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Gilles Deleuze

DELEUZE AND GUATTARI AND OCCUPY

Saturday 25th Feb 2-5pm

Occupy LSX / School of Ideas
Featherstone Rd
Islington
EC1Y 8RX

An afternoon of talks, about the relevance of Deleuze and Guattari’s ideas to Occupy. 

Deleuze and Guattari’s writings are considered, by political activists, philosophers, artists and writers to provide the most insightful analysis of the crisis we face today.  It is claimed that the rhizomic, nomadic and creative nature of Occupy is inherently DeleuzeoGuattarian. This afternoon of talks tests these claims and asks; does Deleuze and Guattari’s conceptual apparatus scythe right through to the heart of capitalist production: do they provide vitalist, non-paranoid, (entirely pragmatic) systems of thought around which both a world can be torn down and a new one built? 

How it feels to be free: becoming-together with Deleuze & Guattari  
Jeremy Gilbert, Reader at the University of East London.

Minor Politics, Activism, and Occupy 
Nick Thoburn, Lecturer in Sociology: University of Manchester.

Worldwide, Occupy will not publish a solidified list of aims or a manifesto, preferring to speak of a thousand struggles, a thousand acts of resistance spoken though thousands of voices. Is this the same as Deleuze and Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus? 
Andrew Conio, Senior Lecturer University of Wolverhampton, Associate Lecturer Chelsea School of Art.

Further information contact A.Conio@wlv.ac.uk 

The School of Ideas: http://schoolofideas.org.uk/ 

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‘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)  

‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

Information

ON LOCATION: ORGANIZING AND USING GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION

ISKO UK and the BCS Location Information Specialist Group (LISG)
Thursday 29th March (14.00-18.00)
Wilkes Room – British Computer Society London Office

In this ISKO UK and BCS joint meeting, we will hear from experts about the current geospatial information landscape and its challenges, some of the standards and frameworks that have been put into place to ensure interoperability and the potential for linking data. We will also hear how some users of GIS systems have applied them in their own organizations.

The event is free to ISKO and BCS members and to full-time students. The fee for non-members is just £40, payable in advance. Registration opens at 1.45, immediately following the ISKO UK AGM, and we shall start promptly at 2 p.m.

The programme will be followed by a chance to network, with wine and nibbles.  The topics and speakers are:

• The landscape and challenges of geospatial information in 2012 – Mike Sanderson, 1Spatial

• INSPIRE and the work of UK Location – Alex Coley, Chair of the UK Location Programme Architecture & Interoperability Board

• Linking geographic data for research – Jo Walsh, EDINA

• The development and application of GIS in health protection – Matt Bull, Health Protection Agency

• Organising and using location data in the Environment Agency – Stefan Carlyle, Environment Agency

• AddressBase – developing a unique national address gazetteer – Carsten Rönsdorf and Nick Turner, Ordnance Survey

You will find the full programme and booking details via the ISKO UK site. Please pass this invitation on to any colleagues who may be interested. We hope to see you there.

ISKO is a not-for-profit scientific/professional association with the objective of promoting research and communication in the domain of knowledge organization, within the broad field of information science and related disciplines. Our UK emphasis is to build bridges between the research and practitioner communities, with the UK Chapter attracting lively and steadily growing audiences to its afternoon meetings. You can see past and future events at http://www.iskouk.org/events.htm , most with MP3 recordings.

BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, champions the global IT profession and the interests of individuals engaged in that profession for the benefit of all. Among its many specialist groups is the Location Information SG enabling BCS members to be well informed and understand the issues and best practices associated with geospatial technology, which is becoming increasingly visible to business and the public.

Fran Huckle
Secretary
ISKOUK

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 ‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

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

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

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

Critique

CRITIQUE CONFERENCE 2012

Saturday 25 Feb 2012
10.00 am- 5.00 pm
London School of Economics

GLOBAL CAPITALISM AND THE ECONOMIC CRISIS: PASTS, PRESENT AND FUTURES

The last year has witnessed a deepening of the crisis, in the Eurozone in particular. There are, however, no countries outside the global crisis. Governments have moved on all fronts against the welfare of the majority of the population. The public sector, pensioners, women, those on welfare benefits and the unemployed youth are the worst affected and have begun to react.

The Conference will discuss current and future forms of reaction to the crisis.

Speakers:
Hillel Ticktin: Marxism and the Crisis
Michael Cox: The Death of the West? World Power after the Crisis
Ben Backwell: Hugo Chavez, Oil and “Petro-Socialism – Prospects
Yassamine Mather: The Arab Spring
Savas: Greece and the Decline of Europe

Venue: New Academic Building 1.09, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London School of Economics

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Austerity No!

HISTORICAL MATERIALISM AUSTRALASIA CONFERENCE 2012 – CALL FOR PAPERS

Historical Materialism Australasia2012—Call For Papers
Following the end of the Cold War, Francis Fukuyama’s “end of history” thesis epitomized the prevailing attitude, summed up more brutally by Margaret Thatcher’s injunction that “There is No Alternative.” Twenty years on from Fukuyama’s assertion, liberal triumphalism has been battered by war, recession and political radicalization on the left and the right. In this context even Fukuyama has conceded that history does indeed have a future.

Karl Marx famously remarked that we make our own history, adding that we do not do so “under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past”. Today, history is being re-made on the streets of the Middle East and North Africa, and now also across the Global North. These struggles will shape the world’s future. Yet they take place in conditions marked by protracted economic crisis, continuing wars and imperialist “interventions”, and the rule of the market over all of life. The reoccupation of the world’s streets, squares and commons is matched by the ever-increasing subordination of parliaments to the dictates of the market, witnessed most profoundly in the imposition of technocratic rule in Greece, Italy and elsewhere.

These events have seen Marx return to mainstream debate, but all too often in the form of having his insights cherry picked and reified in an attempt to rescue capitalism from itself. There is a need to go beyond such appropriation, to re-establish a living critique of political economy, to work towards the “determinate negation” of capitalism that Marx spoke of. Such a project requires raising questions about the meaning, the form and the very desirability of democracy in an era of growing technocratic rule. Similarly, as human rights provide a moral cover for wars it becomes necessary to interrogate the language of rights in contemporary political struggles. And, as revolution re-appears on the global stage, if in new forms hardly recognizable to revolutionaries of the past, it is clear that the categories of our political thought and practice must be subjected to renewed thought and debate.

Historical Materialism Australasia is a one-day conference to be held in Central Sydney on Saturday 21 July 2012.

To facilitate this, Historical Materialism welcomes individual paper submissions and panel proposals that seek to contribute to this debate.

Please email paper abstracts of no more than 250 words and panel proposals of no more than 100 words to historicalmaterialism2012@gmail.com by Friday, April 13th.

—Jessica Whyte, Rory Dufficy & Tad Tietze (organising group)

Further details: http://historicalmaterialism2012.wordpress.com/

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski