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Utopia

THE SPECTRE OF UTOPIA: UTOPIAN AND SCIENCE FICTIONS AT THE ‘FIN DE SIÈCLE’ – BY MATTHEW BEAUMONT

PETER LANG – International Academic Publishers are pleased to announce a new book by
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Matthew Beaumont 
THE SPECTRE OF UTOPIA: Utopian and Science Fictions at the “Fin de Siècle”

Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2012. XII, 307 pp.
Ralahine Utopian Studies. Vol. 12
Edited by Raffaella Baccolini, Joachim Fischer, Tom Moylan and Michael J. Griffin

pb. ISBN 978-3-0343-0725-3
CHF 63.00 / €(D) 47.50 / €(A) 48.80 / € 44.40 / £ 40.00 / US-$ 66.95
€(D) includes VAT – only valid for Germany  /  €(A) includes VAT – only valid for Austria  

In the late nineteenth century, a spectre haunted Europe and the United States: the spectre of utopia. This book re-examines the rise of utopian thought at the “fin de siècle”, situating it in the social and political contradictions of the time and exploring the ways in which it articulated a deepening sense that the capitalist system might not be insuperable after all. The study pays particular attention to Edward Bellamy’s seminal utopian fiction, “Looking Backward” (1888), embedding it in a number of unfamiliar contexts, and reading its richest passages against the grain, but it also offers detailed discussions of William Morris, H.G. Wells and Oscar Wilde. Both historical and theoretical in its approach, this book constitutes a substantial contribution to our understanding of the utopian imaginary, and an original analysis of the counter-culture in which it thrived at the fin de siècle.

Contents: 
Utopian fiction – Science fiction – Disaster fiction – Radical publishing – Feminism – Socialism – Occultism.

“Matthew Beaumont is one of the most brilliant of the younger generation of English critics. His work on late Victorian culture puts him among the most suggestive and original scholars of the period. While focused on Bellamy, this wide-ranging study encompasses a rich variety of authors and intellectual currents, all dealing with the elusive but utterly essential idea of utopia. In its theoretical sophistication and historical depth, Beaumont’s work is both innovative and illuminating” (Terry Eagleton, Distinguished Professor of English at Lancaster University and author of ‘Trouble with Strangers’ and ‘Why Marx Was Right’)

“So much has been written about Looking Backward and late nineteenth-century utopian literature that one wonders if these topics can ever come to us fresh again. Beaumont answers this question by placing Bellamy’s utopia within significant yet rarely studied publication and reception contexts, such as the London Bellamy Library books series designed to educate working-class readers, and by presenting utopia as a constructively troubling spectre, a ghost evaluating the readers’ present by haunting them with a sense of the absence of a suppressed better world existing somewhere between possibility and impossibility. Thus Beaumont does refresh utopia for us” (Kenneth Roemer, Piper Professor, University of Texas at Arlington and author of ‘The Obsolete Necessity: America in Utopian Writings, 1888-1900’ and ‘Utopian Audiences’)

“This is a rich and provocative book in which Beaumont challenges conventional readings of utopian writing at the turn of the twentieth century. Written with insight and clarity, it provides fresh perspectives and unsettles old certainties. It is essential reading for anyone concerned with the cultural context of the time” (Ruth Levitas, Professor of Sociology, University of Bristol and author of ‘The Concept of Utopia’)

Matthew Beaumont is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at University College London.

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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‘Maximum levels of boredom

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Utopia

SOCIAL HISTORY 6 (2011) IS ONLINE

 Liebe Leserin, lieber Leser,

Heft 6 (2011) der Zeitschrift Sozial.Geschichte Online steht ab heute (wie immer frei) zur Verfügung. Hier können die Texte als pdf. heruntergeladen werden.

The new issue of Social History online is online. Please use the following link: http://duepublico.uni-duisburg-essen.de/servlets/DocumentServlet?id=26797

Best regards,
Max Henninger / Peter Birke

Inhalt / Contents

Forschung / Research

Wang Kan, Collective Awakening and Action of Chinese Workers: The 2010 Auto Workers’ Strike and its Effects

Peter Birke, Diese merkwürdige, zerklüftete Landschaft: Anmerkungen zur „Stadt in der Revolte“

Emiliana Armano, Notes on Some Features of Knowledge Work: A Social Inquiry into Knowledge Workers in Turin

Diskussion / Discussion

Tobias Mulot, Coyotismus: Die konstituierende Kraft der Flucht. Anmerkungen zu Escape Routes

Zeitgeschehen / Current Events

Gregor Kritidis, Die Demokratie in Griechenland zwischen Ende und Wiedergeburt

Karl Heinz Roth, Griechenland und die Euro-Krise

Kristin Carls / Dario Iamele, Stop that train – Entwicklung und Aktualität der No-TAV-Bewegung gegen die Hochgeschwindigkeitstrasse Turin–Lyon

Manal Tibe, Notes on the Situation in Egypt Since Mubarak’s Resignation

Jahrestage / Anniversaries

Gisela Notz, Soziale und politische Gleichberechtigung für alle Frauen. Zur hundertjährigen Geschichte des Internationalen Frauentags in Deutschland

Tagungsberichte / Conference Proceedings

Torsten Bewernitz, Strikes and Social Conflicts in the 20th Century, Lissabon, 16.–20. März 2011

Matthias Möller / Sonja Nielbock / Andrea Papst / Nicole Vrenegor, Recht auf Stadt – Vier Fragen und vier Perspektiven. Anmerkungen zu einem Kongress in Hamburg

Tagung / Conference

Labour Beyond State, Nation, Race: Global Labour History as a New Paradigm, University of Kassel, 26 November 2011

Rezensionen / Book Reviews

Jan Ole Arps, Frühschicht. Linke Fabrikintervention in den 70er Jahren (Mischa Suter)

Andrej Holm / Dirk Gebhardt (Hg.), Initiativen für ein Recht auf Stadt. Theorien und Praxis städtischer Aneignungen (Florian Hohenstatt)

Daniel Heintz, Tierschutz im Dritten Reich (Mieke Roscher)

Ralf Hoffrogge, Richard Müller. Der Mann hinter der Novemberrevolution (Dario Azzellini)

Ilse Lenz (Hg.), Die Neue Frauenbewegung in Deutschland. Abschied vom kleinen Unterschied (Kirsten Achtelik)

 

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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)  

 

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a new song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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

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The Metaphysics of Capital

MODERATION AND REVOLUTION – BY ANDREA MICOCCI

Andrea Micocci
Moderation and Revolution
Lexington Books
1-800-462-6420
http://www.LexingtonBooks.com
978-0-7391-6718-2
324 pages

Endorsements:
Alex Callinicos:
“In this remorseless critique of modern ideologies Andrea Micocci targets what he calls the metaphysics of capitalism informing them. Up-ending our normal assumptions, he argues that it is the true revolutionaries who champion individuality and toleration against the homogeneizing tendencies of capitalism. This is a powerful challenge to the common sense of both the status quo and its conventional critics”.

Mino Vianello:
“This is a daring book that one may like or not like, but represents in the clearest way capitalism’s convoluted nature while explaining with extreme clarity the perverse mechanisms of its resilience. The author brilliantly holds the reader’s attention through a journey in the history of ideas to come to the conclusion that moderation is the bond that keeps us socially and culturally tied, whereas revolution means individual emancipation. “Revolution” is the non-violent quest for individual freedom in a materialistic sense and in Micocci’s view has nothing to do with the bureaucratic and totalitarian organization propaganized at the time of the Soviet Union. This book dispels many misconceptions and popularly held beliefs and is recommended to unprejudiced readers”.

ABOUT THE BOOK
Moderation and Revolution asks how we can resolve conflict from the capitalist worldview. It exposes the intellectual basis of contemporary capitalism as a logically flawed dialectic that prevents both revolutionary options in theory and also, in practice, the evolution of capitalism itself towards the revolutionary outcomes outlined by Smith and Marx. As a consequence, it practices intolerance – disguised as tolerance – towards radical thinking, which explains its propensity to war and the fascistic features of its economics and politics. True revolution, on the other hand, is radically tolerant of the presence of the other and therefore non-violent at the core.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Andrea Micocci teaches at the Jean Monnet Faculty of Seconda Università di Napoli (SUN), San Leucio (CE), and Link Campus University of Malta,Rome.

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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)  

 

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a new song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Frantz Fanon

IS FANON FINISHED?

Call for Participants: Is Fanon Finished?

30-31 March 2012

The American University of Paris invites proposals for a two-day interdisciplinary conference that aims to gather critical and experimental ‘translations’ of Fanon’s ideas into the present.

This is a conference organized by the Master of Arts in Cultural Translation Program at AUP with the support of Academic Affairs, the Master of Arts in Middle East and Islamic Studies Program, the Master of Arts in Global Communications Program and the Master of Arts in International Affairs Program.

This year, the 50th anniversary of his death and of the publication of The Wretched of the Earth, Frantz Fanon’s life, work and contemporary relevance have been widely discussed. The proliferation of celebrations, conferences, exhibitions and publications in itself expresses an apparent necessity: we must understand where we stand on Fanon if we are to grasp our present. To some he constitutes the archetypal ‘Black Atlantic’ subject, one of the first to articulate the effects of colonialism and racism on occupied peoples; to others, he is an advocate of violence as the only means for those subjugated to gain psychical and territorial independence. To all, it appears he is a figure with whom we must reckon. Yet the modes of commemoration and tribute run the risk of monumentalizing Fanon’s contribution, packaging and parking it in a suspended moment in time.

What is it exactly that we want to hear Fanon say? How does his work resonate through contemporary events, objects or circumstances? Starting from the understanding that extensive work has been done recently to articulate and place his writing and practice as psychiatrist, black revolutionary and anti-colonial theorist, we would like to focus here on ‘testing’ his ideas against the present. What is translatable and what must be discarded? As a writer thoroughly ensconced in his own context, is there anything to actualize from his praxis? His multiple geographies (Martinique, France, Algeria, Tunisia, Ghana), his anticipation of the problems faced by postcolonial states, and his configuration of a universal free subject, tend to speak more easily across the half century that divides him from us than do his normative views of sexuality or his conception of a future that could only come from a violent breaking with the past. But have we really finished following through his lines of thought?

In the spirit of his praxis as keen observer of and actor in the present, we would like to invite speakers to focus on a specific aspect of Fanon’s work that traverses their own work and context, be it academic, artistic, activist, or a mix of the three. How do Fanonian themes help clarify, or instead obscure, a sense of our own situatedness in the present?

We aim to organize this conference as a series of panels that open out onto discussion and debate amongst speakers, and with active participation from our graduate students here at AUP.

We invite speakers to address issues related, but not limited, to the following themes:

–       The Arab Revolutions and non-violence
–       Fanon as writer and witness: speaking for the other(s)
–       Imagining a non-Eurocentric universality
–       Rethinking African nation-states or a default panafricanism
–       Urban cities of the Global South: locating agency
–       France and Algeria: 50th anniversary of independence
–       Applying a Fanonian method to contemporary forms of cultural resistance
–       “Fortress France” or the metropolis occupied by the ex-colonies
–       Palestine as last colonized territory
–       The Occupy movements as inspired by a South to North circulation of ideas
–       The effectiveness of violence as an engine of political change
–       Why teach Fanon today?

Please send an abstract (350 words) and a short biography to fanon.at.aup@gmail.com no later than 1 February 2012. Registration is free.

Organizing Committee: Sousan Hammad, and Lisa Damon

For enquiries, contact: Fanon.at.AUP@gmail.com

 

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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, northWales)  

 

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a new song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com