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Aesthetics & Alienation

By Gary Tedman

Zero Books (John Hunt Publishers)

Jun 29, 2012. 978-1-78099-301-0.


A complete and original theory of aesthetics based on Marx and Althusser in the modernist Marxist tradition (Brecht, Althusser, Benjamin, Adorno).

With the classic Marxist concepts of base and superstructure divided into economic, ideological, and political levels, this book argues that the aesthetic level of practice is the area that has traditionally been missing or misrepresented for political reasons. This aesthetic level is the site of what fuels and supports the media, or as Althusser described it the ‘traffic’ between base and superstructure (mediation). What officially performs this mediation are the aesthetic state apparatuses, and these can be analysed both in the past, for example in art history, and today, in contemporary politics, in their production of aesthetic forms.

What role do art, feelings and alienation play in our culture? The crucial insight that this book offers is that aesthetic experience and practice is shaped by its relation to the condition of social alienation, understood as felt or sensual alienation, and is therefore a reciprocal relation. This generates a human subject pre-sensitive to certain strategies and forms of aesthetic (art, design, attitudes, manners, etc) which become active in the class struggle, such as sublimation. Aesthetic state apparatuses, like the traditional college of art, deal with this domain of human experience and so the ‘traffic’. In this sense they can be said to mediate base and superstructure. Such apparatuses are envisioned as vital to the process of consolidation of a social formation by aesthetic interpellation, they act as the ‘glue’, so to speak, providing social cohesion on the affective, thus also and eventually moral and ethical, level, and become our quotidian feelings of what’s the ‘correct way’ to live out our lives. Notably, this does not necessarily require the overt intervention of any specific consciousness or ‘will’, or of a corresponding false consciousness (ideological level) which fails to live up to any ‘true consciousness’.

Gary Tedman was most recently a professor at the faculty of design and art at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy, and taught courses in the Theory of Social Change and Contemporary Art History, he is a graduate of the Royal College of Art (Cultural History 1988). He produced the hypertext version of Marx’s 1844 Manuscript which revealed the unusual design layout and pagination, and has a number of essays published previously in Rethinking Marxism journal, including “Ideology, the State, and the Aesthetic Level of Practice” 1999.




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Marx for Today


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) The event is filling up, so email to reserve your space ASAP.


Marxism and Revolution Today

A weekend school hosted by International Socialism journal

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September 2012

Now at: London Welsh Centre, 157-163 Gray’s Inn Road  Holborn, London WC1X 8UE (near Kings Cross St Pancras station) Map:

In 1987, Bookmarks published Revolutionary Rehearsals, a collection of essays on France 1968, Chile 1972-3, Portugal 1974-5, Iran 1978-9 andPoland 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


To reserve your space, please contact Colin Barker

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Journal of Research in Peace, Gender and Development (Formerly, Journal of Peace, Gender and Development Studies JPGDS)

Introducing ‘Journal of Research in Peace, Gender and Development (JRPGD) (ISSN: 2251-0036).

I am pleased to inform you that the August  2012  issue of the Journal of Research in Peace, Gender and Development is out. You can view this issue with the link below:

The Journal of Research in Peace, Gender and Development (JRPGD) is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that is published monthly by International Research Journals ( JRPGD is dedicated to increasing the depth of the subject across disciplines with the ultimate aim of expanding knowledge of the subject.

Editors and reviewers

JRPGD is seeking energetic, qualified and high profile researchers to join its editorial team as editors, subeditors or reviewers. Kindly send your resume to:

Call for Research Articles

JRPGD will cover all areas of the subject. The journal welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence, and will publish:

•    Original articles in basic and applied research
•    Case studies
•    Critical reviews, surveys, opinions, commentaries and essays

We invite you to submit your manuscript(s) to: for publication. Our objective is to inform authors of the decision on their manuscript(s) within four weeks of submission. Following acceptance, a paper will normally be published in the next issue. Guide to authors and other details are available on our website;


One key request of researchers across the world is unrestricted access to research publications. Open access gives a worldwide audience larger than that of any subscription-based journal and thus increases the visibility and impact of published works. It also enhances indexing, retrieval power and eliminates the need for permissions to reproduce and distribute content. JRPGD is fully committed to the Open Access Initiative and will provide free access to all articles as soon as they are published.

Best regards,
Eghele Akwavbiokpene
Editorial Assistant,
Journal of Research in Peace, Gender and Development (JRPGD)
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