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Speculative Realism

Speculative Realism

REALISM BITES

Eighth Biannual Graduate Student Conference of the German Program

Department of German and Romance Languages and Literature at the Johns Hopkins University

Realism Bites: Disruptive Realisms in Modernity

Keynote speakers:

Prof. Elisabeth Strowick, Johns Hopkins University

Prof. Timothy Brennan, University of Minnesota

November 6- 7, 2015
The Johns Hopkins University

 

All the fissures and rents which are inherent in the historical situation must be drawn into the form-giving process and cannot nor should be disguised by compositional means.

(György Lukács, The Theory of the Novel)

 

The term realism has been associated with multiple artistic practices, styles and movements from nineteenth-century bourgeois realism to socialist realism, surrealism, Italian neorealism, magical realism, and postmodern hyperrealism. Its repetitions and invocations express a commitment to and a struggle for reality, rearticulating the political, social and epistemological functions and meanings of art. As a form of “Darstellung der Wirklichkeit,” it carries the tension of a set of oppositions: the reality that is and the reality that ought to be; an objective and verisimilar reproduction and a poetic constitution of reality; a conventional mode and personal expression of reality.

György Lukács emphasized the necessity for a “critical realism,” one that is determined by a critical perception and mediation of social contradictions, rather than their naïve reproduction. The notion of unity, so important for the Lukácsian concept of ‘critical realism,’ refers not only to the realist novel’s capacity to reveal the totality of social relations, but also to its depiction of the individual’s striving to reach totality as a mode of being. Even though, Lukács considered the novel as the primary form for the critical depiction of the modern conditio humana, the question can be raised whether “critical realism” functions more as an epistemo-critical concept than as a rigid genre definition. Since Lukács, many scholars and artists have called into question his notion of totality and human agency, and contested h is definition of art as a representational medium that reveals a social totality. Should we, as Fredric Jameson has suggested, hold on to a concept of totality, when discussing current “problems of realism?” How do the various forms of realism relate to what Lukács – justifiably or not – has identified as the pseudo-objectivity of Naturalism, on the one hand, and extreme subjectivism, on the other? Can one actualize critical realisms for a critique of representation? And in what way do contemporary reassessments and actualizations of realisms repeat or reverse traditional dichotomies, such as those between idealism and realism, nominalism and realism, realism and modernism?

 

This call for paper invites submissions from a wide variety of disciplines that discuss competing aesthetic strategies. Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes.

Please submit abstracts (300-500 words) with your name and affiliation to Esther Edelmann and Christiane Ketteler at realismbitesgermangrads@gmail.com by August 13, 2015.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Realism repeated: Realism after Modernism
  • Avant-garde “realities”
  • Antinomies and instabilities within classical realisms
  • The reception of realisms and its historical conditions
  • Realisms, political movements and alliances
  • Speculative Realism and the constitution and emergence of objects
  • Excessive Realism or new possibilities of perceptions of objects
  • Productive realisms or the emergence of new orders
  • Realisms (false) friends: Reportage, Travelogue, and Documentary
  • The Real and the Reality Principle
  • Capitalist Realism and the limits and problems in representing global capitalism and its alternatives
  • Theories and Projects of Mapping
  • Hyperrealism and the Desert of the Real / The Spectacle of Reality
  • Abject Realisms and the abjected within Realism
  • Realism and the Dissolutions of boundaries between the arts
  • Realism, Nominalism, Idealism, (New) Materialism
  • Realism, Romanticism, Symbolism
  • Post/Colonial Realisms
  • Feminist Realism
  • Realism and the Problem of Exemplarity
  • “Wirklichkeit als das Wirkende”

 

First Published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/cfp-german-graduate-conference-realism-bites-nov-6-7-2015-jhu-baltimore

 

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Critical Education / Education is Critical

Critical Education / Education is Critical

DEMOCRACY AND COLLECTIVE ACTION IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

A message from Jeremy Gilbert

A Public Event with:

Angela McRobbie

Hilary Wainwright

Mark Fisher

Jeremy Gilbert

Neal Lawson

November 11th 2014, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Committee Room 6, House of Commons

All details and booking: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/democracy-and-collective-action-in-the-twenty-first-century-tickets-13633868267?aff=eventful%2Fr%2Feventful

‘Reclaim Modernity: Beyond Markets, Beyond Machines’ is a new pamphlet published by Compass and written by Mark Fisher and Jeremy Gilbert. A brief introduction to the pamphlet can be read here, and you can click through to short piece I wrote about the pamphlet for the Guardian website, and then to the actual document, from there:
http://jeremygilbertwriting.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/reclaim-modernity/

A related essay on UKIP, Populism and the Left is here:
https://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/jeremy-gilbert/populism-and-left-does-ukip-matter-can-democracy-be-saved
Please circulate widely
Jeremy Gilbert
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Neoliberalism

Neoliberalism

NEOLIBERAL CULTURE – SPECIAL ISSUE OF ‘NEW FORMATIONS’

New Formations: A Journal of Culture/Theory/Politics

Issue 80-81: Neoliberal Culture
New Formations 80-81 is a special double issue on neoliberal culture.

Contributors discuss the genesis, persistence and diverse forms of power of neoliberalism, across a range of cultural sites and discursive genres – from political philosophy to pornography, from economics to photographic technology.

More information, and a selection of free articles, available at: http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/journals/newformations/issue/nf8081.html

CONTENTS

Jeremy Gilbert
What Kind of Thing Is ‘Neoliberalism’?

Paul Gilroy
‘… We Got to Get over Before We Go Under …’ Fragments for a History of Black Vernacular Neoliberalism

Paul Patton
Foucault’s ‘Critique’ of Neoliberalism, Rawls and the Genealogy of Public Reason

Jo Littler
Meritocracy as Plutocracy: the Marketising of ‘Equality’ under Neoliberalism

Neal Curtis
Thought Bubble: Neoliberalism and the Politics of Knowledge

Mark Fisher and Jeremy Gilbert
Capitalist Realism and Neoliberal Hegemony: A Dialogue

Stephen Maddison
Beyond the Entrepreneurial Voyeur? Sex, Porn and Cultural Politics

Angela McRobbie
Feminism, the Family and the New ‘Mediated’ Maternalism

Jodi Dean
Complexity as Capture – Neoliberalism and the Loop of Drive

Lucy Potter and Claire Westall
Neoliberal Britain’s Austerity Foodscape: Home Economics, Veg Patch Capitalism and Culinary Temporality

Nicky Marsh
Hit Your Educable Public Right in the Supermarket Where They Live’: Risk and Failure in the Work of William Gaddis

Mark Hayward
ATMs, Teleprompters and Photobooths: a Short History of Neoliberal Optics

New Formations is available through many university libraries, via many major aggregators, including Project Muse.
Subscriptions information, including low-price electronic subscriptions is available by following the link from the home page.
New Formations is published by one of the UK’s few remaining independent radical publishers. Please don’t pirate the articles. If you can’t get access to them through your university library then please ask them to subscribe. If you’re not connected to a university then please consider taking out an electronic subscription.

The deadline for submissions to the next unthemed issue is April 30th 2014. For details please see: http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/journals/newformations/contributors.html
http://www.jeremygilbert.org
@jemgilbert

 

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Neoliberalism

Neoliberalism

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Negative CapitalismNEGATIVE CAPITALISM:  CYNICISM IN THE NEOLIBERAL ERA

With J.D Taylor (author of the book) and Mark Fisher

Wednesday 11th September, 7.00pm

Housmans Bookshop

5 Caledonian Road

King’s Cross

London, N1 9DX

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase, unless otherwise stated

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Negative Capitalism: Cynicism in the Neoliberal Era (Zer0 Books, 2013)

Negative Capitalism: Cynicism in the Neoliberal Era offers a new conceptual framework for understanding the current economic crisis. Through a ranging series of analyses and perspectives, it argues that cynicism has become culturally embedded in the UK and US as an effect of disempowerment by neoliberal capitalism. Yet despite the deprivation and collapse of key social infrastructure like representative democracy, welfare, workers’ rights and equal access to resources, there has so far been no collective, effective and sustained overthrow of capitalism. Why is this? The book’s central call is for new strategies that unravel this narcissistic cynicism, embracing social democracy, constitutional rights, mass bankruptcies and animate sabotage. Kafka, Foucault, Ballard and de Sade are clashed with the X-Factor, ruinporn, London, and the artwork of Laura Oldfield Ford. Negative Capitalism’s polemic is written to incite responses against the cynical malaise of the neoliberal era. (From the publisher, see more at: http://www.zero-books.net/books/negative-capitalism)

 

Mark Fisher is author of Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? (Zer0 Books, 2009)

 

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Critical Pedagogy and the Constitution of Capitalist Society, by Glenn Rikowski is at Heathwood Press and can be viewed at:

http://www.heathwoodpress.com/monthly-guest-article-august-critical-pedagogy-and-the-constitution-of-capitalist-society-by-glenn-rikowski/

London Radical Bookfair 2013

London Radical Bookfair 2013

LONDON RADICAL BOOKFAIR 2013

On Saturday May 11th 2013, the Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB) will be hosting a new radical bookfair, to take place in London’s Conway Hall. The idea behind the fair is to create an event which showcases the depth and breadth of radical publishing and bookselling in the UK.

The ARB is composed of booksellers with a range of subject interests, including socialism, anarchism, peace/pacifism, sex & gender, environment, anti-racism and progressive children’s writing: we intend for the London Radical Bookfair to represent the full spectrum of radical publishing.

The event will culminate with the announcement of the winner of the ARB’s book prize for the best political non-fiction, The Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing. This year for the first time the Bread and Roses award will be complimented by a new prize, The Little Rebels Award, to be given for the best piece of fiction for readers aged 0-12 years.

As well as the bookfair in the main hall, we will be hosting talks in the Brockway Room throughout the day, with short-listed authors from the two book prizes presenting and discussing their work.

Entrance to the fair will be free for all. Food and drink will be available.

There will be lots of information about the fair and book awards to follow. An announcement for how to get involved in the fair, either as a stall holder or as a volunteer, will be made soon.

Guest Speakers include: Mark Fisher, Sarah Garland, Donny Gluckstein, Danny Dorling, Eveline Lubbers, and Emanuele Campiglio – and many others

In the meantime if you would like to speak to someone about this event, please contact nik[at]housmans.com

 

London Radical Bookfair 2013

Saturday 11th May 2013

10am – 5pm

Free entry

Conway Hall

Red Lion Square

London WC1R 4RL

London Radical Bookfair: http://londonradicalbookfair.wordpress.com/

Alliance of Radical Booksellers: http://www.radicalbooksellers.co.uk/

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Jodi Dean

Jodi Dean

TALK BY JODI DEAN ON ‘THE COMMINIST HORIZON’

THE COMMUNIST HORIZON

By Jodi Dean

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Jodi Dean will be discussing THE COMMUNIST HORIZON at Goldsmiths University, London, on the 19th of March. Further information below.

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In this new title in Verso’s Pocket Communism series, Jodi Dean unshackles the communist ideal from the failures of the Soviet Union. In an age when the malfeasance of international banking has alerted exploited populations the world over to the unsustainability of an economic system predicated on perpetual growth, it is time the left ended its melancholic accommodation with capitalism.

In the new capitalism of networked information technologies, our very ability to communicate is exploited, but revolution is still possible if we organize on the basis of our common and collective desires. Examining the experience of the Occupy movement, Dean argues that such spontaneity can’t develop into a revolution and it needs to constitute itself as a party.

An innovative work of pressing relevance, THE COMMUNIST HORIZON offers nothing less than a manifesto for a new collective politics.

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“This is what everyone engaged in today’s struggles for emancipation needs: a unique combination of theoretical stringency and a realistic assessment of our predicament. To anyone who continues to dwell in illusions about liberal democracy, one should simply say: read Jodi Dean’s new book!” – Slavoj Žižek

“Jodi’s sharp analysis of the impasses of the left is also a kind of requiem for much of the 2.0 bluster of the last decade.” – Mark Fisher, author of CAPITALIST REALISM

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A talk with the author:

March 19, 2013, 7pm, GoldsmithsUniversity, London

Jodi Dean will introduce the book with time for questions and answers from the audience. The talk will be followed by a wine reception and book signing. For the full details please visit:

http://www.versobooks.com/events/624-the-communist-horizon-talk-with-author-jodi-dean

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ISBN: 9781844679546 / $19.95 / £12.99 / $21.00CAN/ 256 pages

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For more information or to buy the book visit:

http://www.versobooks.com/books/1151-the-communist-horizon

 

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/new-from-verso-the-communist-horizon-by-jodi-dean

 

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Revolt

WHAT WE ARE FIGHTING FOR: A RADICAL COLLECTIVE MANIFESTO

 

Visions of a different society run in the interests of the 99%. Leading activist voices answer the question the media loves to ask the protesters

 

What We Are Fighting For: A Radical Collective Manifesto 

Edited by Federico Campagna and Emanuele Campiglio 

Contributors include David Graeber, John Holloway, Nina Power, Mark Fisher, Ann Pettifor, and Owen Jones

Released October 29th 

PB / £ 14.99 / 9780745332857 / 198mm x 129mm / 224 pp 

“Here are the first flowers of spring: the beginning of an epochal dialogue about the human future. Inspired by the Occupy movements across the world, What We Are Fighting For should inspire all of us to join the conversation.” — Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums and City of Quartz 

“This collection provides a rallying point for all those who resist the dogmas of contemporary politics and seek a fresh set of alternatives. What We Are Fighting For is a manifesto full of urgent, articulate responses to the current situation.” — Simon Critchley, Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School, New York, and author of The Faith of the Faithless (2012). 

The age of austerity has brought a new generation of protesters on to the streets across the world. As the economic crisis meets the environmental crisis, millions fear what the future will bring but also dare to dream of a different society. 

What We Are Fighting For tries to answer the question that the mainstream media loves to ask the protesters. The first radical, collective manifesto of the new decade, it brings together some of the key theorists and activists from the new networked and creative social movements. Contributors include Owen Jones, David Graeber, John Holloway, Nina Power, Mark Fisher, Franco Berardi Bifo and Marina Sitrin. 

Chapters outline the alternative vision that animates the new global movement – from ‘new economics’ and ‘new governance’ to ‘new public’ and ‘new social imagination’. The book concludes by exploring ‘new tactics of struggle’. 

Federico Campagna is a writer and activist. He is one of the founders of the journal Through Europe and contributes to a number of magazines and radio programmes in Italy and the UK. He organised the ‘What are we struggling for?’ conference at the ICA, London, and is the editor of Franco Berardi Bifo’s forthcoming reader. 

Emanuele Campiglio is a Researcher at the New Economics Foundation. 

For further information, to request a review copy or to speak to the author please contact Jon Wheatley at jonw@plutobooks.com or on 0208 374 6424 

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/what-we-are-fighting-for-a-radical-collective-manifesto-new-from-pluto-press

 

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Human Nature

HISTORICAL MATERIALISM – VOLUME 20 NUMBER 1 (2012)

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Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory

Volume 20 Issue 1
2012

CONTENTS

Articles

Kim Moody
Contextualising Organised Labour in Expansion and Crisis: The Case of the US

Gail Day
Manfredo Tafuri, Fredric Jameson and the Contestations of Political Memory

Richard Seaford
Monetisation and the Genesis of the Western Subject

Tony Norfield
Derivatives and Capitalist Markets: The Speculative Heart of Capital

Jairus Banaji
Fascism as a Mass Movement: Translator’s Introduction of Arthur Rosenberg’s Fascism as a Mass Movement

Intervention

Mario Vegetti
Editorial Introduction to Plato’s The Republic, Book XI

Review Articles

Jason Read
on Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri’s Commonwealth

Ed Rooksby
on Mark Fisher’s Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?

Paul Stasi
on Pranav Jani’s Decentering Rushdie: Cosmopolitanism and the Indian Novel in English

Henry Heller
on Jefff Horn’s The Path Not Taken: French Industrialization in the Age of Revolution, 1750-1830

Ingo Schmidt
on Ricardo Bellofiore’s Rosa Luxemburg and the Critique of Political Economy

Historical-Critical Dictionary of Marxism

Juha Koivisto and Mikko Lahtinen
Conjuncture, politico-historical

 

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Richard Nixon

THE AGE OF NIXON

Professor Carl Freedman

Book publication date: January 2012
“I believe the second half of the twentieth century will be known as The Age of Nixon” [Robert Dole, at Nixon’s funeral].

In the age of the Tea Party, Mitt Romney, and Rick Perry, not to mention Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin, Nixon seems hair-raisingly left-wing by current Republican Party standards: and yet, he laid the groundwork for much of the Republican right wing today.

Carl Freedman picks up the mantle of Garry Wills, David Frost and other political commentators to reassess Nixon’s profound psychic connections with the American people and his influence on many of the most important currents in American life. The book is not just a work of political biography but a study of cultural power: a study in the ways that culture shapes our politics and frames our sense of possibilities and values.  

Future generations have several ways in which to learn about Nixon the man, Nixon the politician and Nixon the myth; these include John Adams’ 1987 opera Nixon in China, Oliver Stone’s 1995 movie Nixon and Garry Wills’ 1970 biography Nixon Agonistes. It is nearly 40 years since the events which led to Nixon’s downfall. The release of his secret grand jury testimony was ordered in July, 36 years after the Watergate trial itself. The Age of Nixon is timely. It is a new kind of book, for both academic and general readers, applying Marxist cultural theory and psychoanalysis to the study of American electoral politics.

Richard Nixon was real, for all that he seems like a fictional character concocted in the course of some strange literary collaboration between Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Theodore Dreiser, and J. G. Ballard. Carl Freedman’s compelling book takes the full measure of Nixon the man, Nixon the media image, Nixon the myth, and even Nixon the ideal type, the quintessential expression, and the most capacious representative of the political and economic system under which we continue to live today.                                                                                                                                                       

Steven Shaviro, author of CONNECTED, WITHOUT CRITERIA, and POST-CINEMATIC AFFECT

“Professor Carl Freedman writes on modern thought and culture: most notably Marxist critical theory, science fiction, film, and US electoral politics.  Previous titles include Critical Theory and Science Fiction (2000) and The Incomplete Projects: Marxism, Modernity, and the Politics of Culture (2002). He was born in North Carolina and received his higher education at the University of North Carolina, Oxford University, and Yale University.  He has taught at Yale, at Wesleyan University (Connecticut), and, since 1984, at Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge), where he is Professor of English.

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You may also be interested in other titles in the Zero Books imprint

Capitalist Realism [978-184-694-317-1] 2009 £7.99 $14.95 by Mark Fisher is a modern analysis, illuminated by contemporary references from the worlds of film, literature and art, of the ways in which capitalism has presented itself as the only realistic political-economic system.

Militant Modernism [978-184694-176-4 £9.99 $19.95 2009] by Owen Hatherley argues for a Modernism of everyday life, defending modernism in design, film and architecture.

The Meaning of David Cameron  [978-184694-456-7 £6.99 $12.95] by Richard Seymour widens the debate beyond televised debates, party manifestos, campaign trail propaganda and media coverage, and asks whether Cameron is the cipher of the social forces he represents.

Meat Market: female flesh under capitalism [978-1-84694-521-2 £6.99 $12.95 April 2011 Zero Books] by activist Laurie Penny is a feminist dissection of women’s bodies as the fleshy fulcrum of capitalist cannibalism, whereby women are both consumers and consumed. This is a suitably provocative treatise from the voice of student protest and Penny Red columnist.

Around the Outsider: Essays presented to Colin Wilson on the occasion of his 80th birthday  [978-1-84694-668-4 £15.99 May 2011 O-Books] by Colin Stanley is a collection of essays in honour of former ‘Angry Young Man’, the English philosopher/author Colin Wilson, on the occasion of his eightieth birthday.

A Year on the Sauce [978-1-84694-529-8 10.99  19.95 2011] by Brendan Montague is a limited edition collection of stories from the most edgy radical news blog in the UK.

The Politics of Down Syndrome [978-1-84694-613-4 £9.99 $14.95 85pp Sept 2011 Zero] by The Book Depository MD Kieron Smith is a call for people to think again about what it means to be inclusive, why we’re hung up on the idea of intelligence and how an inclusive society is a better society.

The Message [978-1-84694-879-4 £9.99 $16.95 Zero Sep 2011] by Tariq Goddard is a topical literary thriller set in a fictional African state in the grip of civil war. Are 21st Century Empire Builders preparing for another go at Africa, 100 years after the Heart of Darkness? See the parallels with the real civil war going on in Libya. This book is being reviewed by Kirsty Wark and guests on BBC 2’s Review Show this month.

Another coming next year is
Beyond the Left: The Communist Critique of the Media [978-1-84694-976-0 £9.99 $14.95Jan 2012 Zero] by Stephen Harper attacks the cherished assumptions of liberal media criticism, and updates and recharges the Marxist critique of the media.

Review copies and more information is available.

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Capitalist Crisis

CAPITALISM IN CRISIS AND POLITICAL ALTERNATIVES

The Critical Studies Graduate Research Group at the Universityof Brighton is pleased to invite you to a day of workshops on ‘Capitalism in Crisis and Political Alternatives’ on Friday 20th of May with Mary Mellor, Alberto Toscano, Mark Fisher and Mark Devenney.

You can find a link with more information on our webpage: http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/csrg.

The event is free, but registration is essential. There are only a few places remaining which will distributed on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis. If you would like to attend, please send an email to B.A.Hofstaetter@brighton.ac.uk

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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Judith Butler

FRAMES OF WAR – JUDITH BUTLER

NEW IN PAPERBACK

FRAMES OF WAR: WHEN IS LIFE GRIEVABLE?  

By JUDITH BUTLER

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“Judith Butler is the most creative and courageous social theorist writing today. FRAMES OF WAR is an intellectual masterpiece.” – Cornel West

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Judith Butler will be giving a lecture entitled ‘The Right to Appear: Towards an Arendtian Politics of the Street’ at the University of Westminster on 4th February 2011.

For more information visit http://instituteformodern.co.uk/2011/4th-february-judith-butler-at-university-of-westminster-london

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The most celebrated feminist in the world and founder of the Queer Theory movement returns with this powerful analysis of the role of the media in the ‘War on Terror’.

In this urgent response to violence, racism and increasingly aggressive methods of coercion, Judith Butler explores the media’s portrayal of armed conflicts, a process integral to how the West wages war. In doing so, she calls for a reconceptualization of the Left, one united in opposition and resistance to the illegitimate and arbitrary effects of interventionist military action.

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Praise for JUDITH BUTLER:

“Judith Butler is quite simply one of the most probing, challenging, and influential thinkers of our time.” J.M. Bernstein

Praise for FRAMES OF WAR:

“To propose that Judith Butler is one of the world’s leading thinkers, a feminist philosopher whose writing has impacted on a wide domain of disciplinary fields inside the academy, as well as on political culture in the outside world, is hardly contentious. We are, many of us, deeply indebted to this body of work which has illuminated issues that are at the very core of life, death, sexuality and existence.” Angela McRobbie, Times Higher Education Book of the Week http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storycode=407098

“An impressive and challenging book from one of the leading intellectuals of our time” – DIVA

“Frames of War [is] an important contribution to what will no doubt be an ongoing philosophical and political discussion about the rights and wrongs of war.” Nina Power, THE PHILOSOPHERS’ MAGAZINE

http://www.philosophypress.co.uk/?p=714

“Judith Butler’s focus in this collection of five essays written and revised between 2004 and 2008 is the USA under George W. Bush, with Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo Bay looming in the background. The questions she addresses… have a clear bearing on the cultural politics of grief beyond the USA.” Mark Fisher, FRIEZE

http://www.frieze.com/issue/article/frames_of_war_when_is_life_grievable

“A trenchant and brilliant book.” – UTNE READER

http://www.utne.com/Politics/Utne-Reader-Visionaries-Judith-Butler-Abu-Ghraib-Torture.aspx    

Praise for PRECARIOUS LIFE:

“It’s clear that its author is still interested in stirring up trouble—academic, political and otherwise.” – BOOKFORUM

“Hers is a unique voice of courage and conceptual ambition that addresses public life from the perspective of psychic reality, encouraging us to acknowledge the solidarity and the suffering through which we emerge as subjects of freedom.” Homi K. Bhabha

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JUDITH BUTLER is Maxine Elliot Professor of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of many highly influential books, including GIVING AN ACCOUNT OF ONESELF, PRECARIOUS LIFE and GENDER TROUBLE.

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ISBN 978-1-84467-626-2 / $16.95 / £9.99 / $21.00 / Paperback / 224 pages

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Richard Wagner

FIVE LESSONS ON WAGNER

By ALAIN BADIOU

Published 8th November 2010

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Featuring an extensive afterword by SLAVOJ ZIZEK

Translated by SUSAN SPITZER

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PRAISE FOR ALAIN BADIOU:

“A figure like Plato or Hegel walks here among us!” Slavoj Zizek

“An heir to Jean-Paul Sartre and Louis Althusser” NEW STATESMAN http://www.newstatesman.com/books/2009/02/sarkozy-france-badiou-french

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For over a century, Richard Wagner’s music has been the subject of intense debate among philosophers, many of whom have attacked its ideological—some say racist and reactionary—underpinnings. In this major new work, Alain Badiou, radical philosopher and keen Wagner enthusiast, offers a detailed reading of the critical responses to the composer’s work, which include Adorno’s writings on the composer and Wagner’s recuperation by Nazism as well as more recent readings by Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe and others. Slavoj Zizek provides an afterword, and both philosophers make a passionate case for re-examining the relevance of Wagner to the contemporary world.

As the first example of a “mass art”, Wagner’s operas are portrayed as a forerunner to David Bowie and gangster rap, promoting a “terrorist function” of music that breaks down the boundaries between high and low culture.

Wagner’s crucial role in the thinking of Nietzsche, Adorno and Heidegger leads Badiou to posit the composer as the “litmus test” for the role of music in philosophy. Whilst these philosophers tended to criticize Wagner’s attempt to marry nationalism and art as “proto-fascist”, Badiou vigorously defends the positive energy of Wagner’s “enthralling, alluring, deceptive, hysterical, shimmering, seductive, sexual musical edifice.”

Badiou argues that “musicolatry” has replaced idolatry in contemporary society as music plays an increasingly important role in how we define ourselves. Youth culture identifies with music more than any other art form, festivals have created a new type of sociability, and the music industry is a billion dollar enterprise.

In a surprising conclusion, Badiou responds to the criticisms of Wagner by suggesting that the composer represents the possibility for a coming resurrection of high art. This new artistic “greatness” will embrace multiplicity, revel in possibility, tolerate subjective differences, dispense with resolutions and allow endless formal transformations. Badiou forecasts a high art which embraces postmodernism, rather then being destroyed by it and which, instead of focusing on nationalist nostalgia, sees Wagner as preparing the way for future artistic celebrations.

In Slavoj Žižek’s comprehensive 60 page afterword, “the most dangerous philosopher in the West” applies his usual brand of acute anecdotal evidence and astounding critical insight to turn perceived notions of Wagner’s Christianity on their head, comparing Parsifal to the pagan triumph of Lord of the Rings as opposed to the “failure” of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia.

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ALAIN BADIOU teaches philosophy at the Ecole normale superieure and the College international de philosophie in Paris . In addition to several novels, plays and political essays, he has published a number of major philosophical works, including THEORY OF THE SUBJECT, BEING AND EVENT, MANIFESTO FOR PHILOSOPHY, and GILLES DELEUZE. His five recent books THE COMMUNIST HYPOTHESIS, THE MEANING OF SARKOZY, ETHICS, METAPOLITICS and POLEMICS are available from Verso.

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PRAISE FOR THE MEANING OF SARKOZY:

“An enjoyably bilious essay” THE GUARDIAN http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/feb/06/alain-badiou-meaning-of-sarkozy

“As the recession worsens and social unrest increases apace, there is every likelihood that the ‘communist hypothesis’ will re-emerge to capture the political imagination.” Michael Cronin, IRISH TIMES http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opinion/2009/0225/1224241762583.html

“Compared to Guy Debord’s prophetic 1967 masterpiece, THE SOCIETY OF THE SPECTACLE… a thundering, rallying tirade.” Lucy Wadham, NEW STATESMAN http://www.newstatesman.com/books/2009/02/sarkozy-france-badiou-french

 “Strangely compelling.” THE OBSERVER http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/mar/01/nicolas-sarkozy-politics

 “Badiou’s concluding, rousing call for an emboldened left to rediscover and reassert ‘the communist hypothesis’ through new kinds of thought and collective action can’t be dismissed as the pipe dreams of an old militant any more.” Mark Fisher, FRIEZE — http://www.frieze.com/issue/article/the_meaning_of_sarkozy/

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 ISBN: 978 1 84467 481 7 / US$26.95 / £16.99 / CAN$33.50/ 256 pages

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