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THE ZIZEK AND MEDIA STUDIES READER – CALL FOR PAPERS

Call for Papers:  The Žižek and Media Studies Reader

Since the early 1970s, film, media, and cultural theorists have appealed to Lacanian psychoanalytic theory in order to discern processes of subjectivization, representation, and ideological interpellation.  In much of the early approaches to Lacanian theory in these fields, concepts such as the ‘mirror stage’, the Imaginary, the Symbolic, and the ‘gaze’ figured heavily.  However, beginning with the work of theorists such as Jacqueline Rose, Joan Copjec and Slavoj Žižek, a new approach to Lacan has been advanced, one which pays closer attention to concepts such as sexual difference, the objet petit a (the object-cause of desire), fantasy, the Real, enjoyment, and the drive.  Žižek in particular has advanced a political-philosophical re-interpretation of Lacan that has spawned a whole new wave of Žižekian film, media, and cultural theory that shows a marked difference from an early Lacanian approach.  They differ insofar as a Žižekian approach demonstrates connections between the media, ideology, the objet petit a, the Real, the drive, and enjoyment.

We are seeking papers to be included in an edited collection titled, The Žižek and Media Studies Reader.  Papers should discuss Žižek’s relevance for and connection to one of the following areas of media studies:  film/cinema; popular culture; and, new/digital media.  Suggested topics include:

–      A Žižekian reading of a particular film/popular culture artefact
–      Ideology critique
–      Media politics
–      Subjectivity/Identity studies
–      Media in the context of the ‘demise of symbolic efficiency’
–      Communicative capitalism
–      The relationship between media and desire/drive
–      Media and fantasy
–      Media and enjoyment

Please submit abstracts between 250-500 words and a short biographical statement by September 15th, 2012 to either Matthew Flisfeder matthew.flisfeder@gmail.com or Louis-Paul Willis louis-paul.willis@uqat.ca

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Hegel

LESS THAN NOTHING: HEGEL AND THE SHADOW OF DIALECTICAL MATERIALISM

NEW TITLE:

LESS THAN NOTHING: HEGEL AND THE SHADOW OF DIALECTICAL MATERIALISM

By SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK

Published: 11th June 2012

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EVENTS IN LONDON

Monday 11 June, 7pm

Central Saint Martins Campus, London N1

The new Central Saint Martins campus at Kings Cross will host the renowned philosopher Slavoj Žižek in conversation with Jonathan Derbyshire, the culture editor of the New Statesman. From Hegel to the Occupy movement, expect an interesting thought-provoking discussion followed by audience Q and A.

For more information visit: http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/cultural-capital/2012/05/slavoj-%C5%BEi%C5%BEek-conversation-new-statesman

 

15 June-16 June  

Café Oto, 18 – 22 Ashwin St, Dalston, London E8 3D

Hegel 101 seminar, 24 hour reading of LESS THAN NOTHING & talk by Zizek. Details coming soon on versobooks.com

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“I am writing a mega-book about Hegel. It is a true work of love. This is my true life’s work. Even Lacan is just a tool for me to read Hegel. For me, always it is Hegel, Hegel, Hegel … but people just want the shitty politics.” Slavoj Žižek

For the last two centuries, Western philosophy has developed in the shadow of HEGEL, whose influence each new thinker tries in vain to escape: whether in the name of the pre-rational Will, the social process of production, or the contingency of individual existence. Hegel’s absolute idealism has become the bogeyman of philosophy, obscuring the fact that he is the dominant philosopher of the epochal historical transition to modernity; a period with which our own time shares startling similarities.

Today, as global capitalism comes apart at the seams, we are entering a new transition. In LESS THAN NOTHING, the pinnacle publication of a distinguished career, Slavoj Žižek argues that it is imperative that we not simply return to Hegel but that we repeat and exceed his triumphs, overcoming his limitations by being even more Hegelian than the master himself. Such an approach not only enables Žižek to diagnose our present condition, but also to engage in a critical dialogue with the key strands of contemporary thought-HEIDEGGER, BADIOU, speculative realism, quantum physics and cognitive sciences. Modernity will begin and end with Hegel.

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Praise for SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK:

‘Superstar messiah of the new left’ OBSERVER

 ‘An intellectual whirlwind’ DAILY TELEGRAPH

 ‘A superstar of Elvis-like magnitude … a bogglingly dynamic whirlwind of brainpower’ DAZED & CONFUSED

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SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK 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,

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Slovenia. His other books from Verso include LIVING IN THE END TIMES, FIRST AS TRAGEDY, THEN AS FARCE, IN DEFENSE OF LOST CAUSES, THE SUBLIME OBJECT OF IDEOLOGY, THE FRAGILE ABSOLUTE: OR, WHY IS THE CHRISTIAN LEGACY WORTH FIGHTING FOR, THE TICKLISH SUBJECT, THE PLAGUES OF FANTASIES, FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO, THE INDIVISIBLE REMAINDER, WELCOME TO THE DESERT OF THE REAL,IRAQ: THE BORROWED KETTLE, and DID SOMEBODY SAY TOTALITARIANISM? He has also appeared in the films ŽIŽEK!, EXAMINED LIFE and The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema.

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ISBN: 978 1 84467 897 6 / $69.95 / £50.00 / Hardback / 1040 pages

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For more information about LESS THAN NOTHING, or to buy the book visit:

http://www.versobooks.com/books/1114-less-than-nothing

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We Are the Crisis

We Are the Crisis

THE SUBVERSIVE FORUM: ‘THE FUTURE OF EUROPE’

ZAGREB, CROATIA, MAY 13-19, 2012

Under the umbrella of Subversive Forum a number of events will take place in May 2012 in the Croatian capital, including an international conference dedicated to the main theme The Future of Europe, numerous debates The Crisis of Europe (May 14-15), The Struggle for the Commons (May 16) and Towards the Balkan Social Forum (May 17-18), the Subversive book fair and, during the introductory week (May 5-12), the 5th Subversive Film Festival.

It is no news that the European Union is facing its biggest crisis since it was created. It is at the same time an economic, financial, social and ideological crisis of this project. Across the continent, instead of solidarity we are witnessing a resurgence of national selfishness, the rise of extreme right, intolerance, and racism. The Mediterranean countries who have been hit the hardest by the crisis show us also a possible response to it: the appearance of strong social movements demanding social justice, a different economic model, and direct democracy. Almost everywhere we see the youth on the streets, in Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Romania, but also in the future EU member: Croatia.

Through a critical examination ofEurope’s current crisis, the Subversive Forum will try to outline realistic possibilities for its transformation and the creation of another political, social and economic project across the Old Continent. The keynote speakers include Stéphane Hessel, Michael Hardt, Tariq Ali, Gayatri Spivak, Slavoj Zizek, Saskia Sassen, Christian Marazzi, Samir Amin, Bernard Cassen, Ignatio Ramonet, Eric Touissant, Costas Douzinas, Renata Salecl, and more than 100 participants from 20 different European, African and Asian countries. For one week in May,Zagreb, the town placed almost exactly on the EU’s shifting border, will become both a center of the world’s critical thought and a laboratory of possible political, social and economic alternatives.

The Subversive Forum is endorsed by the World Social Forum.

For more information: www.subversiveforum.com

Contact: info@subversiveforum.com

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Zizek

Zizek

ZIZEK STUDIES CONFERENCE 2012

Neo-liberal Perversions: Fantasy and Gaze in Contemporary Culture

The College at Brockport (SUNY)
Edwards Hall • 350 New Campus Drive • Brockport, NY 14420

April 28-29, 2012

Speakers: Slavoj Žižek • Joan Copjec • Paul Taylor • Jodi Dean

Sponsored by:
The International Journal of Žižek Studies
The Delta College Program at the College at Brockport (SUNY)
The Brockport Philosophy Club

http://zizekconference.webs.com/

For more information contact Antonio Garcia at agarciaj@indiana.edu  

The College at Brockport State University of New York

350 New Campus Drive, Brockport, NY 14420

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It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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Deadwing

THE GLOBAL UPRISINGS OF 2011 AND THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF DIRECT DEMOCRACY

CALL FOR PAPERS

Session at the AAA Annual Meeting
San Francisco, November 14-18, 2012

The Global Uprisings of 2011 and the Anthropology of Direct Democracy

Critical theorists, including Slavoj Zizek (2011), Judith Butler (2011), and Michael Hardt and Toni Negri (2011), have framed the protest movements of 2011 as a response to a fundamental crisis of representative politics. The response—from Northern Africa, through Southern Europe to North America—has, in many cases, centered on a radicalization of democracy, especially an embrace of direct democracy. Our knowledge of these directly democratic experiments remains, however, inchoate. Little description and analysis is available on the specific forms of directly democratic practice enacted in settings as distinct as the Casbah in Tunis, Tahrir Square in Cairo, Syntagma Square in Athens, Puerto del sol in Madrid, Tel Aviv’s tent city, the Wisconsin statehouse as well as the hundreds of encampments associated with the Occupy Movement.

The need for ethnographic accounts of direct democracy is especially urgent because many movements have refused official representatives of their practices and because democracy has been extended beyond formal institutions into new spheres of life. By inviting initial ethnographic accounts of direct democracy, this panel hopes to contribute to the growing anthropology of democracy (Appadurai 2001, 2007; Brown 2006; Paley 2002, 2008; Shore 2000). The focus on direct democracy, which has been relatively neglected within anthropology, responds to David Nugent’s (2002, 2008) call for an unsettling of “normative democracy”—i.e. the dominance of a certain liberal variant of democracy—through a description of “alternative democracies,” especially those unique conceptions of democracy emerging among subaltern movements, groups, and peoples that allow us to think outside dominant assumptions. Proposed papers can address any of the movements that emerged in the wake of the 2011 uprisings around the globe, including but not restricted to the Occupy Movements or other recent struggles that have adopted directly democratic forms and practices. Please feel to contact me with any questions.

Practicalities

Please send a title and abstract of no more than 250 words to Maple Razsa mjrazsa@colby.edu by March 10, 2012.

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‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

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Aesthetics

REVIEWS IN CULTURAL THEORY

Dear All

We’re writing to announce the publication of several new reviews accessible at reviewsinculture.com. We’d also like to invite you to contribute to RCT by offering to review one of the books listed in the latter half of this message.

New Reviews

The Pig Stays in the Picture: Visual/Literary Narratives of Human-Animal Intimacies: Susan McHugh. Animal Stories: Narrating Across Species Lines. University of Minnesota Press, 2011. 280pp.

No Exit? Imagining Radical Refusal: Simon During. Exit Capitalism: Literary Culture, Theory, and Post-Secular Modernity. Routledge, 2010. 280 pp.

Architectural Positions: Pier Vittorio Aureli. The Possibility of an Absolute Architecture. MIT Press, 2011. 251 pp.

Pattern Pre-Recognition: Richard Grusin. Premediation: Affect and Mediality in America after 9/11. Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. 208 pp.

Reading Age and Disability in Film: Sally Chivers. The Silvering Screen: Old Age and Disability in Cinema. University of Toronto Press, 2011. 213 pp.

The Meaning of Christ and the Meaning of Hegel: Slavoj Žižek and John Milbank. The Monstrosity of Christ: Paradox or Dialectic? Ed. Creston Davis. MIT Press, 2009. 320 pp.

Affecting Feminist Subjects, Rewriting Feminist Theory: Clare Hemmings. Why Stories Matter: The Political Grammar of Feminist Theory. Duke University Press, 2011. 272 pp.
Books Available for Review

In addition to inviting reviewers for the books listed below, we also welcome proposals for longer review essays, focusing on recently published (2012-) titles. If you are interested in contributing a review or a review essay to RCT, please write to us at editors@reviewsinculture.com.

Charles R. Acland. Swift Viewing: The Popular Life of Subliminal Influence. Duke University Press, 2012.

Giorgio Agamben. The Kingdom and the Glory: For a Theological Genealogy of Economy and Government. Trans. Lorenzo Chiesa and Matteo Mandarini. Stanford UP, 2011.

Alain Badiou. Trans. Gregory Elliott. The Rebirth of History: Times of Riots and Uprisings. Verso, 2012.

Lauren Berlant. Cruel Optimism. Duke University Press, 2011.

Bruno Bosteels. Badiou and Politics. Duke University Press, 2011.

Susan Brown, Jeanne Perreault, Jo-Ann Wallace, and Heather Zwicker, eds. Not Drowning But Waving: Women, Feminism and the Liberal Arts. University of Alberta Press, 2011.

James V. Catano and Daniel A. Novak, eds. Masculinity Lessons: Rethinking Men’s and Women’s Studies. John Hopkins University Press, 2011.

Eric Cazdyn. The Already Dead: The New Time of Politics, Culture, and Illness. Duke University Press, 2012.

May Chazan, Lisa Helps, Anna Stanley, and Sonali Thakkar. Home and Native Land: Unsettling Multiculturalism in Canada. Between the Lines Press, 2011.

Rey Chow. Entanglements, or Transmedial Thinking about Capture. Duke University Press, 2012.

Jean Comaroff and John L. Comaroff. Theory from the South: or, How Euro-America is Evolving Toward Africa. Paradigm, 2012.

William E. Connolly.  A World of Becoming. Duke University Press, 2011.

Grant H. Kester. The One and the Many: Contemporary Collaborative Art in a Global Context. Duke University Press, 2011.

Vicky Kirby. Quantum Anthropologies: Life at Large. Duke University Press, 2011.

Tonya K. Davidson,OndinePark, and Rob Shields, eds. Ecologies of Affect: Placing Nostalgia, Desire, and Hope.  Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2011.

Kit Dobson and Áine McGlynn, eds. Transnationalism, Activism, Art. University of Toronto Press, 2012.

Boris Groys. Introduction to Antiphilosophy. Verso, 2012.

David Harvey. Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution. Verso, 2012.

Sharon Patricia Holland. The Erotic Life of Racism. Duke University Press, 2012.

Andrew Karvonen. The Politics of Urban Runoff: Nature, Technology and the Sustainable City. MIT Press, 2011.

Garry Neil Kennedy. TheLastArtCollege:Nova ScotiaCollegeof Art and Design, 1968-1978. MIT Press, 2012.

Katie King. Networked Reenactments: Stories Transdisciplinary Knowledges Tell. Duke University Press, 2012.

Michael G. Lacy and Kent A. Ono, eds. Critical Rhetorics of Race.New York University Press, 2011.

Stephanie Li. Signifying Without Specifying: Racial Discourse in the Age of Obama. Rutgers UP, 2011.

A. Ricardo López and Barbara Weinstein, eds. The Making of the Middle Class: Toward a Transnational History. Duke University Press, 2012.

Lucio Magri. The Tailor of Ulm: Communism in the Twentieth Century. Verso, 2012.

Walter D. Mignolo. The Darker Side of Western Modernity: Global Futures, Decolonial Options. Duke University Press, 2011.

Nicholas Mirzoeff. The Right to Look: A Counterhistory of Visuality. Duke University Press, 2011.

Martha Nussbaum. The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age. Harvard UP, 2012.

Elizabeth A. Povinelli. Economies of Abandonment: Social Belonging and Endurance in Late Liberalism. Duke University Press, 2011.

S.S. Prawer. Karl Marx and World Literature. Verso, 2011.

Jacques Rancière. Staging the People: The Proletarian and His Double. Verso, 2011.

Jacques Rancière. The Intellectual and His People: Staging the People, Volume 2. Verso, 2012.

Sherene Razack, Malinda Smith, and Sunera Thobani,eds.Statesof Race: Critical Race Feminism for the 21st Century. Between the Lines Press, 2011.

Mark Rifkin. The Erotics of Sovereignty: Queer Native Writing in the Era of Self-Determination. University of Minnesota Press, 2012.

Gayle S. Rubin. Deviations: A Gayle Rubin Reader. Duke University Press, 2011.

Peter Sloterdijk. Bubbles: Spheres Volume I: Microspherology. Trans. Wieland Hoban. Semiotext(e), 2011.

Joe Soss, Richard C. Fording, and Sanford F. Schram. Disciplining the Poor: Neoliberal Paternalism and the Persistent Power of Race. University of Chicago Press, 2011.

Joan Wallach Scott. The Fantasy of Feminist History. Duke University Press, 2012.

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. An Aesthetic Education in the Era of Globalization. Harvard UP, 2012.

Bernard Stiegler. The Re-Enchantment of the World: The Value of the Human Spirit vs Industrial Populism. Trans. Trevor Arthur. Continuum, 2012.

Tiqqun. Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Young-Girl. Trans. Ariana Reines. Semiotext(e), 2012.

Jini Kim Watson. The NewAsianCity: Three-Dimensional Fictions of Space and Urban Form. University of Minnesota Press, 2011.

Robyn Wiegman. Object Lessons. Duke University Press, 2012.

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Louis Althusser

DÉSCALAGES: AN ALTHUSSER STUDIES JOURNAL – VOLUME I ISSUE 2

Décalages: an Althusser Studies Journal: Vol.I , Issue 2 is now available

We are pleased to announce that the second issue of Décalages: an Althusser Studies Journal is now available online at www.decalages.net.

The issue includes a previously unpublished text by Althusser, “On Genesis” (1966), in which he explores the concept of a materialism of the encounter. The original French version is accompanied by English, Spanish and Italian translations, as well as an introduction by G.M. Goshgarian.

Also featured are Pierre Macherey’s examination of Judith Butler on the Althusserian theory of interpellation, Won Choi on Zizek’s critique of Althusser’s notion of ideology, Samuel Solomon’s reading of Derrida’s unpublished seminars on Althusser, as well as other articles and reviews.

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Critique

THE LONDON CONFERENCE IN CRITICAL THOUGHT 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS

The London Conference in Critical Thought

Birkbeck College, London

June 29th and 30th, 2012

In collaboration with the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, the London Conference in Critical Thought (LCCT) is designed to create a space for an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas for scholars who work with “critical” traditions and concerns. We welcome work from the humanities and social sciences, including but not limited to papers drawing upon continental philosophy, critical legal theory, critical geography and the Frankfurt School. The LCCT aims to provide an opportunity for those who frequently find themselves at the margins of their department or discipline to engage with other scholars who share theoretical approaches and interests. Interdisciplinary and inter-institutional, the conference hopes to foster emergent critical thought and provide new avenues for critically orientated scholarship and collaboration.

Scholars working in philosophy, literature, geography, law, art, and politics departments have already proposed panels and/or streams for the conference. These address issues as diverse as animality, sovereignty, human rights, cosmopolitanism, the city, and the relationship between text and space. Through these streams participants are encouraged to engage with a variety of thinkers including Kant, Deleuze, Marx, Lacan, Foucault, Spinoza and Derrida, to name a few.

If you would like to present a paper as part of an existing stream/panel, propose a new stream/panel or contribute to the general stream please see our website for details. The deadline for stream proposals is the 15th of January, 2012, and the deadline for paper proposals is the 19th of February, 2012. The conference will be open for registration as of April 2012 and is free for participants.

http://londonconferenceincriticalthought.wordpress.com/

The London Conference in Critical Thought is co-hosted by the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities for the inaugural year of 2012.

 

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Zizek

COMMUNISM: A NEW BEGINNING?

MAJOR NYC CONFERENCE

COMMUNISM: A NEW BEGINNING?

Organised by ALAIN BADIOU and SLAVOJ ZIZEK

Cooper Union, New York, October 14th-16th 2011

Livestream at: www.versobooks.com
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A new conference with leading thinkers to discuss the continued relevance of the communist idea.

“The long night of the left is coming to a close” wrote Slavoj Zizek and Costas Douzinas in their introduction to THE IDEA OF COMMUNISM. The continuing economic crisis, 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. With the advent of the Arab awakening millions have sought new ways to overcome corruption and dictatorship.

Responding to Alain Badiou’s proposition of the ‘communist hypothesis’, the leading thinkers of the left convened in London in 2009 to discuss the perpetual, persistent notion that, in a truly emancipated society, all things should be owned in common. Two years later, the discussion continues—this time in New York.

Organised with Verso Books, eight leading thinkers will be discussing COMMUNISM: A NEW BEGINNING? at Cooper Union on the weekend of October 14th-16th.

Verso is glad to announce that we will live stream the conference on our website, from Friday, Oct 14th at 6pm. You’ll need to log in to access the video page, so please register now if you don’t yet have an account.
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CONFERENCE PROGRAMME:

FIRST SESSION: Friday Oct 14, 6-9 PM (moderator: ZIZEK)
Slavoj Zizek: SHORT INTRODUCTORY REMARKS
Frank Ruda: REMEMBERING THE IMPOSSIBLE. FOR A META-CRITICAL ANAMNESIS OF COMMUNISM
Alain Badiou: POLITICS AND STATE, MASS MOVEMENT AND TERROR (read by Bruno Bosteels)

SECOND SESSION: Saturday Oct 15, 10AM-1PM (moderator: ZIZEK)
Bruno Bosteels: ON THE CHRISTIAN QUESTION
Susan Buck-Morss: COMMUNISM AND ETHICS

THIRD SESSION: Saturday Oct 15, 3-7 PM (moderator: BOSTEELS)
Adrian Johnston: FROM SCIENTIFIC SOCIALISM TO SOCIALIST SCIENCE. NATURDIALEKTIK THEN AND NOW
Jodi Dean: COMMUNIST DESIRE
Etienne Balibar: COMMUNISM AS COMMITMENT, IMAGINATION, AND POLITICS

FOURTH SESSION: Sunday Oct 16, 10AM-1PM (moderator: BOSTEELS)
Emmanuel Terray: COMMUNISM: WAYS AND MEANS OF THE RECONSTRUCTION
Slavoj Zizek: CONCLUSION: FREEDOM IN THE CLOUDS
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UPDATE: Alain Badiou unable to attend

With great regret we have to announce that, due to illness, Alain Badiou will not be able to attend the conference Communism, A New Beginning? this weekend. We are all extremely disappointed but we hope you’ll join us in wishing Alain a swift recovery. He has prepared a text to be read (by Bruno Bosteels) so will still be able to contribute to the conference, and we still expect the conference to be an extraordinary event.
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Praise for SLAVOJ ZIZEK

“The most formidably brilliant exponent of psychoanalysis, indeed of cultural theory in general, to have emerged from Europe in some decades.” – TERRY EAGLETON

“Superstar messiah of the new left.” – OBSERVER

“An intellectual whirlwind.” – TELEGRAPH

“Slavoj Zizek is a superstar of Elvis-like magnitude–a bogglingly dynamic whirlwind of brainpower.” – DAZED AND CONFUSED

Praise for ALAIN BADIOU

“An heir to Jean-Paul Sartre and Louis Althusser” – NEW STATESMAN

“Badiou is at his strongest in pointing to the inconsistencies of a facile multiculturalism, the pluralism of the food court and the shopping mall, which wilts in the face of any genuine expression of cultural hostility to liberal values.” – RADICAL PHILOSOPHY

“Alain Badiou could be the most important philosopher alive today” – IRISH LEFT REVIEW

“Badiou is by turns speculative, provocative…and droll.” – TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
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SLAVOJ ZIZEK is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. He is a professor at the European GraduateSchool, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, BirkbeckCollege, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His books include LIVING IN THE END TIMES, FIRST AS TRAGEDY, THEN AS FARCE, IN DEFENSE OF LOST CAUSES, six volumes of the ESSENTIAL ZIZEK, and many more.

ALAIN BADIOU teaches philosophy at the École normale supérieure and the Collège international de philosophie in Paris. In addition to several novels, plays and political essays, he has published a number of major philosophical works, including THEORY OF THE SUBJECT, BEING AND EVENT, MANIFESTO FOR PHILOSOPHY, and GILLES DELEUZE. His recent books include THE MEANING OF SARKOZY, ETHICS, METAPOLITICS, POLEMICS, THE COMMUNIST HYPOTHESIS, FIVE LESSONS ON WAGNER, AND WITTGENSTEIN’S ANTI-PHILOSOPHY.
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For more information on the Verso livestream from New York:
http://www.versobooks.com/blogs/706-communism-a-new-beginning-alain-badiou-and-slavoj-zizek-with-verso-books-at-cooper-union-new-york-october-14th-16th-2011
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The contributions at the 2009 London conference have been collected in:

THE IDEA OF COMMUNISM

Edited by SLAVOJ ZIZEK and COSTA DOUZINAS

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

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

For more information:
http://www.versobooks.com/books/513-the-idea-of-communism
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BRUNEL SOCIAL AND POLITICAL THOUGHT RESEARCH GROUP SEMINAR SERIES 2011-2012

‘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: Fillippo.Dellucchese@brunel.ac.uk

Mark Neocleous Mark.Neocleous@brunel.ac.uk

Peter Thomas PeterD.Thomas@brunel.ac.uk

Visit the Brunel SPT Research Group web pages:

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

http://www.brunel.ac.uk/sss/politics/research-and-research-centres/social-and-political-thought

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brunel-University-Modern-Political-Thought/205393026150272?sk=wall  

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
Leone
Introduced by Giovanni Memola

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

2nd November 2011
Peebles
Introduced by Mike Wayne

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

30th November 2011
October
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
Uxbridge
Middlesex UB8 3PH
United Kingdom

Office: MJ 229

Office hours:
Tuesday 14.30-15.30
Thursday 11.30-12.30

Phone: +44 (0)18952 67573
Work Email: PeterD.Thomas@brunel.ac.uk
Personal Email: thomas_p_au@yahoo.com.au

Staff Page: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/sss/politics/staff-profiles/peter-thomas

Brunel Social and Political Thought Research Group:
http://www.brunel.ac.uk/sss/politics/research-groups-and-centres/social-and-political-thought

MA in Modern Political Thought: Violence and Revolution:
http://www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/modern-political-thought-violence-and-revolution-ma

Historical Materialism: http://historicalmaterialism.org/

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Marx and Education

LONDON SEMINAR ON CONTEMPORARY MARXIST THEORY 2011–2012

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 Britain and 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.

2011/12 Seminar Series

12th October, 6pm

King’s College London, Strand Campus, Room S-3.18

Alex Callinicos (King’s College, London)

Slavoj Zizek and the Critique of Political Economy

9th November, 6pm

King’s College London, Strand Campus, Room S-3.18

David McNally (York University, Toronto)

Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism

14th December, 6pm

King’s College London, Strand Campus, Room S-3.18

Jairus Banaji (SOAS)

Retotalizing Fascism: reading Arthur Rosenberg through Sartre’s ‘Critique’

The schedule for 2012 will be made available at a later date.

Speakers will include Susan Marks (LSE)

For further information, please contact: Alex Callinicos, European Studies, King’s College London: alex.callinicos@kcl.ac.uk

Stathis Kouvelakis, European Studies, King’s College London: stathis.kouvelakis@kcl.ac.uk

Costas Lapavitsas, Economics, SOAS: cl5@soas.ac.uk

Peter Thomas, Politics and History, Brunel: PeterD.Thomas@brunel.ac.uk

 

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Raya Dunayevskaya

NEW ARTICLES AND FEATURES FROM U.S. MARXIST-HUMANISTS – UPDATE 28th AUGUST 2011

http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/
AUGUST 2011

1.  DAVID BLACK, “‘NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE’ AND BLOOD AND FLAMES ON ENGLAND’S STREETS: 1981, 1985 AND 2011” — The explosion of rage and revolt on the streets of British cities, recalls the dramatic “uprisings” of the 1980s. The author, a resident of the riot-hit London Borough of Haringey, looks at what has changed and why it matters.

2. BA KARANG, “OSLO MASSACRE AND THE ‘REASONING’ OF THE FAR RIGHT” — In the aftermath of the Massacre in Norway, Norwegian-African Ba Karang examines the ideological strands of the Far Right in the thinking of Anders Breivik.

3. PETER HUDIS, “COMMENTS ON ‘WHAT MORE COULD WE WANT OF OURSELVES!’, JACQUELINE ROSE’S REVIEW OF THE LETTERS OF ROSA LUXEMBURG” — In responding to Rose’s review in London Review of Books: http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/books/the-letters-of-rosa-luxemburg/ Hudis discusses Luxemburg’s differences with Lenin, her writings on imperialism and indigenous communal social forms, and her worldview as both “open” and “single-minded.” Originally appeared on the Verso Books authors’ blog, June 21, 2011.

4. DALE PARSONS, “LABOR AT THE CROSSROADS” — The capitulation on the part of Obama and the Democrats to the far-Right agenda of the Republicans in the latest battle over raising the deficit ceiling raises the issue of whether capitalism is undermining its own conditions of existence.

5. KELLY GREEN, “TECHNOLOGY, LABOR, AND THE TRANSCENDENCE OF CAPITAL: REVISITING THE MARCUSE-DUNAYEVSKAYA DEBATE” — In the 1960s and 1970s, Herbert Marcuse and Raya Dunayevskaya developed differing responses to the new stage of capitalist production represented by automation.

6. ELI MESSINGER, “REVIEW OF RICHARD GREEMAN’S BEWARE OF VEGETARIAN SHARKS” –Veteran socialist Greeman’s book collects his essays on the radical movement, as well as biographical and theoretical reflections.

7. ELI MESSINGER, “REVIEW OF SLAVOJ ZIZEK ET AL., LENIN RELOADED” — This review of one of the few recent books devoted to Lenin’s thought – with much discussion of dialectics — is particularly timely now that Lenin Reloaded is appearing in Spanish, Turkish, and other languages.

8. KHALFANI MALIK KHALDUN, “BURIED ALIVE INSIDE INDIANA SCU UNIT: A LOOK AT SUGGESTIONS TO MODIFY CURRENT CONDITIONS AND CREATE A MORE CONDUCIVE ENVIRONMENT” — This piece by political prisoner Khalfani Malik Khaldun, speaks to the issues that have helped foment the hunger strike of prisoners in Pelican Bay, California, as well as elsewhere in California. Now is the time to demonstrate support for those wrongly incarcerated and suffering the terrible abuses of the U.S. criminal injustice system.

9. RINITA MAZUMDAR AND HEATHER TOMANOVSKY, “DIALOGUE ON MARX, GENDER, KINSHIP, AND HUMAN EMANCIPATION” — Dialogue on Tomanovsky’s essay, “Marx, Gender, and Human Emancipation,” which originally appeared on this website: http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/articles/marx-gender-and-human-emancipation-%E2%80%93-by-heather-tomanovsky/

10. STEVEN COLATRELLA AND PETER HUDIS, DIALOGUE ON MARX’S CRITIQUE OF THE GOTHA PROGRAM – Dialogue over Hudis’s essay on “Directly and Indirectly Social Labor: What Kind of Human Relations Can Transcend Capitalism?” which appears on this website: http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/articles/directly-and-indirectly-social-labor-what-kind-of-human-relations-can-transcend-capitalism-by-peter-hudis/

11. DAVID BLACK, “ADORNO FOR REVOLUTIONARIES?” — In Adorno for Revolutionaries Ben Watson attempts to show how Theodore Adorno, starting with the commodity form, outlined a revolutionary musicology, a passageway between subjective feeling and objective conditions. In extending the analysis beyond the confines of ‘highbrow’ classical music Watson aims to ‘detonate the explosive core of Adorno’s method’.

12. PETER HUDIS, “READING ROSA” – Interview with Hudis on The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg with Red Pepper (London)

13. THE LETTERS OF ROSA LUXEMBURG, EDITED BY ANNELIES LASCHITZA, GEORG ADLER AND PETER HUDIS, TRANSLATED BY GEORGE SHRIVER (VERSO 2011) — Links to reviews in New Politics and elsewhere

14. MARX AT THE MARGINS: ON NATIONALISM, ETHNICITY, AND NON-WESTERN SOCIETIES, BY KEVIN ANDERSON

Links to reviews in Le Monde Diplomatique, Counterfire, Marx-Engels-Jahrbuch, and elsewhere.

RECENTLY PUBLISHED

1. KEVIN ANDERSON, “ARAB REVOLUTIONS AT THE CROSSROADS” – The revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, and the uprising in Libyahave exhibited a post-Islamist and post-nationalist character.  After challenging both the political and the economic order, they face dangers from old forces like the military and the Islamists (Egypt) or of violent repression (Libya).

2. PETER HUDIS, “THE LIFE, LETTERS, & LEGACY OF ROSA LUXEMBURG – Video of a presentation at a symposium marking the publication on the Letters of Rosa Luxemburg, New York University Law School, March 14, 2011

THE SITE ALSO INCLUDES OTHER ARTICLES FROM THE PAST DECADE BY U. S. MARXIST-HUMANISTS AND THEIR INTERNATIONAL COLLEAGUES.
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