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THEORIES OF IDEOLOGY: THE POWER OF ALIENATION AND SUBJECTION

New in Paperback from Haymarket

Theories of Ideology: The Powers of Alienation and Subjection

HM series Marxism & Socialism

BY JAN REHMANN

The emergence of ideology theories marked a re-foundation of Marxist research into the functioning of alienation and subjection. Going beyond traditional concepts of ‘manipulation’ and ‘false consciousness’, they turned to the material existence of hegemonic apparatuses and focused on the mostly unconscious effects of ideological practices, rituals and discourses.

In this magisterial work Jan Rehmann reconstructs the different strands of ideology theories ranging from Marx to Adorno/Horkheimer, from Lenin to Gramsci, from Althusser to Stuart Hall, from Bourdieu to W.F. Haug, from Foucault to Butler. He compares them in a way that a genuine dialogue becomes possible and applies the different methods to the ‘market totalitarianism’ of today’s high-tech-capitalism

About the author

Jan Rehmann, Dr. phil. habil, teaches philosophy and social theories at Union Theological Seminary in New York and the Free University in Berlin. He is co-editor of the Historical-Critical Dictionary of Marxism (HKWM) and author of books on ideology, Neo-Nietzscheanism, Max Weber, the churches in Nazi Germany, and poverty.

See: http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Theories-of-Ideology

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Occupy London

Occupy London

CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON INTERSECTIONALITY

CHICAGO EVENT WITH INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPATION
Critical Perspectives on Intersectionality: Addressing Struggles over Race, Gender, Class, and Ecology
The social theory of intersectionality has gained prominence among and activists and academics as a way to address the question of inclusion and social solidarity that was often overlooked by the traditional Left focus on the working class. Does “intersectionality” deliver on its promise to theorize radical social change in an inclusive way? Does it offer a real alternative to capitalism?  How might intersectionality be understood in the context of contemporary struggles?
In this discussion, panelists will be engaging these questions from various critical perspectives focused on race, gender, class, and ecological struggles.

Speakers:
Lenore Daniels, “The Marginalization of Black Radicalism in the Obama Era” (activist and writer on Cultural Theory, Race and Gender)
Sarah Mason, “From Occupy to Marx: Ecology, Labor, and the New Society” (former activist, Occupy Los Angeles)
Kevin Anderson, “Karl Marx and Intersectionality” (author Marx at the Margins)
Sandra Rein, “The Gendered Subject at the Crossroads” (author Reading Raya Dunayevskaya)
David Black, “Philosophy, Ecology, and Anti-Capitalism” (author, Philosophical Roots of Anti-Capitalism)

Friday, July 25, 6:30 p.m.
Corboy Law Center
25 East Pearson St. Chicago
Room 208
Sponsored by the Loyola University Department of Philosophy
Co-sponsored by the International Marxist-Humanist Organization

See: http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org/

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Althusser

Althusser

ON THE REPRODUCTION OF CAPITALISM: IDEOLOGY AND IDEOLOGICAL STATE APPARATUSES

NEW IN PAPERBACK

By Louis Althusser

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A radical rethink of 20th Century Marxist thought: http://www.versobooks.com/books/1495-on-the-reproduction-of-capitalism

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Louis Althusser’s renowned short text ‘Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses’ radically transformed the concept of the subject, the understanding of the state and even the very frameworks of cultural, political and literary theory. The text has influenced thinkers such as Judith Butler, Ernesto Laclau and Slavoj Zizek.

The piece is, in fact, an extract from a much longer book, ‘On the Reproduction of Capitalism’, until now unavailable in English. Its publication makes possible a reappraisal of seminal Althusserian texts already available in English, their place in Althusser’s oeuvre and the relevance of his ideas for contemporary theory. ‘On the Reproduction of Capitalism’ develops Althusser’s conception of historical materialism, outlining the conditions of reproduction in capitalist society and the revolutionary struggle for its overthrow.

Written in the afterglow of May 1968, the text addresses a question that continues to haunt us today: in a society that proclaims its attachment to the ideals of liberty and equality, why do we witness the ever-renewed reproduction of relations of domination? Both a conceptually innovative text and a key theoretical tool for activists, ‘On the Reproduction of Capitalism’ is an essential addition to the corpus of the twentieth-century Left.

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“One reads him with excitement. There is no mystery about his capacity to inspire the intelligent young.” – Eric Hobsbawm

“Louis Althusser influenced so many discourses, actions and existences by the radiant and provocative force of his thought.” – Jacques Derrida

“Althusser showed us a new path, which is now being taken up again by a new generation'” – Antonio Negri

“The elegant theorist, the man who redefined the concept of ‘ideology'” – Alice Kaplan, Los Angeles Review of Books

“One of the most important Marxist thinkers of the twentieth century… nothing short of electric. His renewal of Marxism represented a liberation for a younger generation'” – Radical Philosophy

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Paperback288 pages / ISBN: 9781781681640 / February 2014 / £19.99

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Arya Stark

Arya Stark

CONSERVATISM AND IDEOLOGY

Call for Papers: ‘Conservatism and Ideology’

Global Discourse: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Current Affairs and Applied Contemporary Thought
Volume 4: Issue 3: September 2014

Michael Oakeshott described conservatism as a non-ideological preference for the familiar, tried, actual, limited, near, sufficient, convenient and present. Historically, conservatives have been associated with attempts to sustain social harmony between classes and groups within an organic, hierarchical order grounded in collective history and cultural values. Yet, in recent decades, conservatism throughout the English-speaking world has been associated with radical social and economic policy, often championing free-market models which substitute the free movement of labour and forms of competition and social mobility for organic hierarchy and noblesse oblige. The radical changes associated with such policies call into question the extent to which contemporary conservatism is conservative, rather than ideological.

This issue of Global Discourse seeks to explore contemporary conservative political thought with regard to topics such as the following:

–          ‘One Nation’ politics and Big Society,

–          sovereignty, multiculturalism and international blocs

–          paternalism and negative liberty with regard to narcotics, pornography and education

–          regional and international development

–          public faith, establishment and religious diversity

 

The issue will include a review symposium with Richard Hayton, who will respond to reviews of ‘Reconstructing Conservatism? The Conservative party in opposition, 1997–2010’.

Submission deadlines

Abstracts: October 1st 2013

Full articles of around 8,000 words (solicited on the basis of review of abstracts): March 1st 2014

Publication: September 2014 – all articles will appear as online firsts as soon as they are accepted and processed

Instructions for authors:
http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=rgld20&page=instructions#.UX-WG8qSJHo

Further details: http://www.tandfonline.com/rgld (previous website: http://global-discourse.com)

Editor contact details: matthew.johnson@york.ac.uk

Journal Aims and Scope

Global Discourse is an interdisciplinary, problem-oriented journal of applied contemporary thought operating at the intersection of politics, international relations, sociology and social policy. The journal’s scope is broad, encouraging interrogation of current affairs with regard to core questions of distributive justice, wellbeing, cultural diversity, autonomy, sovereignty, security and recognition. Rejecting the notion that publication is the final stage in the research process, Global Discourse seeks to foster discussion and debate between often artificially isolated disciplines and paradigms, with responses to articles encouraged and conversations continued across issues. The journal features a mix of full-length articles, each accompanied by one or more replies, shorter essays, rapid replies, discussion pieces and book review symposia, typically consisting of three reviews and a reply by the author/s. With an international advisory editorial board consisting of experienced, highly-cited academics,Global Discourse welcomes submissions from and on any region. Authors are encouraged to explore the international dimensions and implications of their work. With a mix of themed and general issues, symposia are periodically deployed to examine topics as they emerge.

 

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Aesthetics

Aesthetics

DID ANYONE SAY POWER? RETHINKING DOMINATION AND HEGEMONY IN TRANSLATION

Please find below a call for papers for the conference “Did anyone say Power?” Rethinking Domination and Hegemony in Translation. The conference will take place at Bangor University, Wales, UK, from Thursday 5 to Friday 6 September 2013.

We are delighted to announce the following distinguished researchers as our keynote speakers:
–  Professor Christina Schäffner (Aston University, Birmingham, UK)
–  Dr Karen Bennett (University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies (ULICES), Portugal)
–  Professor Luc van Doorslaer (University of Leuven, Centre for Translation Studies (CETRA), Belgium)
–  Professor José Lambert (University of Leuven, Centre for Translation Studies (CETRA), Belgium)

RATIONALE
Translation Studies has come of age, evidenced by proclamations of a series of intellectual ‘turns’, most prominently a ‘cultural turn’ in the 1990s followed by a ‘sociological turn’ in the last decade. Whilst also a ‘power turn’ and an ‘ideological’ turn have been suggested, there is a lack of self-awareness and self-reflection on our own entanglement within contemporary power structures, which are largely driven by financial, economic and technological globalisation. This interdisciplinary conference aims to critically interrogate central concepts such as ‘ideology’ and ‘power’ from self-reflexive, theoretical and practical perspectives. In view of Jean Baudrillard’s suggestion that any theory of power, in order to be ethically credible, must distinguish between relations of dominance and hegemony, we hope to bring together researchers, PhD-students, translators, writers and activists from varying backgrounds to engage in a discussion about the impact of power on the theory and practice of translation as well as on our own critical reflections.

POTENTIAL TOPICS FOR ABSTRACT PROPOSALS
Apart from paper proposals, we are open to suggestions for a range of discussion formats such as poster presentations or audio-recorded roundtables. We are particularly interested in reflections on the ideological effects of technological change on translation theory and practice, whether in the present or future. Paper proposals focusing on any topic within the following two broad theoretical and practical themes will be welcome:

THEORIES OF POWER AND IDEOLOGY
* Ideology, Power and the different ‘Turns’ in Translation Studies
* Power and Ideology from different disciplinary Perspectives
* Ideology and Power in relation to History, Theory, Practice and Technology

DISCOURSE IN TRANSLATION
* Critical Theory and Philosophy
* Capitalist Hegemony
* Political Ideologies
* Subversive and Underground Ideologies

PUBLICATION
Following the conference, we will publish an edited book volume which will engage with the theme of Translation, Power and Globalization. It is also the aim of the organizers to edit a special issue on the theme of Translation, Domination and Hegemony in a peer-reviewed international journal. This section will be updated once we receive the final confirmation from both publishers.

CONTACT
Please send a 250-word abstract and a mini-biography (50-100 words) by Tuesday 30 April 2013 to Dr Stefan Baumgarten (s.baumgarten@bangor.ac.uk). Notification of acceptance of proposals will be communicated by Monday 20 May 2013. For general enquiries about the conference and potential discussion formats please contact Dr Yan Ying (y.ying@bangor.ac.uk) or Dr Jordi Cornellà-Detrell (j.cornella@bangor.ac.uk). The conference website will be available in due course, including information on fees and registration details. The conference programme and abstracts will be published in May. There might be opportunities for some fee waivers for postgraduate presenters. We will not be able however to cover any accommodation or travel costs.

With best wishes from Wales,
Stefan Baumgarten

Published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/cfp-did-anyone-say-power-rethinking-domination-and-hegemony-in-translation-bangor-5-6-september

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Anarchism

Anarchism

ANARCHISTS, MARXISTS, AND NATIONALISTS IN THE COLONIAL AND POSTCOLONIAL WORLD, 1870s-1940s: ANTAGONISMS, SOLIDARITIES, AND SYNTHESES

CALL FOR PAPERS

EUROPEAN SOCIAL SCIENCE HISTORY CONFERENCE (ESSHC) 2013

From its inception in the First International, the anarchist and syndicalist movement played a significant role in the colonial and post-colonial world as an influential force in revolutionary, national liberation, and anti-imperialist movements. While this role has received increasing attention in a growing scholarship, the literature remains underdeveloped and rather limited. The intersections between anarchism and syndicalism, and other Left oppositional currents, including Marxist and nationalist movements, are understudied and lack systematic examination especially with respect to the global South. Such intersections provide an important index of anarchist and syndicalist influence by drawing attention to their role in larger coalitions as well as their imprint on other movements and ideologies; conversely, to properly understand the history of other Left and labor currents it is necessary to take into account their interactions with anarchism and syndicalism. These interactions assumed a wide range of forms:  although historical antagonisms between anarchism and Marxism often shaped their relations, there were also many instances of solidarity and collaboration; while anarchism generally opposed nationalism in principle, it cooperated with a surprising number of nationalist movements; finally, anarchism and syndicalism contributed key elements to a broad spectrum of oppositional currents that reflected syncretic ideologies, organizational forms, and practices.

We invite papers that examine examples of antagonisms, solidarities, and syntheses between anarchism and syndicalism on one hand, and Marxist and nationalist currents on the other. The papers should address historical movements, rather than intellectual history, narrowly conceived; they should analyze intersections, not parallels or apparent similarities between different currents; and explore the complex relations and overlaps between anarchist, Marxist, and nationalist movements. Case studies should focus on the colonial and post-colonial world (Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean).

Possible lines of enquiry include interactions in the following areas:
– national liberation and anti-colonial struggles
– anti-imperialist networks and alliances
– agrarian struggles
– international labor solidarity, trade unionism, as well as activities in state-run unions
– struggles against colonial and neo-colonial racial oppression
– interracial, multiethnic, local/diasporic solidarities
– student and worker alliances
– underground networks and struggles

This CFP is for two planned panels to be held at the European Social Science History Conference in Vienna, Austria, April 23-26, 2014.

Please send abstracts (250 words) to the panel organizers, Steven Hirsch (shirsch@artsci.wustl.edu) or Lucien van der Walt (l.vanderwalt@ru.ac.za) by March 1, 2013.

 

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/cfp-esshc-2014-panels-anarchists-marxists-and-nationalists-in-the-colonial-and-postcolonial-world-1870s-1940s-antagonisms-solidarities-and-syntheses

 

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Zizek

ZIZEK AND EDUCATION

Antonio Garcia is editing a book on ‘Zizek and Education’ and he requires someone to write a chapter on Zizek, Marxism and Critical Pedagogy

In particular, Antonio is interested in a chapter that reviews Zizek’s thoughts on Marxism and ideology and places his ideas within a Critical Pedagogy framework. A key question the chapter must raise is: Should Zizek be considered as a ‘critical pedagogue’?

Timeline: first draft in December 2012 / January 2013, with edited manuscript to the publisher (Continuuum) by April / May 2013.

If you are interested in this project then please contact Antonio at: agarciaj@umail.iu.edu

 

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Zizek

THE ZIZEK AND MEDIA STUDIES READER

CALL FOR PAPERS

Since the early 1970s, film, media, and cultural theorists have appealed to Lacanian psychoanalytic theory in order to discern processes of subjectivization, representation, and ideological interpellation.  In much of the early approaches to Lacanian theory in these fields, concepts such as the ‘mirror stage’, the Imaginary, the Symbolic, and the ‘gaze’ figured heavily.  However, beginning with the work of theorists such as Jacqueline Rose, Joan Copjec and Slavoj Žižek, a new approach to Lacan has been advanced, one which pays closer attention to concepts such as sexual difference, the objet petit a (the object-cause of desire), fantasy, the Real, enjoyment, and the drive.  Žižek in particular has advanced a political-philosophical re-interpretation of Lacan that has spawned a whole new wave of Žižekian film, media, and cultural theory that shows a marked difference from an early Lacanian approach.  They differ insofar as a Žižekian approach demonstrates connections between the media, ideology, the objet petit a, the Real, the drive, and enjoyment.

We are seeking papers to be included in an edited collection titled, The Žižek and Media Studies Reader.  Papers should discuss Žižek’s relevance for and connection to one of the following areas of media studies:  film/cinema; popular culture; and, new/digital media.  Suggested topics include:

·      A Žižekian reading of a particular film/popular culture artefact

·      Ideology critique

·      Media politics

·      Subjectivity/Identity studies

·      Media in the context of the ‘demise of symbolic efficiency’

·      Communicative capitalism

·      The relationship between media and desire/drive

·      Media and fantasy

·      Media and enjoyment

Please submit abstracts between 250-500 words and a short biographical statement by September 15th, 2012 to either

Matthew Flisfeder matthew.flisfeder@gmail.com<mailto:matthew.flisfeder@gmail.com>
or
Louis-Paul Willis louis-paul.willis@uqat.ca<mailto:louis-paul.willis@uqat.ca>

Accepted papers, between 8000-12 000 words (including endnotes), must be submitted by April 30th, 2013.

 

Originally at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/reminder-cfp-the-zizek-and-media-studies-reader  

 

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Aesthetics

THE LONG DURÉE OF THE FAR RIGHT

The Longue Durée of the Far Right: Ideology, Organization, State Formation and International Relations

October 2012 (Queen Mary, University of London)

 

Call for Papers

The (re)emergence of far-right parties and social movements in various parts of the world – and particularly in Europe – in recent years has been widely discussed in the press and in academic commentary. In contrast to their ‘revolutionary’ bedfellows on the communist left, since the end of the Cold War far-right parties have come to form a significant and disturbing part of the political geography in a number of countries. Whilst their influence has been uneven – from participating in governing coalitions in Western Europe (the Austrian Freedom Party and the Italian Lega Nord) and in India (the Bharatiya Janata Party) to spawning a violent Islamophobic street movement (the English Defence League in the UK), to forming a major component of anti-imperialist movements across much of the Islamic world – their general appearance across time and space suggests that the current era is comparable to the earlier historical conjunctures of far-right mobilization in the late nineteenth century and inter-war periods. The varied forms of far-right have combined with their contrasting ideological dimensions, which has made the taxonomy of far-right something of an academic industry in itself. In particular, the far-right has come to be divided over its ‘post-fascist’ rhetorical commitment to (liberal) democracy as opposed to an authoritarian and demagogic populism and also between a neo-fascist commitment to a statist and protectionist model of capitalism and an embrace of much of the policy formulas of neo-liberalism by some strands of the contemporary far-right.

These developments raise a number of analytical and political questions. How distinct are these contemporary manifestations of the far-right compared to the previous historical forms of the far-right? How analytically useful is the concept of fascism in describing the generic far-right? What are the social bases of the far-right – past and present? Which methodological framework provides the most useful analytical tool to examine and understand the far-right? What of the relationship between the evolving dynamics of uneven capitalist development and geopolitical order on the determination of far-right movements – historical and contemporary?

The aim of this workshop is to promote an inter-disciplinary engagement with these issues through bringing together scholars from a range of different subject areas (IR, IPE, Geography, History, Sociology, Comparative Politics and Political Theory) to re-think the linkages between the historical, sociological and international dimensions of the far-right – as ideology, movement and state – over the longue durée from its emergence as a distinct and modern form of politics in the late nineteenth century to its more recent re-emergence in their intertwining local, national and international contexts.

Possible themes for consideration, but not limited to:

Comparative historical case studies of far-right movements and states

Analytical issues of comparisons and comparative methodologies

International relations of fascist state formation processes

Far-right movements in colonial and post-colonial contexts

Evolving class and social compositions of the far-right

Political economies of fascist states

Distinctions and relations between ideologies, movements and states

Geopolitical ordering and far-right movements and states – imperial, Cold War and post-Cold War eras

Capitalist development, uneven, combined or  otherwise and conjunctures of crisis on processes of far-right emergence, evolution and transformation

Geographical and spatial variations in the far-right – urban/rural, local/national, north/south

Aesthetic representations in architecture, art and culture

Racialized conceptions of space and territoriality in ideologies and state practices

 

Please send proposals (of no more than 500 words), along with biographical and institutional information to Rick Saull (r.g.saull@qmul.ac.uk) or Alex Anievas

(alexander.anievas@st-annes.ox.ac.uk) by June 4, 2012

 

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Richard Alpert

POSTHEGEMONY AND METHOD
“POSTHEGEMONY” AND METHOD: A POSTGRADUATE WORKSHOP WITH DR JON BEASLEY-MURRAY
12 May 2012
Culture Lab
Newcastle University
Organiser: Dr Matt Davies (matt.davies@ncl.ac.uk)

The core concept at the foundation of Cultural Studies was “hegemony.” In the wake of the rebellions of the 1960s, as political and economic systems in both the developed core and the developing periphery appeared to be more stable than expected or as reactionary regimes settled in, theorists and observers in various disciplinary idioms set out to examine the persistent ideational basis for liberal political and economic systems. These thinkers found in the concept of hegemony a powerful notion that confirmed much of what they had suspected. The idea was taken up not only in Cultural Studies proper, but also in disciplines across the Humanities and Social Sciences: in Politics and in International Relations, in Literature and Linguistics,  in Film and Television, in Geography, in Sociology, in Development Economics.

But what theoretical work does the concept of hegemony do? What conception of politics does it presuppose, and what conception of culture? Is the concept tied, ontologically, to particular kinds of political and social formations? Given that hegemony describes particular structures and ways of knowing, what are its epistemological underpinnings? And, crucially given its multi-disciplinary applications, what are the methodological implications of hegemony?

This one-day workshop for postgraduates in the North East Doctoral Training Centre will explore these questions through dialogues between our postgraduate research students and Dr Jon Beasley-Murray, author of the 2010 ground-breaking critique of cultural studies, Posthegemony: Political Theory and Latin America (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press).

Contributors to the workshop will participate in roundtable discussions with Dr Beasley-Murray and members of Newcastle University’s academic staff. Doctoral students will be asked to familiarize themselves with the arguments from Posthegemony and to prepare very short statements (maximum two sides of A4) regarding problems of method, problems with regard to hegemony, and/or problems regarding inter-disciplinarity for circulation at the workshop. These will be the basis for the day’s discussions.

Jon Beasley-Murray is a Visiting Fellow at Newcastle University, thanks to a generous grant from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. His home institution is the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, where he lectures in Latin American Studies. He has published widely on Latin American culture and politics and on contemporary political theory and philosophy. He has made some interesting contributions to Wikipedia (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Jbmurray), and he blogs at: http://posthegemony.blogspot.co.uk/.

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Eurozone Crisis

Eurozone Crisis

EUROPE IN CRISIS

PERG Workshop – Europe in Crisis

Thursday, 19 April, 9.30 -17.00

JG 1008 (John Galsworthy building), Kingston University, Penrhyn Road

Europeis in a crisis. An international financial crisis has laid bare the fundamental flaws in the construction of the European economic policy regime. Monetary integration without fiscal and social integration has not only resulted in a mediocre economic performance, falling wage share and persistent imbalances, but has also left the peripheral countries without protection against the crisis. Rather than using fiscal policy to counteract a Great Depression in the European South, fiscal policies are firmly put into austerity mode. If the subprime financial crisis was not sufficient to lead to a new Great Depression, austerity might do so. The workshop will discuss the causes of the crisis in Europe, the present economic policy and strategies to deal with the crisis, and progressive alternatives forEurope.

9.00 Registration and coffee

9.30 Introduction

10.00-12.00 Roots of the crisis

–         E. Stockhammer, Kingston University: Rebalancing the Euro area: inflationary or depressive

–         D. Gabor, University of West England: The Missing Link: European bank funding strategies and ECB’s crisis policies

–         J. Grahl, Middlesex University: The First European Semester: an incoherent strategy.

12.00-13.20 Lunch

13.20 -15.20 EU Economic Policy

–         T van Treeck, IMK: Reducing Economic Imbalances in the Euro Area: Some Remarks on the Current Stability Programs

–         J Weeks, SOAS: Crisis Scams in Italy, Spain and the UK: Triumph of Ideology over Reality

–         T. Evans, Berlin School of Economics and Law: The crisis in the euro area

15.40-17.00 Progressive strategies for Europe

–         D. Sotiropoulos, Kingston University: The fundamental problem of Euro zone and the problem with ‘fundamentals’: an alternative (Marxian) approach to European economic policy context

–         R. Hyman, LSE, and R. Gumbrell-McCormick, Birkbeck: European Trade Unions: Responses to the Crisis

 

Political Economy Research Group (PERG)

The Political Economy approach highlights the role of effective demand, institutions and social conflict in economic analysis and thereby builds on Austrian, Institutionalist, Keynesian and Marxist traditions. Economic processes are perceived to be embedded in social relations that must be analysed in the context of historical considerations, power relations and social norms. As a consequence, a broad range of methodological approaches is employed, and cooperation with other disciplines, including history, law, sociology and other social sciences, is necessary. (http://fass.kingston.ac.uk/research/perg )

MA Economics (Political Economy) at Kingston University

http://www.kingston.ac.uk/postgraduate/booklets/FASS/political-economy-MA.pdf

MA Politics, Philosophy, Economics at Kingston University

http://www.kingston.ac.uk/postgraduate/booklets/FASS/PoliticsPhilosophyEconomics.pdf

 

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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)

 

‘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

 

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Heraclitus

PHILOSOPHER KINGS?

HOW PHILOSOPHY INFORMS REAL POLITICS TODAY

A new series of 5 weekly lectures by major practicing politicians, in May – June 2012, on Thursday evenings. With responses from leading political philosophers. Held in Lecture Theatre 2, University of East Anglia, Norwich

Free admission: All welcome. [Please note: starting-times of talks vary.]

 

May 10: 5.15pm  Jon Cruddas MP, “The good society”.

Response by Dr. Liz McKinnell, Philosophy, UEA

 

May 17: 6pm  Lord Maurice Glasman, “Labour ideology”.                 

Response by Professor Alan Finlayson, Political, Social and International Studies , UEA

 

May 24: 6pm  David Willetts MP, title tba.

Response by Dr. Alex Brown, Political, Social and International Studies, UEA.

 

May 31: 7.30pm (time tbc)  A major Green speaker, tbc.

Response by Dr. Rupert Read, Philosophy, UEA.

 

June 7: 6pm  Baroness Ros Scott, “Localism”.

Response by Professor Molly Scott-Cato, Roehampton Institute. 

 

For further information, contact: Series organiser Rupert Readr.read@ uea.ac.uk  01603 592079

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‘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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