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Antonio Gramsci

Antonio Gramsci

PAST AND PRESENT: PHILOSOPHY, POLITICS, AND HISTORY IN THE THOUGHT OF ANTONIO GRAMSCI

International Conference

18-19 June 2015

London

Speakers: Fabio Frosini (Università di Urbino, Italy), Alex Loftus (King’s College London), Peter Thomas (Brunel University); including contributions from: Anne Showstack-Sassoon (Birkbeck), Cosimo Zene (SOAS).

The legacy of the Italian theorist Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) has been widely acknowledged as one of the most significant intellectual contributions of the twentieth century. Even as the historical events of his life have faded from living memory, Gramsci’s thought has increased in influence and become diffused amongst a multitude of disciplines in the academic firmament; from philosophy to history and geography, through cultural theory and subaltern studies, to international relations, linguistics, critical legal studies and beyond. In light of the widespread and heterogeneous deployments of his ideas, it seems apt and necessary to return to the texts themselves: Gramsci’s pre-prison and his prison writings, both the Prison Notebooks and the Letters from Prison.

The aim of this conference is to bring together a new generation of scholars working on Gramscian themes in order to engage closely with his writings. Working in collaboration with experienced Gramsci scholars, this conference is the first initiative of a group of early-career researchers and graduate students. Through a combination of panels and workshops, the conference will provide participants with the opportunity to present their work and to receive constructive feedback in a friendly and stimulating environment.

The two-day international conference also aims to contribute to the process of building links between Anglophone and international, in particular Italian, Gramsci scholarship. The organizers hope to create a network through which to share research and encourage interactions between researchers from different countries working on Gramscian thought and related topics. It is proposed that an edited collection of essays will be published as a product of the conference and further engagements.

Gramsci’s perspective is marked by a profound sense of the manifold connections between the explanation of the past and the analysis of the present. Our intention is collectively to investigate the rich potentialities of the theme ‘Past and Present’ in his thought. Participants are invited to explore the conceptual laboratory of Gramsci’s historical-political narration, as well as his endeavour to theorize the unity of theory and practice. This nexus between ‘explication’ of the past and strategic ‘analysis’ of the present is characteristic of the originality of Gramsci’s approach to the ‘question of theory’. More broadly, the conference aspires to study the way in which Gramsci’s historical perspective intermingles with his engaged concern for the future of a ‘big and terrible’ world, in the sense that might today be called ‘global history’.

Gramsci’s ability to dialectically unite seemingly opposed elements (i.e. civil society and the state, structure and superstructure, the spatial elements of historicism, or vice versa the multiple temporalities going across the political space) illuminates the capacity of his thought to stimulate critical renewals in various domains of thought. Further investigation of this critical project reveals the aspect of ‘reciprocal translatability’ that Gramsci identifies between different facets of the knowledge of reality as ‘philosophy’, ‘politics’ and ‘economics’. The conference aims to explore the ongoing elaboration of this ‘homogeneous circle’ (Notebook 4, § 46), that is, the constitution of Gramsci’s conception of the world and its relation to history, understood as a unitary and dynamic process.

Consequently, we encourage paper proposals that analyze Gramsci’s thought (either the prison or his pre-prison writings) from political, philosophical, economic, and historical points of view, whilst evoking the connections between these different dimensions. Inter-disciplinary papers that focus on the reappraisal of Gramscian concepts in the contemporary world (within cultural theory, post-colonial studies, International Relations, geography, history of science, etc.) are also welcome.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to: the Marxian legacy and the philosophy of praxis; Gramsci and global history: the ‘integral historian’; the Gramscian analysis of modernity: crisis, hegemony and passive revolution; the Party and the role of the traditional and organic intellectuals; Gramsci and pragmatism: language, truth, ideology; Anti-economism and Gramsci’s critical economy; Gramscian cultural writings; Centre and periphery; From ‘subaltern social groups’ to global subalternity.

Abstracts of no more than 400 words should be sent by Friday 23 January 2015 to: gramsciconference2015@gmail.com

 

Supported by:

– Department of Geography, King’s College London

– International Gramsci Society

– International Gramsci Society – Italia

– Ghilarza Summer School – Scuola internazionale di studi gramsciani

– Further support tbc

Organizing Committee:

Francesca Antonini (Università di Pavia, Italy)

Aaron Bernstein (King’s College London)

Lorenzo Fusaro (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM), Mexico)

Robert Jackson (Manchester Metropolitan University)

 

First Published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/gramsci-conference-2015-past-and-present

Antonio Gramsci

Antonio Gramsci

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The Dodo

The Dodo

ANATOMY OF FAILURE

The Unit for Global Justice, Goldsmiths, and the Collège International de Philosophie, Paris invite you to a book discussion on:

Oliver Feltham’s Anatomy of Failure: Philosophy and Political Action (Bloomsbury, 2013)

Modern liberalism begins in the forgetting of the English Revolution. Anatomy of Failure seeks to right that wrong by exploring the concept of political action, playing its history against its philosophy. The 1640s are a period of institutional failure and political disaster: the country plunges into civil war, every agent is naked. Established procedures are thrown aside and the very grounds for action are fiercely debated and recast.

Five queries emerge in the experience of the New Model Army, five queries that outline an anatomy of failure, isolating the points at which actors disagree, conflict flares up, and alliances dissolve: Who can act? On what grounds? Who is right about what is to be done? Why do we succeed or fail? If you and I split, were we ever united, and to what end? The application of these questions to the Leveller-agitator writings, and then to Thomas Hobbes and John Locke’s philosophies, generates models of political action. No mere philosophical abstractions, the Hobbesian and Lockean models of sovereign and contractual  action have dominated the very practice of politics for centuries. Today it is time to recuperate the Leveller-agitator model of joint action, a model unique in its adequacy to the threat of failure and in its vocation for building the common-wealth. 

 

Discussants

Filippo Del Lucchese, Brunel University, London

Peter D. Thomas, Brunel University, London

Alberto Toscano, Goldsmiths College, London

Respondent

Oliver Feltham, American University of Paris

 

Saturday 22 February 2014

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Ben Pimlott Building Lecture Theatre

Goldsmiths, University of London

New Cross, London SE14 6NW

 

The event is supported by:

Collège International de Philosophie, Paris

Unit for Global Justice, Goldsmiths College, London

 

Contact: filippo.dellucchese@ brunel.ac.uk or a.toscano@gold.ac.uk

www.ciph.org

http://www.gold.ac.uk/just- change/

 

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Antonio Gramsci

Antonio Gramsci

GHILARZA SUMMER SCHOOL ON ANTONIO GRAMSCI

Province of Oristano, Sardinia

La Ghilarza Summer School bandisce 15 posti per la partecipazione a un corso di alta formazione sul pensiero di Antonio Gramsci. Il corso si svolgerà a Ghilarza (OR) nel periodo 8-12 settembre 2014 e sarà dedicato al tema: Egemonico/Subalterno.

The Ghilarza Summer School offers 15 scholarships for participating to an advanced studies course on the thought of Antonio Gramsci. The course will be held in Ghilarza (OR) during the period from 8th to 12th September 2014, and will be dedicated to the subject: Hegemonic / Subaltern.

La Ghilarza Summer School publica una convocatoria de 15 becas para participar en un curso avanzado sobre el pensamiento de Antonio Gramsci. El curso se llevará a cabo en Ghilarza (OR) durante el periodo del 8 al 12 de septiembre 2014 y estará dedicado al tema: Hegemónico/Subalterno.

1. Ghilarza Summer School
La Ghilarza Summer School (GSS) è un’iniziativa dell’Associazione Casa Museo Antonio Gramsci di Ghilarza, con la partecipazione istituzionale della Fondazione Istituto Gramsci (Roma) e della International Gramsci Society (IGS), e con il sostegno finanziario della Fondazione Banco di Sardegna.

Le attività della GSS sono orientate da un Consiglio scientifico composto (nel triennio 2014-2017) da: Joseph A. Buttigieg (University of Notre Dame, Indiana/USA, presidente della IGS); Giuseppe Cospito
(Università di Pavia); Gianni Fresu (Associazione Casa Museo Antonio Gramsci, Ghilarza); Gianni Francioni (Università di Pavia, presidente della GSS); Fabio Frosini (Università di Urbino, direttore della GSS); Dora Kanoussi (Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, México); Fiamma Lussana (Università di Sassari); Mauro Pala (Università di Cagliari); Peter D. Thomas (Brunel University, London); Giuseppe Vacca (presidente della Fondazione Istituto Gramsci, Roma); Cosimo Zene (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London).

Il Consiglio scientifico è coordinato da un Comitato direttivo formato da: Joseph. A. Buttigieg, Giuseppe Cospito (segretario), Gianni Francioni, Fabio Frosini, Giuseppe Vacca.

Il corpo docente dalla GSS 2014 è formato da: Joseph A. Buttigieg (University of Notre Dame, Indiana/USA), Giuseppe Cospito (Università di Pavia), Gianni Francioni (Università di Pavia), Fabio Frosini (Università di Urbino), Marcus E. Green (Otterbein University/USA), Guido Liguori (Università della Calabria), Giancarlo Schirru (Università di Cassino), Giovanni Semeraro (Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niterói – Rio de Janeiro/Brasil), Peter D. Thomas (Brunel University, London), Giuseppe Vacca (Fondazione Istituto Gramsci, Roma).

2. Criteri di ammissibilità dei candidati [qui e in seguito il genere maschile è utilizzato come neutro, per designare entrambi i sessi] Possono candidarsi alla GSS giovani studiosi, di qualsiasi nazionalità, che siano in possesso di laurea magistrale (o titolo equivalente: M.A., Master, Mestrado, ecc.), che abbiano già svolto ricerche su Gramsci e abbiano conseguito o stiano conseguendo un dottorato di ricerca e/o siano autori di adeguate pubblicazioni su Gramsci.

Gli allievi selezionati devono possedere una competenza dell’italiano sufficiente a seguire le lezioni (che si svolgeranno in italiano) e a intervenire attivamente nella discussione, e devono sapersi confrontare con i testi di Gramsci nella loro versione originale.

3. Criteri di selezione
La GSS privilegia un approccio di carattere storico e interdisciplinare. Per questa ragione, nella selezione delle domande è fatta valere esclusivamente l’obbiettiva rilevanza della formazione del candidato e del progetto di ricerca da lui presentato, rispetto alle finalità scientifiche generali e allo specifico tema selezionato dalla GSS.

La GSS si impegna a favorire la realizzazione della parità di genere. Per questa ragione, le candidature femminili sono particolarmente incoraggiate.

 

From International Gramsci Society: http://www.internationalgramscisociety.org/communications/gss2014.html

 

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Teaching Marx

Teaching Marx

BRUNEL SOCIAL AND POLITICAL THOUGHT RESEARCH GROUP SEMINAR SERIES – 2013/2014

Re/Dis/Order

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:
http://www.brunel.ac.uk/about/campus/directions

For further information, please contact:

Peter Thomas at PeterD.Thomas@brunel.ac.uk

Visit the Brunel SPT Research Group webpages:

http://www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/modern-political-thought-violence-and-revolution-ma
http://www.brunel.ac.uk/sss/politics/research-groups-and-centres/social-and-political-thought
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brunel-University-Modern-Political-Thought/205393026150272?sk=wall

 

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 <Alison.Carrol@brunel.ac.uk>
Filippo Dellucchese <Filippo.Dellucchese@brunel.ac.uk>

 

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:

Filippo Dellucchese <Filippo.Dellucchese@brunel.ac.uk>
Caroline Williams <c.a.williams@qmul.ac.uk>

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

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

 

First Published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/brunel-social-and-political-thought-research-group-seminar-series-2013-14-re-dis-order.-starts-30-october

 

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Karl Marx

Karl Marx

IN MARX’S LABORATORY

Critical Interpretations of the Grundrisse

http://www.brill.com/marxs-laboratory

Edited by Riccardo Bellofiore, University of Bergamo, Italy, Guido Starosta, National University of Quilmes, Argentina, and Peter D. Thomas, Brunel University, London

In Marx’s Laboratory: Critical Interpretations of the Grundrisse provides a critical analysis of the Grundrisse as a crucial stage in the development of Marx’s critique of political economy. Stressing both the achievements and limitations of this much-debated text, and drawing upon recent philological advances, this volume attempts to re-read Marx’s 1857-58 manuscripts against the background of Capital, as a ‘laboratory’ in which Marx first began to clarify central elements of his mature problematic. With chapters by an international range of authors from different traditions of interpretation, including the International Symposium on Marxian Theory, this volume provides an in-depth analysis of key themes and concepts in the Grundrisse, such as method, dialectics and abstraction; abstract labour, value, money and capital; technology, the ‘general intellect’ and revolutionary subjectivity, surplus-value, competition, crisis; and society, gender, ecology and pre-capitalist forms.

Contributors include: Chris Arthur, Luca Basso, Riccardo Bellofiore, George Caffentzis, Martha Campbell, Juan Iñigo Carrera, Howard Engelskirchen, Roberto Fineschi, Michael Heinrich, Fred Moseley, Patrick Murray, Geert Reuten, Tony Smith, Guido Starosta, Massimiliano Tomba, Jan Toporowski, Peter D. Thomas, Joel Wainwright, and Amy Wendling.

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Antonio Gramsci

Antonio Gramsci

INTERNATIONAL GRAMSCI SOCIETY – CALL FOR PAPERS

International Gramsci Society 

Rethinking Marxism 2013 Conference
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
19-22 September 2013

The International Gramsci Society (USA) is organizing a number of panels for the Rethinking Marxism 2013 Conference at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

As part of the RM 2013 Conference, we invite members of the IGS community to submit paper proposals on topics related to Gramscian studies and to the application of Gramsci’s ideas.

SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS
Proposals for papers should include:
* Paper title
* Presenter’s name, affiliation, and contact information (email, phone)
* Brief abstract (no more than 200 words)

Please send proposals to:
Marcus E. Green (marcusgreen@gmail.com)
Subject: RM-IGS Proposal

Deadline for proposal submissions: 31 May 2013.

For more information on the Rethinking Marxism 2013 Conference, see: http://www.rethinkingmarxism.org/RM2013

Rethinking Marxism is a journal of economics, culture & society: http://www.rethinkingmarxism.org/

Best wishes,
Marcus E. Green
Secretary, International Gramsci Society
Co-Chair, Rethinking Marxism 2013 Conference

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/call-for-papers-igs-panels-for-rethinking-marxism-2013-deadline-31-may-2013

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Autonomia

Autonomia

RUNEL SOCIAL AND POLITICAL THOUGHT RESEARCH GROUP SEMINAR SERIES 2012-13

Brunel University

 

 

Term 2 (2013)

Thursday 17th January 2013, 3pm, Howell Room 002

Fabrizio Fasulo (University of Palermo)

Raniero Panzieri and the Workers’ Inquiry: the Perspective of Living Labour and the Function of Science

Thursday 24th January 2013, 3pm, Howell Room 002

Giorgio Cesarale (University of Rome La Sapienza)

Traces of Hegel: Reflection and Social Theory

Thursday 7th February 2013, 3pm, Howell Room 002

Matthijs Krul (Brunel University)

The Value of Value: On the Significance of Concepts of Value for Economic History

Wednesday 20th February 2013, 3pm, Gaskell Building Room 266

Andrea Bardin (Brunel University)

From Man to Matter: Marx after Simondon

Wednesday 27th February 2013, 4pm, Howell Room 002

Alex Callinicos (King’s College London)

Deciphering Capital

Thursday 7th March 2013, 3pm, Howell Room 002

Neil Davidson (University of Strathclyde)

Political and Social Revolutions in Historical Perspective: from the Dutch Revolt to the Arab Spring

Wednesday 13th March 2013, 1pm, Lecture Centre Room 264 (Co-sponsored by Politics and History Departmental Seminar)

Nathaniel Boyd (Brunel University)

“Who Thinks Concretely?” Hegel’s Critique of Political Abstraction

Thursday 14th March 2013, 3pm, Howell Room 002

Alex Demirovic (University of Basel and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung)

Marxism and Foucault

Wednesday 20th March 2013, 3pm, Lecture Centre Room 008

Chiara Bottici (The New School)

Democracy and the Spectacle. On Rousseau’s Homeopathic Method

29th-31st May, 2013, Brunel University, International Conference
(Organised by Filippo del Lucchese)

Machiavelli’s The Prince: Five Centuries of History, Conflict, and Politics

Speakers include Antonio Negri, Etienne Balibar, John McCormick, John Najemy and Warren Montag

All seminars take place at Brunel University. Directions to the campus can be found here:
http://www.brunel.ac.uk/about/campus/directions

For further information, please contact:
Peter Thomas: PeterD.Thomas@brunel.ac.uk

Visit the Brunel SPT Research Group webpages:
http://www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/modern-political-thought-violence-and-revolution-ma
http://www.brunel.ac.uk/sss/politics/research-groups-and-centres/social-and-political-thought
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brunel-University-Modern-Political-Thought/205393026150272?sk=wall

 

First published: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/reminder-17th-january-2013-brunel-social-and-political-thought-research-group-seminar-series-2012-13

 

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‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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Althusser

Althusser

ENCOUNTERING ALTHUSSER

Now Available

Encountering Althusser: Politics and Materialism in Contemporary Radical Thought

 

Editors: 

Katja Diefenbach, Sara R. Farris, Gal Kirn and Peter D. Thomas

384 pp.

ISBN 978-1-4411-5213-8

£18.74 paperback

Publication date: January 2013

Encountering Althusser

Encountering Althusser

 

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Short description

French philosopher Louis Pierre Althusser (1918 -1990) helped define the politico-theoretical conjuncture of pre- and post-1968. Today, there is a recrudescence of interest in his thought, especially in light of his later work, published in English as Philosophy of the Encounter (Verso, 2006). This has led to renewed debates on the reformulation of conflicting notions of materialism, on the event as both philosophical concept and political construction, and on the nature of politics and the political.

Encountering Althusser was edited by Sara Farris, Katja Diefenbach, Gal Kirn and Peter Thomas. It is a collection of diverse and original essays written by leading scholars that aims to provide a new assessment of Althusser’s thought, especially in relation to contemporary debates. Organized in four sections that represent the main currents in Althusser’s scholarship, the book discusses materialism and the different formulations of the relationship between politics and philosophy, Althusser’s interpretations of political thinkers (including Machiavelli, Deleuze, Lacan and Gramsci), the resources he provides to critique political economy and politics in post-Marxist thought, and the theorization of ideology and politics.

Encountering Althusser is a groundbreaking resource that highlights Althusser’s continuing relevance to contemporary radical thought.

 

Contributions

Michele Cangiani, Katja Diefenbach, Sara R. Farris, Isabelle Garo, Pascale Gillot, G.M. Goshgarian, Giorgos Fourtounis, Gal Kirn, Katja Kolšek, Mikko Lahtinen, Rastko Močnik, Warren Montag, Vittorio Morfino, Ceren Özselçuk, Rastko Močnik, Ozren Pupovac, Peter D. Thomas, André Tosel, Panagiotis Sotiris, Caroline Williams, Frieder Otto Wolf.

 

Reviews

“A rich and profound overview of Althusser’s thought, absolutely precious for a contemporary reconstruction of Marxism and for a relaunching of its analytical and political potentials.” — Maria Turchetto, President of the Cultural Association Louis Althusser

“The first time I encountered ‘aleatory’ Althusser, I almost could not believe it … How could ‘Science’ engage with the ‘postmodern’, with the radical change in the conditions of the revolution, without falling into renegacy? Here it is: the aleatory served precisely this purpose: a new tactic for an old strategy. Althusser showed us a new path, which is now being taken up again by a new generation” — Antonio Negri, co-author of Empire (2000), Multitude (2004) and Commonwealth (2009)

“Is Althusser coming back, like a ghost out of oblivion, bringing with him one of the last attempts to ‘reconstruct’ Marxism from the inside with great style? Yes, but it’s an unexpected Althusser, one who bears the entire ‘underground history’ of materialism in philosophy and opens the way for a new political thought. Under the guidance of a new generation of critical leaders, let us be surprised.” — Étienne Balibar, co-author of Reading Capital (1970)

“The present volume, thoughtfully edited, gathering a large and diverse group of remarkable international scholars and tackling a sweeping range of Althusserian problems with intellectual courage and acuity, presents the most serious collective effort so far in this ‘return to Althusser’, a return which can never be just a return but requires a reinvention. I feel confident it will set a landmark.” — Mladen Dolar, author of A Voice and Nothing More (2006)

“This book offers a welcome return to the creative theoretical practice of Louis Althusser to whom so much contemporary radical thinking owes a largely unacknowledged debt.” — Katherine Gibson, co-author of A Postcapitalist Politics (2006)

 

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Tempus Fugit

MARX’S TEMPORALITIES – MASSIMILIANO TOMBA

Now Out!

Marx’s Temporalities
Massimiliano Tomba, University of Padua

Translated from the Italian by Peter D. Thomas and Sara R. Farris

The book rethinks the central categories of Marx’s work beyond any philosophy of history, providing a critical analysis of his political and theoretical development from his early writings, to the elaboration of the critique of political economy and his final anthropological studies on pre-individualistic and communist forms. The study aims to integrate the paradigm of the spatialisation of time with that of the temporalisation of space, showing how capital places diverse temporalities into hierarchies that incessantly produce and reproduce new forms of class struggle. An adequate historiographical paradigm for globalised capitalism has to consider the plurality of temporal layers that are combined and come into conflict in the violently unifying historical dimension of modernity.

Author: Massimiliano Tomba

Biographical note
Massimiliano Tomba is Professor of Philosophy of Human Rights at the University of Padua. He has published many books, translations and articles, including Crisis and Critique in Bruno Bauer (2002) and La vera politica. Kant e Benjamin (2006)

Readership
All interested in Marx’s thought, the concept of historical time in the modern world and the history of political thought and philosophy

Table of contents
Preface
Chapter One: The Historical Materialist
Appendix One: Marx as Historical Materialist. Re-reading the Eighteenth Brumaire
Chapter Two: A New Phenotype
Chapter Three: Capital as Phantasmagoria
Appendix Two: A Contribution to the Historiography of Layers of Time
Bibliography
http://www.brill.com/marxs-temporalities

 

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Revolution

THE REVOLUTIONARY FOUNDATIONS OF MODERN POLITICAL THOUGHT

Brunel Social and Political Thought Research Group Seminar Series 2012/13

The Revolutionary Foundations of Modern Political Thought

 

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 2012/13: ‘The Revolutionary Foundations of Modern Political Thought’. This seminar series aims to explore the ways in which revolutionary politics, movements and events, and responses to them, have shaped and transformed the vocabulary of modern political thought. Brunel, national and international scholars will explore these themes in thinkers and movements ranging from the early modern period to contemporary radical political thought, in political and social theory, philosophy, film and literature.

 

Term 1

 

Thursday 25th October 2012, 3pm, Room H002

Peter D. Thomas (Brunel University)

The Idea of Communism and the Question of Organisation

 

Wednesday 31st October 2012, 12:30pm, Room LC015 (Co-sponsored by Politics and History Departmental Seminar)

Filippo del Lucchese (Brunel University)

Jura communia as anima imperii: the Symptomatic Relationship between Law and Conflict in Spinoza

 

Thursday 22nd November 2012, 3pm, Room H002

Luca Basso (University of Padua)

Politics and Conjuncture: Marx and 1848

 

Friday 30th November 2012, 3pm, Room GB251

Stella Sanford (Kingston University)

Locke, Balibar and the Political Subject

 

Wednesday 12th December 2012, 1pm, Room LC264 (Co-sponsored by Politics and History Departmental Seminar)

Gareth Dale (Brunel University)

The Growth Paradigm: A Critique

 

Thursday 13th December 2012, 3pm, Room H002

Dr Maïa Pal (University of Sussex)

Historical Materialism and International Law: Developing Legal Agency in Political Marxism

 

Wednesday 19th December 2012, 4pm, Room LC264 (Co-sponsored by Politics and History Departmental Seminar)

Thomas Linehan (Brunel University)

Modernism and British Socialism

 

Term 2

 

Thursday 17th January 2013, 3pm, Room H002

Fabrizio Fasulo (University of Palermo)

Raniero Panzieri and the Workers’ Inquiry: the Perspective of Living Labour and the Function of Science

 

Thursday 24th January 2013, 3pm, Room H002

Giorgio Cesarale (University of Rome La Sapienza)

Traces of Hegel: Reflection and Social Theory

 

Thursday 7th February 2013, 3pm, Room H002

Matthijs Krul (Brunel University)

The Value of Value: On the Significance of Concepts of Value for Economic History

 

Wednesday 20th February 2013, 3pm, GB266

Andrea Bardin (Brunel University)

From Man to Matter: Marx after Simondon

 

Wednesday 27th February 2013, 4pm, Room H002

Alex Callinicos (King’s College London)

Deciphering Capital

 

Thursday 7th March 2013, 3pm, Room H002

Neil Davidson (University of Strathclyde)

Political and Social Revolutions in Historical Perspective: from the Dutch Revolt to the Arab Spring

 

Wednesday 13th March 2013, 1pm, Room LC264 (Co-sponsored by Politics and History Departmental Seminar)

Nathaniel Boyd (Brunel University)

“Who Thinks Concretely?” Hegel’s Critique of Political Abstraction

 

Thursday 14th March 2013, 3pm, Room H002

Alex Demirovic (University of Basel and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung)

Marxism and Foucault

 

Wednesday 20th March 2013, 3pm, LC008

Chiara Bottici (The New School)

Democracy and the Spectacle. On Rousseau’s Homeopathic Method

 

29th-31st May, 2013, BrunelUniversity, International Conference

(Organised by Filippo del Lucchese)

Machiavelli’s The Prince: Five Centuries of History, Conflict, and Politics

Speakers include Antonio Negri, Etienne Balibar, John McCormick, John Najemy and Warren Montag

 

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

http://www.brunel.ac.uk/about/campus/directions

 

For further information, please contact:

Peter Thomas <PeterD.Thomas@brunel.ac.uk>

Visit the Brunel SPT Research Group webpages:

<http://www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/modern-political-thought-violence-and-revolution-ma>

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North Atlantic Oscillation

North Atlantic Oscillation

MARXISM IN CULTURE – PROGRAMME FOR SUMMER TERM 2012

Friday 18 May

Forgotten Futures: Municipal Cinema as the People’s Cinema?

Elizabeth Lebas (Middlesex University)

Friday 01 June

Damien Hirst: The Capitalist Sublime?

Luke White (Middlesex University)

Friday 15 June

Fashion and Materialism

Ulrich Lehmann (University for the Creative Arts)

Friday 29 June

Book Launch of Steve Edwards’ (Open University) Martha Rosler, The Bowery in two inadequate descriptive systems – published by Afterall

All seminars start at 5.30pm, and are held in the Court Room (unless otherwise indicated) at the Institute of Historical Research in Senate House, Malet St, London. The seminar closes at 7.30pm and retires to the bar.

Organisers: Matthew Beaumont, Dave Beech, Alan Bradshaw, Warren Carter, Gail Day, Steve Edwards, Larne Abse Gogarty, Owen Hatherley, Esther Leslie, David Mabb, Antigoni Memou, Chrysi Papaioannou, Nina Power, Dominic Rahtz, Pete Smith, Peter Thomas & Alberto Toscano.

For further information, contact Warren Carter, at: w.carter@ucl.ac.uk or Esther Leslie at: e.leslie@bbk.ac.uk

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Karl Marx

HISTORICAL MATERIALISM AND IR SEMINAR SERIES – OXFORD

CENTRE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES SEMINAR SERIES: HISTORICAL MATERIALISM AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

The Historical Materialism and International Relations seminar series seeks to explore and develop the multiple points of contact between Marxist theory and international relations, most broadly defined. It does so with the double aim of investigating the critical and explanatory potentials of Marxism in the domain of international relations, as well as to probe what an engagement with ‘the international’ might contribute to Marxist theory. The seminar series is associated with the journal of Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory and its forthcoming ‘Historical Materialism and International Relations’ book series.

The following seminars will be given at 5 pm on Thursdays at Manor Road Building, Seminar Room C, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford. 

For further information please see: http://www.politics.ox.ac.uk/index.php/series/69-historical-materialism-and-international-relations.html


Convener: Alexander Anievas

23 February 2012:

‘Uneven Developments, Combined: Gramsci and Trotsky on Permanent Revolution’

Peter Thomas 

Abstract: This paper will explore the different formulations of the notion of Permanent Revolution in the work of Antonio Gramsci and Leon Trotsky. Although Gramsci himself explicitly rejected Trotsky’s notion of permanent revolution as a reversion to a strategy of ‘war of movement’, he also claimed that his development of the theory of hegemony could be regarded as a contemporary form of Marx and Engels’s notion of the ‘Revolution in Permanence’. The paper will analyse the similarities and differences of the two seemingly divergent claims to inherit a central perspective of the classical Marxist tradition, and will argue that thinking the concepts of permanent and passive revolution together enables us to clarify and to make explicit dimensions that remain underdeveloped in each theorist’s respective work.

Peter Thomas is Lecturer in the History of Political Thought at Brunel University,London. He is the author of The Gramscian Moment: Philosophy, Hegemony and Marxism (Brill, 2009), and (with Juha Koivisto) Mapping Communication and Media Research: Conjunctures, Institutions, Challenges (Tampere University Press, 2010) and co-editor (with Riccardo Bellofiore and Guido Starosta) of In Marx’s Laboratory: Critical Interpretations of the Grundrisse(Brill, 2010). He has published widely on Marxist political theory and philosophy, the history of political thought and the history of philosophy.

 

1 March 2012:

‘Fatal Attraction: a critique of Carl Schmitt’s international political and legal theory’

 Benno Teschke

Abstract: The ongoing Schmitt revival has extended Carl Schmitt’s reach over the fields of international legal and political theory. Neo-Schmittians suggest that his international thought provides a new reading of the history of international law and order, which validates the explanatory power of his theoretical premises – the concept of the political, political decisionism, and concrete-order-thinking. Against this background, this article mounts a systematic reappraisal of Schmitt’s international thought in a historical perspective. The argument is that his work requires re-contextualization as the intellectual product of an ultra-intense moment in Schmitt’s friend/enemy distinction. It inscribed Hitler’s ‘spatial revolution’ into a full-scale reinterpretation ofEurope’s geopolitical history, grounded in land appropriations, which legitimized Nazi Germany’s wars of conquest. Consequently, Schmitt’s elevation of the early modern nomos as the model for civilized warfare – the ‘golden age’ of international law – against which American legal universalism can be portrayed as degenerated, is conceptually and empirically flawed. Schmitt devised a politically motivated set of theoretical premises to provide a historical counter-narrative against liberal normativism, which generated defective history. The reconstruction of this history reveals the explanatory limits of his theoretical vocabulary – friend/enemy binary, sovereignty-as-exception, nomos/universalism – for past and present analytical purposes. Schmitt’s defective analytics and problematic history compromise the standing of his work for purposes of international theory.

Benno Teschke completed his doctorate in the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science and is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of International Relations at theUniversityofSussexand a Visiting Research Fellow at the European Research Council funded ‘Research Project Europe 1815–1914’ at theUniversityofHelsinki. He is the author of The Myth of 1648: Class, Geopolitics and the Making of Modern International Relations (2003), which was awarded the Isaac Deutscher Memorial Prize. More recently, he has published in the New Left Review and in International Theory on the international thought of Carl Schmitt and is preparing a monograph on thesubject.

 

8 March 2012: 

‘The Bourgeois Revolution as an International Process’

Neil Davidson 

The concept of bourgeois revolution is one of the most controversial in Marxist historiography and in recent years it has been dismissed as irrelevant by several important schools of thought, including World Systems theory (Wallerstein, Gunder Frank) and Political Marxism (Brenner, Wood). In this talk, Neil Davidson will attempt to defend the explanatory power of the concept, but will also argue that it can only be understood as referring, not only to a succession of individual revolutions (England, America, France…) but also to an extended international process, the whole of which was greater than the sum of these parts. Beginning with the Reformation and only concluding with decolonisation after the Second World War, the capitalist world which emerged from it did not inherit the pre-existing absolutist states system, but created an entirely new one in which the component states had been reconfigured as independent centres of capital accumulation.

Neil Davidson is Senior Research Fellow with theSchool ofApplied Social Science at theUniversity ofStrathclyde. He is Author of The Origins of Scottish Nationhood (2000), Discovering the Scottish Revolution (2003), for which he was awarded the Deutscher Memorial Prize and co-editor and contributor to Alasdair MacIntyre’s Engagement with Marxism: Selected Writings, 1953-1974 (2008) and Neoliberal Scotland (2010). He has two books coming out next year: How Revolutionary Were the Bourgeois Revolutions? and Violating all the Laws of History: Combined Development, Nation-states, and Neoliberal Capitalism.

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