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Karl Marx and Jenny Marx

Karl Marx and Jenny Marx

MARX AND PHILOSOPHY REVIEW OF BOOKS – DECEMBER 2012

New reviews just published online in the Marx and Philosophy Review of Books

·         Simon Choat on Sandel, What Money Can’t Buy

·         David Marjoribanks on Blackledge, Marxism and Ethics

·         Owen Hulatt on Honneth, The I in We

·         Guy Lancaster on Esposito, The Third Person

·         Dan Swain on Hudis, Marx’s Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism

·         John Gregson on Lanning on Lukács

·         Jamie Melrose on Thomas, Karl Marx

And a new list of books for review

See: http://www.marxandphilosophy.org.uk/reviewofbooks/

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Althusser

Althusser

ENCOUNTERING ALTHUSSER

Now Available

Encountering Althusser: Politics and Materialism in Contemporary Radical Thought

 

Editors: 

Katja Diefenbach, Sara R. Farris, Gal Kirn and Peter D. Thomas

384 pp.

ISBN 978-1-4411-5213-8

£18.74 paperback

Publication date: January 2013

Encountering Althusser

Encountering Althusser

 

For ordering: 25% discount in December at: Bloomsbury: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/encountering-althusser-9781441152138/

See also: http://www.amazon.com/Encountering-Althusser-Politics-Materialism-Contemporary/dp/144115213X

 

Short description

French philosopher Louis Pierre Althusser (1918 -1990) helped define the politico-theoretical conjuncture of pre- and post-1968. Today, there is a recrudescence of interest in his thought, especially in light of his later work, published in English as Philosophy of the Encounter (Verso, 2006). This has led to renewed debates on the reformulation of conflicting notions of materialism, on the event as both philosophical concept and political construction, and on the nature of politics and the political.

Encountering Althusser was edited by Sara Farris, Katja Diefenbach, Gal Kirn and Peter Thomas. It is a collection of diverse and original essays written by leading scholars that aims to provide a new assessment of Althusser’s thought, especially in relation to contemporary debates. Organized in four sections that represent the main currents in Althusser’s scholarship, the book discusses materialism and the different formulations of the relationship between politics and philosophy, Althusser’s interpretations of political thinkers (including Machiavelli, Deleuze, Lacan and Gramsci), the resources he provides to critique political economy and politics in post-Marxist thought, and the theorization of ideology and politics.

Encountering Althusser is a groundbreaking resource that highlights Althusser’s continuing relevance to contemporary radical thought.

 

Contributions

Michele Cangiani, Katja Diefenbach, Sara R. Farris, Isabelle Garo, Pascale Gillot, G.M. Goshgarian, Giorgos Fourtounis, Gal Kirn, Katja Kolšek, Mikko Lahtinen, Rastko Močnik, Warren Montag, Vittorio Morfino, Ceren Özselçuk, Rastko Močnik, Ozren Pupovac, Peter D. Thomas, André Tosel, Panagiotis Sotiris, Caroline Williams, Frieder Otto Wolf.

 

Reviews

“A rich and profound overview of Althusser’s thought, absolutely precious for a contemporary reconstruction of Marxism and for a relaunching of its analytical and political potentials.” — Maria Turchetto, President of the Cultural Association Louis Althusser

“The first time I encountered ‘aleatory’ Althusser, I almost could not believe it … How could ‘Science’ engage with the ‘postmodern’, with the radical change in the conditions of the revolution, without falling into renegacy? Here it is: the aleatory served precisely this purpose: a new tactic for an old strategy. Althusser showed us a new path, which is now being taken up again by a new generation” — Antonio Negri, co-author of Empire (2000), Multitude (2004) and Commonwealth (2009)

“Is Althusser coming back, like a ghost out of oblivion, bringing with him one of the last attempts to ‘reconstruct’ Marxism from the inside with great style? Yes, but it’s an unexpected Althusser, one who bears the entire ‘underground history’ of materialism in philosophy and opens the way for a new political thought. Under the guidance of a new generation of critical leaders, let us be surprised.” — Étienne Balibar, co-author of Reading Capital (1970)

“The present volume, thoughtfully edited, gathering a large and diverse group of remarkable international scholars and tackling a sweeping range of Althusserian problems with intellectual courage and acuity, presents the most serious collective effort so far in this ‘return to Althusser’, a return which can never be just a return but requires a reinvention. I feel confident it will set a landmark.” — Mladen Dolar, author of A Voice and Nothing More (2006)

“This book offers a welcome return to the creative theoretical practice of Louis Althusser to whom so much contemporary radical thinking owes a largely unacknowledged debt.” — Katherine Gibson, co-author of A Postcapitalist Politics (2006)

 

First published at http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/encountering-althusser-now-available

 

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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

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

 

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Protest

Protest

PROTESTS AS EVENTS / EVENTS AS PROTESTS

The International Centre for Research in Events, Tourism and Hospitality (ICRETH) at LeedsMetropolitanUniversity is pleased to announce the following forthcoming symposium:

Protests as Events / Events as Protests: A one day symposium for academics and activists

12th June 2013, Leeds, UK

 

Call for Participation

We take as our starting point Paul Chatterton’s (2006: p.260) argument that: “acknowledging that protest encounters are emotionally laden, relational, hybrid, corporeal and contingent, possibilities open up for breaking the silences that divide us and overcoming ontological divisions such as activist and non-activist.”

This symposium aims to involve conversations between activists and non-activists, as well as academics as activists in order to explore the complex construction of protests as events / events as protests. We propose an innovative coming together of activists and academics to build bridges, initiate debate and develop future research agendas.

The conceptualisation of protests as events and vice versa involves consideration of the temporalities of protests as well as the mobilities that are enacted to bring together an assemblage that may be on the move or fixed at a still point.

Protests as Events/ Events as Protests was inspired by the workshop held at the University of Leicester in June 2012 entitled (Re)thinking Protest Camps: governance, spatiality, affect and media.

 

This call thus seeks papers that focus on one or more of the following topics:

·         Conceptualisations of protests as events          

·         The academic/activist interface

·         Timings and rhythms of protests

·         Discursive constructions of protests

·         Protest and political tourism

·         Mobile assemblages and protests

·         Embodiments of protest events

·         Sustaining protests in the face of cultural changes

·         Protests and sports events

·         Critical hospitality and protests

·         Governance and the governmentalities of protest events

 

We are now seeking proposals for papers for this symposium. Abstracts should be emailed to d.carl@leedsmet.ac.uk and be no more than 300 words. The call is now open and abstracts must be received by 10th March 2013 the very latest.

 

Planned outputs:

It is envisaged that symposium outputs will include a special issue of a journal and an edited book based upon the papers presented.

As well as academic papers we are looking to work with activist groups to integrate, into the symposium programme, a series of activist led workshops; the aim of which will be to produce an eBook based on workshop materials.

 

Conveners:

The symposium conveners are: Dr Ian Lamond; Professor Karl Spracklen and Professor Kevin Hannam.

 

Further information:

For further information please visit the symposium’s blog at protestsandevents.wordpress.com

or contact Daniela Carl on +44 (0) 113 -812 8541 or Dr Ian Lamond on +44 (0)113 -812 3816.

 

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/cfp-protests-as-events-events-as-protests-leeds-12-june

 

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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

‘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

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

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

 

The Individuality Pr♥test: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/transcontinental/the-individuality-prtest

I Love Transcontinental: http://ihearttranscontinental.blogspot.co.uk/

 

 

Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn

HOWARD ZINN SPEAKS
Collected Speeches 1963 to 2009
By Howard Zinn
Edited by Anthony Arnove
Published by Haymarket Books

cloth
http://goo.gl/DYlYC

paperback
http://goo.gl/B3E6Y

Howard Zinn has illuminated our history like no other U.S. historian. This collection of his speeches on protest movements, racism, war, and topics vital to our democracy will be an invaluable resource for the new generation of students who continue to discover his work, as well as the millions of people who Howard moved and informed in his lifetime.

“Few people changed more lives than Howard Zinn. He changed them as an author, as a play write and as a filmmaker. But he also changed them face-to-face, as a speaker. With ferocious moral clarity and mischievous humor, Howard turned routine anti-war rallies into profound explorations of state violence and he turned staid academic conferences into revival meetings for social change. Collected here for the first time, Howard’s speeches — spanning an extraordinary life of passion and principle — come to us at the moment when we need them most: just as a global network of popular uprisings searches for what comes next. We could ask for no wiser a guide than Howard Zinn.”
—Naomi Klein, author The Shock Doctrine

“Howard Zinn — there was no one like him. And to hear him speak was like listening to music that you loved — lyrical, uplifting, honest. If you never got to hear him speak, this book will move you in profound ways. Although Howard’s ‘voice’ is no longer with us, his true voice will live on forever. And I know he would love it for each of you to find your voice, too, and to be heard. Perhaps this book will provide you with some inspiration.”
—Michael Moore

“Reading Howard’s spoken words I feel that I am almost hearing his voice again. Even in writing its unique appeal comes through — his stunning pitch-perfect ability to capture the moment and the concerns and needs of the audience whoever they may be, always enlightening, often stirring, an amalgam of insight, critical history, wit, blended with charm and appeal. I’ve heard Howard speak to tens of thousands at demonstrations, to small groups of homeless people, to activists enduring brutal treatment, and at many other times and places. Always just the right tone and message, always inspiring, a gift to all of us to be treasured.”
—Noam Chomsky

“Howard Zinn was one of us, the best part of us. Enjoy these speeches. Hear his voice. Then hear your own, hear it closely.”
—Josh Brolin

“One of my favorite expressions from Nicaragua is: ‘Struggle is the highest form of song.’ In that case Howard Zinn is one of our great singers and these speeches are righteous songs filled with the boldness, vision, humor, depth and urgings of his profoundly human voice. Howard sang a different America, an invisible America, an America of the 99 percent. He sang of the lies and deceit of the government and the impossibility and horror of wars made in America’s name. He sang of a dream, a deeper dream that is now rising in the streets. I cannot think of a more important set of songs to be singing at this time.”
—Eve Ensler

“Howard Zinn’s speeches, beautifully gathered together here by Anthony Arnove, are a joy and an inspiration.”
—Marisa Tomei

“Howard Zinn’s towering legacy will forever be as a historian who made history. He made history because his books, his actions, and especially his speeches inspired ordinary people to do extraordinary things. We fight onward today in a remarkable tradition of struggle. For many of us, we first became aware of this tradition by sitting in a packed, musty meeting hall and listening to stories of heart, humor, and heroism, as communicated by Howard Zinn.”
—Dave Zirin

“The first time I heard Howard Zinn speak I was a student in the deep South, and amazed that anyone could stay alive long enough to say such things. He was completely fearless, totally relaxed, making joking asides as he went straight to the bloody heart of Empire. How much time it has saved me, having him as a teacher my second year in college. Reading this book brings back memories of those times when Howie spoke to sometimes shocked crowds of people who, before hearing him, had thought historians should be silent about current affairs or, at most, write quiet books. Howard Zinn was a free man. Delightful because of this. Howard Zinn Speaks is a book to savor. It is wise, humorous, serious, without one moment of hesitation in tackling the basic notions about who we are as a people, a country, and a world. Elder brother, great teacher. Presenté.”
–Alice Walker

“I hesitate to comment on Howard Zinn Speaks because of my unshakable and overt bias for anything Zinn. I don’t think it’d be fair honestly to gloat about his work in such a way. But then again having a Zinn bias just means you favor truth and justice over lies and oppression.”
–Lupe Fiasco

“These speeches make great reading for students and teachers—especially when read aloud.”
–Rethinking Schools

#ZinnSpeaks
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Howard Zinn Speaks paperback
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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

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

 

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Glenn Rikowski’s paper, Critical Pedagogy and the Constitution of Capitalist Society has been published at Heathwood Press as a Monthly Guest Article for September 2012, online at:

http://www.heathwoodpress.com/monthly-guest-article-august-critical-pedagogy-and-the-constitution-of-capitalist-society-by-glenn-rikowski/

 

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1839

1839

NEW ARTICLES AND FEATURES IN THE INTERNATIONAL MARXIST-HUMANIST (December 2012)

See: http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org/

***FEATURED ARTICLES:

U.S. Voters Repudiate Far Right, But Still Face Austerity Capitalism under Obama — by Kevin Anderson

Helen Macfarlane – The Radical Feminist Admired by Karl Marx — by Louise Yeoman (audio and print, originally from BBC radio)

Marxism and Religion: A Complete and Annotated Bibliography –- by Roland Boer

The On-Going Relevance of Marxist-Humanism –- by Sandra Rein

**** OTHER ARTICLES

Review of Peter Hudis, Marx’s Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism –- by Dan Swain (originally published in Marx and Philosophy Review of Books)

***OTHER LANGUAGES

[Spanish] Los votantes estadounidenses repudian la extrema derecha, pero aún se enfrentan al capitalismo de austeridad bajo Obama — Kevin Anderson

[Croatian] Od globaln krize do prevladavanja kapitala –- Peter Hudis

***RECENT BOOKS OF INTEREST:

MARX’S CONCEPT OF THE ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITALISM – by Peter Hudis

Historical Materialism Series, Brill Academic Publishers, hardcover 2012, paperback 2013

[This is one of the best books I have read in the last 20 years. It is of paramount importance for the struggles ahead and humanity’s quest for release from the value-form of labour and our break-out into realms of freedomGlenn Rikowski. For more on this book see:  https://rikowski.wordpress.com/2012/03/11/marxs-concept-of-the-alternative-to-capitalism-by-peter-hudis/]

Peter Hudis

Peter Hudis

MARX ON GENDER AND THE FAMILY: A CRITICAL STUDY – by Heather Brown

Historical Materialism Series, Brill Academic Publishers, hardcover 2012, paperback 2013

THE DUNAYEVSKAYA-MARCUSE-FROMM CORRESPONDENCE, 1954-1978: DIALOGUES ON HEGEL, MARX, AND CRITICAL THEORY — Edited by Kevin B. Anderson and Russell Rockwell, Lexington Books, paperback 2012

1839: THE CHARTIST INSURRECTION – By David Black and Chris Ford, Unkant Publishers, paperback 2012

[This is an exciting and well-crafted account of Chartism at its glorious peak. I have used the book and the related video it in my teaching. For more on here see: https://rikowski.wordpress.com/2012/05/26/promotional-film-for-1839-the-chartist-insurrection-by-david-black-and-chris-ford/ and https://rikowski.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/1839-the-chartist-insurrection/Glenn Rikowski]

The International Marxist-Humanist is the web publication of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization (IMHO). The IMHO aims to develop and project a viable vision of a truly new, human society that can give direction to today’s many liberation struggles, whether of labor, women, youth, or racial/ethnic and sexual minorities. It seeks to work out a unity of theory and practice, worker and intellectual, and philosophy and organization. We ground our ideas in the totality of Marx’s Marxism and Raya Dunayevskaya’s body of ideas and upon the unique philosophic contributions that have guided Marxist-Humanism since its founding in the 1950s.

Contact: arise@internationalmarxisthumanist.org

Also contact the above address or more information about our publication or our organization, or to learn about events in your geographical area (if available).

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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

‘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

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

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