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HEGEL’S PHENOMENOLOGY OF SPIRIT AND ITS AFTERLIVES

CPCT Research Seminar 2015-2016: Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit and its Afterlives
Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought

Goldsmiths, University of London

New Cross

London SE14 6NW
Wednesdays, 4-6pm @ RHB 352
[Autumn] Oct 14, 28, Nov 11, 25, Dec 9
[Spring] Jan 20, Feb 3, 17, Mar 2, 16
[Summer] May 4, 18, Jun 1, 15, 29

The research seminar, which will meet on a bi-weekly basis, is open to staff and graduate students affiliated with CPCT, and aims to serve as a forum for philosophical work and dialogue at Goldsmiths. Though the seminar is organised by the co-directors of the CPCT, Julia Ng and Alberto Toscano, we hope different members and affiliates of the CPCT will volunteer to lead the discussions each week.

 

Main text: Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit, trans. A.V. Miller (OUP 1977); see also Terry Pinkard’s online translation, with facing German text

 

Structure

  1. Intro meeting; Phenomenology, Preface (pp.1-45, §72)
  2. Derrida, “Outwork, prefacing,” in Dissemination
  3. Phenomenology, Introduction to Force and Understanding (pp. 46-103, §165)
  4. Heidegger, ‘Hegel’s Concept of Understanding’; Charles Taylor, ‘The Opening Arguments of the Phenomenology’; Hans-Georg Gadamer, ‘Hegel’s “Inverted World”’
  5. Phenomenology, Self-Consciousness (pp. 104-138, §230)
  6. Hyppolite, Genesis and Structure of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit (Part III)
  7. Phenomenology, Observing Reason (pp. 105-210, §346)
  8. Phenomenology, the rest of Reason (pp. 211-262, §437)
  9. Phenomenology, The Ethical Order (pp. 263-294, §483)
  10. Phenomenology, Culture (pp. 294-363, §595)
  11. Comay, Mourning Sickness
  12. Phenomenology, Morality (pp. 364-409, §671)
  13. Phenomenology, Religion (pp. 410-478, §787)
  14. Hamacher, ‘(The End of Art with the Mask)’
  15. Phenomenology, Absolute Knowing (pp. 479-493, §808) ​

 

Texts on the Phenomenology

Hyppolite, Genesis and Structure of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit

Jameson, The Hegel Variations

Pinkard, Hegel’s Phenomenology: The Sociality of Reason

Kojève, Introduction to the Reading of Hegel

Heidegger, Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit

Houlgate, Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit: A Reader’s Guide

Yovel, Hegel’s Preface to the “Phenomenology of Spirit” (translation and commentary)

 

Further Information, see: http://www.gold.ac.uk/sociology/research-centres/cpct/res-seminar/

 

First Published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/cpct-goldsmiths-2015-16-research-seminar-hegels-phenomenology

 

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law-on-trial-flyerTHE UNIVERSITY ON TRIAL

The End(s) of the Legal Academy

The obituaries of academic freedom, the humanities, and indeed the university itself are coming to focus not just on the end of an erstwhile academy but also on what the ends, the purport, of the academy should and could now be. This workshop brings this concern to bear on the role of the legal academy, a role that is distinctive yet shared with other faculties in the university. It explores what that role imports for the character of being-together within the legal academy.

Organiser: Professor Peter Fitzpatrick

 

Wellbeing in the Legal Profession: Law Firms, Law Schools and the (Un)Happy Lawyer (or, what do we talk about, when we talk about wellbeing in law?)

Richard Collier, Law School, Newcastle University
Discussant: Fiona Macmillan, School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London

 

The Law School and the Force of Law

Patricia Tuitt, School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London
Discussant: Eddie Bruce-Jones,, School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London

 

The Structure of a University: Instrumentalism, Idealism and Forms of Life

Soo Tian Lee, School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London

Discussant: Matthew Charles, English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies, University of Westminster

 

Venue: Malet Street Building, Council Room

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Part of Law on Trial 2015: The University on Trial, Birkbeck College, University of London, June 15-19 2015.

Website: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/law/about-us/events/law-on-trial-2015

Education for Debt

Education for Debt

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Philosophy and Romanticism

Philosophy and Romanticism

NATURE AND CULTURE IN GERMAN ROMANTICISM AND IDEALISM

UNSW Australia and the University of Sydney
12-14 March, 2014

The last two decades can be described as witness to a genuine revival of interest in German romantic and idealist philosophy. Philosophers working in a variety of areas have embraced the ideas of the romantics and idealists, disentangling them from false or misunderstood legacies, and reexamining them in light of contemporary debates. This conference aims to advance this significant historical and philosophical research, by investigating the two most central themes in German idealist and romantic philosophy: nature and culture and their interdependence.

Precisely because of the interdisciplinary character of romanticism and idealism, the conference approaches the two movements from a number of related angles. In the first instance, the goal is to consider how various thinkers from the romantic era conceived nature and culture, and sought to harmonize the sphere of the natural sciences (Naturwissenschaften) and the sphere of the humanities (Geisteswissenschaften), which, only some fifty years later, became fully separated. In addition, the conference seeks to investigate the interdisciplinary conception of “Geist” developed during that time, which today can be translated into “mind” as well as its various externalizations as “society,” “arts,” “institutions,” and “culture.” In these two ways, the conference will explore the uniqueness of the romantic and idealist views, and consider their potential significance for contemporary debates.

Conference organisers:
Heikki Ikäheimo (UNSW),
Dalia Nassar (Sydney) and
Paul Redding (Sydney)
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Conference sponsored by the Sydney Intellectual History Network (SIHN) at the University of Sydney and the Faculty of Arts and Social Science and the School of Humanities and Languages at UNSW Australia.

Conference Registration

Registrations close 7 March 2014
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Conference website: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/philosophy/about/ncgri_conference.shtml

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Philosophy

Philosophy

KANT & KANTIAN PHILOSOPHY – CALL FOR PAPERS

Paideia: International Philosophical Journal

Call for Papers

 

Monographic section

Paideia invites submissions for its next issue: Kant and Kantian Philosophy.

Every aspect of Kantian philosophy and work is welcome. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

– Historical insights in Kantian philosophy

– Genesis of Kantian thought

– Kant and the sciences (Biology, Mathematics, Physics)

– Religion within the Bounds of Bare Reason

– Kant on beauty

– Ethical theory in Kant’s works

– Kant and Idealism

– Kant and Phenomenology

– The importance of Kant in the contemporary philosophy

– Kant and the analytical philosophy

– A priori and a posteriori knowledge after Kant

– Kant and animal thought

– Kant and the non-classical logics

 

General section

Paideia is also going to consider articles from all the other field of philosophy. They will be published in a separate section.

submission@paideia-journal.com

Before submitting an article, please ensure you have read the Instructions for Authors.

Paideia: http://www.paideia-journal.com/

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North Atlantic Oscillation

North Atlantic Oscillation

MARXISM, ORIENTALISM AND COSMOPOLITANISM

From Gilbert Achcar:

My book The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising has been released this month in the US (available since July in the UK). I am happy to inform you of the publication of yet another book of mine, which is a collection of essays.

Recently released in the UK: http://www.saqibooks.co.uk/ book/marxism-orientalism- cosmopolitanism/

Next month in the US: http://www.haymarketbooks.org/ pb/Marxism-Orientalism- Cosmopolitanism

Below, FYI, is the Table of Contents.

Foreword 7

Religion and Politics Today from a Marxian Perspective 10
Marx’s view of religion 12
Religion and radicalism today: liberation theology 16
Religion and radicalism today: Islamic fundamentalism 23
For a Marxian comparative sociology of religions 28
Political conclusions 35

Orientalism in Reverse:
Post-1979 Trends in French Orientalism 40
“Orientalism in reverse” 41
Post-1979 French Orientalists 45
French “Orientalism in reverse” 47
The meanderings of French “Orientalism in reverse” 56

Marx, Engels and “Orientalism”:
On Marx’s Epistemological Evolution 68
Said’s Orientalism and its Marxist critique 68
Orientalism, essentialism and idealism 73
Marx and Engels’ radical break with historical idealism 78
Were Marx and Engels Eurocentric? 82
The political/epistemological evolution
of Marx and Engels 88
Critical Marxism and Orientalism 96

Marxism and Cosmopolitanism 103
Four conceptions of cosmopolitanism 103
Marx and Engels’ initial conception of cosmopolitanism 107
The maturation of Marx and Engels’
conception of cosmopolitanism 116
Cosmopolitanism and internationalism 123
“Cosmopolitanism” after Marx and Engels:
Kautsky, Gramsci and the Comintern 128
“Cosmopolitanism” as anathema: the Stalinist perversion 134
Cosmopolitanism and “globalisation” 144

Bibliography and References 165

 

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G.W.F. Hegel

HEGEL CONTRA SOCIOLGY READING GROUP

The Gillian Rose ‘Hegel Contra Sociology’ Reading Group will hold its first meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday 24 October at University College London (UCL), Foster Court Room 112, Gower Street (Tube: Russell Square or Goodge Street).

Map at: http://streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x=529649&y=182184&z=0&sv=51.5237,-0.1326&st=7&mapp=map.srf

The group will meet every alternate Wednesdays, so subsequent readings for the rest of 2012 will take place on 7 Nov, 21 Nov, 5 Dec and 19 Dec.

All welcome

 

The controversial 235-page text, by Britain’s best Post-War philosopher, first published in 1981, has now been republished by Verso. Uniquely, Hegel Contra Sociology, in challenging the legacy of Neo-Kantianism and its impact on Marxism and sociology in general, provides a dense but concise overview of all of Hegel’s main works: the System of Ethical Life, the Philosophy of Right, Phenomenology of Spirit, the Aesthetics and the Science of Logic.

The first session (or two) will be on chapter one, ‘The Antinomies of Sociological Reason’.

Dave Black will lead off the discussion.

David Black, Convenor

 

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Immanuel Kant

KANT AND THE BRITISH IDEALISTS CONFERENCE

Final Call for Registrations

To be held at the Cave Castle Hotel, South Cave, near Hull, on 29 and 30 August 2012.

On 29 and 30 August 2012, the UK Kant Society and the Centre for Idealism and the New Liberalism at the University of Hull, UK, will host a joint conference entitled ‘Kant and the British idealists’.  The conference seeks to explore the relationship between any aspect of the philosophies of Immanuel Kant, Kantians and the British idealists.  No branch of philosophy is excluded, and papers can be either philosophical or historical.

Keynote Speakers:
Dr Giuseppina D’Oro (Keele), ‘Varieties of Idealism’ tbc
Dr William Mander (Oxford), ‘The Kantian and Hegelian Roots of T.H. Green’s Conception of Free Will’

The call for papers is now closed, but if you wish to attend the conference please register at: http://www2.hull.ac.uk/fass/politics/research/cinl/kant/register.aspx

Registrations will close on 8 AUGUST 2012.

For further information, please see the conference website: http://www2.hull.ac.uk/fass/politics/research/cinl/kant.aspx

 

Dr Colin Tyler, FRHistS

Reader in Politics, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Hull, Cottingham Road, Hull, HU6 7RX, United Kingdom, T: + 44 (0)1482 465765    F: + 44 (0)1482 466208: http://www2.hull.ac.uk/fass/politics/staff/dr-colin-tyler.aspx

Director of the Centre for Idealism and the New Liberalism: http://www2.hull.ac.uk/fass/politics/research/research-centres/centre-for-the-study-of-britis.aspx

Editor of The International Journal of Social Economics: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=ijse

 

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Hegel

LESS THAN NOTHING: HEGEL AND THE SHADOW OF DIALECTICAL MATERIALISM

NEW TITLE:

LESS THAN NOTHING: HEGEL AND THE SHADOW OF DIALECTICAL MATERIALISM

By SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK

Published: 11th June 2012

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EVENTS IN LONDON

Monday 11 June, 7pm

Central Saint Martins Campus, London N1

The new Central Saint Martins campus at Kings Cross will host the renowned philosopher Slavoj Žižek in conversation with Jonathan Derbyshire, the culture editor of the New Statesman. From Hegel to the Occupy movement, expect an interesting thought-provoking discussion followed by audience Q and A.

For more information visit: http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/cultural-capital/2012/05/slavoj-%C5%BEi%C5%BEek-conversation-new-statesman

 

15 June-16 June  

Café Oto, 18 – 22 Ashwin St, Dalston, London E8 3D

Hegel 101 seminar, 24 hour reading of LESS THAN NOTHING & talk by Zizek. Details coming soon on versobooks.com

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“I am writing a mega-book about Hegel. It is a true work of love. This is my true life’s work. Even Lacan is just a tool for me to read Hegel. For me, always it is Hegel, Hegel, Hegel … but people just want the shitty politics.” Slavoj Žižek

For the last two centuries, Western philosophy has developed in the shadow of HEGEL, whose influence each new thinker tries in vain to escape: whether in the name of the pre-rational Will, the social process of production, or the contingency of individual existence. Hegel’s absolute idealism has become the bogeyman of philosophy, obscuring the fact that he is the dominant philosopher of the epochal historical transition to modernity; a period with which our own time shares startling similarities.

Today, as global capitalism comes apart at the seams, we are entering a new transition. In LESS THAN NOTHING, the pinnacle publication of a distinguished career, Slavoj Žižek argues that it is imperative that we not simply return to Hegel but that we repeat and exceed his triumphs, overcoming his limitations by being even more Hegelian than the master himself. Such an approach not only enables Žižek to diagnose our present condition, but also to engage in a critical dialogue with the key strands of contemporary thought-HEIDEGGER, BADIOU, speculative realism, quantum physics and cognitive sciences. Modernity will begin and end with Hegel.

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Praise for SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK:

‘Superstar messiah of the new left’ OBSERVER

 ‘An intellectual whirlwind’ DAILY TELEGRAPH

 ‘A superstar of Elvis-like magnitude … a bogglingly dynamic whirlwind of brainpower’ DAZED & CONFUSED

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SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK is a professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana,

Zixek

Slovenia. His other books from Verso include LIVING IN THE END TIMES, FIRST AS TRAGEDY, THEN AS FARCE, IN DEFENSE OF LOST CAUSES, THE SUBLIME OBJECT OF IDEOLOGY, THE FRAGILE ABSOLUTE: OR, WHY IS THE CHRISTIAN LEGACY WORTH FIGHTING FOR, THE TICKLISH SUBJECT, THE PLAGUES OF FANTASIES, FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO, THE INDIVISIBLE REMAINDER, WELCOME TO THE DESERT OF THE REAL,IRAQ: THE BORROWED KETTLE, and DID SOMEBODY SAY TOTALITARIANISM? He has also appeared in the films ŽIŽEK!, EXAMINED LIFE and The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema.

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ISBN: 978 1 84467 897 6 / $69.95 / £50.00 / Hardback / 1040 pages

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For more information about LESS THAN NOTHING, or to buy the book visit:

http://www.versobooks.com/books/1114-less-than-nothing

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Hegel

THE METAPHYSICS OF BRITISH HEGELIANISM 

‘The Metaphysics of British Hegelianism’ – 16th April 2012

A one day conference at Christ’s College, Cambridge, supported by the Cambridge Philosophy Faculty, and the Centre for Idealism and the New Liberalism at the University of Hull.

British Hegelianism, or British Idealism, was an especially productive period in British metaphysics. Its proponents – including T. H. Green, Edward Caird, F. H. Bradley, Harold Joachim, Bernard Bosanquet, D. G. Ritchie, Samuel Alexander and J. M. E. McTaggart – discussed a wide range of metaphysical issues including idealism, monism, theism, free will, fundamentality, the nature of truth, the existence of relations and the reality of space and time. Many of these topics are of particular importance to contemporary metaphysics. This conference will discuss these issues and raise contextual questions, investigating the philosophical influences at work on particular metaphysicians. Hegel is the foremost of a large pantheon of further influences, which also includes Plato, Spinoza, Locke, the Cambridge neo-Platonists and Lotze. Indeed, one might question the appropriateness of labelling the movement at all, given that neither ‘British Hegelianism’ nor ‘British Idealism’ provide perfect labels: there are Hegelians who are not idealists, and idealists who are not Hegelians.

British Hegelianism has been neglected but the last few years have seen an increasing wave of interest in the subject, as evidenced not least by Robert Stern’s ‘Hegelian Metaphysics’, William Mander’s ‘British Idealism’ and Imprint Academic’s new monograph series ‘British Idealist Studies’. This conference will provide a venue for furthering that interest, featuring many of the eminent scholars in the area. The talks will be as follows.

Keynote: Professor Robert Stern (Sheffield) Determination is negation: The adventures of a doctrine from Spinoza to Hegel to the British Idealists

Dr. Giuseppina D’Oro (Keele) Varieties of Idealism

Dr. William Mander (Oxford) T. H. Green’s Metaphysics of Free Will

Emily Thomas (Cambridge) Space, Time, and Samuel Alexander

Professor David Boucher (Cardiff) Oakeshott and Idealist Metaphysics

Dr. Colin Tyler (Hull) T. H. Green and the Metaphysics of the Self

The conference will take place in the Lloyd Room, Christ’s College,Cambridge; it will run from 10am to 6pm. The conference will include coffees and lunch. Conference attendees are asked to register and pay a £10 fee to cover costs before April 7th. Cheques should be made out to ‘Christ’s College’, and addressed to the care of the conference convener Emily Thomas at Christ’s College, St Andrew’s Street, Cambridge CB2 3BU.

Any queries should also be directed to Emily at aeet2@cam.ac.uk

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THE SPIRIT OF CAPITAL: A GRADUATE CONFERENCE ON MARX AND HEGEL  

UPDATE 3rd APRIL 2011

April 28 – 29 2011

At the New School for Social Research

New York City

6 E 16th Street, Room 1103

The Spirit of Capital – with Moishe Postone: http://spiritofcapital.com/

Conference Flyer: http://spiritofcapital.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/flyer1.pdf

PROGRAMME

 

Thursday, April 28th:

10.00am – 11.15am: Capital or Spirit

Brad Tabas (American University of Paris)

Respondent: Aaron Jaffe (New School)

Moderator: Todd May

11.30am-12.45am: Measure, Mediation & Method

Frank Enster (Freie University, Berlin)

Respondent: Matt Congdon (New School)

Moderator: Dimitri Nikulin

2.00pm-3.15pm: Class Interests, Ethics & Law of the Heart

Jen Hammond (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Respondent: Mariane Lenabat (New School)

Moderator: Alice Crary

3.30pm-4.45pm: Hegel, Marx & the Question of Theft

Kieran Aarons (DePaul)

Respondent: Jacob Blumenfeld (New School)

Moderator: Chiara Bottici

KEYNOTE 6.00-8.00pm

The Power of Negative Thinking

Paul Mattick (Adelphi)

Moderator: Jacob Blumenfeld

Friday April 29th:

10.00am-11.15am: Real Abstractions of Capitalism

Demet Evrenosoglu (Bogazici University, Turkey)

Respondent: Emilie Connoly (John Hopkins)

Moderator: Ross Poole

11.30am-1.00pm: The Time of Capital & The Messianicity of Time

Sami Khatib (Freie University, Berlin)

Respondent: Massimiliano Tomba (University De Padova)

Moderator : Cinzia Arruzza

2.00pm-3.15pm : Western Marxism (Panel)

1) Empiricism & Idealism in Karl Korsch’s Reading of Hegelian Dialectic

Giorgio Cesarale (Sapienza, Italy)

2) From “Commodity Fetishism” to “Teleological Positing”

Pu Wang (NYU)

Moderator: Richard Bernstein

3.30pm-5.00pm: Aesthetics & Politics (Panel)

1) The Comedy of Religion

Rachel Aumiller (Villanova)

2) On Contradiction & Political Optimism

Ryan Culpepper (University of Toronto)

KEYNOTE 6.00-8.00pm

Capital: Marx’s Mature Critique of Hegel

Moishe Postone (University of Chicago)

Moderator: Jay Bernstein

Full Conference Schedule: http://spiritofcapital.com/schedule/

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Karl Marx

HISTORICAL MATERIALISM CONFERENCE 2010

Extended Abstract Deadline

Due to high demand, the deadline for submitting abstracts for the 2010 Historical Materialism Conference in London has now been extended to 1 JULY 2010. This will be the last extension.

‘Crisis and Critique’: Historical Materialism Annual London Conference 2010,

Central London, Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th November*

Call for Papers

Notwithstanding repeated invocations of the ‘green shoots of recovery’, the effects of the economic crisis that began in 2008 continue to be felt around the world. While some central tenets of the neoliberal project have been called into question, bank bailouts, cuts to public services and attacks on working people’s lives demonstrate that the ruling order remains capable of imposing its agenda. Many significant Marxist analyses have already been produced of the origins, forms and prospects of the crisis, and we look forward to furthering these debates at HM London 2010. We also aim to encourage dialogue between the critique of political economy and other modes of criticism – ideological, political, aesthetic, philosophical – central to the Marxist tradition.

In the 1930s, Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht projected a journal to be called ‘Crisis and Critique’. In very different times, but in a similar spirit, HM London 2010 aims to serve as a forum for dialogue, interaction and debate between different strands of critical-Marxist theory. Whether their focus is the study of the capitalist mode of production’s theoretical and practical foundations, the unmasking of its ideological forms of legitimation or its political negation, we are convinced that a renewed and politically effective Marxism will need to rely on all the resources of critique in the years ahead. Crises produce periods of ideological and political uncertainty. They are moments that put into question established cognitive and disciplinary compartmentalisations, and require a recomposition at the level of both theory and practice. HM London 2010 hopes to contribute to a broader dialogue on the Left aimed at such a recomposition, one of whose prerequisites remains the young Marx’s call for the ‘ruthless criticism of all that exists’.

We are seeking papers that respond to the current crisis from a range of Marxist perspectives, but also submissions that try to think about crisis and critique in their widest ramifications. HM will also consider proposals on themes and topics of interest to critical-Marxist theory not directly linked to the call for papers (we particularly welcome contributions on non-Western Marxism and on empirical enquiries employing Marxist methods).

While Historical Materialism is happy to receive proposals for panels, the editorial board reserves the right to change the composition of panels or to reject individual papers from panel proposals. We also expect all participants to attend the whole conference and not simply make ‘cameo’ appearances. We cannot accommodate special requests for specific slots or days, except in highly exceptional circumstances.

*Please note that, in order to allow for expected demand, this year the conference will be three and a half days’ long, starting on the Thursday afternoon.

Please submit a title and abstract of between 200 and 300 words by registering at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/conferences/annual7/submit by 1 JULY 2010

Possible themes include:

•       Crisis and left recomposition

•       Critique and crisis in the global south

•       Anti-racist critique

•       Marxist and non-Marxist theories of crisis

•       Capitalist and anti-capitalist uses of the crisis

•       Global dimensions of the crisis

•       Comparative and historical accounts of capitalist crisis

•       Ecological and economic crisis

•       Critical theory today

•       Finance and the crisis

•       Neoliberalism and legitimation crisis

•       Negation and negativity

•       Feminism and critique

•       Political imaginaries of crisis and catastrophe

•       The critique of everyday life (Lefebvre, the Situationists etc.)

•       The idea of critique in Marx, his predecessors and contemporaries

•       Art criticism, political critique and the critique of political economy

•       Geography and crisis, geography and the critique of political economy

•       Right-wing movements and crisis

•       Critiques of the concept of crisis

•       New forms of critique in the social and human sciences

•       Aesthetic critique

•       Marxist literary and cultural criticism

•       Reports on recent evolution of former USSR countries and China

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Gilles Deleuze

Gilles Deleuze

DELEUZE & RACE

 

Jason Adams

While the relevance of Gilles Deleuze for a materialist feminism has been amply demonstrated in the last two decades or so, what this key philosopher of difference and desire can do for the theorization of race and racism has received surprisingly little attention. This is despite the explicit formulation of a materialist theory of race as instantiated in colonization, sensation, capitalism and culture, particularly in Deleuze’s collaborative work with Félix Guattari.

Part of the explanation of why there has been a relative silence on Deleuze within critical race and colonial studies is that the philosophical impetus for overcoming eugenics and nationalism have for decades been anchored in the conventional readings of Kant and Hegel, which Deleuze laboured to displace. Through the vocabularies of psychoanalysis, deconstruction, and moral philosophy, even the more sophisticated theorizations of race today continue the neo-Kantian/neo-Hegelian programme of retrieving a cosmopolitan universality beneath the ostensibly inconsequential differences called race.

Opposing this idealism, Deleuze instead asks whether the conceptual basis for this program, however commendable, does not foreclose its political aims, particularly in its avoidance of the material relations it seeks to change. The representationalism and oversimplified dialectical frameworks guiding the dominant antiracist programme actively suppress an immanentist legacy which according to Deleuze is far better suited to grasping how power and desire differentiate bodies and populations: the legacies of Spinoza, Marx and Nietzsche; biology and archeology; Virginia Woolf and Jack Kerouac; cinema, architecture, and the fleshy paintings of Francis Bacon. It is symptomatic too, that Foucault’s influential notion of biopolitics, so close to Deleuze and Guattari’s writings on the state, is usually taken up without its explicit grounding in race, territory and capitalist exchange. Similarly, those (like Negri) that twist biopolitics into a mainly Marxian category, meanwhile, lose the Deleuzoguattarian emphasis on racial and sexual entanglement. It would seem then, that it is high time for a rigorous engagement with the many conceptual ties between Foucault’s lectures on biopolitics, Deleuze and Guattari, and Deleuze-influenced feminism, to obtain a new materialist framework for studying racialization as well as the ontopolitics of becoming from which it emerges. While it will inevitably overlap in a few ways, this collection will differ from work done under the “postcolonial” rubric for a number of important reasons.

First, instead of the mental, cultural, therapeutic, or scientific representations of racial difference usually analyzed in postcolonial studies, it will seek to investigate racial difference “in itself”, as it persists as a biocultural, biopolitical force amid other forces. For Deleuze and Guattari, as for Nietzsche before them, race is far from inconsequential, though this does not mean it is set in stone.

Second, as Fanon knew, race is a global phenomenon, with Europe’s racism entirely entwined with settler societies and the continuing poverty in the peripheries. The effects of exploitation, slavery, displacement, war, migration, exoticism and miscegenation are too geographically diffuse and too contemporary to fit comfortably under the name “postcolonial”. Rather, we seek to illuminate the material divergences that phenotypical variation often involves, within any social, cultural or political locus.

Third, again like Nietzsche, but also Freud, Deleuze and Guattari reach into the deep recesses of civilization to expose an ancient and convoluted logic of racial discrimination preceding European colonialism by several millennia. Far from naturalizing racism, this nomadological and biophilosophical “geology of morals” shows that racial difference is predicated on fully contingent territorializations of power and desire, that can be disassembled and reassembled differently. That race is immanent to the materiality of the body then, does not mean that it is static any more than that it is simple: rather what it suggests is that its transformation is an always already incipient reality.

Possible themes:

CIVILIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS – Oedipus and racialization – fascist desire – civilization, savagery and barbarism – earth and its peoples – delirium and hallucination as racial – miscegenation

CAPITALISM – faciality – colonization and labor migration as racializing apparatuses of capture – urban segregation – environmental racism

POLITICS – hate speech and law as order-words – D&G, May ’68 and the third world – Deleuze and Palestine – Guattari and Brazil – terrorist war machines and societies of control – Deleuzian feminism and race

SCIENCE – neuroscience and race – continuing legacies of racist science and the “Bell Curve” debate – kinship, rhizomatics and arboreality – animals, plants, minerals and racial difference – miscegenation – evolutionary biology and human phenotypical variation – vitalism and Nazism

ART – affects of race (sport, hiphop, heavy metal, disco…) – primitivism (Rimbaud, Michaux, Artaud, Tournier, Castaneda, etc.) – vision, cinema and race – music, resonance and bodies

PHILOSOPHY – geophilosophy: provincializing canonical philosophy – race and becoming – decolonizing Spinoza, Leibniz, Hume, Schelling… – the effect of criticisms of Deleuze (Badiou, Zizek, Hallward) on antiracism Chapters will be between 4000 and 7000 words long.

Arun Saldanha will write the introduction and a chapter called “Bastard and mixed-blood are the true names of race”.

Jason Michael Adams will write the conclusion.

For more details on this project, contact Jason Adams at: adamsj@HAWAII.EDU

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