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The Philosophy, Interpretation, and Culture Student Alliance at Binghamton University (S.U.N.Y.) Presents:
*The Revolution of Time and the Time of Revolution*
*A conference*
The 25th – 26th of March, 2011

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Peter Gratton, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of San Diego, CA

What sense of time is produced through radical politics? Is the understanding of time as future part of a radical imagination? If the commitment to radical social change involves looking forward into the future, will that leave us with a sense of futurity that depends on the linearity of yesterday, today, and tomorrow?

To interrogate the emergence of radical creations and socialities, we welcome submissions that theorize time as it relates broadly to politics, cultural conflicts, alternative imaginaries, and resistant practices. Time has historically been thought and inhabited through a variety of frameworks and styles of being. At times the present repeats or seems to repeat the past. There are actions that seem to take place outside of time, to be infinite or instantaneous.

Theories of emergence view time as folding in on itself. Indigenous cosmologies and Buddhist philosophers put forward the possibility of no-time or of circular and cyclical time.

The radical question of time is one around which the work of many scholars has revolved: Derrida on the to-come [*a-venir*] of democracy, Negri’s work on *kairos*, Agamben on kairology, Santos on the expansive notion of the present, Deleuze and Guattari on becoming. This heterological list is far from exhaustive, while hinting at the depth of the theme that our conference cultivates. A central political concern, time invokes our most careful attention and the PIC conference provides the setting for this endeavor. We must find the time for time.

At its core, this conference seeks to explore the relationship between time and revolution. Time here may mean *not just *simple clock and calendar time but rather a way of seeing time as part of a material thread that can go this way and that, weaving* *together* *the fabric of political projects producing the world otherwise. Ultimately, the question of time fosters a critical engagement with potentiality, potency, and power; as well as with the virtual and the actual, of the to be and the always already.

We seek papers, projects, and performances that add to the knowledge of time and revolution, but also ones that clear the way for new thinking, new alliances, new beings.

Some possible topics might include:

  – Radical notions of futurity, historicity, or the expansive present.

  – Conceptions on the right moment of action.

  – The political reality of time as stasis or cyclical.

  – The colonial creation of universal time, and decolonial cosmologies of time.

  – Work on thinkers of time and revolution.

  – Work on potentiality, the virtual, and the actual.

  – Capital and labor time.

In keeping with the interdisciplinary emphasis of Binghamton University’s Program in Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture, we seek work that flourishes in the conjunction of multiple frames of epistemological inquiry, from fields including, but not limited to:  postcolonial studies, decolonial studies, queer and gender studies, ethnic studies, media and visual culture studies, urban studies, science and technology studies, critical theory, critical animal studies, continental philosophy, and historiography.

Workers/writers/thinkers of all different disciplinary, inter-disciplinary, and non-disciplinary stripes welcome, whether academically affiliated or not. Submissions may be textual, performative, visual.

Abstracts of 500 words maximum due by Feburary 1, 2011.  In a separate paragraph state your name, address, telephone number, email and organizational or institutional affiliation, if any.

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Speed of Life


Why the Crisis isn’t the fault of ‘Greedy Bankers’


A Principia Dialectica Meeting


Friday 17 April at 7.30pm

The Lucas Arms

Grays Inn Road



Nearest tube: King’s Cross


Is the credit crunch and crisis really the result of greed, stupidity and incompetence, as more or less everyone, from the Right and the Left are telling us, or are there deeper reasons for the mess? The theory of value, which Marx laid out in Capital, does provide us with a way to understand the world we live in, but we need to recognise that capital is a powerful machine or organism, and a highly dysfunctional one at that, following its own mad laws of development, and for whom humanity is no more than an appendage. Nobody actually “runs” the system, certainly not the G20 leaders, or the so-called ‘Masters of the Universe’ on Wall Street. It’s the system that runs them! Come and take part in a discussion on the value-based analysis of capital today and what it means for the future of humanity.


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The Crisis in Marxist Thought and the Dialectic Today


A talk by Kevin B Anderson, author of Lenin, Hegel, and Western Marxism



Thursday 6 November 2008 7.30 pm

Artists Room, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1

(Nearest tube: Holborn)

Admission free

Contributions welcome.


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The New SPACE (The New School for Pluralistic Anti-Capitalist Education)

PresentsWorse than They Want You to Think:
A Marxist Analysis of the Economic CrisisA talk by Andrew Kliman

Tuesday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m.
New York City
This talk will be held at TRS Inc. Professional Suite.
Located at 44 East 32nd Street, 11th floor (between Park & Madison Aves.), New York City

$7 – $10, Suggested Donation

Kliman will draw on Karl Marx’s value theory in order to explain how the crisis results from the weakness of the U.S. economy since the collapse of the dot-com bubble. He will also draw on Raya Dunayevskaya’s theory of state-capitalism in order to explain why supposedly “free-market” policymakers and economists are ushering in a new period of statified property and state control of the economy.
Andrew Kliman, professor of economics at Pace University, is the author of Reclaiming Marx’s “Capital”: A Refutation of the Myth of Inconsistency and a member of the New SPACE Organizing Committee. He has written two essays on the current economic crisis, “Trying to Save Capitalism from Itself” (April 25 and and “A Crisis of Confidence” (Aug. 23, International Socialism journal, Issue no. 120,

The New SPACE (The New School for Pluralistic Anti-Capitalist Education)
Tel: 1 (800) 377-6183

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A meeting organised by Principia Dialectica

28 November 2008

7.30pm, in The Lucas Arms, Grays Inn Road, King’s Cross, London

Nearest underground stations: King’s Cross or Chancery Lane



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