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HISTORICAL MATERIALISM LONDON CONFERENCE 2014

 

EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS

 

The deadline for the Historical Materialism London Conference 2014 is extended for all abstracts to 1st June 2014.

It is very unlikely to be extended again.
http://www.historicalmaterialism.org

 

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Sociology

Sociology

4th ANNUAL EQUALITY LECTURE

British Sociological Association

2014 Equality Lecture

Tom Shakespeare on Enabling Equality: from disabling barriers to equal participation

30 May 2014 from 6.00-8.00pm

British Library Conference Centre

London, UK

In this talk, the researcher and disability rights advocate Dr Tom Shakespeare will explore what it takes to achieve equality for disabled people, in the era of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and ‘welfare reform’. Barrier removal and reasonable adjustments make workplaces more accessible, but only if the extra costs which disabled people face are met through state benefits. Because disability is so diverse, ensuring that all disabled people can flourish requires more than simply levelling the playing field. Where next for disability equality?

Tom Shakespeare is a senior lecturer in medical sociology at the University of East Anglia. Previously, he worked at the World Health Organization where he was one of the authors and editors of the World Report on Disability (2011). Author of Disability Rights and Wrongs Revisited (2013) among other publications, Tom has been involved in the disability movement since 1986.

The event will be chaired by Howard Wollman, Chair of the British Sociological Association.

See: http://www.britsoc.co.uk/events/equality-lecture.aspx

To book a place: http://www.bl.uk/whatson/events/event159848.html

 

Past Lectures

These events are jointly hosted by the British Sociological Association and The British Library and were introduced in 2011.

 

15 April 2013 – The Art of Association: the formation of egalitarian social capital

Danielle Allen

Watch this event

 

25 June 2012 – What’s So Good About Being More Equal?

Professor Danny Dorling, University of Sheffield

Watch this event

 

27 June 2011 – The Spirit Level

Professor Richard Wilkinson, the Equality Trust

 

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R.C. Smith

R.C. Smith

THE RHETORICAL FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIETY

By ERNESTO LACLAU

NEW IN PAPERBACK

Co-author of Hegemony and Socialist Strategy shows how rhetoric constitutes the social order: http://www.versobooks.com/books/1652-the-rhetorical-foundations-of-society

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The essays collected in this volume develop the theoretical perspective initiated in Laclau and Mouffe’s classic Hegemony and Socialist Strategy, taking it in three principal directions. First, this book explores the specificity of social antagonisms and answers the question “What is an antagonistic relation?”—an issue which has become increasingly crucial in our globalized world, where the proliferation of conflicts and points of rupture is eroding their links to the social subjects postulated by classical social analysis. This leads Laclau to a second line of questioning: What is the ontological terrain that allows us to understand the nature of social relations in our heterogeneous world?” This is a task he addresses with theoretical instruments drawn from analytical philosophy and from the phenomenological and structuralist traditions. Finally, central to the argument of the book is the basic role attributed to rhetorical tropes—metaphor, metonymy, catachresis—in shaping the “non-foundational” grounds of society.

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ERNESTO LACLAU was Professor of Political Theory in the Department of Government, University of Essex, and Distinguished Professor for Humanities and Rhetorical Studies at Northwestern University. He authored, amongst other works, Hegemony and Socialist Strategy (with Chantal Mouffe), New Reflections of the Revolution of Our Time, The Populist Reason, Contingency, Hegemony, Universality (with Judith Butler and Slavoj Zizek), and Emancipation(s).

Sadly, ERNESTO LACLAU died in April 2014. Read Robin Blackburn’s obituary here: http://www.versobooks.com/blogs/1556-ernesto-laclau-1935-2014

ERNESTO LACLAU’s last interview with La Nacion: http://www.versobooks.com/blogs/1575-ernesto-laclau-s-last-interview-with-la-nacion

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“What needs to be politically articulated at the present time is the possibility of a leftist populism. This is what makes Laclau’s long-awaited book so important. Arguably, populism has always been the governing concept in Laclau’s work and in On Populist Reason, he lays out his position with great power and analytical clarity.” – Simon Critchley, Praise for On Populist Reason

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Paperback, 256 pages / ISBN: 9781781681701 / May 2014 / US $26.95 / £16.99 / $32.00 (Canada)

Hardback, 256 pages / ISBN: 9781781681718 / May 2014 / US $95 / £60.00 / $108 (Canada)

ALSO AVAILABLE AS AN E-BOOK

THE RHETORICAL FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIETY is available at a 40% discount (paperback) on our website. Purchasing details here: http://www.versobooks.com/books/1652-the-rhetorical-foundations-of-society

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Protest

Protest

AUSTERITY AND REVOLT

Duke University Press has recently published “Austerity and Revolt,” a special issue of SAQ: South Atlantic Quarterly, volume 113 and issue 2, edited by Werner Bonefeld and John Holloway.

In recent years, we have witnessed massive demonstrations of denial, refusal, and rejection exploding in one country after another. The squares of the world have become organizational focal points for rebellion and repression. What does such collective negation mean, and what comes afterward? This special issue explores the forms of a reinvigorated, experimental communism: councils, assemblies, communes, squares, occupys, horizontalism, recovered factories, and cooperative farms and community gardens. Practitioners of this new model of “communism as communizing” attempt to change fundamental social relations from the bottom up. By combining insider knowledge with sophisticated theoretical scrutiny, the contributors to this issue approach eruptions of rebellion from a variety of historical, economic, and methodological perspectives. Writing not only about but also within such forces of progressive resistance around the world, they investigate the complex, hopeful, and contradictory process of creating new social, economic, and political structures through negation.

To link to the electronic content page click here: http://saq.dukejournals.org/content/113/2.toc. If you find that your library does not subscribe to this journal and you do not have online access, please contact Katie Smart, who can arrange to have a complimentary copy of this issue mailed to you or your library.

John Holloway

John Holloway

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/latest-south-atlantic-quarterly-austerity-and-revolt

Werner Bonefeld

Werner Bonefeld

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