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‘Crisis, Transition, Transformation: Revolutionary Thought Today’

Wisconsin, Cairo, London, Madrid, New York…

The last year has witnessed a wave of protest movements that have swept around the world. This seminar series aims to explore the new challenges and opportunities for revolutionary thought today.

Term 1

Wednesday 26th October 2011, 4pm, Room MJ118
Mark Neocleous (Brunel University)
Marx’s Secret: On the Violence of Original Accumulation and the Logic of International Law

Monday 14th November 2011, 3pm, Room GB210
Banu Bargu (The New School)
Machiavelli and Marx

Wednesday 23rd November 2011, 4pm, Room MJ118
Sara R. Farris (University of Konstanz)
Workerism’s Inimical Incursions: On Mario Tronti’s Weberianism

Tuesday 6th December 2011, 4pm, Room GB210
Peter D. Thomas (Brunel University)
Revolutions, passive and permanent

Term 2

Wednesday 18th January 2012, 4pm, Room MJ118
Peter Osborne (Kingston University)
Crisis and Contemporaneity

Thursday 9th February 2012, 4pm Room LC 004-006
Judith Revel (University of Paris – Sorbonne)
Diagnosis, Subjectivation, Common: Three Faces of Emancipation Today

Wednesday 29th February 2012, 4pm, Room GB239
Slavoj Zizek (Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities)
The Deadlock

Tuesday 20th March 2012, 4pm, Room MJ117
Filippo Del Lucchese (Brunel University)
The Politics of Monstrosity

Wednesday 28th March 2012, 4pm, Room MJ118
China Mieville (University of Warwick)
Clash of the Titans: Marxism and International Law

All seminars take place atBrunelUniversity. For further information, please contact:

Filippo Dellucchese:

Mark Neocleous

Peter Thomas

Visit the Brunel SPT Research Group web pages:  

The Brunel Social and Political Thought Research Group also collaborates in the organisation of the following events:

R24: Revolution, 24 frames a second
A screening series organised in collaboration with the Department of Politics and History and the Cult Film Society

Term 1

5th October 2011
Introduced by Giovanni Memola

19th October 2011
Documentaries on 17th October 1961
Introduced by Filippo Del Lucchese

2nd November 2011
Introduced by Mike Wayne

19th November 2011
The Founding of a Republic
Introduced by David Scott

30th November 2011
Introduced by John Francis

Term 2

25th January 2012
Che, Part 1
Introduced by John Roberts

8th February 2012
Sacco and Vanzetti
Introduced by Niall Palmer

22nd February 2012
The Battle of Algiers
Introduced by Peter D. Thomas

7th March 2012
Land and Freedom
Introduced by Tom Linehan

International Conference: Right of Resistance
8th-9th February 2012, Brunel University

Speakers include Mario Ascheri, Andrea Buratti, Filippo Del Lucchese, Andreas Dimopoulos, Marco Fioravanti, Vivienne Jabri, Warren Montag, Antonio Negri, Riccardo Rosolino, Mario Turchetti and Suzanne Sreedhar

The Arab Spring: Origins, Results, Prospects
Organised in collaboration with the War and Conflict Research Group and the Brunel Politics and History Research Seminar.

Thursday 1st March 2012, 3pm, Room LC217
Ilan Pappé (University of Exeter)
The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, 1948

Wednesday 7th March 2012, 4pm, Room GB239
Gilbert Achcar (SOAS)
The Arabs and the Holocaust

Adam Hanieh (SOAS)
Palestine in the Arab Uprisings: Configurations of State and Class

Peter D. Thomas
Politics and History
Brunel University
Middlesex UB8 3PH
United Kingdom

Office: MJ 229

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Tuesday 14.30-15.30
Thursday 11.30-12.30

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