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Communisation

THE IDEA OF COMMUNISM 2: THE NEW YORK CONFERENCE

Edited by Slavoj Žižek

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Published July 2013

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Key theorists discuss the future of communism in New York.

The first volume of The Idea of Communism followed the 2009 London conference called in response to Alain Badiou’s ‘communist hypothesis’, where an all-star cast of radical intellectuals put the idea of communism back on the map.

This volume brings together papers from the subsequent 2011 New York conference organized by Verso and continues this critical discussion, highlighting the philosophical and political importance of the communist idea, in a world of financial and social turmoil.

Contributors include Alain Badiou, Etienne Balibar, Bruno Bosteels, Susan Buck-Morss, Jodi Dean, Adrian Johnston, François Nicolas, Frank Ruda, Emmanuel Terray and Slavoj Žižek.

To see footage from the conference, visit: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL310B837099D81746

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Paperback / ISBN: 9781844679805 / $26.95 / £14.99 / $31.00CAN / 224 Pages

Hardback / ISBN 9781844679812 / $95.00 / £60.00 / $95.00CAN / 192 Pages

Available as a shrinkwrapped 2 volume set with the first volume of THE IDEA OF COMMUNISM / ISBN 9781781680728 / £25

For more information on THE IDEA OF COMMUNISM 2: THE NEW YORK CONFERENCE or to buy the book visit:

http://www.versobooks.com/books/1169-the-idea-of-communism-2

For information on THE IDEA OF COMMUNISM 1 or to buy the book visit:

http://www.versobooks.com/books/513-the-idea-of-communism

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)

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

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Aesthetics

NIKOS STANGOS MEMORIAL LECTURE

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/art-history/events/nikos_stangos

Nikos Stangos Memorial Lecture

This lecture has been established in memory of Nikos Stangos who was one of the directors and senior commissioning editors for Thames and Hudson publishers.  He was probably the most important art editor of the late 20th century and was responsible for facilitating some of the most ground breaking art books of our generation.  Nikos was a published poet and started his career in London as a poetry editor for Penguin.  He was a philosophy graduate from Harvard and collector and commentator on contemporary art.  He died in 2003.

UCL History of Art Department is pleased to announce the next Nikos Stangos Memorial Lecture:

25 April 2012
Professor Susan Buck-Morss
Seeing Global
6.00pm Darwin Lecture Theatre, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT.

Followed by a reception in Wilkins Lower Refectory

We hold the world in our hands today, but only virtually. Modernity’s hoped-for Family of Man remains a body in pieces. The creative forces of the present explode the structures of history, scattering fragments of the past into unanticipated locations. The fragments have multiple affinities that cannot be known beforehand. Their juxtaposition produces unforeseen constellations, providing new readings of the past as a way of charting a different future. The talk will provide exemplary constellations of a global transformation in collective imagination, including recent practices and histories of art.

PREVIOUS SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

    • 2011 Professor TJ Clark (Visiting Professor, University of York): “Do Landscapes have Identities?”
    • 2010 Professor Homi Bhabha (Harvard University):  “The Humanities and the Anxiety of Violence”
    • 2009 Professor Jacqueline Lichtenstein (Université Paris-Sorbonne Paris IV):  “The Philosopher and the Art Historian:  An Impossible Dialogue”
    • 2008   Professor Molly Nesbit (Vassar):  “Light in Buffalo; Michel Foucault Lectures on Manet at the Albright-Knox, April 8, 1970”
    • 2007   Okwui Enwezor (Curator): “Incarcerated Life: Contemporary Art and the Security State”
    • 2006   Professor Anne Wagner (University of California Berkeley): “Nauman’s’ Body of Sculpture”
    • 2005   William Kentridge (Artist):  “Reading Shadows:  The Pleasures of Self-Deception”

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

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

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

 

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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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Ilana Verdansky

NEW RADICAL PHILOSOPHY WEBSITE

We’re delighted to announce the launch of the new website for Radical Philosophy. The address remains the same – http://www.radicalphilosophy.com – but as well as updating the way the website looks and works, we have added every single item from our back catalogue to the online archive, from the first Radical Philosophy published in Spring 1972 through to the very latest issue.

Subscribers continue to have full access to and unlimited downloads from the archive, including all articles, interviews and reviews now available from RP1 to the present. If you would like full access to the archive and the journal delivered direct to your door, please consider supporting Radical Philosophy by taking out an annual subscription from as little as £24 (full details of subscription rates and information on how to subscribe can be found at: http://www.radicalphilosophy.com/subscriptions

Our non-subscribing readers will enjoy free access to all the commentaries, obituaries, conference and news reports, plus highlights from back issues and new access to hundreds of items from the expanded archive. A new feature of the website will also allow non-subscribers to purchase and download pdfs of individual items from the archive at an affordable price of £3 for any article or interview and £2 for the reviews sections from recent issues.

Articles and interviews, from 1972-2011, include important work by some of the most seminal philosophical writers of the last 40 years, including: Alliez, Badiou, Balibar, Berardi, Bhabha, Bourdieu, Buck-Morss, Butler, Canguilhem, Cassin, Caygill, Connolly, Critchley, Derrida, Didi-Huberman, Feyerabend, Foucault, Groys, Hallward, Harootunian, Haug, Horkheimer, Koolhaas, Lacoue-Labarthe, Laplanche, Lazzarato, Le Doeuff, Macherey, Malabou, Negri, Osborne, Rancière, Segal, Sloterdijk, Sohn-Rethel, Soper, Spivak, Stengers, Virilio, Zizek, and many others.

When the first issue of Radical Philosophy was published in January 1972, it sought – in the wake of the rise of the New Left and the student movements of the 1960s – to challenge the institutional divisions that it saw as contributing to the impoverishment of contemporary philosophical practice: divisions that existed between academic departments, between teachers and their students, and between the university and society. “Our main aim,” the Editorial Collective declared, “is to free ourselves from the restricting institutions and orthodoxies of the academic world, and thereby to encourage important philosophical work to develop: Let a Hundred Flowers Blossom!” In the ensuing forty years much has changed about contemporary philosophy, in the UK and elsewhere.  But as testified by our recent dossiers on transdisciplinarity, our campaign reports on the revitalized student movement, and our regular philosophically-informed commentaries on contemporary social and political issues, those problematic disciplinary, pedagogical and social divisions continue to be challenged by those writing in Radical Philosophy.

To access our expanded archive, subscribe to the journal, check out selected content from our latest issue, or download the current free gift from our back catalogue – Jacques Rancière’s `On the Theory of Ideology’ (originally published in RP7, Spring 1974) – please visit us today: http://www.radicalphilosophy.com

The Radical Philosophy Editorial Collective

 

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Globalization

SEEING GLOBAL: HISTORY IN A COMMUNIST MODE

Seeing Global: History in a Communist Mode
A talk by Susan Buck-Morss, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, CUNY Graduate Center

Discussant: Peter Hitchcock, Associate Director, the Center for Place, Culture and Politics

April 28, 2011 from 6.30 – 8.30
Recital Hall
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue @ 34th street

Free and open to the public

In the early 1920s, Lukács lamented the fact that modern society had lost every image of the whole. Influenced by Hegel, he believed that the “totality” could only be seen from a historical perspective, grasped as a sequence of stages that led from feudalism to capitalism and beyond. “Seeing Global” proposes an alternative, one that requires a re-appropriation of the cultural heritage.

The disrupting forces of the present put pressure on the past, scattering pieces of it forward into unanticipated locations. No one owns these pieces. To think so is to allow categories of private property to intrude into a commonly shared terrain wherein the laws of exclusionary inheritance do not apply. A global transformation in collective imagination calls for history in a communist mode. The talk will provide exemplary cases of a communist inheritance of the past.

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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, northWales)  

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Egypt

WOMEN, EGYPT AND REVOLUTION

Women, Egypt and Revolution: Seminar/Teach-in with Nawal El Saadawi and Susan Buck-Morss

Wednesday, March 16th at 4PM
Room 5109, Graduate Center CUNY
365 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10016

Organized by the Center for Place, Culture and Politics
Co-Sponsored by Mellon Committee on Religion; Committee for the Study of Globalization and Social Change, MEMEAC, Political Science PhD Department

PLEASE RSVP if you would like to attend this event. Seating is limited and we will circulate papers beforehand.

Nawal El Saadawi is a leading Egyptian feminist, sociologist, medical doctor and militant writer on Arab women’s problems. She is the author of Women at Point Zero (1979); Memoirs from the Women’s Prison (1984); The Nawal El Saadwai Reader (1997) amongst others, and is one of the most widely translated contemporary Egyptian writers, with her work available in twelve languages

Her writing presents the full range of her extraordinary work. She explores a host of topics from women’s oppression at the hands of recent interpretations of Islam to the role of women in African literature, from sexual politics of development initiatives to tourism in a ‘post-colonial’ age. She looks at the nature of cultural identity to the subversive potential of creativity, from the fight against female genital mutilation to problems facing the internationalization of the women’s movement. Throughout her writing she sheds new light on the power of women in resistance – against poverty, racism, fundamentalism, and inequality of all kinds. Nawal El Saadawi has received three literary awards.

In 1980, as a culmination of the long war she had fought for Egyptian women’s social and intellectual freedom, an activity that had closed all avenues of official jobs to her, she was imprisoned under the Sadat regime, for alleged “crimes against the state. Even after her release from prison, El Saadawi’s life was threatened by those who opposed her work, mainly Islamic fundamentalists, and armed guards were stationed outside her house in Giza for several years until she left the country to be a visiting professor at North American universities. El Saadawi was the writer in residence at Duke University’s Asian and African Languages Department from 1993-1996. She also taught at Washington State University in Seattle. She has since held positions at a number of prestigious colleges and universities including Cairo University, Harvard, Yale, Columbia, the Sorbonne, Georgetown, Florida State University, and the University of California, Berkeley. In 1996, she moved back to Egypt and was among the protesters in Tahrir Square earlier this year.  El Saadawi continues to devote her time to being a writer, journalist and worldwide speaker on women’s issues.

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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)

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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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Social Change

REFLECTIONS ON CONNECTING ACADEMIA WITH PROGRESSIVE SOCIAL CHANGE

The Center for Place, Culture and Politics

Ten Year Anniversary Conference

Reflections on Connecting Academia with Progressive Social Change

Speakers:

LEO PANITCH, Professor of Political Science, York University, Editor, The Socialist Register

SUSAN BUCK-MORSS, Professor of Political Science, CUNY, Author of Thinking Past Terror: Islamism and Critical Theory on the Left (W.W. Norton, 2003)

SUJATHA FERNANDES, Professor of Sociology, CUNY, Author of Who Can Stop the Drums? Urban Social Movements in Chavez’s Venezuela (Duke University Press, 2010)

TIM BRENNAN, Professor of English, University of Minnesota, Author of Secular Devotion: Afro-Latin Music and Imperial Jazz (Verso, 2008)

GILLIAN HART, Professor of Development Studies, UC Berkeley, Author of  Disabling Globalization: Places of Power in Post-Apartheid South Africa (University of California Press, 2002)

JOHN KRINSKY, Professor of Political Science, CUNY, Author of Free Labor: Workfare and the Contested Language of Neoliberalism (University of Chicago Press, 2007)

ROS PETCHESKY, Professor of Political Science, CUNY, Co-author of Sexuality, Health, and Human Rights (Routledge, 2008)

JOHN MORRISSEY, Professor of Geography, National University of Ireland, Author of Negotiating Colonialism (HGRG, Royal Geographical Society, London, 2003)

MIKE MENSER, Professor of Philosophy, CUNY, Co-founder, US Solidarity Economy Network

Please join us in celebrating a decade of critical inquiry, interdisciplinary scholarship, blood, sweat, and beer.

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Panel discussions: 4-5.30 PM & 5.30 – 7 PM

Proshansky Auditorium

CUNY Graduate Center

365 Fifth Ave. @ 34th Street

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Culture

REVIEWS IN CULTURAL THEORY

Dear friends and colleagues

We are pleased to announce the launch of Reviews in Cultural Theory, a new journal that will be publishing reviews and review essays every two weeks at http://www.reviewsinculture.com Our website will also maintain an announcements section that will be updated weekly with new CFPs, job postings, and other relevant news from the field. The journal emerges from our sense that the rapid growth of work in cultural theory over the past decade demands new forums for tracking the development of this field. Focusing on the distribution of short and timely reviews contributed by scholars working in a wide array of fields, Reviews in Cultural Theory was conceived as a way of responding to the dynamism and pace of the contemporary theorization of culture.

Published online bi-weekly and collected into issues twice yearly, Reviews in Cultural Theory hopes to foreground new work in this field as well as the emergent community of scholars who share an interest in the complex and changing problems of culture today. Reviews to be published in the journal’s first year chart the contemporary shape of cultural theory, touching on Visual Culture, Gender Studies, Geography, Queer Theory, Marxism, Postcolonial Studies, Cultural History, and Sound Studies, among other fields and subjects, established and emerging.

We invite you to take a moment and flip through our first handful of reviews. Please subscribe to our RSS feed, or check back in the coming months for updated news, announcements, and upcoming reviews of Susan Buck-Morss’ Hegel, Haiti, and Universal History, Jody Berland’s North of Empire: Essays on the Cultural Technologies of Space, Enrique Dussel’s Twenty Theses on Politics, Michael Fried’s Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before, and Cary Wolfe’s What is Posthumanism?, among others. We welcome you to contact us if you have recent work you are interested in reviewing or having reviewed.

The editors: Sarah Blacker and Justin Sully

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Civilisation

UNIVERSAL HISTORY

Anthropologies of The Present
Susan Buck-Morss: Universal History

Tuesday 19 January 18.30 ˆ 20.00
Tate Britain, Clore Auditorium

Tracing the sources of globalisation without the boundaries of nation or civilisation resurrects the project of universal history on new ground. In this talk Susan Buck-Morss argues it is to be excavated not across collective boundaries, but without them. The richest finds are on the edge of culture.

Susan Buck-Morss is Professor of Political Philosophy and Social Theory in the Department of Government at Cornell University, New York

Her latest book is Hegel, Haiti and Universal History (2009).

Book now
Tickets £8 (£6 concessions)
Price includes drinks afterwards

To book visit http://www.tate.org.uk/tickets
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Haiti

Haiti

HAITI

AND THE POLITICS OF THE UNIVERSAL

The Centre for Modern Thought at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) is pleased to announce a conference on the topic of Haiti and the Politics of the Universal

Friday and Saturday, March 12-13, 2010

After two centuries of neglect and disavowal, the Haitian Revolution has suddenly become a fundamental reference point for global emancipatory politics, a touchstone for critical philosophers such as Alain Badiou, Slavoj Žižek, Susan Buck-Morss, Peter Hallward, and Hardt and Negri. This conference will address this contemporary theoretical turn in Haitian Studies, discussing Haiti’s place in Atlantic Modernity and its central role in political history and theory since 1791. Topics will range from the world-historical significance of the Haitian Revolution to the place of Haiti in the global political order since 2004. The conference will bring together a mix of academic and activist speakers to discuss the broad historical, philosophical, and political implications of Haiti since 1791.

Since 1804, Haiti has named the founding, repressed, ‘legitimate’ violence of Western Modernity in its totality: both our spectral fantasies of slavery, revolutionary violence, and the ‘failed state,’ as well as the site of an eternally disavowed egalitarianism without compromise.

Confirmed speakers include: Peter Hallward, Susan Buck-Morss, Kim Ives, Bruno Bosteels, Deborah Jenson, Patrick Elie, Chris Bongie, Alberto Moreiras, Charles Forsdick, and Nick Nesbitt

For more information, please contact Nick Nesbitt (n.nesbitt@abdn.ac.uk)

Visit us at the Centre for Modern Thought website at: http://abdn.ac.uk/modern/


Nick Nesbitt
Senior Lecturer in French
Centre for Modern Thought
School of Language & Literature
King’s College
Taylor Building A 29
University of Aberdeen
AB24 3UB
Scotland, United Kingdom
Tel +44 0 1224 272161
http://www.abdn.ac.uk/french/staff/details.php?id=n.nesbitt

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CRITICAL THOUGHT IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

Critical Thought in the 21st Century

International Conference Program

Moscow, June 16-17, 2009

Address: National Centre for Contemporary Arts, 13 Zoologicheskaya St.

 

Organized by the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences

 

 

Tuesday, June 16

 

10:30-13:30

Leonid Bazhanov. WelcomingAddress

Valery Podoroga. Welcoming Address

Fredric Jameson. A New Reading of Capital

Valery Podoroga.Merab Mamardashvili and Georgiy Shedrovitsky as Critics of Marxism

 

General discussion

 

13:30-14:30    Lunch

 

14:30-17:30

Artemiy Magun. On Messianism in Marx

Jonathan Flatley. Finally Got the News: Newspapers and Collectivity from Lenin to the League of Black Revolutionary Workers

Oleg Aronson.The Economy of Contagion

 

General discussion

 

 

Wednesday, June 17

 

10:30-13:30

Antonio Negri. Some Reflections about Dialectics, Tendency and Abstraction

Susan Buck-Morss. “The Second Time as Farce+”

                       

General discussion

 

13:30-14:30    Lunch

 

14:30-17:30

Alexei Penzin. The Formation of Political Subjectivity

Igor Chubarov. The Making of Marxist Aesthetics in the 1920s

Helen Petrovsky. Contemporary Art: Capital or Critique?

                       

General discussion

 

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