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Co-sponsored by the Center for Place, Culture and Politics

Launch of the Committee on Globalization and Social Change

A talk by Slavoj Žižek: “The Situation Is Catastrophic, but Not Serious”

April 4 / Proshansky Auditorium / 6:30 p.m. 

Free, reservations required.

For more information, call 212-817-8215.

Slavoj Žižek is “the world’s hippest philosopher,” according to the British newspaper The Telegraph. He “can spin you from Heidegger to Hershey bars (by way of Hitchcock and Hizbollah).” Žižek is a “master of the counterintuitive observation,” according to The New Yorker.

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David Harvey


Seventh David M Smith Lecture: The Dialectics of Social Change
18 November 2010
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Venue: Skeel Lecture Theatre, People’s Palace, Queen Mary, University of London

Professor David Harvey, City University of New York

Chair: Simon Gaskell, the Principal, Queen Mary, University of London

David Harvey is a Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York (CUNY) and the Director of The Center for Place, Culture and Politics. He is a geographer whose interpretations of the workings of economies, polities and societies have had great influence on other disciplines. His numerous books include: The Limits to Capital (1982), Consciousness and the Urban Experience (1985), The Condition of Postmodernity (1989), Justice, Nature and the Geography of Difference (1996), Spaces of Hope (2000), The New Imperialism (2003), A Brief History of Neoliberalism (2005) and The Enigma of Capital (2010).

A wine reception will follow the lecture.

RSVP to: Alena Moison, School of Geography
Queen Mary, University of London. Mile End Road, London E1 4NS.
Email: Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8129 Fax: +44 (0)20 8981 6276

Spatial Justice: Radical Spatial Foundations
Date: 19 November 2010 10.30am – 19 November 2010 6.00pm
Location: The Pavilion, University of Westminster, 115 New Cavendish Street, London W1W 6UW


David Harvey, CUNY.

Doreen Massey, Open University.

Mustafa Dikec, Royal Holloway.

Engin Isin, Open University.

Ruth Levitas, Bristol University.

David Slater, Loughborough University.

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‘The Centre for the Study of Democracy’, University of Westminster in collaboration with the ‘Westminster International Law & Theory Center’ and the Spaces of Democracy/Democracy of Space Network’ cordially invite you to a one-day workshop on


Prof Chantal Mouffe, Centre for the Study of Democracy
Prof Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, The Westminster International Law & Theory Centre

10:30-1pm David Harvey, CUNY and Doreen Massey, Open University in dialogue
Chaired by Chantal Mouffe, CSD

Followed by
2:30-6pm Roundtable
Crucial Issues on Space, Law and Politics

Mustafa Dikec, Royal Holloway
Engin Isin, Open University
Ruth Levitas, Bristol University
David Slater, Loughborough University
chaired by Andreas Philippopoulos Mihalopoulos, Westminster

19th November 2010, 10:30-6pm,
The Pavilion, University of Westminster, 115 New Cavendish Street, London W1W 6UW

Admission free but places limited.
Please contact Andrea Pavoni at to reserve.

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Persuasion: Rhetoric and Politics in Contemporary Democracy


A seminar organized by the Goldsmiths’ Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy and the Centre for the Study of Culture and Politics, University of Swansea.


May 5 2009, Goldsmiths, University of London, 2-5pm


Venue: Small Hall Theatre, Richard Hoggart Building, followed by a wine reception in the SCR




·                     Aletta Norval (University of Essex)

·                     Michael Carrithers (Durham University)

·                     Rochana Bajpai (SOAS)

·                     Alan Finlayson (Swansea University)

·                     Chair: James Martin (Goldsmiths)



Persuasion is one of the most fundamental of democratic political activities. But it is also one of the most ambiguous. Does democratic development and expansion require the slow substitution of persuasion or rational conviction or, on the contrary, the proliferation of opportunities for rhetorical contestation? Where is the line between persuasion and force? Are there standards of truth or consent that guarantee the democratic character of a persuasive activity? What forms of rhetoric distinguish a democratic polity from tyranny? What happens to political persuasion in an economy and culture dominated by commercial persuasion? How can we best understand and analyse the forms, modes and locations of contemporary political rhetoric as manifested in visual and media cultures?


This interdisciplinary seminar explores the modes of democratic persuasion, the methods for its explication and interpretation and the prospects for rhetoric both in the academy and in the contemporary multifaceted polis.

The event is free and open to all but please contact James Martin ( if you’d like to attend.


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