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Althusser

Althusser

READING CAPITAL, 1965-2015

Friday December 6, 2013, Princeton University

 

Opening Panel: 12-3PM

Robert J. C. Young (NYU) 
Rereading the Symptomatic Reading
Bruno Bosteels (Cornell University)

Reading Capital From the Margins: The Logic of Uneven Development
Alain Badiou (ENS Paris)

Title TBA

Closing Panel 4-6PM

Emily Apter (NYU)

The ‘Real’ Object in Question: Flat Ontology and Productive Agency in Marxist Philosophy
Etienne Balibar (Columbia University)

A Point of Heresy in Western Marxism: Althusser’s and Tronti’s Antithetic Readings of Capital in the Early 60’s

This is a conference in advance of the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Reading Capital by Louis Althusser, Etienne Balibar, Jacques Rancière, Pierre Macherey, and Roger Establet.

The publication of Lire le capital (Reading Capital) in 1965 undoubtedly marked a watershed in Marxist philosophy and critical theory more generally, constructing a dazzling array of concepts that still today can be said to constitute the syntax of radical philosophy. Reading Capital united Althusser with some of his most brilliant and precocious students in a common front against both the empiricism of Postwar Phenomenology and Sartrian Existentialism, as well as against the latent Idealist humanism of a certain Structuralism (Lévi-Strauss, Barthes).

Though the conference is free and open to the public, seating is limited, so please:

Register for the event here: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/9161988755

More information: Nick Nesbitt, fnesbitt@princeton.edu

Sponsored by: The Department of French and Italian, PLAS, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

 

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/reading-capital-1965-2015-6-december-princeton

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Monsters

Monsters

IDENTITY, ALTERITY, MONSTROSITY: FIGURES OF THE MULTITUDE

Identity, Alterity, Monstrosity: Figures of the Multitude (I)

The process of construction of identity, both individual and collective, and the genesis of political subjectivity, are largely grounded on concurrent ideological mechanisms that define otherness: subjectivity, alterity and identity are the complex outcomes of one intellectual and cultural process, historically produced by the encounter with the Other, whether real or imagined.

Notwithstanding the effort in conceptualising this encounter in the global and multicultural context of contemporary societies, its historical genealogy is often underestimated: a genealogy that is rooted in the theoretical definition of the concepts of normality, abnormality, and monstrosity. Developed in the early modern age, these concepts have produced and keep producing their cultural, social, and political effects.

The main objective of this seminar is to reconstruct the genealogy of the modern problem of identity, subjectivity, and otherness through an historical analysis of the idea of monstrosity within scientific, philosophical, and literary discourses of early modernity.

During the first semester of this seminar we will focus on the radical alterity represented since the 17th century by the theoretical figure of the multitude. Hobbes, for example, develops the idea of the Leviathan’s sovereign body through the homogeneous unity of the people. By definition, the people is opposed to the conflictual multiplicity of the multitude in the state of nature. In contrast, Spinoza grounds the idea of a free State on the multitude’s conatus – its drive to actualize its own nature – and its right of resistance against the sovereign. This right is irreducible and monstrous, thus introducing the natural dimension into the State rather than excluding it from society.

While Hobbes confined the multitude to the edges of the political map, with Spinoza it takes centre-stage, becoming the beating and conflictual heart of political life. Starting with the indirect dialogue between these two authors, we will focus this year on radical and monstrous alterity – the sense of otherness and how that is defined – in early modern and contemporary thought.

Organised by Filippo Del Lucchese (Brunel University, London and Collège International de Philosophie) and Caroline Williams (Queen Mary, University of London). For more information, contact:
Filippo Dellucchese <Filippo.Dellucchese@brunel. ac.uk>
Caroline Williams <c.a.williams@qmul.ac.uk>

Location: QMUL, ARTS TWO (room TPC) 5:00pm
Dates: 26th February, 26th March, 14th May, 11th June

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Teaching Marx

Teaching Marx

BRUNEL SOCIAL AND POLITICAL THOUGHT RESEARCH SEMINARS – UPDATE NOVEMBER 2013

Wednesday 27th November 2013, 1:00pm, Gaskell Building Room 239

Sara R. Farris (Goldsmiths, University of London)
‘From the Jewish Question to the Muslim Question’

Brunel Social and Political Thought Research Group Seminar Series 2013/14
Re/Dis/Order

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 2013/14: ‘Re/Dis/Order’. This seminar series aims to explore the different ways in which the constitution, transformation and negation of political order have been understood by some of the key theorists of modern political thought, from the early modern period to contemporary social and political theory. Seminars are open to all.

Term 1

Wednesday 30th October 2013, 4:00pm, Gaskell Building Room 239
State and Capital

Andrea Bardin (BrunelUniversity)
‘Mechanising the Organic: Hobbes and the Epistemological Revolution in Civil Science’

Matthijs Krul (Brunel University)
‘Neoliberal Visions of Order: Theories of the State in the New Institutional Economic History’
Wednesday 13th November 2013, 1:00pm, Gaskell Building Room 239

Fabio Raimondi (University of Salerno)
‘Althusser, Machiavelli and the Problem of Political Power’

Wednesday 27th November 2013, 1:00pm, Gaskell Building Room 239

Sara R. Farris (Goldsmiths, University of London)
‘From the Jewish Question to the Muslim Question’

Wednesday 11th December 2013, 1:00pm, Gaskell Building Room 239

Fillippo del Lucchese (Brunel University)
‘Machiavelli and Constituent Power’

Term 2

Wednesday 8th January 2014, 1:00pm, Gaskell Building Room 239

Peter D. Thomas (Brunel University)
‘“We Good Subalterns”: Gramsci’s Theory of Political Modernity’
Wednesday 29th January 2014, 1:00pm, Gaskell Building Room 210

Banu Bargu (SOAS)
‘Sovereignty as Erasure’

Wednesday 5th February 2014, 1:00pm, Gaskell Building Room 239

Nathaniel Boyd (Brunel University)
‘Organising the Body Politic: Hegel’s Corporate Theory of State’

Wednesday 19th February 2014, 1:00pm, Gaskell Building Room 239

Jamie Pitman (Brunel University)
‘Castor and Pollux? The Marx-Engels Relationship’

Ebubekir Dursun (Brunel University)
‘“Stubborn, Insociable, Froward, Intractable”: the History of the Excluded in Hobbes’s Leviathan’

Wednesday 5th March 2014, 1:00pm, Gaskell Building Room 239

John Roberts (Brunel University)
‘Beyond Flows, Fluids and Networks: Social Theory and the Fetishism of the Global Informational Economy’
Wednesday 26th March 2014, 1:00pm, Gaskell Building Room 239

Mark Neocleous (Brunel University)
Book Launch
‘War Power, Police Power’
(Edinburgh University Press, 2014)

All seminars take place at Brunel University. Directions to the campus can be found here:
http://www.brunel.ac.uk/about/ campus/directions

For further information, please contact:

Peter Thomas <PeterD.Thomas@brunel.ac.uk>

Visit the Brunel SPT Research Group webpages:

http://www.brunel.ac.uk/ courses/postgraduate/modern- political-thought-violence- and-revolution-ma>
http://www.brunel.ac.uk/sss/ politics/research-groups-and- centres/social-and-political- thought>
http://www.facebook.com/ pages/Brunel-University- Modern-Political-Thought/ 205393026150272?sk=wall>

Other Brunel SPT Activities in 2013/14

Film Screening Series
(Organised in Collaboration with the Isambard Centre for Historical Research)

Paths of Shame: WWI in Cinema

1st October: S. Kubrick, Paths of Glory (1957)

15th October: R. Bernard, Wooden Crosses (1932)

29th October: J. Losey, King and Country (1964)

12th November: J. Renoir, La Grande Illusion (1939)

26th November: F. Rosi, Many Wars Ago (1970)

10th December: D. Trumbo, Johnny Got His Gun (1971)

All screenings in Gaskell Building Room 239 @ 5:30pm

Organised by Alison Carrol and Filippo del Lucchese

For more information, contact:
Alison Carrol <Alison.Carrol@brunel.ac.uk>
Filippo Dellucchese <Filippo.Dellucchese@brunel. ac.uk>

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Education System

Education System

UNIVERSITY OF EAST LONDON EDUCATION RESEARCH SEMINARS

Dear All

Please see below advance notice of our seminars planned for December.  Please contact me if you would like any further information.

Regards

Veronica

Veronica Burton: Administrator for Research and Knowledge Exchange, Cass School of Education and Communities, University of East London, Water Lane, London E15 4LZ

Email: v.a.burton@uel.ac.uk

020 8223 2834

 

5 December 2013

Robbins Remembered and Dismembered, Contextualizing the anniversary

Professor Patrick Ainley

University of Greenwich

1 – 2 pm

Stratford Campus, Cass Building ED2.04

 

12 December 2013

Teacher Subjectivity as a site of struggle: refusing neoliberalisation

Professor Stephen J Ball

Institute of Education, University of London

5 – 6 pm

Stratford Campus, Cass Building 5 – 6 pm

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

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Culture

Culture

REVIEWS IN CULTURAL THEORY – CALL FOR REVIEWERS

Dear All 

We’re inviting you to contribute to Reviews in Cultural Theory by offering to review one of the books listed below. We also welcome proposals for longer review essays, focusing on recent or forthcoming (2013-) titles. If you are interested in contributing a review or a review essay to RCT, please write to us at editors@reviewsinculture.com

If you have not visited us lately, we also invite you to our read recent reviews and essays, including Liam Young on Wolfgang Ernst’s Media Archeology, Melissa Haynes on Mel Y. Chen’s Animacies, Alison Shonkwiler on Marie-Hélène Huet’s The Culture of Disaster, as well as Graeme MacDonald’s research note, “The Resources of Culture.” 

Books Available for Review

Isabel Altamirano-Jiménez. Indigenous Encounters with Neoliberalism: Place, Women, and the Environment in Canada and Mexico. University of British Columbia Press, 2013.

Perry Anderson. The Indian Ideology. Three Essays Collective, 2013.

Emily Apter. Against World Literature: On the Politics of Untranslatability. Verso, 2013.

Nadine Attewell. Better Britons: Reproduction, National Identity, and the Afterlife of Empire. University of Toronto Press, 2013.

Alain Badiou and Fabien Tarby. Philosophy and the Event. Polity, 2013.

Étienne Balibar. Equaliberty: Political Essays. Duke University Press, 2014.

Maria del Pilar Blanco and Esther Peeren, eds. The Spectralities Reader: Ghosts and Haunting in Contemporary Cultural Theory. Bloomsbury, 2013.

Pierre Bourdieu. On the State: Lectures at the Collège de France 1989-1992. Polity, 2014.

Joram Ten Brink and Joshua Oppenheimer, eds. Killer Images: Documentary Film, Memory, and the Performance of Violence. Wallflower Press, 2013.

Judith Butler and Athena Athanasiou. Dispossession: The Performative in the Political. Polity, 2013.

Javier Sanjinés C. Embers of the Past: Essays in Times of Decolonization. Duke University Press, 2013.

Timothy Campbell and Adam Sitze, eds. Biopolitics: A Reader. Duke University Press, 2013. 

Anita Say Chan. Networking Peripheries: Technological Futures and the Myth of Digital Universalism. MIT Press, 2013.

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, ed. Prismatic Ecology: Ecotheory beyond Green. University of Minnesota Press, 2013.

William E. Connolly. The Fragility of Things: Self-Organizing Processes, Neoliberal Fantasies, and Democratic Activism. Duke University Press, 2013.

Stuart Elden. The Birth of Territory. University of Chicago Press, 2013.

Maximillian C. Forte, ed. Who Is an Indian? Race, Place, and the Politics of Indigeneity in the Americas. University of Toronto Press, 2013.

Nancy Fraser. Fortunes of Feminism: From State-Managed Capitalism to Neoliberal Crisis. Verso, 2013.

Danielle Fuller and DeNel Rehberg Sedo. Reading Beyond the Book: The Social Practices of Contemporary Literary Culture. Routledge, 2013.

Sigfried Giedion. Mechanization Takes Command: A Contribution to Anonymous History. University of Minnesota Press, 2013 (orig. 1948).

N. Katherine Hayles and Jessica Pressman, eds. Comparative Textual Media: Transforming the Humanities in the Postprint Era. University of Minnesota Press, 2013.

Jennifer Henderson and Pauline Wakeham, eds. Reconciling Canada: Critical Perspectives on the Culture of Redress. University of Toronto Press, 2013.

Fredric Jameson. The Antinomies of Realism. Verso, 2013.

Adrian Johnston and Catherine Malabou. Self and Emotional Life: Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, and Neuroscience. ColumbiaUniversity Press, 2013.

Stefan Jonsson. Crowds and Democracy: The Idea and Image of the Masses from Revolution to Fascism. ColumbiaUniversity Press, 2013.

Razmig Keucheyan. Trans. Gregory Elliott. Left Hemisphere: Mapping Critical Theory Today. Verso, 2013.

Thomas King. The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America. University of Minnesota Press, 2013.

Bruno Latour. An Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns. Harvard University Press, 2013.

Lisa Lee and Hal Foster, eds. Critical Laboratory: The Writings of Thomas Hirschhorn. MIT/October, 2013.

A. L. McCready. Yellow Ribbons: The Militarization of National Identity in Canada. Fernwood, 2013.

Meg McLagan and Yates McKee, eds. Sensible Politics: The Visual Culture of Nongovernmental Activism. Zone Books, 2013.

Sandro Mezzadra and Brett Neilson. Border as Method, or, the Multiplication of Labor. Duke University Press, 2013.

Michael Mikulak. The Politics of the Pantry: Stories, Food, and Social Change. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013.

Timothy Morton. Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World. University of Minnesota Press, 2013.

Ronald Niezen. Truth and Indignation: Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools. University of Toronto Press, 2013.

Samantha Pinto. Difficult Diasporas: The Transnational Feminist Aesthetic of the Black Atlantic. New York University Press, 2013.

Janet Roitman. Anti-Crisis. Duke University Press, 2013.

Carrie Smith-Prei. Revolting Families: Toxic Intimacy, Private Politics, and Literary Realisms in the German Sixties. University of Toronto Press, 2013.

Squatting Europe Kollective. Squatting in Europe: Radical Spaces, Urban Struggles. Minor Compositions/Autonomedia, 2013.

Ann Laura Stoler, ed. Imperial Debris: On Ruins and Ruination. Duke University Press, 2013.

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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

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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