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Joy Heroe

Joy Heroe

JOY FOREVER: POLITICAL ECONOMY OF SOCIAL CREATIVITY

Edited by Michał Kozłowski, Agnieszka Kurant, Janek Sowa, Krystian Szadkowski, Kuba Szreder

Joy Forever refers to the false promise of a common happiness, constantly played out by the proponents of the creative class and creative economy – the very promise that since Romanticism has been ascribed to art itself, a vow which remains unfulfilled. The aim of Free/Slow University’s publication is to scrutinize the false promises of distributed creativity as an ideology of cognitive capitalism. The authors devote themselves to critical examination of the structural links between art, creativity, labour and the creation of value under contemporary relations of production. Some of them do not stop at a critical diagnosis but go further, reflecting upon potential alternatives to the status quo.

The book covers more than the issues of a narrowly understood art world, despite the fact that it pays a lot of attention to them. Art is conceived here as a social lab, where innovative ways of organizing of
labour, socializing both for labour and through labour, as well as different types of production, speculation, generation and accumulation and appropriation of value are experimented with and tested.

Authors: Hans Abbing, Joanna Bednarek, Luc Boltanski, Isabelle Bruno, Neil Cummings, Diedrich Diederichsen, Freee Art Collective, Isabelle Graw, Alex Neumann, Precarious Workers Brigade, John Roberts, Gigi Roggero, Martha Rosler, Stevphen Shukaitis, Massimiliano Tomba, Marina Vishmidt.

Electronic version freely accessible at: http://mayflybooks.org/?page_id=107

Publishers: Free/Slow University of Warsaw (http://www.wuw-warsaw.pl), MayFly Books (http://www.mayflybooks.org) and Bęc Zmiana Foundation (http://www.funbec.pl)

Print version is available from MayFly Books and other distributors.

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Jan van Eyck

DEFEND THE JAN VAN EYCK ACADEMY

For many years the Janvan Eyck Academy in Maastricht has been an international centre for critical and radical theory. The Dutch government has recently proposed drastic changes to cultural funding. These changes will directly endanger the JvE and other Dutch post-academic institutions.

Please support the campaign to defend the JvE by sending an email to: janvaneyck-adefendablespace@janvaneyck.nl  

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Recently the Dutch Ministry of Culture published a document containing its policy for the period 2013-16. Amongst a whole range of intended drastic cuts, it proposes that the State should stop financing post-academic institutes like the Jan van Eyck Academie. There is no explicit motivation for this plan, other than a reference to the supposed need to reduce public expenditure. The State Secretary, Halbe Zijlstra, restricts himself to stating that the cultural field should self-finance post-academic formation and education, ‘as the legal professions and building industry do.’ However it is clear that the principles motivating the policy document derive from a logic of austerity and will result in the application of business criteria.

As far as the Jan van Eyck Academie is concerned this policy would mean a severe cut of its means as of 2013, resulting in its closure in 2016. Instead of financing an experimental, non-university and research-oriented post-academic institute like the Jan van Eyck Academie, the State Secretary wants to invest in fifty artists who have proved to be ‘successful’. Despite the fact that the Jan van Eyck Academie can easily demonstrate its essential role in the successful careers of numerous artists, designers, and theoreticians, this contribution has never been articulated in terms of ‘success.’ The Academie is about combining research in the fine arts, design, and theory, and thus about creating invaluable interdisciplinary connections and radical innovations. Such places of intellectual and artistic freedom are necessary, and the inability of the Ministry to recognise this testifies to the obtuseness and short-sightedness of its policy.

We strongly oppose the intentions of the Ministry of Culture, for we want the Jan van Eyck Academie, along the other post-academic institutes, to continue to do what it is good at. We repudiate an austerity driven policy which will result in a blind erasure of an institute that has proven to be an important element in the Dutch and international network of artistic and art-related practices. We therefore request the State Secretary to withdraw his plans.

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Dialectics

DIALECTICAL PASSIONS: NEGATION IN POSTWAR ART THEORY

NEW BOOK:
Gail Day, Dialectical Passions: Negation in Postwar Art Theory (Columbia University Press, 2010)
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Representing a new generation of theorists reaffirming the radical dimensions of art, Gail Day launches a bold critique of late twentieth-century art theory and its often reductive analysis of cultural objects. Exploring core debates in discourses on art, from the New Left to theories of “critical postmodernism” and beyond, Day counters the belief that recent tendencies in art fail to be adequately critical. She also challenges the political inertia that results from these conclusions.

Day organizes her defense around critics who have engaged substantively with emancipatory thought and social process: T. J. Clark, Manfredo Tafuri, Fredric Jameson, Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, and Hal Foster, among others. She maps the tension between radical dialectics and left nihilism and assesses the interpretation and internalization of negation in art theory.

Chapters confront the claim that exchange and equivalence have subsumed the use value of cultural objects—and with it critical distance— and interrogate the proposition of completed nihilism and the metropolis put forward in the politics of Italian operaismo. Day covers the debates on symbol and allegory waged within the context of 1980s art and their relation to the writings of Walter Benjamin and Paul de Man. She also examines common conceptions of mediation, totality, negation, and the politics of anticipation. A necessary unsettling of received wisdoms, Dialectical Passions recasts emancipatory reflection in aesthetics, art, and architecture.

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LONDON SEMINAR ON CONTEMPORARY MARXIST THEORY – UPDATE 9th FEBRUARY 2011
 
 
9th February, 5pm
King’s College London, Strand Campus, S2.28
 
Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Marxism: A Realism of the Abstract?
The global economic and financial crisis has witnessed a deepening of interest in different forms of critical and radical thought and practice. This seminar will explore the new perspectives that have been opened up by interventions of contemporary Marxist theory in this political and theoretical conjuncture. It involves collaboration among Marxist scholars based in several London universities, including Brunel University, King’s College London, and the School of Oriental and African Studies. Guest speakers – from both Britain and abroad – will include a wide range of thinkers engaging with many different elements of the various Marxist traditions, as well as with diverse problems and topics. The aim of the seminar is to promote fruitful debate and to contribute to the development of more robust Marxist analysis. It is open to all.

 

2010/11 Seminar Series
  
9th November, 5pm
King’s College London, Strand Campus, S-1.04, Raked Lecture Theatre
Massimiliano Tomba (University of Padua)
The Historical Materialist at work: Re-reading “The Eighteenth Brumaire”
 
15th December, 5pm
King’s College London, Strand Campus, K.3.11 Raked Lecture Theatre
Peter D. Thomas (Brunel University)
Contours of Contemporary Western Marxism
  
19th January, 5pm
King’s College London, Strand Campus, S2.28
David Leopold (University of Oxford)
Stathis Kouvelakis (King’s College, London)
In Search of the Young Marx’s Politics
 
9th February, 5pm
King’s College London, Strand Campus, S2.28
Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Marxism: A Realism of the Abstract?
 
2nd March, 5pm
King’s College London, Strand Campus, room TBA
Gérard Duménil (Université de Paris X Nanterre)
Explaining the crisis of neoliberalism: Neither the falling profit rate nor mere financial craze
23rd March, 5pm
King’s College London, Strand Campus, room TBA
Esther Leslie (Birkbeck College)
Flat Screens and Liquid Crystals: On the Politics of Aesthetics and Vice Versa
4th May, 5pm
King’s College London, Strand Campus, room TBA
Costas Lapavitsas (SOAS)
Three Cheers for Marxist Monetary Theory: The Eurozone through the Prism of World Money
18th May, 5pm
King’s College London, Strand Campus, K.3.11 Raked Lecture Theatre
Gail Day (University of Leeds)
Dialectical Passions: Art Theory, Art History and Marxism

For further information, please contact:
Alex Callinicos, European Studies, King’s: alex.callinicos@kcl.ac.uk
Stathis Kouvelakis, European Studies, King’s:
stathis.kouvelakis@kcl.ac.uk
Costas Lapavitsas, Economics, SOAS:
cl5@soas.ac.uk
Peter Thomas, Politics and History, Brunel:
PeterD.Thomas@brunel.ac.uk

 

 

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Education

SUMMER INSTITUTE IN QUALITATIVE RESEARCH: PUTTING THEORY TO WORK
Director: Professor Maggie MacLure
Monday 19 – Friday 23 July 2010,
Education and Social Research Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Dear Colleague

We are pleased to announce that the outline programme, keynote abstracts and further details are now available. These can be viewed online at: http://www.esri.mmu.ac.uk/siqr/index.php

PLENARY KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

Patti Lather, Ohio State University. ‘The State of Qualitative Inquiry: Methodology 2.1’
Stephen Ball, Institute of Education, London. ‘Challenges of Policy Analysis in Hard Times’
Erica Burman, MMU. ‘Washing Dirty Linen in Public: Performing Gender, Generation and Class in Neoliberal Times’
Neil Mercer, University of Cambridge. ‘Analysing Classroom Dialogue: Theory and Method’
Nick Lee, Warwick University. ‘Researching Childhood, Growth and Change: Bio-politics, Affect and Attractors’
Maggie MacLure, MMU. ‘The Offence of Theory’
Bridget Somekh, MMU. ‘Localisation or Globalisation? The Dynamics of Action Research’
Lorna Roberts, MMU. ‘Critical Race Theory’
Ian Parker, MMU. ‘Psychoanalytic Theory’.
Rachel Holmes, Liz Jones, Maggie MacLure, Christina MacRae, MMU. ‘Encounters with Art Theory’

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Standard delegate fee: £195 (including all lunches, teas & coffees, plus 2 wine receptions).

The Registration Form can be downloaded at:

http://www.esri.mmu.ac.uk/siqr/index.php

For further details or enquiries, email the Summer Institute Administration: SIQR@mmu.ac.uk

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The Summer Institute will be of interest to researchers and research degree students, particularly in education, the social sciences and the health and caring professions.

THE EDUCATION AND SOCIAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE (ESRI) AT MMU is a leading centre for applied social and educational research, with a world-class reputation for the development of theory and methodology. It is one of the top ten UK education research establishments, according to the latest Research Assessment Exercise. Find out more about ESRI online at: http://wwwesri.mmu.ac.uk

Professor Maggie MacLure
Institute of Education
Manchester Metropolitan University
799 Wilmslow Road
Manchester M20 2RR, UK
phone: +44 (0)161 247 2053
email: m.maclure@mmu.ac.uk
BOOK: DISCOURSE IN SOCIAL AND EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH
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Jean Davidson
Manchester Metropolitan University
Institute of Education, Research Centre
799 Wilmslow Road, Didsbury
Manchester
M20 2RR, U.K.
Tel: +44 (0)161 247 2318
Fax: +44 (0)161 247 6353

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