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RADICAL AESTHETICS AND POLITICS

Call for Papers

Conference: “Radical Aesthetics and Politics: Intersections in Music, Art, and Critical Social Theory”

9 December 2011
Hunter College, CUNY

In the past few decades, the study of sonic, visual, textual, and other media practices have emerged as productive areas of cultural analysis and critique. Often constitutive of paradoxes and tensions within society, these aesthetic practices have prompted critical engagements with structures of power and knowledge.  Researchers and artists have sought to deconstruct particular relationships between aesthetics and power, creating renewed and emergent questions with which current social theory must engage.  For instance, how might we think about the “public sphere” in terms of nodes of encounters with the sonic, the visual, and the textual? What forms of political action and sociality emerge from civic engagements with visual, sonic, and textual culture?  How are sonic and material landscapes engaged with as embodied practices?  What might this imply about the corporeality of the political, the ethical, and the technological?  What are the disjunctures and syntheses between artists’ and scholars’ concept-driven productions and the ways in which audiences interpret and construct life-worlds with these productions?

This multidisciplinary conference aims to explore these questions centering on the intersections between aesthetic practices and radical political action.  We invite papers that engage with any practices within sonic, visual, and textual culture, and that understand these not merely in terms of the symbolic or the ideal, but also in terms of the material relations embedded within these practices.  This conference will thus be concerned with the ideological lives of aesthetic practices. Rather than focusing solely on overtly politicized artistic expression, however, this conference interrogates the boundaries of the political in music and art (and vice versa).  We aim to take a radical approach to aesthetics and politics by getting at the root of knowledge systems and changing the concepts of contemporary political, ethical, and aesthetic debates.  This conference thus asks how we may think through and act on political commitments in art and music, and how social theory may displace and elaborate on the concepts of cultural and ethical debates.

We invite proposal submissions from scholars, students, musicians, and artists that address the following and related themes:

Visual/Sonic Publics

Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism

Ownership and Property

Feminism and Queer Theory

Governmentality

Performance

Consumption and Material Culture

Critical Race Studies

Affect, Sensation, and Embodiment

New Economies

Labor

Language, Speech, and the Voice

Technologies and Media

Space and the Environment

Please submit a 200-300 word proposal, including a title and full contact details to Portia Seddon (portiaseddon@gmail.com) by August 15, 2011.

This conference is organized by Critical Studies in Expressive Culture (http://chreculture.blogspot.com/) and by the Department of Anthropology at Hunter College, CUNY (http://maxweber.hunter.cuny.edu/anthro/).

 

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Karl Marx

KARL MARX AND WORLD LITERATURE

NEW EDITION: KARL MARX AND WORLD LITERATURE
BY S. S. PRAWER
PUBLISHED 1ST AUGUST 2011

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“A landmark in comparative literature in Britain.”  — George Steiner

“One of the most important books about Marx yet written in English” –- TRIBUNE

“A learned, useful and entertaining book” –- TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

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“Very few men”, said Bakunin, “have read as much, and, it may be added, have read as intelligently, as M. Marx.” Indeed, Moses Hess encouraged followers to ‘‘Imagine Rousseau, Voltaire, Holbach, Lessing, Heine, and Hegel fused into one person – I say fused, not juxtaposed – and you have Dr. Marx’.

S. S. Prawer’s highly influential work explores the overlooked ways in which the world of imaginative literature—poems, novels, plays—infused and shaped Marx’s writings, from his unpublished correspondence, to his pamphlets and major works.

In exploring Marx’s use of literary texts, from Aeschylus to Balzac, and the central role of art and literature in the development of his critical vision, KARL MARX AND WORLD LITERATURE is a forensic masterpiece of critical analysis. Illuminating Marx’s dealings with literature, Prawer makes an incomparable contribution to the understanding of a mind that has helped to shape our world.

Beginning with Marx’s engagement with poetry and myth in his early education, Prawer traces Marx’s life-long relationship to literature to uncover how his early allegiances to Romantic modes of writing and thinking and a late adoption of Hegelian philosophy merged to create his critical vision. Arguing that Marx’s most famous political concepts, particularly that of ‘alienation’ and ‘reification,’ have poetic, literary origins, Prawer delves into Marx’s writings in order to demonstrate Marx’s understanding of metaphor, inspiration, and conflict inherent in the world literary tradition.

Arguing that Marx’s political writings, in particular THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO, are in fact deeply influenced by literature, Prawer attests that Marx built on Goethe’s concept of ‘Weltliteratur’. Affirming that Marx held a view that literature is to be sent into the world to be taken into the hearts of well-disposed readers around the world, Prawer illuminates Marx’s understanding of literature as a tool to raise understanding of continuity and difference:

The intellectual creations of individual nations become common property. National one-sidedness and narrow-mindedness become more and more impossible, and from the numerous national and local literatures there arises a world literature. -Marx

Liberally quoting from Marx’s own writings and the literary texts he engaged with to provide a well-rounded history of the formulation of the ideas and expressions that shaped Marx’s later social criticism, Prawer’s text creates an impeccably balanced cultural history. Blending history, literary criticism and cultural theory, Prawer’s ground-breaking work provides astonishing insight into the imaginary life of one of the most influential figures of the nineteenth century, and remains highly unique and relevant 35 years after it was originally published.

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Professor S. S. Prawer is Taylor Emeritus Professor of German Language and Literature at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Queen’s College, Oxford. He is the author of over 20 books, including CALIGARI’S CHILDREN, A CULTURAL CITIZEN OF THE WORLD: SIGMUND FREUD’S KNOWLEDGE AND USE OF BRITISH AND AMERICAN WRITING, and KARL MARX AND WORLD LITERATURE.

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ISBN: 978 1 84467 710 8 / $29.95 / £16.99 / $37.50 CAN / Paperback / 480 pages

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Militant Boy

GLOBAL STUDIES OF CHILDHOOD – VOLUME 1 NUMBER 2 (2011)

Now available at: http://www.wwwords.co.uk/GSCH/content/pdfs/1/issue1_2.asp

GLOBAL STUDIES OF CHILDHOOD
Volume 1 Number 2 2011, ISSN 1463-9491
 

SPECIAL ISSUE
CHILDREN ON THE MOVE: The impact of involuntary and voluntary migration on the lives of children
Guest Editors: ADA LAI & RUPERT MACLEAN

Ada Lai & Rupert Maclean. Editorial. Children on the Move: the impact of involuntary and voluntary migration on the lives of children

Ravinder Sidhu, Sandra Taylor & Pam Christie. Schooling and Refugees: engaging with the complex trajectories of globalisation

Su-Ann Oh. Rice, Slippers, Bananas and Caneball: children’s narratives of internal displacement and forced migration from Burma

Rajeshwari Asokaraj. Resisting Bare Life: children’s reproduction of quotidian culture in a Sri Lankan camp

Antonina Tereshchenko & Helena C. Araújo. Stories of Belonging: Ukrainian immigrant children’s experiences of Portugal

Celeste Y.M. Yuen & Rosalind Wu. New Schooling and New Identities: Chinese immigrant students’ perspectives

 

COLLOQUIUM

Kim Fong Poon-McBrayer. Model Minority and Learning Disabilities: double jeopardy for Asian immigrant children in the USA

 

BOOK REVIEW
Childhood and Consumer Culture (David Buckingham & Vebjrg Tingstad, Eds), reviewed by Keith Cranwell
PERSONAL SUBSCRIPTION. Subscription to the 2011 issues is available to private individuals at a cost of US$50.00. If you wish to subscribe immediately you may do so online at www.wwwords.co.uk/subscribeGSCH.asp

LIBRARY SUBSCRIPTION (institution-wide access). If you are working within an institution that maintains a Library, please urge them to take out a subscription so that we can provide access throughout your institution; details of subscription rates and access control arrangements for libraries can be found at www.symposium-journals.co.uk/prices.html

For all editorial matters, including articles offered for publication, please contact the Editors at GSCH@ied.edu.hk

In the event of problems concerning a subscription, or difficulty in gaining access to the journal articles on the website, please email the publishers at support@symposium-journals.co.uk

 

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Karl Marx in Film

HISTORICAL MATERIALISM – VOLUME 19 ISSUE 2 (2011)

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Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory
Volume 19 Issue 2, 2011
 

CONTENTS

Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial-Prize Lecture

Ben Fine and Dimitris Milonakis: ‘Useless but True’: Economic Crisis and the Peculiarities of Economic Science

Articles

Panagiotis Sotiris: Beyond Simple Fidelity to the Event: The Limits of Alain Badiou’s Ontology

Vivek Chibber: What Is Living and What Is Dead in the Marxist Theory of History

Stefano G. Azzarà: Settling Accounts with Liberalism: On the Work of Domenico Losurdo

Intervention

Bill Bowring: Marx, Lenin and Pashukanis on Self-Determination: Response to Robert Knox

Review Articles

Michael Löwy on Walter Benjamin’s Archive. Images, Texts, Signs, edited by Ursula Marx, Gudrun Schwarz, Michael Schwarz, and Erdmut Wizisla, translated by Esther Leslie; and Esther Leslie’s Walter Benjamin, and Benjamin Handbuch’s Leben-Werk-Wirkung, edited by Burkhardt Lindner

Andrew Lawson on Richard Godden’s William Faulkner: An Economy of Complex Words

Bue Rübner Hansen on Jonathan Nitzan’s and Shimshon Bichler’s Capital as Power: A Study 
of Order and Creorder

Widukind De Ridder on Douglas Moggach’s The Philosophy and Politics of Bruno Bauer and Massimiliano Tomba’s Krise und Kritik bei Bruno Bauer: Kategorien des Politischen im nachhegelschen Denken

Historical-Critical Dictionary of Marxism

Trickle Down Theory

William W. Hansen
Fanonism

 

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Progress

LONDON PROGRESSIVE JOURNAL

Hi there

The people at London Progressive Journal are launching an online literary review. The new site will feature accessible 800-word reviews of new titles (mainly non-fiction, with some fiction). The site will have no overt political orientation or affiliation.

Contributors will be academics or journalists. Whilst we will not be able to pay for contributions, we can promise a degree of exposure (and, of course, free review copies).

If you would be interested in contributing, please drop me a line: nathaniel.mehr@gmail.com.

If you happen to know anyone who might be interested, do feel free to forward this email to them.

Kind regards
Nathaniel Mehr

 

London Progressive Journal: http://www.londonprogressivejournal.com/

 

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Lev Kulidzhanov's 'Karl Marx: The Early Years'

MARX AT THE MOVIES CONFERENCE

Dear All

This is a Call for Papers for a Conference on Marx and cinema that we are hosting at the University of Central Lancashire. We would really appreciate if you post it on various notice boards and forward it to friends and colleagues. Thanks.

Hope to as many of you in Preston next year!

Best wishes, Lars

Call for Papers
Marx at the Movies Conference
University of Central Lancashire
March 16-17, 2012

As the Lehmans Brothers filled for bankruptcy on September 15 2008 an era came to a halt. No more was there a belief that ‘the Market’ would work for the greater good as long as it was left un-regulated. As the belief in neoliberal theory and practice collapsed, many turned to the alternative theory – that of Marxism, not least because for Marx the challenge for human thought was not simply to understand the world but to change it.

Not for the first time Marx is ‘fashionable’. As David Harvey observes in his introduction to The Communist Manifesto: ‘The Communist Manifesto of 1847 is an extraordinary document, full of insights, rich in meanings and bursting with political possibilities. Millions of people all around the world – peasants, workers, soldiers, intellectuals as well as professionals of all sorts – have, over the years, been touched and inspired by it.’

The same can be said about filmmakers, film academics and students, in view of the fact that cinema, as a collective endeavour and as an industrial art, is an excellent ground to test Marxist dialectical thought. But how has cinema engaged with Marxist theory and practice? How has cinema engaged in processes to create radical social transformation, including decolonisation and the liberation of women? Is there a revival of Marxism in contemporary film theory and practice?

These are some of the questions we want to discuss during the two-day conference, hosted by theSchool ofJournalism, Media and Communication inPreston – a town of great importance to the history of the working class, as testified by Marx and Engels’ writings.

 

Papers are sought for topics such as:

* The problems of conveying Marxist thought on screen (including attempts to screen Capital)

* Representation of alienated and non-alienated labour and capital on screen

* The work of Sergei Eisenstein, Bertolt Brecht, Jean-Luc Godard, Chris Marker, Dušan Makavejev, Satyajit Ray, Ousmane Sembène, Alexander Kluge, Ken Loach, Lars von Trier. Are they Marxist filmmakers?

* Western and Eastern Marxist film theory and history Socialist production, distribution and exhibition of films

* Marxism, Third cinema and the cinema of revolt

* Marxism and feminist cinema

* Marxism, realism and non-realism

* Screen images of Marx, Engels and Lenin

Organising committee:
Professor Ewa Mazierska
Dr. Anandi Ramamurthy
Dr. Lars Kristensen

Deadline for abstracts (max 250 words): 1 December 2011.
Please send abstracts to Ewa Mazierska EHMazierska@uclan.ac.uk Or Lars Kristensen LLFKristensen@uclan.ac.uk

Notice: The conference is not expected to produce a surplus value

 

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Feminism

FEMINISMS OF MULTITUDES

Dear All

We would like to make you aware of a Call for Papers which may be of interest.

The panel Feminisms of Multitudes is part of the Association of Art Historians UK Conference in March 2012, for which the paper proposal deadline is 7th November 2011.

More details are available here: http://feminismsofmultitudes.wordpress.com/

Please circulate widely

All the best
Angela Dimitrakaki, Vicky Horne, Harry Weeks (University ofEdinburgh)

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Maria Montessori

REPORT ON MONTESSORI – BY JONATHAN FRANCE

This is a Report on the Montessori Method written by Jonathan France, a final year student in Education Studies at the University of Northampton.

It was written as a short assignment for the Adventures in Educational Theory & Practice module (EDU3028) that Jon studied during the 2010-2011 academic year.

 

Jon’s Report can now be found at The Flow of Ideas website:

France, J. (2010) Report on Montessori, 30th November, Education Studies, School of Education, University of Northampton, online at ‘The Flow of Ideas’: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/index.php?page=contributions&sub=Report%20on%20Montessori%20-%20Jonathan%20France

 

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A Crisis of Capital

CAPITALISM IN CRISIS

MARXISM 21

Discussion Forum

Capitalism in Crisis: Causes, Consequences and Cure?

 

Speaker: Gerry Gold

Author of: A House of Cards: From fantasy finance to global crash

 

SATURDAY 30 JULY 1PM
INCA (General Confederation of Labour), Italian Advice Centre, 124 Canonbury Road, London, N1 2UT

Nearest Station: Highbury and Islington

 

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Feminism

DISSIDENT FEMINISMS

Announcing a New Series: Dissident Feminisms

Series Editor: Piya Chatterjee, University of California, Riverside

The University of Illinois Press is pleased to announce a new series, Dissident Feminisms, which seeks new feminist writing that traverses the fault lines of epistemology and power, particularly the relationship between social action, activism and theory. Featuring work by scholar-activists with critical and praxis-oriented methods, this interdisciplinary series seeks to intervene in conversations of critical import in a number of fields. We plan to foster rigorous feminist engagement with the enduring, intractable problems of our time: racisms; genocides; war and occupation; heteronormative, communitarian and state violence; militarism; and struggles for livelihood and basic human rights.

Dissident Feminisms seeks writing that breaks taboos. We will feature feminist analyses that combine radical critique with work towards progressive social change. The series is particularly interested in bridging the gaps between transnational and postcolonial feminist scholars, activists, and organizers and the work of U.S., immigrant, and native women of color. It will create space for radically plural critiques that combine analytic rigor with accessibility. The series will feature lucid and compelling academic monographs, edited collections that bring together a number of voices in focused, critical, and timely dialogue, and other writings that pointedly intervene in these urgent feminist conversations.

Please direct all questions and submissions to:

Larin McLaughlin
Senior Acquisitions Editor
University of Illinois Press
1325 South Oak St.
Champaign, IL 61820-6903
larinmc@uillinois.edu

 

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State Crime

STATE CRIME

State Crime – The Journal of the International State Crime Initiative

We are delighted to announce the arrival of State Crime, the first peer-reviewed journal dedicated to state crime scholarship. The journal is interdisciplinary and international and seeks to develop deeper understandings of state crime and institutional deviance. Topics on which articles are invited include: torture; genocide and other forms of government and politically organised mass killing; war crimes; state-corporate crime; state-organised crime; natural disasters exacerbated by government (in)action; asylum and refugee policy and practice; state terror; political and economic corruption; and resistance to state violence and corruption. The journal is keen to feature both empirical and theoretical studies.

The journal will be published twice yearly by Pluto Press from April 2012. Details of the editorial board and peer review arrangements can be found in the Editorial Board and Notes for Contributors section at: http://www.statecrime.org/journal. Articles should be limited to 8,000 words and written and submitted in accordance with the guidelines for authors.

All queries should be directed to the editorial board at journal@statecrime.org

 

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End the Damage

AN INTERNATIONAL EXAMINATION OF TEACHER EDUCATION: EXPOSING AND RESISTING THE NEOLIBERAL AGENDA – JCEPS SPECIAL ISSUE + CALL FOR PAPERS

The Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies
Special Issue: Spring 2012
An International Examination of Teacher Education: Exposing and Resisting the Neoliberal Agenda
Chief Editor: Professor Dave Hill, Chief/Managing Editor and Founding Editor, Professor Dave Hill, Professor Peter L. McLaren Editor, North America, Professor Pablo Gentili Editor, Latin America

Guest Editors: Dr. Brad Porfilio, Lewis University & Dr. Julie Gorlewski, SUNY at New Paltz

In recent decades, the transnational capitalist class has wielded power and influence to gain control over elements of social life that were once considered vital domains to fostering the social welfare of global citizens. Affected public domains include natural resources, health care, prisons, transportation, post-catastrophe restoration, and education. The chief linchpin in the elite’s corporatization over social affairs is its effective propaganda campaign to inculcate the global community to believe that neoliberal capitalism ameliorates rather than devastates humanity. According to political pundits, free-market academics, and corporate leaders, economic prosperity and improvements in the social world emanate from “unregulated or free markets, the withering away of the state as government’s role in regulating businesses and funding social services are either eliminated or privatized, and encouraging individuals to become self-interested entrepreneurs” (Hursh, 2011).

Since neoliberalism is a term rarely uttered is most dominant (mainstream) media outlets, most citizens are not cognizant of how it is linked to many deleterious economic and social developments at today’s historical juncture, such as massive unemployment, the swelling of home foreclosures, homelessness, militarism, school closings, maldistribution of wealth, and environmental degradation (Hill, 2008; Hursh, 2011; McLaren, 2007; Ross & Gibson, 2007; Scipes, 2009). Equally important, many global citizens fail to recognize how the transnational elite have spawned a McCarthy-like witch hunt to eliminate academics, policies, and programs that have the potential to engage citizens in a critical examination of what is responsible for today’s increasingly stark social world – as well as what steps are necessary to radically transform it.

In this special issue of The Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies, we call on progressive scholars from across the globe to provide empirical research, conceptual analysis, and theoretical insights in relation to how corporate policies, practices, and imperatives are structuring life in schools of education.

Since the impact of neoliberal capitalism on programs, policies, relationships, and pedagogies in schools of education is not uniform, as local histories and politics structure how macro-forces come to impact people in local contexts (Gruenwell 2003), the issue will be integral in understanding and confronting the social actors and constitute forces gutting the humanizing nature of education. Additionally, we call on critical scholars and pedagogues who have found emancipatory fissures amid corporatized schools of education to share policies, pedagogies, and cultural work that have the potency promote critical forms of education, democratic relationships, and peace, equity and social justice across the globe.

Manuscripts are due by December 1, 2011 and should be submitted as email attachments to porfilio16@aol.com and gorlewsj@newpaltz.edu.

Papers submitted for publication should be between 5,000 and 8000 words long. While we would hope that papers would be submitted in accordance with the Harvard Referencing Style, we do accept those written in any commonly accepted academic style, as long as the style is consistent throughout the paper.

Please direct all inquires about this special issue to the guest editors at Porfilio16@aol.com and gorlewsj@newpaltz.edu

 

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