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Herbert Marcuse

Herbert Marcuse

PRAXIS AND CRITIQUE: LIBERATION, PEDAGOGY, AND THE UNIVERSITY

International Herbert Marcuse Society Sixth Biennial Conference

Praxis and Critique: Liberation, Pedagogy, and the University

12-15 November 2015, Salisbury University (Salisbury, Maryland, USA)

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Abstracts due May 20, 2015

 

In recent years, the problems and contradictions intrinsic to capitalist society have resulted in a number of manifest, seemingly permanent, crises. Many researchers, academics, and activists have seized on the urgency of recent coalescing crises—from environmental degradation to economic inequality, political instability to social unraveling, and beyond—in an attempt to ameliorate and analyze the consequences of these dilapidated social relations. The work of Herbert Marcuse aims to radically re-envision social relations via critical theory as a way to formulate a praxis of liberation. However, if we live in a society, as Marcuse puts it, “without negation,” how shall this critical rationality be cultivated?

The International Herbert Marcuse Society seeks papers for the 2015 biennial conference, “Praxis and Critique: Liberation, Pedagogy, and the University,” that address the broad pedagogical concerns of cultivating emancipatory rationality. Faculty, independent scholars, activists, artists, and others are invited to submit papers. Papers may want to address, but are certainly not limited to, the following problematics:

  • What role can and should critical pedagogy play in today’s institutions of higher education? Given Marcuse’s emphasis on praxis, critical pedagogy cannot be limited to classroom space in universities – how can a critical rationality translate into programs of activism, agitation, and organization?
  • How is the work of Marcuse, the Frankfurt School, and/or critical theory generally relevant to the current context of political, social, economic, and cultural struggles?
  • What is the meaning of praxis and critique today? Do Marcuse’s contemporary interlocutors help us refine, understand, recast, or critique visions of a critical rationality?
  • What can we learn from activists and scholars from a wide range of critical theories, dealing with liberation in areas such as critical race theory, intersectionality, LGBTQIA studies, disability studies, and postcolonial theory?
  • How does Marcuse’s critical theory provide a lens through which to assess the current condition of advanced industrial society?

Student participation is also encouraged. The conference organizers are particularly interested in encouraging undergraduate and graduate student participation. To this end, we encourage faculty to teach related or special topics classes in fall 2015 and to bring students of all levels to the conference. Undergraduate students are invited to present papers in special concurrent sessions. Undergraduate and graduate students will also have the opportunity to submit conference papers for publication to special conference editions.

This conference is an interdisciplinary, multimedia engagement with the many dimensions of Herbert Marcuse’s work. So, in addition to the presentation of papers, the conference will also present artistic work.

Artistic Presentations:

The Salisbury University Gallery will present two related exhibitions.

The first is “Versprechen, dass es anders sein kann” (Promises that it can be different) by painter Antje Wichtrey.
Salisbury University Gallery Director, Elizabeth Kauffman, will curate the second exhibition.

For more information, contact the conference organizers:

Dr. Sarah Surak (smsurak@salisbury.edu) and Dr. Robert Kirsch (rekirsch@salisbury.edu)

 

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Rome

Rome

SEVENTH ANNUAL CRITICAL THEORY CONFERENCE OF ROME

CALL FOR PAPERS

Please circulate widely:

Call for Papers

7th Annual Critical Theory Conference of Rome

May 8-10, 2014

John Felice Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago
Via Massimi 114/A, Rome, Italy

Stream on Critical Theory and Crisis

‘In the meantime, the crisis, to which sociology must prove itself equal, is no longer that of bourgeois order alone but rather it literally threatens the physical continuance of society as a whole.’ Adorno ‘On the Logic of the Social Sciences.’

‘Causality has withdrawn as it were into the totality; in the midst of its system it becomes indistinguishable. The more its concept, under scientific mandate, dilutes itself to abstraction, the less the simultaneous threads of the universally socialized society, which are condensed to an extreme, permit one condition to be traced back with evidence to others.’ Adorno ‘On the Crisis of Causality’

‘As soon as these processes do not merge smoothly into one another but become independent of one another, the crisis is there’. Marx, 1861-63 Manuscripts

The ongoing global social crisis, and its generalization of misery, has proven to be a challenge for a group of theoretical orientations that advance a critical theory of society. This stream aims to address these unhappy circumstances by examining the topic(s) of critical theory and crisis.

Possible topics include:

• Accounts and/or criticisms of different theories of crisis in the critical theories of society of Kracauer, Adorno, Horkheimer, Benjamin, Sohn-Rethel, Grossmann, Pollack, Neumann, Marcuse, Krahl, Schmidt, Kluge, Agnoli, Habermas, Honneth etc.

• Modifications of these, or other figures, critical theories of society to account for the contemporary social crisis.

• New formulations of critical theories of society that address the current crisis.

• Criticisms of new formulations of critical theories of society that address the current crisis.

• New interpretations of traditional concepts in critical theory such as ‘reification’, ‘social processes’, ‘social domination,’ ‘the legitimacy crisis’, ‘recognition theory’, ‘dialectical social theory’, ‘philosophies of history’, ‘temporality’, ‘the state of exception etc.’ in light of the current crisis.

• New interpretations of the work of figures that were a seminal influence on the critical theory of society, such as Marx, Weber, Freud, Nietzsche, Lukacs etc. in relation to a critical theory of crisis.

• The utilization of concepts such as social reproduction, surplus population, secular crisis, creative destruction, negativity, nihilism etc. in critical theories of crisis.

• New conceptions of critical theory, crisis, and critical theories of crisis.

If you are interested in presenting a paper or organizing a panel (of up to 6 speakers) for this stream, please submit a 1 page abstract by February 22, 2014 (including name and institutional affiliation). Abstracts should be submitted by email to the stream coordinator Chris O’Kane at:  theresonlyonechrisokane@gmail. com

If instead you are interested in presenting a paper or organizing a panel (of up to 6 speakers) on other relevant topics in Critical Theory at the conference, please see the general call for papers here: http://www.luc.edu/rome/study- abroad-programs/callforpapers/ 

Rome

Rome

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CRISIS

CRISIS

 

 

Dialectics

Dialectics

DIALECTICS OF THE CONCRETE

Karel Kosík and Dialectics of the Concrete

Prague, June 4–6, 2014

A conference organised by the Department for the Study of Modern Czech Philosophy, Institute of Philosophy, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.

In 1963 Karel Kosík published his path-breaking book Dialectics of the Concrete. It made an impact on both Marxist and non-Marxist thinkers, in Czechoslovakia and throughout the world. In this work Kosík set for himself an ambitious task—to re-think the basic concepts of the Marxist philosophical tradition and to employ them in the analysis of social reality. In the course of his analysis he touched on a wide array of issues that are still relevant today, including the problem of mystification or the “pseudo-concrete,” the social role of art, the conception of reality as a concrete totality, the conception of the human being as an onto-formative being, the systematic connection between labour and temporality, the relationship between praxis and labour, and the explanatory power of the dialectical method.

We would like to explore Kosík’s seminal work in both breadth and depth. To that end, we welcome papers addressing the following topics:

* Kosík in dialogue with other thinkers, such as Hegel, Marx, Labriola, Gramsci, Lukács, Heidegger, Marcuse, Popper, Gonseth, and Weber.

* Kosík’s response to other currents of thought, especially phenomenology, structuralism, existentialism, critical theory, and positivism.

* Kosík’s work in relation to other varieties of Marxist humanism.

* Dialectics of the Concrete in the context of Kosík’s overall philosophical œuvre.

* Dialectics of the Concrete and its influence on political theory, aesthetics, theology, cultural anthropology, sociology, pedagogy, and other fields.

The reception and critique of Kosík’s Dialectics of the Concrete in different parts of the world, such as East-Central Europe; in Germany, Italy, Russia, and Scandinavia; the Anglophone, Francophone, Hispanophone, and Lusophone worlds; China, Japan, and other countries in Asia.

Papers addressing other topics related to Kosík’s work are also welcome.

The conference will be conducted in English. Proposals—including a title and an abstract of 100–200 words—should be sent by 31 December 2013 to landa@flu.cas.cz. Submissions must be in .doc or .rtf format. Notice of acceptance will be sent by 30 January 2014. A conference fee of 100 Euros (60 Euros for students) will cover the costs of organising the conference (including conference accessories and coffee breaks). Details about the method of payment will be announced after abstract acceptance. The conference proceedings will be published as a book in 2015.

Organisers: Ivan Landa, Jan Mervart, Joseph Grim Feinberg

International Organising Committee: Johann P. Arnason, Peter Hudis, Joseph G. Feinberg, Ivan Landa, Michael Löwy, Jan Mervart, Francesco Tava

 

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Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson

FOUCAULT AND RESISTANCE THROUGH MARX AND MARCUSE – KEVIN ANDERSON

[Vancouver] Casting a Critical Eye on the Foucauldian Concept of Resistance, in Light of Marcuse and Marx, by Kevin B. Anderson

Casting a Critical Eye on the Foucauldian Concept of Resistance, in Light of Marcuse and Marx

Kevin Anderson

Vancouver

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Public Lecture: Kevin B. Anderson
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
7:00 p.m. – SFU Harbour Ctr. Room tba

The Foucauldian concept of specific forms of resistance has come to the fore in radical thought, as seen in terrains as diverse as academic social theory and anarchist activism. It has displaced earlier concepts of emancipation rooted in abstract universals (Marcuse), but at a price. Marx’s emancipatory but concrete dialectic of class and ethnicity goes beyond both of these one-sided perspectives.

Kevin B. Anderson teaches Sociology, Political Science, and Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Among his most recent books are Foucault and the Iranian Revolution (with Janet Afary, 2005) and Marx at the Margins (2010).

See: http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org/events/casting-a-critical-eye-on-the-foucauldian-concept-of-resistance-in-light-of-marcuse-and-marx-by-kevin-b-anderson

 

Herbert Marcuse

Herbert Marcuse

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Heathwood Press

Heathwood Press

HEATHWOOD INSTITUTE, HEATHWOOD PRESS, HEATHWOOD NETWORK & THE GLOBAL VOICE PROJECT

Hello everyone,

We have just launched our new website and are sending out several batches of newsletters to update our readers, friends, and colleagues about what has been going on over the last three months and what to expect from the organisation moving forward.

Launch of New Beta Site

– Our ambition as a group has always been to break down the barriers separating critical theoretical discourse and ‘the everyday practise of social and individual life’. In attempting to achieve this we have engaged with readers and have been working with several leading theories of alternative media and web application, to develop new ways in which a range of media projects can assist the organisation to bridge the theory-practise divide.

– One of the new features on our website includes the organisation’s Global Voice project, which acts as centralised hub or platform for the publication of non-profit research and reports.

The non-profit sector of society is notorious for its ability to encourage ethical and critical practise across many different social spheres. Drawing close links to some of the leading non-profit organisations, locally and globally, Heathwood can directly assist and support the ongoing research and practise of NPO’s in a number of fundamental ways: 1) to pull-in non-profit media, report, commentary and critique from around the world and disseminate that information in one centralised place; 2) to normatively engage with independent non-profits so as to support their efforts on a grassroots level with a highly engaged critical theory; 3) to listen to NPO’s across the globe and the struggles and conflicts they report in order to further our own understanding about social agency and structure;  and 4) to integrate non-profit research and data, which is heavily rooted in praxis, with Heathwood’s post-Frankfurt school critical theory.

– Another exciting feature that we’ve been working on for some time consists around the democratisation of media and how to make Heathwood’s site more representative of a truly social, participatory media centre.

To achieve this we have launched a new on-site comments system that allows for real-time discussion between members of the public as well as between readers/public and members of Heathwood. The aim of this new feature is to encourage over time the development of a fertile digital ground for discussion and the sharing of ideas.

Heathwood Network

We have also recently launched a new public forum called the Heathwood Network, which will further support and encourage direct discussion and engagement on a range of subjects. The forum can be accessed via the menu on our new site.

– We’ve also been developing a series of critical theory eGuides, ranging in subject from alternative education and epistemology to alternative economics and ideology critique. No launch date has been set for this programme.

-Lastly, we have been working on publishing a range of infographics, interactive media, videos and datablogs to further support our present research activity and public engagement campaigns.

New Members

We’ve welcomed a new member in past few months, Robert King, whose work in systems will be a great addition to the organisation.

We’ve also had the opportunity to work with some great people from around Europe and North America, including Glenn Rikowski, Chris Cutrone, Richard Wolff, Peter Thompson, Daniel Little, Geert Dhondt, Jeanne Willette, and others.

Moving Forward

There’s a lot planned for the upcoming year, including several new book publications and further expansion to our digital media projects.

If anyone has any questions or would like to discuss more about Heathwood and where it is headed, please feel free to contact Robert C. Smith at robert.smith@heathwoodpress.com

Alternatively, follow the organisation on twitter for daily publication updates.

Signed,

-The members of Heathwood

P.S. Feel free to forward this information to friends, colleagues or whomever you may think appropriate.

Robert C. Smith
Director and Researcher at Heathwood Institute and Press
Website: http://www.heathwoodpress.com
Email: robert.smith@heathwoodpress.com
Phone: +44 (0) 07919252541
Holt, Norfolk, United Kingdom

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Moishe Postone

Moishe Postone

SIXTH INTERNATIONAL CRITICAL THEORY CONFERENCE – ROME

CALL FOR PAPERS

6TH INTERNATIONAL CRITICAL THEORY

CONFERENCE OF ROME

Stream on Marx and the Frankfurt School: New Perspectives and their Contemporary Relevance.

May 6-8th, 2013

John Felice Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago

Website– http://romecriticaltheory2013.wordpress.com/

 

Recent years have seen a flourishing of new perspectives on the contemporary relevance of Karl Marx’s thought. Very little of this thought has been applied to the relationship between Marx and the work of the Frankfurt School.  Instead, with the notable exception of scholars such as Werner Bonefeld and Moishe Postone, much of the work on Marx and the Frankfurt School in the Anglophone world is still approached through paradigms such as the Marxist Humanist discourse of alienation or of scholarly interpretations established by Jurgen Habermas, Martin Jay and Gillian Rose. This stream aims to bring together the best contemporary scholarship offering new perspectives on the relationship between Marx and the Frankfurt School and to consider the contemporary relevance of this relationship.

Possible topics include:

·      New assessments of the relationship between Marx and major figures from the Frankfurt School including Horkheimer, Adorno, Benjamin, Marcuse, Habermas and Honneth.

·      New assessments of the relationship between Marx and minor figures from the Frankfurt School including: Sohn-Rethel, Kracauer, Kirchheimer, Löwenthal Neumann, Pollack, Wittfogel, Negt, Kluge, Schmidt, Backhaus, Reichelt.

·      Comparative accounts of different figures from the Frankfurt School’s interpretation of Marx.

·      New assessments of theories central to Marx and thinkers from the Frankfurt School such as critique, society, reification, second nature, natural history, commodification, fetishism, value, money, exchange, equivalence, ideology, domination, class, capital, social reproduction, epistemology, subjectivity etc.

·      New assessments of the reception and the influence of the Frankfurt School’s relation to Marx in national and international contexts.

·      Importance that the ideas of Marx and the Frankfurt School have for contemporary theories of capital, crisis, social domination, subjectivity, the state, epistemology, class, critical pedagogy, emancipatory politics, and issues of crisis, social reproduction, ecological catastrophe etc.

·      Criticisms different Marxisms or critical theories might have of thinkers from the Frankfurt School.

·      Criticisms the thinkers from the Frankfurt School might have of Marx and different Marxisms.

·      Productive and elective affinities between Marx, figures from the Frankfurt School and other critical theorists such as Bataille, Bensaid, Althusser, Foucault, Open Marxism, Postone, Heinrich, Kurz, Dieter Wolf, Castoriadis, Illyenkov, Bogdanov, etc.

·      Productive and elective affinities between Marx, figures from the Frankfurt School and other Marxist schools such as Autonomism, Political Marxism, Open Marxism, communisation and value-form theory.

·      Contextualizing the reception of Marx and the Frankfurt School in the work of Martin Jay, Gillian Rose, Jurgen Habermas etc.

 

If you are interested in presenting a paper or organizing a panel (of up to 3 speakers), please submit a 1-2 page abstract by February 28, 2013 (including name and institutional affiliation). Abstracts should be submitted by email to the stream coordinator Chris O’Kane at: theresonlyonechrisokane@gmail.com

Decisions regarding the program will be made by March 2013.

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/6th-international-critical-theory-conference-of-rome-6-8-may-2013

 

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Raya Dunayevskaya

THE DUNAYEVSKAYA-MARCUSE-FROMM CORRESPONDENCE, 1954-1978: DIALOGUES ON HEGEL, MARX, FEMINISM, AND CRITICAL THEORY – BOOK LAUNCH (Los Angeles)

Edited by Kevin B. Anderson and Russell Rockwell

Lexington Books, 2012

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2012

6:00-8:00 PM

Peace Center

8124 West Third Street

Los Angeles (near West Hollywood area)

Speakers:

Kevin B. Anderson, author of Marx at the Margins

Ana Maillon, community activist and cultural worker

Kathryn F., student activist

This book presents for the first time the correspondence between the Marxist-Humanist and feminist philosopher Raya Dunayevskaya (1910-87) and two other noted thinkers, the Hegelian Marxist philosopher and social theorist Herbert Marcuse (1898-1979) and the psychologist and social critic Erich Fromm (1900-80), both of the latter members of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory. The letters cover topics such as dialectical social theory, Marxist economics, socialist humanism, the structure and contradictions of modern capitalism, the history of Marxism and of the Frankfurt School, feminism and revolution, developments in the USSR, Cuba, and China, and the New Left of the 1960s. Among the thinkers discussed in the correspondence – some of them quite critically– are Rosa Luxemburg, Theodor Adorno, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, V. I. Lenin, Nikolai Bukharin, Leon Trotsky, Mao Zedong, and Daniel Bell. This volume shows the deeply Marxist and humanist concerns of these thinkers, each of whom had a lifelong concern with rethinking Marx and Hegel as the foundation for an analysis of capitalist modernity and its forces of opposition.

Background reading:

K. Anderson, “Marcuse’s and Fromm’s Correspondence with the Socialist Feminist Raya Dunayevskaya: A New Window on Critical Theory,” Logos, Winter 2012  http://logosjournal.com/2012/winter_anderson/

Sponsored by West Coast Marxist-Humanists, an affiliate of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization

More information: arise@internationalmarxisthumanists.org

http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org/

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/the-dunayevskaya-marcuse-fromm-correspondence-1954-78-book-launch-los-angeles-2-december

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Raya Dunayevskaya

Raya Dunayevskaya

THE DUNAYEVSKAYA-MARCUSE-FROMM CORRESPONDENCE, 1954-1978: DIALOGUES ON HEGEL, MARX, AND CRITICAL THEORY

Edited by Kevin B. Anderson and Russell Rockwell

This book presents for the first time the correspondence during the years 1954 to 1978 between the Marxist-Humanist and feminist philosopher Raya Dunayevskaya (1910-87) and two other noted thinkers, the Hegelian Marxist philosopher and social theorist Herbert Marcuse (1898-1979) and the psychologist and social critic Erich Fromm (1900-80), both of the latter members of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory.

In their introduction, editors Kevin B. Anderson and Russell Rockwell focus on the theoretical and political dialogues in these letters, which cover topics such as dialectical social theory, Marxist economics, socialist humanism, the structure and contradictions of modern capitalism, the history of Marxism and of the Frankfurt School, feminism and revolution, developments in the USSR, Cuba, and China, and emergence of the New Left of the 1960s. The editors’ extensive explanatory notes offer helpful background information, definitions of theoretical concepts, and source references.

Among the thinkers discussed in the correspondence – some of them quite critically– are Karl Marx, G. W. F. Hegel, Rosa Luxemburg, Georg Lukács, Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, V. I. Lenin, Nikolai Bukharin, Sigmund Freud, Leon Trotsky, Mao Zedong, Daniel Bell, and Seymour Martin Lipset. As a whole, this volume shows the deeply Marxist and humanist concerns of these thinkers, each of whom had a lifelong concern with rethinking Marx and Hegel as the foundation for an analysis of capitalist modernity and its forces of opposition.

978-0-7391-6835-6 – Hardback
April 2012 – $80.00 – (£49.95)

 

978-0-7391-6836-3 – Paperback
April 2012 – $34.99 – (£21.95)

 

978-0-7391-6837-0 – eBook
April 2012, Pages: 330

LexingtonBooks

Kevin B. Anderson is a professor of sociology, political science, and feminist studies at University of California, Santa Barbara. 
Russell Rockwell is an independent scholar based inNew York. 

Contents

Acknowledgments
Editors’ Introduction
Note on Sources
Abbreviations
The Dunayevskaya-Marcuse Correspondence, 1954-78
The Dunayevskaya-Fromm Correspondence, 1959-78
Appendix
Marcuse’s Preface to Dunayevskaya’s Marxism and Freedom
Dunayevskaya’s Review of Marcuse’s Soviet Marxism
Dunayevskaya’s Review of Marcuse’s One-Dimensional Man
Fromm’s Foreword to the German Edition of Dunayevskaya’s Philosophy and Revolution
Dunayevskaya’s ‘In Memoriam’ to Marcuse
Dunayevskaya’s ‘In Memoriam’ to Fromm

“[This work] could not have been published at a better time. In addition to an increase of interest in the works of all three thinkers, we are also seeing new social developments that each of them would find it necessary to respond to. This volume discloses the theoretical develop of Dunayevskaya, Marcuse, and Fromm as they engaged the social and political struggles of their day. It is evident that we can learn from them today.” – Arnold L. Farr, University of Kentucky

“This supple meditation on the exchange among three of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century is an absorbing, stimulating and fiercely illuminating contribution to radical philosophy. And further, this collection of correspondence between Dunayevskaya, Marcuse and Fromm is not only historically significant from the perspective of philosophical aficionados, but limpidly demonstrates the continued relevance, if not urgency, of the work of these iconic thinkers for the present historical juncture. And most significantly, the volume speaks to the growing importance of Marxist humanist philosophy for a radical transcendence of domination and oppression as a concrete historical possibility for our times.” – Peter McLaren, Professor, GraduateSchool ofEducation and Information Studies,University ofCalifornia,Los Angeles

“This book is an excellent treatment of an understudied area in the history of the development of Frankfurt School Critical Theory in the U.S. and its intersections with Marxist Humanism. It delivers an original piece of work in the Critical Theory/history of the Frankfurt School literature; it fills an important gap by making the connection between these three important Marxist theorists who all evolved intellectually in the context of the U.S. and emigrated from Europe; and it presents material that will challenge historians of radical thought in the U.S. from the 1950s to the 1970s as well.” – Douglas Kellner, UCLA, editor of the Collected Papers of Herbert Marcuse

“Anderson and Rockwell’s edited collection of the correspondence between Raya Dunayevskaya and first Herbert Marcuse, then Erich Fromm, brings Marxist humanism to life. These letters give the reader a close view of these three major theorists’ understanding of the movements and issues of these decades, and of their sometimes corresponding, sometimes clashing political and theoretical outlooks. Anderson and Rockwell’s introduction places these dialogues in context, tracing the political and intellectual evolution of each of the authors, and highlighting the importance of the issues that they grapple with. This collection is a crucial resource for anyone wishing to understand Marxist humanism, the range of views within it, and its relation to Critical Theory.” – Barbara Epstein,University ofCalifornia,Santa Cruz

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Aesthetics

CRITICAL THEORY AND THE ARTS – NEW YORK

School of Visual Arts
MA Program in Critical Theory and the Arts

“What Where” Spring Lecture Series

Sven Lütticken
Autonomy After the Fact
Wednesday, February 29, 6:30 p.m.
136 West 21st Street, Room 220-F
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RESCHEDULED:

Paul Chan
On Not Working
NEW DATE:
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136 West 21st Street, Room 220-F
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What Where lectures are open to the public. Further details at cta.sva.edu
[http://cta.sva.edu/program-announcements-biblioteca-department-resources/]

School of Visual Arts
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‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub,Bangor, northWales)  

 

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

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

 

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Eternity

REASON, POWER, AND HISTORY: THE PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATIONS OF CRITICAL THEORY

Graduate Society for Philosophy at Emory’s 2012 Conference: Reason, Power, and History: The Philosophical Foundations of Critical Theory

Date: March 30-31, 2012
Submission Deadline: February 25, 2012

Keynote Speaker: Amy Allen, Dartmouth College

Critical Theory stands at the intersection of philosophy and the social sciences, and its concern with reason, power, and history has made it a versatile theoretical tool for both social and scientific inquiry. Since its inception in the 20th Century with the Frankfurt School, Critical Theory has developed a rich and complex relationship with the Western philosophical tradition, constantly reshaping its own relation to it and re-evaluating the discourses of history, reason and power from which it emerged.

This genealogy compels us to inquire into the history of the concepts and methodology of Critical Theory even as we engage in its practice. This conference aims to promote such inquiry through the engagement of questions such as: How do we understand the methodological significance of Critical Theory for the social sciences and philosophy? What are the implications of Critical Theory for discourses concerned with reason, power, and history? What is the genealogy and history of Critical Theory’s central concepts? How does Critical Theory allow us to investigate the intersections and divergences of reason, power, and history?

Papers from all philosophical perspectives are encouraged. Papers should be sent as .pdf, .docx, .doc, or .rtf files, and should not exceed 15 double-spaced pages. Papers should be submitted prepared for blind review, with all personal information included in the body of the e-mail and not
in the document itself.

E-mail submissions to Rebekah Spera at: rspera@emory.edu.

Additional information will be made available at:

http: //www.students.emory.edu/gpse/ & http://www.facebook.com/EmoryPhilosophy

 

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

 

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a new song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

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Theodor Adornon

5th INTERNATIONAL CRITICAL THEORY CONFERENCE OF ROME

CALL FOR PAPERS
5TH INTERNATIONAL CRITICAL THEORY CONFERENCE OF ROME

May 7-9, 2012
John Felice Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago

The John Felice Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago is hosting the fifth international conference on Critical Theory of Rome, which will be held at its campus in Rome, Italy – Via Massimi 114/A.

The conference will examine the importance and the developments of the Frankfurt School by addressing both the philosophical tradition of the early stages of Critical Theory – and in particular the works of Walter Benjamin, Theodor W. Adorno, Max Horkheimer and Herbert Marcuse – as well as the application of their theories to our contemporary society.

In order to reflect the wide range of topics addressed by Critical Theory, the conference will cover different aspects of philosophical reflection on justice, politics, aesthetics, sociology, technology,  literature and any other relevant field of study.

The conference will be held at the Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago on May 7-9, 2012.  It will begin on Monday morning and end by Wednesday afternoon (with a welcoming reception on the evening of Sunday, May 6).  During the sessions, each speaker will have 30 minutes. All presentations will be made in English.

Coordinator: Stefano Giacchetti Ludovisi, Loyola University Chicago, JFRC

Keynote speakers:
Idit Dobbs-Weinstein, Vanderbilt University
Andrew Feenberg, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver
Alessandro Ferrara, University of Rome, Tor Vergata
James Gordon Finlayson, University of Sussex
Stefano Petrucciani, University of Rome, La Sapienza
Henry Pickford, University of Colorado, Boulder
David Schweickart, Loyola University Chicago

If you are interested in presenting a paper or organizing a panel (of up to 5 speakers), please submit a 1-2 page abstract by February 2, 2012 (including name, eventual institutional affiliation and mailing 
address).  Abstracts should be submitted by email.  Decisions regarding the program will be made by the end of February 2012.

To submit an abstract, or for more information, contact: Stefano Giacchetti Ludovisi, PhD – stefano.giacchetti@tiscali.it ; Tel: (+39) 06-81905467

Conference fees: 80 Euro; Free for undergraduate students.

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

 

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

 

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a new song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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Raya Dunayevskaya

WRITINGS OF RAYA DUNAYEVSKAYA

More than one hundred writings of the Marxist-Humanist philosopher Raya Dunayevskaya (1910-1987) that were printed in the paper she founded in 1955, News & Letters, are now available from News and Letters Committees at: http://newsandletters.org/WritingsofRD.asp

Dunayevskaya was one of Trotsky’s secretaries when he was in exile in Mexico. She broke with him over the Hitler/Stalin pact, and later founded News and Letters Committees, developing the philosophy she called Marxist-Humanism. Her books include Marxism and Freedom: from 1776 until today; Philosophy and Revolution: from Hegel to Sartre and from Marx to Mao; and Rosa Luxemburg, Women’s Liberation, and Marx’s Philosophy of Revolution.

A wide-ranging collection of documents from the Raya Dunayevskaya Collection that have appeared in the pages of News & Letters newspaper are available online. The writings, from the 1940s to the 1980s, include work on Marxian economics, Hegelian philosophy, women’s liberation, correspondence with Herbert Marcuse, Eric Fromm, and Adrienne Rich. Only a few of the subjects taken up include the Black liberation struggle in the United States, Che Guevara, the Cuban Revolution, France ’68, and Marxism as a philosophy of “Revolution in Permanence.”

Among the titles: “The Dialectic of Marx’s Grundrisse,” “The Black Dimension in Women’s Liberation,” The Philosophic Legacy of Karel Kosik,” Historic Roots of Israel-Palestine Conflict,” “Levi-Strauss and the Battle of Ideas,” “Rough Notes on Hegel’s Science of Logic,” “Recollections of Leon Trotsky,” “Tragedy of China’s Cultural Revolution,” “On C.L.R. James’ Notes on Dialectics,” “Remembering  Allende, 1973”.

The writings are listed in an index with direct links to the documents and can also be found in back issues of News & Letters to see them in the context in which they were printed.

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