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New reviews and an updated list of books for review recently published online in the Marx and Philosophy Review of Books

  • Margaux Portron on Mark Neocleous, War Power, Police Power
  • Kevin Anderson on Gilbert Achcar’s Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising
  • Nathaniel Barron on Ernst Bloch and the Future of Utopia
  • Sean Ledwith on Robert Lanning, In the Hotel Abyss
  • Dylan Bailey on Sloterdijk, Philosophical Temperaments
  • Bill Jefferies on The Preobrazhensky Papers

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4 – 6 September 2014

University of Sussex


Call for Papers

By ‘Power, Capital, Chaos’, we refer to a context of ongoing global economic crisis, the neo-liberal destruction of social democracy and the ever-widening entrenchment of inequalities of wealth, power and technology within and between a global ‘North’ and global ‘South’. A contemporary political situation marked by austerity and privatisation, by security and responsibility, by racist political reaction, class-war and gender-domination.

Yet, this is also a situation marked by manifold acts of protest, struggle, occupation, riot and revolution. All of which demand the reimaging of social, political, juridical and material life. These are modes of resistance that call-out disparate and conflicting visions of the ‘public good’, ‘human dignity’ and ‘justice’. Equally these involve legal and political claims to know-ledge which exist within and contend with a late-modern context of endless critique, scepticism and disagreement. As such, the contemporary theorisation of ‘power’ and ‘capital’ involves critical thought’s confrontation with a certain ‘chaos’ of reason and unreason.

Conference participants are asked to consider how we might attempt to understand, explain and respond to a chaotic contemporary political situation? You are invited to do so on the lovely campus of the University of Sussex set in the chalky South Downs of South-East England. In this respect, one context of the CLC 2014 is the city of Brighton and Hove, which carries on a long tradition of pleasure and distraction. In another, the context is the University of Sussex which holds onto both a radical intellectual tradition and a tradition of radical student protest.

We ask you to make your own interpretation of the theme ‘Power, Capital, Chaos’, and invite scholars from a range of disciplines to propose papers. Traditionally the Critical Legal Conference is a friendly and interdisciplinary conference bringing together scholars from a wide body of disciplines.

Proposals should consist of a short abstract (max. 250 words).

Deadline for Paper Proposals: 30 June, 2014


Plenary Speakers

•          Mark Devenney (University of Brighton)

•          Maria Drakpoulou (University of Kent)

•          Denise Ferreira da Silva (Queen Mary)

•          Mark Neocleous (Brunel University)

•          Louiza Odysseos (University of Sussex)

•          Nina Power (University of Roehampton)


Conference Streams

•          Beyond the Law: State of Exception and the Powers of Capital

•          Chaotic Property

•          Commodification, Global Capitalism, and Liberal Democracy

•          Critiquing Crime

•          Defend, Occupy or Shut Down? Capital and Chaos in Neoliberal Higher Education

•          Dispossessing the Dispossessed: Legally Sanctified Market Violence

•          Equity in Crisis

•          Identifying the Global South: Law, Power, Subjectivity and Liberation

•          Identity Politics and Human Rights

•          Ideology, Hegemony and Law: An East/West Perspective

•          Law-Capital-Pacification

•          Law’s Humanitarian Sentiments

•          Law and Neo-Liberalism

•          The Law and the Promise of a New World

•          Political Struggle and Performative Rights

•          Rationalities of Legal Decision-Making

•          Spatial Justice and Diaspora: Law, Chaos, and Postcoloniality

•          State in situ? Rethinking the Trial

•          The Symbolic Force of Law and Feminism: A Decolonial Perspective

•          Thinking Resistance Beyond Power, Violence and … Law?

•          General Stream: Power, Capital, Chaos



The CLC 2014 is hosted by the Sussex Law School, and by the School of Law, Politics and Sociology, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.

For paper proposals and general information please contact: Kimberley Brayson or Tarik Kochi:


Conference Fees, including conference dinner, drinks reception, lunch and refreshments

Early-Bird Registration (by 31 July 2014): £180

Late Registration: £200

Reduced Rate (postgraduate): £100

Reduced Rate (postgraduate — Excluding Conference Dinner): £70


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Following successful seminar series and international conferences in the last years, the Brunel Social and Political Thought research group will organise another seminar series in 2013/14: ‘Re/Dis/Order’. This seminar series aims to explore the different ways in which the constitution, transformation and negation of political order have been understood by some of the key theorists of modern political thought, from the early modern period to contemporary social and political theory. Seminars are open to all.

Term 1

Wednesday 30th October 2013, 4:00pm, Gaskell Building Room 239

State and Capital

Andrea Bardin (Brunel University) ‘Mechanising the Organic: Hobbes and the Epistemological Revolution in Civil Science’

Matthijs Krul (Brunel University) ‘Neoliberal Visions of Order: Theories of the State in the New Institutional Economic History’

Wednesday 13th November 2013, 1:00pm, Gaskell Building Room 239

Fabio Raimondi (University of Salerno) ‘Althusser, Machiavelli and the Problem of Political Power’

Wednesday 27th November 2013, 1:00pm, Gaskell Building Room 239

Sara R. Farris (Goldsmiths, University of London) ‘From the Jewish Question to the Muslim Question’

Wednesday 11th December 2013, 1:00pm, Gaskell Building Room 239

Fillippo del Lucchese (Brunel University) ‘Machiavelli and Constituent Power’

Term 2

Wednesday 8th January 2014, 1:00pm, Gaskell Building Room 239

Peter D. Thomas (Brunel University) ‘“We Good Subalterns”: Gramsci’s Theory of Political Modernity’

Wednesday 29th January 2014, 1:00pm, Gaskell Building Room 210

Banu Bargu (SOAS) ‘Sovereignty as Erasure’

Wednesday 5th February 2014, 1:00pm, Gaskell Building Room 239

Nathaniel Boyd (Brunel University) ‘Organising the Body Politic: Hegel’s Corporate Theory of State’

Wednesday 19th February 2014, 1:00pm, Gaskell Building Room 239

Jamie Pitman (BrunelUniversity) ‘Castor and Pollux? The Marx-Engels Relationship’

Ebubekir Dursun (Brunel University) ‘“Stubborn, Insociable, Froward, Intractable”: the History of the Excluded in Hobbes’s Leviathan’

Wednesday 5th March 2014, 1:00pm, Gaskell Building Room 239

John Roberts (Brunel University) ‘Beyond Flows, Fluids and Networks: Social Theory and the Fetishism of the Global Informational Economy’

Wednesday 26th March 2014, 1:00pm, Gaskell Building Room 239

Mark Neocleous (Brunel University)

Book Launch: ‘War Power, Police Power’ (Edinburgh University Press, 2014)

All seminars take place at Brunel University. Directions to the campus can be found here:

For further information, please contact:

Peter Thomas at

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Other Brunel SPT Activities in 2013/14

Film Screening Series
(Organised in Collaboration with the Isambard Centre for Historical Research)

Paths of Shame: WWI in Cinema

1st October: S. Kubrick, Paths of Glory (1957)

15th October: R. Bernard, Wooden Crosses (1932)

29th October: J. Losey, King and Country (1964)

12th November: J. Renoir, La Grande Illusion (1939)

26th November: F. Rosi, Many Wars Ago (1970)

10th December: D. Trumbo, Johnny Got His Gun (1971)

All screenings in Gaskell Building Room 239 @ 5:30pm

Organised by Alison Carrol and Filippo del Lucchese

For more information, contact:
Alison Carrol <>
Filippo Dellucchese <>


Identity, Alterity, Monstrosity: Figures of the Multitude (I)

The process of construction of identity, both individual and collective, and the genesis of political subjectivity, are largely grounded on concurrent ideological mechanisms that define otherness: subjectivity, alterity and identity are the complex outcomes of one intellectual and cultural process, historically produced by the encounter with the Other, whether real or imagined.
Notwithstanding the effort in conceptualising this encounter in the global and multicultural context of contemporary societies, its historical genealogy is often underestimated: a genealogy that is rooted in the theoretical definition of the concepts of normality, abnormality, and monstrosity. Developed in the early modern age, these concepts have produced and keep producing their cultural, social, and political effects.
The main objective of this seminar is to reconstruct the genealogy of the modern problem of identity, subjectivity, and otherness through an historical analysis of the idea of monstrosity within scientific, philosophical, and literary discourses of early modernity.
During the first semester of this seminar we will focus on the radical alterity represented since the 17th century by the theoretical figure of the multitude. Hobbes, for example, develops the idea of the Leviathan’s sovereign body through the homogeneous unity of the people. By definition, the people is opposed to the conflictual multiplicity of the multitude in the state of nature. In contrast, Spinoza grounds the idea of a free State on the multitude’s conatus – its drive to actualize its own nature – and its right of resistance against the sovereign. This right is irreducible and monstrous, thus introducing the natural dimension into the State rather than excluding it from society.
While Hobbes confined the multitude to the edges of the political map, with Spinoza it takes centre-stage, becoming the beating and conflictual heart of political life. Starting with the indirect dialogue between these two authors, we will focus this year on radical and monstrous alterity – the sense of otherness and how that is defined – in early modern and contemporary thought.

Organised by Filippo Del Lucchese (BrunelUniversity, London and Collège International de Philosophie) and Caroline Williams (Queen Mary, University of London). For more information, contact:

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Location: QMUL, ARTS TWO (room TPC) 5:00pm

Dates: 26th February, 26th March, 14th May, 11th June


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Brunel University–London, 8th-9th February 2012

RIGHT OF RESISTANCE: Theory, Politics, Law (16th-21st century)

The connection between the right of resistance, the pluralism of rights, powers, and jurisdictions, weakens after the sunset of the medieval legal system in the early modern age. On the one hand, the forces that resisted the establishment of the power of the modern state and that played a major role within the political conflict of the earlier ages, were progressively ejected from the sphere of legitimacy. On the other hand, reflection on the right of resistance became the principal argument of opposition against the theoretical and legal positions supporting the construction of the modern State.

Theories of the right of resistance are very diverse, depending on the authors and the contexts within which they have been developed. Generally though, they become a theoretical point of attraction for alternative discourses that oppose the formation of the State and the establishment of an exclusive link between sovereignty and normative production.

With the crisis of the feudal world in the early modern age, the right of resistance becomes a theoretical counter-power against new forms of dominion, while the bourgeois revolutions bring the conception of resistance exercised within the constitutional framework. Here, the right of resistance finds its most evocative expression within the dialectic of the two paradigms of constituent power and constituted power.

The affirmation of the fundamental principles of liberal constitutionalism (characterized by alternative and conflicting perspectives on constitutional modernity as well as on constituent capacity causes the right of resistance to be absorbed and neutralized within the typical warranties of the rule of law. The constituent power itself is absorbed by the modern bourgeois idea of representation.

With the social tensions, struggles for recognition, and constitutional integration in the 19th and 20th century we see the rising of different theories of opposition, transferring older practices of resistance to new legal institutions and bodies. Thus: the tension between democracy (intended as power and absolute government) on one hand, and constitutionalism (intended as a theory and practice of limited government) on the other, remains latent yet present.

We witness today the crumbling of the exclusive link between the State and the production and interpretation of norms. This process is taking place within the more general crisis of the modern conception of sovereignty, intended as suprema potestas. In this crisis, theoretical lines of fracture resurface: social, ethnic, religious, and political fractures that give birth to new practices of resistance, veto, and opposition within the framework of both local and global phenomena of contestation of new and traditional forms of oppression.

Therefore, the claiming and oppositional dimension of early constitutionalism, popular sovereignity, and tutelage of fundamental rights suggests the possibility of recovering that “negative source” of sovereignity that faded away during the establishment of the modern state.

Here lies the proposal of a fresh reflection on theories of resistance between the early modern and the contemporary period. Within those theories, we aim to individuate alternative proposals to the formation of the modern state, as well as to understand the elements of affinity and continuity with today’s oppositional and conflictual practices on a global scale.


Wednesday 8th February Session 1: LC-004-006 – 9.30

Chair: Filippo Del Lucchese (Brunel University – London)

Justin Fisher (Head of School of Social Sciences) – Welcome

Mario Ascheri (Università di Roma Tre) – The Roots of the Resistance: Main Forms of Medieval Contractualism

Mario Turchetti (Université de Fribourg/Universität Freiburg) – The Right of Resistance: Classical Foundations and Modern Applications by Catholics and Protestants in the Western Christendom

Riccardo Rosolino (Università degli Studi di Napoli – L’Orientale) – Resisting Monopolists: Theological and Juridical Thought in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century

Session 2: LC-004-006 – 3.00

Chair: John Roberts (Brunel University)

Susanne Sreedhar (Boston University) – The Hobbesian right of resistance

Marco Fioravanti (Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”) – Slave Poisoner: Resistance to slave order and the invention of the inner enemy in the 19th century French Caribbean

Warren Montag (Occidental College – Los Angeles) – Kelsen, Schmitt and the question of lawful resistance to law

Thursday 9th February

Session 3: LC-004-006 – 10.00

Chair: Mark Neocleous (Brunel University – London)

Vivienne Jabri (King’s College – London) – Embodiment and Mass in the Revolutionary Subject

Hourya Bentouhami (Université de Paris VII – Denis Diderot) – Civil Disobedience and Non-Violence: a Passive, Feminine Way of Defense vs a Manly, Revolutionary Armed Resistance?

Andreas Dimopoulos (Brunel University – London) – The right to resistance “à la grecque”: IMF bail-out and social unrest in today’s Greece

Session 4: LC-004-006 – 3.00

Chair: Peter D. Thomas (Brunel University – London)

Sandro Mezzadra (Università degli Studi di Bologna) – Resisting the Margins: Border Struggles in the Contemporary World

Toni Negri (Uninomade) – Esperienze di resistenza e (nuova definizione del) potere costituente

Conference organiser: Filippo Del Lucchese (Brunel University – London)




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‘Crisis, Transition, Transformation: Revolutionary Thought Today’

Wisconsin, Cairo, London, Madrid, New York…

The last year has witnessed a wave of protest movements that have swept around the world. This seminar series aims to explore the new challenges and opportunities for revolutionary thought today.

Term 1

Wednesday 26th October 2011, 4pm, Room MJ118
Mark Neocleous (Brunel University)
Marx’s Secret: On the Violence of Original Accumulation and the Logic of International Law

Monday 14th November 2011, 3pm, Room GB210
Banu Bargu (The New School)
Machiavelli and Marx

Wednesday 23rd November 2011, 4pm, Room MJ118
Sara R. Farris (University of Konstanz)
Workerism’s Inimical Incursions: On Mario Tronti’s Weberianism

Tuesday 6th December 2011, 4pm, Room GB210
Peter D. Thomas (Brunel University)
Revolutions, passive and permanent

Term 2

Wednesday 18th January 2012, 4pm, Room MJ118
Peter Osborne (Kingston University)
Crisis and Contemporaneity

Thursday 9th February 2012, 4pm Room LC 004-006
Judith Revel (University of Paris – Sorbonne)
Diagnosis, Subjectivation, Common: Three Faces of Emancipation Today

Wednesday 29th February 2012, 4pm, Room GB239
Slavoj Zizek (Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities)
The Deadlock

Tuesday 20th March 2012, 4pm, Room MJ117
Filippo Del Lucchese (Brunel University)
The Politics of Monstrosity

Wednesday 28th March 2012, 4pm, Room MJ118
China Mieville (University of Warwick)
Clash of the Titans: Marxism and International Law

All seminars take place atBrunelUniversity. For further information, please contact:

Filippo Dellucchese:

Mark Neocleous

Peter Thomas

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The Brunel Social and Political Thought Research Group also collaborates in the organisation of the following events:

R24: Revolution, 24 frames a second
A screening series organised in collaboration with the Department of Politics and History and the Cult Film Society

Term 1

5th October 2011
Introduced by Giovanni Memola

19th October 2011
Documentaries on 17th October 1961
Introduced by Filippo Del Lucchese

2nd November 2011
Introduced by Mike Wayne

19th November 2011
The Founding of a Republic
Introduced by David Scott

30th November 2011
Introduced by John Francis

Term 2

25th January 2012
Che, Part 1
Introduced by John Roberts

8th February 2012
Sacco and Vanzetti
Introduced by Niall Palmer

22nd February 2012
The Battle of Algiers
Introduced by Peter D. Thomas

7th March 2012
Land and Freedom
Introduced by Tom Linehan

International Conference: Right of Resistance
8th-9th February 2012, Brunel University

Speakers include Mario Ascheri, Andrea Buratti, Filippo Del Lucchese, Andreas Dimopoulos, Marco Fioravanti, Vivienne Jabri, Warren Montag, Antonio Negri, Riccardo Rosolino, Mario Turchetti and Suzanne Sreedhar

The Arab Spring: Origins, Results, Prospects
Organised in collaboration with the War and Conflict Research Group and the Brunel Politics and History Research Seminar.

Thursday 1st March 2012, 3pm, Room LC217
Ilan Pappé (University of Exeter)
The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, 1948

Wednesday 7th March 2012, 4pm, Room GB239
Gilbert Achcar (SOAS)
The Arabs and the Holocaust

Adam Hanieh (SOAS)
Palestine in the Arab Uprisings: Configurations of State and Class

Peter D. Thomas
Politics and History
Brunel University
Middlesex UB8 3PH
United Kingdom

Office: MJ 229

Office hours:
Tuesday 14.30-15.30
Thursday 11.30-12.30

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Radical Thinkers


The School of Social Sciences of Brunel University has recently announced nine PhD scholarships. Scholarships include fees, a living allowance, and teaching experience. More information is available here:

The Brunel Social and Political Thought Research Group is keen to encourage applications for these scholarships. 

The BSPT Group’s research explores different traditions and currents in critical social and political thought. Our individual and collective work covers the full range of modern social and political thought, from the Renaissance through to the twentieth century. We have a focus on the European context and tradition. 

Particular research strengths include early modern political thought, the critique of political economy, the history of Marxism and theories of war and conflict. We are also engaged in debates in contemporary political theory and European philosophy, including state theory, the critique of security, critical IPE, concepts of the political and notions of monstrosity. As a group we have specialist knowledge of a diverse range of political theorists, including Machiavelli, Spinoza, Hobbes, Burke, Hegel, Marx, Gramsci, Schmitt, Althusser, Polanyi, Foucault and Negri. The Group is particularly keen to welcome research students working in these and related fields.

Key members of the research group in the School of Social Sciences include:

Dr Gareth Dale, author of Karl Polanyi: The Limits of the Market (Polity Press, 2010)

Dr Filippo Del Lucchese, author of Conflict, Power and Multitude in Machiavelli and Spinoza (Continuum Press, 2009)

Prof Mark Neocleous, author of Critique of Security (Edinburgh University Press, 2008); The Monstrous and the Dead: Burke, Marx, Fascism (University of Wales Press, 2005)

Dr John Roberts, author of The Competent Public Sphere: Global Political Economy, Dialogue and the Contemporary Workplace (Palgrave, 2009)

Dr Peter D. Thomas author of The Gramscian Moment. Philosophy, Hegemony and Marxism (Brill Academic Press, 2009)

For more information, visit our web pages: 0272?sk=wall    

For enquires regarding the scholarships, please contact:

Filippo Dellucchese:

Mark Neocleous

Peter Thomas

Peter D. Thomas
Politics and History
Brunel University
Middlesex UB8 3PH
United Kingdom

Office: MJ 229

Office hours: Tuesday 14.30-15.30; Thursday 11.30-12.30 

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Radical Philosophy 
New York Conference 2011

Columbia University, New York
Friday 21st October 2011, 9am – 7.30p

The event is free but advance registration is essential, to:

Postcolonial Worlds
Representing Capitalism
Biocapital and Security
Temporalities of Crisis
Politics of Information

Claudia Aradau – RP/International Relations, King’s College London
Souleymane Bachir Daigne – Philosophy, Columbia University
Tim Bewes – English, Brown University
Antonia Birnbaum – Philosophy, University of Paris 8
Finn Brunton – Information, University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Marilena Chaui – Philosophy, University of São Paulo
David Cunningham – RP/English, University of Westminster
Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui – Workshop on Andean Oral History, Bolivia
David Golumbia – Media, University of Virginia
Harry Harootunian – Literature, Duke University
Esther Leslie – RP/English, Birkbeck, University of London
Rosalind C. Morris – Anthropology, Columbia University
Mark Neocleous – RP/Politics, Brunel University, London
Peter Osborne – RP/Philosophy, Kingston University London
Kristin Ross – Comparative Literature, New York University
Kaushik Sunder Rajan – Anthropology, University of Chicago
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak – University Professor, Columbia University

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