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Etienne Balibar

ETIENNE BALIBAR: EUROPE, AMERICA, AND THE CRISIS – A PHILOSOPHER’S REMARKS

THE COMMITTEE ON GLOBALIZATION AND SOCIAL CHANGE PRESENTS

Etienne Balibar

EUROPE, AMERICA, AND THE CRISIS – A PHILOSOPHER’S REMARKS

Monday, October 3rd 2011, from 6 to 7:30pm Skylight Room | The Graduate Center 365 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Roundtable Discussion Wednesday, October 5th 2011, from 12 to 2pm Room 5109 | The Graduate Center

Free and open to the public

Etienne Balibar (b1942) is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris-X. As one of Louis Althusser’s most brilliant students in the 1960s, Etienne Balibar contributed to the collective theoretical masterpiece of Reading Capital. Since then he has established himself amongst the most subtle philosophical and political thinkers in France. He has worked extensively on general problematics such as the theme of universalism and difference. He has also addressed topical questions such as European racism, the notion of the border, whether a European citizenship is possible or desirable, violence and politics, identity and emancipation.

His books include Reading Capital (with Louis Althusser, New Left Books 1970), Race, Nation, Class (with Immanuel Wallerstein, Verso 1991), The Philosophy of Marx, Spinoza and Politics, Politics and the Other Scene (Verso 2002), and We, the People of Europe? Reflections on Transnational Citizenship (Princeton University Press 2004).

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics

• Link to the post: http://globalization.gc.cuny.edu/etienne-balibar-europe-america-and-the-crisis/

• Link to The Committee on Globalization and Social Change: http://globalization.gc.cuny.edu  

 

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Work in Progress

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 28th SEPTEMBER 2011

 

EVENTS

 

CAPLA (CANADIAN ASSOCIATION FOR PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT) FALL WORKSHOP

The Canadian Association for Prior Learning Assessment (CAPLA) presents the Fall Focus Workshop – Cashing in on the Riches or Prior Learning

November 13 – 15, 2011, One King West Hotel, Toronto, Ontario

Don’t miss CAPLA’s Early Bird deadline of October 11th!

For up-to-date information on pre-conference sessions, keynote speakers, concurrent workshops and other on-site events, visit http://www.capla.ca

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ABILITIES ARTS FESTIVAL PRESENTS “I SEE WHAT YOU MEAN” – INTERACTIVE VISUAL ART EXHIBIT

October 1: 7pm-7am

Carlton Cinema Gallery

20 Carlton Street (at Yonge)

I See What You Mean is an interactive exhibit which juxtaposes a series of portraits by one of Canada’s most acclaimed documentary photographers, Vincenzo Pietropaolo, with portraits and self-portraits by gallery visitors. In addition to contributions of the general public, Abilities Arts Festivals will engage and elicit the participation of communities portrayed by Pietropaolo in his most recent series, Invisible No More, a photographic chronicle of people with intellectual disabilities commissioned by the Canadian Association for Community Living.

Contributions by exhibit visitors will enrich, inform and engage with the photographic conversation initiated by Pietropaolo.  Gallery visitors will be supplied with tools and resources to generate their own portraits and self-portraits through Polaroid prints, digital and webcam photography, and pencil sketches will which will then be pinned/projected onto the walls, ceiling and floor of the gallery.

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WEBINAR: HOW CAN YOU ADDRESS THE IMPACT OF VIOLENCE ON LEARNING?

Explore new resources with Jenny Horsman

Friday, September 30, 2011

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

Everyday experiences of violence – from the mildest to the most catastrophic – impact learning, and the learning failure that often follows has its own ongoing impact on people’s lives. Violence happens in subtle and not so subtle ways and even with the best of intentions, educational programs can reinforce messages of violence that leave students feeling worthless and unsure of themselves as learners.

Here’s a chance for educators and administrators to take a new look at aspects of our programming that we think of as “neutral.” We may find that things we hardly notice can affect student attendance, behaviour, attitudes and participation levels.

Join this webinar for a guided tour of the innovative multi-media website http://www.learningandviolence.net and new interactive tools for students, educators, and administrators 

Register at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/241327798. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements

PC-based attendees: Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees: Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

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FILM – PORTRAIT OF RESISTANCE: THE ART & ACTIVISM OF CAROLE CONDÉ AND KARL BEVERIDGE

Thursday Oct. 13th @ ROM, 7pm

Planet in Focus Film Festival

http://www.portraitofresistance.net/

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MEDIA STRATEGY WORKSHOP 201

October 15, 2011

1:00pm – 5:00pm

University of Toronto

Toronto, Canada

You have already written a number of successful press releases, and done interviews for your group. You know what it takes to get media for an event, but you want to step back and look at the larger picture. This workshop will look at the bigger picture questions that go into developing a media strategy for a long term initiative.  The training will cover framing, story-based narrative analysis, social media, understanding the media story cycle, and building relationships with reporters.

Trainer: Jen Angel is co-founder of media strategy, publishing and tour management agency, Aid and Abet Booking, and former editor of Clamor Magazine.

Suggested donation: organizations and wage-earners, $20; unwaged, $10. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Contact name: Jessica Bell

Contact email: tools.change@gmail.com

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NEWS & VIEWS

LAYTON’S LEGACY AND THE NDP LEADERSHIP RACE

by Murray Cooke, The Bullet

With the death of Jack Layton, the federal New Democratic Party (NDP) has been thrust into an unexpected leadership race, its future in question.

Layton led the NDP to a historic breakthrough in Quebec and brought the NDP to Official Opposition status for the first time. Even with Layton, the NDP’s hold on these heights was tenuous. Without him, the NDP faces an immense challenge to maintain its current strength, let alone take that desired next step of forming a federal government. Electorally, at least, much hangs on the outcome of this leadership race.

Using a one-member-one-vote (OMOV) system, the NDP will choose its new leader next March 24. While looking forward to the leadership race, it’s also useful to consider the legacy of Layton’s tenure as leader.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/546.php

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ON VIOLENCE AND CLASS WARFARE

In Working-Class Perspectives, http://workingclassstudies.wordpress.com/ this week, Kathy M. Newman reflects on recent uses of the phrase “class warfare.”  She suggests that most American class warfare comes from the top, including when it becomes violent. The Center for Working-Class Studies encourages responses in the Comments section of the blog site.

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OCCUPYING WALL STREET

by Doug Henwood

We—my wife Liza Featherstone and son Ivan Henwood and I—paid a visit to the Occupy Wall Street protest yesterday afternoon. Here’s an illustrated report. I also did a segment for my radio show. Audio for that is at the bottom of this entry.

The big media have largely ignored the OWS protest (though if you’re part of a certain kind of network on Facebook, you can’t miss it). Called first by Adbusters with only the most minimal agenda, it’s taking on a life of its own, as people trickle in from all over. And I do mean minimal—the agenda is supposed to evolve spontaneously. When I talked with one of the organizers last week, she told me that they merely hoped “to build the new inside the shell of the old,” and though that sounds seductively wonderful, I’m not sure how robust such an approach can really be.

Read more: http://bit.ly/pDt6Bv

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FOLLOW THE MONEY: BEHIND THE EUROPEAN DEBT CRISIS LIE MORE BANK BAILOUTS

by David McNally, The Bullet

While I was cursing the inane mainstream commentary on the global economy recently, I was reminded of a pivotal scene in the 1976 movie, All the President’s Men. As two young reporters investigate the burglary of Democratic Party offices in the Watergate Hotel, a disgruntled, high-ranking FBI agent, code-named Deep Throat, advises, “Follow the money. Always follow the money.”

They did. And, in the process, the real-life journalists, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, blew the lid off one of the great scandals of 20th century politics. Since then, investigative reporting in the mainstream has gone the way of the dodo. As Bernstein noted twenty years after Watergate, “the media – weekly, daily, hourly – break new ground in getting it wrong.”

And nowhere are they getting it more wrong than in their coverage of the debt crises in Europe. Over and over again, we are treated to the most vacant banalities. “Greece lived beyond its means,” pundits intone, “and now it must pay its bills.” So too for Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Italy. . . all of which are said to be cases of out-of-control people who now must get their houses in order – by way of huge cuts to government programs.

Yet these cuts, known in the jargon as austerity measures, represent political crimes of equal if not greater magnitude to that burglary at the Watergate – though you would never know it by consulting the mainstream press, which long ago lost any inclination to follow the money.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/547.php

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK, OISE/UT):

Head: Peter Sawchuk

Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education. For more information about this project, visit http://www.apcol.ca

 

For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

 

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Crisis Theory

CRITICAL VIEWS ON THE CRISIS

The International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy 2011 vol. 5(2) has a special section on Marxist views of the crisis which may be of interest.

Follow the link for details.  http://pers-www.wlv.ac.uk/~le1958/H9.htm

We welcome contributions for them left and radicals which take on issues in business and business studies.

The next issue will be on critical approaches to political economy.

Mike Haynes 
Wolverhampton Business School

M.J.Haynes2@wlv.ac.uk

 

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Karl Marx

MARX AND ALIENATION: ESSAYS ON HEGELIAN THEMES

Sean Sayers

What does Marx mean by ‘alienation’? What role does the concept play in his critique of capitalism and his vision of a future society?

Marx and Alienation deals in depth with some of the most important philosophical assumptions of Marx’s work. It sets Marx’s account of alienation and its overcoming in the context of the Hegelian philosophy from which it derives, and discusses it in relation to contemporary debates and controversies. It challenges recent accounts of Marx’s theory, and shows that knowledge of Hegel’s philosophy is essential for an understanding of central themes in Marx’s philosophy.

Marx and Alienation explains and discusses Marx’s ideas in an original and accessible fashion and makes a major contribution to Marxist philosophy.

SEAN SAYERS is Professor of Philosophy at theUniversityofKent Hehas written extensively on Marxist and Hegelian philosophy. He is the founder and editor of the online Marx and Philosophy Review of Books.

Palgrave Macmillan 2011 – ISBN 9780230276543 – Hardback £50.00

http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?is=9780230276543

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Sean Sayers, Professor of Philosophy,

SchoolofEuropeanCulture and Languages

UniversityofKent,CanterburyCT2 7NF,UK

Tel +44 1227-824945; Fax +44 1227-823641

http://www.kent.ac.uk/secl/philosophy/staff/sayers/index.html

Editor, Marx and Philosophy Review of Books

Just published: Marx and Alienation: Essays on Hegelian Themes (Palgrave Macmillan)

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Utopia

WEIRD COUNCIL

 

 

http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/42866

Weird Council: An International Conference on the Writing of China Miéville
Full name / name of organization: University of Lincoln and Birkbeck, University of London
Contact email: mieville@gylphi.co.uk

Weird Council: An International Conference on the Writing of China Miéville
Saturday 15th September 2012
School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London
Sponsored by Gylphi: Arts and Humanities Publisher, Birkbeck, University of London and the University of Lincoln
Part of the Gylphi Contemporary Writers series

Keynote Speakers:
Professor Sherryl Vint (Brock University)
Professor Roger Luckhurst (Birkbeck, University of London)
Response and Q&A from China Miéville

Papers are invited for the first academic conference dedicated to the work of China Miéville. The winner of multiple awards, Miéville has developed a distinguished body of fictional work since the publication of his first novel, King Rat, in 1999. In addition to nine published novels (with his next forthcoming in May 2012) as well as a collection of short stories, Miéville is also a respected literary critic, political activist and legal scholar. His post-Suvinian working through of the “Fantastic” as a generic category encompassing SF, fantasy and the Gothic, as well as avant-garde traditions such as Surrealism, has been influential in cutting across received boundaries of genre. Miéville’s monograph Between Equal Rights: A Marxist Theory of International Law was published in 2005 and he has written and edited articles for a variety of journals; from Historical Materialism and the philosophical journal Collapse, to the Harvard International Law Journal.

Influenced by, among others, late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century pulp traditions and New Wave SF – especially the work of M. John Harrison – Miéville has recently been credited as “leading revolutions in fantasy as both a writer and a critic” (in a 2009 special edition of SF journal Extrapolation dedicated to his work). 

His fiction spans a wide variety of themes, contexts and genre-blurring literary traditions, which metaphorically explores, among other things, the implications of lived cultural, racial and geographical boundaries, collective struggle, and bodily affect.

Despite the critical acclaim of Miéville’s fictions – as well as his prominence as a literary and cultural critic – there is little scholarly work on Miéville’s already substantial oeuvre. The organisers welcome papers on any topic related to Miéville’s writing from any disciplinary position. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

Miéville and his literary contexts – the New Weird, the British SF Boom, London Gothic, steampunk, post-cyberpunk, post-genre fiction, slipstream utopian and dystopian thinking class, social mobility, poverty and social inequality the critique of racism, revolution and the critique of capitalist modernity, spaces of alterity, urban and spatial phantasmagorias, Marxist theory and aesthetics, Metaphor vs. Allegory, teratology and hybridity, noir and crime, gender, sexuality, and feminism, religion and religious cults, posthumanism, Young Adult literature, post-Suvinian SF criticism, political writing and activism, hierarchies of high and low culture, fan subcultures and geek aesthetics, comics and role playing games, affinities with key figures in the British fantastic tradition (e.g. Mervyn Peake and M. John Harrison)

The conference welcomes proposals for individual papers and panels from any discipline and theoretical perspective. Submissions are welcome from both research students and academics. Please send a title and 300 word abstract for a 20 minute paper along with your name, affiliation and 100 word professional biography to mieville@gylphi.co.uk by 1st March 2012.

The conference is organised by Dr Caroline Edwards, Lecturer in English, Department of English, University of Lincoln and Tony Venezia, PhD candidate and tutor, School of Arts, Birkbeck, University 
of London.
http://ulincoln.academia.edu/CarolineEdwards
http://birkbeck.academia.edu/TonyVenezia

The conference is sponsored by Gylphi Arts and Humanities Publisher, the Department of English, University of Lincoln and the School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London. Selected papers from the conference proceedings will be published as China Miéville: Critical Essays, with a contribution by Miéville, as part of Gylphi’s Contemporary Writers: Critical Essays series (Series Editor: Dr Sarah Dillon). For more information regarding the Series see: http://www.gylphi.co.uk/criticalessays/index.php

The Miéville conference website will launch in autumn 2011: see the Gylphi website for more details: http://www.gylphi.co.uk/index.php

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Vanna Art

VANNA RETURNS TO THE NOVERRE GALLERY

Hi,

I’ve spent the summer painting, preparing for my second exhibition at Norwich’s Noverre Gallery from 7th to 31st October:

Vanna Returns To Noverre Gallery

I will have a second exhibition in the Noverre Gallery at Norwich Assembly House from 12 noon on Friday 7th October 2011 to 3pm on Monday 31st October 2011.

The Assembly House, Theatre Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1RQ. 01603 626402. http://www.assemblyhousenorwich.co.uk/ .

The exhibition will feature my latest acrylic paintings, some of which appear on my website: http://www.vanna-art.co.uk/Acrylics.htm, including “Kaleidoscope”, which appeared in the summer exhibition “Flying Colours, Fascinating Forms”.

Best wishes,

Vanna Bartlett

VANNA ART

Vanna Bartlett,
12 Helena Road, Norwich, NR2 3BZ.
Telephone: 01603 662225.
http://www.vanna-art.co.uk/

Vanna Art is solely owned and run as a sole trader by Vanna Bartlett

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Class Struggle

HOW CLASS WORKS – 2012: UPDATE 22nd SEPTEMBER 2011

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
A Conference at SUNY Stony Brook June 7-9, 2012

The Center for Study of Working Class Life is pleased to announce the How Class Works – 2012 Conference, to be held at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, June 7-9, 2012.   Proposals for papers, presentations, and sessions are welcome until December 12, 2011 according to the guidelines below.  For more information, visit our Web site at: http://www.workingclass.sunysb.edu.

Purpose and orientation: The conference seeks to explore ways in which an explicit recognition of class helps to understand the social world in which we live, and ways in which analysis of society can deepen our understanding of class as a social relationship. Presentations should take as their point of reference the lived experience of class; proposed theoretical contributions should be rooted in and illuminate social realities. Presentations are welcome from people outside academic life when they sum up social experience in a way that contributes to the themes of the conference.  Formal papers will be welcome but are not required. All presentations should be accessible to an interdisciplinary audience.

Conference themes: The conference welcomes proposals for presentations that advance our understanding of any of the following themes:

The mosaic of class, race, and gender. To explore how class shapes racial, gender, and ethnic experience and how different racial, gender, and ethnic experiences within various classes shape the meaning of class.
Class, power, and social structure. To explore the social content of working, middle, and capitalist classes in terms of various aspects of power; to explore ways in which class and structures of power 
interact, at the workplace and in the broader society.
Class and community. To explore ways in which class operates outside the workplace in the communities where people of various classes live.
Class in a global economy. To explore how class identity and class dynamics are influenced by globalization, including experience of cross-border organizing, capitalist class dynamics, international 
labor standards.
Middle class? Working class? What’s the difference and why does it matter? To explore the claim that the U.S. is a middle class society and contrast it with the notion that the working class is the majority; to explore the relationships between the middle class and the working class, and between the middle class and the capitalist class.

 

Class, public policy, and electoral politics. To explore how class affects public policy, with special 
attention to health care, the criminal justice system, labor law, poverty, tax and other economic policy, housing, and education; to explore the place of electoral politics in the arrangement of class 
forces on policy matters.
Class and culture: To explore ways in which culture transmits and transforms class dynamics.
Pedagogy of class. To explore techniques and materials useful for teaching about class, at K-12 levels, in college and university courses, and in labor studies and adult education courses.

How to submit proposals for How Class Works – 2012 Conference

Proposals for presentations must include the following information: a) title; b) which of the eight conference themes will be addressed; c) a maximum 250 word summary of the main points, methodology, and slice of experience that will be summed up; d) relevant personal information 
indicating institutional affiliation (if any) and what training or experience the presenter brings to the proposal; e) presenter’s name, address, telephone, fax, and e-mail address. A person may present in at most two conference sessions. To allow time for discussion, sessions will be limited to three twenty-minute or four fifteen-minute principal presentations. Sessions will not include official discussants. 

 

Proposals for poster sessions are welcome. Presentations may be assigned to a poster session.

 

Proposals for sessions are welcome. A single session proposal must include proposal information for all presentations expected to be part of it, as detailed above, with some indication of willingness to participate from each proposed session member.

 

Submit proposals as an e-mail attachment to: michael.zweig@stonybrook.edu or as hard copy by mail to the How Class Works – 2012 Conference, Center for Study of Working Class Life, Department of Economics, SUNY, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4384.

Timetable:  Proposals must be received by December 12, 2012. After review by the program committee, notifications will be mailed on January 17, 2012. The conference will be at SUNY Stony Brook June 7-9, 2012.  Conference registration and housing reservations will be possible after February 20, 2012. Details and updates will be posted at http://www.workingclass.sunysb.edu.

Conference coordinator:
Michael Zweig
Director, Center for Study of Working Class Life
Department of Economics
State University of New York Stony Brook, NY 11794-4384
631.632.7536
michael.zweig@stonybrook.edu 
 

 

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Karl Marx

MARX IS BACK: THE IMPORTANCE OF MARXIST THEORY AND RESEARCH FOR CRITICAL COMMUNICATION STUDIES TODAY

Marx is Back: The Importance of Marxist Theory and Research for Critical Communication Studies Today

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of tripleC – Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society
Edited by Christian Fuchs and Vincent Mosco: http://fuchs.uti.at/wp-content/uploads/CfP_Marx_tripleC.pdf
For inquiries, please contact the two editors.

In light of the global capitalist crisis, there is renewed interest in Karl Marx’s works and in concepts like class, exploitation and surplus value. Slavoj Žižek argues that the antagonisms of contemporary capitalism in the context of the ecological crisis, the massive expansion of intellectual property, biogenetics, new forms of apartheid and growing world poverty show that we still need the Marxian notion of class. He concludes that there is an urgent need to renew Marxism and to defend its lost causes in order to render problematic capitalism as the only alternative (Žižek 2008, 6) and the new forms of a soft capitalism that promise, and in its rhetoric makes use of, ideals like participation, self-organization, and co-operation, without realizing them. Žižek (2010, chapter 3) argues that the global capitalistcrisis clearly demonstrates the need to return to the critique of political economy. Göran Therborn suggests that the “new constellations of power and new possibilities of resistance” in the 21st century require retaining the “Marxian idea that human emancipation from exploitation, oppression, discrimination and the inevitable linkage between privilege and misery can only come from struggle by the exploited and disadvantaged themselves” (Therborn 2008, 61). Eric Hobsbawm (2011, 12f) insists that for understanding the global dimension of contemporary capitalism, its contradictions and crises, and the persistence of socio-economic inequality, we “must ask Marx’s questions” (13).

This special issue will publish articles that address the importance of Karl Marx’s works for Critical Media and Communication Studies, what it means to ask Marx’s questions in 21st century informational capitalism, how Marxian theory can be used for critically analyzing and transforming media and communication today, and what the implications of the revival of the interest in Marx are for the field of Media and Communication Studies.

Questions that can be explored in contributions include, but are not limited to:

* What is Marxist Media and Communication Studies? Why is it needed today?

* What are the main assumptions, legacies, tasks, methods and categories of Marxist Media and Communication Studies and how do they relate to Karl Marx’s theory?

* What are the different types of Marxist Media/Communication Studies, how do they differ, what are their commonalities?

* What is the role of Karl Marx’s theory in different fields, subfields and approaches of Media and Communication Studies?

* How have the role, status, and importance of Marx’s theory for Media and Communication Studies evolved historically, especially since the 1960s?

* In addition to his work as a theorist and activist, Marx was a practicing journalist throughout his career. What can we learn from his journalism about the practice of journalism today, about journalism theory, journalism education and alternative media?

* What have been the structural conditions, limits and problems for conducting Marxian-inspired Media and Communication Research and for carrying out university teaching in the era of neoliberalism?

* What are actual or potential effects of the new capitalist crisis on these conditions?

* What is the relevance of Marxian thinking in an age of capitalist crisis for analyzing the role of media and communication in society?

* How can the Marxian notions of class, class struggle, surplus value, exploitation, commodity/commodification, alienation, globalization, labour, capitalism, militarism and war, ideology/ideology critique, fetishism, and communism best be used for analyzing, transforming and
criticizing the role of media, knowledge production and communication in contemporary capitalism?

* How are media, communication, and information addressed in Marx’s work?

* What are commonalities and differences between contemporary approaches in the interpretation of Marx’s analyses of media, communication, knowledge, knowledge labour and technology?

* What is the role of dialectical philosophy and dialectical analysis as epistemological and methodological tools for Marxian-inspired Media and Communication Studies?

* What were central assumptions of Marx about media, communication, information, knowledge production, culture and how can these insights be used today for the critical analysis of capitalism?

* What is the relevance of Marx’s work for an understanding of social media?

* Which of Marx’s works can best be used today to theorize media and communication?  Why and how?

* Terry Eagleton (2011) demonstrates that the 10 most common held prejudices against Marx are wrong. What prejudices against Marx can be found in Media and Communication Studies today? What have been the consequences of such prejudices? How can they best be contested? Are there continuities and/or discontinuities of prejudices against Marx in light of the new capitalist crisis?

All contributions shall genuinely deal with Karl Marx’s original works and discuss their relevance for contemporary Critical Media/Communication Studies.

Eagleton Terry. 2011. Why Marx was right. London: Yale University Press.
Hobsbawm, Eric. 2011. How to change the world. Marx and Marxism 1840-2011. London: Little, Brown.
Therborn, Göran. 2008. From Marxism to post-Marxism? London: Verso.
Žižek, Slavoj. 2008. In defense of lost causes. London: Verso.
Žižek, Slavoj. 2010. Living in the end times. London: Verso.

Editors

Christian Fuchs is chair professor for Media and Communication Studies at Uppsala University’s Department of Informatics and Media. He is editor of the journal tripleC – Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society. His areas of interest are: Critical Theory, Social Theory, Media & Society, Critical Political Economy of Media/Communication, Critical Information Society Studies, Critical Internet Studies. He is author of the books “Foundations of Critical Media and Information Studies” (Routledge 2011) and “Internet and Society: Social Theory in the Information Age” (Routledge 2008, paperback 2011). He is co-editor of the collected volume “The Internet and Surveillance. The Challenges of Web 2.0 and Social Media” (Routledge 2011, together with Kees Boersma, Anders Albrechtslund, Marisol Sandoval). He is currently writing a book presenting a critical theory of social media. http://fuchs.uti.at 

Vincent Mosco is professor emeritus of sociology at Queen’s University and formerly Canada Research Chair in Communication and Society. Dr. Mosco is the author of numerous books on communication, technology, and society. His most recent include Getting the Message: Communications Workers and Global Value Chains (co-edited with Catherine McKercher and Ursula Huws,Merlin, 2010), The Political Economy of Communication, second edition (Sage, 2009), The Laboring of Communication: Will Knowledge Workers of the World Unite (co-authored with Catherine McKercher, Lexington Books, 2008), Knowledge Workers in the Information Society (co-edited with Catherine McKercher, Lexington Books, 2007), and The Digital Sublime: Myth, Power, and Cyberspace (MIT Press, 2004). He is currently writing a book on the relevance of Karl Marx for communication research today.

Publication Schedule and Submission

Structured Abstracts for potential contributions shall be submitted to both editors (christian.fuchs@im.uu.semoscov@mac.com) per e-mail until September 30th, 2011 (submission deadline). The authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to write full papers that are due five months after the feedback from the editors. Full papers must then be submitted to tripleC. Please do not instantly submit full papers, but only structured abstracts to the editors.

The abstracts should have a maximum of 200 words and should be structured by dealing separately with each of the following five dimensions.

1) Purpose and main questions of the paper
2) Description of the way taken for answering the posed questions
3) Relevance of the topic in relation to the CfP
4) Main expected outcomes and new insights of the paper
5) Contribution to the engagement with Marx’s works and to Marxian-inspired Media and Communication Studies.

Journal

tripleC (cognition, communication, co-operation): Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society, http://www.triple-c.se 

Focus and Scope:

Critical Media-/Information-/Communication-/Internet-/Information Society-Studies; tripleC provides a forum to discuss the challenges humanity is facing today. It publishes contributions that focus on critical studies of media, information, communication, culture, digital media, social media and the Internet in the information society. The journal’s focus is especially on critical studies and it asks contributors to reflect about normative, political, ethical and critical implications of their research.

Indexing:
Scopus, EBSCOHost Communication and Mass Media Complete, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
Open Access: tripleC is an open access journal that publishes articles online and does not charge authors or readers. It uses a Creative Commons license (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License) that allows reproduction of published articles for non-commercial purposes (without changes of the content and only with naming the author). Creative Commons publishing poses a viable alternative to commercial academic publishing that is dominated by big corporate publishing houses.

Prof. Christian Fuchs
Chair in Media and Communication Studies
Department of Informatics and Media
Uppsala University
Kyrkogårdsgatan 10
Box 513
751 20 Uppsala
Sweden
christian.fuchs@im.uu.se
Tel +46 (0) 18 471 1019
http://fuchs.uti.at
http://www.im.uu.se
NetPolitics Blog: http://fuchs.uti.at/blog
Editor of tripleC: http://www.triple-c.se
Book “Foundations of Critical Media and Information Studies” (Routledge 2011)
Book “Internet and Society” (Paperback, Routledge 2010)

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Austerity

EUROPE AGAINST AUSTERITY CONFERENCE

The European left gathers in London to debate responses to the economic crisis in Europe
Europe Against Austerity Conference
1st October, 10am-5pm, Camden Centre, Bidborough Street, London WC1H 9AU

In the last two years Europe has seen waves of strikes, mass demonstrations, student radicalizations, civil disobedience and even riots in response to government austerity policies.

Struggles have broken out against cuts to pensions and raises in the retirement age, increased post-school education charges, reduced welfare payments, privatisations and falling living standards.

Is there an alternative to cuts and privatisation? What does the left say to the crisis of the Eurozone? What were the fundamental economic causes of the ‘great recession’ and does the left have a different way out? Is the European left as nationally fractured as its governments increasingly are?

This conference brings together the main left political, trade union and campaigning forces across Europe in the widest such forum since the meetings of the European Social Forum.

It will be an unparalleled opportunity to hear what the alternative voice from across Europe from West to East, South to North.

Speakers will include representatives of Die Linke (the German Left Party), the European Left Party  (http://www.european-left.org/), Partie de Gauche (the French Left Party), Sinn Fein, the European 
Attac network, (http://www.attac.org/en/what-attac) and anti-austerity campaigns and left parties from Denmark, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, and Eastern Europe joining British trade unionists (including Len McCLusky general secretary of Unite), and Jeremy Corbyn MP.

The conference is now a free-standing European-wide initiative with support across the EU and beyond. For a full list of current supporters see here: http://www.europeagainstausterity.org/conference-supporters/

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Work

LABOR AND POLITICS – LAST CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FROM ‘SOUTHERN CULTURES’

Southern Cultures, the award-winning and peer-reviewed quarterly from UNC’s Center for the Study of the American South, wants your submissions on labor and politics for a special multidisciplinary theme issue on politics to be released in the Fall of next year, coinciding with the height of the election year’s campaign season.

We will consider submissions with historical and/or contemporary content.  The submission deadline is October 10, 2011.

50,000 people annually read Southern Cultures in print, online, and through eBooks, including scholars of history, literature, sociology, political science, women & gender, religion, labor, photography & art, and many other subject areas.  

You can browse our last decade of content by subject area at: http://www.southerncultures.org/content/read/

Our submission guidelines are available at: http://www.southerncultures.org/content/submissions/

Thanks – we look forward to reading your work.
Best,
Dave Shaw
Executive Editor, Southern Cultures
UNC’s Center for the Study of the American South
CB# 9127, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-9127
www.SouthernCultures.org

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go well beyond what is attempted by most. . . Southern Cultures is truly impressive.” — Council of Editors of Learned Journals

 

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ITALIAN RESEARCH SEMINARS 2011 – 2012

Dear All

The Italian Department is organising a new series of interdisciplinary research seminars. Our first guest speaker will be Dr Alberto Toscano (Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Goldsmiths) (http://www.gold.ac.uk/sociology/staff/toscano/) who will present a paper entitled ‘The Non-State Intellectual: Franco Fortini and Communist Criticism’. The seminar will take place on Thursday September 29 at 6pm in Woolf College Seminar Room 3. All welcome.

For a list of forthcoming seminars, please, see below. For further information, contact Dr Lorenzo Chiesa (L.Chiesa@kent.ac.uk<mailto:L.Chiesa@kent.ac.uk>) or Dr Francesco Capello (F.L.Capello@kent.ac.uk<mailto:F.L.Capello@kent.ac.uk>).

Best wishes
Lorenzo & Francesco

Dr Lorenzo Chiesa
Reader in Modern European Thought
Head of Italian
SECL

Dr Francesco Capello
Lecturer in Italian
SECL

ITALIAN RESEARCH SEMINARS 2011/2012:

AUTUMN TERM

Thursday, 29 September 2011 (Week One):
Dr Alberto Toscano (Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Goldsmiths), ‘The Non-State Intellectual: Franco Fortini and Communist Criticism’

Thursday, 13 October 2011 (Week Three):
Dr Andrea Mammone (Lecturer in Modern History, Kingston University London), ‘Italian Neofascism and the Idea of Europe since 1945’

Thursday, 17 November 2011 (Week Eight) [date TBC]:
Dr Manuele Gragnolati (Reader in Italian, Oxford), ‘On Pasolini’s Petrolio’

Confirmed speakers for the Spring Term include Dr Deborah Holmes (Lecturer in German, Kent); Dr Luisa Lorenza Corna (Researcher, Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht) & Dr Lynda DeMatteo (Researcher, CNRS-Laios, Paris).

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House of Lords

CITIZENS TO LORDS – BY ELLEN MEIKSINS WOOD

CITIZENS TO LORDS: A SOCIAL HISTORY OF WESTERN POLITICAL THOUGHT FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE LATE MIDDLE AGES

BY ELLEN MEIKSINS WOOD
NEW IN PAPERBACK: 15TH AUGUST 2011
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“Immensely impressive, bold and erudite … Meiksins Wood‘s conclusions are undeniably nuanced, challenging and important … This book ought to be compulsory reading for us all.” —Times Higher Education Supplement
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A major new history of Western political thought as it evolved through conflict and communities.

In this groundbreaking work, Ellen Meiksins Wood rewrites the history of political theory. She traces the development of the Western tradition from classical antiquity through to the Middle Ages in the perspective of social history—a significant departure not only from the standard abstract history of ideas but also from other contextual methods.

Treating canonical thinkers as passionately engaged human beings, Wood examines their ideas not simply in the context of political languages but as creative responses to the social relations and conflicts of their time and place. She identifies a distinctive relation between property and state in Western history and shows how the canon, while largely the work of members or clients of dominant classes, was shaped by complex interactions among proprietors, labourers and states. Western political theory, Wood argues, owes much of its vigour, and also many ambiguities, to these complex and often contradictory relations.

From the Ancient Greek polis of Plato, Aristotle, Aeschylus and Sophocles, through the Roman Republic of Cicero and the Empire of St Paul and St Augustine, to the medieval world of Averroes, Thomas Aquinas and William of Ockham, Citizens to Lords offers a rich, dynamic exploration of thinkers and ideas that have indelibly stamped our modern world.
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Further praise for CITIZENS TO LORDS:

“A challenging analysis, which successfully integrates theory with historical changes. The clarity of the writing makes her account readily accessible to any reader ready to engage a fresh approach to the history of political theory.” —Sheldon Wolin

“Few historians of comparative political thought are in the same league as Ellen Wood, who surveys the whole sweep of ancient and medieval thinkers with equal magisterial brilliance of insight.”  Professor Paul Cartledge, University of Cambridge

Praise for EMPIRE OF CAPITAL:

“A splendid book.” —Eric Hobsbawm

“The most compelling account yet of imperialism in its current phase.” —Robert Brenner
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Ellen Meiksins Wood, for many years Professor of Political Science at York University, Toronto, is the author of many books, including Democracy Against Capitalism and, with Verso, The Pristine Culture of Capitalism, The Origin of Capitalism, Peasant, Citizen and Slave, Citizens to Lords, Empire of Capital and Liberty and Property.
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ISBN: 9 781 84467 706 1 / $26.95 / £14.99 / $33.50 CAN / Paperback / 256 pages
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For more information about CITIZENS TO LORDS or to buy the book visit: http://www.versobooks.com/books/972-citizens-to-lords
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