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The Socialist History Society is holding a seminar on Tony Benn’s contribution to British politics; it will look at the historical roots of his commitment to socialism, his record in and out of office, some of the key causes he championed such as peace and nuclear disarmament and his role as a populariser of history.

The event will take place on: Saturday 26th April between 2pm and 4.30pm at Conway Hall, in London.

Entry free of charge



Keith Flett (London Socialist Historians Group),

Duncan Bowie (Westminster University/Chartist magazine),

Prof Willie Thompson (Historian, former editor Socialist History)

Stefan Dickers (Bishopsgate archivist)

Jon Lansman (editor Left Futures/CLPD)

Stan Newens (ex-MP, ex-MEP; President SHS)

Kate Hudson (CND)/historian)


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Jacques Ranciere

Jacques Ranciere


The Department of Comparative Literature and the Cogut Center for the Humanities at Brown University present “Béla Tarr: The Politics of Post-Soviet Cinema,” a colloquium on the work of the Hungarian filmmaker, featuring Jacques Rancière, András Bálint Kovács, and Eva Cermanová.

Date and Time: Thursday April 10, 2:00pm-6:30 pm
Location: Brown University, Pembroke Hall room 305, 172 Meeting Street, Providence, RI 02912

Discussions of Béla Tarr’s films typically divide his work into the pre-1989 cinema of a militant director, grappling with the problems of socialist Hungary, and the post-1989 work of a mature artist, characterized by disenchantment and contemplation. Jacques Rancière’s book Béla Tarr, The Time After strongly and compellingly rejects this narrative. “Béla Tarr: The Politics of Post-Soviet Cinema” will feature Rancière returning to this them e, along with András Bálint Kovács, acclaimed scholar of European cinema and one of the foremost interpreters of Tarr’s work, and Eva Cermanová, a graduate researcher on Béla Tarr.

2:00  Timothy Bewes, Introductory Remarks

2:15  Eva Cermanová, “The Time After Disaster: Intensity and Sequence in Béla Tarr”
András Bálint Kovács “Difference and Repetition: The Question of the Homogeneity of Béla Tarr’s Work”

4:15  Break

4:30  Jacques Rancière, “Béla Tarr: The Poetics and Politics of Fiction”

5:30  Roundtable – Jacques Rancière, András Bálint Kovács, Eva Cermanová

6:30  Reception

Organized by Timothy Bewes (Department of English), with help from Silvia Cernea Clark and the Department of Comparative Literature.

Co-sponsored by the Creative Arts Council, the Malcolm S. Forbes fund (Modern Culture and Media), Office of International Affairs, Department of Comparative Literature, Cogut Center for the Humanities, Department of English, Department of French, Pembroke Center, Department of History of Art and Architecture, and the Department of Visual Art.

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Women and the ‘Arab Spring’: Lessons from Iran?

Haideh Moghissi, Professor and Trudeau Fellow, Department of Equity Studies, York University, Toronto

6 March 2013


Is Islamism the Arab Destiny?

Aziz Al-Azmeh, CEU University Professor, School of Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies, Central European University, Budapest

6 February 2013


Which Democracy for a Multipolar World?

Chantal Mouffe, Professor of political theory and director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster

28 November 2012


Globalisation in Time: Between the Camera and the Clock

Marcus Verhagen, Art historian and critic, Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Goldsmiths College, University of London

31 October 2012


Men who Tiptoe into their Marital Bedrooms: The Novelist and Dictatorship

Hisham Matar

5 March 2012


Inclusion and Participation: a New Agenda for the Globalised Economy

Heiner Flassbeck (Director on Globalization and Development Strategies, UNCTAD)

1 February 2012


Corporate Takeovers, Internet Challenges: does journalism have a future?

Dr Serge Halimi (Director, Le Monde Diplomatique)

2 March 2011


Nobel Prize Winner Dr Shirin Ebadi on The Role of Women in Promoting Peace in the Middle East

Dr Shirin Ebadi (Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003)

2 February 2011


World Literature and World Languages

Tariq Ali (Novelist, Playwright and Historian; Editor – New Left Review)

1 December 2010


Peasant Struggles and Ecology in the Age of Globalisation

Hugo Blanco (Leader of the Peasant Confederation, Peru)

27 October 2010


Humanitarianism at the Risk of Imperialism

Dr Rony Brauman (1999 Nobel Peace Prize winner and Former President of Doctors without Borders (MSF, Paris))

3 March 2010


For a Green and Just Way out of the Global Crisis

Dr Susan George

20 January 2010


The American Empire in Light of the Global Crisis

Professor Alex Callinicos and Professor Leo Panitch

25 November 2009


Noam Chomsky: Crises and the Unipolar Moment

Professor Noam Chomsky

27 October 2009


The World’s Third Spaces: Neither Global Nor National?

Prof. Saskia Sassen – Lynd Professor Of Sociology And Member, The Committee On Global Thought, At Columbia University (New York)

25 February 2009


Beyond Neoliberal Globalisation And Us Hegemony: What Next?

Prof. Samir Amin – Director Of The Third World Forum (Dakar, Senegal)

26 November 2008


The Imperial Paradox: Ideologies of Empire

Prof. Ellen Meiksins Wood Professor Emerita of Political Science at York University (Toronto, Canada)

29 October 2008


Counter-Hegemonic Globalisation: Has the Movement Reached its Limits?

Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos

22 April 2008


New Left Wing Governments in South America. Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador: A First Balance-Sheet

Dr Eric Toussaint (World Social Forum and Committee for the Abolition of Third World Debt)

25 February 2008


The Present Financial Crisis: How to Stop Globalisation from Eating Itself

Robert Wade, Professor of Political Economy and Development (LSE)

22 January 2008


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Interview and Discussion with Lawrence Grossberg


Dear Friends

I’ve written and introduction to / summary of my latest book, Common Ground,for the Compass website.

It’s here:

At the same time, I’ve published on my blog a copy the long discussion of the book and its themes between myself and Lawrence Grossberg.

It’s here:


Please pass on to anyone who might be interested


Jeremy Gilbert



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