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TENSES OF IMAGINATION: RAYMOND WILLIAMS ON SCIENCE FICTION, UTOPIA AND DYSTOPIA

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New from Peter Lang:

TENSES OF IMAGINATION: RAYMOND WILLIAMS ON SCIENCE FICTION,  UTOPIA AND DYSTOPIA

Edited by Andrew Milner

Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien,
2010. X, 243 pp.
Ralahine Utopian Studies. Vol. 7
Edited by Raffaella Baccolini, Joachim Fischer, Tom Moylan and Michael
J. Griffin
ISBN 978-3-03911-826-7 pb.
sFr. 52.– / €* 35.60 / €** 36.60 / € 33.30 / £ 30.– / US-$ 51.95

Raymond Williams was an enormously influential figure in late twentieth-century intellectual life as a novelist, playwright and critic, ‘the British Sartre’, as The Times put it. He was a central inspiration for the early British New Left and a close intellectual supporter of Plaid Cymru. He is widely acknowledged as one of the ‘founding fathers’ of cultural studies, who established ‘cultural materialism’ as a new paradigm for work in both literary and cultural studies. There is a substantial secondary literature on Williams, which treats his life and work in each of these respects. But none of it makes much of his enduring contribution to utopian studies and science fiction studies. This volume brings together a complete collection of Williams’s critical essays on science fiction and futurology, utopia, and dystopia, in literature, film, television, and politics, and with extracts from his two future novels, The Volunteers (1978) and The Fight for Manod (1979). Both the collection as a whole and the individual readings are accompanied by introductory essays written by Andrew Milner.

Contents: Space Anthropology, Utopia, and Putropia. Left Culturalism: Science Fiction (1956) – William Morris (1958) – George Orwell (1958) – The Future Story as Social Formula Novel (1961) – Terror (1971) – Texts in their Contexts. Cultural Materialism: Nineteen Eighty-Four (1971) – The City and the Future (1973) – On Orwell: An Interview (1977) – On Morris: An Interview (1977) – Learning from Le Guin. (Anti-) Postmodernism: Utopia and Science Fiction (1978) – The Tenses of Imagination (1978) – Beyond Actually Existing Socialism (1980) – Resources for a Journey of Hope (1983) – Nineteen Eighty-Four in 1984 (1984) – The Future Novels: From The Volunteers (1978) – From The Fight for Manod (1979).

‘With the twenty-first-century reader very much in mind, Andrew Milner’s selection of texts offers a new, “alternative” Raymond Williams – the critic and occasional author of science fiction, the futurologist, the wary, self-questioning utopian thinker for whom intellectual pessimism is a lazy response and never the last word.’ – Professor Patrick Parrinder, University of Reading

‘The future was the ultimate stake in all Raymond Williams’s thinking and writing, as Andrew Milner simply and powerfully shows us now, by assembling a volume of writings on science fiction and utopianism that turns out to be a very substantial, wide-ranging reader in Williams’s work as a whole. The defining importance of “the sense of the future”, as he called it, the future as the essential discipline of political and moral imagination, is the lesson of this very welcome collection.’ – Professor Francis Mulhern, Middlesex University.

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Wadham College

OXFORD RADICAL FORUM

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We are excited to announce the current programme [see below!] for the Oxford Radical Forum 2010, which will be taking place Friday – Sunday, 5 – 7 March.

Once again Wadham College will play host to a broad range of critical debates and discussions on the radical left, with leading speakers, commentars, activists and academics. As always the event is entirely FREE and we are also pleased to announce a Forum dinner on the Friday night, and an evening social on the Saturday night.

We hope to see many of you at Wadham over the course of the Forum and hope that you will join us in making this another successful and fruitful event.

Contact: oxfordradicalforum@googlemail.com

Getting to Wadham College: http://www.wadham.ox.ac.uk/images/files/wadhmaprev.pdf

“We view re-energising popular discussion and action on the left a necessity. Our belief in the need for an event in Oxford bringing together progressive politics stems both from a conviction in the continued and critical relevancy of Marxist and leftist ideas and theory and from the sad and persistent weakness of focused or organised progressive political organisation locally and nationally, despite such pressing conditions of political and economic crisis, and despite the very many who would under more favourable circumstances participate in such interventions. Therefore we are hosting again this forum which will continue to address these issues and draw in individuals from the two universities in Oxford, the city and beyond to consider critically ideas about social progress and transformation. Ultimately ORF seeks to contribute to a critical culture of left debate, theory and action, as well as to cement political and intellectual links between individuals and groups who will have a basis upon which to work in the future.”

CURRENT TIMETABLE

All venues will be around the Ho Chi Minh Quad in Wadham College. The exact room will be clearly inidcated on the day

FRI

2:30 – 3:45

:: DIRECT ACTION WORKSHOP

With the ‘Seeds For Change’ collective.

4:30 – 6:00

:: ENGLAND’S POSTIMPERIAL MELANCHOLIA

Paul Gilroy (author, There Aint no Black in the Union Jack; Anthony Giddens Prof., London School of Economics).

6:45 – 8:15

:: THE BLACK AND THE RED: MARXISM & ANARCHISM TODAY

Paul Blackledge (author, Reflections on the Marxist Theory of History; Leeds Metropolitan University); Ruth Kinna (author, William Morris: The Art of Socialism; editor, Anarchist Studies; Loughborough University).

8:30-…

:: FORUM DINNER

All Forum attendees welcome…

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SAT

11:00 – 12:15

:: THE MEANING OF RADICALISM AND CONSUMERISM TODAY

Kate Soper (author, The Politics and Pleasures of Consuming Differently; Londen Metropolitan University); Jeremy Gilbert (author, Anti-capitalism and Culture; University of East London).

1:15 – 2:30

:: THE COLONIAL PRESENT

Patricia Daley (author, Gender and Genocide in Burundi; Oxford University); Priyamvada Gopal (author, Literary Radicalism in India: Gender, Nationa and the Transition to Independence; Cambridge University).

3:00 – 4:15

:: DISASTER POLITICS IN HAITI AND RACE AND HUMANITARIANISM IN IMPERIAL DISCOURSE

Peter Hallward (author, Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide, and the Politics of Containment; Middlesex University); Richard Seymour (author, The Liberal Defense of Murder; blogs at ‘LENIN’S TOMB’).

4:45 – 6:00

:: ON IMMIGRATION AND FIGHTING FASCISM AND RACISM TODAY

Teresa Hayter (author Open Borders: The Case against Immigration Controls; Campaign to Close Campfield); speaker from Unite Against Fascism.

7:00 – 8:30

:: ONE MILLION CLIMATE JOBS – NOW!

Jonathan Neale (author, Stop Global Warming, Change the World; International Secretary, Campaign against Climate Change); former Vestas worker and occupier (TBC).

9:00 – 3:00 (a.m.!)

PERFORMANCE // SPOKEN WORD // GIG // DJs
@ “THE CELLAR”

An eclectic mixture of live music, spoken word and comedy, arts-performance, and – after midnight – serious dance music until late.

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SUN

11:00 – 12:15

:: ALTERNATIVE LIFESTYLES

Laurie Penny, + TBC.

1:15 – 2:30

:: MUSIC, UTOPIA AND REVOLUTION

Adam Harper (musician; dreamweaver).

3:00 – 4:15

:: MILITANT MODERNISM AND THE RUINS OF BRITISH UTOPIA

Owen Hatherly (author, Militant Modernism; architect).

4:45 – 6:00

:: INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY: LIBERATION NOW

Nina Power (author, One-Dimensional Woman; Roehampton University).

7:00 – 8:30

:: EUROPEAN POLITICS IN 2010

Stathis Kouvelakis (author, Philosophy and Revolution; editor, A Critical Companion to Contemporary Marxism; NPA member; Kings College London) on the current political conjuncture in France and the Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste.

8:45 – …

DRINKS AND FAREWELLS

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