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Global Economic Crisis

Global Economic Crisis

MARXISM AND GLOBAL JUSTICE CONFERENCE

Marxism and Global Justice Conference at LSE, London, 29th – 30th May 2014

Conference: “Marxism and Global Justice”, 29th – 30th May 2014, London School of Economics

While contemporary debates about global justice have been dominated by different variants of liberal egalitarianism, this conference aims at bringing the perspective of Marxism to bear on questions of global justice.

Confirmed speakers include:

Allen Buchanan (Duke University), Paula Casal (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Robin Celikates (University of Amsterdam), John Filling (University College London), Richard Miller (Cornell University), Miriam Ronzoni (University of Manchester), Nicholas Vrousalis (Leiden University), and Stuart White (Oxford University)

For further information and registration, please contact:

Gabriel Wollner (London School of Economics), g.wollner-QBqurZHE+u5aa/9Udqfwiw@public.gmane.org

Lea Ypi (London School of Economics), l.l.ypi-QBqurZHE+u5aa/9Udqfwiw@public.gmane.org

 

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Jacques Ranciere

Jacques Ranciere

2014 IIPPE ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The Crisis: Scholarship, Policies, Conflicts and Alternatives

The International Initiative for the Promotion of Political Economy

Fifth Annual Conference in Political Economy

September 16 – 18, Naples, Italy
The deadline for submission of proposals for papers and panels is 1 April 2014

Call for Papers: http://iippe.org/wp/?page_id=1943

Call for Papers

The economic crisis that started in 2007 has become the deepest global contraction since the Great Depression, and the economic recovery has been the slowest and weakest on record. The costs of the crisis include a wave of unemployment that may take another decade or longer to clear, and higher taxes and reduced public services for working people, such as healthcare and education, in order to bail out wealthy bankers and bondholders. A whole generation, especially the youth, has been blighted by the crisis, which has had devastating consequences for hundreds of millions of people across the world. Protests and violent conflicts have flared up on several continents, in particular in Southern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, which may develop into larger scale conflicts. From the viewpoint of political economy, the current strategy of ‘adjustment within neoliberalism’ is economically inconsistent, socially dysfunctional and politically intolerable:

* It is built on the premise that neoliberal capitalism is intrinsically stable, even though every finance-driven expansion since the 1970s has ended in a crisis requiring a large state bail-out. In other words, neoliberalism is dynamic only between crises, and it depends in boom and recession on extensive, supportive government intervention.

* It is built on a misguided position on the role of the government in the economy, which assumes that massive fiscal spending is appropriate to support finance in crises, while it is never appropriate for governments to spend even much smaller amounts to protect employment, incomes, living standards and public services, either in better times when obtaining government revenue would be easier or – even – as a more effective response to crises.

* It is also built on the notion that economic and social provision should be subjected to the self interests of the financial system, an unacceptable proposition in itself that becomes absurd when the financial system has clearly demonstrated that it has become highly dysfunctional under neoliberalism.

 

The Fifth Annual Conference in Political Economy will examine the global crisis from the complementary angles of scholarship, policies, conflicts and alternatives. Papers on all aspects of poitical economy are welcome, while those on these topics are especially encouraged.

Practical Information

IIPPE welcomes the submission of (a) proposals for panels (or streams of panels) and (b) proposals for individual papers (which IIPPE will group into panels).

All proposals can be submitted to either the Working Group coordinators or directly to the Conference Programme Committee, as indicated on the application form (see below). Any papers or panels which cannot be accepted by the Working Groups will be forwarded for further consideration by the Programme Committee, without prejudice.

Each proposal must be submitted through this application form (if your browser has problems with this link, please contact Niels Hahn,nh40@soas.ac.uk).

Note that an individual can normally only present only one paper at the conference, although multiple co-authorship is allowed. Please contact Al Campbell (al@economics.utah.edu) if there is a pressing case for someone to present more than once. On the Conference Programme onlythe designated presenter will be listed, and co-authors will only be listed on those papers submitted and posted on the IIPPE site.

The deadline for submission of proposals for papers and panels is 1 April 2014. Successful submissions will be confirmed by 1 May 2014. The deadline for registration for the Conference is 15 May 2014. The deadline for the submission of full papers, which will be posted on the IIPPE website, is 1 September 2014.

If you have any questions concerning your submission, please contact Al Campbell  (al@economics.utah.edu).

Local Organising Committee:

Pietro Masina (pietro.masina@gmail.com)

Michela Cerimele (michela.cerimele@gmail.com)

Lorenza Monaco (l_monaco@soas.ac.uk)

Conference Programme Committee:

Alfredo Saad Filho (as59@soas.ac.uk),

Al Campbell (al@economics.utah.edu)

Niels Hahn ( (nsc.hahn@gmail.com)

 

IIPPE: http://iippe.org/wp/

 

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Henry Giroux

Henry Giroux

CRITICAL PEDAGOGIES AND PHILOSOPHIES OF EDUCATION CONFERENCE

Liverpool Hope University

Dates of Event: 12th June 2014 – 13th June 2014

Last Booking Date for this Event: 30th April 2014

 

Description

Conference includes, refreshments, two lunches and conference dinner, no drinks are included.

If you require accommodation, you can add this further along with your booking.

Conveners: Alex Guilherme, David Lewin, Morgan White and David Lundie

Keynote Speakers:

Paul Smeyers (University of Leuven)

Gert Biesta (University of Luxembourg)

John Holmwood (University of Nottingham)

Craig Calhoun (LondonSchool of Economics)

From the first moment of life, men ought to begin learning to deserve to live; and, as at the instant of birth we partake of the rights of citizenship, that instant ought to be the beginning of the exercise of our duty. If there are laws for the age of maturity, there ought to be laws for infancy, teaching obedience to others: and as the reason of each man is not left to be the sole arbiter of his duties, government ought the less indiscriminately to abandon to the intelligence and prejudices of fathers the education of their children, as that education is of still greater importance to the State than to the fathers: for, according to the course of nature, the death of the father often deprives him of the final fruits of education; but his country sooner or later perceives its effects. Families dissolve but the State remains. (Rousseau, A Discourse on Political Economy, 1755: 148-9)

More Information

Critical pedagogy and Philosophies of Education can be traced as far back as to the time of Plato and Socrates. These two Greek philosophers recognised the importance of dialogue for human interaction and for education. In the Republic, Socrates challenged his student, Plato, to think critically about educational, social and philosophical issues, and advocates overtly, through the figure of philosopher-kings, that philosophers are a ‘special kind’ for their capacity to critically analyse issues. It is arguable Rousseau’s Emile is, after Plato’s Republic, the next most influential text on education if we follow a historical timeline. In this work, Rousseau deals with the relationship between individual and society, and how the individual might retain its original innate goodness while being part of a corrupting community – which are views he already expressed in the Social Contract.

This tradition of critical thinkers in education remains strong and influential, and has in the likes of Paulo Freire and John Dewey two of its most important proponents and educationists of the 20th century. Michael Apple and Henry Giroux are, perhaps, the most recent proponents of this school of thought. That said, is there a lack of attention being paid by governments and the wider society to the thought of dominant thinkers on the relations between the individual and state, and its implications for education?

Registration: https://store.hope.ac.uk/myaccount/?modid=2&compid=1

Website: http://store.hope.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&catid=69&prodid=90

 

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Eisenstein

Eisenstein

CRITICAL THEORY, FILM AND MEDIA: WHERE IS “FRANKFURT” NOW?

Call for Papers: Permanent Seminar Conference 2014: Critical Theory, Film and Media: Where is “Frankfurt” Now?

Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt, DE, Aug. 20-24, 2014

Deadline for Papers: February 28th

This is an international conference at Goethe Universität Frankfurt, Germany, August 20 through 24, 2014, organized by the Institut für Sozialforschung and the Institut für Theater-, Film- und Medienwissenschaft in cooperation with the Permanent Seminar on Histories of Film Theories.

In 2010, Alexander Kluge releases a DVD called “Wer sich traut, reißt die Kälte vom Pferd” (Those who dare tear the cold down from his horse), the third installment in a series that started with a ten-hour film based on Eisenstein’s project of filming Marx’ “Das Kapital”. Picking up on an unfinished project developed with Adorno in 1967 on the theme of coldness, the 2010 DVD presents a media mix of 31 different types of short films and 41 stories in an accompanying booklet. The project is a collaboration between 12 artists, scholars and experts from various disciplinary backgrounds, two of them being fictive characters.  Reading theory has become a collaborative effort, involving various disciplines on different platforms, and dealing with unfinished projects. About the project Kluge writes:

“The possibility of a revolution in Europe has disappeared, and with it the confidence in a historical process that can be directlyshaped by people’s consciousness. With this confidence, a certain unrest and urgency have disappeared. … As if in a quiet garden we can now study strange thoughts from [x] and weird projects from [y], because they are like messages from an ideological antiquity. … We do not have to announce anything new, we do not have to pass final judgments, can change little and do not have to imitate [x] or [y]. One can see this as a goodbye, or as a beginning.”

Kluge then goes on to make a statement about Marx that we could paraphrase for our purposes in the following way: “The analytical instruments of the Frankfurt school are not outdated. … Sifting through the rubble of history we find useful tools.”

With a combination of social philosophy, philosophical aesthetics, political economics and a particular focus on technology the Frankfurt school and its kindred spirits Benjamin and Kracauer have paved the way for film and media studies as a critical discipline.

Now, at a time, when the generational project of 1968, the march through the institutions under the assumption that a revolution in Europe is possible, has largely run its course, it is time to sift through the rubble of history, collect the tools, pick up on unfinished projects and think about new beginnings.

What, then are the analytical instruments that the Frankfurt school provided that will be useful going forward? How did the Frankfurt School of critical theory shape the course of film and media theory in the 20th century, and how will its tools continue to shape the study and critical analysis of media and culture?

„Critical Theory, Film and Media: Where is ‘Frankfurt’ now?“, an international conference organized by the Institut für Sozialforschung and the Institut für Theater-, Film- und Medienwissenschaft in cooperation with the Permanent Seminar on Histories of Film Theories (filmtheories.org), proposes to address  these questions through a series of panels, keynote lectures and panel discussions.

Contributions are welcome on various aspects of critical theory, film and media, from the impact of critical theory on the history of film theory and media studies and film and media practice to debates about media and politics and the continuing relevance of critical theory to postcolonial, queer and other recent strands of cultural theory.

In particular, the conference proposes to address, but will not limit itself to, the following areas of study

From the critique of the culture industry to the “creative industries”: Without doubt the culture industry chapter of the “Dialectics of Enlightment” is among the most influential texts in the history of film and media theory. Together with Adorno’s notes on cinema in the “Minima moralia” this chapter constitutes a damning indictment of commercialized culture as exemplified most notably by Hollywood cinema. Among other things, with its strong focus on Hollywood, the “Culture industry” chapter laid the groundwork for the institutional histories of Hollywood proposed by the New Film History and continues to echo in current debates about creativity and the “creative industries”. One of the aims of this conference is to trace how the Frankfurt school critique of the culture industry has shaped the study of commercial and popular culture, but also to inquire into the possible continuing relevance of some of the basic tenets of Adorno and Horkheimer’s critique to digital network culture.

Essayism, Criticism and Critical Theory: In his famous essay on the “Essay as form” from 1958 Adorno argues for a kind of critical writing that strategically subverts and transgresses disciplinary boundaries. Going back even further, criticism constituted a crucial part of the project of critical theory since its beginnings, whether the film criticism of Kracauer or the music criticism of Adorno. One could argue that film studies emerged as a field in precisely the area carved out by Adorno – indebted to criticism, in a space in between disciplines, borrowing tools and approaches from neighboring field, avoiding for a long time the ossifications of disciplinary protocol. Emerging roughly a decade after film studies, “Medienwissenschaft” occupied a similar trans- or non-disciplinary space. Revisiting the Frankfurt legacy of criticism as theory and of disregarding disciplinary protocol this conference proposes to explore the power and potential of essaysism in the academic study of film and media culture today.

Philosophy of History and the History of Media: The Institut für Sozialforschung was created in response to a failed revolution, the German revolution of 1918. Combining Marx with Freud to explain why the revolution did not happen led the Frankfurt school to develop a theory of power and subjectivity of which Foucault later acknowledged that it would would have saved him a lot of trouble had he known about it earlier. The idea of history as process evolving around the possibility of a revolution remained central to later generations of critical theorists. From the outset, Kracauer and Benjamin in particular tied the question of historical process and historical consciousness to the question of media technology, in particular photography and film. In the wake of the emergence of digital network communications and the current transformation of moving image culture the positions the work of Benjamin and Kracauer have re-emerged as key reference in film and media theory. This conference proposes to explore why, even though the urgency that comes with a confidence in history as process has been lost, as Kluge argues, this work appears to be immediately relevant to the study of media and history in contemporary media culture.

Critical Theory, Feminist Film Theory and the Politics of Desire: One of the most important and powerful contributions of the Frankfurt School to the field of critical theory in the 20th century consisted in linking the critique of capitalism to sexual politics and the politics of desire. Drawing on the Frankfurt School’s signature combination of neo-marxist analysis with Freudian psychoanalysis, Herbert Marcuse discussed the capitalist system of production in terms of a sublimation of desire in his book 1955 “Eros and Civilization” that an important reference for the generation of 68. Feminist film theory, from Laura Mulvey onwards, emerged in the 1970s from a similar convergence of Freud and Marx (and from Althusser and Lacan), while later approaches to sexual politics and media, from gender studies to queer theory, owe a significant debt to Frankfurt school critical theory in their own ways, in particular to Kluge and Negt’s critique of Habermas’ concept of the public sphere, but also to Benjamin and Kracauer and their interest in the historically changes modes of mediated affect. One of the aims of this conference is to explore how the critique of capitalism and the analysis of sexual politics intersect and re-align in contemporary media culture and in the face of what has variously been called “information capitalism” or “digital capitalism”.

Critical Theory, Artistic Practice and the Category of the Art Work: Critical theory, from Benjamin’s works on the theater to his essay on the author as producer and the artwork essay to Kracauer’s film theory and Adorno’s sociology of music has left a significant imprint on film art and on media practice more broadly speaking. German experimental theater and radio in the 1920s, the television programs with avant-garde composes curated by Mauricio Kagel in the 1960s and 1970s and the new German cinema of Kluge and beyond all in varying degrees have use critical theory as a frame of reference. Jean-Luc Godard, a former critic who never ceased to be a critic, continues to acknowledge his debt to critical theory and to Benjamin and Adorno in particular in his work for cinema and television as does, of course, Kluge in his television work. Of particular interest in these examples is a critique of the category of “work” that can be traced back to Adorno but is probably now more relevant than ever. This conference proposes to trace the Frankfurt lineage of the critique of the category of art work across a variety of artistic and media practices.

Critical Theory and the Critique of Institutions: The Institut für Sozialforschung was created in the late 1920s as a research institution outside the university, even though it had ties with the University of Frankfurt, which itself had only been founded in 1914. Benjamin’s troubles with academic protocol are well known, and Kracauer consistently worked outside the university until very late in his life. Critical theory emerges outside of, or in tension with, the established institutions of academic life and carries the critique of institutions as its birthmark, so to speak. The Frankfurt school’s critique of institutions further extends to cultural institutions, from Benjamin’s critical analysis of Brecht and Brechtian theater to Adorno’s critique of the practices and institutions of classical music. One of the key legacies of the Frankfurt school is to keep the critique of institutions alive in film and media studies in areas where the focus tends to either be on representations of social and gender roles or on technologies regardless of their institutional dynamics.

Critical Theory and Gesture as Interruption: Few other concepts from early critical theory have developed a more virulent afterlife in the theory of theater, film and media than the concept of the “gesture”. Emerging from the theory of language and theater from his early essay on language an the book on the German “Trauerspiel” Benjamin defines “gesture” as a interruption of an action and as the “frozen dialectic” that later becomes a key to his theory of film and of the images, as well as to his readings of Kafka. Roland Barthes draws on Benjamin’s theory of gesture in his analysis of Eisenstein, as does Heiner Müller in his re-readings of Brecht, Jeff Wall in his tableaus or Godard in his “Histoire(s)”. This conference proposes to explore the prehistory and afterlife of this key concept of both critical theory and modern art theory.

Critical Theory and the History of Media Technology: Over the last few years a strain of Medienwissenschaft focused on the history technology and particularly computer technology has gained prominence in the Anglophone world under the label “German media theory”. Inspired mostly by the work of Friedrich Kittler and deriving from Heidegger rather than Adorno – or from Freiburg rather than Frankfurt –, this strain of media theory has proposed what we might call “Technohegelianism”, i.e. a philosophy of history as driven by technology and information technology in particular, as an alternative to a critical theory approach to media. This conference intends to explore the relative merits as well as the points of convergence and communication between “German media theory” and FrankfurtSchool critical theory, with a particular focus on the question of media technology.

The conference will be held at the Campus Westend, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt.

Proposals for papers and panels should be submitted to before February 28, 2014.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent out before March 15, 2014.

Scientific committee:

Dr. Sidonia Blättler, Institut für Sozialforschung, Frankfurt
Prof. Dr. Eva Geulen, professor of German literature, Frankfurt
Prof. Dr. Vinzenz Hediger, professor of cinema studies, Frankfurt
Prof. Dr. Axel Honneth, director of the Institut für Sozialforschung, Frankfurt
Prof. Dr. Rembert Hüser, professor of media studies, Frankfurt
Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Müller-Schöll, professor of theater studies, Frankfurt
Prof. Dr. Juliane Rebentisch, professor of philosophy and aesthetics, HFG Offenbach
Prof. Dr. Marc Ries, professor of media sociology, HFG Offenbach
Prof. Dr. Martin Seel, professor of philosophy, Frankfurt
Dr. Marc Siegel, assistant professor of cinema studies, Frankfurt

Information and Contact: info contact: frankfurtconference@filmtheories.org

See website: http://filmtheories.org/permanent-seminar-conference-2014-where-is-frankfurt-now/

 

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Critical Education

Critical Education

LONDON CONFERENCE IN CRITICAL THOUGHT 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS: London Conference in Critical Thought 2014, 27th–28th June, Goldsmiths, University of London

CFP dead­line: 10 March 2014

LCCT 2014 Call for pa­pers (pdf)

The third an­nual London Conference in Critical Thought (LCCT) will offer a space for an in­ter­dis­cip­linary ex­change of ideas for scholars who work with crit­ical tra­di­tions and con­cerns. It aims to provide op­por­tun­ities for those who fre­quently find them­selves at the mar­gins of their de­part­ment or dis­cip­line to en­gage with other scholars who share the­or­et­ical ap­proaches and interests.

Central to the vision of the con­fer­ence is an inter-​institutional, non-​hierarchal, and ac­cess­ible event that makes a par­tic­ular ef­fort to em­brace emer­gent thought and the par­ti­cip­a­tion of emer­ging aca­demics, fos­tering new av­enues for critically-​oriented schol­ar­ship and collaboration.

The con­fer­ence is di­vided into them­atic streams, each co­ordin­ated by dif­ferent re­searchers and with sep­arate calls for pa­pers, in­cluded in this doc­u­ment. We wel­come paper pro­posals that re­spond to the par­tic­ular streams below. In ad­di­tion, pa­pers may be pro­posed as part of a gen­eral stream, i.e. with no spe­cific stream in mind. Spanning a range of broad themes, these streams provide the im­petus for new points of dia­logue. Read the full call for pa­pers here.

Topics:

Aesthetic Refusals: Oppositional Citizenship and Public Culture

Conceptions and Practices of Critical Pedagogy

Critical Approaches to Care Relationships

(Dis)orders of Migration

Dissenting Methods: Engaging Legacies of the Past, Defining Critical Futures

‘en­titled’

‘everyday polit­ical’

How Does One Think Difference?

Legal Critique: Positions, Negotiations and Strategies

Moving Through the Intersection? Interrogating Categories and Postintersectional Politics

Philosophy and Critical Thought Inside and Outside The University

Pragmatism and Critical Traditions

Sounding the Counterfactual: Hyperstition and Audial Futurities

Strategies of Silence

Street Level: Towards a Critical Discourse on Urban Aesthetics

Subjects in Space(s): Navigating Multiplicity

The Critical Brain

The Human After Anthropocentrism? Life. Matter. Being.

Time Discipline

What is the Question of Critique?

 

Please send paper/​presentation pro­posals with the rel­evant stream in­dic­ated in the sub­ject line to paper-​subs@​londoncritical.​org. Submissions should be no more than 250 words and should be re­ceived by the 10thMarch 2014.

Participation is free (though re­gis­tra­tion will be required)

lon​don​crit​ical​.org /​/​inquiries@​londoncritical.​org /​/​@londoncritical

LCCT Website: http://londoncritical.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/LCCT-2014-Call-for-Papers.pdf

 

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AestheticsART IN INTERESTING TIMES

Art in Interesting Times

16th Annual Conference of the Marxist Reading Group
March 27-29, 2014

Keynote Speakers:

Fredric Jameson (DukeUniversity)

Kim Stanley Robinson (University of California, Davis)

Nicholas Brown (University of Illinois, Chicago)

Call for Papers … [Extended Submission to 24th January]

Call for Papers: http://www.english.ufl.edu/mrg/conf/2014cfp.html

About the Marxist Reading Group: The Marxist Reading Group was formed in 1994 to facilitate an engagement with Marxist theories at the University of Florida. We host monthly reading sessions and annual conferences dedicated to maintaining a Marxist critique within the academic community.

You can contact us at: theufmrg@gmail.com.

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Food, glorious food

Food, glorious food

FOOD AND SOCIETY 2014

BSA Food Study Group Conference:

Food & Society 2014

Monday 30 June 2014, 09:00-19:30

British Library Conference Centre, London

Keynote speaker: Professor Lotte Holm, Institute of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen

 

Call for Abstracts

Poor diet, levels of food waste and intensification of agriculture are key themes in contemporary food research and policy making, yet they can appear disconnected from everyday social practices and the lived experiences of food and food systems. The fourth BSA Food Study Group conference will bring together researchers, practitioners and policy makers to explore this apparent disconnect and showcase the most cutting edge research and practice from within and beyond the sociology of food.

‘Why do people fail to comply with ‘healthy eating’ advice?’ is a central question for public health policy makers. However it is one which generally fails to acknowledge that for consumers, food is also about pleasure and plays an ideological role in constituting family life. What, therefore, can social science tell us about food and eating in everyday life? To what extent are individuals responsible for their unhealthy or unethical eating practices and is it reasonable for them to be ‘blamed’? What is the significance of the social contexts in which lives are lived? How do emotions and ideas about food, pleasure and commensality influence food practices, over and above official dietary advice? What criteria do different groups of consumers use in selecting foods; are issues of provenance, safety and ethics the preserve of the few? What part can and should be played by food policy makers, manufacturers and retailers in addressing food related health and environmental inequalities? And what can industry, policy and academia learn from each other about the so-called ‘gap’ between knowledge and individual ‘behaviour’ and practices? The conference will bring delegates together around these – and other – issues to discuss what is important in food research now.

Call for Abstracts, Symposia, Posters and Images

The conference will provide a forum for the presentation of rigorous research on food and eating from sociology and other disciplines, looking at experiences in both the Global South and North. The presentation of research from related disciplines and topics is welcomed. Particular focus will be placed on the conference themes:

– The enjoyment of food, consumption preparation and eating

– Food ethics including food insecurity and waste

– Production and consumption, including global dimensions

– Procurement and institutional food

– Food health, obesity, morality

– Children’s food and breastfeeding

– Food and related policy (responses and interventions)

– Food and Public Health

We invite abstracts for oral papers lasting 20 minutes, with 10 minutes to follow for questions, and for posters. As in previous years a prize will be awarded for the poster which delegates agree best communicates its aims, methods, findings and conclusions.

We also invite abstracts for symposia with a maximum of three connected papers of relevance to the conference theme.

Acknowledging the methodological diversity of delegates’ research, we also invite the submission of original fieldwork photographs which reflect a research project. These should be submitted with captions of no more than 30 words.

Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday 14 March 2014

Online abstract submission at: http://portal.britsoc.co.uk/public/abstract/eventAbstract.aspx?id=EVT10331

Please direct any academic enquiries to the Food Study Group co-convenors:

Hannah Lambie-Mumford: h.lambie-mumford@sheffield.ac.uk

Rebecca O’Connell: r.oconnell@ioe.ac.uk

Andrea Tonner: a.tonner@strath.ac.uk

For administrative issues please contact the BSA Events Team: events@britsoc.org.uk

 

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Crisis

Crisis

CRISIS AND CRITIQUE: BOOKS FOR REVIEW

Books for Review

Warren Breckmen, Adventures of the Symbolic: Post-Marxism and Radical Democracy (2013)

Tom Eyers, Post-Rationalism: Psychoanalysis, Epistemology, and Marxism in Post-War France (2013)
Gabriel Tupinambá & Yuan Yao, Hegel, Lacan, Zizek (2013)?
Costas Douzinas, Philosophy and Resistance in the Crisis: Greece and the Future of Europe (2013)
Slavoj Žižek, Demanding the Impossible (2013)
Slavoj Žižek (ed), The Idea of Communism, vol.2 (2013)
P.Thompson, S.Žižek (eds), The Privatisation of Hope: Ernst Bloch and the Future of Utopia (2013)
S.Žižek & S.Horvat, What Does Europe Want? The Union and its discontents (2013)
Slavoj Žižek, Event (2014)
Alain Badiou, Philosophy and the Event (2013)
Alan Badiou, The Subject of Change (2013)
Alain Badiou, Cinema (2013)
Alain Badiou, Rhapsody for the Theatre (2013)
Alain Badiou, Mathematics of the Transcendental: Onto-Logy and Being-there (2014)
Warren Montag, Althusser and his Contemporaries (2013)
Clayton Crockett, Deleuze beyond Badiou (2013)
Antonio Negri, The Winter Is Over: Writings on Transformation Denied, 1989–1995 (2013)
Fredric Jameson, The Antinomies of Realism (2013)
Etienne Balibar, Identity And Difference: John Locke And The Invention of Consciousness (2013)
Guglielmo Carchedi, Behind the Crisis: Marx’s Dialectic of Value and Knowledge (2012)
Bruno Bosteels, Marx and Freud in Latin America: Politics, Psychoanalysis, and Religion in Times of Terror (2012).
Evald Ilyenkov, The Dialectics of the Ideal (2013).
Louis Althusser, The Spectre of Hegel: Early Writings (2014)
Louis Althusser, On the Reproduction of Capitalism: Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses (2014)
Adrian Johnston, Adventures in Transcendental Materialism: Dialogue with Contemporary Thinkers (2014)
Fabio Vighi, Critical Theory and Film: Rethinking Ideology Through Film Noir (2014)
F.Vighi, H.Feldner, S.Žižek (eds), States of Crisis and Post-Capitalist Scenarios (2014)
Bruce Fink, Against Understanding: Commentary and Critique in Lacanian Key (2013)
Bruce Fink, Against Understanding: Cases and Commentary in Lacanian Key (2013)
Jacques Lacan, On the Names-of-the-Father (2013)
Jacques Lacan, The Triumph of Religion (2013)
Roland Boer, In the Vale of Tears (2013)
Roland Boer, Lenin, Religion and Theology (2013)
Jan Rehmann, Theories of Ideology (2013)
F.Moseley, M.Holyoke, T.Smith (eds), Marx’s Capital and Hegel’s Logic (2013)
Stavros Tombazos, Time in Marx (2013)

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Teaching Marx

Teaching Marx

AN INTRODUCTION TO RADICAL THINKERS SET 8

Louis Althusser / Etienne Balibar / Jean Baudrillard / Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe / Georg Lukåcs / Nicos Poulantzas/ Jacques Rancière / Gillian Rose / Sheila Rowbotham / Edward W. Said / Alfred Schmidt / Max Stirner

Published January 2014
AVAILABLE NOW: http://www.versobooks.com/ series_collections/5-radical- thinkers
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Verso is proud to announce the 8th set of our Radical Thinkers series. The latest set of books includes classic works from Gillian Rose, Etienne Balibar, Shiela Rowbotham, Jean Baudrillard, Edward W. Said and others.

“A compendium of left-wing philosophical and political thought, inoculating it against the ‘great idea’ of philosophy-as-self-help. As a way of transforming… formless disgust into educated critique, these books are a fine, cheap and decidedly elegant starting point.” Owen Hatherley
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“Verso’s beautifully designed Radical Thinkers series, which brings together seminal works by leading left-wing intellectuals, is a sophisticated blend of theory and thought.” Ziauddin Sardar, NEW STATESMAN
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For information on each book or to buy a copy visit the link after each title below. All of the titles are available together as a single shrink-wrapped set at a reduced price. For more information visit: http://www.versobooks.com/ series_collections/5-radical- thinkers
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RADICAL THINKERS SET 8:
THE SPECTRE OF HEGEL: EARLY WRITINGS by Louis Althusser
ISBN: 9781781681510 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19.95CAN / 272 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/ books/1551-the-spectre-of- hegel
THE PHILOSOPHY OF MARX by Etienne Balibar
ISBN: 9781781681534 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19.95CAN / 144 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/ books/1556-the-philosophy-of- marx
SCREENED OUT by Jean Baudrillard
ISBN: 9781781681558 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19.95CAN / 208 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/ books/1561-screened-out
HEGEMONY AND SOCIALIST STRATEGY by Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe
ISBN: 9781781681541 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19.95CAN / 208 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/ books/1557-hegemony-and- socialist-strategy
TACTICS AND ETHICS by Georg Lukåcs
ISBN: 9781781681497 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19.95CAN / 272 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/ books/1559-tactics-and-ethics
STATE, POWER, SOCIALISM by Nicos Poulantzas
ISBN: 9781781681480 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19.95CAN / 272 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/ books/1552-state-power- socialism
HATRED OF DEMOCRACY by Jacques Rancière
ISBN: 9781781681503 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19.95CAN / 112 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/ books/1560-hatred-of-democracy
THE MELANCHOLY SCIENCE by Gillian Rose
ISBN: 9781781681527 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19.95CAN / 224 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/ books/1555-the-melancholy- science
WOMEN, RESISTANCE AND REVOLUTION by Sheila Rowbotham
ISBN: 9781781681466 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19.95CAN / 288 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/ books/1558-women-resistance- and-revolution
FREUD AND THE NON-EUROPEAN by Edward W. Said
ISBN: 9781781681459 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19.95CAN / 96 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/ books/1554-freud-and-the-non- european
THE CONCEPT OF NATURE IN MARX by Alfred Schmidt
ISBN: 9781781681473 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19.95CAN / 252 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/ books/1550-the-concept-of- nature-in-marx
THE EGO AND HIS OWN by Max Stirner
ISBN: 9781781681565 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19.95CAN / 384 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/ books/1553-the-ego-and-his-own
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