Monthly Archives: November 2011

UC Davis Pepper Spray Surprise.

If you are gonna pull out your weapon, you gotta use it. For me, this means that there should not have been anyone arrested – those dragged off should have been retrieved. They let them off lightly – my meaning will become clear if you watch this all the way through, not just the first few outrageous frames.

If it will not show as an embedded frame, try: http://youtu.be/WmJmmnMkuEM

Rio Tinto are back in the ring

This from the Bogan in Bougainville:

Am well behind on events here but there has been a successful appeal of the case against Rio Tinto by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. You can read more about it herehere and here.There are three key points of note:

  1. The case is now considering whether genocide was committed during the Crisis. Qoute: “Judge Schroeder said the complaint’s allegation that Rio Tinto’s “worldwide modus operandi” was to treat indigenous non-Caucasians as “expendable” justified restoring the genocide claim to the case.”
  2. Corporations can be held liable in U.S. courts for human rights violations committed abroad.
  3. The case was successfully appealed despite the fact that it has not yet been pursued through PNG courts, which as I understood it was a threshold issue for the Alien Tort Statute.
This is going to require a bit of digging, will post on this soon.
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more here.

US Weather Report

Arundhati Roy @ #ows

They (the 1%) say that we don’t have demands … they don’t know, perhaps, that our anger alone would be enough to destroy them. But here are some things – a few “pre-revolutionary” thoughts I had – for us to think about together:

We want to put a lid on this system that manufactures inequality. We want to put a cap on the unfettered accumulation of wealth and property by individuals as well as corporations. As “cap-ists” and “lid-ites”, we demand:

• An end to cross-ownership in businesses. For example, weapons manufacturers cannot own TV stations; mining corporations cannot run newspapers; business houses cannot fund universities; drug companies cannot control public health funds.

• Natural resources and essential infrastructure – water supply, electricity, health, and education – cannot be privatised.

• Everybody must have the right to shelter, education and healthcare.

• The children of the rich cannot inherit their parents’ wealth.

This struggle has re-awakened our imagination. Somewhere along the way, capitalism reduced the idea of justice to mean just “human rights”, and the idea of dreaming of equality became blasphemous. We are not fighting to tinker with reforming a system that needs to be replaced.

As a cap-ist and a lid-ite, I salute your struggle.

 

[Also fun to see them trying to mouth the words Lal Salaam and Zindabaad]

Reading groups online as Para-sites

I like the idea of a virtual meeting for the reading group (since I can’t make the meetings for the group I really want to participate in) and if talking about the form it would take is still open, can I suggest that the model of ‘occupying’ some public chat forum like Comment is Free, as the #Occupy people did recently, is a great idea. For a reading group on Ranciere it need not be something as Troll-filled as CiF – maybe a bulletin board or other space linked to Goldsmiths, linked to a philosophy, theory or other discussion site, or even on some prominent person’s blog (I am not saying mine! but maybe there are other staff blogs that could tolerate the hits). It also leaves a public trace of our discussion. Even if its a bit like invading.
Are there any Goldsmiths sites that host comments that might be relevant?
I’ve recently been posting on MarketProject. Good people, and responsive.
There was the Long Sunday site, but I think that’s dormant. There’s Generation Online, Nettime, etc. Hundreds more. Though it occurs to me this may be somewhat parasitical, so more relevant to a Serres reading group! I guess there is also the Goldsmiths CCS page on FB, but its a walled enclosure and maybe too pushy (and its set to push-mail to some people).
While doing something like this has a disadvantage in that its wholly in public view, which may be off putting, it still could be just some obscure corner of the internet which maybe would be improved by having a decent discussion…
Just sayin’
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Occupy London ‘repossesses’ multi-million pound bank offices [first in a series I expect]

Posted on November 18, 2011 by 

- First building for the economic justice campaigners as they occupy third space in borough of Hackney, alongside existing spaces in the City of London and borough of Islington
- New ‘Bank of Ideas’ open to public this Saturday. Offices and meeting rooms will be available for those that have lost their nurseries, community centres and youth clubs due to savage Government spending cuts

Occupy London has taken over a huge abandoned office block in the borough of Hackney belonging to the investment bank UBS in a move it describes as a ‘public repossession.’ [1]

Overnight on Thursday, a dozen activists from the Occupy London, campaigners for social and economic justice as part of the global fight for real democracy, gained access to the building and secured it, giving them a legal claim on the space.

The multimillion pound complex, which has been empty for several years, is the group’s third space and its first building, adding to its two camps at St Paul’s Courtyard – near the London Stock Exchange in the heart of the City – and at Finsbury Square (borough of Islington).

Occupy London supporters Jack Holburn said: “Whilst over 9,000 families were kicked out of their homes in the last three months for failing to keep up mortgage payments – mostly due to the recession caused by the banks – UBS and others financial giants are sitting on massive abandoned properties.

“As banks repossess families’ homes, empty bank property needs to be repossessed by the public. Yesterday we learned that the Government has failed to create public value out of banking failure. We can do better. We hope this is the first in a wave of ‘public repossessions’ of property belonging to the companies that crashed the global economy.”

The Bank of Ideas
The group say the space will be reopened on Saturday morning as the ‘Bank of Ideas.’ [2] An events programme is being lined up, including talks from Palestinian activists, comedy from Josie Long and a session led by trader Alessio Rastani, who sent shockwaves through the media following a provocative interview on the Eurozone crisis. [3]

Sarah Layler of Occupy London added: “The Bank of Ideas will host a full events programme where people will be able to trade in creativity rather than cash. We will also make space available for those that have lost their nurseries, community centres and youth clubs to savage Government spending cuts.”

The Bank of Ideas is a non-residential occupation – so visitors are asked not to bring their sleeping bags. Space will be free from drugs and alcohol from the start, as per Occupy London’s safer space policy.[4]

Notes

[1] The complex is owned by Sun Street Properties Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of UBS. The property includes 5-29 Sun Street, 5-17 Crown Place, 8-16 Earl Street and 54 Wilson Street. See dl.dropbox.com/u/136370/bankofideas/ubs…http://dl.dropbox.com/u/136370/bankofideas/shoreditch-ubs.PDFdl.dropbox.com/u/136370/bankofideas/pla…http://dl.dropbox.com/u/136370/bankofideas/os-map.pdf and dl.dropbox.com/u/136370/bankofideas/lan…

[2] www.bankofideas.org.uk

[3] www.youtube.com/watch?v=aC19fEqR5bA

[4] occupylsx.org/?page_id=1214

[5] UBS Bank, which describes itself as a ‘premier global financial services firm offering wealth management, investment banking, asset management and business banking services’ was the subject of a $60bn bailout from the Swiss government in 2008 after piling up the biggest losses of any European lender from the global credit crisis. Since the time, the bank has cut thousands of jobs.

In September, a 31-year old trader at UBS was arrested by City of London police in connection with rogue trading that has cost the bank an estimated $2bn. The New York Times wrote an article in response called ‘At UBS, It’s the Culture That’s Rogue’ (see www.nytimes.com/2011/09/24/business/glo…? pagewanted=all)

The Financial Mail ran the headline ‘UBS grabs £1bn from pensioners’ with reference to a controversial form of secured lending that was sold aggressively to pensioners (seedl.dropbox.com/u/136370/bankofideas/ubs….)

The bank has nine offices in the UK including three in London.

A recent report showed a total of 9,200 homes in the UK were repossessed by banks in the third quarter of the year, a rise on the previous three months (see www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15672123). Figures are expected to deteriorate further.

[6] Nearest tubes for the Occupy London Stock Exchange (OccupyLSX) site are St. Pauls, Mansion House and Canon Street; buses 4, 11, 15, 23, 25, 26, 100, 242; do check Transport For London website for delays and closures at journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk/user/XSLT_TRI…. The new Bank of Ideas is just down the road from the Occupy London Finsbury Square (OccupyLFS) space, which is near Moorgate; buses 141, 153, 205, 21, 214, 43

[7] On Sunday 16th October at an assembly of over 500 people on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral, Occupy London collectively agreed the initial statement below. Please note, like all forms of direct democracy, the statement will always be a work in progress. Details at occupylsx.org/?page_id=575

[8] Bringing together a diverse range of people, Occupy London’s Stock Exchange, Finsbury Square (OccupyLFS) and Bank of Ideas are part of more than 30 occupations happening in towns and cities across the UK and over 1,000 actions worldwide coming together under the banner of “United For Global Change” calling for true democracy. Occupy London is supported by groups including UK Uncut, the London-based Assembly of the Spanish 15M movement and many others. It has already received phenomenal interest, from the public and media in the UK and around the world, with the OccupyLSX facebook group now more than 31,000 members.

[9] More information on UK occupations at www.occupybritain.co.uk/protest-details

Too Many artists event in a few less lines that say quite a bit more than was said on the night and that was a lot :)

Drawings of the Too Many Artists event at firstsite, Colchester.

NDTV 24 x 7 The Hanging Channel

A text on NDTV 24×7.

NDTC x 24 Hanging Channel - click for pdf scan.

 ‘NDTV 24 X 7, the Hanging Channel: News Media or Horror Show?’ in Contemporary Indian Media and the Politics of Change, London: Routledge.  Published 2011.
* A study of 24 hour Delhi based news channel NDTV’s reporting of the case of Mohammed Afzal Guru, framed for the Dec 2001 attack on the Indian Parliament and sentenced to hang. This chapter is 9000 words and was published at the start of 2011. Based on substantial television research, viewing and reading or reports, screen analysis of station idents etc. Was originally a conference keynote at a Asian Media conference at SOAS and given once as a talk at the prestigious National Indian Research Institute Shimla.

Estudos culturais | Uma abordagem prática

Estudos culturais

  • Sumário

    Nota do editor, 7
    Apresentação, 9
    Passagens, paragens, veredas: semiótica da cultura e estudos culturais, 13
    Mônica Rebecca Ferrari Nunes
    Práticas corporais ou mercadorias corporais, 39
    Mario Nunes
    Fotografia como arte e arte como fotografia: o caso Weegee, 61
    Marcos Fabris
    Entre mundos: estudos culturais e o terceiro cinema contemporâneo, 77
    Angela Prysthon
    Perspectivas do pessoal: o feminino e o cotidiano no
    Big Brother Brasil, 91
    Bruno Campanella
    Seis temporadas pelas ilhas de Lost: a questão da identidade ¬
    pós¬ moderna em uma das séries de maior sucesso da televisão
    mundial, 113
    Tatiana Amendola Sanches
    Tecnologias a serviço da multidão: novas fronteiras de um Estado
    em crise, 133
    Tarcisio Torres Silva
    As mídias sociais na democratização e transformação social da América Latina, 153
    Marco Antonio Bin
    Te vejo na lan house!, 169
    Fábio Mariano Borges
    Entrevista com Maria Elisa Cevasco, 189
    Tatiana Amendola Sanches
    Crítica de tudo, 199
    John Hutnyk
    Sobre os autores, 211

Bochum 8.12.2011

Kurzfristig ist es uns noch gelungen einen weiteren Gast für unsere Veranstaltungsreihe im Wintersemester zu gewinnen. John Hutnyk wird am 08.12.2011 zum Thema Join us in the streets: uprisings, riots, revolt and other square forms of organizing sprechen. Weiter Informationen finden sich auf der Terminübersicht.

Bodies Assembling 3-11 Dec 2011 Auto-Italia

A series of screenings and workshops in collaboration with the Women’s film distributor Cinenova

3rd – 11th December 2011

Auto Italia in collaboration with Cinenova present Bodies Assembling, a series of screenings and workshops featuring moving image work selected by invited artists and activists.

Bodies Assembling strives to facilitate multiple readings or viewings of historical works from a current perspective, screening older film and video works from Cinenova’s collection alongside recent artistic and filmmaking practices. The construction of a temporary cinematic site at Auto Italia’s space will allow a discourse to develop that builds new relationships and knowledge.

Engaging with Auto Italia and Cinenova both as organisations but also as active communities of artists, the programme will express a range of diverse viewpoints on the struggles and feminisms present in the material distributed by Cinenova. Bodies Assembling will encourage discussion, collaborative practice and alternative approaches to the production and distribution of culture through film and video work.

Cinenova is the only women’s film distributor in Europe tracing a feminist film history from the early 20th Century. It is a charitable organisation currently run voluntarily by the Cinenova Working Group.

Bodies Assembling will act as a forum to consider the contemporary legacy of the film and video work distributed by Cinenova reflecting on the similarities and differences of filmmaking and its various economic and political contexts.

A full timetable will be released in the next few weeks with a list of participants.

(image from Now Pretend by Leah Gilliam, 1991)

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Rachal Bradley, Melissa Castagnetto, Emma Hedditch, Huw Lemmey, Irene Revell, Nina Wakeford, Jess Weisner (more TBC)

 

VISITING INFORMATION

Auto Italia South East

434 – 452 Old Kent Road, London, SE1 5AG

Opening times will be published in the next few weeks.

www.autoitaliasoutheast.org

Public enquiries: 0207 394 8792

Admission free

Too Many Artists?

Was at this last eve – a very lively discussion. Transcript soon. Wll include more jibber jabber about Adorno. See below.


Theodore W. Adorno Quotation:

“To write a poem after Auschwitz is barbaric”(to 1969 Herbert Marcuse interview about Adorno)From the web site of Evelyn Wilcock, http://members.aol.com/eandcw/adquotes.htm,

accessed July 28, 2003People who ask about Adorno want to know the source of his dictum about writing poetry after Auschwitz. Providing them with the date (written in 1949 for a festschrift) and source (published in “An Essay on Cultural Criticism and Society,” in Prisms, p.34) of the quotation may only increase their mystification. The sentence is part of the conclusion to an essay, and reading it on its own may be as fruitless as attempting to understand the last act of Hamlet without having first seen the rest of the play. This is the opening of the essay, ‘Cultural Criticism and Society,’ the whole of which may be read in Prisms, trans. Samuel and Shierry Weber (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1967), p.19.

To anyone in the habit of thinking with his ears, the words ‘cultural criticism’ (Kulturkritik) must have an offensive ring, not merely because, like automobile, they are pieced together from Latin and Greek. The words recall a flagrant contradiction. The cultural critic is not happy with civilization, to which alone he owes his discontent. He speaks as if he represents unadulterated nature or a higher historical stage. Yet he is necessarily of the same essence as that to which he fancies himself superior.

source: <http://lists.ccil.org/pipermail/philnet/2002-June/002663.html&gt;, accessed July 28, 2003On June 24, 2002 Frederik van Gelder of the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research (where Adorno worked), answered a query on Philnet as follows:> I wonder if anyone can tell me the precise location of Adorno’s

> comment that it is impossible to write poetry/produce art after

> Auschwitz? Much quoted, but apparently from a little-known piece of

> writing.

> From: Andy Hamilton

> Dept. of Philosophy

> Durham University

> Durham DH1 3HP

> UKOriginal quote in *Prisms*, 1955, MIT Press. Reprinted London, 1967.It’s a misquote, in as much as it’s a phrase inside of a sentence which is usually left out:

 

“The critique of culture is confronted with the last stage in the dialectic of culture and barbarism: to write a poem after Auschwitz is barbaric, and that corrodes also the knowledge which expresses why it has become impossible to write poetry today.”Adorno came back to this topic on three different occasions: in the Negative Dialectics, in Ohne Leitbild, and in Noten zur Literatur IV.Page references are to the Gesammelte Schriften, where more details can be found:

Original: Prismen, vol. 10a, p. 30.

Kulturkritik findet sich der letzten Stufe der Dialektik von Kultur und Barbarei gegenüber: nach Auschwitz ein Gedicht zu schreiben, ist barbarisch, und das frißt auch die Erkenntnis an, die ausspricht, warum es unmöglich ward, heute Gedichte zu schreiben. (1955)

Negative Dialektik, 06, p. 355/356:

Das perennierende Leiden hat soviel Recht auf Ausdruck wie der Gemarterte zu brüllen; darum mag falsch gewesen sein, nach Auschwitz ließe kein Gedicht mehr sich schreiben. Nicht falsch aber ist die minder kulturelle Frage, ob nach Auschwitz noch sich leben lasse, ob vollends es dürfe, wer zufällig entrann und rechtens hätte umgebracht werden müssen.Ohne Leitbild, 10a, p. 452/453:

Weniger stets verträgt jener Schein sich mit dem Prinzip rationaler Materialbeherrschung, dem er die gesamte Geschichte von Kunst hindurch sich verband. Während die Situation Kunst nicht mehr zuläßt – darauf zielte der Satz über die Unmöglichkeit von Gedichten nach Auschwitz -, bedarf sie doch ihrer. Denn die bilderlose Realität das vollendete Widerspiel des bilderlosen Zustands geworden, in dem Kunst verschwände, weil die Utopie sich erfüllt hätte, die in jedem Kunstwerk sich chiffriert.Noten zur Literatur IV, vol.11, p. 603

Der Satz, nach Auschwitz lasse kein Gedicht mehr sich schreiben, gilt nicht blank, gewiß aber, daß danach, weil es möglich war und bis ins Unabsehbare möglich bleibt, keine heitere Kunst mehr vorgestellt werden kann.best,

Dr. Frederik van Gelder

Institut fuer Sozialforschung

Frankfurt University

Senckenberganlage 26 60325

Frankfurt am Main

gelder@em.uni-frankfurt.de

 

 

UPDATE: 17 Nov: Aftermath discussions continue: http://www.marketproject.org.uk/springtime-for-hitler

Comments and Comets on the Insurrection.

Several pointed reminders that the events planned for later today in Central London are eagerly anticipated:

“It is in the public and your own interest that you do not involve yourself in any type of criminal or antisocial behaviour. We have a responsibility to deliver a safe protest which protects residents, tourists, commuters, protesters and the wider community. Should you do so we will at the earliest opportunity arrest and place you before the court.” Signed by Simon Pountain, the Met commander ‘in charge’ of policing tomorrows demonstration.

“this evening’s British Evening Standard publicised 8 threats those marching tomorrow: you will be baton rounded, you will be expelled, you will lose your job, you will be restricted from travelling abroad, you will be thrown out of university, you will be sacked, you will be run over by a Jankel, you will be arrested. Kettling is, like, so last year… See you in the streets!”

David Cameron said on Tuesday he would not criticise the police if they felt it was necessary operationally to use rubber bullets on the student demonstrators.

“The city is misty and eerily quiet tonight and a comet has appeared in the west… traditionally an omen of war and insurrection…”

We will be handing out copies of the new edition of The Paper. See you on the streets (and it will be online soonish).

Cedric Robinson 29.11.2011

Public Lecture with Cedric Robinson

Staging Black Radicalism
Tuesday 29 November 6.30pm
Queen Mary, University of London
Art Two Lecture Theatre
Mile End Campus – map available here: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/about/howtofindus/mileend/

Cedric Robinson is the author of Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical TraditionTerms of Order: Political Science and the Myth of Leadership and Black Movements in America. He is also the author of numerous articles on US, African and Caribbean political thought; Western social theory, film and the press. His most recent work includesThe Anthropology of Marxism, a monograph study of the historical and discursive antecedents of Marxism, and research into anti-facism in Africa and the African Diaspora in the 1920s and 1930s.

Co-organised and sponsored by: Centre for Ethics and Politics (Queen Mary, University of London) Centre for Cultural Studies (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Echo-casting

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Mike check
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We are not going to stand still for this
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Capitalism is moribund, its crisis is permanent,
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We must kick it while it is down, Kick it hard.
   <We must kick it while it is down, Kick it hard.>
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Starting with that Bank over there…
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Starting now…

Goldsmiths No Borders Group have put out a call for a NoBorders Convergence, London, 13 – 18 February 2012

http://london.noborders.org.uk/convergence2012/callout 23:17 — London NoBorders

London NoBorders, along with Goldsmiths students and other groups, are organising a week-long convergence to be held in London between 13 – 18 February 2012. The aim is to get together to share our knowledge and experiences in relation to people’s freedom of movement and the restrictions on it, and to share skills, network, strategise and take action. We seek to create a temporary space for the production of counter-narratives and practices to the very idea of governing people’s movement through border controls.

Why a convergence

As the global economic crisis deepens and runaway climate chaos and energy and food crises loom ever closer,the borders of Europe are being fortified even further to protect the interests of the privileged few at the expense of the rest of us. A range of worrying developments can be observed: discriminatory point-based visa systems for overseas students and migrant workers, increased use of detention and deportation in inhumane conditions, military-style operations in the Mediterranean sea to intercept migrant boats, often leading to deadly tragedies, high-tech surveillance and intelligence gathering, externalising Europe’s borders by bribing neighbouring countries to act as the EU’s border police, and so on and so forth. For most migrants from the global south, Europe is increasing looking like a fortress and a labour camp.

At the same time, there has been a wave of grassroots movements around the world demanding radical changes to the current economic and political system that is responsible for the suffering of the majority of the world’s population. From the Arab uprisings, through students’ and workers’ protests and riots, to anti-capitalist occupations across Western ‘democracies’, more and more people are realising that this mode is no longer tenable, and are taking things into their own hands. Migrants’ struggles are also part of this awakening and the very idea of Europe is being redefined as a result of these struggles and the new policy developments mentioned above.

Like capital, the nationals of the EU and other ‘first world’ countries are free to travel wherever they want. Yet those on the wrong side of artificially erected borders, whose countries are often torn apart by capitalist and imperial conquests, are illegalised, criminalised and prevented from doing what humans have done for thousands of years: moving in search of a better life, to escape poverty, abuse, discrimination, persecution, gender oppression, war and so on. The right of everyone to travel and live where they want is denied for those with the ‘wrong’ skin colour, passport or bank account.

This inherently racist system of border controls not only creates hierarchies of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ migrants, useful and unwanted, it also subjects those rendered ‘illegal’ to repression and exploitation, legitimised by increasingly racist and right-wing political rhetoric and media coverage.

What, where, when

The No Borders Convergence, to be held in London between 13 – 18 February 2012, will include seminars and workshops on a wide range of topics, from immigration detention and forcible deportations, EU immigration policies and its border agency (Frontex), through institutional racism and social services provision, the exploitation of migrant workers and students, to No Border camps, radical solidarity, direct action and much more.

However, we don’t want to just talk; we hope that during this week people will also get together to plan and take action against various aspects of the border regime in London and the surrounding areas.

The convergence will be what people make of it, but we would like it to be a laboratory of radical thoughts, discussions and actions; a convergence of many different people brought together through a common struggle against borders, both external and internal.

Join us in London from 13th-18th February 2012. We will endeavour to provide a video link so that people who can not attend in person can still follow and participate in the discussions. More information and details here.

Freedom of movement and equal rights for all!

Matilal and Mahabharata

In response to a request from Jai … Gayatri Spivak has also done work on Indian traditions/texts. This in particular was with Prof Bimal Krishna Matilal – on the Mahabharata. She has written somewhere about Karna, but maybe I am just remembering a conversation we had about it, that is more vivid. I remember her talking about it but cannot find a note. She also mentions some of this work as forthcoming when she speaks with Swapan Chakravorty et al in ‘Conversations with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak’ a book that came out with Seagull in 2006. In there she talks of non-foundational thinking and that she was going to work on this further … but her interlocutor who was key to the project – the same Prof Matilal – sadly died before more could be done. The Mahabharata stuff was ‘finished’ – whatever that means, as I’ve not read it yet/do not seem to have any copy of work she may have done on this. Shall ask.
A quick hunt offers up a text labeled ‘forthcoming’ in footnote 5 on page 313 of Outside in the Teaching Machine, and I also just found more on Motilal and Spivak in her essay on Narcissus and Echo – I hadn’t read this – good to have now: http://www.scribd.com/doc/25696916/Spivak-Echo

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Postscript: I asked. The answer: ‘I never did publish the Mahabharata stuff.  There’s the tiniest bit on Draupadi in “Not Virgin Enough to Say That [S]he Occupies the Place of the Other,” Cardozo Law Review 13.4 (Dec 1991), p. 1343-1348. and in Foremothers,” in Susan Gubar, ed., True Confessions: Feminist Professors Tell Stories Out of School, (New York: Norton, 2011), p. 111-122.  Cheers, G’

Deleuze, Philosophy, Transdisciplinarity

Deleuze, Philosophy, Transdisciplinarity

Goldsmiths, 10th-12th February
http://deleuzetransdiscipline.wordpress.com/
Plenary Speakers: Jean-Claude Dumoncel, Eric Alliez, John Mullarkey, Laura Cull, Anne Sauvagnargues
Invited Speakers: Giuseppe Bianco, Andrew Goffey, Marjorie Gracieuse, Tatsuya Higaki, Christian Kerslake, Iain MacKenzie, Stamatia Portanova, Nathan Widder

Organised by the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths University of London (Masa Kosugi) and the Faculty of Humanities and School of European culture and Languages, the University of Kent (Guillaume Collett)
We are now entering a new phase of Deleuze studies which seeks to understand the specificity of Deleuze’s mode of philosophising. This is necessary, firstly in order to establish an account of his work’s developments and ruptures which is neither reductive nor partisan and secondly, to be able to better situate Deleuze within the context of contemporary thought. While the concept of immanence has recently been seized upon as the way of measuring Deleuze’s philosophical development (Kerslake, 2009; Beistegui, 2010), this conference would like to shift the focus to another yet closely interrelated problematic, which is the concept of philosophy and its essential relation to transdisciplinarity.
What precisely does Deleuze understand by the term ‘philosophy’? In The Logic of Sense, Deleuze states that ‘Philosophy merges with ontology, but ontology merges with the univocity of Being’ (p. 205, Continuum, 2004). Does philosophy have privileged access to a univocal Being that is itself non-philosophical, and which subsumes not only philosophy but also philosophy’s preconditions – what The Logic of Sense refers to as the ‘sciences’ of logic, phenomenology, and psychoanalysis, as well as art? Does Deleuze and Guattari’s re-formulation of this problematic in What is Philosophy? contradict the earlier Deleuze when it appears to posit a more extrinsic relation – or interference – between philosophy, science, and art, all three of which open up to Chaos, which they claim is equally distinct from the preconditions of philosophy, science and art (nonphilosophy, nonscience, nonart)? Are we to understand Deleuze’s concept of philosophy as essentially and inherently transdisciplinary, and if so, how? What is at stake here is the possibility of establishing a ‘common ethico-aesthetic discipline’ (Guattari, Continuum, 2000) and the role of philosophy in such a project.
We aim to have a wide range of papers converging on the concept of philosophy found in Deleuze’s work and dialoguing with the problems we have alluded to. Suggested paper topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Deleuze and the history of philosophy: his methodology, his conception of the history of philosophy, his readings of specific philosophers and thinkers
- The place of science and logic in Deleuze’s philosophy
- The place of art in Deleuze’s philosophy
- Deleuze and non-philosophy, and the role of the pre/post-philosophical in his philosophy
- Shifts in Deleuze’s readings of particular philosophers, and more generally in Deleuze’s own concept of philosophy, throughout his career
- The critical assessment of Guattari’s influence on Deleuze’s philosophy

Registration is free but please contact us (masakosugi@gmail.com, guillaume.collett@hotmail.co.uk) early if you would like to attend the conference.
**The event is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the School of European Culture and Languages and Faculty of Humanities, the University of Kent, the Centre for Cultural Studies Goldsmiths, and the Graduate School, Goldsmiths, University of London **


Event Information

Location: CCS, Laurie Grove
Website: hutnyk.wordpress.com/…/deleuze-philosophy-transdisciplinarity/
Department: Centre For Cultural Studies

Times:

  • 10 February 2012, 10:00 – 19:00
    times tbc
  • 11 February 2012, 10:00 – 18:00
    times tbc
  • 12 February 2012, 10:00 – 15:00
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