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Global Economic Crisis

GLOBAL CRISES AND THE CRISIS OF GLOBAL LEADERSHIP

Edited by: Stephen Gill, York University, Toronto
•                Paperback
•                ISBN: 9781107674967
•                Publication date:   October 2011
•                320 pages
•                £18.99

More information & ordering: http://www.cambridge.org/gb/knowledge/isbn/item6532949/?site_locale=en_GB#

Book Description

This groundbreaking collection on global leadership features innovative and critical perspectives by scholars from international relations, political economy, medicine, law and philosophy, from North and South. The book’s novel theorization of global leadership is situated historically within the classics of modern political theory and sociology, relating it to the crisis of global capitalism today.

Contributors reflect on the multiple political, economic, social, ecological and ethical crises that constitute our current global predicament. The book suggests that there is an overarching condition of global organic crisis, which shapes the political and organizational responses of the dominant global leadership and of various subaltern forces. Contributors argue that to meaningfully address the challenges of the global crisis will require far more effective, inclusive and legitimate forms of global leadership and global governance than have characterized the neoliberal era.

Reviews

‘This book provides an insightful Gramscian analysis of the forms of privately-based expert leadership that characterizes the current global order. The authors explore the weak material foundation of this leadership – made evident by climate change, water shortages, and the end of cheap oil – and they point to the emergence of new potential sources of global leadership in professions (such as medicine) and a new global network of courts committed to a broad interpretation of human rights, in global social movements, and in the transformation-oriented traditions of a politically energized Islam.’— Craig Murphy, Professor of Global Governance, University of Massachusetts, Boston

‘In this wide-ranging, interdisciplinary volume, radical political economist Stephen Gill and his collaborators trace the economic, political, social and ecological crisis-tendencies within contemporary global capitalism and trace their ramifications for emergent forms of political agency and leadership both in the global North and the global South. This book is an essential contribution to our understanding of global neoliberalism – and to the ongoing work of envisioning, and forging, alternatives to it.’ — Neil Brenner, Professor of Urban Theory, Harvard University

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Karl Marx in Film

LONDON SOCIALIST FILM CO-OP AT THE RENOIR CINEMA

Brunswick Square, London WC1
Nearest London Tube: Russell Square
Buses: 7, 17, 45, 46, 59, 68, 91, 168, 188

10.30 FOR 11AM SUNDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2011

First UK screening of two documentary films:

DEADLY DUST (TODESSTAUB), Frieder Wagner, Germany 2006, 93 mins
This science-based documentary explores the effects of depleted uranium ammunition used in Iraq, Kosovo and Bosnia, though banned by the Hague and Geneva Conventions. The surge in post-war birth defects indicates that an epidemic of reproductive abnormalities is likely to have been caused by the residue of these munitions.

WITH THE LINCOLN BRIGADE IN SPAIN, Henri Cartier-Bresson/Herbert Kline, US 1938, 18mins
The internationally acclaimed photographer Cartier-Bresson filmed the Brigade. Its members were drawn from all walks of life and it is thought to be the first military unit commanded by a black officer. The volunteers trained alongside Spanish troops and became know for their bravery. In 2010 the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archive discovered, restored and re-released this cinema treasure.

DISCUSSION LED BY Rae Street, CND Council member and active in the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons, John Green, former documentary filmmaker, and Helen Graham, Professor of Modern European History at Royal Holloway, University of London.

 

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Lukacs

GYŐRGY LUKÁCS LIBRARY PROJECT: ASSISTANCE SOUGHT

György Lukács was a fundamental figure in the development of twentieth-century Marxist philosophy, theory of culture, and literary criticism.  His works have inspired radical Marxist thinkers from Ernst Bloch and Walter Benjamin to Agnes Heller and Fredric Jameson. Moreover, his critical and historical writings on the literary realism played a crucial role in European literary politics from the 1930s to the 1960s.  He was already a key figure in Central European and German cultural life prior to his turn to Marxism in 1919, a leader in the 1919 Hungarian Commune, a communist organizer, cultural politician, ideologist, and scholar of renown.  Subject to a persecutory “Lukács debate” during the Stalinist dictatorship in Hungary in the early 1950s, he participated in the 1956 uprising and, following his arrest and eventual return from Romania, was restricted in Hungary for the remaining decade of his life to conducting his scholarship with a limited circle of students and collaborators, despite his continuing international influence and prestige. Throughout his extraordinary six decades of intellectual, political, and cultural life, Lukács wrote constantly, both in German and Hungarian, in forms ranging from reviews, lectures, and polemics to major essays to full-scale studies, including his monumental late aesthetics and ontology.

Although some of Lukács’s major works–such as History and Class Consciousness and Theory of the Novel–have been long translated and widely read, other of the major works have never seen translation into English. This is true of a large number of major essays in German as well, and of the Hungarian essays, few have even appeared in German, much less English.  There are well over 10,000 pages of Lukács’s work that have never appeared in English translation; the already-translated portion is thus only a fraction, which represents at best a partial view of his thought and life work. Lukács’s constant correspondence, speaking, and writing as he moved between Budapest, Vienna, Berlin, and Moscow over the course of his adventurous life also means that a substantial amount of his work was disseminated in difficult-to-find periodicals, pamphlets, or books.  Nor are even existing English translations easy to access. Many of the earlier translations of Lukács into English from the 1940s to the 1970s remain out of print or mostly out of reach in limited distribution journals.

A project is underway to collect and bring out in English a large amount of previously untranslated writing by Lukács, a “Lukács library,” in the Historical Materialism book series at Brill Publishers.  The first volume, The Culture of People’s Democracy: Hungarian Essays on Literature, Art, and Democratic Transition will appear in 2012, and the translation of the first volume of The Particularity of the Aesthetic has been initiated.  Although we are exploring grant and other funding, we presently have no financial backing.  Therefore we are seeking two kinds of assistance:

• Suggestions about how we might obtain funds for the project : Are there cultural institutions, university translation offices, government funded academic research programs or philanphropic institutions which we could tap into, either on our own as project editors or through your assistance and collaboration in the project?
• We would also like to solicit qualified translators who are prepared to donate their efforts to the project. The translations will be from German (the majority), Hungarian (a sizeable minority), and Russian (a limited number) into English. The contribution of translations of individual, shorter works as well as longer texts would be appreciated.  All translators will be acknowledged for their contributions.

We would particularly like to hear from individual translators or a small group of collaborators who would commit to realizing one of the project volumes of the Lukács Library. I will be serving as series editor and in many cases also editing the individual volumes, providing historical and critical introductions, annotations, and other apparatus. However, if anyone would like to participate in an editorial or co-editorial role as well, I am open to discussing the possibility of editorial collaboration on particular volumes.  We are interested in getting several volumes into print at the earliest date possible, to help gain institutional support for the project and to make an impact on current discussions with an influx of previously unavailable Lukács writings.

If you are interested in assisting with this project, please get in touch with me.

In solidarity,
Tyrus Miller
tyrus@ucsc.edu

P.S.: If you are attending the Historical Materialism conference in London, following the “For Lukács” session at 12-13:45 on Sunday, November 13, 2011, please join me for lunch afterwards to discuss 
collaborations and translations for the Lukács Library.

Tyrus Miller
Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies
University of California at Santa Cruz
(831) 459-5079

 

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