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Karl Marx

Karl Marx

THE INSTITUTE OF ART AND IDEAS

Watch / Think / Share – Philosophy for Our Times

Cutting edge debate and talks from the world’s leading thinkers, free for everyone

Includes Why Marx was Right – a video by Terry Eagleton: http://iai.tv/video/why-marx-was-right

“Once the darling of the intelligentsia, Marxism has been out of fashion for at least a couple of decades. Philosopher and critic Terry Eagleton makes the case for Marx’s resurrection, challenging objections and explaining why his thought remains as relevant as ever” (IAI website).

IAI website: http://iai.tv/

 

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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

 

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/

 

Heathwood Press: http://www.heathwoodpress.com 

Dialectics

Dialectics

COMMUNICATION, CRISIS, CRITIQUE AND CHANGE

Call for Abstracts by Research Network 18 – Sociology of Communications and Media Research: Communication, Crisis, Critique and Change

Coordinator: Christian Fuchs christian.fuchs@ut.at
Communication, Crisis, Critique and Change
http://www.esa11thconference.eu/call-for-papers/research-networks/RN18
https://www.facebook.com/events/450441271689391/

Abstracts should not exceed 1750 characters (including spaces, approximately 250 words). Each paper session will have the duration of 1.5 hours. Normally sessions will include 4 papers.

For submission, please use the form that shows up when clicking on the links next to the session titles onhttp://www.esa11thconference.eu/call-for-papers/research-networks/RN18

Abstracts can only be submitted online no later than 1st of February 2013 to the submission platform hosted on the conference website. Abstracts sent by email cannot be accepted.

ESA RN18 focuses in its conference stream on the discussion of how crisis, critque and societal changes shape the study of media, communication & society today. The overall questions we want to address are:
* Which crises (including the fnancial and economic crisis of capitalism, global wars and conflicts, ecological crisis, the crisis of democracy, legitimation crisis, etc) are we experiencing today and how do they influence media and communication in contemporary society?
* What are the major changes of society, the media, and communication that we are experiencing today?
* What forms of political critique (political movements) and academic critique (critical studies, critical media sociology, critical theory, etc) are emerging today and are needed for interpreting and changing media, communication and society?

ESA RN18 is calling for both general submissions on “Communicaton, Crisis, Critique and Change” that address these questions as wellas more specific submissions that address a number of specific session topics. For detailed session descriptions, please see: http://www.esa11thconference.eu/call-for-papers/research-networks/RN18

01RN18. Capitalism, Communication, Crisis & Critique Today
This session focuses on how to critically study the connection of capitalism and communication in times of crisis.

02RN18. Communication, Crisis and Change in Europe
This session focuses on media and communicaton in Europe in times of crisis and change. We are especially interested in presentations that cover Europe as a whole and go beyond single-country studies

03RN18. Knowledge Labour in the Media and Communication Industries in Times of Crisis

04RN18. Critical Social Theory and the Media: Studying Media, Communication and Society Critically

05RN18. Sociology of Communications and Media Research (open)

06JS18. RN18 Joint session with RN06 Critical Political Economy
Critical Political Economy of the Media and Communication in Times of Capitalist Crisis and Change
(Chairs: Ian Bruff & Christian Fuchs)

18JS29. RN18 Joint session with RN29 Social Theory
Social Theory and Media Sociology Today
(Chairs: George Pleios and Csaba Szalo)

 

First published: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/call-for-abstracts-by-research-network-18-sociology-of-communications-and-media-research-communication-crisis-critique-and-change.-esa-conference-turin-28-31-august-2013

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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

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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

Glenn Rikowski’s MySpace Blog: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski/blog

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

 

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/

 

Heathwood Press: http://www.heathwoodpress.com 

 

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

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

University for Strategic Optimism

University for Strategic Optimism

UNIVERSITY FOR STRATEGIC OPTIMISM

A university based on the principle of free and open education, a return of politics to the public, and the politicisation of public space.

About

Our basic public services, we are told, are simply too expensive. They must be thrown under the wheels of the megalithic debt that bears down upon us. They must be privatised, corporatised and commodified. All this so we can ensure the continuation of a system that funnels wealth into the hands of a privileged few. This failed and flailing market system, we are told, is the only one that is possible, drastic cuts the only alternative, the fairest thing to do. Any deviation from the path laid out for us will unleash the worst imaginable, a media-imagined Worst that threatens from our darkened skies.

The UfSO offers an emphatic No! to this description of our current situation, and sees instead a magnificent opportunity, a multiplication of possibilities, the opening of a space in which we might think about, and bring about, a fairer and and more fulfilling society for all. In short: Many good reasons for strategic optimism! We urge a rampant questioning of the ideological basis for the relentless privatisation and privation of our lives: Are these cuts incoherent, as some have said? Or is this a specific move/set of moves on the part of neoliberal capital? Are labour, education, healthcare, and the environment, mere commodities, to be consumed by those who will redeem them as more capital? Can the opposition to cuts begin moving towards a society ‘fit for purpose’? Is it still easier to imagine The End-of-the-World than The End-of-Capitalism?

University for Strategic Optimism: http://universityforstrategicoptimism.wordpress.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

‘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

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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

Glenn Rikowski’s MySpace Blog: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski/blog

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

 

 

Karl Marx and Jenny Marx

Karl Marx and Jenny Marx

LECTURE COURSE OF MARX’S ‘CAPITAL’

Capitalism and Cultural StudiesProfessor John Hutnyk

Tuesday evenings from January 8, 2013 – 5pm-8pm Goldsmiths Room RHB 309. Free – all welcome. 

No fee (unless, sorry, you are doing this for an award – and that, friends, is Willetts’ fault – though the Labour Party have a share of the blame too). 

This course involves a close reading of Karl Marx’s Capital (Volume One). 90 minute lectures, 60 minutes discussion 

The connections between cultural studies and critiques of capitalism are considered in an interdisciplinary context (cinema studies, anthropology, musicology, international relations, and philosophy) which reaches from Marx through to Film Studies, from ethnographic approaches to Heidegger, from anarchism and surrealism to German critical theory and poststructuralism/post-colonialism/post-early-for-christmas. Topics covered include: alienation, commodification, production, technology, education, subsumption, anti-imperialism, anti-war movement and complicity. Using a series of illustrative films (documentary and fiction) and key theoretical texts (read alongside the text of Capital), we examine contemporary capitalism as it shifts, changes, lurches through its very late 20th and early 21st century manifestations – we will look at how cultural studies copes with (or does not cope with) class struggle, anti-colonialism, new subjectivities, cultural politics, media, virtual and corporate worlds. 

Details at: http://www.gold.ac.uk/cultural-studies/calendar/?id=4966 or http://universityforstrategicoptimism.wordpress.com/2010/12/20/ufso-vs-goldsmiths-cultural-studies-and-capitalism/        

The lectures/seminars begin on Tuesday 8th January 2013 between 5 and 8pm and will run for 10 weeks (with a week off in the middle) in the Richard Hoggart Building (Room tbc), Goldsmiths College. You are required to bring their own copy of the Penguin, International Publishers/Progress Press of German editions of Karl Marx Capital Vol I. We are reading about 100 pages a week. (Please don’t get tricked into buying the abridged English edition/nonsense!) 

Note: The Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths took a decision to make as many as possible of its lecture series open to the public without fee. Seminars, essays, library access etc remain for sale. Still, here is a chance to explore cultural studies without getting into debt. The classes are MA level, mostly in the day – though in spring the Capital course is early tuesday evening. We usually run 10 week courses. Reading required will be announced in class, but preliminary reading suggestions can also be found by following the links. RHB means main building of Goldsmiths – Richard Hoggart Building. More info on other free events from CCS here: http://hutnyk.wordpress.com/what-is-to-be-done/  

Also: http://hutnyk.wordpress.com/centre-for-cultural-studies/what-is-to-be-done/

 

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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

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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

Glenn Rikowski’s MySpace Blog: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski/blog

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

  

Egypt

Egypt

CRISIS, RESISTANCE, AND PROSPECTS: THE ARAB REVOLUTIONS AND BEYOND

Call for Papers:

This concerns everyone.” (May 1968 Graffiti)

Crisis, Resistance, and Prospects: The Arab Revolutions & Beyond

Political Science Department, York University, Toronto

March 1, 2 & 3, 2013

The Crisis, Resistance, and Prospects: The Arab Revolutions & Beyond Conference is being planned as a three-day event and is scheduled to take place on March 1st, 2nd, and 3rd 2013.

The objective of this conference is to provide a critical intervention that seeks to challenge the dominant neo-liberal interpretation of the Arab Spring and the concomitant reductionist tendency to explain this transformative process as one resulting from liberal democratic triumphalism, social media, and youth movements. Rather, this conference is designed to introduce a dialogue that highlights the multifaceted, complex, and contradictory dimensions of the significant historical transformation and social struggle that is ongoing in the Middle East and North Africa. The introduction of this dialogue will be achieved through providing an exploration and analysis of the following themes: Democracies, Social Movements, and Political Power; New Media and Cultures of Resistance; The Social Question; Capital, State, and Internationalization; and Imperialism & Anti-Imperialism.

Interested participants are invited to submit conference paper proposals that engage topics such as the following:

“Humanitarian Intervention” in Libya; tolerated suppression in Bahrain and Yemen; and Western-supported civil war incitement and escalation of violence in Syria · Foreign intervention in Syria and its implications · Urban Geopolitics · & the Militarization of City Spaces, e.g. Aleppo, Benghazi, Cairo, Manama Inter · & Intra Superpower Rivalries: BRICS, US, Canada & EU/NATO Dictatorships without Dictators? · The Long Road to Change: From Arab Revolutions to Socialisms? · Counter-Revolutions and the Militarization of Popular Struggle · Resource Imperialism · Privatization of State Violence: Private Security Firms · & Mercenaries? · GCC: Gulf Monarchies · & and the Potential Intensification of the Crisis · Antiwar and Anti-Imperialist struggles · Democratic Carrots and Economic Sticks: Debt, Fiscal Discipline, and International Investment · Tahrir Square Everywhere: Globalization of the Arab Revolutions · What type of democracy: liberal-, basis-, grassroots-, participatory-, socialist? · Crisis of which Left or Crisis as Opportunity for the Left? · New forms of political and social participation, organization, and representation: women, the unemployed, and the urban poor · The New Patriarchy: The Emergence of Conservative Political Forces and the Question of Gender Equality · Turkish, Iranian, and/or Israeli influence and the Arab Revolutions · The role of Social Networks and New Media in the Arab Revolutions · Popular culture/resistance · Foreign media coverage of the Arab Revolutions · The social question: the role of peasants, workers, social categories, and middle classes in the Arab Revolutions · Displacements: Refugees and Migrations · Environmental Justice issues · Back to the Future: Primitive Economic / Political Accumulation ·

Participants who are interested in presenting at this conference are asked to observe the following deadlines:

January 15, 2013: Abstracts due for paper/presentation proposals ·

February 1, 2013: Notification of acceptance for presentation at the conference ·

February 15, 2013: Final papers/presentations due ·

Note: All abstracts should be no longer than 250 words. Please indicate with the submission of your abstract if you will require multi-media support and/or technical services. Final papers should be submitted using Times New Roman, 12 point font in PDF form. Each participant will be given approximately 15 minutes to present. Select conference papers will be chosen to be included in an edited book that is planned to be published following the conference proceedings. Financial assistance for travel and accommodations will be provided as per available funding. If you would like to participate but are not able to physically attend, arrangements can be made to participate via SKYPE.

Please refer to the following website for more information regarding the conference and to upload proposed abstracts: http://www.arabrevolutions2013.com

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/cfp-this-concerns-everyone-crisis-resistance-and-prospects-the-arab-revolutions-beyond-political-science-department-york-university-toronto-1-3-march-2013

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Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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

Glenn Rikowski’s MySpace Blog: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski/blog

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

Work

Work

WORKING LIVES – SPECIAL ISSUE OF ‘ORAL HISTORY’

A New Special Issue of Oral History

Forum d’histoire orale, the peer-reviewed journal of the Canadian Oral History Association.

“Working Lives: Special Issue on Oral History and Working-Class History” is guest edited by Joan Sangster (TrentUniversity) and Janis Thiessen (University of Winnipeg).

You are invited to explore the articles and reviews contained in this new issue, now available online at: http://www.oralhistoryforum.ca/index.php/ohf/issue/view/43.

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/working-lives-special-issue-of-oral-history-forum-dhistoire-orale

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Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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

Glenn Rikowski’s MySpace Blog: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski/blog

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

The Black Rock

The Black Rock

JOURNEYS ACROSS MEDIA

Journeys Across Media (JAM)

The Body and The Digital

Friday 19th April 2013, University of Reading

2013 will mark the 11th anniversary of the annual Journeys Across Media (JAM) Conference for postgraduate students, organised by postgraduates working in the Department of Film, Theatre & Television at the University of Reading. JAM 2013 seeks to focus on and foster current research relating to the Body and the Digital, as today they are interactive and interdependent facets in the media of film, theatre and television; and more widely, in the areas of performance and art. It is a relationship which continues to develop and redefine cinematic, televisual and theatrical practices.

French phenomenologist Maurice Merleau-Ponty once stated: “The body is our general medium for having a world.” Today, the world of live and screened performance are perceived and received differently, due to the body’s relationship with the digital. Approaches and practices of phenomenology, embodiment, the haptic and the experiential are being re-examined as they continue to encounter digital culture in new ways. Representations and experiences of embodiment are often integral dynamics of theatre, television, film and television, and are preoccupations that can be explored through diverse media or digital influences.

This is a call for postgraduates engaging in contemporary discourses and practices relating to the Body and the Digital, to submit papers or practice-based research for the JAM 2013 Conference. Topics may include, but are not restricted to:

-Interactivity between Digital languages and the Body

-Sonic Representations of the Body in Digital Performance

-The Digitized Body in Performance

-The Role of the Body in Digital Games and Virtual Performance

-Post-Colonial Bodies in the Contemporary Moment

-Preparing the Body for Performance

-Notions of Embodiment (i.e. Violent, Disabled, Explicit)

-Traditions of Corporeally focused Film, Theatre and Television

-Embodied Spectatorship or Audiences, and Physicality

-Phenomenology of the Lived, Performed and Screened Body

-The Haunted Body

-Politics of the Body

-Unconventional and Other Bodies

The body, its presence, perceptions and experience, are becoming increasingly underpinned and influenced by the digital age. JAM 2013 will endeavour to open a dialogue about the relationship between the body and digital in contemporary scholarship and practice, posing many questions including: How does the body encounter digital media and how do digital media frames position the body – both in mainstream iterations, social media contexts and in art/installation/performance contexts? Furthermore, it will also be worth considering how digital technology has affected the way that humans approach unfamiliar body movement traditions, beyond regional and national borders?  

JAM 2013 will provide a discussion forum for current and developing research in film, theatre, television and new media. Previous delegates have welcomed this opportunity to gain experience of presenting their work at different stages of their development, while having the opportunity to meet and form contacts with fellow postgraduate students. Furthermore, participants at JAM 2013 have the possibility of being published in the Journal of Media Practice.

Non-Presenting delegates are also very welcome to attend this conference.

CALL FOR PAPERS deadline: 1st February 2013

Please send a 250-word abstract for a fifteen minute paper and a 50-word biographical note to Johnmichael Rossi, Gary Cassidy, Edina Husanovic, Shelly Quirk, Matthew McFrederick at jam2013@pgr.reading.ac.uk .

 

CALL FOR PRACTICE-BASED WORK deadline: 1st February 2013

Continuing from the success of last year’s JAM 2012 Conference: Time Tells, which experimented with conference structure to include live performances, film screenings and installations taking place throughout the day, we invite artists working in various mediums to propose presentations of their work, relevant to the conference theme.

Please send a 250-word outline describing the piece you are proposing to present, as well as duration and any specific technical/space requirements, and a 50-word biographical note. Relevant images and links to your work would also be helpful. As outlined above please e-mail the Conference organisers at jam2013@pgr.reading.ac.uk.

 

We would appreciate the distribution of this call for papers and wider promotion of this conference through your networks. Journeys Across Media is supported by the Department of Film, Theatre & Television at Reading and the Standing Conference of University Drama Departments.

 

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Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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

Glenn Rikowski’s MySpace Blog: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski/blog

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