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Nietzsche

ANTI-NIETZSCHE – BY MALCOLM BULL

NEW TITLE: ANTI-NIETZSCHE
By MALCOLM BULL
Published: 21 NOVEMBER 2011
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“A great thought-experiment…an astonishing call to arms (or to disarm)” – T. J. CLARK
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Nietzsche, the philosopher seemingly opposed to everyone, has met with remarkably little opposition himself. He remains what he wanted to be-the limit-philosopher of a modernity that never ends. In this provocative, sometimes disturbing book, Bull argues that merely to reject Nietzsche is not to escape his lure. He seduces by appealing to our desire for victory, our creativity, our humanity. Only by ‘reading like a loser’ and failing to live up to his ideals can we move beyond Nietzsche to a still more radical revaluation of all values-a subhumanism that expands the boundaries of society until we are left with less than nothing in common.

ANTI-NIETZSCHE is a subtle and subversive engagement with Nietzsche and his twentieth-century interpreters-Heidegger, Vattimo, Nancy, and Agamben. Written with economy and clarity, it shows how a politics of failure might change what it means to be human.
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Praise for MALCOLM BULL:

“Malcolm Bull is one of the English language’s foremost thinkers, philosophers and art historians” – LUC BOLTANSKI

Praise for THE MIRROR OF THE GODS:

“Magnificent…gripping…so well told” – SUNDAY TIMES

“A book that transforms our understanding of Renaissance art” – DAILY TELEGRAPH

“A treasure of scholarship that is most unlikely to be superseded.” – TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION:
http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storyCode=203534&sectioncode=20

“An extremely learned work… how he manages to cram in so much learning – from all the variant ancient literary sources, to an uncountable number of Renaissance interpretations – is quite astonishing” – GUARDIAN:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2006/may/20/art

Praise for SEEING THINGS HIDDEN:

“A brilliantly idiosyncratic thinker with solidly progressive allegiances… SEEING THINGS HIDDEN makes a sustained argument in political philosophy and cultural theory, deeply pondered and finely wrought.” – JONATHAN REE, NEW LEFT REVIEW
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MALCOLM BULL is a theorist and art historian who teaches at Oxford. His books include SEEING THINGS HIDDEN, THE MIRROR OF THE GODS, and ANTI-NIETZSCHE. He is on the editorial board of NEW LEFT REVIEW and writes for the LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS.
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ISBN: 978 1 85984 574 5 / $26.95/£16.99/$33.50CAN / Hardback / 224 pages
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For more information about ANTI-NIETZSCHE, or to buy the book visit:
http://www.versobooks.com/books/1010-anti-nietzsche
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Academics can request an inspection copy. For further information please go to: http://www.versobooks.com/pg/desk-copies

 

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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)  

 

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Capitalism

DESIGNING AND TRANSFORMING CAPITALISM

Call for Papers

Designing and Transforming Capitalism
Thursday/Friday 9-10 February 2012
Aarhus University, Denmark

Confirmed keynote speakers: Luc Boltanski (France), Katherine Gibson (Australia), Anne Balsamo (USA), Campbell Jones (New Zealand)

When all alternatives to capitalism seem exhausted or abandoned, creative and transformative energies and ideas descend upon capitalism itself. In practice and theory, in daily life choices and organizational changes, in legislative initiatives and academia, in initiatives taken by individuals and groups interesting work is being done to explore and use a transformative approach to capitalist processes trying to realize immaterial values, human resources and utopias within a capitalist framework.

In Marxist and neo-Marxist as well as liberal theories, capitalism seems to be the economically strong option without alternatives and the accumulative logic of capitalism the only possible way of economic thinking in contemporary societies. Nevertheless we see lots of signs of non-accumulative logics ruling traditional capitalist producers, consumers as well as traditional critics of capitalism. Green capitalism addresses traditional capitalism’s exploitative and instrumentalist approach to nature; Corporate Social Responsibility tries to tackle social issues locally and globally from within corporations; Social entrepreneurs are using the capitalist business model to solve pressing problems such as poverty or lack of clean water; designers are weaving creative solutions into the commodities and practices of our every day life. It seems to grow ever more difficult to distinguish between working within capitalism or working in order to change capitalism as capitalism seems to change from within rather than from without.

This conference addresses the question of capitalism’s transformative potentials and the limits to such transformations, if any such exists? How malleable are the logics and processes of capitalism? How is capitalism ceaselessly practiced and constantly redesigned? We aim to bring together people working within various fields often disconnected from each other but all centering their work on empirical and theoretical studies of how people and societies live with, deal with, negotiate, fight with and transform capitalism.

The conference will have four streams, each with its own set of themes. The listed themes are meant as suggestive and non-exhaustive. 

 
We invite paper proposals within:

Political capitalism (coordinators: Morten Raffnsøe & Mikkel Thorup)

• New forms of labor and their politics
• Everyday life in capitalism
• Work inside and outside the market
• New forms of political action inside and outside capitalism
• Transforming ownership, aims and organization in capitalism
• Political action in the market, civil society and the state
• Politics of leadership and performance management
• Accounting for money, love, ethics or happiness?
• Critical accounting

Civic Capitalism (coordinators: Anne Ellerup Nielsen & Christian Olaf Christiansen)

• Corporate citizenship
• Corporate Social Responsibility
• Ethical Capitalism
• Green Capitalism, Sustainability
• Stakeholder theories
• Sustainable investment
• Environmental development
• Social integration

Performative Capitalism (coordinators: Louise Fabian, Jonas Fritsch and Per Blenker)

• Self-organized communities as business opportunities
• Cultural citizenship
• Global Culture Industry
• Hyper, trans, cross, Re-phenomena
• Green bodies and environmental (online/offline) activism
• Posthumanitarian developments in charity work and communication
• Affect and vulnerability as tools of anti-capitalist mobilisation
• The commoditization of dissent
• Urban Interactions, Appropriations and Co-creativity in a design 
perspective

Consumer Capitalism (coordinators: Sophie Esmann Andersen & Carsten Stage)

• Anti-consumerism and consumer resistance
• Consumer movements, activism and cultural ideology
• Co-creation and co-creativity
• Consumer-citizenship or citizen-consumerism
• DIY consumer cultures
• Branded identities and brand hegemony

Please submit your abstract proposals (max 300 words) to Tina Friis (semtina@hum.au.dk ). For registration and further information look at the conference website: http://www.begivenhedskultur.dk/_events/2011/capitalism/.

 
Please indicate which stream your proposal refers to.

Deadline for paper proposal: October 15, 2011 (feedback on paper proposals November 1, 2011).

The conference is organized by the Departments of Aesthetics and Communication (Britta Timm Knudsen) and The Department of Culture and Society (Mikkel Thorup), Faculty of Arts and The Department of Language and Business Communication and Department of Management, Faculty of Business and Social Sciences. Funded by The Aarhus University Research Foundation (AUFF) and The Velux Foundation.

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Nancy Fraser

LUC BOLTANSKI AND NANCY FRASER

As part of the Capitalism, Culture and Critique series, the Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy, Goldsmiths, University of London invites you to a debate and open conversation with Luc Boltanski (l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris), co-author of ‘The New Spirit of Capitalism’ (Verso 2005), and author of ‘Distant Suffering’ (Cambridge 1999), and Nancy Fraser (New School for Social Research, New York), whose most recent work is ‘Scales of Justice’ (Columbia 2009).

The event will take place on Thursday April 29th in RHB309 5-7, Goldsmiths, University of London and it will be followed by a drinks reception in the Senior Common room.

All are welcome so please feel free to circulate this information.

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