Category Archives: cultural studies

The Age of Anxiety

Just bought this book hoping it adds to the discussion of Anxiety promoted by plan c and Inst for precarious consciousness on here recently:

The Age of Anxiety: Conspiracy Theory and the Human Sciences (Sociological Review Monographs)
by Jane Parish (Editor), Martin Parker (Editor)

But also because of the coda (below). For the record, some fanzines got interpolated way back, and indeed, I was never keen on the Xerox Files, but that image of Adorno as twiglet-munching couch alien really works for me. Redeemed-schemed.

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Trinketization

gvgTrinketization’s empty grandeur, its insistently vacant abundance, the warm hollow stare of a fickle devotion.

Pantomime Terror #music #politics

There’s a whole section on Wagner in this, and some humour. For the record… (you can preorder by clicking the cover):

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Pantomime Terror – pre-order

Screen shot 2013-11-13 at 11.22.40Click here to preorder: http://www.zero-books.net/books/pantomime-terror

 

Capital lectures in Spring term at Goldsmiths starting January 14

Marx Capital lecture course at Goldsmiths ✪

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Lecture course on Marx’s “Capital” at Goldsmiths: everybody is welcome

Capitalism and Cultural Studies – Prof John Hutnyk:

tuesday evenings from january 14, 2014 – 5pm-8pm Goldsmiths Room RHB 309. Free – all welcome.

No fee (unless, sorry, you are doing this for award) – and that, friends, is Willetts’ fault – though the Labour Party have a share of the blame too).

This course involves a close reading of Karl Marx’s Capital (Volume One).
90 minute lectures, 60 minutes discussion
The connections between cultural studies and critiques of capitalism are considered in an interdisciplinary context (cinema studies, anthropology, musicology, international relations, and philosophy) which reaches from Marx through to Film Studies, from ethnographic approaches to Heidegger, from anarchism and surrealism to German critical theory and poststructuralism/post-colonialism/post-early-for-christmas. Topics covered include: alienation, commodification, production, technology, education, subsumption, anti-imperialism, anti-war movement and complicity. Using a series of illustrative films (documentary and fiction) and key theoretical texts (read alongside the text of Capital), we examine contemporary capitalism as it shifts, changes, lurches through its very late 20th and early 21st century manifestations – we will look at how cultural studies copes with (or does not cope with) class struggle, anti-colonialism, new subjectivities, cultural politics, media, virtual and corporate worlds.
********** The weekly course reading guide is here: Cap and cult studs outline013 *************

The lectures/seminars begin on Tuesday 14th January 2014 between 5 and 8pm and will run for 11 weeks (with a week off in the middle) in the Richard Hoggart Building (Room 309), Goldsmiths College. You are required to bring their own copy of the Penguin, International Publishers/Progress Press of German editions of Karl Marx Capital Vol I. We are reading about 100 pages a week. (Please don’t get tricked into buying the abridged English edition/nonsense!)

Note: The Centre for Cultual Studies at Goldsmiths took a decision to make as many as possible of its lecture series open to the public without fee. Seminars, essays, library access etc remain for sale. Still, here is a chance to explore cultural studies without getting into debt. The classes are MA level, mostly in the day – though in spring the Capital course is early tuesday evening. We usually run 10 week courses. Reading required will be announced in class, but preliminary reading suggestions can also be found by following the links. RHB means main building of Goldsmiths – Richard Hoggart Building. More info on other free events from CCS here: http://hutnyk.wordpress.com/what-is-to-be-done/

Samuel Weber goldsmiths 30.10.2013

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Tragedy and Trauerspiel: Hölderlin and Benjamin

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
17:00-19:00
New Academic Building, LG01
**Free and open to the public.

This talk begins an investigation of the relation of Benjamin’s notion of tragedy and trauerspiel to Hölderlin’s Remarks on Oedipus and Antigone, which in their own way reflect on the relation of classical tragedy to its modern counterparts.

Suggested preparatory readings for this lecture include Benjamin’s remarks on the relation of tragedy to Trauerspiel in The Origin of the German Mourning-Play, as well as Hölderlin’s Remarks on Oedipus and Antigone.

SAMUEL WEBER is Avalon Foundation Professor of Humanities at Northwestern University and co-director of its Paris Program in Critical Theory. After studying with Paul de Man and Theodor Adorno, he co-translated and wrote a critical introduction to Prisms, Adorno’s most important book of cultural criticism, which helped define the way in which the work of the Frankfurt School would be read and understood in the English-speaking world. Professor Weber has published seminal books on Balzac, Lacan, and Freud, on the relation of institutions to interpretation, and on media philosophy. His most recent book is Benjamin’s -abilities (Harvard UP), which is being translated into Chinese for publication by Beijing UP.

This event is co-sponsored by the Centre for Cultural Studies, the Department of English and Comparative Literature, the Department of Art, and the Graduate School.

Website: http://www.gold.ac.uk/cultural-studies/calendar/?id=6893
For more information, contact j.ng@gold.ac.uk

CCS Events coming up in October 2013

Thursday 10 October

Wednesday 16 October

Thursday 17 October

Wednesday 23 October

Thursday 24 October

Friday 25 October

Saturday 26 October

MA Asian Cultural Studies starts September 2014

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MA Asian Cultural Studies (Recruiting for September 2014)

Combining critical theoretical perspectives with an in-depth regional focus, this unique programme provides you with the tools to make sense of the ascendance of Asia and its impact on contemporary culture and geopolitics. Britain is the birthplace of Cultural Studies. Goldsmiths is home to the UK’s largest concentration of scholars and postgraduate students in cultural studies. In the context of contemporary global geopolitics, with the ascendency of China and India, cultural studies must necessarily be Asian.

Most programmes like this are taught from Asian or area studies departments. This course’s assumption is that Asia is now too big for area studies. It is that a proper cultural framework is necessary for engaging with contemporary Asia. The MA incorporates the very highest level of cultural theory and study in global political economy. We feature an engagement with the arts and practice, drawing on Goldsmiths unique position and standing in the context of London’s urban experience. The programme builds on the Stuart Hall tradition in which theory, economics, politics, the arts and Asia itself are conceived as cultural.

You will be taught by renowned academics. Teaching on China is led by Professors Wang Hui, Scott Lash, and Michael Dutton, while Indian material is covered by Professors Sanjay Seth, John Hutnyk, and Dr Bhaskar Mukhopadhyay. Dr Rajyashree Pandey provides expertise on Japan.

Marx Capital lecture course at Goldsmiths ✪

#Marx #Capital #lecture #course at #Goldsmiths #GoldsmithsUni ✪

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Public Lecture course on Marx’s “Capital” at Goldsmiths: everybody is welcome

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Capitalism and Cultural Studies – Prof John Hutnyk:

tuesday evenings from january 14, 2014 – 5pm-8pm Goldsmiths Room RHB 309. Free – all welcome.

No fee (unless, sorry, you are doing this for award) – and that, friends, is Willetts’ fault – though the Labour Party have a share of the blame too.

This course involves a close reading of Karl Marx’s Capital (Volume One).
90 minute lectures, 60 minutes discussion.

The connections between cultural studies and critiques of capitalism are considered in an interdisciplinary context (cinema studies, anthropology, musicology, international relations, and philosophy) which reaches from Marx through to Film Studies, from ethnographic approaches to Heidegger, from anarchism and surrealism to German critical theory and poststructuralism/post-colonialism/post-early-for-christmas. Topics covered include: alienation, commodification, production, technology, education, subsumption, anti-imperialism, anti-war movement and complicity. Using a series of illustrative films (documentary and fiction) and key theoretical texts (read alongside the text of Capital), we examine contemporary capitalism as it shifts, changes, lurches through its very late 20th and early 21st century manifestations – we will look at how cultural studies copes with (or does not cope with) class struggle, anti-colonialism, new subjectivities, cultural politics, media, virtual and corporate worlds.

The lectures/seminars begin on Tuesday 14th January 2014 between 5 and 8pm and will run for 11 weeks (with a week off in the middle) in the Richard Hoggart Building (Room 309), Goldsmiths College. You are required to bring their own copy of the Penguin, International Publishers/Progress Press or German editions of Karl Marx Capital Vol I. We are reading about 100 pages a week. (Please don’t get tricked into buying the abridged English edition/nonsense!)

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CCS graduate Dr Otter is up for THE

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God-Complex requires a sunset clause for #earlyadopters

Sociology, Anthropology, diaspora studies, culture industry, counter-mapping and even social media keeps on with this god-complex rule-the-world and document-everything orientation. What if counter-mapping decided that documenting everything forever was not the best thing, and – as I keep suggesting – included a sunset clause for all information. ie, code into the apps some way for the information to die after 100, or 1000, people have seen it. The side-effect of this might be that it would appeal to those early-adopter types. Can this also be adapted to counter-mapping? What would knowledge look like if the tendential imperative to define, catalogue and archive (kill) everything were not so sacred?
I think I already pointed to Counter-Mapping queen mary here, and at Uni North Carolina: http://countercartographies.wordpress.com/
Am thinking this is also an idea to sell to the product reviews people…

Foucault/Paul by Sophie Fuggle

Fugglebook

Also  here.

CCS Goldsmiths: LISTEN/WATCH

LISTEN/WATCH – recent Centre for Cultural Studies’ events:

canallondres.tv Report on May 22 Brazil Workshop at CCS (mostly in Portuguese language)
In conjunction with Mute: Slave to the Algorithm - including CCS PhD candidates Inigo Wilkins and Bogdan Dragos
The Matter of Contradiction Conference - Josie Berry Slater, Process Processed
At the ICA
 
 – John Hutnyk in conversation with Anthony Gormley and Hugh Brody
At Tate Modern – John Hutnyk on the theme of new cultural cartographies
Goldsmiths: ‘Double Evil’ - a talk with Matthew Fuller, Andrew Goffey and Eyal Weizman
Goldsmiths: Sylvia Federici public lecture
Goldsmiths: George Caffentzis’ public lecture
On BBC Radio 3: The Essay Scott Lash on ‘Liquid Modernity’

Structure

theme – trinket – introduction

repetition of theme – short version, long version, large and small

relation to whole

specificity

transitions, incidental

development – fate – of theme as it changes

repetitions – in different registers

rhythm, tempo, volume, intensity

reversal, dynamic, relation of components, inversion of same

further development of the whole, structure as anagram of specificity

differential overall structures and framing

being able to locate each element in the overall context

asymmetry, exceptions, incommensurables

 

 

MA Postcolonial Culture and Global Policy in the Centre for Cultural Studies at #Goldsmiths

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Brazil event video from Canallondres tv

A TV report on the Brazil conference 22.5.2013 Centre for Cultural Studies Goldsmiths
A cultura brasileira no exterior vídeo do… by Sputnyk10 A cultura brasileira no exterior vídeo do seminário Panoram Brasil em Movimento organizado pela pesquisadora brasileira Rosana Martins na Goldsmiths University de Londres – Video Dailymotion.

Docklands Cinema Club with CCS sun 26.5.2013

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Sun 26 May, 2-4pm (15)
Winner of the Best Actor and Best Screenplay awards at Cannes 2005, Tommy Lee Jones’ directorial debut follows the story of Pete Perkins,
a ranch foreman in the high desert of west Texas who undertakes a dangerous and quixotic journey into Mexico.

© BBC Film Council / The Kobal Collection

Venue Museum of London Docklands see here.

Mrinal Sen 90

Mrinal SenMrinal Sen is 90 today (May 14 2013) and all the best to him. I would argue that he is the greatest living film director, bare none.This YouTube page has some films by and on Sen: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%22Mrinal+Sen%22&oq=%22Mrinal+Sen%22&gs_l=youtube.3…2259.6576.0.9023.12.11.0.0.0.0.0.0..0.0…0.0…1ac.1.11.youtube. (Thanks Abhijit). I will screen a number of Sen films – especially the Maoist period Calcutta films – Interview, Calcutta 71 and Padatik – in the monday night film screening slot in Autumn term at Goldsmiths. He gave Amitabh B his first break, he made Shabana A an actress, he showed Louis M the way round the city, and more and more. Come along to the screenings – check the what’s on back here or the Goldsmiths Centre for Cultural Studies events calendar for info in late September (it will also be a course for credit as part of the new MA Critical Asian Studies, but its open to all comers like other CCS courses).

Common Ground Film Series

Common Ground Film Series

 

Film series leading up to Common Ground Conference on 24-25 June 2013.


Event Information

Location: Council Rm, n/a, Laurie Grove Baths
Cost: Free. All Welcome
Department: Centre For Cultural Studies

Times:

  • 3 June 2013, 19:00 – 22:00
    The Black Power Mixtape
  • 10 June 2013, 19:00 – 22:00
    Geschwister
  • 17 June 2013, 19:00 – 22:00
    Five Obstructions
  • 24 June 2013, 19:00 – 22:00
    Delicatessen

Brazil: A Landscape in Motion – workshop 22.5.2013

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Full details download here: Brazil_conference Program. 10am- 6pm.

VENUE BEN PIMLOTT LECTURE THEATRE BEN PIMLOTT BUILDING, Goldsmiths London SE14 6NW Centre for Cultural Studies | Goldsmiths University of London London SE14 6NW

ORGANIZERS Rosana Martins is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Cultural Studies, at Goldsmiths University, London. Holly Eva Ryan is a fourth year PhD student at the City University, London and visiting ERASMUS fellow at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

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