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Communisation

COMMUNISM SPECIALIST GROUP OF THE POLITICAL STUDIES ASSOCIATION

http://psacommunism.wordpress.com/

Communism was one of the defining political movements of the twentieth century. Of unprecedented international scope and cohesion it retains its interest for scholars working in fields as diverse as political ideology, social and political movements, comparative party politics, the politics of collective memory and totalitarian studies. The aim of the Communism Specialist Group is to promote the study of twentieth-century communism and facilitate scholarly exchanges across both national and disciplinary boundaries.

Among our activities we maintain a blog providing news of current events, publications and work in progress and a register of members and their research interests. We also organise an annual day conference as well as occasional seminars and panels at the PSA Annual Conference.

Membership of the group and attendance at its events is free to PSA members. The group also supports the journal Twentieth Century Communism: a journal of international history and members of the group can subscribe to the journal at the reduced rate of £15 p.a.

Non-PSA members who wish to be added to the group’s mailing list should contact the group’s convenor. Non-PSA members are also welcome to attend any event organised by the group on payment of a small charge. The standard non-members’ subscription rate to Twentieth Century Communism is £20 p.a.

If you would like to be added to the group membership list; would like further details of the group and its activities; or would like to circulate information to group members please contact the group convenor, Kevin Morgan: kevin.morgan@manchester.ac.uk.

 

Published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/communism-specialist-group-of-the-political-studies-association

 

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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

Walter Benjamin

THE PHILOSOPHY OF WALTER BENJAMIN – Second Call for Papers

2nd Call for Papers: ‘The Philosophy of Walter Benjamin’

One-Day Conference, December 14th, 2012 – Goldsmiths College, University of London
InC – Goldsmiths Continental Philosphy 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.

For updates check www.walterbenjamin2012.blogspot.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

 

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