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THE LEFT HEMISPHERE: MAPPING CRITICAL THEORY

By Razmig Keucheyan

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Published July 2013

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A panoramic account of the world’s leading writers and thinkers

As the crisis of capitalism unfolds, the need for alternatives is felt ever more intensely. The struggle between radical movements and the forces of reaction will be merciless. A crucial battlefield, where the outcome of the crisis will in part be decided, is that of theory.

Over the last twenty-five years, radical intellectuals across the world have produced important and innovative ideas. The endeavour to transform the world without falling into the catastrophic traps of the past has been a common element uniting these new approaches.

This book—aimed at both the general reader and the specialist—offers the first global cartography of the expanding intellectual field of critical contemporary thought. More than thirty authors and intellectual currents of every continent are presented in a clear and succinct manner. A history of critical thought in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries is also provided, helping situate current thinkers in a broader historical and sociological perspective.

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“Explains the key ideas, and the contradictions within them, of authors who are often cited but rarely read.” – Le Monde diplomatique

“A precious tool permitting us to escape the whingeing about the mediocrity of thinkers today and to help us anticipate the tremors yet to come.” – Le Nouvel observateur

“Written with intelligence and clarity.”– Libération

“In this courageous and audacious work, the sociologist Razmig Keucheyan offers a robust . . . panorama of contemporary critical theories.” – Nonfiction.fr

“An impressive tour de force, providing us with a summary of contemporary critical theories that is both rigorous and clear.”

– Philosophie magazine

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Hardback / ISBN: 9781781681022 / $29.95 / £20.00 / $34.95CAN / 382 pages

 

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UKRAINE: THE LABOUR MOVEMENT, THE LEFT AND THE ECONOMY ON THE EVE OF ELECTIONS

CONFERENCE

Saturday, 27 October, 2012, 11.00 to 5.00

The Institute for Conflict, Security and Development Studies,  Richmond University, 17 Young Street, High Street Kensington, London

 

Speakers:

Marko Bojcun, London Metropolitan University: Any Sign of Class Politics in Ukraine’s Parliamentary Elections?

Olga Bryukhovetska, National University of Kiev: The Dominant Conservative Consensus and Contradictions on the Ukrainian Left

Mihai Varga, European University Institute, Florence: Working Class Heresies; Ideology in Protests of Ukrainian Workers During the World Economic Crisis 2007-2011

Anastasia Riabchuk, National University of Kiev: Labour and the Labour Movement in Ukraine

Vlad Mykhnenko, University of Birmingham: From Boom to Bust – Ukraine’s Economic Trajectory after 2008

 

Admission: free

Conference organised by Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and East European Studies

http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/CDEB

 

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/ukraine-the-labour-movement-the-left-and-the-economy-on-the-eve-of-elections-london-27-october

 

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Education Crisis

NEW LEFT PROJECT

New Left Project is dedicated to producing high quality comment and analysis on issues of concern to the political left (broadly defined). We are not affiliated to any particular party, tendency or strand of thought. Rather, we seek to contribute towards a lively, inclusive culture of left-wing discussion, appealing both to those who already consider themselves to be of the left, and to any others who have an interest in its ideas and priorities.

Our site contains a mixture of short, timely content on our blog as well as more detailed, in-depth treatment of various subjects through our feature articles, interviews and NLP-hosted debates. We are developing more audio/visual content as the site evolves, as well as branching out into organising live events. In addition to broadening the forms of content we produce, we are always looking to expand the range of topics that NLP covers, from current affairs to theory, philosophy and culture.

We welcome unsolicited contributions, as well as comments on any of our published content. We hope you enjoy the site.

New Left Project: http://www.newleftproject.org/

Two new articles on Education at New Left project:

School Wars: The Battle Intensifies, by Ed Lewis and Melissa Benn — http://www.newleftproject.org/index.php/site/article_comments/school_wars_the_battle_intensifies

Free Schools in an Unequal Society, by Judith Watson — http://www.newleftproject.org/index.php/site/article_comments/free_schools_in_an_unequal_society

 

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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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World Crisis

THE DANIEL SINGER PRIZE

  

 

The Daniel Singer Millennium Prize Foundation congratulates Sheila Cohen, winner of the 2010 Singer Prize for her essay Starting All Over From Scratch?  A Plea for ‘Radical Reform’ in Our Own Movement.

We invite submissions to the 2011 competition.  The $2,500 prize will be awarded for an original essay in English, Spanish or French of not more than 5,000 words, which explores the question:

“Submissions must be received by July 31, 2011, and the winner announced in December 2011.  Essays can be sent either by post or e-mail to:

The Daniel Singer Millennium Prize Foundation
PO Box 2371, El Cerrito, CA 94530 USA
danielsingerfdn@gmail.com

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World Crisis

THE DANIEL SINGER PRIZE

Books

LEFT OUT

LEFT OUT: ALTERNATIVE POLICIES FOR A LEFT OPPOSITION TODAY
http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/ebooks/leftout.html
Doug Bain, Peter Lawrence, Andy Pearmain, Michael Prior and Willie Thompson

Thoughts from a different perspective on the left after the election – an attempt to understand where and why the left has gone wrong, including a more critical stance on New Labour.

WORKING CLASS BOOKFAIR
Saturday 21 August, 11-5pm, Museum Vaults, 33 Silksworth Row, Sunderland
Books, barbecue, drinks
For details and a stall call 07931301901
http://workingclassbookfair.vpweb.com

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David Cameron

‘THE MEANING OF DAVID CAMERON’ – WITH RICHARD SEYMOUR

Wednesday, 26 May 2010
Time: 19:00 – 21:00
Location: Housmans Bookshop
Street: 5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross
Town/City: London, United Kingdom

Description:
Richard Seymour, blogger of ‘Lenin’s Tomb’ fame, and author of ‘The Liberal Defence of Murder’ will be in store discussing his latest publication, ‘The Meaning of David Cameron’.

The Tories are posing as a ‘progressive’ and ‘radical’ alternative to New Labour. Drawing from George W Bush’s ‘compassionate conservatism’, they maintain that the ‘Big Society’ can do what ‘Big Government’ cannot – produce a cohesive, mutually supportive, happy society. Cameron’s court intellectual, Philip Blond, maintains that this if David Cameron’, which is a viable alternative to the failures of the egalitarian left and the excessively pro-market right. But is this more than campaign mood music? And are the conservative traditions that they draw on – from the bucolic, pseudo-medievalism of G K Chesterton to the anti-statism of Friedrich Hayek – really a bulwark of progress and radicalism?

Richard Seymour argues that such ideas can only seem ‘progressive’ in light of New Labour’s acquiescence to Thatcherism. To understand the Cameronites, it is necessary to understand how the social landscape and corresponding political language was transformed by the collapse of post-war social democracy and its more radical competitors. To resist the Cameronites, he argues, it is necessary to attack the neoliberal consensus on which all major parties found their programme.

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Writing Political Biographies of the Left

A Birkbeck Arts Week Panel Discussion:

Gregory Elliott (writer and translator, biographer of Perry Anderson).
Esther Leslie (Birkbeck, biographer of Walter Benjamin)
Gonzalo Pozo-Martin (UCL/Birkbeck, biographer of Isaac Deutscher)

The event will be chaired by Alex Colás (Politics, Birkbeck) and co-convened with the Isaac Deutscher Memorial Prize Committee.

Tuesday 12 May 2009, 18:00-19:30
Clore Management Building, Room 203
Torrington Square, London WC1 7HX

Alejandro Colas
Senior Lecturer in International Relations
School of Politics and Sociology
Birkbeck College
Malet Street, Bloomsbury
London WC1E 7HX
Tel:+(0)2076316382
Fax:+(0)2076316787
Email:
a.colas@bbk.ac.uk

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Progress or Regress?

The Future of the Left under Obama

 

FREE and open to the public

Saturday, December 6th 2008

3:00pm

 

 

Silver Center (NYU)
Room 405
100 Washington Square East

 

 

 

Panelists include:

Chris Cutrone (Platypus)
Stephen Duncombe (author of Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy)
Pat Korte (New School SDS)
Charles Post (Solidarity)
Paul Street (author of Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics, 2008)

 

 

The Platypus Affiliated Society in New York presents a moderated panel discussion and audience Q&A to critically evaluate the widespread assumption that the election of Barack Obama presents an opportunity for today’s Leftists. Asking how opportunity can be distinguished from opportunism, Platypus has invited several intellectuals and activists to publicly think through the foreseeable pitfalls and potentials posed by the passing of the Bush-era into the age of Obama.

 

 

http://www.platypus1917.com

 

 

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