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John Holloway

‘THINK HOPE, THINK CRISIS’: JOHN HOLLOWAY AT UCL

Professor John Holloway, of the Autonomous University of Puebla (see http://www.johnholloway.com.mx/), will be giving a public talk entitled “Think Hope, Think Crisis” at UCL, London, on May 7th.

Professor Holloway is an internationally renowned radical Marxist theorist whose two most recent books, Change the World Without Taking Power (2002) and Crack Capitalism (2010) have had a profound impact in debates over social change in both social movements and universities worldwide. Holloway argues that we need to rethink the concept of revolution in the 21st century, away from the idea of taking power via the state (or indeed any institution) and towards an everyday struggle to bring together our own “power-to-do”.

His talk, which will take place on Wednesday 7th May, 5-7pm in Room G03, 26 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AP, will engage with the potentials for social change in a time of crisis (see abstract below).

For more information please contact sam.halvorsen.10@ucl.ac.uk

Please note, attendance will be on a first come basis (no tickets). We have a capacity of 120, but please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Abstract for talk:
“At the beginning of his great work The Principle of Hope, Ernst Bloch challenged us to learn hope. Now, sixty years later, his challenge is both more difficult and more urgent than ever. How can we think hope, the radical hope of a different world, in the present situation? And how do we relate it to the present crisis of capitalism? The crisis as rupture of capitalist domination should open the world, but it seems to close it. Think hope, think crisis, but how?”

 

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Radical Pedagogy

Walter Benjamin

THE PHILOSOPHY OF WALTER BENJAMIN

Two-Day Conference, Friday December 14 & Saturday, December 15 2012

Goldsmiths College, University of London (Ben Pimlott Building, Lecture Theatre)
INC – Goldsmiths Continental Philosophy Research Group

The work of the German-Jewish critic and philosopher Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) spans a vast array of themes, ranging from the metaphysics of youth to the Paris arcades. His writings on Goethe and Scheerbart; Kafka and Baudelaire, as well as his work on the relationship between art and technology continue to fascinate and polarize in equal measure. His singular intersection of Marxian and Jewish thought is amply evidenced in the extensive correspondence with Ernst Bloch, Theodor Adorno, Bertold Brecht and Hannah Arendt, amongst others. Undoubtedly it is the sheer breadth of Benjamin’s interests that accounts for the enduring concern with his often fragmentary work across academic disciplines. That is to say, Benjamin is no longer a stranger at the Academy. Nevertheless, a central aspect of Benjamin’s work is all-too-often overlooked when his aesthetic and literary works
are treated in isolation.

The manifest content of Benjamin’s writing is never merely incidental: rather, it is shot through with a burgeoning philosophical project – from the ‘Programme of the Coming Philosophy’ (1917) to the ‘Theses on the Concept of History’ (1940). In this regard it appears that recent anniversary of Benjamin’s birth in 1892 warrants a re-appraisal of this legacy by asking the question: how can the various strands of Benjamin’s work be engaged to illuminate the unfolding of his philosophical position, and – vice versa – how does Benjamin’s philosophy illuminate other aspects of his thought?

This conference aims, then – on the one hand – to explore Benjamin’s thought in relation to the various philosophical traditions that inform his project (Leibniz, Kant, Schlegel, Lukács etc.), and – on the other hand – to ask how these influences continue to operate between the lines even where Benjamin is not explicitly concerned with the philosophical canon? In short: how are we to understand the philosophy of Walter Benjamin?

Inquries: sebastian.truskolaski@gmail.com
www.walterbenjamin2012.blogspot.co.uk
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THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO ALL!

Programme:

Day One: Friday, 14 Dec

10:00 – 10:45, Howard Caygill (CRMEP, Kingston) ‘Keynote Address’
10:45 – 11:30, Paula Schwebel (Potsdam) ‘Benjamin’s Monadology: From Idealism to Historical Materialism’
11:30 – 12:15, Blair Ogden (Oxford) ‘Walter Benjamin’s Philosophical Conception of Happiness’
12:15 – 13:00, Jonathan Gray (Royal Holloway) ‘Hamann and Benjamin on the Concept of Experience’
13:00 – 14:00, LUNCH
14:00 – 14:45, Djordje Popovic (Minnesota) ‘Theology of Hell: Continuity of Thought in Walter Benjamin’
14:45 – 15:30, John Merrick (CRMEP, Kingston) ‘Benjamin’s Non-Hegelian Dialectics’
15:30 – 16:15, Jan Urbich (Jena/Weimar) ‘Under Cover: Hegel’s Logic in Walter Benjamin’s Epistemo-Critical Preface’
16:15 – 16:45, COFFEE BREAK
16:45 – 17:30, Elise Derroitte (KU Leuven) ‘The Critic is the New ‘Philosopher of the Spirit’. Comparing Benjamin and Fichte’s Conceptions of Critique’
17:30 – 18:15, Sami Khatib (FU Berlin/Jan Van Eyck) ‘Teleology Without End – Walter Benjamin’s Methodological Nihilism’
18:15 – 19:00, Scott Ritner (New School) ‘The God of Negation – Divine Intervention in the Thought of Walter Benjamin, Georges Bataille and Simone Weil’

Day Two: Saturday, 15 Dec

10:00 – 10:45, Lea Barbisan (Paris, Sorbonne) ‘Körper – Leib – Gestalt: Benjamin’s Phenomenology of the Body’
10:45 – 11:30, Lucie Mercier (CRMEP, Kingston) ‘Walter Benjamin on Translation: a Strategic Hermeneutics of History?’
11:30 – 12:15, Hanping Chiu (Tamkang, Taipei) ‘Translation as Expression: Reinventing Benjamin’s Language Philosophy’
12:15 – 13:00, Florian Telsnig (Vienna) ‘The Monadological Tendency in Benjamin’s Philosophy of the Name’
13:00 – 14:00, LUNCH
14:00 – 14:45, Leena Petersen (Sussex) ‘Poetics of the Space in-Between’
14:45 – 15:30, Phil Homburg (Sussex) ‘Symbol, Sign and Fetish: Walter Benjamin and the Post-Kantian Concept of the Symbol’
15:30 – 16:15, Maria Andrade (Universidad de los Andes) ‘Exiled Between Romantic Absolute and Baroque Allegory’
16:15 – 16:45, COFFEE BREAK
16:45 – 17:30, Ben Noys (Chichester) ‘Emergency Brake: Benjamin and the Critique of Accelerationism’
17:30 – 18:15, Tom Allen (Independent) ‘Fixed Manifestations: Benjamin, Blanqui and the Caption of History’
18:15 – 19:00, Christian Garland (FU Berlin) ‘Redeeming the Past in the Present: Benjamin’s Messianic Materialist Philosophy of History’

 

First published in: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/the-philosophy-of-walter-benjamin-conference-goldsmiths-london-dec-14-15-2012

 

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Friday 25th February 2011, 18.30
Tate Modern, Bankside London SE1 9TG

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THE POLITICS OF UTOPIA: MARXISM, MYTH AND RELIGION

UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
BAKHTIN CENTRE

The Politics of Utopia: Marxism, Myth and Religion
Friday, 19th November 2010

Workshop jointly organised by the Centre for Ernst Bloch Studies and the Bakhtin Centre

Humanities Research Institute, Gell St., University of Sheffield.

10.00 – 11.00: Reception and coffee

11.00 – 12.30 

Peter Thompson (Sheffield): “The Communist Hypothesis and the Invariant of Direction: Badiou, Bloch and the political theology of the impossible”

Craig Brandist (Sheffield): “Semantic Palaeontology and the Passage from Myth to Science and Poetry: The Work of Izrail Frank-Kamenetskii (1880-1937)”

12.30 – 13.30: Lunch

13.30 – 15.00

Esther Leslie (Birkbeck): “Mountains and Crystals: Utopia in the Snows of Weimar”

Richard Howells (King’s College London): “Creation and Creativity: Utopia and Navajo Design”

15.00 – 15.30: Coffee

15.30 – 17.00

Caitríona Ní Dhúill (Durham): “Experiments with the name of God: Bloch’s reading of mystery”

Johan Siebers (IGRS/Lancaster): “Parks and Deserts: Outline of a Blochian environmental philosophy”

17.00 – 18.00: Wine reception

18.00 – 19.30

Film screening and discussion in the Exhibition Space (titles TBA)

— 
Craig Brandist,
Professor of Cultural Theory and Intellectual History,
Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies,
University of Sheffield,
Jessop West,
1 Upper Hanover Street,
Sheffield, S3 7RA.
Tel. +44 (0)114 2227413
fax +44 (0)114 275 1198

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THE SPIRIT OF CAPITAL – WITH MOISHE POSTONE

This message is to announce the Tenth Annual Graduate Student Conference in Philosophy at the New School For Social Research entitled “The Spirit of Capital: A Conference on Hegel and Marx

Date: April 28-29, 2011
Paper Submission Deadline: Dec 1st, 2010
Keynote Speaker: Moishe Postone (University of Chicago)

Submission Guidelines:

Papers ranging from 3,000 to 5,000 words should be submitted in blind review format via spiritofcapital@gmail.com and should include the following in the body of the email:

i. Author’s name

ii. Title of Paper

iii. Institutional affiliation

iv. Contact information (email, phone number, mailing address)
Please omit any self-identifying information within the body of the paper.

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THE SPIRIT OF CAPITAL: A CONFERENCE ON HEGEL AND MARX

THE TENTH ANNUAL GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE IN PHILOSOPHY

AT THE NEW SCHOOL FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: MOISHE POSTONE

APRIL 28TH -29TH, 2011

“It is impossible completely to understand Marx’s Capital, and especially its first chapter, without having thoroughly studied and understood the whole of Hegel’s Logic. Consequently, half a century later none of the Marxists understood Marx!!” wrote Lenin in 1915. In 1969, Althusser responded, “A century and a half later no one has understood Hegel because it is impossible to understand Hegel without having thoroughly studied and understood Capital.” What are we to make of this challenge today? Are we now ready to understand Hegel through Marx, and Marx through Hegel?

It is high time for a reassessment of the core stakes of the Marx-Hegel debate. What would it mean to think the concepts of capital and spirit together? This conference is a place to explore the internal relations between Hegel and Marx’s philosophical projects. Some possible questions include: how does Hegel’s phenomenology, logic, philosophy of nature, history and right internally contain the elements that Marx will use to decipher the world of property, labor, commodities and capital? Is Capital a logical theory of forms or a theory of history? How does Marx negate and realize Hegel’s project? What is the role of labor in Hegel, and the role of spirit in Marx? Does the development of history show the unfolding of freedom or the unfolding of capital?  This conference echoes the early Frankfurt School tradition, with its project for a critique of the social forms of the present. We encourage submissions on a wide range of topics and thinkers:

Possible Themes:

Capital and Spirit

Hegel’s Logic and Marx’s Grundrisse

Property, Alienation, and Class

Form and Content in Hegel and Marx

Concrete and Abstract Labor

Master and Slave

Critique, Dialectic and Method

Time and History

Freedom and Necessity

Substance and Subject in Capital

The Value-Form

Critique of Labor

Revolution and Negation

Materialism and Idealism

Proletarian Self-Abolition

Commodity, Money and Capital

The Philosophy of Right

Possible Thinkers:

I.I. Rubin

Gyorgy Lukacs

Karl Korsch

Ernst Bloch

Walter Benjamin

Alfred Sohn-Rethel

Theodore Adorno

Herbert Marcuse

CLR James

Raya Dunayevskaya

Guy Debord

Alexander Kojeve

Jean Hyppolite

Frantz Fanon

Helmut Reichelt

Hans-Georg Backhaus

Gillian Rose

EMAIL SUBMISSIONS TO: spiritofcapital@gmail.com

SUBMISSION DEADLINE is Dec 1st, 2010

Papers should be sent as word documents or pdfs, not exceeding 5000 words. Personal information including institutional affiliation is to be sent in the body of the email and should not appear on the paper itself or in the file name.

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