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POWER AND RESISTANCE – 2012 SSPT CONFERENCE

Studies in Social and Political Thought Annual Conference — Power and Resistance
June 15-16, 2012
Sussex University, Brighton

Keynote: Werner Bonefeld (University ofYork)

While governments around the world have initiated austerity measures on a grand scale and have even been ousted in favour of technocratic administrations, pockets of sustained resistance continue to manifest themselves. Whether it is the populist Occupy movement, ultra-left theorists of Communisation, anti-cuts protesters, or even the rioters who took to the streets ofLondonand beyond, the struggle against the apparent status quo continues. When taken in the light of the Arab Spring, questions must be asked in regards to the relationship between resistance and revolution.  These movements managed to turn a tide of resistance into a force for revolution. Is this a paradigm-shift in the way this relationship must be thought?

Alongside these movements and despite the optimism generated by them, the power of the governments to crush, delegitimise, and ignore opposition appears to continue unabated. Some critics blame a lack of coherent message and agenda; others say that the forces of opposition are not dealing with the reality of the situation. This critique, however, does not have the last word. Theseforms of resistance, in their many diffuse guises [‘diffuse guises’ sounds odd to me, but maybe that’s just me], challenge the state’s belief that it has a monopoly on reality. They challenge the very legitimacy of the state to disseminate the status quo and, therefore, represent a radical alternative even if they do not, or cannot, dictate what the alternative may be. What role do the concepts of power and resistance play in our analysis of the current situation? Do they require a reassessment or does the contemporary conjuncture simply represent a reassertion of the same old forces in a different guise?

Power is one of the core concepts of social and political thought. Yet, there is plenty of disagreement about what is, how it functions and how it should be contested. Our present conjuncture is witnessing many different manifestations of power and resistance. However, there is a lack of serious theoretical engagement with the current situation. We are seeking papers that engage theoretically with the current situation, and which emphasise the central roles of the concepts of power and resistance. Possible theoretical frameworks include, but are not limited to, theories of biopolitics, instrumental reason, critical theory, post-colonialism, discourse and democratic theory, structuralism and post-structuralism, recognition, soft-power, hegemony, world-systems, sovereignty, legality, and legitimacy.

Please send abstracts of 350 words to ssptconference2012@gmail.com  by March 30th. For more information go to ssptjournal.wordpress.com

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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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Radical Thinkers

PhD SCHOLARSHIPS IN SOCIAL SCIENCES AT BRUNEL UNIVERSITY

The School of Social Sciences of Brunel University has recently announced nine PhD scholarships. Scholarships include fees, a living allowance, and teaching experience. More information is available here: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/sss/research/phd-scholarships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit our web pages:

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

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

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brunel-University-Modern-Political-Thought/20539302615 0272?sk=wall    

For enquires regarding the scholarships, please contact:

Filippo Dellucchese: Fillippo.Dellucchese@brunel.ac.uk

Mark Neocleous Mark.Neocleous@brunel.ac.uk

Peter Thomas PeterD.Thomas@brunel.ac.uk

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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