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Neoliberalism

AFTER NEOLIBERALISM? THE KILBURN MANIFESTO

Marx Memorial Library

37a Clerkenwell Green

London EC1R 0DU

Coming up on Thursday 20 February, we have our fifth seminar of the series: “Is young the new poor? Class and generation under neoliberalism” to discuss the chapter written by Soundings co-editor Ben Little on the role of generational politics emerging as a response to the material effects of neoliberalism on the lives of young people.

Ben will present his manifesto chapter “A growing discontent: class and generation under neoliberalism”, with responses from Shiv Malik (co-author Jilted Generation) and Mevan Babakar (Head of Digital, Bite the Ballot). The seminar will be chaired by Doreen Massey (Emeritus Professor of Geography at the Open University and founding editor of Soundings).

Tickets for this seminar are available online and cost £5 / £3 (concessions) / free (Soundings subscribers). Previous chapters of the Kilburn Manifesto, as well as the Manifesto framing statement are all available for download for free from the Lawrence & Wishart website.

The success of our previous seminars have been due to the quality of the discussions – both from the panelists and the audience. We hope you will join us again to make the future ones similarly engaging.

Yours
Becky and the rest of the Soundings team

 

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Space

SPACES OF TRANSFORMATION

Topology
Spaces of Transformation
The Vast Space-Time of Revolutions Becoming

Saturday 12 May 2012, 14.00–17.00

With Drucilla Cornell on ‘The Site of Revolution’, David Harvey on ‘The Spaces of Anti-Capitalist Transition’ and Achille Mbembe.

Chaired by Doreen Massey

This keynote conversation is followed by a performance by Rubedo in the Starr Auditorium starting at 19.00.

Tate Modern Starr Auditorium
£15 (£12 concessions)
For tickets book online
or call 020 7887 8888.

Details: http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/eventseducation/talksdiscussions/24993.htm

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David Harvey

TWO DAVID HARVEY EVENTS IN LONDON

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: a.moison@qmul.ac.uk 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

Speakers:

David Harvey, CUNY.

Doreen Massey, Open University.

Mustafa Dikec, Royal Holloway.

Engin Isin, Open University.

Ruth Levitas, Bristol University.

David Slater, Loughborough University.

RSVP to: Andrea Pavoni at a.pavoni@my.westminster.ac.uk

‘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

SPATIAL JUSTICE: RADICAL SPATIAL FOUNDATIONS

Organisers:
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 a.pavoni@my.westminster.ac.uk to reserve.

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Radical Politics

SPACES OF DEMOCRACY AND THE DEMOCRACY OF SPACE – UPDATE 29th OCTOBER 2010

Please see below for details of THREE forthcoming Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Space events:-

1] SPATIAL JUSTICE: RADICAL SPATIAL FOUNDATIONS A one-day workshop organised by Chantal Mouffe (node director), The Westminster Centre for the Study of Democracy, and Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, The Westminster International Law & Theory Centre.
Keynote Addresses:
David Harvey
Doreen Massey
Roundtable:
Mustafa Dikec, Engin Isin, Ruth Levitas, Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, David Slater
19th November 2010, 10-6pm, The Pavilion, University of Westminster,
115 New Cavendish Street, London W1W 7UW
Admission free but places limited. Please contact Andrea Pavoni at a.pavoni@my.westminster.ac.uk to reserve your seat.

2] Two-day workshop on “Democratic Politics: Between Antagonism and Agonism. An International Symposium on the Work of Chantal Mouffe”
Friday, 26 November 2010, 10:30-7pm,
Saturday, 27 November 2010, 10:30-2pm
The Pavilion, University of Westminster,
115 New Cavendish Street, London W1W 6UW

Admission free but places limited. To reserve your place please email: jessica.schmidt@my.westminster.ac.uk

3] During 2009-2011, the new Rutgers University node has organized an extensive university-wide series of nearly two hundred lectures, colloquia, panel discussions, and other events exploring the theme of “Ecologies in the Balance.”

For the current academic year 2010-2011, they have designated a series of events to inaugurate the Spaces of Democracy initiative at Rutgers.

These include:

Oct 26 Etienne Balibar, Paris X-Nanterre, University of California-Irvine “Europe: the Final Crisis?
Oct 27 Matthew Jelacic, Architecture, University of Colorado “Traumatic Urbanization and its Consequences”
Oct 29 Carolyn Finney, Geography, University of California-Berkeley “There Goes the Neighborhood: Race, Resilience and Environmental Change”
Nov 19 Mazen Labban, Geography, University of Miami “State, Class, and Oil: Sovereignty Over Natural Resources, Nationalization, and Economic Development in Mexico, 1920-2000”
Feb 9 Ananya Roy, City and Regional Planning, University of California-Berkeley “The Urban Century: Ecologies and Epistemologies of Dwelling in the Global South”
Feb 23 Daniel Nepstad, Woods Hole Research Institute “Can Carbon Carry the Global Conservation Agenda?”
March 23 Sharyle Patton, Health and Environment Program, Commonweal “Our Body Burden of Toxic Chemicals: Implications for Chemical Policy
Reform”

For details contact the new Rutgers node Directors: Joanna Regulska and Robert Lake
Joanna Regulska
Professor of Women’s Studies and Geography Dean of International
Programs School of Arts and Sciences Rutgers University
77 Hamilton Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901 USA
tel 1-732-932-2699 ext 159
fax 1-732-932-1226
regulska@rci.rutgers.edumailto:regulska@rci.rutgers.edu

Robert W. Lake
Professor and Graduate Director
Director of the Doctoral Program
Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy Rutgers University
33 Livingston Avenue, Suite 400
New Brunswick, NJ 08901 USA
tel 1-732-932-3133 ext 521
fax 1-732-932-2363
rlake@rutgers.edumailto:rlake@rutgers.edu

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For more on the book What is radical politics today?, published in 2009 by Palgrave MacMillan:
http://www.spaceofdemocracy.org/resources/resources_bookstoread.html

Jonathan Pugh
Senior Academic Fellow
Director “The Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Space” network
School of Geography, Politics and Sociology
5th Floor Daysh Building
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 7RU
United Kingdom
Honorary Fellow, The Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster

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Radical Politics

SPACES OF DEMOCRACY: FORTHCOMING ACTIVITIES

Please see below for details of FIVE forthcoming Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Space activities:-

1] SPATIAL JUSTICE: RADICAL SPATIAL FOUNDATIONS
A one-day workshop organised by Chantal Mouffe (node director), The Westminster Centre for the Study of Democracy, and Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, The Westminster International Law & Theory Centre.

Keynote Addresses: David Harvey AND Doreen Massey

Roundtable:
Mustafa Dikec, Engin Isin, Ruth Levitas, Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, David Slater

19th November 2010, 10-6pm, The Pavilion, University of Westminster, 115 New Cavendish Street, London W1W 7UW

Admission free but places limited. Please contact Andrea Pavoni at a.pavoni@my.westminster.ac.uk to reserve your seat.

2] During 2009-2011, the new Rutgers University node has organized an extensive university-wide series of nearly two hundred lectures, colloquia, panel discussions, and other events exploring the theme of “Ecologies in the Balance.”
For the current academic year 2010-2011, they have designated eight specific events to inaugurate the Spaces of Democracy initiative at Rutgers.
These are as follows:

Sept 27 Steve Lerner, Research Director, Commonweal
“Sacrifice Zones: The Front Lines of Toxic Chemical Exposure in the US”

Oct 26 Etienne Balibar, Paris X-Nanterre, University of California-Irvine
“Europe: the Final Crisis?

Oct 27 Matthew Jelacic, Architecture, University of Colorado
“Traumatic Urbanization and its Consequences”

Oct 29 Carolyn Finney, Geography, University of California-Berkeley
“There Goes the Neighborhood: Race, Resilience and Environmental Change”

Nov 19 Mazen Labban, Geography, University of Miami
“State, Class, and Oil: Sovereignty Over Natural Resources, Nationalization, and Economic Development in Mexico, 1920-2000”

Feb 9 Ananya Roy, City and Regional Planning, University of California-Berkeley
“The Urban Century: Ecologies and Epistemologies of Dwelling in the Global South”

Feb 23 Daniel Nepstad, Woods Hole Research Institute
“Can Carbon Carry the Global Conservation Agenda?”

March 23 Sharyle Patton, Health and Environment Program, Commonweal
“Our Body Burden of Toxic Chemicals: Implications for Chemical Policy Reform”

For details contact the new Rutgers node Directors: Joanna Regulska and Robert Lake

Joanna Regulska
Professor of Women’s Studies and Geography
Dean of International Programs
School of Arts and Sciences
Rutgers University
77 Hamilton Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901 USA
tel 1-732-932-2699 ext 159
fax 1-732-932-1226
regulska@rci.rutgers.edu

Robert W. Lake
Professor and Graduate Director
Director of the Doctoral Program
Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy
Rutgers University
33 Livingston Avenue, Suite 400
New Brunswick, NJ 08901 USA
tel 1-732-932-3133 ext 521
fax 1-732-932-2363
rlake@rutgers.edu>

3] ANANYA ROY ON POVERTY, DEMOCRACY AND PUBLIC SCHOLARSHIP: A micro-seminar on the research and activism of ANANYA ROY

(organised by Katharyne Mitchell (node Director University of Washington) and Victoria Lawson at University of Washington).

This includes a public lecture by Ananya Roy: Monday, Oct 11, 6:00pm, Kane Hall; a preliminary seminar on Friday, Oct 8, 2:30 – 5:20pm,

CMU 202 and a concluding seminar on Tuesday, Oct 12, 3:30 – 5:20pm, CMU 202 where there will be a discussion of intersections between public lecture,

Roy’s publications and her public activism and scholarship.

4] CALL FOR PAPERS!!! – Building states and civil societies in Africa: Liberal interventions and global governmentality

Many African states have been subject to donor programmes that place great emphasis on the participation of national and international civil society actors in the formation and implementation of development policy.

Donor policy suggests that the post-Cold War form of civil society is both autonomous from the post-colonial African state, as well as fundamental to the development of responsible liberal democratic states in Africa.

However, a number of studies have documented the emergence of non-state actors that may provide some form of institutional stability but challenge the clear-cut distinction between state and civil society.

Examples include religious organisations, so-called social movements and informal associational practices. This workshop takes as its starting point critical, postcolonial and governmentally derived insights on the limitations of the public/private, state/society, and domestic/international binaries for comprehending African politics and governance.

The aim is to bring together a wide, and sometimes disparate body of research on state-formation and civil society in a post-development context, and to ask whether civil society remains a meaningful term in attempting to understand social, political and economic practices in African societies.

This workshop has been kindly sponsored by the Journal for Intervention and State Building, and the African Studies Association UK.

Papers presented at the workshop will be considered for a special issue of the journal due to be published in 2011/12.

Participants are requested to produce a paper of 7-8,000 words, with Harvard referencing, a month prior to the workshop, and undertake to read and act as a discussant for one other paper, to a facilitate a close engagement with the research presented, and to allow time for 10  papers to be discussed.

Please submit an abstract of 200 words to: Clive Gabay c.gabay@qmul.ac.uk or Carl Death crd@aber.ac.uk by 15 November 2010, with your institutional affiliation.

5] The book WHAT IS RADICAL POLITICS TODAY? (2009) Palgrave-MacMillan, edited by Jonathan Pugh, Newcastle University, is now available for £10 on Amazon.

Including original contributions from Zygmunt Bauman, Will Hutton, Frank Furedi, Clare Short, Ken Worpole, Nick Cohen, Hilary Wainwright, Paul Kingsnorth, Chantal Mouffe, Terrell Carver, Edward W. Soja, David Chandler, Dora Apel, Doreen Massey, Jason Toynbee, James Martin, Michael J. Watts, Jeremy Gilbert and Jo Littler, Gregor McLennan, Tariq Modood, Amir Saeed & David Bates, Alastair Bonnett, Nigel Thrift, Sheila Jasanoff, Saul Newman, David Featherstone, James Heartfield, Alejandro Colás and Jason Edwards, David Boyle, Saskia Sassen.
“Provocative, authoritative and timely …” (New Statesman)

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For “The Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Space” network website: http://www.spaceofdemocracy.org/

For Radical Politics Today magazine: http://www.spaceofdemocracy.org/resources/publications/magazine/magazine.html

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Jonathan Pugh
Senior Academic Fellow
Director “The Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Space” network
School of Geography, Politics and Sociology
5th Floor Daysh Building
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 7RU
United Kingdom
Honorary Fellow, The Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster

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A World To Win

SOUNDINGS 45

Soundings 45 is now out

Although the cuts are coming, there has been an eerie political calm and sense of inevitability about all that is in store for us (carefully nurtured by the Coalition and their allies in the media). But the storm will break – people are going to start seriously suffering and we need to ensure that there is a political battle against the assault planned by the government. Can Labour lead this battle?

CONTENTS

The political struggle ahead
Doreen Massey

Labour in a time of coalition
Sally Davison, Stuart Hall, Michael Rustin, Jonathan Rutherford

What comes after New Labour?
Gerry Hassan

The SNP and the ‘new politics’
Richard Thompson

Rebuilding social democracy
George Irvin

Greek myths
Duncan Weldon

Money manager capitalism and the global financial crisis
L. Randall Wray

Carbon trading: how it works and why it fails
Oscar Reyes and Tamra Gilbertson

Why I am a socialist
Ruth Levitas

Smile till it hurts
Laurie Penny

Lives on the line
Vron Ware

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Lost

LABOUR’S FUTURE

Labour’s Future
Edited by Jonathan Rutherford and Alan Lockey
© Soundings 2010

CONTRIBUTORS: Philip Collins, Sally Davison, Jeremy Gilbert, Stuart Hall, David Lammy, Neal Lawson, Doreen Massey, Anthony Painter, James Purnell, Michael Rustin, Jonathan Rutherford, Marc Stears, Allegra Stratton, Heather Wakefield, Stuart White

http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/ebooks/laboursfuture.html

In May, Soundings and the Open Left project at Demos organised a seminar with Jon Cruddas and David Miliband. The aim was to explore both differences and common ground, and the prospects for cross-party political renewal.

This e-book offers a series of short essays from participants that we hope broadly reflects the debate, and offers some of the groundwork for developing a wider discussion about Labour’s future.

Published jointly by Soundings and Open Left at Demos

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David Harvey

SPACES OF DEMOCRACY EVENTS: DAVID HARVEY, DOREEN MASSEY, ANANYA ROY

Please see below for details of FIVE forthcoming, present and related Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Space events:-

1] A one day workshop centred around a debate between DOREEN MASSEY and DAVID HARVEY, Friday 19th November, organised by Chantal Mouffe (node Director at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, Westminster). (further details forthcoming).

2] ANANYA ROY ON POVERTY, DEMOCRACY AND PUBLIC SCHOLARSHIP: A micro-seminar on the research and activism of ANANYA ROY (organised by Katharyne Mitchell, node Director, University of Washington) and Victoria Lawson at University of Washington).

This includes a public lecture by Ananya Roy: Monday, Oct 11, 6:00pm, Kane Hall; a preliminary seminar on Friday, Oct 8, 2:30 – 5:20pm, CMU 202 and a concluding seminar on Tuesday, Oct 12, 3:30 – 5:20pm, CMU 202 where there will be a discussion of intersections between public lecture, Roy’s publications and her public activism and scholarship.

3] A FILM is being made on NEOLIBERALISING INDIAN CITIES with Director of the South Asia Node of the Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Space network, Swapna Banerjee-Guha, from the School of Social Sciences, TISS, India. (further details forthcoming).

4] The book WHAT IS RADICAL POLITICS TODAY? (2009) Palgrave-MacMillan, edited by Jonathan Pugh, Newcastle University, is now available for £10 at some bookstores.

A crisis makes you re-think your life. The recent economic crisis is no exception. All of us are now thinking how the world could be run differently. Despite this, a radical alternative has hardly emerged to mobilise the masses, which begs the question: What is radical politics today? In this book, leading academics, politicians, journalists and activists attempt to pinpoint an answer, debating the issues facing radical politics in the 21st Century. Rarely united in their opinions, they collectively interogate the character and spirit of being radical in our times.

Including original contributions from Zygmunt Bauman, Will Hutton, Frank Furedi, Clare Short, Ken Worpole, Nick Cohen, Hilary Wainwright, Paul Kingsnorth, Chantal Mouffe, Terrell Carver, Edward W. Soja, David Chandler, Dora Apel, Doreen Massey, Jason Toynbee, James Martin, Michael J. Watts, Jeremy Gilbert and Jo Littler, Gregor McLennan, Tariq Modood, Amir Saeed & David Bates, Alastair Bonnett, Nigel Thrift, Sheila Jasanoff, Saul Newman, David Featherstone, James Heartfield, Alejandro Colás and Jason Edwards, David Boyle, Saskia Sassen.”

* Explores the spirit and character of radical politics, at this pivotal moment in history.

* Thirty well known and influential commentators write original 3000 word essays.

* Offers thought provoking and often conflicting opinions.

* The only current wide ranging survey of the state of radical politics, post-crisis.

* Accessibly written for the general public and student audiences.

Recent reviews include:

“Provocative, authoritative and timely …” (New Statesman)

“This stimulating and impressively diverse collection of essays helps us to begin re-thinking our predicament. Anyone who finds themselves in agreement with all the authors here must be seriously confused, since several of the pieces offer directly contradictory analyses. But the strength of the book as a whole lies precisely in bringing different political traditions into productive dialogue” (Red Pepper)

“Jonathan Pugh gathers some of the most innovative and insightful voices from Britain and beyond to stage a series of debates on the central issues facing radical politics today.  This collection is a model for the kinds of discussion we need to move forward.” Michael Hardt (Duke University).

“This is a bold, brave and timely book. As we emerge, blinking into the light after three decades of neo-liberal darkness, Jonathan Pugh has put together a collection of essays that will provoke and provide clues to the question of what comes next; what indeed is radical politics today?” Neal Lawson (Director, Compass).

“This timely and well-planned collection of essays by distinguished and concerned scholars throws much new light on where we should be looking for new ideas. It represents a major contribution to the ongoing debate on the problems of our times.” Lord Bhikhu Parekh

5] A number of participants in the network have also contributed to the following special issue of the journal GLOBALIZATIONS

Special Issue: Globalization and Crisis
Volume 7, Issue 1-2, April 2010

This special issue of Globalizations consists of a set of analyses provided by leading international scholars in the field of both the theoretical and the practical relationship between ‘globalization’ – as each contributor interprets this concept – and ‘crisis’ both historically and in the present context i.e. the most severe global systemic crisis for a century. The articles are intended to provide substantial analytical critique, and contribute to the development of new
understandings of globalization.

Contributors: Editor:

Barry K. Gills, Newcastle University, UK
Foreword: ‘Fair Globalization in Crisis’
Mrs Tarja Halonen, President of Finland
Saskia Sassen
Walden Bello
Grahame Thompson
Ankie Hoogvelt
Henry Veltmeyer
Richard Falk
Craig N. Murphy
V. Spike Peterson
Mustapha Kamal Pasha
Heikki Patomaki
James H. Mittelman
Barry K. Gills
Francois Houtart
Susan George
Wazir Jahan Karim
M. Scott Solomon
Ronaldo Munck
Andreas Bieler
Ingemar Lindberg
Werner Sauerborn
Samir Amin
Jonathan Pugh
Nick Buxton
Gemma Bone

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For “The Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Space” network website: http://www.spaceofdemocracy.org/

For Radical Politics Today magazine: http://www.spaceofdemocracy.org/resources/publications/magazine/magazine.html

For more on the book What is radical politics today?, published in 2009 by Palgrave MacMillan: http://www.spaceofdemocracy.org/resources/resources_bookstoread.html

Jonathan Pugh
Senior Academic Fellow
Director “The Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Space” network
School of Geography, Politics and Sociology
5th Floor Daysh Building
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 7RU
United Kingdom
Honorary Fellow, The Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster

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Radical Politics

Radical Politics

WHAT IS RADICAL POLITICS TODAY?

 

What is Radical Politics Today?

Debate and book launch

1.30pm, 25th November 2009, Canada House, Trafalgar Square, London, SW1Y 5BJ

Hosted by:
Catherine Fieschi (Director of Counterpoint, The Think Tank of the British Council; http://www.counterpoint-online.org/)
Jonathan Pugh (Director, the Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Space network; http://www.spaceofdemocracy.org)
Dan Porter (Marketing Executive, Palgrave Macmillan).

Those who are interested in attending should contact: counterpoint@britishcouncil.org

The discussion on 25th November will include … Doreen Massey, Saskia Sassen and David Chandler.

NEW BOOK:

What is Radical Politics Today?

Published November 2009, by Palgrave Macmillan

Edited by Jonathan Pugh, Senior Academic Fellow, Newcastle University

A crisis makes you re-think your life. The recent economic crisis is no exception. All of us are now thinking how the world could be run differently. Despite this, a radical alternative has hardly emerged to mobilise the masses, which begs the question: What is radical politics today? In this book, leading academics, politicians, journalists and activists attempt to pinpoint an answer, debating the issues facing radical politics in the 21st Century. Rarely united in their opinions, they collectively interrogate the character and spirit of being radical in our times.

Including original contributions from Zygmunt Bauman, Frank Furedi, Paul Kingsnorth, James Heartfield, Terrell Carver, Clare Short, Edward W. Soja, David Chandler, Hilary Wainwright, Dora Apel, Michael J. Watts, Jason Toynbee, James Martin, Jeremy Gilbert and Jo Littler, Doreen Massey, Gregor McLennan, Tariq Modood, Nick Cohen, Amir Saeed and David Bates, Alastair Bonnett, Ken Worpole, Sheila Jasanoff, Nigel Thrift, Will Hutton, Saul Newman, Chantal Mouffe, David Featherstone, Alejandro Colas and Jason Edwards, David Boyle, and Saskia Sassen.

The project is ongoing, through the Radical Politics Today magazine and events (see http://www.spaceofdemocracy.org)

To purchase the book:
Order online at http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?PID=375741
http://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Radical-Politics-Today-Jonathan/dp/023023626X
or visit your local bookseller.

Hardback 978-0-230-23625-7
Paperback 978-0-230-23626-4

Those who come to the book launch, or attend Spaces of Democracy and Democracy of Space events more generally, will get 25% off the paperback purchase price.

Keys themes of ‘What is Radical Politics Today?’

*A wide-ranging survey of the spirit and character of radical politics at this pivotal moment in history.
*Thirty influential commentators write original 3000 word essays.
*Offers thought provoking and often conflicting opinions.
*Accessibly written for the general public and student audiences.

Recommendations for ‘What is Radical Politics Today?’

‘This is a bold, brave and timely book. As we emerge, blinking into the light after three decades of neo-liberal darkness, Jonathan Pugh has put together a collection of essays that will provoke and provide clues to the question of what comes next; what indeed is radical politics today ?’ — Neal Lawson (Chair, Compass)

‘This collection is a model for the kinds of discussion we need to move forward.’ — Michael Hardt, co-author of Empire, Multitude and Commonwealth

‘ … we need this sort of sustained critical discussion of the kinds of alternative politics available to us.’ — James Tully (University of Victoria).

‘…a major contribution to the ongoing debate on the problems of our times.’ — Lord Bhikhu Parekh

‘ … what sort of Left can win hearts and minds in this moment of crisis? The answers to these important questions are the stuff of this excellent book.’ — Noel Castree (Manchester University).

‘With impeccable timing, this volume provides a stimulating range of perspectives on what radical politics can offer during this period of crisis and change. It deserves to be widely read and debated.’ — Ruth Lister (Loughborough University).

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Global Power

Global Power

GEOGRAPHIES OF POWER

 

A Lecture on Venezuela by Doreen Massey

This event involves Doreen Massey (co-initiator of the Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Space network).

Simón Bolívar Hall
54 Grafton Way
London
WIT 5DL

Tuesday 27th October 2009,
7-30pm – 9.00pm

Venezuela is experimenting with new forms of democracy. It aims to address the balance between the dominant coastal cities and the rest  of the country. And it is inventing new structures of participatory democracy to parallel those of the representative democracy of the state. In other words, it has taken seriously the important relation between power and space. And in doing so, it has drawn on a concept of Doreen Massey’s: ‘power geometry’. The fourth motor of the revolution, as set out in 2007, is the need to build ‘una nueva geometría del poder’. In this talk, Doreen Massey reflects on this relation between geography and power, on the Venezuelan experiment, and on the use of the idea of geometries of power in building a more democratic society.

In co-ordination with the Cultural Section of the Venezuelan Embassy.

For “The Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Space” network website
http://www.spaceofdemocracy.org<http://www.spaceofdemocracy.org/>

For Radical Politics Today magazine
http://www.spaceofdemocracy.org/resources/publications/magazine/magazine.html<http://www.spaceofdemocracy.org/resources/publications/magazine.magazine.html> <http://www.spaceofdemocracy.org/resources/publications/magazine/magazine.html>

For more on the book What is radical politics today?, published in 2009 by Palgrave MacMillan: http://www.spaceofdemocracy.org/resources/resources_bookstoread.html

Jonathan Pugh
Senior Academic Fellow
Director “The Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Space” network
School of Geography, Politics and Sociology
5th Floor Claremont Tower
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 7RU
United Kingdom
Honorary Fellow, The Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster

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POLITICS AFTER THE CRASH – FINAL PROGRAMME 

POLITICS AFTER THE CRASH (SOUNDINGS SUMMER SEMINAR)
As the political fault lines of a new era take shape, what will be the defining politics of the next decade? In the wake of an era of social dislocation and rapid change one response will be a search for belonging and cultural familiarity in face of the destruction of old ways of life; and, as we saw on 4 June, this may find expression in support for a politics of xenophobia. A new political culture will need to speak about a sense of home, place and belonging that can give security, meaning and value to people. The way people value these, and their reaction to threats against them, will shape the post-crash political landscape.

Registration: £25 (includes an excellent lunch).

To reserve a place, go to:  http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/events/seminar5.html
Or send a cheque payable to ‘Soundings’ to 99a Wallis Road, London ER9 5LN.

TIMETABLE

10.30-11.45 Session 1: Thinking global, Paul Mason and Doreen Massey 

12pm-1pm Session 2: Class, culture and belonging in an insecure world, Lynsey Hanley, Ben Rogaly and Becky Taylor

2pm-3pm Workshop 1: The end of labourism and the BNP, Andrew Pearmain; Workshop 2: Gangs, territory and class, Ejos Ubiribo

3.30-4.30pm Closing session: In search of a new politics, Mike Kenny, Leanne Woods

10.30am-4.30pm, Saturday 20 June 2009
120 Belsize Lane, London NW3
(nearest tube stations Belsize Park and Finchley Road)

For more information on Soundings go to: http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/journals/soundings/contents.html

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POLITICS AFTER THE CRASH

FIFTH SOUNDINGS EVENT: POLITICS AFTER THE CRASH
10.30am-4.30pm, Saturday 20 June 2009
120 Belsize Lane, London NW3

(nearest tube stations Belsize Park and Finchley Road)
Speakers include LYNSEY HANLEY, MIKE KENNY (TBC), PAUL MASON, DOREEN MASSEY (TBC), JONATHAN RUTHERFORD, LEANNE WOOD,

As the political fault lines of a new era take shape, what will be the defining politics of the next decade?

In the wake of an era of social dislocation and rapid change one response will be a popular search for belonging and cultural familiarity. Our discussion will explore the popular reactions to the social fragmentation, inequalities and cultural destruction of ways of life that have resulted from the decades of economic restructuring as well as from the recession. This is already evident in the rise of the BNP in certain areas, and the alienation of younger generations from electoral politics. A new political culture will need to articulate the social goods that give security, meaning and value to people: home, family, friendships, good work, locality and imaginary communities of belonging. The way people give priority to these, and the reaction to the threats against them, will shape the post-crash political landscape.

Registration: £25 (includes an excellent lunch).

To reserve a place, go to:  http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/events/seminar5.html
Or send a cheque payable to ‘Soundings’ to FREEPOST, LON 176, London, E9 5BR (no stamp is needed).

Places are limited so early booking is advisable.

TIMETABLE
10.30 – 11.45 Plenary 1: How the forces of global capital have been shaping people’s lives and livelihoods, with Paul Mason and Doreen Massey (tbc)

12pm to 1pm Plenary 2: Culture and belonging in an insecure world
Lynsey Hanley, further speaker tbc

1pm – 2pm lunch

2pm – 3pm
Workshop 1: The appeal of the BNP and how to counter it (speaker tbc)
Workshop 2: Gangs, territory and class (speaker tbc)

3.30 – 4.30pm Closing Plenary: political and policy engagement for a new socialism
Mike Kenny (IPPR) (tbc)
Leanne Woods (Plaid Cymru MWA)
Jonathan Rutherford

For more information on Soundings go to: http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/journals/soundings/contents.html

 

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