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Money Menace

NEW FORMATIONS 72: PSYCHOANALYSIS AND MONEY

Out now: new formations 72 Psychoanalysis and money
Guest editor: David Bennett

An international cast of psychoanalysts, cultural theorists, philosophers and critics explore aspects of the nexus between psychoanalysis, money and economics in the aftermath of the latest global financial crisis. Asking not only what psychoanalysis can tell us about financial crashes, but also what crashes may reveal about psychoanalysis, it stages a confrontation between two disciplines that have been mutually indifferent and mutually opaque for much of the past 100 years.

For more information on the current issue

David Bennett on economics and psychoanalysis
Bruce Fink on analysand and analyst in the global economy
Karl Figlio on greed and reparation in masculine phantasy
Viktor Mazin on Russia, the ruble, the dollar and psychoanalysis
Geoff Boucher and Matthew Sharpe on financial crisis, social pathologies and perversion
Paul Crosthwaite on expenditure, the death drive, and contemporary art
Stephen Frosh on psychoanalysis, anti-Semitism and the miser
Tan Waelchli on authority, regulation of standards, and the law of the father
Jean-Joseph Goux on psychoanalysis and the political economy
Campbell Jones on the market and subjectivity
Daniel Ross on Bernard Stiegler’s ‘pharmacology of desire’
Bernard Stiegler on drive-based capitalism and libidinal dis-economy

For more information on new formations:

Paperback, All rights L&W 2011
ISBN 9781 907103 339

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Work

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 24th OCTOBER 2011

EVENTS

STEPHEN LEWIS AND MICHELE LANDSBERG: TORONTO LECTURE

November 3, 2011
Lecture: 7:00 pm
Fundraising Wine & Cheese Social: 8:30 pm
Trinity St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor Street West, Toronto

The CCPA (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) is proud to present Stephen Lewis and Michele Landsberg—two of Canada’s leading thinkers and recipients of the Order of Canada—as this year’s featured guests for the David Lewis Lecture.

Join us for an intimate conversation about their lives, their passions, and the future of this country.

Following the lecture, there will be a fundraising social in an adjoining room with members of the Lewis family and CCPA research associates.

Copies of Michele’s new book, “Writing the Revolution”, will be available for sale and Michele will be on hand to sign them.

Purchase tickets online at: http://policyalternatives.ca/david-lewis-lecture. Lecture tickets: $20 (upper level) or $40 (main level). Fundraising Wine & Cheese: $40 (includes complementary drink).

All proceeds are dedicated to future CCPA David Lewis Lectures.

Generously sponsored by the Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU).

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POST-ELECTION UPDATE – DIVERSITY IN POLITICS: WHERE DO WE STAND?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park, Toronto

Register online at: http://diversecitypostelectionupdate.eventbrite.com/ (Space is limited.)

With the three recent elections – provincial, federal and municipal – still fresh in our minds, let’s step back and take this opportunity to look at diversity in elected office.

– To what extent do those who ran for office – and those who were elected – reflect the ethnic and racial diversity of the Toronto region?
– Have parties run diverse candidates in winnable ridings?
–  What more can be done to change the face of political leadership in the country’s most diverse city region?

Join us on November 8 when Myer Siemiatycki, Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University, presents newly released findings on the state of diversity in elected office.

Hear from our panel of political insiders on what worked, what didn’t, and what parties can do to ensure that their representatives better reflect their constituents.

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LECTURE: MICHAEL PARENTI ON “IMPERIALISM AND THE 99% SOLUTION”

Tuesday, November 1, 2011
7 p.m.
MacLeod Auditorium (formerly the Medical Sciences Auditorium)
1 King’s College Circle
University of Toronto

Admission is $10 at the door. There are no advance sales and seating is limited so plan to be there on time.

This event is sponsored by People’s Voice newspaper (http://www.peoplesvoice.ca/). For more information please visit the website or telephone (416) 469-2481.

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CDI (CO-OPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE) CONFERENCE TO BE WEBCAST OCTOBER 28-29   

Co-operators who aren’t attending the Co-operative Development Initiative’s (http://cccm.coopscanada.coop/en) “From Idea to Reality” conference on October 28 and 29 will still have an opportunity to participate in some of the sessions. The on-site conference is by invitation and only for recipients of funding under the Innovative Co-operative Projects component of CDI.

CDI is partnering with a co-operative from Montreal, http://Webtv.coop, to broadcast selected panels live.  The presentations will be available in both official languages: viewers will get either the voice of the speaker or the voice of an interpreter, depending on the speaker’s language. People will also have web access to the PowerPoint presentations used by the speakers, and a chat room will be open so that people can ask the panelists questions from home.

To access the conference online: 
– Go to http://webtv.coop (note that the site’s layout is in French only)
– Click on the first tab at the top left:  “En direct”
– Click on the CDI Conference banner “From Idea to Reality” (canal 8)
– In the pop-up window, you will be asked for a username (utilisateur) and password (mot de passe). Type in the username: 2011conference and the password: cdi2011. 

Download the conference program (PDF): http://bit.ly/nPoVvV

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COMPARATIVE, INTERNATIONAL AND DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION CENTRE (CIDEC) SEMINAR – GROWING UP FEMALE IN POSTCOLONIAL MALAYSIA: GENDER, ETHNICITY AND EDUCATION

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
5:30pm
Smart Room 7-105, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
252 Bloor St. West (St. George subway station), Toronto

With Dr. Cynthia Joseph of Monash University, Australia

Chair: Dr. Reva Joshee

Cynthia Joseph is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education, Monash University in Australia.  Cynthia’s research and teaching draw on Postcolonial Studies, Sociology of Education, Comparative Education and Asian Studies to understand identity, cultural differences and equality issues in education. She examines the ways in which ethnicity/race and gender are (re)configured in these globalising and transnational times. Her recent work explores transnational identities, education and work within the context of migration and the global economy. This seminar will be based on six years of a longitudinal ethnography with a group of young Malaysian women from the three major ethnic groups of Malay-Muslim, Chinese, and Indian.

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NEWS & VIEWS

OCCUPY WALL STREET: BEYOND THE RHETORIC

by Matthew Flisfeder, The Bullet

One of the distinguishing features of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement is its apparent lack of central leadership. Not only does the movement seem leaderless; it does not appear to be organized around any clearly defined ‘demands.’ This has been perceived as something quite positive for participants and supporters of the movement, while being the primary point of criticism from opponents, particularly the mainstream media. Clearly, OWS stands against the unfair balance of wealth distribution in the United States (and around the world, for that matter), the unfair neoliberal
politics that have swept the globe over the last four decades, corporate greed (especially in the financial sector), and various forms of systemic violence resulting from structural inequalities built into the capitalist system of exploitation. But what media pundits are looking for is something that they can represent: something, that is, with a timeline, that defines when the protestors will be ‘satisfied’.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/553.php

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I WANT REAL FOOD AND REAL JOBS. DO YOU?

From UNITE HERE

My name is Anabela Pappas, and I’m a kitchen worker at Harvard University. I want to share my story of how we improved the food and our jobs at Harvard, and how we can do it across North America.

Several months ago, my co-workers and I (members of UNITE HERE Local 26) started negotiations for a new contract with the university. Many of us in the dining halls and kitchens were upset that our cooking skills weren’t being used enough, and that the university was relying too much on processed and frozen food instead of real cooking by us. On top of that, during summer and holiday breaks, we had to look for other jobs until school started again. Those aren’t sustainable jobs.

Students were also concerned about the quality of the campus food, and felt the university could do a better job in getting local and sustainable food. At the bargaining table, students sat with us and demanded more information from the university about where the food comes from, and how it is made.

As a result of our alliance with Harvard students, the administration agreed to a new contract that created a joint committee with the union to adopt best practices for environmentally responsible food sourcing and preparation. Harvard also agreed to give Local 26 members priority hiring for jobs during the summer and winter recess. We made a major step forward to creating sustainable jobs and sustainable food!

We still have more work to do, but I am proud of what we achieved. I think it’s time that we improve food and jobs at all campuses across the country.

Please visit our new website: http://www.RealFoodRealJobs.org to learn more
about our campaign, and check out our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/RealFoodRealJobs.

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SPT REPORT RELEASED: “PUBLIC SYSTEM, PRIVATE MONEY: FEES, FUNDRAISING AND EQUITY IN THE TORONTO DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD”

A report released by Social Planning Toronto entitled “Public System, Private Money: Fees, Fundraising and Equity in the Toronto District School Board” explores how school fees and fundraising activities create an unequal playing field by offering different opportunities for students in schools and between schools, depending on their ability to pay.

Inspired by the Ministry of Education’s review of the Fees for Learning Materials and Activities Guideline and Fundraising Guideline, this report explores the growing opportunity gap between students from wealthier families and those who attend schools in wealthier areas of the city compared with students whose families are lower income and/or live in poorer areas of the city.

Download the full report (PDF): http://bit.ly/mUx7PC

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THE GREEKS ARE BEING UNFAIRLY MALIGNED BY GLOBAL FINANCIERS: THE TRUTH IS VERY DIFFERENT

from Alternet

Beyond the anti-Greek media campaign lies the story of a weary people caught between a corrupt political system and rapacious financiers. Sound familiar?

Greece is a land of ancient myth. But more recent myths have made Greeks cringe when foreigners start asking questions.

Greeks are lazy. They don’t work. They’re profligates who are taking down Europe. The caricature has become so common that a recent TV commercial in Slovakia used it to sell beer, drawing a contrast between the virtuous Slovak and the paunchy Greek indulging himself on a beach.

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

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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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‘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)

 

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

 

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Capitalism in Crisis

THE CRITIQUE OF POLITICAL ECONOMY IN A TIME OF CRISIS

The Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London invites you to two talks exploring the contemporary legacy of Marx’s work.

8 November 2011
Massimiliano Tomba – Revisiting the Grundrisse and the ‘Fragment on Machines’
6.30-8.00
RHB Room 137

Massimiliano Tomba is the author of books on Bruno Bauer and critique, Walter Benjamin’s critique of violence, politics in Kant and Benjamin, and, most recently, Marx’s concept of time. He teaches at the faculty of historical and political sciences at the University of Padua.

14 November 2011
Anselm Jappe – Abstract Labour as the Origin of Commodity Fetishism
6.30-8.00
RHB Room 137

Anselm Jappe is the author of Guy Debord, Les aventures de la marchandise and, most recently, Credit à mort.

All welcome. For further information, contact a.toscano@gold.ac.uk

Both speakers will also be presenting different papers at the annual Historical Materialism Conference: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/conferences/8annual/register

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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)

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com