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Glenn Rikowski

LIFE IN THE HIGHER SAUSAGE FACTORY – THE PAPER

LIFE IN THE HIGHER SAUSAGE FACTORY

Dr. Glenn Rikowski, School of Education, University of Northampton

Guest Lecture to the Teacher Education Research Group

22nd March 2012, The Cass School of Education and Communities, University of East London

At last, I have found the time to html code ‘Life in the Higher Sausage Factory’ and put it on The Flow of Ideas website.

I have added a short Preface to explain the provenance and development of the paper.

Here is the link to the paper: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=Life%20in%20the%20Higher%20Sausage%20Factory

Here is the full reference:

Rikowski, G. (2012) Life in the Higher Sausage Factory, Guest Lecture to the Teacher Education Research Group, The Cass School of Education and Communities, University of East London, 22nd March, online at:  http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=Life%20in%20the%20Higher%20Sausage%20Factory

If you would like a Word version of this paper then send an email to Rikowskigr@aol.com and I will send it via email attachment.

Best wishes

Glenn Rikowski, London, 28th August 2012.

“Capitalist production is not merely the production of commodities, it is essentially the production of surplus-value. The labourer produces, not for himself, but for capital. It no longer suffices, therefore, that he should simply produce. He must produce surplus-value. That labourer alone is productive, who produces surplus-value for the capitalist, and thus works for the self-expansion of capital. If we may take an example from outside the sphere of production of material objects, a schoolmaster is a productive labourer, when, in addition to belabouring the heads of his scholars, he works like a horse to enrich the school proprietor. That the latter has laid out his capital in a teaching factory, instead of a sausage factory, does not alter the relation. Hence the notion of a productive labourer implies not merely a relation between work and useful effect, between labourer and product of labour, but also a specific, social relation of production, a relation that has sprung up historically and stamps the labourer as the direct means of creating surplus-value. To be a productive labourer is, therefore, not a piece of luck, but a misfortune” (Karl Marx, Capital, Volume I).

 

Update 12th February 2014

This paper can now also be found at Academia (in a Word document): http://independent.academia.edu/GlennRikowski

 

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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

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Marx for Today

MARXISM AND REVOLUTION TODAY

Marxism and Revolution Today
A weekend school hosted by International Socialism Journal

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September 2012

University of Westminster, Cavendish Campus, 140 New Cavendish Street,
Paddington, Greater London W1W 6UW (http://goo.gl/maps/tC4l)

In 1987, Bookmarks published Revolutionary Rehearsals, a collection of essays on France1968, Chile 1972-3, Portugal 1974-5, Iran 1978-9 and Poland 1980-1. Were a “second edition” to appear a quarter century later, what new experiences would need to be taken into account? This weekend school will explore some aspects of the revolutionary experience of the past 25 years.

Outline programme

Saturday 22 September

Registration: 10.00-10.30am

Session 1: 10.30am-12.30pm
Introductory themes: Neil Davidson and Alex Callinicos

Session 2: 1.30-3.30pm
The Arab Spring 2011-12: Anne Alexander and Dalia Mostafa

Session 3: 4.00-6.00pm
Eastern Europe 1989 and the “colour revolutions”: Gareth Dale and Megan Trudell

Sunday 23 September

Session 4: 10.30am-12.30pm
The overthrow of Apartheid in South Africa: Claire Ceruti

Session 5: 1.30-3.30pm
Latin America, 2000-2012: Jeffery Webber and Mike Gonzales
Session 6: 4.00-6.00pm
Contemporary problems of revolutionary politics: John Rose, Jonny Jones and Colin Barker

Admission: Waged £20, Unwaged £10
For further details of the weekend school, please contact Colin Barker
barcolin@gmail.com

Originally at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/marxism-and-revolution-today-weekend-school-hosted-by-isj-22-23-september-london  
UPDATE: 10th September 2012

NEW VENUE FOR ‘MARXISM AND REVOLUTION TODAY’ ISJ WEEKEND SCHOOL

PLEASE NOTE: The University of Westminster has had to cancel the booking for due to construction work overrunning. We are therefore moving the event to the London Welsh Centre, 157-163 Gray’s Inn Road, Holborn, London WC1X 8UE (near Kings Cross St Pancras station) http://goo.gl/maps/VQY9h. The event is filling up, so email barcol@gmail.com to reserve your space ASAP.

 

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‘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

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Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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

Inca

RADICAL AMERICAS

Call for Papers

Radical Americas

Institute of the Americas, University College London

28-29 January 2013

 

“To be a radical is no more than… to go to the roots”. José Martí, “A la raíz” in Patria (26 August, 1893)

In recent years, a significant body of research has been undertaken into the various historical, political and social contexts in which political radicalism has developed throughout the Americas. However, little effort has been made to highlight the benefits of comparative or transnational approaches to these developments.

This event (at UCL’s new Institute of the Americas) will seek to address this problem by bringing a range of disciplinary and geographical perspectives to bear on the issue of radicalism in the Americas. It will consist of a two-day symposium designed to promote the existence of an international community of researchers whose work ranges in disciplinary focus from political science and international relations to history, literature, and cultural studies. A selection of papers stemming from the symposium will be submitted for a planned edited volume. In addition to the academic papers, there will be films, poetry and songs.

The proposed definition of “radicalism” is a broad one, encompassing both political radicalism as an object of study, and radical analytical approaches to societies and cultures of the Americas. We aim to begin with the democratic and republican radicalisms of the nineteenth century; to then move through the socialist, anarchist, communist, populist and social-democratic radicalisms of the early to mid twentieth century; finally, to confront identity politics, the New Left, social movements and contemporary state radicalisms.

The symposium aims to include papers ranging both geographically and temporally, and will encourage conversation between scholars working on specific national topics and those whose focus is comparative or transnational.

 

Subjects might include:

· State and non-state radicalisms

· Anti-imperialism and solidarity movements

· Radical populism in contemporary and historical perspective

· Race and radicalism

· Radical art, literature, music and architecture

· The Cold War

· Feminist and LGBTQ activism

· Anti-radicalism and the contested nature of radicalisms

· National and transnational labour movements

 

If you wish to give a paper, please send a proposal of no more than 300 words along with a short CV to the contact details below. Papers should be of 20 minutes duration. There will be a number of travel bursaries available for postgraduate presenters, and information about accommodation options will be available shortly.

The deadline for abstracts is 30th September 2012 but we strongly encourage an early response.

Email: radicalamericas@gmail.com

Conference Website: http://www.community-languages.org.uk/radical-americas/

Originally at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/cfp-radical-americas-university-college-london-28-29-january-2013  

 

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‘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

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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

Revolution

HOW REVOLUTIONARY WERE THE BOURGEOIS REVOLUTIONS?

NOW AVAILABLE

BY NEIL DAVIDSON

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“I was frankly pole-axed by this magnificent book.  Davidson resets the entire debate on the character of revolutions: bourgeois, democratic and socialist. He’s sending me, at least, back to the library.”

—Mike Davis, author, Planet of Slums

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Once of central importance to left historians and activists alike, recently the concept of the “bourgeois revolution” has come in for sustained criticism from both marxists and conservatives. In this comprehensive rejoinder, Neil Davidson seeks to answer the question “how revolutionary were the bourgeois revolutions” by systematically examining the approach taken by a wide range of thinkers to explaining the causes, outcomes, and content of the French, English, Dutch, and other revolutions. Through far reaching research and comprehensive analysis, Davidson demonstrates that what’s at stake is far from a stale issue for the history books – understanding these struggles of the past offer far reaching lessons for today’s radicals.

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PRAISE FOR HOW REVOLUTIONARY WERE THE BOURGEOIS REVOLUTIONS?

“Neil Davidson wends his way through the jagged terrain of a wide range of Marxist writings and debates to distil their lessons in what is unquestionably the most thorough discussion of the subject to date. If the paradox at the heart of the bourgeois revolutions was that the emergence of the modern bourgeois state had little to do with the agency of the bourgeoisie, then Davidson’s study is by far the most nuanced and illuminating discussion of this complex fact. A brilliant and fascinating book, wide-ranging and lucidly written.”

—Jairus Banaji, author, Theory as History

“[This] is a monumental work. Neil Davidson has given us what is easily the most comprehensive account yet of the ‘life and times’ of the concept of ‘bourgeois revolution’ … This would have been enough. However, Davidson has also provided us with a refined set of theoretical tools for understanding the often complex interactions between political revolutions which overturn state institutions and social revolutions which involve a more thorough-going transformation of social relations.”

—Colin Mooers, author, The Making of Bourgeois Europe

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NEIL DAVIDSON teaches at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow where he is the Vice-President of the local University and College Union branch. He is the author of The Origins of Scottish Nationhood (2000), Discovering the Scottish Revolution (2003), for which he was awarded the Deutscher Memorial Prize, and also co-edited Alasdair MacIntyre’s Engagement With Marxism (2008) and Neoliberal Scotland (2010). Davidson is on the Editorial Board of International Socialism.

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ISBN: 978-1-60846-067-0 / $32 / Paperback / 813 pages

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For more information or to buy the book visit: www.haymarketbooks.org. To request review or examination copies, please write tojohn@haymarketbooks.org

Originally at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/out-now-how-revolutionary-were-the-bourgeois-revolutions-by-neil-davidson  

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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)  

 

‘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

 

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J-P Sartre

UK SARTRE SOCIETY ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2012

Friday 14 September
Institut Francais, Queensbury Place, London SW7 2DT
10.00-6.00

Ethics in Practice: the Dialectic of Authenticity and Consequentialism
Alfred Betschart (independent)

Sartre and Negativist Ethics
Patrick Engel (Basel)

Catastrophe, Proximity, Adherence: Sartre on Cinema in Les Mots
Patrick ffrench (KCL)

Sartre on Hegel’s Dialectic of Mastery and Servitude
Daniel Herbert (Sheffield)

A Legacy of Shame: Occupation, Ambiguity, and Abortion in Beauvoir and Sartre
Ruth Kitchen (Leeds)

Ethics Between Liberty and Alterity: Sartre’s Point of View
Annalisa Marinelli (SSiS Puglia)

Shame as Fellow Feeling
Christian Skirke (UvA)

The Opening Pages of Sartre’s Notebooks for an Ethics
Paul Wallace (independent)

Papers have been listed in alphabetical order of author.
A second announcement will be made when the schedule is finalised.
At that point, the abstracts will also be available.

 

Originally at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/uk-sartre-society-annual-conference-2012-london-14-september  

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‘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

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karl Marx

KARL MARX

Karl Marx

Imprint: Ashgate

Published: August 2012

Format: 244 x 169 mm

Extent: 684 pages

Binding: Hardback

ISBN: 978-0-7546-7757-4

Price:  $350.00; Website price: $315.00

BL Reference: 335.4-dc22

LoC Control No: 2011934979

Edited by Bertell Ollman, New York University, USA and Kevin B. Anderson, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Series: The International Library of Essays in Classical Sociology

Marx’s approach to analyzing society and especially his critique of capitalist society, continues to influence the work of a large number of scholars world-wide. Unfortunately, there are relatively few clear accounts of what this approach is and how to put it to use. And, despite the many attempts to use Marx’s method to study a variety of subjects, there are relatively few that can serve as useful models. In the present volume, the internationally renowned Marxist scholar, Bertell Ollman, and the social theorist Kevin B. Anderson, have brought together a sampling of the best writings of the past hundred years that illustrate and critique Marx’s method as well as explain what it is and how to put it to work. Anyone wishing to understand better Marx’s dialectical method (along, of course, with the theories created with its help), or to revise this method or to criticize it, or to use it in their own work will find this collection invaluable.

 

Contents:

Introduction

Part I Theory and Method: Reification and the consciousness of the proletariat, Georg Lukács; The age of revolutions: industrial, social-political, intellectual, Raya Dunayevskaya; Putting dialectics to work: the process of abstraction in Marx’s method, Bertell Ollman; The unity of science and revolution: Marxism as critique, Peter G. Stillman; Karl Marx’s Enquête Ouvriere, Hilde Weiss (and Karl Marx).

Part II Political Economy: From financial crisis to world slump: accumulation, financialization and the global slowdown, David McNally; Self-sourcing: how corporations get us to work without pay!, Martha E. Gimenez; The reproduction of daily life, Fredy Perlman; The rise and future demise of the world capitalist system: concepts for comparative analysis, Immanuel Wallerstein; The ‘new’ imperialism: accumulation by dispossession, David Harvey.

Part III State and Politics: The constitution as an elitist document, Michael Parenti; The monopolistic economy: property and contract, Franz Neumann; The worldwide class struggle, Vincent Navarro; The economic and social functions of the legal institutions, Karl Renner; The problem of the capitalist state, Nicos Poulantzas; Reply to Nicos Poulantzas, Ralph Miliband; The Marxist case for revolution today, Ernest Mandel.

Part IV The Individual and Society: Psychoanalysis and sociology, Erich Fromm; The uses and abuses of ‘civil society’, Ellen Meiksins Wood; Labor market and penal sanction: thoughts on the sociology of penal justice, Georg Rusche; The injuries of class, Michael D. Yates; Sports and cultural politics: the attraction of modern spectator sports, Sut Jhally and Bill Livant.

Part V Culture and Religion: The culture industry: enlightenment as mass deception, Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno; Museum, Inc.: inside the global art world (over-the-cliff notes), Paul Werner; The cultural logic of late capitalism, Fredric Jameson; Aroma and shadow: Marx vs Nietzsche on religion, Ishay Landa.

Part VI History: Exploitation, E.P. Thompson; The feudal mode of production, Perry Anderson; The decline and fall of Rome, G.E.M. de Ste Croix.

Part VII Colonialism, Race and Gender: Negroes in the Civil War: their role in the second American revolution, C.L.R. James (J.R. Johnson); Race relations – its meaning, beginning and progress, Oliver C. Cox; The feminist standpoint: developing the ground for a specifically feminist historical materialism, Nancy C.M. Hartsock; Marx’s late writings on non-Western and pre-capitalist societies and gender, Kevin B. Anderson.

Part VIII Ecology: Marx’s ecology in historical perspective, John Bellamy Foster; Marx’s vision of sustainable human development, Paul Burkett; Name index.

 

About the Editors:

Bertell Ollman is Professor of Politics at New YorkUniversity. He has published widely on Marxist theory and his books include Alienation: Marx’s Conception of Man in Capitalist Society (1971, 1976), Marxism: An Uncommon Introduction (1991), Dialectical Investigations (1993) The Dance of the Dialectic: Further Essays on Marx’s Method (2001) and (as editor, with Edward Vernoff) The Left Academy: Marxist Scholarship on American Campuses 3 vols (1982, 1984, 1986). His books have been translated into Spanish, Italian, French, Chinese and Korean. In 2001 he was the recipient of the first Charles McCoy Life Achievement Award from the New Political Science section of the American Political Science Association. 



Kevin B. Anderson is Professor of Sociology, Political Science and Feminist Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Lenin, Hegel and Western Marxism: A Critical Study (1995); Gender and the Seductions of Islamism (2005), and the co-author, with Janet Afary, of Foucault and the Iranian Revolution. He is the editor of Marx on Suicide (1999, co-edited with Eric A. Plaut); The Power of Negativity: Selected Writings on the Dialectic in Hegel and Marx by Raya Dunayevskaya (2002, co-edited with Peter Hudis); and The Rosa Luxemburg Reader (2004, co-edited with Peter Hudis). His third monograph, single-authored, is Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies (University of Chicago, 2010) for which he received the 2011 Paul Sweezy Book Award from the Marxist Section of the American Sociological Association. He has published numerous articles on Marx and Marxism for over 25 years.

 

Originally at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/karl-marx-by-bertell-ollman-and-kevin-b.-anderson-eds  

 

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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)

 

‘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

 

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

 

Education Crisis

HISTORICAL MATERIALISM VOLUME 20 ISSUE 2 (2012)

See: http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/1569206x/20/2;jsessionid=6ivqnb6165k0.x-brill-live-01

Volume 20, Issue 2
ISSN : 1465-4466
E-ISSN : 1569-206X

Articles

History versus Theory: A Commentary on Marx’s Method in Capital
Author: David Harvey
pp. 3–38 (36)

On Marxism’s Field of Operation: Badiou and the Critique of Political Economy*
Author: Gavin Walker
pp. 39–74 (36)

Who Is ‘The Prince’?: Hegel and Marx in Jameson and Bhaskar
Author: Alan Norrie
pp. 75–104 (30)

Intervention

Neo-developmentalism: Beyond Neoliberalism? Capitalist Crisis and Argentina’s Development since the 1990s
Author: Mariano Féliz
pp. 105–123 (19)

Archive

E.V. Ilyenkov and Creative Soviet Theory: An Introduction to ‘Dialectics of the Ideal’
Author: Alex Levant
pp. 125–148 (24)

Dialectics of the Ideal (2009)
Author: Evald Ilyenkov
pp. 149–193 (45)

Review Essays

The Necessity of Art, Ernst Fischer, with an Introduction by John Berger
London: Verso, 2010
Author: Jeffrey Petts
pp. 195–209 (15)

Beyond Black and White: Transforming African-American Politics, Manning Marable, Second Edition, London: Verso, 2009
Author: Paul M. Heideman
pp. 210–221 (12)

Imperialist Canada, Todd Gordon, Winnipeg: Arbeiter Ring Publishing, 2011
Author: Henry Heller
pp. 222–231 (10)

Machiavellian Democracy, John P. McCormick, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011
Author: Filippo Del Lucchese
pp. 232–246 (15)

Historical-Critical Dictionary of Marxism

Falsificationism
Author: Wal Suchting
pp. 247–251 (5)

Notes on Contributors
pp. 253–254 (2)
Back Issues
pp. 255–256 (2)

 

Originally at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/historical-materialism-20.2-now-out  

 

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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  

 

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Detroit

DETROIT: I DO MIND DYING

 

“First-rate and absolutely fascinating. This particular piece of American history has never been covered in such depth…everyone who is concerned with political change will learn a lot from this book.” —New York Times

 Detroit: I Do Mind Dying tracks the extraordinary development of the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement and the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, as they became two of the most vital political organizations of the 1960s and 1970s. 

A classic widely heralded as one the most important books on the black liberation movement and labor struggles in U.S. history, this updated edition includes the original Foreword by Manning Marable and a new Preface by the authors, Dan Georgakas and Marvin Surkin.

 “A beautiful, riveting account of one of the most imporant radical movements of our century—a movement led by black revolutionaries whose vision of emancipation for all is sorely needed today.” 
—Robin D. G. Kelley 

http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Detroit-I-Do-Mind-Dying

Originally at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/detroit-i-do-mind-dying-new-edition-from-haymarket-books  

 

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‘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

 

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Zizek

THE ZIZEK AND MEDIA STUDIES READER

CALL FOR PAPERS

Since the early 1970s, film, media, and cultural theorists have appealed to Lacanian psychoanalytic theory in order to discern processes of subjectivization, representation, and ideological interpellation.  In much of the early approaches to Lacanian theory in these fields, concepts such as the ‘mirror stage’, the Imaginary, the Symbolic, and the ‘gaze’ figured heavily.  However, beginning with the work of theorists such as Jacqueline Rose, Joan Copjec and Slavoj Žižek, a new approach to Lacan has been advanced, one which pays closer attention to concepts such as sexual difference, the objet petit a (the object-cause of desire), fantasy, the Real, enjoyment, and the drive.  Žižek in particular has advanced a political-philosophical re-interpretation of Lacan that has spawned a whole new wave of Žižekian film, media, and cultural theory that shows a marked difference from an early Lacanian approach.  They differ insofar as a Žižekian approach demonstrates connections between the media, ideology, the objet petit a, the Real, the drive, and enjoyment.

We are seeking papers to be included in an edited collection titled, The Žižek and Media Studies Reader.  Papers should discuss Žižek’s relevance for and connection to one of the following areas of media studies:  film/cinema; popular culture; and, new/digital media.  Suggested topics include:

·      A Žižekian reading of a particular film/popular culture artefact

·      Ideology critique

·      Media politics

·      Subjectivity/Identity studies

·      Media in the context of the ‘demise of symbolic efficiency’

·      Communicative capitalism

·      The relationship between media and desire/drive

·      Media and fantasy

·      Media and enjoyment

Please submit abstracts between 250-500 words and a short biographical statement by September 15th, 2012 to either

Matthew Flisfeder matthew.flisfeder@gmail.com<mailto:matthew.flisfeder@gmail.com>
or
Louis-Paul Willis louis-paul.willis@uqat.ca<mailto:louis-paul.willis@uqat.ca>

Accepted papers, between 8000-12 000 words (including endnotes), must be submitted by April 30th, 2013.

 

Originally at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/reminder-cfp-the-zizek-and-media-studies-reader  

 

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‘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

 

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Alain Badiou

THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BADIOU STUDIES – CALL FOR PAPERS NOW OPEN

http://www.badioustudies.org

“You could almost say my entire enterprise is one giant confrontation [démêlé] with the dialectic.” -Alain Badiou

The second issue of The International Journal of Badiou Studies will be dedicated to the dialectic. What are the consequences of the dialectic for Alain Badiou’s thought? What are the effects of Badiou’s thought on dialectics? The editors are soliciting papers that interrogate the dialectic in Badiou’s thought and the implications of this thinking to disciplines across the humanities and the sciences. Although our interest is in keeping the ambit for response as wide as possible, it would be particularly interesting to consider:

– The relationship between materialist dialectics and dialectical materialism. Dialectics from the 19th century to the 21st century.

– The development of dialectics in Badiou’s work from Théorie de la contradiction and Théorie du sujet to Logiques des Mondes and the Circonstances.

– The relationship between the dialectical, the non-dialectical and disjunctive synthesis to Badiou’s reading of Le Siècle. What are the consequences for our own ‘Circumstances’?

– How are we to define the term dialectics in the wake of Badiou’s work?

We welcome articles that examine the conditions of Badiou’s thought, and papers that use Badiou’s thought as a catalyst for considering the circumstances – whether scientific, amorous, political or artistic – in which we live.

Prospective articles should be in the range of 6,000-8,000 words, prepared for blind review, and accompanied by an abstract of not more than 250 words. Full articles should be sent by the 30th of September 2012.

Authors should follow the standard guidelines for online submission.

In line with the ethos of the IJBS, we will accept articles in supported world languages, although an English abstract is required for all submissions. Contact

emails:
Michael J. Kelly: hymjk@leeds.ac.uk
Arthur James Rose: enajr@leeds.ac.uk

THE IJBS
The International Journal for Badiou Studies is an international, peer-reviewed, open-source journal dedicated to the philosophy and thought of, and surrounding, the French philosopher Alain Badiou. The IJBS is dedicated to original and critical arguments that directly engage with the works of Badiou, as well as pertinent intellectual colleagues and related concepts. The aim of the IJBS is to develop a clear and transparent site for scholars interested in these ideas to come together from around the world to share their research and develop productive dialogues.

Originally published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/cfp-the-international-journal-of-badiou-studies  

 

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THE 12th ANNUAL SCOTTISH EBOOKS CONFERENCE

The 12th Annual SLIC, SCURL, MMITS and SALCTG E-Books conference takes place in the  John McIntyre Conference Centre, Edinburgh on Thursday October 25th.

You can view the programme here: http://lanyrd.com/2012/ebooks12/schedule/

Once again, the Conference will be accompanies by a full trade exhibition. 

Earlybird rates are available until 14th September  £75 + VAT  Standard rate £95 + VAT (from 15th September)

Please visit http://www.slainte.org.uk/events/EvntShow.cfm?uEventID=2997  for more information on the Conference Centre and to book online.

 

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Walter Benjamin

THE PHILOSOPHY OF WALTER BENJAMIN CONFERENCE

Call for Papers:

‘The Philosophy of Walter Benjamin’

One-Day Conference, December 14th, 2012 – Goldsmiths College, University of London

InC – Goldsmiths Continental Philosophy Research Group

The work of the German-Jewish critic and philosopher Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) spans a vast array of themes, ranging from the metaphysics of youth to the Paris arcades. His writings on Goethe and Scheerbart; Kafka and Baudelaire, as well as his work on the relationship between art and technology continue to fascinate and polarize in equal measure. His singular intersection of Marxian and Jewish thought is amply evidenced in the extensive correspondence with Ernst Bloch, Theodor Adorno, Bertold Brecht and Hannah Arendt, amongst others. Undoubtedly it is the sheer breadth of Benjamin’s interests that accounts for the enduring concern with his often fragmentary work across academic disciplines. That is to say, Benjamin is no longer a stranger at the Academy. Nevertheless, a central aspect of Benjamin’s work is all-too-often overlooked when his aesthetic and literary works are treated in isolation. The manifest content of Benjamin’s writing is never merely incidental: rather, it is shot through with a burgeoning philosophical project – from the ‘Programme of the Coming Philosophy’ (1917) to the ‘Theses on the Concept of History’ (1940). In this regard it appears that recent anniversary of Benjamin’s birth in 1892 warrants a re-appraisal of this legacy by asking the question: how can the various strands of Benjamin’s work be engaged to illuminate the unfolding of his philosophical position, and – vice versa – how does Benjamin’s philosophy illuminate other aspects of his thought?

This conference aims, then – on the one hand – to explore Benjamin’s thought in relation to the various philosophical traditions that inform his project (Leibniz, Kant, Schlegel, Lukács etc.), and – on the other hand – to ask how these influences continue to operate between the lines even where Benjamin is not explicitly concerned with the philosophical canon? In short: how are we to understand the philosophy of Walter Benjamin?

We ask potential speakers to submit abstracts of no more than 200 words to: sebastian.truskolaski@gmail.com by September 30th. The full programme will be announced in due course.

Originally published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/cfp-the-philosophy-of-walter-benjamin-goldsmiths-london-14-december-2012

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