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The German Philosophy Seminar at the IGRS will host a guest lecture by Laurence Hemming on Monday, 31 October from 16:00-18:00:

Beside Myself with Indignation: Hegel, Marx and Heidegger on Alienation

Marx’s understanding of alienation has increasingly become a key not only for understanding his own work, but also for certain self-presentations of the work of the social sciences overall. Although there have been a number of important investigations of Marx’s use of the terms ‘Entfremdung’ and ‘Entäußerung’, acknowledging Marx’s indebtedness to Hegel, I argue that insufficient attention has been paid to how exactly Marx took over Hegel’s central metaphysical thought. This lecture re-examines Hegel’s influence on Marx, by asking again what Marx and Hegel meant by alienation, and asking how Marx concretised and revolutionised Hegel’s term as a central understanding of the meaning of transcendence, by returning to other interpreters of Hegel, notably Heidegger, to shed new light on Marx’s use of Hegel’s terms.

Venue: Room STB 5, Stewart House, 32 Russell Square, University of London: (

All are welcome to attend.

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

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

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

10.00 – 11.00: Reception and coffee

11.00 – 12.30 

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

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

12.30 – 13.30: Lunch

13.30 – 15.00

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

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

15.00 – 15.30: Coffee

15.30 – 17.00

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

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

17.00 – 18.00: Wine reception

18.00 – 19.30

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

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


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