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NEW DATE FOR ‘THE HUMANITIES AND THE IDEA OF THE UNIVERSITY’ – MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY

NEW DATE for ‘The Humanities and the Idea of the University’, Philosophy Department, Middlesex University

The Middlesex workshop on the Humanities will now take place on TUESDAY 7 DECEMBER 2010, 11am-6pm, Saloon (M004), Ground Floor, Mansion Building, Middlesex University, Trent Park campus, Bramley Road, London N14 4YZ.

Schedule:

11am
Christian Kerslake
Introduction: Philosophy, the Humanities and the University

11.30
Andrew McGettigan
How will Willett’s ‘New Providers’ affect the Arts and Humanities? Independents, For-Profits and External Degrees in the Proposals for Higher Education

12.00
Dave Hill
Education and Resistance in/under Capitalism

12.30
Discussion

1.00
Break for Lunch

2.00
Johann Hoiby, Alfie Meadows, Maria-Louise Rosbech
Student Reflections

2.45
Andrew Goffey
Stupidity and the University

3.15
Matthew Charles
Philanthropy and the Image of the University

3.45
Discussion & Coffee

4.30
Mark Kelly
Resisting the Bureaucratisation of the University

5.00 
Marina Vishmidt
The Humanities and the Location of Value in the University

5.30
Discussion

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THE HUMANITIES AND THE IDEA OF THE UNIVERSITY

What are the Humanities, and what are they for? What is a university, and what is it for? Is it possible to stipulate that Humanities education is an essential component of what a university does, or should be doing? How can the links be reinforced between Humanities education and principles of universality and equality?

In her recent book Not for Profit: Why Democracy needs the Humanities (Princeton, 2010), Martha Nussbaum argues that “thirsty for national profit, nations, and their systems of education, are heedlessly discarding skills that are needed to keep democracies alive. If this trend continues, nations all over the world will soon be producing generations of useful machines, rather than complete citizens who can think for themselves”. She presents a case that Humanities education is essential to the cultivation of critical thinking, reflection and empathy with others. 

How, then, to effectively defend Humanities education? At this current juncture, is it possible to effectively defend the Humanities and higher education without also calling for an overall reform of the economy? 

In the past five years Middlesex University has abandoned teaching and research in two key Humanities subjects, History (closed in 2006) and Philosophy (admissions stopped in 2010). It appears to be on course to reduce all of its Humanities provision. This workshop will be a forum for lecturers and students to discuss the future of the Humanities at Middlesex and in the UK in general.

The workshop is co-organised by Andrew Goffey (a.goffey@mdx.ac.uk) and Christian Kerslake (c.kerslake@mdx.ac.uk).

Attendance is free, but please register at mdxhumanities@yahoo.co.uk.

Tube: Piccadilly line to Oakwood station, free bus to campus.

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John Locke

POST-FORDISM AND ITS DISCONTENTS

 Dear All

We kindly invite you to a discussion on Art & the New Spirit of Capitalism on the coming Saturday, 30th October, in de Scheijnhelig, Amsterdam.

 The discussion will depart from the freshly released book Postfordism and its discontents (edited by Gal Kirn, Jan van Eyck Academie Maastricht, Peace Institute Ljubljana and B-books Berlin, 2010; designed by Žiga Testen and Nina Støttrup Larsen /former researchers of the JvE Academy/), and puts under the spotlight the complex connections between art, culture and economy in the Postfordist horizon.

The event is organized by Gal Kirn and Ivana Hilj and hosted by the 4-tuned cities festival in Amsterdam (http://www.4tunedcities.org/index.phpoption=com_content&view=article&id=83&Itemid=84). Below the program with soe further details.

Art & the New Spirit of Capitalism

How are art and creativity being embedded in – or better absorbed by – the latest stage of capital accumulation?

Location: De Scheijnheilig, Passeerdersgracht 23, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Program:

18.00 – 18.05

Opening foreword by Ivana Hilj

Ivana Hilj obtained her MA in Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, and works at the V2_Institute for the Unstable Media (Rotterdam, NL).

18.05 – 18.20

Introduction and book presentation by Gal Kirn.

Gal Kirn is the editor of Postfordism and its discontents. A former researcher of the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht (NL), currently a fellow at the ICI in Berlin (DE)

18.20 – 18.35: ‘Class struggle and Post-Fordism’, Peter Thomas

Peter Thomas is a researcher at the Jan Van Eyck Academy (Maastricht, NL) and Lecturer at Brunel University, London

18.35 – 18.50: ‘To die and leave silk for the capital: further reflections on art, labour and value’, Marina Vishmidt

Marina Vishmidt is a writer and PhD researcher at Queen Mary, University of London

18.50 – 19.00: Q&A with audience

19.00 – 19.10: Break

19.10 – 19.25: ‘From Being an Artist in Post-Fordist Times to Community Art & Beyond ‘, Paul De Bruyne,

Paul De Bruyne is co-editor of Being an artist in Postfordist times and researcher at the Fontys College for the Arts, NL

19.25 – 19.40: ‘The precarious conditions of squatting’, Ernst Van den Hemel

Ernst van den Hemel is part of the artistic collective that runs De Schijnheilig, a squatted, independent cultural center in the heart of Amsterdam

19.40 – 20.10: Wrap-up discussion with speakers and audience

END

‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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Rent

THE TYRANNY OF RENT

New issue of Variant Magazine

Variant, issue 37, Spring / Summer 2010

http://www.variant.org.uk

…the free, independent, arts magazine. In-depth coverage in the context of broader social, political & cultural issues.

Culture is one of the most important fields in the struggle for a more democratic, egalitarian and free society. If the changes currently proposed to this field by the Polish authorities are not subject to a wide social debate, consultation and criticism, they will bring catastrophic results for both the producers of culture and society as a whole. Culture should be perceived as a public good, not a privilege for a selected group of citizens. The dangers embedded in the governmental proposals for reforms in the domain of culture have already been discussed by artists, theorists, cultural and social activists. All agree that culture is a very specific field of production, and that it would be endangered by an exclusively market-oriented strategy of organizing it.

For the Polish authorities, culture appears to be just another life-sphere ready to be colonized by neoliberal capitalism. Attempts are being made to persuade us that the ‘free’ market, productivity and income oriented activities are the only rational, feasible and universal laws for social development. This is a lie. For us – the cultural producers – culture is a space of innovation and experimental activity, an environment for lively self-realization. This is under threat. Our lives, emotions, vulnerability, doubts, purposes and ideas are to become a commodity – in other words, a mere product to fuel the development of new forms of capitalist exploitation. It is not culture that needs “business exercises” it is the market that needs a cultural revolution. That revolution should not be understood as a one time “coup d’état”, but as a permanent, vigilant and compassionate dissent, a will to protest against, verify and criticize any form of colonization of the field of culture for the private interests of market players and bureaucrats.

Therefore we say: “We would prefer not to”. Our resistance is an expression of our more general protest against the commodification of social relations, its reifying character and general social injustice. We hereby express our existential and political solidarity with the people who oppose this marketization of all spheres of social and personal life. Culture plays an important role as a space for experimentation and reflection, for creating mutual trust and bonds between people. Cultural interactions based on the spontaneous activity of individuals and groups play a crucial role for the development of the society, including its economic dimension. Recognizing the importance of this is a necessary step in creating a space for self-realization and democratic debate.

Contents

Editorial

Radical Change In Culture / Manifesto

On bullshit in cultural policy practice & research 
Eleonora Belfiore

Remembering Brian Barry
Femi Folorunso

Launch of ‘Friends of Belge’ : An Appeal for Solidarity 
Desmond Fernandes

Print Creations Comic & Zine reviews
Mark Pawson

Doodley-doo? Doodley don’t! Life and Sabotage 
Gesa Helms

Comment : “Art Workers Won’t Kiss Ass” 
Owen Logan

Precarious Labor: A Feminist Viewpoint
Silvia Federici

Overidentification and/or bust?
Stevphen Shukaitis

Learning to Breathe Protest
Salong, Interflugs, Academy of Refusal, 10th Floor

‘We have decided not to die.’ On taking and leaving the University
Marina Vishmidt

The Tyranny of Rent
Neil Gray

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Karl Marx

MARX AND PHILOSOPHY SOCIETY

SEVENTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Abstraction, Universality and Money

Saturday 5th June 2010, 9.30am – 6.00pm
Institute of Education, University of London, 20 Bedford Way, London

Richard Seaford (Exeter)
Money, Abstraction, and the Genesis of the Psyche

Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths)
The Dead Pledge of Society: Methodological Problems and Political Consequences of ‘Real Abstraction’

Christopher Arthur
Abstraction, Universality and Money

Graduate panels:

Jan Sailer (Freiburg) Securities: The Purest Form of Abstract Wealth
Nick Gray (Sussex) Abstraction, Universality, Money and Capital

Marina Vishmidt (Queen Mary, University of London) Art in and as Abstract Labour

Brian Fuller (York, Toronto) Materialism and Dialectic: Reading Marx after Adorno

Tim Carter (Sussex) Alienation and Domination in Marx and Wittgenstein

Chris Allsobrook (Sussex) The Ideological Normative Grounds of Immanent Critique

£15 waged, £10 unwaged (provides annual membership of the society)

To reserve a place in advance please email David Marjoribanks at dm275@kent.ac.uk

Travel directions: <http://www.ioe.ac.uk/sitehelp/1072.htm>
Further details: <http://www.marxandphilosophy.org.uk>

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