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Edu-factory

THE REALLY OPEN UNIVERSITY (ROU)

The Really Open University is an ongoing process of transformation by those with a desire to challenge the higher education system and its role in society.

Instigated by students and staff of higher education institutions in the city of Leeds (UK), the ROU is non-hierarchical and open to anyone who wishes to see an end to the commodifcation of knowledge and the creation of a free and empowering education system where creative and critical thought is fostered.

Background

Universities have traditionally been elite institutions benefiting a privileged minority. Their (anti)social role has been to reproduce the elite of society, enclosing knowledge in the minds of the few and cementing a small ruling class. There has been no ‘golden age’ of the university – it has never been an institution in the common interest.

More recently, higher education has undergone an accelerated process of privatisation and expansion. This has further contributed to the (anti)social role of the university, as the academy increasingly operates as a factory producing highly-trained yet docile workers. Universities are now run as businesses, with students as consumers and lecturers as creators of products. Knowledge has become a commodity that can be bought and sold, its ‘value’ determined by its ability to generate further private profit.

The 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review & Browne Report exacerbates the threat to knowledge with proposals to increase student fees to £9000 a year, while higher education faces funding cuts of 40%.  All this results in students taking on more debt for a hollowed-out ‘education’, lecturers being forced to carry out ‘economies exercises’ and staff working longer and harder hours for less money.

It doesn’t have to be like this.

A Really Open University is Possible

Imagine an education system where participants teach what inspires them, and learn what they are passionate about – a space where people share and develop their skills and knowledge not in the individual quest for jobs and profit but in a mutual attempt to create a more equitable and sustainable world…

The ROU sets out to change the expectations that people have of higher education, and by extension, the rest of our lives.

The multiple crises currently faced (higher education, neo-liberalism, climate change) open a crack for other narratives. Higher education could act as a laboratory of subversion, where collaboration creates collective solutions, and questions are asked about how people really want to live their lives.

In order to resist cuts and transform the university it is necessary to demystify the current system and move beyond the outdated and destructive model of neo-liberalism that currently governs it.

The ROU does not want to defend the university – we are not interested in maintaining an institution where our collective capacities are directed towards reproducing an elite or a highly-trained reserve army of labourers. We desire the transformation of the university, the creation of a common institution that works in the interests of all people in common.

ROU: http://reallyopenuniversity.wordpress.com/

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Education Crisis

IN DEFENCE OF TEACHER EDUCATION

On the launch of the SCETT Publication: In Defence of Teacher Education (March 2011), Professor Dennis Hayes, Hon. Secretary, the Standing Committee for the Education and Training of Teachers (SCETT) said:

“Today SCETT publishes this important short work, In Defence of Teacher Education, which provides a unique defence of education as a field of study essential for future teachers. It is addressed to the Coalition government but should be read by all teachers, teacher trainers, academics and all those with an interest in ensuring that our children are taught by teachers who understand what they are doing and who believe that teaching is a profession and not merely a ‘craft’.  

The 15 contributors include leaders from all the major teaching trade unions, national educational organisations and distinguished academics. If the Coalition is serious about developing their thinking about teacher education they must engage with the arguments that SCETT’s contributors present and we are happy to discuss them with Mr Gove, Mr Gibb, Mr Hayes and their advisors.”

For further information and comment contact:

Dennis Hayes – Tel: 07791 200 341 – Email: d.hayes@derby.ac.uk

At the SCETT Website: http://www.scett.org.uk/activities/in-defence-of-teacher-education.aspx

In Defence of Teacher Education (PDF): http://www.scett.org.uk/media/3583/in_defence_of__teacher_education_scett_march_2011.pdf

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Economic Crisis

JOAN ROBINSON RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP IN HETERODOX ECONOMICS

A five year Joan Robinson Research Fellowship in Heterodox Economics has been established at the University of Cambridge, sponsored by Girton College and the Cambridge Political Economy Society Trust (which hosts the Cambridge Journal of Economics).

Applications (by post only) must be received by March 31.

Full details can be found at: http://www.girton.cam.ac.uk/vacancies/research/

The advert is shown here: http://www.girton.cam.ac.uk/media/uploads/files/1/139advert.pdf

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Money

WAGES OF WHITENESS & RACIST SYMBOLIC CAPITAL

Racism Analysis – Yearbook 1 – 2010: Edited by Wulf D. Hund, Jeremy Krikler, David Roediger

219 pp., 24.90€, ISBN 978-3-643-10949-1 threadstiching, softcover with flaps Lit Verlag | Berlin – Münster – London – Wien – Zurich

CONTENTS:

DAVID ROEDIGER: ACCOUNTING FOR THE WAGES OF WHITENESS: U.S MARXISM AND THE CRITICAL HISTORY OF RACE. 

ANJA WEISS: RACIST SYMBOLIC CAPITAL: A BOURDIEUIAN APPROACH TO THE ANALYSIS OF RACISM. 

WULF D. HUND: NEGATIVE SOCIETALISATION, RACISM AND THE CONSTITUTION OF RACE.

STEFANIE AFFELDT: A PAROXYSM OF WHITENESS: WHITE LABOUR, WHITE NATION 
AND WHITE SUGAR IN AUSTRALIA.

JEREMY KRIKLER: RE-THINKING RACE AND CLASS IN SOUTH AFRICA: SOME WAYS FORWARD. 

DAGMAR ENGELKEN: A WHITE MAN’S COUNTRY? THE CHINESE LABOUR CONTROVERSY IN THE TRANSVAAL.

ELIZABETH ESCH: RACIALIZING TRANSNATIONALISM: THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY AND WHITE SUPREMACY FROM DETROIT TO SOUTH AFRICA.

The essays assembled in this volume shed light on the complex of class and race from which W.E.B. Du Bois saw originating “a sort of public and psychological wage” of whiteness. David Roediger (University of Illinois) preliminarily addresses the evolution of whiteness as a category of critical social analysis. Anja Weib (Universität Duisburg-Essen) explains that the perspective of whiteness studies can be expanded by a modification of Bourdieu’s category of symbolic capital. Wulf D. Hund (Universität Hamburg) pleads for the generalisation of this concept and for its application to an analysis of racism as negative societalisation. Stefanie Affeldt (Universitat Hamburg) specifies the analytic dimensions of the categories ‘racist symbolic capital’ and ‘wages of whiteness’ using the example of the white sugar campaign in Australia. Jeremy Krikler (University of Essex) explores some missing dimensions in the study of race and class in South Africa. Dagmar Engelken (University of Essex) investigates the Chinese Labour Question in South Africa. Elizabeth Esch (Columbia University) examines the ways in which corporate initiatives of the Ford Motor Company in the U.S. and South Africa imagined the assembly line worker as a white citizen and consumer.

Racism Analysis is a research series that explores racial discrimination in all its varying historical, ideological and cultural patterns. It examines the invention of race, the dimensions of modern racism and inquires into racism avant la lettre. The series brings together scholars from various disciplines and schools of thought. A key aim is to contribute to the conceptualisation of racism and to identify the practices of dehumanisation intrinsic to it.

The Racism Analysis Studies will publish monographs as well as anthologies, proceedings and textbooks, thereby assembling contributions committed to various perspectives of a critical research into society. The contributions will delve into examples of racist inclusion and exclusion, or outline specific aspects of the different fields of research into racism.

The Racism Analysis Yearbook will be issued by varying teams of special editors. Each volume will deal with key topics in the debates over racism and will focus on illuminating such topics through the investigation of particular subjects and will refer to the state of scholarly discussion on them.

Check out the book at Lit Verlag’s site: (http://www.lit-verlag.de/isbn/3-643-10949-1)

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Culture

WAGES OF WHITENESS & RACIST SYMBOLIC CAPITAL

(Racism Analysis – Yearbook 1 – 2010) Edited by Wulf D. Hund, Jeremy Krikler, David Roediger

Uprising

THE COMMUNE – ISSUE 21

The Commune, March 2011

Issue 21 of The Commune is now available. It features reports on local anti-cuts committees, discussion of the next steps for the movement in Egypt, Sheila Cohen on the implosion of the National Shop Stewards’ Network, and much more…

And the best thing is, you can read the PDF free online, click here

Risk of infection: class struggle in China. London public forum, LARC, 7pm on Thursday 7th April

In mid-2010 a strike wave rolled through China’s factories, the most widespread and militant expression of China’s internal migrant workers so far. Their struggle shook the Chinese regime and provoked a world-wide debate about the end of the low-wage-model that stands behind China’s rise to the “factory of the world” and provides Europe and other regions with cheap consumer products.

We will look at the social conditions that stand behind the militant outbreak – the situation and struggles of different groups of migrant workers, such as construction, factory, domestic and sex workers, before examining the strike wave and its implications and discussing the formation of a new working class movement in China.

The discussion will also focus on new forms of reference, exchange and support that take into account the current phase of crisis and the increasing number of social struggles in different parts of the world.

The presentation will be held by someone who has lived in China and worked on publications on China’s migrant workers, including “Dagongmei – Women workers From China’s World Market-Factories Tell Their Story” and “The Take-off of the Second Generation – Migrant Work, Gender and Class Composition in China” (see:www.gongchao.org).

All welcome.

From 7pm on Thursday 7th April at London Action Resource Centre, 62 Fieldgate Street, London, E1 1ES

From reform to rebellion in Bolivia: Monday 18th April

Jeffery Webber has written a new book on Bolivia and the interaction between the social movements from below 2000-2005 and the post-2006 Evo Morales government. He was interviewed in the new issue of The Commune and next month he will be addressing a public meeting on the topic.

All welcome.

From 7pm on Monday 18th April at the Lucas Arms, near King’s Cross on Gray’s Inn Road.

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Heraclitus

POLICY FUTURES IN EDUCATION – VOLUME 9 NUMBER 1 (2011)

Now available at: http://www.wwwords.co.uk/pfie/content/pdfs/9/issue9_1.asp

POLICY FUTURES IN EDUCATION
Volume 9 Number 1 2011 

ISSN 1478-2103
SPECIAL ISSUE
The Council of Europe’s White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue
Editors: TINA BESLEY, MICHAEL A. PETERS & JIANG XAIOPING

ARTICLES 

Tina Besley & Michael A. Peters. Introduction. Interculturalism, Ethnocentrism and Dialogue

Michalinos Zembylas & Vivienne Bozalek. The Council of Europe’s White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue: an analysis using the ethic of care

Peter Murphy. The Paradox of Dialogue

J. Gregory Keller. Dialogue as Moral Paradigm: paths toward intercultural transformation

Francesca Gobbo. Ethnographic Research in Multicultural Educational Contexts as a Contribution to Intercultural Dialogue

Naomi Hodgson. Dialogue and Its Conditions: the construction of European citizenship

John Igbino. Intercultural Dialogue: cultural dialogues of equals or cultural dialogues of unequals?

Evelin G. Lindner, Linda M. Hartling & Ulrich Spalthoff. Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies: a global network advancing dignity through dialogue

James Arthur. Intercultural versus Interreligious Dialogue in a Pluralist Europe

Driss Habti. Reason and Revelation for an Averroist Pursuit of Convivencia and Intercultural Dialogue

Monica E. Mincu, Maurizio Allasia & Francesca Pia. Uneven Equity and Italian Interculturalism(s)

Danielle Zay. A Cooperative School Model to Promote Intercultural Dialogue between Citizens-to-Be

Nina L. Dulabaum. A Pedagogy for Global Understanding – intercultural dialogue: from theory to practice

Roxana Enache. Possible Orientations of the European Dimension in Romanian Educational Policy

Ineta Luka. Fostering Intercultural Dialogue in Tourism Studies

Robert K. Shaw. The Nature of Democratic Decision Making and the Democratic Panacea

Julie Allan. Responsibly Competent: teaching, ethics and diversity

Inna Semetsky. Becoming-Other: developing the ethics of integration
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In the event of problems concerning a subscription, or difficulty in gaining access to the journal articles, please contact the publishers at support@symposium-journals.co.uk

Glenn Rikowski and Ruth Rikowski have a number of articles in Policy Futures in Education. These are:

Rikowski, Ruth (2003) Value – the Life Blood of Capitalism: knowledge is the current key, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.1 No.1, pp.160-178: http://www.wwwords.co.uk/pdf/viewpdf.asp?j=pfie&vol=1&issue=1&year=2003&article=9_Rikowski_PFIE_1_1&id=195.93.21.68

Rikowski, Glenn (2004) Marx and the Education of the Future, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.2 Nos. 3 & 4, pp.565-577, online at: http://www.wwwords.co.uk/pdf/viewpdf.asp?j=pfie&vol=2&issue=3&year=2004&article=10_Rikowski_PFEO_2_3-4_web&id=195.93.21.71

Rikowski, Ruth (2006) A Marxist Analysis of the World Trade Organisation’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.4 No.4: http://www.wwwords.co.uk/pdf/viewpdf.asp?j=pfie&vol=4&issue=4&year=2006&article=7_Rikowski_PFIE_4_4_web&id=205.188.117.66

Rikowski, Ruth (2008) Review Essay: ‘On Marx: An introduction to the revolutionary intellect of Karl Marx’, by Paula Allman, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.6 No.5, pp.653-661: http://www.wwwords.co.uk/pdf/validate.asp?j=pfie&vol=6&issue=5&year=2008&article=11_Rikowski_PFIE_6_5_web

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WHAT IS A COMMANDMENT? 

Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy

Monday 28 March 2011, 6.00-8.00pm

‘What is a Commandment?’

Giorgio Agamben: Visiting Professor, Philosophy, University of Paris 8

Venue: Clattern Lecture Theatre, Main Building,

Penrhyn Road Campus, Kingston University

The event is free

See: http://www.kingston.ac.uk/crmep

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

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The Man in Black

Raya Dunayevskaya

MARXIST-HUMANIST INITIATIVE AT THE LEFT FORUM

March 4, 2011

Dear Friends of MHI

It’s great to see revolutions in North Africa and the Middle East, and workers’ resistance to attacks on unions in Wisconsin and elsewhere in the U.S. and in Europe. We can’t think of a better time to invite you to our coming discussions in New York City. Those of you who can’t get here will be able to view videos on our website afterwards (http://marxist-humanist-initiative.org).

Sat. & Sun. March 19 & 20, we are sponsoring 3 panels at the Left Forum at Pace University in lower Manhattan (http://www.leftforum.org/conference/2011):

The Great Recession and its Aftermath: Saturday at 3:00 p.m., Room LHN
Andrew Kliman: “The Great Recession and the Persistent Frailty of Capitalist Production”
Alan Freeman: “Waking from the Dream: Europe in the Great Recession”

Fred Moseley
David McNally: “Global Slump, Age of Austerity, and the Growing Resistance”

Is Socialism Possible? Part 1: Saturday at 10:00 a.m., Room W623
Andrej Grubaèiæ:  “Anarchism, or Libertarian Socialism for the 21st Century”
Anne Jaclard: “Yes, If a New Mode of Production Lays the Ground”
Antti Ronkainen: “Socialization of the Banking System”
Alex Steinberg: “Socialism and the Role of Consciousness”

Is Socialism Possible? Part 2: Sunday at 3:00 p.m., Room W504
Michael Albert:”Yes, But Which Socialism?”
Andrew Kliman: “Marx’s Lower Phase of Communism: Not Another ‘Labor Money’ Scheme”
Cindy Milstein
We will also have a book table in the Exhibitors area (be sure not to confuse MHI’s table and panels with those of other groups calling themselves Marxist-Humanists).

Just after Left Forum, on Tuesday March 22 at 7:00 p.m., we are co-sponsoring (with The New SPACE, http://new-space-nyc.org) a talk by Antti Ronkainen, who is coming here from Finland. His topic will be Crisis, Austerity, and Resistance in the Euro Zone: A View from Finland.  A description appears at the end of this blog.

Next month, on Wednesday April 13 at 7:00 p.m., we are co-sponsoring Allan Armstrong, a Scottish thinker-activist, speaking on “Is an Emancipatory Communism Possible?” See below.

Both these talks will be held in mid-Manhattan, at TRS Inc., Professional Suites, 44 East 32nd Street, 11th floor (between Madison and Park Aves).  If you need directions to either Left Forum or TRS, or for any other information about our events, write or call us.

We look forward to seeing you!
In Solidarity,
Anne Jaclard for Marxist-Humanist Initiative
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Crisis, Austerity, and Resistance in the Euro Zone: A View from Finland
A talk by Antti Ronkainen

Tuesday, March 22nd at 7:00 PM
TRS Inc, 44 East 32nd Street, 11th Floor
(between Madison & Park Avenues)

In the spring and summer of 2010, crisis gripped Europe, highlighting the continued instability of the capitalist system across the globe. Financial meltdown was averted only by means of a massive bailout package, totaling as much as ?750 billion, and the European Central Bank’s move to begin purchasing sovereign debt of the weaker Euro zone countries to prevent a breakup of the zone. Will the patch hold?

Antti Ronkainen will give special attention to the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF), established last summer to help safeguard financial stability in the Euro zone. He will argue that the EFSF is not designed to solve the Euro crisis, but rather allows the European Central Bank to engage in potentially risky lending and provides a mechanism for redistributing income from taxpayers to banks. Ronkainen will also discuss the European workers and students’ demonstrations and strikes against new austerity programs, especially the current situation in Finland. Will the resistance succeed in saving the unions and government benefits?

Antti Ronkainen is a student of social sciences in Finland. He is an editor of and writer for Megafoni, a Finnish autonomist web journal (http://megafoni.org).

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Is an Emancipatory Communism Possible?
A talk by Allan Armstrong
Wednesday, April 13th at 7:00 PM
TRS, Inc, 44 East 32nd Street, 11th Floor
(between Madison & Park Avenues)

Mention of the word “Communism” today conjures up visions of tyrants. Young people, even when they clash violently with the representatives of global capitalism in Seattle or London, call their protests “anti-capitalist,” not communist.

However, anti-capitalism is not enough. Revolutions can lead to immediate feelings of intense liberation, but they are usually followed by much longer periods of defense, setbacks, and painful reconstruction. The 20th century was the “Century of Revolutions,” but it eventually produced so little for humanity at such a high cost, that it is not surprising that many are very cautious, despite growing barbarism.

Allan Armstrong will argue that it is vital that we outline a genuine new human emancipatory communism, which takes full stock of the failings of both “official” and “dissident Communism,” and which can persuasively show that human liberation can still be achieved. He will explore Marx’s vision, particularly as detailed in his “Critique of the Gotha Program,” which emphasizes the need to break with capitalist production relations rather than expecting a new society to come about through political changes.

Allan Armstrong, a republican, Scottish internationalist, and communist, is currently co-editor of Emancipation & Liberation, the journal of the Republican Communist Network. He is also involved with The Commune, a collective dedicated to outlining a new communism for the 21st century. Armstrong is the author of “Why We Need a New Emancipatory Communism” (http://thecommune.co.uk/2009/06/02/why-we-need-a-new-human-emancipatory-communism) and “The Communist Case for ‘Internationalism from Below'” (http://thecommune.co.uk/2010/06/06/the-communist-case-for-internationalism-from-below).

Presented by Marxist-Humanist Initiative (http://marxist-humanist-initiative.org) & The New SPACE (http://new-space-nyc.org)

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

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World Crisis

CANADA AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR

Wednesday 23 March 2011
SOAS Vernon Square Campus, Room V122
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London Development Studies’ Neoliberalism, Globalisation, and States Research Cluster presents

A Clash of Principals and Interests: Canada’s role in the latest inning of the Great Game – the Global War on Terror.

Michael Skinner

To justify Canada’s role in the Global War on Terror, Canadian politicians and opinion-makers framed this world war’s first battlefront in Afghanistan in three ways: 1) as a struggle of principal to spread democracy and universal human rights; 2) as a necessary show of support for Canada’s closest ally and largest trading partner, the United States; and 3) as part of a necessary strategy to ensure national and global security. However, economic and geopolitical interests outweigh concerns for liberating Afghans or securing global peace. Despite failing to liberate Afghans or provide greater security, the Global War on Terror is liberating capital, securing investors, and fulfilling many of the strategic objectives outlined in both the US National Security Strategy and National Defense Strategy. In recent decades, Canadian foreign policy interests have generally converged with those of the United States within an emerging empire of capital. Aggressively pursuing these mutual interests may exacerbate conflict in Afghanistan, the Greater Central Asian region, and around the globe.

Michael Skinner Biography:

Michael Skinner is a Researcher at the York Centre for International and Security Studies, a Researcher with the Afghanistan Canada Research Group, and a doctoral candidate in Political Science at York University. He is currently researching and writing his doctoral dissertation titled Peacebuilding, State-building, and Empire-building: Interventions from Central America to Central Asia during the Empire of Capital. In 2007, Skinner and his Afghan-Canadian research partner Hamayon Rastgar travelled throughout Afghanistan where they asked Afghans from all walks of life to comment on the international intervention. Since their return, both researchers have frequently been invited by academic and activist organisations, as well as news agencies across Canada to speak about Canada’s role in the Global War on Terror. Michael Skinner has written a number of reports, academic papers, book chapters, and journalism articles about the international interventions in both Central America and Central Asia. He is also a frequent foreign affairs commentator on The Michael Coren Show broadcast across Canada on the CTS television network.

Vernon Square Campus, V122, Wed. 23 March 2011, 5-7pm
Penton Rise
London , WC1X 9EW
http://www.soas.ac.uk/visitors/location/maps/

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World Crisis

 

Mediation

MEDIATIONS: VOLUME 25 NUMBER 1

‘Marx, Politics … and Punk’

Mediations 25.1 is out. The web site has some minor improvements, the PDF edition some major ones. If the links below don’t work, just navigate to mediationsjournal.org.

Please distribute widely!

MARX, POLITICS… AND PUNK

Volume 25, No. 1Fall 2010

Editors’ Note

Contributors

ARTICLES

Fredric Jameson: A New Reading of Capital

Is Capital about labor, or unemployment? Does Marxism have a theory of the political, or is it better off without one? Fredric Jameson previews the argument of his forthcoming book, Representing Capital.

Anna Kornbluh: On Marx’s Victorian Novel

As out of place as Marx himself might have been in Victorian England, Capital is less out of place than one might have thought among Victorian novels. But this does not have to mean that its mode of truth is literary. Anna Kornbluh explores the tropes that propel Capital in order to establish the novel relationship Marx produces between world and text.

Roland Boer: Marxism and Eschatology Reconsidered

The variations on the thesis of Marxism’s messianism are too many to count. But is it plausible to imagine that Marx or Engels took up Jewish or Christian eschatology, in any substantial form, into their thought? Roland Boer weighs the evidence.

Reiichi Miura: What Kind of Revolution Do You Want? Punk, the Contemporary Left, and Singularity

What does punk have to do with Empire? What does singularity have to do with identity? What does the logic of rock ‘n’ roll aesthetics have to do with a politics of representation? What does the concept of the multitude have to do with neoliberalism? The answer to all these questions, argues Reiichi Miura, is a lot more than you might think.

Alexei Penzin: The Soviets of the Multitude: On Collectivity and Collective Work: An Interview with Paolo Virno

One of the principle conundrums that confronts the theorization of the multitude is the relationship it entails between individual and collective. Alexei Penzin, of the collective Chto Delat / What Is To Be Done? Interviews Paolo Virno.

BOOK REVIEWS

Nataša Kovačević: New Money in the Old World: On Europe’s Neoliberal Disenchantment

What is left of the promise that was Europe? Does anything Utopian remain of the European project, or is it destined to become just another neoliberal power? Nataša Kovačević reviews Perry Anderson’s The New Old World.

Kevin Floyd: Queer Principles of Hope

In the “marketplace of ideas,” Marxism and queer studies are often presumed to be divergent and even opposed discourses. Contemporary work in both fields makes the case for a convergence. Kevin Floyd reviews José Esteban Muñoz’s Cruising Utoptia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity.

Madeleine Monson-Rosen: Under a Pink Flag

Is there a feminine relation to copyright in the contemporary period? Madeleine Monson-Rosen reviews Caren Irr’s Pink Pirates: Contemporary Women Writers and Copyright.

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

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World Crisis

FILMING THE CRISIS

SOAS Centre for Media & Film Studies

Spring 2011 Seminar Series

* All seminars take place from 5 to 7 pm in room G3 *

23 March 2011

Filming the Crisis: A Critical Survey

Alberto Toscano: (Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London)

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

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Miles Straum

LABOR CRISIS IN CHINA

The Center for Place, Culture and Politics and the Committee on Globalization and Social Change
Present:
LABOR CRISIS IN CHINA
A lecture by Ching Kwan Lee
Professor of Sociology, UCLA

TUESDAY MARCH 22, 2011 at 4 pm
Skylight Room

C.K. Lee’s research focuses on the politics of rights and the changing citizenship regime in China, examining how ordinary Chinese mobilize legal and extra-legal resources to battle for their rights as citizens, forging new notions of property, labor and land, and engaging the local and central governments. She is most recently the author of Against the Law: Labor Protests in China’s Rustbelt and Sunbelt (UC Press, 2007), which received the Sociology of Labor Book Award in 2008.

Roundtable discussion to follow with:

REBECCA KARL: Associate Professor of History at New York University. She is the author most recently of Mao Zedong and China in the Twentieth Century World: A Concise History (Duke UP 2010).

PETER KWONG: Professor of Asian American Studies and Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College, as well as Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and author of numerous books including Forbidden Workers: Chinese Illegal Immigrants and American Labor.

DAVID HARVEY, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography

PETER HITCHCOCK, Associate Director of the Center for Place, Culture  and Politics and author of The Long Space: Transnationalism and Postcolonial Form (Stanford UP 2010)

CUNY Graduate Center *365 Fifth Avenue @ 34th Street* Free and open to the public

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