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Radical Thinkers

RADICAL THINKERS SERIES SET 7 – PLUS EVENTS AT THE ICA

NEW FROM VERSO:

RADICAL THINKERS SERIES: SET 7

Alain Badiou / Jean Baudrillard / Simon Critchley / Ludwig Feuerbach / Maurice Godelier / André Gorz / Max Horkheimer / Fredric Jameson / Karl Korsch / Wilhelm Reich / Valentin Voloshinov / Slavoj Zizek

Published March 2013
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AN INTRODUCTION TO RADICAL THINKERS
A series of events at the ICA. See below.
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“A compendium of left-wing philosophical and political thought, inoculating it against the ‘great idea’ of philosophy-as-self-help. As a way of transforming… formless disgust into educated critique, these books are a fine, cheap and decidedly elegant starting point.” Owen Hatherley, http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/radical-thought/

“An extremely pleasant surprise: a new imprint from Verso called RADICAL THINKERS, and a pile of white-covered paperbacks by the likes of Theodor Adorno, Fredric Jameson, Guy Debord and Walter Benjamin. Not only do they have nifty cover designs, they are, for Verso, ridiculously cheap.” Nick Lezard, GUARDIAN http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/aug/15/jean-baudrillard-transparency-of-evil
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Since 1970 Verso has published the work of radical thinkers from Jacques Lacan and Jean-Paul Sartre to Fredric Jameson, Walter Benjamin, Louis Althusser, Judith Butler, and many more. The RADICAL THINKERS series of beautifully designed and affordable editions of classic works of theory now exceeds 80 published titles.

The new SET 7 features essential texts in philosophy and cultural theory, from selected writings of Ludwig Feuerbach to Simon Critchley’s seminal text INFINITELY DEMANDING.

For information on each book or to buy a copy visit the link after each title below. All of the titles are available together as a single shrink-wrapped set at a reduced price. For more information visit: http://www.versobooks.com/series_collections/5-radical-thinkers
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RADICAL THINKERS SET 7:

ETHICS: AN ESSAY ON THE UNDERSTANDING OF EVIL by Alain Badiou

ISBN: 9781781680186 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19CAN / 224 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/books/1136-ethics

THE SPIRIT OF TERRORISM by Jean Baudrillard

ISBN: 9781781680209 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19CAN / 112 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/books/1197-the-spirit-of-terrorism

INFINITELY DEMANDING by Simon Critchley

ISBN: 9781781680179 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19CAN / 176 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/books/1135-infinitely-demanding

THE FIERY BROOK: SELECTED WRITINGS by Ludwig Feuerbach

ISBN: 9781781680216 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19CAN / 320 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/books/1199-the-fiery-brook

RATIONALITY AND IRRATIONALITY IN ECONOMICS by Maurice Godelier

ISBN: 9781781680254 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19CAN / 368 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/books/1140-rationality-and-irrationality-in-economics

CAPITALISM, SOCIALISM, ECOLOGY by André Gorz

ISBN: 9781781680261 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19CAN / 160 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/books/1134-capitalism-socialism-ecology

CRITIQUE OF INSTRUMENTAL REASON by Max Horkheimer

ISBN: 9781781680230 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19CAN / 180 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/books/1138-critique-of-instrumental-reason

A SINGULAR MODERNITY by Fredric Jameson

ISBN: 9781781680223 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19CAN / 250 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/books/1200-a-singular-modernity

MARXISM AND PHILOSOPHY by Karl Korsch

ISBN: 9781781680278 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19CAN / 176 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/books/1141-marxism-and-philosophy

SEX-POL: ESSAYS, 1929-1934 by Wilhelm Reich

ISBN: 9781781680247 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19CAN / 416 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/books/1139-sex-pol

FREUDIANISM by Valentin Voloshinov

ISBN: 9781781680285 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19CAN / 176 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/books/1142-freudianism

WELCOME TO THE DESERT OF THE REAL by Slavoj Zizek

ISBN: 9781781680193 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19CAN / 160 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/books/1137-welcome-to-the-desert-of-the-real

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AN INTRODUCTION TO RADICAL THINKERS at the ICA, 9 April – 4 June

To launch this new set, Verso is proud to present AN INTRODUCTION TO RADICAL THINKERS: a fortnightly series of events held at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London. They are designed to take theory outside of the academy to create a public forum for the discussion of sophisticated ideas.

Led by engaging speakers to steer the potential of such debate far away from the safe confines of ‘philosophy- as-self-help’ to more provocative and radical horizons, the events aim to interrogate our existing understandings of all areas of life, including: sexuality, economics, faith, politics and the individual.

For the full details of these events, including booking information, visit the link next to the title of each event below.

9 April: Nina Power presents THE FIERY BROOK by Ludwig Feuerbach
http://www.ica.org.uk/36885/Talks/Radical-Thinkers-Nina-Power-on-Fiery-Brook-by-Ludwig-Feuerbach.html

23 April: Federico Campagna presents INFINITELY DEMANDING by Simon Critchley
http://www.ica.org.uk/36890/Talks/Radical-Thinkers-Federico-Campagna-on-Infinitely-Demanding-by-Simon-Critchley.html

7 May: Esther Leslie presents CRITIQUE OF INSTRUMENTAL REASON by Max Horkheimer
http://www.ica.org.uk/36901/Talks/Radical-Thinkers-Esther-Leslie-on-Critique-of-Instrumental-Reason-by-Max-Horkheimer.html

21 May: Peter Hallward presents ETHICS by Alain Badiou
http://www.ica.org.uk/36892/Talks/Radical-Thinkers-Peter-Hallward-on-Ethics-by-Alain-Badiou.html

4 June: Stella Sandford presents SEXPOL by Wilhelm Reich
http://www.ica.org.uk/36896/Talks/Radical-Thinkers-Stella-Sandford-on-Sexpol-by-Wilheim-Reich.html

For details on all events, visit: http://www.ica.org.uk/36884/Seasons/An-Introduction-to-Radical-Thinkers.html

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For more information on the RADICAL THINKERS series or to buy the books visit: http://www.versobooks.com/series_collections/5-radical-thinkers

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/new-from-verso-radical-thinkers-series-set-7-plus-events-at-the-ica

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Peter Hallward

Peter Hallward

THE DICTATORSHIP OF THE PEOPLE – PETER HALLWARD

LONDON SEMINAR ON CONTEMPORARY MARXIST THEORY

16th May, 5pm

King’s College London, S-1.06, Raked Lecture Theatre

Peter Hallward (Kingston University)

The Dictatorship of the People

The global economic and financial crisis has witnessed a deepening of interest in different forms of critical and radical thought and practice. Following a successful series in 2010/11, the London Seminar on Contemporary Marxist Theory in 2011/12 will continue to explore the new perspectives that have been opened up by Marxist interventions in this political and theoretical conjuncture. It involves collaboration among Marxist scholars based in several London universities, including Brunel University, King’s College London, and the School of Oriental and African Studies. Guest speakers – from both Britainand abroad – will include a wide range of thinkers engaging with many different elements of the various Marxist traditions, as well as with diverse problems and topics. The aim of the seminar is to promote fruitful debate and to contribute to the development of more robust Marxist analysis. It is open to all.

For further information, please contact:

Alex Callinicos, European Studies, King’s: alex.callinicos [at] kcl.ac.uk

Stathis Kouvelakis, European Studies, King’s: stathis.kouvelakis [at] kcl.ac.uk

Costas Lapavitsas, Economics, SOAS: cl5 [at] soas.ac.uk

Peter Thomas, Politics and History, Brunel: PeterD.Thomas [at] brunel.ac.uk

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Radical Politics Today

Radical Politics Today

RADICAL POLITICS TODAY – Call for Papers

Call for Papers: ‘Radical Politics Today’ – free online magazine …

Rationale for magazine: We are at a watershed moment in radical politics. Neo-liberalism is in crisis. But is radical politics today in a healthy enough state to seize the opportunity? More fundamentally, in the wake of the global meltdown in 2008, what actually is radical politics today? This interdisciplinary magazine publishes clearly written articles which explore the spirit of radical politics in our times. It examines the nature and character of what counts as ‘radical’ today. And so, Radical Politics Today encourages constructive critique of broader contemporary radical practices, not individual personal criticism. The magazine seeks to document, catalogue, and analyse this historical moment.

With recent contributions from:
Peter Hallward, Jenny Pickerill, Saul Newman, Clive Gabay, Will Hutton, Swapna Banerjee-Guha, James Tully, David Chandler, Hugo Radice, Neera Chandhoke, David Oswell, Mary Mellor, William Outhwaite and Noel Castree.

To discuss submitting an article email the Editor, Jonathan Pugh, Jonathan.Pugh@ncl.ac.uk (Newcastle University, UK, Geography, Politics and Sociology).

The magazine is contained on the ‘Spaces of Democracy network’ website. Cut and paste the link below to see it: http://www.spaceofdemocracy.org/resources/publications/magazine/magazine.html

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Multitude

THE MANY: HISTORY, THEORY AND POLITICS – INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Call for Papers

THE MANY – HISTORY, THEORY AND POLITICS
International Conference
Faculty of Human and Social Sciences of the New University of Lisbon
18-20th April 2012

The definition of a collective subject of politics constituted one of the most important questions in modern political thought, history and social sciences. All these disciplines tried to answer the question: who makes politics? As part of a wider questioning on: what is politics? In the last decades, however, the names given to collective political subjects – such as people, nation, class or masses – became the object of an ever growing questioning regarding their adequacy, thus creating a conceptual crisis.

This crisis’ first consequence was the downgrading of any notion of politics as a collective affair. The view that individuals were both the base and object of politics became dominant. According to such a view, the collective should be seen as a mere aggregation of individualities. Nevertheless, this conceptual crisis also opened up to other possibilities. Recent years were also marked by the quest for new concepts or for a renewal of old concepts in order to name the collective subject of politics. Such a quest, in its many guises, entails a strategic notion of politics where the plurality of a singular subject always exceeds the sum of its parts. Such debates around the names of the collective political subject have been taking place in domains as diverse as philosophy, history, economics, political science and anthropology.

This conference aims to gather a set of contributions to the question of the collective subject of politics. The conference welcomes papers that present theoretical contributions to the debate as well as case studies gathered from any geographical space and from all historical periods. It is mainly – but in no way exclusively – directed at researchers from different disciplinary areas working on political thought and social movements. The working language of the conference is English. A limited number of papers presented in Portuguese, Spanish or French may also be accepted. Those interested in presenting a paper at the conference should submit an abstract no longer than 300 words before the 31st of December 2011. An answer will be issued before the 10th of January 2012.

Abstracts (and a brief CV) should be sent to:
jose.neves@fcsh.unl.pt  and politicsofthemany@gmail.com

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Boaventura de Sousa Santos is Director of the Center for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra, Distinguished Legal Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School and Global Legal Scholar at the University of Warwick. His books include Toward a New Legal Common Sense: Law, Globalization and Emancipation and The Rise of the Global Left: The World Social Forum and Beyond.

James C. Scott is Professor of Political Science and Anthropology at Yale University. His books include The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia, Domination and the Arts of Resistance: Hidden Transcripts and Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance.

Pablo Sánchez-Leon is Professor of History at the University of the Basque Country. His books include Absolutismo y Comunidad: Las Orígenes Sociales de la Guerra de los Comuneros de Castilla and La Guerra que nos han contado: 1936 y nosotros (with Jesús Izquierdo).

Peter Hallward is Professor of Philosophy at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University London. His books include Damming the Flood: Haiti and the Politics of Containment and Badiou: A Subject to Truth.

Sandro Mezzadra is Professor of Political Theory and Sociology at the University of Bologna. His books include Crisis in the Global Economy – Finantial Markets, Social Struggles and New Political Scenarios (edited with Andrea Fumagalli) and Diritto di Fuga: Migrazioni, Cittadinanza, Globalizzazione.

Organization
Institute for Contemporary History of the New University of Lisbon
Complutense University of Madrid – Department for the History of Thought and Social and Political Movements
Birkbeck College of the University of London – Department of Iberian and Latin American Studies.

Conference fees
60€

Convenors
Bruno Peixe Dias (University of Lisbon), Diego Palacios Cerezales (Complutense University of Madrid), José Neves (New University of Lisbon), Luís Trindade (Birkbeck College), Ricardo Noronha (New University of Lisbon) and Victor Pereira (University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour).

 

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Karl Marx

MARXISM 2011 TIMETABLE

Central London 30 June – 4 July

Final timetable out now: www.marxismfestival.org.uk/2011/timetable.html

Book online: www.marxismfestival.org.uk/2011/bookonline.html

 

New speakers and sessions now confirmed:

* Kamal Abu Aita of the Egyptian tax collectors’ union will join the general secretary of the PCS civil service workers’ union Mark Serwotka and striking workers at the opening rally, which takes place on the evening of a day of coordinated strike action by up to a million workers

* Panos Garganas of the Greek Socialist Workers Party will speak on “Greece & the Eurozone Crisis”

* Laurie Penny (Meat Market: Female Flesh Under Capitalism) will join Nina Power (One Dimensional Woman) and Judith Orr (Sexism and the System) to discuss “Women, Class & Capitalism”

*Mireia Rosello of the Spanish “indignados” movement will join Sean Vernell of the lecturers’ UCU union to speak on “Youth, Anger and Revolution in Egypt, Spain, Britain…”

* Omar Bargouti, Mohammed Tonsi & Wassim Wagdy will participate on the panel “Eyewitnesses to the Arab Spring”

* Gilbert Achcar (The Arabs and the Holocaust and The Clash of Barbarisms) will debate Simon Assaf on the Libyan intervention

 

Other highlights:

* Owen Jones launches his acclaimed book Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class

* Terry Eagleton (Why Marx was Right) speaks on the Communist Manifesto

* John Bellamy Foster (The Ecological Rift) on “Marxism and Ecology”

* Tariq Ali speaks on “The Arab Intifada and American Power”

* Iain Sinclair (Hackney: That Rose-Red Empire) on “London and the Olympics”

* Graham Turner (No Way to Run an Economy) asks “Where is the Global Economy Going?”

* Peter Thomas (The Gramscian Moment) on “Gramsci and us: Building Socialist Hegemony Today”

* Danny Dorling launches Bankrupt Britain

* Alberto Toscano (Fanaticism: On the Uses of an Idea) on “University Struggles then and Now”

* Ben Fine (From Political Economy to Economics) on “Reading Marx’s Capital”

* Peter Hallward (Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide and the Politics of Containment) on “Marx against Fatalism”

* Owen Hatherley speaks on his book A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain

* Stuart Christie and Andy Durgan debate the Spanish Revolution

* Authors China Mieville and Max Schaefer discuss “Committed Fictions: Politics and Writing”

* Ronnie Kasrils launches The Unlikely Secret Agent

* Guglielmo Carchedi (Behind the Crisis) on “Marxism and Crisis Theory”

* Alex Callinicos (Bonfire of Illusions) on “Crisis and Revolution after the Arab Revolts”

* Istvan Meszaros (Beyond Capital) on “The Structural Crisis of Capitalism”

Join thousands of others at Europe’s biggest festival of radical ideas—featuring over 200 meetings, debates, film screenings, and musical performances.

For more go to: http://www.marxismfestival.org.uk

 

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

 

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

 

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 HAITI: CONTAINING DEMOCRACY IN THE 21st CENTURY

Princeton University
Department of French and Italian
“Haiti:  Containing Democracy in the 21st Century”
A Round Table Discussion

Peter Hallward, Kingston University (London)

Kim Ives, Haiti Liberte

Ray LaForest, Haitian Activist

Nick Nesbitt, Princeton University

Thursday, March 3, 2011
4:30 pm
101 McCormick Hall

Kathleen B. Allen
Graduate Administrator
Department of French and Italian
Princeton University
304 East Pyne
Princeton, NJ  08544
kballen@princeton.edu
609-258-4670

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Haiti

HAITI: CONTAINING DEMOCRACY IN THE 21st CENTURY

Zizek

THE IDEA OF COMMUNISM

Edited by SLAVOJ ZIZEK AND COSTAS DOUZINAS

Published 7th February, 2011

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ALAIN BADIOU

JUDITH BALSO

BRUNO BOSTEELS

SUSAN BUCK-MORSS

COSTAS DOUZINAS

TERRY EAGLETON

PETER HALLWARD

MICHAEL HARDT

JEAN-LUC NANCY

ANTONIO NEGRI

JACQUES RANCIERE

ALESSANDRO RUSSO

ALBERTO TOSCANO

GIANNI VATTIMO

SLAVOJ ZIZEK

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‘The long night of the left is coming to a close’ write Slavoj Zizek and Costas Douzinas in their introduction to The Idea of Communism. The continuing economic crisis which began in 2008, the shift away from a unipolar world defined by American hegemony, and the ecological crisis mean that growing numbers of people are keen to explore an alternative, and to re-discover the idea of communism. This volume, which emerges from the landmark ‘Idea of Communism’ conference in 2009, marks the theoretical beginning of that re-discovery.

Bringing together an all-star cast of radical intellectuals, including Alain Badiou, Slavoj Zizek, Terry Eagleton, Michael Hardt, and Antonio Negri, The Idea of Communism explores the historical, philosophical, and political dimensions of the communist ideal, in order to clarify its meaning and relevance today. The volume brings together their discussions from the landmark conference, highlighting both the idea of communism’s continuing significance and the need to reconfigure the concept within a world marked by havoc and crisis.

The contributors argue that multiple crises of the modern world lay bare the limits of mainstream liberal capitalist ideology. Blending astute analysis with compelling theoretical sophistication, The Idea of Communism complements the themes and arguments in other works in Verso’ ‘Pocket Communism’ series, including Badiou’s The Communist Hypothesis, Boris Groys’ The Communist Postscript, and Bruno Bosteel’s forthcoming The Actuality of Communism.

The collection opens with an exhilarating call to arms by France’s greatest living intellectual, the ‘last man standing’ of ’68. The iconic Badiou examines the link between the communist idea and political practice, highlighting what he calls “the anonymous action of millions of militants, rebels, fighters” who, although “unrepresentable as such”, have throughout history represented, “elements of the Idea of Communism at various stages”.

Capturing the sense of intellectual confidence and excitement in renewing the communist ideal, Slavoj Zizek concludes the collection with a characteristically wide-ranging contribution taking in Lenin, Bill Gates and Samuel Beckett. He addresses the question, ‘how to begin from the beginning?’ and posits an answer by way of identifying new revolutionary subjects which correspond to today’s ‘post-industrial’ capitalism.

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Praise for SLAVOJ ZIZEK:

“Zizek leaves no social or cultural phenomenon untheorized, and is master of the counterintuitive observation.” New Yorker

“A great provocateur… Zizek writes with passion and an aphoristic energy that is spellbinding.” Los Angeles Times

“The most dangerous philosopher in the West.” New Republic

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SLAVOJ ZIZEK is today’s most controversial public intellectual. His work traverses the fields of philosophy, psychoanalysis, theology, history and political theory, taking in film, popular culture, and literature to provide acute analyses of the complexities of contemporary ideology as well as a serious and sophisticated philosophy. The author of over 30 books, SLAVOJ ZIZEK’S provocative prose has challenged a generation of activists and intellectuals. His latest book is LIVING IN THE END TIMES. He is a professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

COSTAS DOUZINAS is a Professor of Law and Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London. He is the author of numerous works, including HUMAN RIGHTS AND EMPIRE, THE END OF HUMAN RIGHTS, and LAW AND THE IMAGE: THE AUTHORITY OF ART AND THE AESTHETICS OF LAW.

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ISBN -13: 978 1 84467 459 6 / $26.95 / £14.99 / $33.50 / Paperback / 240 pages

ISBN -13: 978 1 84467 455 8 / $95.00 / £55.00 / $118.50 / Hardback / 240 pages

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Ben Linus Taking Control

TAKING CONTROL- UPDATE 21st JANUARY 2011

Taking Control: registration now open
SOAS, University of London, 12th March 2011

Keynote: Professor Jodi Dean

Other speakers include: Professor Peter Hallward, Dr Alberto Toscano, Dr Paul Blackledge

This conference is concerned with control.  On what it means today – under globalised late capitalism – to take or be in control of institutions, whether political, economic, or academic.  We are concerned with theorising how to take control, and on what to do when we take it.  We want to focus not on the dangers of control – since the corrupting effects of power have been amply theorized – but rather on what it means to take responsibility and effect change, and what this change could be.

That is, how can a vision for society be enacted in practical terms? What is the role of democratic participation in this process of mastering social change?  And how do we remain accountable as we take control.  Does taking control mean working against, within or beside the existing institutional structure?

This question remains under-theorised in contemporary critical political theory – which often remains limited to the critique of the status quo. Without the impulse to take responsibility and take control, this critique becomes meaningless – it results in a de facto acceptance.  Where projects like the ‘Idea of Communism’ stop, this conference seeks to take the next step.  It must be situated along work such as the Turbulence Collective’s ‘What it means to win’ volume and Erik-Olin-Wright’s ‘Envisioning Utopias’.

We are clear that the idea of communism remains important and a project to be fought for.  However in the strategic question we are at an impasse, how to take control and implement a new communism? The vanguard model seems discredited, but the model of the multitude seems non-committal, a mere waiting for things to gradually come together, resulting in a de facto withdrawal from the social. Even more than this impasse, in times of late capitalism the very meaning of what being in control entails is no longer clear.  We want to move from thinking about the idea of communism to implementing it.

The event is free to attend but registration is essential.  Please email takingcontrol2011@gmail.com

Organised by ES: Philosophy Research Collective

With support from the Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS

Department of Politics, Goldsmiths

For more information see http://takingcontrol2011.wordpress.com

Update 2nd March 2011:

Full Programme: http://takingcontrol2011.wordpress.com

Registration: takingcontrol2011@gmail.com

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Dr Linus

14th INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE CONFERENCE IN PHILOSOPHY

University of Essex
28 May 2011
‘PHILOSOPHY IN CRISIS’

Call for Papers

In a world that is encapsulated by talk of socio-economic crises, all institutions and practices are sensitive to the demands of instrumental reasoning.  As a result, philosophy is increasingly compelled to measure its worth against external criteria—the utility of its products. This situation provides the impetus for the consideration of philosophy’s role in society; but also occasions the revaluation of philosophy’s tasks as such. A closer discussion of crisis aims to shed light on the role and purpose of philosophy.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

§  Does the study of philosophy need to be justified?

§  What are the implications of crisis in the history of philosophy?

§  Possible effects of a productivity model in the academy.

§  Should philosophy primarily function as a guide for society or provide Critique?

§  What epistemological effects has crisis produced?

§  Pragmatism and crisis: is crisis the main vehicle of change and progression?

§  Should philosophy care about the demands of bureaucracy, or tailor research to the market?

§  What is the future of philosophy, and will philosophy be recognizable?

§  Is philosophy a tool for diagnosis and solution of crisis, or, does philosophy initiate crisis?

§  Evolution of crisis through the history of philosophy.

§  Does philosophy have to re-think its motivations, and more broadly, its view of itself?

§  What is philosophy?

We are happy to consider abstracts from postgraduates, but are also willing to accept submissions from junior research fellows and lecturers.

Keynote Speakers:
Peter Hallward (Kingston)
Fabian Freyenhagen (Essex)

Final papers should be suitable for a 20-minute presentation (2000-2500 words in length), which will be followed by a discussion. The Department of Philosophy will be able to offer invited speakers limited financial assistance toward the cost of travel. For enquiries, please e-mail someone at some email address to be determined, or see the website: http://www.essex.ac.uk/philosophy/gradconference

Abstracts of 500 words in length should be sent by 28 January 2011 to pygradc@essex.ac.uk or in duplicate by post to:
Graduate Conference 2010
Department of Philosophy
University of Essex
Colchester, CO4 3SQ
United Kingdom

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THE PERSISTEMCE OF THE NEGATIVE

The Persistence of the Negative: A Critique of Contemporary Continental Theory
Benjamin Noys

Benjamin Noys’ brilliant and wide-ranging new book is a timely  reminder that no revolutionary and egalitarian approach to politics and philosophy can afford to overlook the disruptive labour of the negative, or to neglect the active contribution that contradiction and antagonism make to a critique of actually-existing forms of domination on the one hand and a renewal of emancipatory agency on the other.– Peter Hallward, Professor of Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University

In this bold and highly original book, Benjamin Noys rethinks the role of the negative in both ontology and political practice. His critical revaluations of familiar figures in recent European thought move in surprising new directions; they have forced me to reconsider much that I thought I knew.– Steven Shaviro, DeRoy Professor of English, Wayne State University

In this original critique of contemporary continental theory, Noys uses a series of incisive readings of leading theoretical figures of affirmationism – Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, Bruno Latour, Antonio Negri, and Alain Badiou – to reveal a profound current of negativity that allows theory to return to its political calling. It is essential reading for anyone concerned with continental theory and its relation to left politics.

http://www.euppublishing.com/book/9780748638635

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Persistence-Negative-Critique-Contemporary-Continental/dp/0748638636

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MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY PHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT CAMPAIGN – UPDATE 8th JUNE 2010

From http://savemdxphil.com/

Posted on 8 June 2010
http://savemdxphil.com/2010/06/08/announcement-8-june-the-crmep-is-moving-to-kingston-university/ by aletheiaticverse http://savemdxphil.com/author/aletheiaticverse/

The campaign to save our philosophy programmes has just won a partial but significant victory: Kingston University
http://www.kingston.ac.uk/ in south-west London announced today that it will re-establish our Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy http://www.web.mdx.ac.uk/CRMEP/ (CRMEP) at Kingston, by employing the four senior staff in Philosophy at Middlesex (Eric Alliez, Peter Hallward, Peter Osborne and Stella Sandford). Our MA and PhD programmes (full-time and part-time) will be re-launched at Kingston this September, and all current post-graduate students will be invited to move along with the staff. Institutions in France and Germany have also made significant new proposals for collaboration with the CRMEP, which may allow it to expand the European dimensions of its work considerably in the near future.

This remarkable turn of events would never been possible without the extraordinary local and international campaign that began six weeks ago, to save our philosophy programmes.

Like Middlesex, Kingston is a post-1992 university, with a commitment to widening participation in education. Unlike Middlesex, Kingston is expanding rather than cutting back its provision in humanities subjects, and it is investing in research in these areas. In addition to taking on CRMEP staff, Kingston will be making a number of other high-level appointments over the coming months, and is launching its own London Graduate School in conjunction with colleagues from several other Universities internationally.  We believe that Kingston will provide an enthusiastic and supportive base for the activities of the CRMEP.

Although we have not won all the demands made by our campaign, the move to Kingston is a major achievement. We have found a way to keep all of our postgraduate programmes open, and to keep most of the CRMEP staff together in a single unit. We have preserved a place in London for the unique academic community that has built up around the Centre and its distinctive research interests, and this will continue to be a place where the criteria for entry and participation remain as open as possible. The campaign has directly refuted the line that Middlesex managers have repeated for many years now – a variation of the line that ‘there is no alternative’ but to follow the neoliberal way of the world, and to close down small academic departments in favour of large vocational ones. The campaign hasn’t merely proved that ‘another way is possible’: it has helped to indicate what needs to be done to make such a way a reality, and shown that there are universities in the UK and in Europe that are willing to embrace it.

We hope that the campaign will continue, evolving to become one of several contributions from a range of institutions across London and the region to a broader and deeper struggle in support of philosophy, the humanities and public education more generally. Some of the protestors who made the biggest impact in our campaign came from supportive universities such as Sussex, KCL, SOAS, Westminster and Goldsmiths. This emerging network of education activists isn’t going to disperse, and is likely to play an important role in the struggles that will soon affect the entire sector. Although the closure of Philosophy at Middlesex is yet another indication of the ongoing commercialisation of education in the UK, our campaign, along with other recent mobilisations at universities up and down the country, has helped change the balance of power across higher education. The campaign to save philosophy at Middlesex has already made a powerful intervention in the fight for public education in general and for endangered humanities programmes in particular. The future looks challenging but there is now much to build on, at Middlesex, at Kingston and across the UK.

Eric Alliez, Peter Hallward, Peter Osborne and Stella Sandford

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Philosophy

MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY PHILOSOPHY CAMPAIGN – UPDATE 26th MAY 2010

Campaign update Wednesday 26 May 2010 (http://savemdxphil.com/)

1. John Protevi and Todd May have posted a petition calling for an international academic boycott of Middlesex University, http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/academic-boycott-of-middlesex-university.html. Several hundred well-placed people have already signed it, in the space of a few hours. Please spread the word about this, far & wide.

2. The poet Michael Rosen renounced his visiting professor at Middlesex today. He explained that “On account of the action of Middlesex University over the Philosophy Department, I would like to inform Professor Ahmad that I would like to renounce my visiting professorship. I do not wish to be a visiting professor at Middlesex University. Best wishes, Michael Rosen.”

3. This morning, professors Osborne and Hallward were denied managerial permission to attend an emergency meeting of their union, the UCU, scheduled for Friday 28 May. They were also denied permission to attend the UCU annual general meeting scheduled for next Wednesday, and a meeting of the University’s self-constituted Professors Group.

4. Collective pressure to greylist i.e. boycott Middlesex University is growing rapidly. The external examiners for the Middlesex Philosophy department have already announced their refusal to collaborate with next month’s assessment boards, and colleagues in other departments may soon follow suit. A boycott by external examiners will have a significant and immediate impact on the University.

5. Last Friday Middlesex management told the four suspended students that their hearings would take place this Friday 28 May at the Hendon campus. Fiona Fall, who will preside over the hearings, suddenly decided this morning that it would be ‘better for the students’ to hold the meeting at Trent Park instead, since it is their ‘home campus.’ The four students explained that they would nonetheless prefer for the hearing to go ahead at Hendon as originally planned. But Fiona Fall has made up her mind. ‘As my understanding is that a rally of support is being organised at Hendon,’ she told one of the students, ‘I have decided that Trent Park continues to be the best most calm place to hold the hearings for both students and the panel.’

5. Confirmed speakers for the rally at Hendon on Thursday 27 May from 4pm include Alex Callinicos (KCL), Richard George (Campaign for Better Transport; Plane Stupid), Paul Gilroy (LSE), Nina Power (Roehampton), Jim Wolfreys (UCU), among others. Please circulate the rally announcement and flyer (http://savemdxphil.com/) to everyone who might be sympathetic.

The Campaign
26 May 2010.

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