoliberalism, Globalisation and States’ Research Cluster of the SOAS Development Studies Department

All are welcome

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Slavoj Zizek

ZIZEK IN NEW YORK CITY

BESTSELLING TITLE: LIVING IN THE END TIMES

By SLAVOJ ZIZEK

Published 21 April 2010

**MAJOR NYC EVENT***

Monday 8 November, 7pm, The Great Hall at Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street, New York

Slavoj Zizek will be making a major New York City appearance at Cooper Union to discuss his most recent book Living in End Times, in which he reveals the signs of the coming apocalypse and identifies the terminal crisis of global capitalism.

For more information and to buy tickets go to http://livingintheendtimes-hm.eventbrite.com

Tickets: $10 student price / $20 regular price. Booking is essential.
Regular admission includes a FREE copy of Living in the End Times.
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“Zizek leaves no social or cultural phenomenon untheorized, and is master of the counterintuitive observation.” New Yorker.

“A great provocateur… Zizek writes with passion and an aphoristic energy that is spellbinding.” Los Angeles Times
“The most dangerous philosopher in the West.” New Republic
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Zizek analyzes the end of the world at the hands of the “four riders of the apocalypse.”

There should no longer be any doubt: global capitalism is fast approaching its terminal crisis. Slavoj Zizek has identified the four horsemen of this coming apocalypse: the worldwide ecological crisis; imbalances within the economic system; the biogenetic revolution; and exploding social divisions and ruptures. But, he asks, if the end of capitalism seems to many like the end of the world, how is it possible for Western society to face up to the end times? In a major new analysis of our global situation, Slavoj Zizek argues that our collective responses to economic Armageddon correspond to the stages of grief: ideological denial, explosions of anger and attempts at bargaining, followed by depression and withdrawal.

After passing through this zero-point, we can begin to perceive the crisis as a chance for a new beginning. Or, as Mao Zedong put it, “There is great disorder under heaven, the situation is excellent.” Slavoj Zizek shows the cultural and political forms of these stages of ideological avoidance and political protest, from New Age obscurantism to violent religious fundamentalism. Concluding with a compelling argument for the return of a Marxian critique of political economy, Zizek also divines the wellsprings of a potentially communist culture—from literary utopias like Kafka’s community of mice to the collective of freak outcasts in the TV series Heroes.
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Slavoj Zizek is today’s most controversial public intellectual. His work traverses the fields of philosophy, psychoanalysis, theology, history and political theory, taking in film, popular culture, and literature to provide acute analyses of the complexities of contemporary ideology as well as a serious and sophisticated philosophy. The author of over 30 books, Slavoj Zizek’s provocative prose has challenged a generation of activists and intellectuals. His latest book is Living in the End Times.

Called the “Elvis of cultural theory” and the “greatest intellectual high since anti-Oedipus” Zizek’s work has appeared in the The New York Times, the New Yorker and The Guardian, and he has appeared in Astra Taylor’s feature length films Zizek! and Examined Life. He is a Professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
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ISBN: 978 1 84467 598 2 / $29.95 / 432 pages
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For more information and to buy: http://livingintheendtimes-hm.eventbrite.com
 
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