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SURPLUS: A SYMPOSIUM ON WEALTH, WASTE AND EXCESS

Surplus: A Symposium on Wealth, Waste and Excess

Starts: Jun 21, 2013 10:00 AM

Finishes: Jun 21, 2013 05:00 PM

Venue: Room B34, Birkbeck Main Building

Booking details: Free entry; booking required

Event description

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Programme

In times of austerity it is especially important to think about surplus.

All civilizations have been built on surplus – an economic, political or cultural capital over and above a minimum which a given society requires to survive. But how is such surplus defined and measured? How is it produced and distributed? What indeed is the relationship between wealth and waste, excess and poverty, scarcity and conflict?

These and other related questions will be addressed at three interconnected roundtables dealing with scarcity, conflict, demography, precarity, rubbish, democracy and protest. The format will enable genuinely cross-disciplinary conversations on some of the most pressing social phenomena of our day, ranging  from mass unemployment (or ‘redundancy’) to the ‘irrational exuberance’ of financial markets; from ‘imperial overstretch’ of American foreign policy to the ‘social explosion’ among marginalised urban populations across the world.

Panelists will include: Eric SwyngedouwJames MeadwaySimon ChoatJohn ScanlanAlberto Toscano Lisa McKenzieDanny Dorling,  Joel McKimAnna StavrianakisSue BranfordEmma M Jones and Esther Leslie.

This event is free – register here

Contact: Julie Eisner – j.eisner@bbk.ac.uk

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MARXISM AND THE INTERPRETATION OF CULTURE

PROGRAMME FOR SUMMER TERM 2009

Friday 01 May
Edward Carpenter and the Socialist and Anarchist Movements of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries
Sheila Rowbotham (University of Manchester)

Friday 15 May
The Cinema of John Sayles: From Billy Zane to Brecht and Bahktin, and back again
Mark Bould (University of the West of England)
This seminar is in L103 in the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 
Russell Square

Friday 29 May
Bourgeois Behaviours: Accumulation & Waste in 19th Century Newspaper Consumption
Tom Gretton (University College London)
This seminar will take place in NG15 in the North Block, Senate House

Friday 12 June
Jorg Immendorf’s Cafe Deutschland
Norbert Schneider (University of Karlsruhe)

All seminars start at 5.30pm, and are held in the Wolfson Room (unless otherwise indicated) at the Institute of Historical Research in Senate House, Malet St, London. The seminar closes at 7.30pm and retires to the bar.

Organisers: Matthew Beaumont, Warren Carter, Steve Edwards, Andrew Hemingway, Esther Leslie, & Frances Stracey

For further information, contact Andrew Hemingway, at: a.hemingway@ucl.ac.uk or Esther Leslie at: e.leslie@bbk.ac.uk

 

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