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The Falling Rate of Learning

The Falling Rate of Learning

SYMPOSIUM ON EDUCATIONAL ELIMINATIONISM AND CULTURAL COLONIZATION

A HEAT (Higher Education & Theory) Symposium, with John Beck and Matthew Cornford (The Art School and the Culture Shed), David J. Blacker (The Falling Rate of Learning and the Neoliberal Endgame), and Nina Power (One-Dimensional Woman).

Friday 7th November
2pm – 6pm (followed by drinks reception)
Westminster Forum (5th Floor, University of Westminster, 32-38 Wells Street)

Co-hosted by Institute for Modern & Contemporary Culture (IMCC) and the Higher Education Research Centre (HERC) at the University of Westminster.

David J. Blacker defines educational eliminationism as a state of affairs in which elites no longer find it necessary to utilize mass schooling as a first link in the long chain of the process of the extraction of workers’ surplus labour value but instead cut their losses and abandon public schooling altogether. John Beck and Matthew Cornford have charted the decline of local art schools and concordant rise of the ‘destination’ art gallery, and asked what this tells us about the changing relationship between the function of education and art in the new creative economy. Nina Power argues that current attacks on the education system are part and parcel of a broader war on cognitive and immaterial labour, upon which the art world provides a peculiarly privileged vantage point.

Drawing on the etymological and political association between culture and colonization, this symposium seeks to investigate the currently shifting relationship between education and culture through the themes of eliminationism and colonization.

John Beck is Professor in English Literature at the University of Westminster, director of the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture (IMCC), and author of Dirty wars: landscape, power, and waste in Western American literature and (with Matthew Cornford) The Art School and the Culture Shed.

David J. Blacker is a Professor of Philosophy of Education and Legal Studies at the University of Delaware, editor of Education Review, edrev.info., and author of The Falling Rate of Learning and the Neoliberal Endgame andDemocratic Education Stretched thin: How Complexity Challenges a Democratic Ideal.

Matthew Cornford is Professor of Fine Art at the University of Brighton, has a longstanding collaborative art practice with David Cross, and author (with John Beck) of The Art School and the Culture Shed.

Nina Power is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Roehampton University, regularly writes for the Guardian and New Humanist, co-editor of Alain Badiou’s On Beckett and author of One-Dimensional Woman.

Rsvp to the organizer: M.Charles1@westminster.ac.uk

Poster Link: http://instituteformodern.co.uk/2014/educational-eliminationism-cultural-colonization-nov-7th

See: http://benjaminpedagogy.wordpress.com/2014/10/02/symposium-on-educational-eliminationism-and-cultural-colonization/ and http://hetheory.wordpress.com/

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The Future PresentRECENT ARTICLES AND FEATURES IN THE INTERNATIONAL MARXIST-HUMANIST WEBZINE (October 2014)
See: http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org/

FROM PHILOSOPHY TO ORGANIZATION AND BACK: MARXIST-HUMANIST TASKS AND PERSPECTIVES – by Peter Hudis
Discusses new interest in Marxist humanism in Eastern Europe, the relation of economics to philosophy in Piketty and Marx, and that of philosophy to organization for Marxist-Humanism, from Dunayevskaya to today; slightly edited version of a presentation to the Convention of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization, July 26, 2014 in Chicago.

PEOPLE’S CLIMATE LA: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA SOLIDARITY MARCH — by Megan Redd
Participant perspective from the People’s Climate March, Los Angeles (September 20, 2014).

STATEMENT ON SOME IMPORTANT ISSUES FOR 2014-15 — by the International Marxist-Humanist Organization
Adapted from the Call that preceded our July 2014 Convention in Chicago. It takes up several issues of key importance to those struggling to overcome the stranglehold of capitalism, from the economy and Ukraine to the dialectics of race/class/revolution and the contributions of Marxist-Humanists to the fight for a new humanist society.

ON GILBERT ACHCAR’S MARXIST ANALYSIS OF THE ARAB UPRISING — by Kevin Anderson
Review of Gilbert Achcar’s THE PEOPLE WANT: A RADICAL EXPLORATION OF THE ARAB UPRISING, a book that uncovers its economic and political underpinnings, while also offering a critique of crude forms of anti-imperialism.

FERGUSON: WHERE TO NOW?  — by D. Beltaigne
The murder of two unarmed African-American men by police—Eric Garner and Michael Brown—shows that the power structure of U.S. society remains inherently racist. New protests are emerging around the country to challenge this deplorable state of affairs.

THE CENTRAL AMERICAN REFUGEES OF US IMPERIALISM — by Hamid A.
Summary: The hypocritical response of the Obama administration to the influx of child refugees from Central America is tied to US imperialist policies over the last century.

(audio) IRISH LEFT REVIEW INTERVIEW ON MARX’S CONCEPT OF THE ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITALISM — with Peter Hudis and Tom O’Brien
Discusses issues such as what Marx had to say about post-capitalist societies, and the reluctance of those on the left to talk about what it might actually look like, as well as the role of the state in a post-capitalist society, the Spanish revolution and the anarchist understanding of revolution, and the co-operative model as an alternative.

COSMIC RAYS VS. TEDDIE BEARS — by Ben Watson
Contribution to “Althusser, Debord and Adorno Reconsidered in the light of Dunayevskaya: Dialectic Regained,” International Marxist-Humanist Meeting, London, June 2014.

(Audio) CONVERSATION ON THE RISE AND FALL OF SOCIALIST HUMANISM — with Barbara Epstein, Kevin Anderson, and Sasha Lilley (KPFK-Bay Area)
Socialist humanist ideas were broadly championed by key thinkers in the mid-20th century, like E.P. Thompson, Fanon, Marcuse, and Fromm, but have now disappeared seemingly without a trace. Barbara Epstein and Kevin Anderson explore socialist humanism’s rise and fall, in part as postmodernism took center stage as an ideological current. They argue that the left is not better off without it.

THE IRANIAN REVOLUTION AND THE CRISIS IN THE LEFT: A PATHWAY TO A NEW UNDERSTANDING OF DIALECTICS IN MARXISM — by Ali Kiani
Although this was presented to the West Coast Socialist Scholars Conference in April 1993, it has never been published.  We do so now because the issues raised here still speak to problems faced by
serious Marxists in Iran and beyond

See our LANGUAGES PAGES for recent Marxist-Humanist articles and books in Persian, Spanish, Indonesian, French, and other languages.
We wish to single out especially the NEW IRANIAN EDITION OF VOL. II OF MARX’S CAPITAL, Vol. II (Lahita Pubs., Tehran), trans. into Persian by Hassan Mortazavi and with an introduction by Peter Hudis.

***RECENT BOOKS OF INTEREST (with reviews posted on our Literature pages)
THE PHILOSOPHICAL ROOTS OF ANTI-CAPITALISM: ESSAYS ON HISTORY, CULTURE AND DIALECTICAL THOUGHT — by David Black, Studies in Marxism and Humanism Series, Lexington Books, hardcover, with subsequent paperback

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF ROSA LUXEMBURG, VOL. I: ECONOMIC WRITINGS 1, edited by Peter Hudis, Verso Books, hardcover, with subsequent paperback

MARX’S CONCEPT OF THE ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITALISM – by Peter Hudis, Historical Materialism Series, now in paperback with Haymarket Books

MARX ON GENDER AND THE FAMILY: A CRITICAL STUDY – by Heather Brown, Historical Materialism Series, now in paperback with Haymarket Books

THE DUNAYEVSKAYA-MARCUSE-FROMM CORRESPONDENCE, 1954-1978: DIALOGUES ON HEGEL, MARX, AND CRITICAL THEORY — edited by Kevin B. Anderson and Russell Rockwell, Lexington Books

We have also posted reviews of these and other of our books in a variety of journals, among them MARX & PHILOSOPHY REVIEW OF BOOKS and LINKS: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIALIST RENEWAL

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‘Human Herbs’ – a song by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

 

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We Are the Crisis

We Are the Crisis

INTELLECTUAL WORK AND THE SPIRIT OF CAPITALISM: WEBER’S CALLING 

(Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)

By Thomas Kemple

See: http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/intellectual-work-and-the-spirit-of-capitalism-thomas-kemple/?isb=9781137377135

Complementing the author’s Reading Marx Writing: Melodrama, the Market, and the ‘Grundrisse’ (Stanford, 1995), this book treats three lectures that Weber gave in the last decade of his career as a podium or prism from which to approach his best-known treatises and essays on the rise of occidental capitalism. His remarks on ‘Technology and Culture’ (1910) and his famous ‘Science as a Vocation’ (1917) and ‘Politics as a Vocation’ (1919 lectures) offer a standpoint for assessing the contemporary relevance of Weber”s notion of ”interpretive understanding”, including the place of ideal types and value-judgments in sociology, as well as the use of rhetorical techniques and literary methods in scholarly discourse more generally. These public moments invite us to consider how both his most celebrated and least known arguments about the origins of the ”spirit” of modern capitalism and the fateful force of bureaucracy continue to raise questions about the prospect and promise of intellectual work that still concern us today.

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/new-from-palgrave-macmillan-intellectual-work-and-the-spirit-of-capitalism-webers-calling

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Guy Debord

Guy Debord

COMPOSITION OF FORCE, COMPOSITION OF INTEREST: THE ART OF GOVERNMENT

L’art de gouverner: conflits et composition des intérêts (XVIIème-XXème siècle)

Seminaire de recherche organisé par Filippo Del Lucchese (Brunel University, London et Collège International de Philosophie) et Oliver Feltham (American University of Paris)

American University of Paris

The Grand Salon
31 Avenue Bosquet
Paris 75007

Vendredi 3 october, 17h

 

Bernard Aspe, Les deux corps immatériels

À quoi répond l’art de gouverner ? Et, plus précisément, à quoi répond-il, au XVIIèmesiècle ? Ainsi formulées, ces questions présupposent que les mutations dans l’art de gouverner n’ont pas leur raison en elles-mêmes – qu’il faut donc quelque chose de tel qu’une contrainte extérieure pour qu’elles adviennent. Quelle est donc la source de ces mutations ?

Pour pouvoir essayer de répondre, il faut tout d’abord préciser le problème. Il s’agit en l’occurrence de savoir à quoi répond la théorie de la représentation politique telle qu’elle se construit dans le XVIIème siècle anglais avec Locke et Hobbes. J’insisterai ici sur Hobbes, car son œuvre montre parfaitement que la représentation politique ne repose pas sur la supposition d’une métaphysique des substances, qualités et accidents (qui seraient attachées aux « identités sociales »). Il y a représentation politique dans la mesure où est généré un nouveau type d’être : le corps immatériel du souverain.

Ce corps immatériel s’ajoute à la collection des uns – les individus séparés – qui ne fait un peuple que dans cet ajout. Hegel en donnera la formule métaphysique : il n’y a de Tout que s’il y a une médiation par laquelle le Tout devient pensable par lui-même, en lui-même. On ne dépasse donc la collection des uns que par la médiation qui ajoute à leurêtre l’être du Tout – mais celui-ci n’est au fond rien d’autre que le procès même de la médiation.

On sait quel reproche a été adressé à Hobbes : prendre pour donné cette collection d’uns – qui n’est peut-être qu’une abstraction de la philosophie politique. On a pu dire par exemple que le véritable donné se joue en-deçà de ces « uns », dans l’infra-un des multiplicités « pures » ou « virtuelles », au choix. Mais on pourrait peut-être mieux dire que le donné, selon le mot de Simondon, est le plus qu’un depuis lequel seulement se laisse appréhender chaque être.

Chaque « un » n’est tel que d’être élément d’un foyer relationnel – ce que Simondon appelle un « collectif ». Il y a un collectif là où chacun de ses membres est amené à s’éprouver comme plus que lui-même, décentré par rapport à lui-même, et mis en œuvre dans la relation qui fait l’être du collectif. Celui-ci n’est donc pas le fruit d’une médiation. Le donné, dans cette perspective, ce n’est pas une collection d’uns qui doit trouver le terme médiateur capable d’instaurer entre eux un rapport ; c’est une relation qui est en capacité de générer sa propre consistance, sans en passer par cet élément tiers. On dira pourtant que ce qui apparaît comme l’être du collectif, ou plutôt comme le mode de consistance de cet être, peut bien être conçu comme un corps immatériel qui s’ajoute à la collection des uns – mais il n’est pas, alors, de même nature que celui voulu par Hobbes.

 

BIOGRAPHIE

Bernard Aspe, né en 1970, est philosophe. En 2001 il a soutenu sa thèse sous la direction de Jacques Rancière, sur la relation entre la pensée de l’individuation chez Gilbert Simondon et la question de la subjectivation politique telle qu’elle est posée par la philosophie contemporaine (Badiou, Rancière, Agamben, Negri, Tronti). Il a publié en 2006 son premier livre, L’instant d’après, projectiles pour une politique à l’état naissant aux éditions La fabrique. Les éditions Nous ont publié son deuxième livre, Les mots et les actes, en 2011. Sa thèse a été publiée en 2013 sous le titre Simondon, politique du transindividuel aux éditions Dittmar. Ses ouvrages, et de nombreux articles qui leur sont associés (publiés dans les revues Futur antéri eur, Multitudes, Alice, Attaques, Grumeaux, etc.) ont pour projet de réarticuler le questionnement philosophique (notamment le rapport à l’ontologie) et les exigences de la politique contemporaine.

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