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RADICAL POLITICAL RHETORIC

Radical Political Rhetoric 

Coordinators: James Martin & Alan Finlayson

‘Political activity’, claims Jacques Rancière, ‘makes understood as discourse what was once only heard as noise’. Central to radical politics, then, are inventive rhetorical practices: mobilising critique, disrupting dominant forms of discourse and generating new forms of argumentation to win new audiences. But what are the contemporary sources for a radical political rhetoric? Who performs radical critique and how?  In what respects does the current crisis demand inventive rhetoric and to whom should these arguments be directed? Should radical politics be conceived as an argumentative practice at all? Can occupations and demonstrations effectively persuade and mobilise opinion? When does protest stop being just ‘noise’?

We invite papers to explore the rhetorical styles and substance of radical politics. Proposed papers may cover (but are not limited to) the following topics:

·      The philosophical sources, grounds and premises of radical rhetoric; their limitations and advantages

·      The stylistic forms of argumentation and communication

·      The audiences of radical political argument

·      Practical examples of inventive forms of critique and persuasion

·      Reflection on the rhetorical contexts and modalities of political critique

·      The place of emotions and affect in political communication

·      Democracy and rhetorical subjectivity

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Professor James Martin

Goldsmiths,UniversityofLondon

Email: j.martin@gold.ac.uk

Web: www.gold.ac.uk/politics/staff/martin/

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Antonio Gramsci

NEW INSIGHTS INTO GRAMSCI’S LIFE AND WORK

New Insights into Gramsci’s Life and Work

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

http://igrs.sas.ac.uk/events/conferences-workshops/gramscis-life-and-work.html

A one-day conference organised by Alessandro Carlucci (Royal Holloway, University of London) in association with the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies (School of Advanced Studies, University of London)

Sponsored by the Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust, and by the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Royal Holloway, University of London

The main aim of the conference is to share and disseminate the results of recent, specialised research on Gramsci. Significant novelties will be presented by leading experts with the aim of overcoming disciplinary boundaries and helping to reduce the gaps between: a) widespread, conventional understandings of Gramsci and up-to-date specialised research; and b) the work on Gramsci’s writings and biography and the use of Gramsci’s theories for understanding current social, political and cultural issues.

Confirmed contributors: Derek Boothman (SSLMIT, University of Bologna), Craig Brandist (University of Sheffield), Fabio Frosini (University of Urbino), Carl Levy (Goldsmiths, University of London), James Martin (Goldsmiths, University of London), Anne Showstack Sassoon (Birkbeck, University of London), and Peter Thomas (member of the editorial board of Historical Materialism).

Entrance: FREE

For further information please contact the organisers at: a.carlucci@rhul.ac.uk mailto:a.carlucci@rhul.ac.uk or igrs@sas.ac.uk mailto:igrs@sas.ac.uk

PROGRAMME:

10.00 am – Coffee and Registration

10.30 am – Introduction

Alessandro Carlucci, ‘Gramsci’s Life and Work: Recent Findings and New Interpretative Trends’

11.00 am – Session I

Chair: Federico Faloppa (University of Reading)

Anne Showstack Sassoon, ‘Gramsci’s Struggle with Language Revisited’

Derek Boothman, ‘Gramsci’s Interest in Language: The Influence of the Dispense di glottologia (1912-13) on the Prison Notebooks’

Craig Brandist, ‘Gramsci’s Politics of Language in the Light of the Soviet Sociological Linguistics of the 1920s and 1930s’

1.00 am – Lunch break

2.00 pm – Session II

Chair: Simone Testa (IGRS, University of London)

Peter Thomas, ‘Hegemony, the Philosophy of Praxis and the Third International’

Fabio Frosini, ‘Reformation, Renaissance and the Rise of the Modern State’

3.20 pm – Tea and biscuits

3.45 pm – Session III

Chair: Anne Showstack Sassoon

Carl Levy, ‘Gramsci and Anarchism’

James Martin, ‘Gramsci and Gobetti: A Case of Elective Affinity?’

Concluding Remarks by the Chair and General Discussion

Refreshments

Update 19th May 2010

Peter D. Thomas talks about Gramsci:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee5U3kFU5g&feature=related

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Radical Politics

Radical Politics

WHAT IS RADICAL POLITICS TODAY?

 

What is Radical Politics Today?

Debate and book launch

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

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

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

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

NEW BOOK:

What is Radical Politics Today?

Published November 2009, by Palgrave Macmillan

Edited by Jonathan Pugh, Senior Academic Fellow, Newcastle University

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keys themes of ‘What is Radical Politics Today?’

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

Recommendations for ‘What is Radical Politics Today?’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Persuasion: Rhetoric and Politics in Contemporary Democracy

 

A seminar organized by the Goldsmiths’ Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy and the Centre for the Study of Culture and Politics, University of Swansea.

 

May 5 2009, Goldsmiths, University of London, 2-5pm

 

Venue: Small Hall Theatre, Richard Hoggart Building, followed by a wine reception in the SCR

 

 

Speakers: 

·                     Aletta Norval (University of Essex)

·                     Michael Carrithers (Durham University)

·                     Rochana Bajpai (SOAS)

·                     Alan Finlayson (Swansea University)

·                     Chair: James Martin (Goldsmiths)

 

 

Persuasion is one of the most fundamental of democratic political activities. But it is also one of the most ambiguous. Does democratic development and expansion require the slow substitution of persuasion or rational conviction or, on the contrary, the proliferation of opportunities for rhetorical contestation? Where is the line between persuasion and force? Are there standards of truth or consent that guarantee the democratic character of a persuasive activity? What forms of rhetoric distinguish a democratic polity from tyranny? What happens to political persuasion in an economy and culture dominated by commercial persuasion? How can we best understand and analyse the forms, modes and locations of contemporary political rhetoric as manifested in visual and media cultures?

 

This interdisciplinary seminar explores the modes of democratic persuasion, the methods for its explication and interpretation and the prospects for rhetoric both in the academy and in the contemporary multifaceted polis.

The event is free and open to all but please contact James Martin (j.martin@gold.ac.uk) if you’d like to attend.

 

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