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Brunel Social and Political Thought Research Group Seminar Series 2012/13

The Revolutionary Foundations of Modern Political Thought


Following successful seminar series and international conferences in the last years, the Brunel Social and Political Thought research group will organise another seminar series in 2012/13: ‘The Revolutionary Foundations of Modern Political Thought’. This seminar series aims to explore the ways in which revolutionary politics, movements and events, and responses to them, have shaped and transformed the vocabulary of modern political thought. Brunel, national and international scholars will explore these themes in thinkers and movements ranging from the early modern period to contemporary radical political thought, in political and social theory, philosophy, film and literature.


Term 1


Thursday 25th October 2012, 3pm, Room H002

Peter D. Thomas (Brunel University)

The Idea of Communism and the Question of Organisation


Wednesday 31st October 2012, 12:30pm, Room LC015 (Co-sponsored by Politics and History Departmental Seminar)

Filippo del Lucchese (Brunel University)

Jura communia as anima imperii: the Symptomatic Relationship between Law and Conflict in Spinoza


Thursday 22nd November 2012, 3pm, Room H002

Luca Basso (University of Padua)

Politics and Conjuncture: Marx and 1848


Friday 30th November 2012, 3pm, Room GB251

Stella Sanford (Kingston University)

Locke, Balibar and the Political Subject


Wednesday 12th December 2012, 1pm, Room LC264 (Co-sponsored by Politics and History Departmental Seminar)

Gareth Dale (Brunel University)

The Growth Paradigm: A Critique


Thursday 13th December 2012, 3pm, Room H002

Dr Maïa Pal (University of Sussex)

Historical Materialism and International Law: Developing Legal Agency in Political Marxism


Wednesday 19th December 2012, 4pm, Room LC264 (Co-sponsored by Politics and History Departmental Seminar)

Thomas Linehan (Brunel University)

Modernism and British Socialism


Term 2


Thursday 17th January 2013, 3pm, Room H002

Fabrizio Fasulo (University of Palermo)

Raniero Panzieri and the Workers’ Inquiry: the Perspective of Living Labour and the Function of Science


Thursday 24th January 2013, 3pm, Room H002

Giorgio Cesarale (University of Rome La Sapienza)

Traces of Hegel: Reflection and Social Theory


Thursday 7th February 2013, 3pm, Room H002

Matthijs Krul (Brunel University)

The Value of Value: On the Significance of Concepts of Value for Economic History


Wednesday 20th February 2013, 3pm, GB266

Andrea Bardin (Brunel University)

From Man to Matter: Marx after Simondon


Wednesday 27th February 2013, 4pm, Room H002

Alex Callinicos (King’s College London)

Deciphering Capital


Thursday 7th March 2013, 3pm, Room H002

Neil Davidson (University of Strathclyde)

Political and Social Revolutions in Historical Perspective: from the Dutch Revolt to the Arab Spring


Wednesday 13th March 2013, 1pm, Room LC264 (Co-sponsored by Politics and History Departmental Seminar)

Nathaniel Boyd (Brunel University)

“Who Thinks Concretely?” Hegel’s Critique of Political Abstraction


Thursday 14th March 2013, 3pm, Room H002

Alex Demirovic (University of Basel and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung)

Marxism and Foucault


Wednesday 20th March 2013, 3pm, LC008

Chiara Bottici (The New School)

Democracy and the Spectacle. On Rousseau’s Homeopathic Method


29th-31st May, 2013, BrunelUniversity, International Conference

(Organised by Filippo del Lucchese)

Machiavelli’s The Prince: Five Centuries of History, Conflict, and Politics

Speakers include Antonio Negri, Etienne Balibar, John McCormick, John Najemy and Warren Montag


All seminars take place at Brunel University.Directions to the campus can be found here:


For further information, please contact:

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