Centre for Cultural Studies

hillaryhoover1Past events @ The Centre for Cultural Studies (CCS).

2006: CCS incorporates theoretical and practical explorations in technological media and cultural difference in the geo-political context of global capitalism. Our commitment to theory involves enquiries into the most advanced paradigms of cultural thought. Our practical commitment involves us in cultural production and critical engagement with the culture industries. CCS research and graduate study is dedicated to such theoretical and practical investigation.

Update 2012: The Centre for Cultural Studies works by mixing possibly incongruent constituencies – what this means is that we have, for more than ten years, been bringing what may at first seem like incommensurate groups together to debate and research creatively, in teams, workshops and symposia: for example we ran a series of research conferences pairing neuropsychologists and artists together to examine new modes of representing the brain and its functions, innovating the new area of neuro-aesthetics; also we brought both London City and Chinese Finance modellers together with artists to rethink the portrayal of high finance and money; following the same convergence model, in a series of 6 workshops in London, Berlin, Copenhagen and Gothenburg we brought immigration activists and theatre, film, music and medical practitioners together to re-imagine the border. We continue to develop new projects along such lines, most recently historians and the Maritime Museum Greenwich, the Museum of London Docklands and activists in social and housing campaigns along the eastern end of the Thames in London (eg., ‘Proletarianisation and the River’ event for Museum of London Docklands Sept 2013). Our mode of operation is to intersect and interrupt in creative ways the protocols of disciplinarity, so as to inspire new work. This has a successful; track record reflected in our theory-practice research student projects.


2008: I was asked for a summary of things happening in CCS over the past year or so (our tenth year). Here are the highlights as I see them (please add anything I’ve missed, or links I did not have handy):

As part of our tenth year, Goldsmiths CCS:

- bombed Warsaw with poems – see here;

- with funding from the AHRC Beyond Text program we have challenged the routines of border thinking in CCS workshops in Berlin and soon Copenhagen (here);

- held a lively month long CCS internal debate on new directions in cultural studies/what is CCS – called ‘Attack the Headquarters’ (see here);

- welcomed Professor Stiegler’s appointment as visiting professor [and endured Professor Hutnyk's inaugural lecture 'Pantomime Terror'];

- enjoyed visits from scholars such as Professors Gayatri Spivak, Celeste Olalquiaga, Walter Mignolo;

- saw the launch of a new postgraduate run Cultural Studies ‘Noctournal’ – a magazine a web presence that is fabulous – see “NYX, a Noctournal” – issue three due soon.

- initiated an annual walk across London visiting sites associated with the German theorist and revolutionary thinker Karl Marx, called ‘The Marx Trot’, reaching from Highgate Cemetery to the bars of Tottenham Court Rd (seehere);

- continued research work on economic flows in China (Prof Scott Lash has a major grant for work in China); we welcomed the publication of Jennifer Bajorek’s book ‘Counterfeit Capital: Poetic Labour and Revolutionary Irony’; we continued to be active in a number of social and political issues pertaining to cultural studies (Palestine solidarity, on immigration control and spurious visa restrictions, anti-racism and the G20 police crackdown…);

- ran four MA programs with good enrolments and attracted 13 new PhD students to our doctoral program, and more…. See HERE

Go here for the workplace: http://www.goldsmiths.ac.uk/cultural-studies/

Here for my staff page: http://www.gold.ac.uk/cultural-studies/staff/j-hutnyk/

Update July 2010

In June we hosted a hugely successful kind of double event, taking place in two locations London and Gothenberg, Sweden. The first part was a discussion of race and politics with keynote speakers Professors Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak and Fred Moten in conversation. Over 300 attended, and the highlight was Gayatri Spivak’s three-hour examination of the 7 pages of Franz Fanon’s work where he discusses the philosopher George F. Hegel – what was stunning about this was a group of scholars consulting texts in three languages: the Hegel in German, the French translation Fanon used, Fanon’s own French text, and the English translations of both Fanon and Hegel. A seminar those there will not forget, or recover from, in a hurry (we are currently transcribing it for a book). The meeting then continued on the theme of Borders at a week long conference as part of the Clandestino Music Festival in Sweden, attended by over a dozen of the Centre’s PhDs, where Professor Spivak was again the keynote, but alongside other attractions such as DJ Watts Riot from Fun-da-mental and the immortal Caribbean sonic dub master Lee Scratch Perry.

This musical turn in the Centre for Cultural Studies may have hinted at new directions, since the Centre’s end of term party – always a hot ticket at Goldsmiths – also featured two bands – the local eccentric pop outfit ‘Diaphragm Failure’ and the Boston based Pakistani Punk band ‘The Kominas’ (famous for tracks like ‘Jihad in Amerikka’ and ‘Suicide Bomb the Gap’). A conference on Piracy and Pirate Radio is just one of the things in the making for the next year.

update Aug 2011:

Events archive

Update June 2013. to the three-toe’d mugwump that suggested we might not be the key destination for Cultural Studies, have a look at the events we have put on outside of the formal curriculum:

Tuesday 11 June 2013

Monday 10 June 2013

Monday 3 June 2013

Thursday 23 May 2013

Wednesday 22 May 2013

Wednesday 8 May 2013

Tuesday 26 March 2013

Tuesday 19 March 2013

Friday 15 March 2013

Friday 1 – Sunday 3 March 2013

Friday 22 February 2013

Tuesday 19 February 2013

Wednesday 13 February 2013

Monday 11 February 2013

Tuesday 5 February 2013

photo: Capital and Cultural Studies

Thursday 31 January 2013

Wednesday 16 January 2013

photo: Poetry Shorts

Poetry Shorts
16 January

Friday 21 December 2012

Monday 10 December 2012

Friday 7 December 2012

Tuesday 20 November 2012

Wednesday 14 November 2012

Monday 12 November 2012

Monday 5 November 2012

Friday 2 November 2012

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Monday 22 October 2012

Monday 8 October 2012

Monday 24 September 2012

Tuesday 11 September 2012

TMonday 9 July 2012

Sunday 8 July 2012

Saturday 7 July 2012

Friday 6 July 2012

Thursday 28 June 2012

Wednesday 27 June 2012

Tuesday 26 June 2012

photo: Rain of Poems

Friday 22 June 2012

Thursday 31 May 2012

Wednesday 30 May 2012

Thursday 10 May 2012

Wednesday 21 March 2012

Monday 19 March 2012

Wednesday 14 March 2012

Wednesday 29 February 2012

Tuesday 28 February 2012

Monday 27 February 2012

photo: Monday Night Film

Monday Night Film
27 February

Wednesday 22 February 2012

Tuesday 21 February 2012

Monday 20 February 2012

Monday 13-17 February 2012

Sunday 12 February 2012

Saturday 11 February 2012

photo: CPH-BER-LON Symposium

Friday 10 February 2012

Thursday 9 February 2012

Tuesday 7 February 2012

Monday 6 February 2012

Friday 20 January 2012

Tuesday 17 January 2012

Monday 16 January 2012

photo: Monday Night Film

Tuesday 10 January 2012

Monday 9 January 2012

Monday 12 December 2011

Thursday 8 December 2011

Monday 5 December 2011

Friday 2 December 2011

Tuesday 29 November 2011

Monday 28 November 2011

Friday 21 October 2011

Thursday 20 October 2011

Wednesday 19 October 2011

Thursday 13 October 2011

Monday 10 October 2011

Thursday 29 September 2011

photo: Playing with a Shadow

Thursday 8 September 2011

Tuesday 6 September 2011

Monday 25 July 2011

Monday 18 July 2011

Saturday 16 July 2011

Friday 15 July 2011

Thursday 14 July 2011

Tuesday 5 July 2011

Monday 4 July 2011

Tuesday 21 June 2011

Thursday 9 June 2011

Monday 6 June 2011

Tuesday 31 May 2011

Thursday 26 May 2011

Monday 23 May 2011

Wednesday 11 May 2011

Thursday 17 March 2011

Monday 7 March 2011

Tuesday 15 February 2011

Monday 7 February 2011

Monday 17 January 2011

Tuesday 14 December 2010

Monday 13 December 2010

photo: Cinema Typhoon

Cinema Typhoon
13 December

Wednesday 24 November 2010

Tuesday 2 November 2010

Thursday 21 October 2010

Saturday 16 October 2010

Monday 4 October 2010

Tuesday 14 September 2010

Saturday 28 August 2010

Thursday 15 July 2010

Tuesday 29 June 2010

Monday 28 June 2010

Monday 14 June 2010

Sunday 13 June 2010

Saturday 12 June 2010

Friday 11 June 2010

Thursday 10 June 2010

Wednesday 9 June 2010

Tuesday 8 June 2010

Friday 4 June 2010

Tuesday 4 May 2010

Wednesday 24 March 2010

Tuesday 23 March 2010

Monday 22 March 2010

Friday 19 March 2010

Thursday 4 March 2010

Thursday 25 February 2010

Friday 12 February 2010

Thursday 11 February 2010

Thursday 4 February 2010

Wednesday 3 February 2010

Wednesday 20 January 2010

Friday 25 September 2009

Saturday 4 July 2009

Friday 3 July 2009

Thursday 2 July 2009

Tuesday 12 May 2009

Monday 11 May 2009

Thursday 5 March 2009

Wednesday 25 February 2009

Tuesday 24 February 2009

Monday 16 February 2009

Friday 5 December 2008

Thursday 4 December 2008

Wednesday 3 December 2008

Tuesday 2 December 2008

Monday 1 December 2008

Friday 7 November 2008

Thursday 6 November 2008

Tuesday 4 November 2008

Monday 3 November 2008

Tuesday 28 October 2008

Monday 27 October 2008

Tuesday 21 October 2008

Tuesday 14 October 2008

Wednesday 8 October 2008

Tuesday 7 October 2008

Friday 3 October 2008

2009 – 2010

Hacking Internet Politics

Tuesday 16th March, 2-4pm, Room WB117

Gabriella Coleman

“Old and New Net Wars over Free Speech, Freedom and Secrecy, or How to Understand the Hacker and Lulz battle against the Church of Scientology”

Abstract: Why have geeks been compelled to protest the Church of Scientology vehemently for nearly two decades? This talk starts with this question to present a cultural history and political analysis of one of the oldest Internet wars, often referred to as “Internet vs Scientology.” During the 1990s, this war was waged largely on USENET (a large scale messaging board system), while in recent times it has taken the form of “Project Chanology.” This project is orchestrated by a loosely defined group called “Anonymous” who has led a series of online attacks and real world protests, often using a variety of media, against Scientology. I argue that to understand the significance of these battles and protests, we must examine how the two groups stand in a culturally antipodal relation to each other. Through this analysis of cultural inversion, I will consider how long-standing liberal ideals take cultural root in the context of these battles, use these two cases to reveal important political transformations in Internet/hacker culture between the mid 1990s and today and finally will map the tension between pleasure/freedom (the “lulz”) and moral good (“free speech”) found among Anonymous in terms of the tension between liberal freedom and romantic/Nietzschean freedom/pleasure.

Toni Prug

“Series on Commu(o)nism: Open Process, the organizational spirit of the Internet Model”

Abstract: The desires and the sources of emancipatory potential of the commons for the cooperative and egalitarian global togetherness, for a new communism born through the new generation of tools and organizational practices, have temporarily been appropriated and hi-jacked by capitalism under the Open Source and to an extent Creative Commons movements. Through and with the Open Process methods of the founding Internet communities, we can make a significant step towards claiming it back. Commu(o)nism, we could call it, is a new emerging form of communism hacked with open process and new commons. The small (o) in the middle stands for open.
Contact m.fuller@gold.ac.uk for more information.

Sthaniya Sambaad (‘Spring in the Colony’)

5pm, Friday 19 March 2010, Goldsmiths Cinema
A special screening of the feature film by Arjun Gourisaria and Moinak Biswas (105 min. 2009, 35 mm, cinemascope, EST).
Q & A with one of the directors.

Please take a look at www.springinthecolony.com and also the blog www.sthaniya.wordpress.com for responses to the film.

A moving, and funny, story of life in a refugee colony south of the city of Kolkata.

All welcome. Contact john.hutnyk@gold.ac.uk for further information.

War as the Destruction of the Material Support

Coming in April, date/time to be announced…

“War as the Destruction of the Material Support (Freud, Derrida, and the Death Drive)”

Steven Miller

Steven Miller is assistant professor of English at the State University of New York (SUNY), Buffalo, and Fulbright Scholar at the Freud Museum, Vienna.

Coal Fired Computers

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Presented by Graham Harwood (Practical Methods Lecturer Centre for Cultural Studies) Matsuko Yokokoji (YoHa): in Collaboration with Jean Demars (MA in Interactive Media from CCS 2009)

AV Festival 10 – Discovery Museum, Newcastle

12-­14 March 2010

A one-hundred year old, 35-ton showman’s steam engine powers a computer with 1.5 tons of coal. Black lungs inflate every time a database record of miners’ lung disease is shown on the computer monitors. It feels like you’ve been invited into a fun fair, but one where the rides log their own accidents ­ a fun fair run by people who long ago became indistinct from the machines they maintain.

Over three days at the Discovery Museum, with groups of miner activists, Coal Fired Computers articulates relations between Power, Art and Media. A new work by leading UK media artists Harwood and Yokokoji (YoHa), in collaboration with Jean Demars, it responds to the displacement of coal production to distant lands like India and China after the UK miners’ strike in 1984/85.

Coal Fired Computers reflects on the complexities of our global fossil fuel reliance and especially on how coal transforms our health as we have transformed it. Today coal produces 42% of the world¹s electricity, and in many countries this rate is much higher (more than 70% in India and China). This power is produced by descendants of Charles Parson’s 1884 steam turbines, also on display in the Discovery Museum.

It could be said that coal dust gets into everything. Sealed into the lungs of miners it forms visible blue streaks, like veins of coal. According to the World Health Organisation, 318,000 deaths occur annually from chronic bronchitis and emphysema caused by exposure to coal dust. The common perception is that wealthy countries have put this all behind them, displacing coal dust into the lungs of unrecorded, unknown miners in distant lands, however coal

returns into our lives in the form of the cheap and apparently clean goods we consume.

Coal fired energy not only powers our computers here in the UK, but is integral to the production of the 300,000,000 computers made each year. 81% of the energy used in a computer’s life cycle is expended in the manufacturing process, now taking place in countries with high levels of coal consumption. The UK currently produces less that one third of the coal it uses, importing the majority of it and therefore displacing 150,000 tons of coal dust into unknown lungs.

Coal Fired Computers brings together these disparate elements into an artwork, allowing us to reflect on the complexities that have created and maintained power, the crisis of fuelling that power and its subsequent health residues.

Commissioned by AV Festival 10 and produced in partnership with Discovery Museum. Supported by Metal Culture, Isis Arts and The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

download the booklet

Contact: cfc@yoha.co.uk



Thursdays at 1pm in RHB137A, Goldsmiths
4th, 11th, 25th February & 4th March 2010

Open lecture series by Bernard Stiegler

Last year, in his lectures at Goldsmiths, Bernard Stiegler explored the question of media today grasped firstly from the point of view of prehistorical science, and secondly, from the questions opened in the story told by Protagoras in the eponym dialog by Plato, and coming from the mythology of Prometheus about the relationship between the mortals and technics. Stiegler argued that mortality is structurally and systematically linked to technicity and producing what he calls a primordial melancholy, which is engendered by the fact that all prosthesis, all technicity, is always both a poison and a remedy, and is what is called a pharmakon by Plato.

This year, Stiegler will examine

  • why the pharmacological situation in which we live, as technological beings, that is to say as non-beings, always becoming, needs an economy of this pharmacology : an economy which tends to optimise the curative effects of pharmaka and to reduce the toxicological ones.
  • why such a pharmacology can never purify the technical remedies of their poisoning side, whereas there is nothing human which is not technical Рeven language, and then, thought.
  • Stiegler will show why, if a pharmacology is a grammatology, it needs the development of a history of the supplement that gramma is, and not only a logic of this supplement. Of grammatology announced such a history, but in fact, this one never appeared.
  • We will see that this history of the supplement needs to develop the concept of a process of grammatisation, which is the process of production of all sorts of gramma which are pharmaka as well.

nubureaucracy and capitalist realism

Friday, 12th February 2010 – 2-4pm Council Room, Laurie Grove Baths

Neoliberalism presents itself as the enemy of bureaucracy, the destroyer of the nanny state and the eliminator of red tape. Mark Fisher’s Capitalist Realism (Zer0 books, 2009) argues that, contrary to this widely accepted story, bureaucracy has proliferated under neoliberalism. Far from decreasing, bureaucracy has changed form, spreading all the more insidiously in its newly decentralised mode. This ‘nu-bureaucracy’ is often carried out by workers themselves, now induced into being their own auditors. Capitalist Realism aims to challenge the successful ideological doublethink in which workers’ experience of increasing bureaucratisation co-exists with the idea that bureaucracy belongs to a ‘Stalinist’ past.

This symposium will explore nu-bureaucracy and other related concepts developed in Capitalist Realism, such as ‘business ontology’ and ‘market Stalinism’. How has nu-bureaucracy affected education and public services, and how can it be resisted? What implications might the attack on nu-bureaucracy have for a renewed anti-capitalism?

Respondent, Alberto Toscano, Department of Sociology

What is bathos

Wednesday, 3 February 2010
5 – 6:30 pm, Main Building (RHB) 308

“What is bathos?” – Keston Sutherland

Keston Sutherland is lecturer in English at the University of Sussex as well as a poet and founding editor of Barque Press.

Complex Urbanism, a talk by Professor Andrew Benjamin

Tuesday 2 February 2010 – 2 – 4pm, Council Room, Laurie Grove Baths

Terms such as ‘complexity’ bring with them an assumed logic of addition. Events are taken to have become complex due to the planned or unplanned incorporation of new elements. And yet simple addition is no longer sustainable. For development to be possible another conception of complexity needs to emerge. Moreover, the city is not a neutral site. Differentials of power are at work within the city. A theory of complexity that allows for both design and analysis has to interconnect programmatic development with the unplanned. The texture of the urban will demand therefore another vocabulary. The language of lines and divisions and the feint of neutrality will cede its place to a rethinking of relations in terms ‘porosity’, fraying’ and ‘sites of trauma’ (amongst others). If there is a philosophical thinking of the city then has to begin with the recasting of relations that such a setting creates.

Andrew Benjamin is Professor of Critical Theory at Monash University, Melbourne, and a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Cultural Studies. He is author of number of books including, ‘The Philosophy of Architecture’, ‘Present Hope: Philosophy, Architecture, Judaism’ and, with Charles Rice, recently edited, ‘Walter Benjamin and the Architecture of Modernity’, published by re:press, http://www.re-press.org/

In preparation for this seminar, please read the text ‘Towards a Complex Urbanism’ available by email from m.fuller@gold.ac.uk

SLUM-TV, Nairobi, Kenya

Wednesday, 20 January 2010
4 – 5:30 pm, Main Building (RHB) 306

Artists’ talk and presentation of the Slum-TV media project by Sam Hopkins, Biki Kangwana, and Alexander Nikolic. Slum-TV is a community media project that currently employs 16 full-time members in the Mathare slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Selected footage:

“Mathare Safari”

“Slum-TV in Gemeinderat”

Al Jazeera coverage of Slum-TV

Bilingual newspaper coverage in Serbian/English

Attack on Slum-TV by right-wing political party in Vienna City Hall

More on the Mathare Safari competition

Cinema Typhoon 2009, Mondays at 6pm

Every Monday during Autumn term 2009, ASA (Alternative Studies for Asias) presented films from different regions in Asia with music as a theme. Supported by The Centre for Cultural Studies.

Cinema Typhoon screening session:
  • October 05 – Burmese Harp (1956 133min.)
  • October 12 – Together (2002, 177 min.)
  • October 19 – All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001, 146 min)
  • October 26 – Sleepwalking Through The Mekong (2007, 68 min)
  • November 02 – Waikiki Brothers (2001, 110 min) (VENUE TBC)
  • November 09 – Platform (2000, 180 min)
  • November 16 – Understanding Trafficking (2009, 87 min) + Q&A with Ananya Chatterjee
  • November 23 – End of series discussion
  • November 30 – To Gaza with Love
    The true story a rag-tag team of international peace activists aboard two fishing boats, who decided to take on the might of the Israeli military and break the siege of Gaza. Refusing to be intimidated, only one thing could stop them; and that was themselves.
    Trailer: http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi2755068441/ 
    http://www.imdb.com/rg/VIDEO_PLAY/LINK//video/wab/vi2755068441/  All Welcome

Download the Cinema Typhoon Flyer in PDF format.

Militant Dysphoria – “What are the politics of disaffection?”

30 September 2009

We have been told by the living that the idea of a vital world is that of comfort and warmth. Dominic Fox assured us that this is not the case. With an unparalleled militant efficiency, Cold World blackens the lines between poetics and politics, music and negative resistance. It is a haunting sermon from the world of the dead exhorting the living to revolt in the name of a life whose vitality has been disenchanted by coldness and whose sacredness has been profaned by nigredo. – Reza Negarestani, Author of Cyclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials.

Dominic Fox’s timely and important Cold World pinpoints the fundamental issue underlying contemporary debate about the possibility of revolutionary politics in a culture suffused by paralysing despondency. Drawing on a remarkable array of sources from Coleridge and Gerard Manley Hopkins to Xasthur and Ulrike Meinhof, Fox explores the necessary yet apparently contradictory link between refusal and revolution. While refusal without revolution perpetuates the very condition it would negate, revolution without refusal quickly lapses into phantasmatic utopianism. The quandaries of this particular dialectic have never been as lucidly charted as they are here. – Ray Brassier, Author of Nihil Unbound: Enlightenment and Extinction.

Dominic Fox
Nathan Brown
Mark Fisher
Nick Srnicek
James Trafford
Alex Williams

An event which discussed some of the issues raised by Dominic Fox’s Cold World: The aesthetics of dejection and the politics of militant dysphoria, due to be published by zer0 at the end of September. What is meant by ‘militant dysphoria’, and in what ways can the concept help us move beyond the impasses of contemporary politics? How might disaffection be converted into militancy? What political potentials are there in dysphoric music such as Black Metal? The event will also explore the relationship between politics and Speculative Realism.

This was not a formal academic conference. Instead, it folowed the pattern set by the Weird events at Goldsmiths and the recent UEL symposium on the hardcore continuum. There was short semi-formal presentations by speakers, but the emphasis was on discussion of concepts rather than on presenting of papers etc.

Bombing of Poems over Warsaw

Bombing of Poems over Warsaw posterA performance organized by CCS PhD Student Cristobal Bianchi, 8 August 2009

One hundred thousand poems, printed in bookmarks, were dropped from a helicopter at night over the Old Town and Castle Square of the city. The poems were by Chilean and Polish contemporary poets.  Watch at www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VJ03FBhoy0

Warsaw was the 4th city chosen to host a Bombing of Poems. For more about this project, see:

Join in:

  • Twitter English (@poemswarsaw)
  • Twitter Spanish (@casagrande09)
  • Facebook (Deszcz Wierszy nad Warszawą – Bombing of Poems Over Warsaw)

Expo ‘09: MA Interactive Media

Opening: Thursday 2 July 2009. Fri 3 – Sat 4 July

Loosely modeled on the idea of a Tech Fair, Expo’09 was an informal event showing the work of MA students and seeking to spark discussion and critical engagement. It highlighted tensions rather than reveal truths, thereby inviting to investigate culture through machinic thought and software visions.Expo’09 developed a new direction in the study of interactive media. Dissatisfied with the particularities of bounded disciplines, it works at the intersection of philosophy, science & technology and the arts where theoretical investigation and practical experimentation fold onto one another.

Attracting a wide range of participants, Expo’09 tackled issues as varied as the difference between the analog and the digital, language and physicality, machinic processes, algorithms and databases in control societies, the aesthetics of political and cultural action through viral entities. These were showcased through a mix of objects, installations, software and performance.

Celeste Olalquiaga at Goldsmiths

12 May, 2009

“Look but Don’t Touch: The Role of Tactility in an Era of Visual Excess” a talk by the noted author of “The Artificial Kingdom: A Treasury of the Kitsch Experience”.

Image to promote this eventCo-sponsored by the Centre for Cultural Studies and the Centre for Postcoloniial Studies.
All welcome.

Old Women

A lecture by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Monday, 11 May 2009

Sponsored by Goldsmiths’ Centre for Postcolonial Studies, Centre for Cultural Studies, Dept Media and Comms and the Graduate School.
More information at http://hutnyk.wordpress.com/what-is-to-be-done

Second Skins: Cloth and Difference

Thursday 30 April

Speakers and Artists included: Sokari Douglas Camp CBE, Margareta Kern,Sarat Maharaj, Grace Ndiritu, Sarah Quinton, and Rosanna Raymond. Second Skins was instigated by Christine Checinska and is organised in partnership with Iniva with support from Goldsmiths and A Foundation. For more information, download the flyer [image file] or visit www.iniva.org/events/what_s_on/second_skins


Thursday 5 March

Walter Mignolo is a leading figure in Latin American Studies and Postcolonial Studies. He is the William H. Wannamaker Professor of Literature and Romance Studies and Director of the Center for Global Studies and the Humanities, at Duke University. Mignolo’s earlier work, published in Spanish, focuses on semiotics, discourse analysis and literary theory. Since the 1980s he has written extensively in English and Spanish on the invention of the Americas, the coloniality of knowledge, and the political, ethical and epistemological imperative to decolonise knowledge and knowledge production. His work, which has been translated to Portuguese, French and Russian, includes The Darker Side of the Renaissance (1994 and 2003, awarded the Katherine Kovacs Singer Prize from the MLA), Local Histories/Global Designs (2000) and The Idea of Latin America (2005, awarded the Frantz Fanon Prize from the Caribbean Philosophical Association.)

This event was hosted by the Centre for Postcolonial Studies and the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths. For further information email: Sanjay Seth: s.seth@gold.ac.uk Francisco Carballo: cup01fc@gold.ac.uk.

Politics, Time and Theology

A Workshop on Giorgio Agamben’s ‘The Time That Remains’
Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Politics necessitates a thinking of the event; the event as a form of interruption that opens the space for another possibility. Equally politics brings with it questions of agency and subjectivity. The interconnection between the event and the subject continues to be expressed in terms of the relationship between universality and particularity. Contemporary philosophy continues to find resources that allow the issues raised by this complex of relations to be taken up in the theological writings of Paul.

Badiou, Derrida, Zizek, Taubes, Agamben amongst others have turned to Paul to continue to think through what might more generally be called a politics of time. The aim of this workshop was to look in detail at one of these contemporary works, namely, Giorgio Agamben’s ‘The Time That Remains’ Stanford University Press (2005)

Professors Andrew Benjamin and Scott Lash in discussion.

The Knowledge Economy and the Future of Capitalism

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Speakers include: Yann Moulier Boutang : a philosopher and economist, and director of the journal Multitudes. Bernard Stiegler: widely regarded as one of France’s most eminent philosophers and a Director at the Centre Georges Pompidou.

Creating the Global Image Archive

Monday, 16 February 2009

A workshop on images and their archives in cross-cultural and inter-disciplinary contexts

Our experiences and practices of the image are characterized by an ever-expanding circulation across proliferating and ever more diverse circuits. Scholars, artists, curators, and other practitioners have frequently sought to understand these changes in the name of globalization. Some have focused on technological transformation (new media and network or digital culture). Others have emphasized shifting zones of cultural contact (migration, transnationalism, postcoloniality). Curator Okwui Enwezor thus speaks of a “global image ecology.” Interactive media artist Graham Harwood speaks of the “networked image.” Thanks to these projects, we are working with and thinking about images in new ways, and with a focus on movement, transformation, and rhythms of access.

But images are also lost, forgotten, deleted. Structures of archivization are shifting. With the death of old technologies—and geopolitical inequalities in the distribution of new ones—we find ourselves handling images whose futures are uncertain. There are furthermore whole classes of images whose original contexts are marked by forms of sacredness, consecration, and propriety. These haunt the discourses of global circulation and expose the fantasied openness and access otherwise. The archive is troubled by two ethical and practical imperatives: to maintain and preserve the past while at the same time respecting its own modes of exclusion and memorialization, which may well be at odds with other contemporary drives.

Guests were to reflect on the image archive in transformation. We left the field open, but we are particularly interested in work that is concerned with, or takes place in, non-Western or non-European space. This project began as an enquiry into an inter-disciplinary distinction between contextualizing practices (associated with sociology and ethnography) and more formalist approaches paying attention to the genesis and problematics of specific images and works. The aim of this workshop is to explore specific tensions between the archive’s singularities and the global contexts of circulation, and, in so doing, to create new frameworks and methods for critical practice in relation to archived bodies of work.

Dr. Jennifer Bajorek, Goldsmiths, University of London
Professor Claire Colebrook, University of Edinburgh

Invited participants:
Everlyn Nicodemus, Independent artist and writer
Robert Nelson, Art and Design, Monash University, Australia
Nick Higgins, Cultural Studies, University of Edinburgh and independent documentary filmmaker
Clare Harris, Oxford Pitt Rivers Musem / Anthropology, Oxford University
Erin Haney, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution and independent curator


CCS film nights: ‘Imagination’
5 December 2008
Imagination (Dir: Eric Leiser 2007 USA 72 mins)

“Dr. Reineger is a child neuro-psychologist who has dealt with extreme and abnormal cases his entire life. But one particular case, that of Anna Woodruff, a candidate for Asperger’s Syndrome, leaves the doctor perplexed when he learns of her identical twin sister Sarah and their intense connection. After bringing them both in for testing, the doctor is amazed at the results: the twins seem to unify in another realm, that of vision and imagination. But when these visions begin to cross over into reality, the troubled doctor must confront his own beliefs in what science can explain, and consider the unknown. The events which follow are so astonishing that they bring Dr. Reineger to a stand still: either accept the prophesy of the twins, or abandon his practice. But before he can decide, the institutionalized girls escape. The conclusion and findings are silencing: have the girls transcended reality itself?”

California native Eric Leiser is a filmmaker, animator, puppeteer, holographer, illustrator, writer, teacher, sculptor, and painter. Mr. Leiser is an alumnus of the Experimental Animation Program at the California Institute of the Arts. His body of work include several shorts subject and feature films. His two feature films ‘Imagination’ and ‘Faustbook’ along with his collection of animated ‘Eclectic Shorts’ have won acclaim in international film festivals and are distributed by Vanguard Cinema.

Opening and lecture on the Art of Holography- Eric Leiser
Wednesday 3 December
Exhibition, 1-5 December 2008

Eric Leiser is gaining notoriety among a new generation of fine art holographers, looking to resurrect and reinvent the science of holography. His recent work has concentrated on the Infinite in its mathematical, philosophical and spiritual form. He will be discussing in his lecture his works which will be on display in the Kingsway Corridor which will include holograms from his Wunderkammer series, his Aleph Null series which exhibited at Fringe Exhibitions LA in April 2008 and unexhibited works from a new series. Eric Leiser is also a professional animator, puppeteer, illustrator, teacher, writer and filmmaker. Mr. Leiser is an alumnus of the Experimental Animation Program at the California Institute of the Arts. He has shown and lectured recently at the School of the Arts Institute of Chicago, Fringe Exhibitions and the Holodome in Los Angeles and the Ruben H. Fleet Space Museum in San Diego. His two feature films ‘Imagination’ and ‘Faustbook’ along with his collection of animated ‘Eclectic Shorts’ have shown internationally in film festivals and are internationally distributed by Vanguard Cinema. He screened ‘Imagination’ in the Goldsmiths Cinema on 5 December.

“In my work I choose specific objects that correspond to the unique conceptual potential of holography. The holographic process corresponds to a multidimensional conceptuality: the laser light hitting every axis point allows the image to change when viewed from multiple perspectives. The capture and archiving of objects into a seemingly incorruptible format such as holographic glass at once freezes time and opens up the many dimensions of the objects in space. This I find this to be at once uncanny, sublime and beautiful, and this fascination is what drives my work. Holography offers an untapped synthesis of technology, science, theory and art that I have not found in any other media, including in my work as an animator and filmmaker. My view of the science and art of holography is a vast landscape of untapped potential as an art form and well as a vital technological advancement. My desire is to explore this vast landscape by innovating the arts of filmmaking and animation through holographic cinema. The conceptual depth of holography has allowed me to explore implied narratives in my work and new aesthetic values. I see this rare practice as an advantage and an innovate force in the art world. The art form of holography needs to liberated from its narrow technological use, into its application as an art form.”

Force of Metadata
29 November 2008

A one day workshop. Keynote speakers: Bernard Stiegler (Head of the Department of Cultural Development, Centre-Georges-Pompidou, Paris) and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (Electronic Artist, working at the crossroads between architecture, sculpture and performance). This event was the annual symposium of Goldsmiths Media Research Centre, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The Centre for Cultural Studies is responsible for the project ‘Metadata in the Age of Ubiquitous Media’ within this programme.

Public Lecture: DONT RHINE of Ultra-Red
13 November

Annual Report
Since 2004, Ultra-red have conducted simultaneous projects including “We Come From Your Future” held at the Tate Britain in June. Concurrent investigations have made apparent a number of themes inherent to Ultra-red’s combination of sound art, political organizing, and radical pedagogy. In an annual report of the collective’s activities, Rhine presents some of those themes for discussion.

DONT RHINE: Co-founder of the sound art collective Ultra-red in 1994. Recent performances and exhibitions: Fowler Museum (Los Angeles), Tate Britain, and the KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts Gallery (Durban). Curates the online fair-use record label, Public Record. In Los Angeles, collaborates with the Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project. Received a 2007 California Community Foundation award for visual artists.

Visual Cultures Guest Lecture Series in conjunction with the Centre for Cultural Studies

Sonic Diaspora
3 to 8 November 2008

A week of events as part of the Beyond Text Beyond Borders workshops in London, Berlin and Copenhagen. Organized by John Hutnyk. Find out more

Googling the City. A talk by Scott McQuire
21 October 2008

In May 2007, global media giant Google launched ‘Street Views’, an application enabling users to access a digital archive of street level photographs taken across five cities in the United States. By mid-2008, the service covered over 50 US cities, and was also launched in Australia and Japan, with more countries in the pipeline. In this paper, Scott McQuire wants to locate ‘Street View’ within a history of urban representation and metropolitan discourse. Beginning from the invention of photography which initiated new systems of ‘mapping’ urban space in the 19th century, he will trace the ways that the convergence of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with distributed networks and mobile media initiates new struggles over public space.

Scott McQuire is Associate Professor in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. His most recent book The Media City: Media, Architecture and Urban Space was published in the Theory, Culture and Society series by Sage in 2008.

Francois Jullien, “The Universal”
27 October 2008

Francois Jullien, Professor at the Université Paris VII-Denis Diderot and Director at the Institut de la Pensée Contemporaine, presented a talk on “The Universal” (full title to be confirmed) at Goldsmiths on Mon 27th October.

The talk was followed by responses and discussion led by Michael Dutton and Chantal Mouffe.

Francois Jullien is the author of a number of books on Chinese and western thought, including Vital Nourishment: Departing from Happiness (2007), In Praise of Blandness (2004) and The Propensity of Things: Towards a History of Efficacy in China (1995).

Lagos/London 2008 – Andrew Esiebo and Nilu Izadi
Wednesday, 8 October

Photographers Andrew Esiebo and Nilu Izadi talk about their recent work.

The Remaking of Sensorial Experience and the Politics of Speculative Constructivism
A public lecture by Maria Puig de la Bellacasa
Friday, 3 October 2008

Feminist knowledge politics in science and technology studies have engaged with an epistemological reclaiming of the worlds of emotions, affects and the sentient body as intrinsic to the world of fact production. The affirmation of the sensorial is one of the ways through which constructivist involvement with science and technology invokes the materiality and embodiment of experience. In this context, a move to touch appears as a speculative vision of feminist technology. This paper argues that reclaiming the possibility of touch requires attention to the politics of the expanding market of haptic technologies, which also speculates with the remaking of our sensorial experience.

Maria Puig de la Bellacasa is a Research Associate at the Research Group on Constructivist Studies, Philosophy Department, Université Libre de Bruxelle. Her lecture is co-sponsored by Goldsmiths’ Centre for the Study of Invention and Social Process (CSISP).

Pantomime Terror: the Paranoid Commuter and the Danger of Music 
Inaugural Lecture from Professor John Hutnyk
Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Tuesday 2 September 2008, Graduate Student Conference
Release! was the title of the 2008 Centre for Cultural Studies’ Annual MA Student Conference. Release!: a moment of friendly and relaxing activity, an opportunity to participate and discuss the latest oucomes of cultural research at Goldsmiths.

To release refers in this case to the act of unbinding or undoing ­ not as a denial of the path followed over the course of the degree, but as a turning point. The momentum of the flow of the activity is no longer inwards, but becomes released outwards; the solitude of reading, researching and writing is replaced by the joy of sharing and questioning.

Being Released! can be a physical activity of liberation from confinement, obligation or even pain. It can also be a device put into place to unfasten a mechanism.

Release! provided the opportunity to celebrate an activity that has reached its end in order to be replaced by other activity.

What is a World? World Literature in a Postcolonial Frame
A talk by Pheng Cheah (UC Berkeley)
12 June 2008

-RW [Rewritable] – end of year show
Thursday 3 – 5 July 2008

From Thursday 3 July to Saturday 5 July, 2008, the Centre for Cultural Studies presented “-RW [Rewritable]” an event by MA Interactive Media under the guidance of Harwood (Mongrel, Mediashed) and Dr Luciana Parisi.

CCS US/Mexico Border Film Festival
Cinema Division: We Are All Illegals. All screenings on Tuesdays in Goldsmiths Cinema.

Marx and Philosophy, 2 June 2008.
A one day workshop reflecting on issues relating to globalisation, resistance, value and the Interpretation of Capital.

The day involved discussion, and was organised around presentations dealing with the following topics: global community; civil disobedience and its tactical evaluation; the political implications of value theory; the content and implications of Marx’s work, and his relation to philosophy.

Speakers :
Jonathan Brookes: “Marx and Global Community” Sam Meaden: “A Critical Appraisal of the ‘Reclaim the Streets’ Movement”
Sean McKeown: “Value ­ Between Economics and Politics” Nick Gray and Rob Lucas: “Formal and Real Subsumption ­ Logical or Historical Categories?”
Nicole Pepperell: “How to Walk with Hegel ­ On the the ‘Peculiar Social Character’ of Commodity Production” Alberto Toscano: response.

The Crisis of the Humanities, and What We Can Do About It: A seminar with Stanley Aronowitz
Thurday, 22 May

Stanley Aronowitz is a Distinguished Professor in Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Sociology, and Urban Education at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. He is one of the founding editors of the journal Social Text and the author of many books dealing with, amongst other things, marxism, education, labor, and imperialism. An active trade unionist, he has also run for Governor of New York with the Green Party in 2002. For more info see his website: http://stanleyaronowitz.org

This seminar was co-sponsored by the Centre of Cultural Studies and Sociology at Goldsmiths.

A symposium on Walter Benjamin’s ‘Critique of Violence’. 19 May 2008

Four great speakers:
Elina Staikou “Force of Name: The Critique of Violence”.
Andrew Benjamin “On their Difference – Mythic and Divine Violence”.
Jennifer Bajorek “Of Dogma and Decay: The ‘Case’ of Language in the Critique”.Howard Caygill “The Worst: Benjamin, Weber and the critique of violence”.

The Society of Molecules: Massumi and Manning on Guattari. 21 April 2008.

Event/workshop on Felix Guattari led by Prof. Brian Massumi and Dr Erin Manning, chaired by Dr Luciana Parisi. See the Guattari Reader [Word file]

The Society of Molecules 
I believe there exists a multiple people, a mutant people, a people of potential that appears and disappears, embodied in social events, literary events, musical events. I can see it, perhaps I’m delirious, but I think we’re in a period of absolutely fantastic production, creation, and revolution with regard to the emergence of a people. This is what I mean by molecular revolution: it’s not a slogan, it’s not a program, it’s something I feel, something I live through in encounters, in institutions, in affect, and as well as in certain reflections.’

This is how Félix Guattari, speaking in 1982, described his experience of Brazil, a country he saw as a laboratory for what he believed the future held generally in store with the rise of what he was calling at the time Worldwide Integrated Capitalism ­ or what two decades later would burst on the scene under the moniker globalisation. What emergences can we feel today (are we delirious yet)? We propose a discussion around Guattari’s concepts of molecular politics, group subjectivity and institutional analysis, starting from the same ground he signposted ­ lived relation and the politics of affect, along with modes of reflection adapted to them. We propose to reapproach the question of micopolitics drawing on certain concepts of A.N Whitehead, while extending it to the problem of preemption, arguably a macro-regime of globalised power capable of appropriating molecular becomings at their point of emergence. What ‘elbow room’ (Whitehead) remains for ‘a people of potential’?

Erin Manning is assistant professor in studio art and film studies at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) as well as director of The Sense Lab, a laboratory that explores the intersections between art practice and philosophy through the matrix of the sensing body in movement. In her art practice she works between painting, fabric and sculpture. Her current project entitled Folds to Infinity is an experimental fabric collection composed of cuts that connect in an infinity of ways, folding into clothing and out into environmental architectures. Her dance background includes classical ballet, contemporary dance and Argentine tango. She has also developed and written about a movement practice called Relational Movement. Publications include Politics of Touch: Sense, Movement, Sovereignty (Minneapolis: Minnesota University Press, 2006) and Ephemeral Territories: Representing Nation, Home and Identity in Canada (Minnesota University Press, 2003). Her current book-project is called Relationscapes: Movement, Art, Philosophy (in press, MIT) and deals with movement, art and techniques of relation.

Brian Massumi specializes in philosophy of embodied experience, media theory, and political philosophy. His current research is two-fold the experience of movement and the interrelations between the senses, in particular in the context of new media art and technology; and emergent modes of power associated with the globalization of capitalism and the rise of preemptive politics. He is currently preparing two book projects. Architectures of the Unforeseen: Arts of Relation which addresses these issues through detailied analyses of the work of selected architects and artists (forthcoming MIT Press). Empire of Emotion studies affective politics, in the Bush administration and beyond. His earlier works include Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation (Duke University Press, 2002), A User’s Guide to Capitalism and Schizophrenia: Deviations from Deleuze and Guattari (MIT Press, 1992), and First and Last Emperors: The Absolute State and the Body of the Despot (with Kenneth Dean; Autonomedia, 1993). He is editor of The Politics of Everyday Fear (University of Minnesota Press, 1993) and A Shock to Thought: Expression After Deleuze and Guattari (Routledge, 2002). His translations from the French include Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari”s A Thousand Plateaus. He teaches in the Communication Department of the Université de Montréal, where he directs the Workshop in Radical Empiricism. Website: www.brianmassumi.com.

“A Nuclear Dawn in South India: Cultures of Anti-Nuclear Resistance in Kanyakumari District”
Dr Raminder Kaur (University of Sussex)
12 March 2008

Architecture of Abstraction seminar series presents Usman Haque, 12 March 2008

Architecture has traditionally been thought of as solid, static and permanent. Here we consider, instead, a soft, dynamic and fluid architecture created with smells, sounds, electromagnetic fields, floatables, and thousands of toys…

Usman Haque (Director, Haque Design & Research) is an architect who specialises in responsive environments, interactive installations, digital interface devices and mass-participation performances. His skills include the design of both physical spaces and the software and systems that bring them to life. As well as directing the work of Haque Design + Research he was until 2005 a teacher in the Interactive Architecture Workshop at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London.

Uncertainty, Innovation and Value Ian Gulland Lecture
6 March 2008
In “Uncertainty, Innovation and Value” processes of value creation in contemporary capitalism will be discussed. In particular, this seminar will be focused on the increasingly relevant role played by the management of uncertain orders of worth in producing innovation; and the way “value spheres” -such as music scenes, markets for financial titles and environmental campaigns- are currently produced. The event brought together world leading experts coming from different disciplines and theoretical perspectives and composed by two main sessions.

Michael Hutter (Social Science Centre Berlin and Technical University Berlin, Institute of Sociology): “Applause, protest and exchange values: A theoretical appraisal of valuation systems” Respondent: David Graeber (Anthropology, Goldsmiths) Chair: Scott Lash (Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths University of London)

David Stark (Centre on Organization Innovation, Columbia University): “Exploiting Uncertainty in the Search for What’s Valuable” Respondent: Jakob Arnoldi (Aarhus School of Business, University of Aarhus) Chair: Michael Keith (Sociology, Goldsmiths)

Participants Jakob Arnoldi is Vice Dean, Director of Research, Aarhus School of Business, University of Aarhus Denmark, author of the forthcoming book Risk, an introduction (Polity Press), and co-editor of the special section on economy and finance in Theory, Culture & Society Annual Review 2007.

David Graeber is Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, Goldsmiths University of London, author of Lost People: Magic and the Legacy of Slavery in Madagascar (University of Indiana Press 2007) and Towards an Anthropological Theory of Value: The False Coin of Our Own Dreams (Palgrave 2001).

Michael Hutter is Professor, Social Science Centre Berlin and Technical University Berlin, Institute of Sociology, has recently co-edited Beyond Price. Value in Culture, Economics, and The Arts (Cambridge University Press 2008); and is the author of Neue Medienökonomik (Wilhelm Fink Verlag 2006).

Michael Keith is Professor and Head of Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths University of London, author of After The Cosmopolitan?: Multicultural Cities and the Future of Racism (Routledge 2005).

Scott Lash is Professor and Director of the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, and has recently authored (with Celia Lury) Global Culture Industry: The Mediation of Things (Polity Press 2007) and “Capitalism and Metaphysics” Theory, Culture and Society (2007).

David Stark is Arthur Lehman Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Columbia University where he directs the Center on Organizational Innovation. Stark’s recent publications include: “Sociotechnologies of Assembly” (with Monique Girard) in Governance and Information: The Rewiring of Governing and Deliberation in the 21st Century (2007); and “Social Times of Network Spaces: Network Sequences and Foreign Investment in Hungary,” (with Balazs Vedres) American Journal of Sociology (2006).

Jeremy Valentine, Queen Margaret University Edinburgh
“Everyone’s at it: The Rentier Economy and the Morality of the Cultural Industries”. 4 March 2008.

This paper is written in the spirit, but not the style, of Mandeville’s The Fable of the Bees (1705). It begins with a critical analysis of theoretical claims that reduce culture to economy by virtue of the meaningful and embedded nature of the latter. There are two aspects of this critique. Firstly, an internal one directed at the assumption of a telos of homogeneity in cultural economy approaches. Even though the notion of economy is broadened everything is located within an equilibrium. Secondly, an external one which draws attention to the coincidence between cultural economy approaches and contemporary political rhetorics of ‘creative economy’. Both aspects naturalise historically specific relations of production through the category of culture and both privilege and generalise cultural industries as the leading edge of wealth production. The paper argues that both approaches are organised by a disavowal of the political dominance of the economic category of rent and the regimes of rights and fees on which it depends. Following a discussion of the problem of rent for capitalism, from Smith via Marx and Keynes to Buchanan, the paper outlines the role of rent in contemporary neo-liberal capitalism and its links to practices of ‘value capture’. The paper concludes with a discussion of the possible reasons for the valorisation of culture in contemporary neo-liberalism and in particular the example of the cultural industries in the formation of moral subjectivity.

AHRC Workshop for CCS Research Students
Things, flows, assemblages, networks: analysing the object in material culture

Neil Cummings (University of the Arts- Chelsea, London)
Current research includes collaborative creative practice; the re-animation of the public domain and the creative commons through ‘copyleft’ viral licensing. He has written on the issue of use-value and his work in this area finds form in http://www.chanceprojects.com. Neil showed some of the short films made as part of his current work on the ‘Enthusiasm Project’ and talked about their role as things embedded in networks.

Tim Dant (Lancaster University)
Has been engaged with the study of things and how objects are embedded with the ideas and values of society since the mid-90′s. Publications include ‘Playing with Things: Objects and Subjects in Windsurfing’ (Journal of Material Culture, 1998, Vol. 3 (1): 77-95) and Material Culture in The Social World, (1999, Open University Press). Tim talked on ‘getting to know the thing’ and discuss the structure of material interaction with things and how it involves an exchange of meaning between person and thing.

Amy de la Haye (University of the Arts, London College of Fashion)
Amy is curator of an exhibition about the Women’s Land Army (WLA) which will open at Brighton Museum in Autumn 2009. It is a clothing focused exhibition which will serve as a case study in material culture analysis. Amy’s talk was entitled ‘Exploding an object: interpreting and exhibiting the uniform worn by the Women’s Land Army’. Suggested reading:Taylor, Lou ‘Doing the Laundry? A Reassessment of Object-based Dress History’ Fashion Theory Volume 2, issue 4 pp337-358.

Ian Cook (Exeter University)
Ian is a material geographer whose current interests are in material culture and in particular ‘following the thing’ methodology. This is best witnessed in his work on tracing the origins and pathways of the Papaya and the Red Hot Chilli. He spoke on ‘Hydrocortisone relatedness’.

From Body without Organs to Body Area Networks, a talk by Sally Jane Norman, 21 February 2008.
Antonin Artaud’s To Have Done with the Judgement of God, infamously not broadcast sixty years ago, rails against the tyranny of our automatic reactions at all levels, from the biological to the social and political. Artaud berates our subservience to standing order and pleas instead for the freely moving body without organs which, in the delirium of dance halls, can learn to dance “Ã l’envers” (dizzyingly translatable as the wrong way round, upside down, inside out, back to front, etc). This violently de-organised body offers a fittingly skewed vantage point which I shall adopt to discuss the re-organised bodies inhabiting today’s “technozoosemiotic systems” (Louis Bec), with their constantly reshaped networks of vital parameters.

Sally Jane Norman is a theorist and practitioner working on relations between the performing arts and technology. She is founding director of Culture Lab, an interdisciplinary creative digital research platform at Newcastle University. See more information on her work and projects.

Being Just to Animals: Hegel, Walter Benjamin and Deuteronomy.
7 February 2008

In association with Howard Caygill’s Contemporary Thought course on ‘Justice’, Andrew Benjamin gave a talk entitled ‘Being Just to Animals: Hegel, Walter Benjamin and Deuteronomy’.
Those attending were encouraged to read the following paper [pdfs]:
Particularity and Exceptions: On Jews and Animals
What if the Other were an Animal? Hegel on Jews, Animals and Disease

Andrew Benjamin is an Australian philosopher and Professor of Critical Theory at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Andrew Benjamin’s career began as a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Warwick, UK, where he was later Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Research in Philosophy and Literature at the same university. Andrew Benjamin has been Visiting Professor of Architectural Theory at Columbia University, New York, USA, and Visiting Critic at the Architectural Association in London, UK, and Professor of Critical Theory in the Centre and at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. Currently Visiting Professor at Goldsmiths’ Centre for Cultural Studies, Andrew Benjamin’s most recent book is ‘Style and Time. Essays on the Politics of Appearance’ (Northwestern University Press 2007).

Double Header: Michael Taussig on art and vision (fieldwork), Andrew Benjamin on Art and Abstraction (Mondrian). 6 February 2008
This seminar was exclusively for students and staff at the Centre for Cultural Studies.

Pierre Levy in conversation with Scott Lash and Robert Zimmer. 29 January 2008
Organised by the Graduate School, Goldsmiths.

Pierre Lévy is Professor in the Department of Communications at the University of Ottawa. He will be in conversation with Scott Lash, Professor of Cultural Studies, and Robert Zimmer, Professor of Computing. The evening will be an exciting and wide-ranging exploration of Professor Lévy’s ideas and their application across a range of fields.

Pierre Lévy is a philosopher who has devoted his professional life to the understanding of the cultural and cognitive impacts of the digital technologies and to promote their best social uses. His work is focused around the concept of collective intelligence and knowledge-based societies, and he is a world-leading thinker on “cyberculture”. His recent works focus on the development of an Information Economy Meta Language (IEML) based on semiotic concepts. IEML is designed to provide a semantic coordinate system for the addressing of concepts on the Internet.

Lévy is one of the major philosophers working on the implications of cyberspace and digital communications. As early as 1990 he published a book about the merge of digital networks and hypertextual communication. Lévy’s 1995 book, Qu’est-ce que le virtuel? (translated as Becoming Virtual: Reality in the Digital Age) develops philosopher Gilles Deleuze’s conception of “the virtual” as a dimension of reality that subsists with the actual but is irreducible to it.

Scott Lash is author of Sociology of Postmodernism, Another Modernity, A Different Rationality and Critique of Information. He is co-author of Global Culture Industry: the Mediation of Things, The End of Organized Capitalism, Economies of Signs and Spaces and Reflexive Modernization. His books have been translated into eleven languages. Lash is currently principal investigator for Risk Cultures in China: An Economic Sociology. He is currently working on a book on intensive culture and has been involved with Theory, Culture and Society for the past fifteen years.

Robert Zimmer has carried out research related to computing in relation to art and design. This involves: a return to thoughts of abstraction, connecting painting and computing; systems for reasoning about archiving contemporary art with Tate Modern; large-scale public artworks; a web-based artwork centred on brain function and development; systems for making interactive digital films with BT, Cambridge University, the BBC and others; and digital access to art and artefacts. He is currently writing a book on the Machine and Human Haptics for MIT Press.


Karma and Governmentality in Popular Indian ImageryProfessor Christopher Pinney Lessons From Hell: Karma and Governmentality in Popular Indian Imagery.13 December 2007

Synopsis: “Karni Bharni” images embody the importation of a Jain soteriology into mainstream Hinduism in the late nineteenth century. They depict punishments in hell for moral transgressions and eventually transmute, in the mid-twentieth century, into a parallel genre known as “Ideal Body” which visualise codes of citizenship. The lecture explored the powerful “underneath” of this world of punishment and its role as a visual mode of governmentality. Christopher Pinney is Visiting Crowe Professor, Department of Art History Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA. & Professor of Anthropology & Visual Culture, University College London. Organised by the Centre for Cultural Studies in collaboration with the Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths

Spectropia by Toni Dove. 10 December 2007

Spectropia, by writer/ director and responsive media artist Toni Dove, is both a feature film and an interactive performance. Dove was present to discuss the project and perform excepts from her “scratchable” movie. This sci-fi hybrid, in development for the last six years, features time travel, telepathy, elements of film noir and the supernatural. Utilizing gaming technology and experimental theater strategies, performers can interact with the narrative, using motion sensors to control the performance oftheir on-screen avatars. The audience were able to see through the character’s eyes, hear their interi or thoughts, navigate their way through space, and even talk with the characters. Anything can happen.
Toni Dove is an artist/independent producer who works primarily with electronic media, including virtual reality, interactive video installations, performance and DVD ROMs that engage viewers in responsive and immersive narrative environments. Her work has been presented in the United States, Europe and Canada as well as in print and on radio and television. http://www.tonidove.com. Download the flyer for this event [pdf].

CCS co-sponsored INTIMACY Across Visceral and Digital Performance (7 – 9 December 2007)

Tuesday’s CCS Film Night
It’s 150 years since the 1857 uprisings, 60 years since Independence (for Pakistan and India) and 40 years since Naxalbari (see, dialectics!)… In a kind of angular appreciation of these anniversaries, the film slot for CCS in Autumn term 2007 was a series of great Bengali films. We started with Satyajit Ray’s “The Chess Players”. Then Mrinal Sen’s “The Guerrilla Fighter. Followed by more Mrinal Sen, Some Ritwik Ghatak, films by Arparna Sen and one by Buddhadeb Dasgupta. Updates:

Wednesday 5 December 2007
A talk by Dr Nimish Biloria. Design Informatics
Download the poster for this event. [pdf]

The Weird (Saturday 1 December 2007)
The Uncanny and the Fantastic have been extensively theorised, but the Weird awaits conceptualisation. Following the success of the Weird Realism: Lovecraft and Theory symposium earlier this year, this event aimed to discover if a crisp definiton of the Weird can be produced. What makes an object Weird? What examples of the Weird can be found in fiction, film and science?
The event did not follow the format of the standard academic conference. In keeping with the format successfully adopted for the Weird Realism event, no papers were delivered. Some written materials were circulated in advance and the event was devoted to structured discussions led by participants.
Participants included:
China Miéville – acclaimed author of Perdido Street Station, The Scar, and other tales of the Weird Fantastic. Ray Brassier (Middlesex) – author of the forthcoming Nihil Unbound Benjamin Noys (Chichester) – author of The Culture of Death and Georges Bataille: A Critical Introduction Graham Harman (Cairo) – author of Tool Being and Guerilla Metaphysics.

Friday 23 November 2007 - A talk by Geert Lovink, Director of the Institute for Network Cultures, Amsterdam
Zero Comments: Blogging, the Nihilist Impulse
A Critique of Citizen Journalism
The dominant citizen journalism discourse presents itself as an empowering, all-inclusive movement. However, the vast majority of bloggers neither sees
itself as a political subject (‘citizen’) or has the ambition to become a journalist. The ‘citizen journalism’ meme was produced by a small vanguard of US-American bloggers (the so-called A-list), who, through their competitive knowledge of Internet applications found a way to intervene in
the already declining legitimacy of the Western news media. Instead of a radical critique of news manufacturing and public relations, most bloggers
used citizen journalism to create a niche market: how do I fit in?

In my theory of blogging, which recently came out as part of the book, Zero Comments (Routledge NY, 2007) I emphasize the massive, inward-looking, reflective aspect of diary keeping rather than the media related categories such as ‘truth’, ‘news’ or even ‘reporting’. Blogging in the post-9/11 period closed the gap between Internet and society. Whereas dot-com suits dreamt of mobs of customers flooding their e-commerce portals, blogs were actual catalysts that realized worldwide democratization of the Net. As much as democratization means ‘engaged citizens’, it also implies normalization (as in setting of norms) and banalization. We can’t separate these elements and only enjoy the interesting bits.

Each new blog adds to the fall of the media system that once dominated the twentieth century. What’s declining is the Belief in the Message; that’s the nihilist (nihil = zero) moment and blogs facilitate this culture like no platform has done before. Each new blog entry adds to the slow implosion of our centralized meaning structures. Blog software assists users in their crossing from Truth to Nothingness. The printed and broadcast message has lost its aura. News is consumed as a commodity with entertainment value. Instead of presenting blog entries as mere self promotion, we should interpret them as decadent artifacts that remotely dismantle the broadcast model without offering an alternative model, let alone subversive content.

Apart from my ‘nihilism’ thesis, as exemplified through the ‘shocklogs’ genre, I am working on a general theory of blogging together with the US-American scholar Jodi Dean. In this collaborative research we look into the subjectivity formation of blogging and how the software architecture, combined with the general post 9-11 climate, produces a certain kind of blog behaviour.

Geert Lovink is Director of the Institute for Network Cultures, Amsterdam. He is the author of, ‘Dark Fiber’ (2002), ‘Uncanny Networks’ (2002), ‘My First Recession’ (2003) and ‘Zero Comments’ (Routledge New York, 2007)

AHRC Training Workshop for CCS PhD Students: Jonathan Beller on The Cinematic Mode of Production, Goldsmiths Great Hall, Monday 12 November 2007

Around 500 people attended a free public lecture entitled:

Revisiting Postcolonialism’ with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Thursday 8 November 2007
We also hosted the launch of her new book.

Professor Spivak’s visit is hosted by the Centre for Cultural Studies, MA Postcolonialism, with generous support from the Department of Media and Communications, Department of Politics and the Graduate School.

Download the poster for this event. [pdf]

Lev Manovich: ‘After Effects, or Deep Remixability’
15 October 2007
This lecture presented an analysis of the new hybrid visual language of moving images that emerged during the period of 1993-1998 and which today dominates our visual culture. The lecture suggested that this new language can be understood with the help of the concept of remixabiity – if we use this concept in a new way. We can call the result deep remixability – for what gets remixed is not only of the content of different media, but their fundamental techniques, working methods, and modes of representation and expression. Lev Manovich analyzed how the new software-based methods of production adopted in the 1990s – specifically software such as After Effects – made this language possible.

Lev Manovich is an artist and writer. He is the author of ‘The Language of New Media’ and Professor at University of California San Diego and from 2007 on, Visiting Professor, Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths. A selection of his texts and projects may be found atwww.manovich.net

CCS special seminar: Tim Mangin. Tuesday 9 October 2007
Cosmopolitanism in Senegal: Jazz and Rap

This explored how Senegalese local popular culture thrives not in spite of transnational influences and processes, but as a result of them. Popular music scholars and social scientists have increasingly begun to study the impact of popular African diasporic musics in Africa such as jazz and Latin musics in West, South, and Central Africa. However, the meaning and role of black U.S. pop musics in identity formations in Francophone West Africa has received less attention. This paper addresses this problem by examining how Senegalese have used diasporic musics since the 1940s as one way to assert their modern cosmopolitan identities. Based on fieldwork conducted in Saint Louis and Dakar, Senegal, I explore how jazz and rap have become vitally cultural expressive practices for negotiating national and black identities.
Tim Mangin, a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology at Columbia University, studies transnationalism and cosmopolitanism in African diasporic popular musics and culture. His masters thesis explores collaborations between DJs, rappers, visual artists, dancers, and jazz musicians in underground hip hop clubs in New York City and his dissertation is an ethnography of *mbalax*, the popular music of Senegal.

Migrating University, 14-15 September 2007
In order to feed Goldsmiths people and enthusiasm into the No Borders Camp at Gatwick (19-24 Sept), we wanted to organise a workshop at Goldsmiths the weekend before, called Migrating University. It included a walk along the route of the Battle of Lewisham 1977 30th anniversary of the NF march in our area, and also other topics, debates, themes of relevance… The No Borders Camp at Gatwick was an ideal opportunity for Goldsmiths to rouse itself from sleepy London and show its solidarity with Britain’s new settlers, condemn the Governments asylum and detention practices, and expose the hypocrisy of having unregulated capital flow alongside racist fortress restrictions on people.

Graduate Student Conference: Theoretical Gymnastics
31 July 2007
This student conference was intended as an opportunity for Masters students in the fields broadly related to the study of ‘culture’ to have an occasion to share our own exciting research and writing, to hear other people’s research directions, and to give creative feedback and input.
Being in practice, keeping in shape but also being creative, looking good, hitting certain positions with flair, performing with grace and style – these are all things that make contemporary cultural scholarship a gymnastic enterprise.
The finest gymnast/researcher uses polymorphous sources without falling entirely apart; they oscillate between eclecticism and rigour. The acrobatics of the cultures we are all dedicated to pervade our own academic performances. Style then becomes not just a question of attitude but an integral part of our scholarly exercises. With this conference we probed notions such as creativity, interdisciplinarity and culture/creative industry by questioning towards ontological depth in these methods.
We invited postgraduate students from the fields of Cultural Studies, Media & Communication, Anthropology, Sociology to participate in a day of energetic academic athleticism. We oprganised multiple panels of three people, put together based on areas of similarity. Term papers are welcome, as are ‘chapters’ of dissertations – whatever work you have that you would like to share and get comment on. This was a good opportunity to cut our teeth, and learn the thrill of public speaking, among our fellow best-and-brightest here at Goldsmiths. Everyone was invited to attend, participate and discuss about the latest outcomes of cultural research at Goldsmiths.
Download the conference poster [Word doc]

MA in Interactive Media Degree Show
6 July – 8 July 2007, Goldsmiths
With open technology and interaction all the rage these days, what is virtual and what real? What do we make of our shrinking globe and its quickening pace? What of our interactions with each other, media, and art today? Addressing these questions and more was the degree show of Goldsmiths’ Interactive Media Masters students. Futuresque exhibits that spanned everything from sonic chambers to life-sized political video games, surveillance experiences to body magnets.

AHRC PhD Training Day
Urban Audiologies. 
2 July, 2007
Julian Henriques from Goldsmiths College spoke about sonics and movement. He is author of ‘Sonic Dominance and Reggae Sound System Sessions’, in M. Bull and L. Back (eds.), Auditory Culture, as well as various other essays and articles and has also made numerous TV and film documentaries, including Babymother for Film Four.
Michael Bull from Sussex University is the author of Sounding out the City: Personal Stereos and the Management of Everyday Life, The Auditory Culture Reader and most recently Mobilizing the Social: Sound Technology in Urban Experience. He has studied the mobile music revolution since the arrival of the Sony Walkman in the late 1970s and will be speaking about his latest research into ipod culture and the fashioning of sound.
Vivek Bald is a New York based filmmaker and music producer. His documentary Taxi-Vala chronicled the lives, experiences and political activism of South Asian immigrant taxi drivers in New York City. He also produces and performs music under the name Siraiki and is co-founder of the groundbreaking Mutiny club night. He showed his latest film Mutiny: Asians Storm British Music followed by a Q and A session, as well as talking about his forthcoming audio/visual projects.
Steve ‘Kode 9′ Goodman is Lecturer in Media Production at the University of East London and member of the autonomous research collective, the Ccru (Cybernetic Culture Research Unit). He also dj’s on London pirate radio and internationally under a number of guises. His research interests include Cybernetic Culture, Sonic Culture, Diasporic futurisms, and he presented from his new book Sonic Warfare.

2007 AHRC PhD Training Day. Wednesday. Biopower and the Genealogy of Modern Architecture. Wednesday, 27 June 2007
Sven-Olov Wallenstein is a Swedish philosopher who has written several books on philosophy, aesthetics and architecture and is the translator of Deleuze, Derrida, Agamben, Hegel, Kant, Ranciere and others. He is a professor at Södertörns University and a researcher at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, as well as the head editor of Site Magazine. A collection of his writings, essays and lectures has just been published by Axl Books.
Eyal Weizman is the head of Research Architecture at Goldsmiths. His current research is into the relationship between war and architecture in Palestine/Israel and his latest book, Hollow Land, will be published by Verso in June.
This was a Centre for Cultural Studies’ AHRC funded training day for CCS PhD students.

CCS Summer Party. 27 June 2007 
CCS students, staff and colleagues met at Blackfriars Wine Bar, Blackfriars Road, London SE1. See photos from the party.

Discussion of “Anti-Semitism and the Civil Sphere” with Professor Jeffrey Alexander (Yale) and Professor Scott Lash (Centre for Cultural Studies’ Director). 25 June 2007
The discussion was based on sections from Jeffrey Alexander’s book: The Civil Sphere (2003).

Method Matters: The New Organicism/The New Empiricism. 7 June 2007
Workshop-Seminar with Patricia Clough
Patricia Ticineto Clough is Professor of Sociology and Women Studies at Queens College and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her most recent publications are Autoaffection: Unconscious Thought in the Age of Teletechnology Minnesota University Press 2000 and an edited collection titled The Affective Turn: Theorizing the Social forthcoming from Duke University Press 2007.

Violence and Legitimacy. 9 May 2007.
Professor Andrew Benjamin
Professor Benjamin presented from work-in-progress on Violence and Legitimacy. His paper considers the fascination of violence and the manner in which it exerts a hold and commands notice despite its apparent warrant of revulsion. This fascination operates aesthetically across a range of media such that any easily formed distinction between art practices and journalism soon vanishes. Once removed from mere presentation violence oscillates between judgment and legitimation. The word’s ease of use does not belie the problem of definition. And yet, its definition is all too easily assumed. If assumptions, rather than being given centrality are deferred, then it may be possible to approach the violent by beginning with the complex interplay between fascination, judgment and legitimation.
Andrew Benjamin is Visiting Professor at Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths. He is currently Associate Dean of Research in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Technology Sydney and Professor of Critical Theory at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Previously he has taught at Warwick University’s Centre for Research in Philosophy and Literature.

Contemporary Marxist Thought. 30 April 2007.
Professor Geoff Gilbert: “The Meaning of Contemporary Realism: The Amortissement of Idiom in Daewoo,”
Felton Shortall, author of The Incomplete Marx, on “The Structure of Marx’s Capital.”
Professor Gilbert will be addressing Georg Lukács’ work on literature, and will be considering it as “the last sustained attempt to energise the category of literary realism’ as both concept and project.” Through a critical appraisal of Lukács’ concern with the inauthenticity of reification and its possible supersession via a ‘realist’ critique, Professor Gilbert will be looking at a contemporary social realist novel (François Bon’s Daewoo, 2004), and will be considering the resources that modern literature presents to us as a means for conducting a critique of contemporary capitalism.
Felton Shortall’s The Incomplete Marx (1994) charted the development of Marx’s thought through a close consideration of his writings in order to illuminate his unfinished final work, Capital. Claiming that Marx provisionally closed off a full discussion of class struggle in Capital in order to describe the capitalist economy as a stable whole, Shortall argued that an account of the disruptive effects of this struggle upon value should be interpolated into the texts. His talk on the structure of Marx’s most famous and influential work will reprise these claims in the light of his subsequent research, and will indicate the extent to which Capital points beyond itself to a conclusion that its author did not live to complete.

Undercover Softness: Politics and Architecture of Decay. 9 May 2007.
Undercover Softness event poster [pdf 130K]
An intensive seminar with philosopher and freelance writer Reza Negarestani (Iran) 2-5pm, Room DTH109

This is the first in a new seminar series – Architectures of Abstraction – at the Centre for Cultural Studies, convened by Dr Luciana Parisi, Susan Schuppli (PhD candidate) Jeol McKim (PhD candidate). This will be an intensive seminar with limited attendance.

Weird Realism: Lovecraft and Theory. 26 April 2007.
The Centre for Cultural Studies hosted a unique one-day symposium dedicated to exploring H. P. Lovecraft’s relationship to Theory. The event did not follow the ordinary format of the academic conference. Some written materials were circulated beforehand, but there were no papers delivered on the day. Instead, there was structured discussions based on five of Lovecraft’s stories: ‘Call of Cthulhu’, ‘The Shadow over Innsmouth’, ‘The Dunwich Horror’, ‘The Shadow out of Time’, ‘Through the Gates of the Silver Key’.
Participants included: Benjamin Noys (Chichester) – author of The Culture of Death and Georges Bataille: A Critical Introduction; Graham Harman (Cairo) – author of Tool-Being and Guerilla Metaphysics. (Graham says that a philosophy should be judged on what it can tell us about Lovecraft); China Miéville – acclaimed author of Perdido Street Station, The Scar, and other tales of the Fantastic.; Luciana Parisi (Goldsmiths) – author of Abstract Sex: Philosophy, Biotechnology and the Mutations of Desire; Steve ‘Kode9’ Goodman (UEA) – author of the forthcoming Sonic Warfare; Justin Woodman (Goldsmiths) – expert on the Chaos Magick appropriation of Lovecraft’s mythos; James Kneale (UCL) – author of ‘From Beyond: H. P. Lovecraft and the Place of Horror’; Mark Fisher (Goldsmiths) – k-punk weblog; Dominic Fox – Poetix weblog.

McKenzie Wark on Gamer Theory. 20 March 2007.
McKenzie Wark, of Eugene Lang College and New School for Social Research, New York, and author of ‘A Hacker Manifesto’, (Harvard University Press, 2005) presented ongoing work form his forthcoming book, ‘Gamer Theory’. A novel set of proposals for a critical theory of games, and an exploration of games as allegories for the world, Gamer Theory is also a new way of thinking the relationship between printed text and the word on the web.

Cities Out Of Control? 13 March 2007.
“Cities out of Control?” brought together two leading world thinkers on contemporary highly complex cities: Wang Xiaoming (Professor of Cultural Studies and Director of the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, Shanghai University): “From Architecture to Advertising: The new Urban Space of Shanghai”; and, John Urry (Professor of Sociology and Director of Centre for Mobilities Research, Lancaster University): “Cars, Cities, Climate and Complex Futures”. Tuesday

Comrade GauravNepalese Revolutionary Leader. 12 March 2007
Chandra Prakash Gajurel (Comrade Gaurav), a senior Politburo Member of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), and Head of the CPN (M)’s ‘International Command’, recently released from an Indian prison after three years without trial, spoke at Goldsmiths. This event added to our growing interest in issues relevant to the history and development of struggles against imperialism.

Market, Economics, Culture and Performativity, 6 March 2007.
This one-day conference continued themes discussed at a 2005 Goldsmiths event, Markets, Art & Money, featuring Professors Harrison White and Donald MacKenzie.

Professor Marshall Berman
The author of All that’s Solid melts into Air’ and ‘On the Town: One Hundred Years of Spectacle in Times Square’ spoke at the CCS on 1 March 2007

Animality and Subjectivity.
Seminar with Andrew Benjamin, Visiting Professor at the Centre for Cultural Studies. Professor Benjamin will discuss a paper titled ‘And if the Other Were an Animal? Hegel on Jews, Animals and Disease’, 26 January 2007, Goldsmiths.

Spatial DramaturgiesJohann Wolfgang, Goethe University in Frankfurt, 12-14 February 2007
A collaborative event bringing together researchers from Centre from Cultural Studies (Goldsmiths) and the Institute for Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnography (Goethe University)

Particularity and Exception: On Jews and Animals.
A talk by Andrew Benjamin, Visiting Professor at the Centre for Cultural Studies Thursday, 25 January 2007, Goldsmiths.
Professor Benjamin’s paper explored differing economies of animality relative to conceptions of the human and engages with Giorgio Agamben’s recent consideration of “anthropological machines” and “bare life” in The Open: Man and Animal, seeking beyond utopian responses to the production of the non-human in the human and the suspension of law authorized in its name, an understanding of alterity liked to the porous and continuously renegotiated relations between the animal and human animality.

Professor Benjamin currently teaches at the University of Technology Sydney and Monash University, Melbourne and previously at Warwick University’s Centre for Research in Philosophy and Literature.

The Liturgy of Things: New Rituals for a Participatory Culture
A talk by Charlie Gere (Reader in New Media Research, University of Lancaster). Thursday, 18 January 2007, Goldsmiths.


Why Mao? Why Now? A Mao workshop
1 December 2006, Goldsmiths Cinema

A Leibniz Affair
A symposium on readings of the philosophy of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. Friday 24 November 2006, Goldsmiths.

Dis-Orient X
A party to discuss, and dance, about the new world disorder. Speakers – Sonia from ADFED, Anamik Saha of Goldsmiths, Sanjay Sharma, and Aki Nawaz showed the new Fun-da-mental video, with panel discussion. Friday 17 November 2006, Goldsmiths.

The Elasticity of the Almost - Dr Erin Manning
This event explored how movement takes form. The suggestion that movement does not have a form in itself but emerges ontogenetically as a taking form through an elastic point – inflection. This taking-form defies the gravitational pull of simple displacement, bringing to the movement a capacity to be more-than. This more-than of movement actively creates a becoming-body. This becoming-body is form in its passing. Monday 13 November 2006, Goldsmiths.

The Indian Queer, Media and the Arts - Professor Sumanyu Satpath (Delhi University)
This event examined media coverage of the vexed subject of same-sex love in India by way of responding to specific news-worthy events such as sex-related murders, harassment, films, and even suicides, elopements and murders. 3 November 2006, Goldsmiths

Samarendra Das. CCS presents a feature length documentary by Samarendra Das on the Adivasi and Dalit resistance to Alcan in Orissa, India. October, 2006, Goldsmiths Cinema.

Science Studies and Cultural Studies: Ideas from Latour, Stengers and other ‘radical empiricists’ - Stephen Muecke
a guest lecture by Professor Stephen Muecke, University of Technology, Sydney, October 2006

Between J-P Proudhon and Henry George: Liberal Socialism and the Future of China. A seminar with Professor CUI Zhiyuan, of the Centre for China Study, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, October 2006

Failing Better: The Greatest MA Student Conference on Earth! - August 2006
A joint CCS and CUCR conference for MA students in Culture, Globalisation and the City, Cultural Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Anthropology and Cultural Politics, and Sociology. This student conference was intended as an opportunity for Masters students in the fields broadly related to the study of ‘culture’ to have an occasion to share our own exciting research and writing, to hear other people’s research directions, and to give creative feedback and input.

MA in Interactive Media showJuly 2006.
The 2006 show, including launch party, took place at Goldsmiths. Find out more www.feelshow.co.uk

David Bennett - CCS presented A TALK by David Bennett entitled ‘Libidinal Economy and the Prostitute as Prototypical Consumer’, July 2006.

Why western theorization of television is inadequate for understanding the non-West’s encounter with the television apparatus: Abhijit Roy, Head of Film Studies at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India gave a talk in June 2006.

Cultural Fictions: June 2006, CCS hosted a postgraduate workshop, supported by the AHRC, on the significance of science fiction for disciplines and practices associated with cultural studies. Main speakers included Greg Tate, journalist, cultural critic and filmmaker, Roger Luckhurst, Birkbeck College; and Anthony Joseph, poet, musician, novelist and lecturer.

Sailing Through Colour - May, 2006 – Michael Taussig gave a ‘color-reading’ of Malinowski’s Argonauts of the Western Pacific, understanding colour as a living force taking you into the object of study. This is part of a book he is working on called “What is the Color of the Sacred?”

Composing Emergent Sound Art Using Simple Genetic Algorithms, internationally acclaimed sound artist, Kim Cascone, gave a talk on 26 April 2006.


Markets: Art and Money: Professor Donald McKenzie (Edinburgh) and Professor Harrison White (Columbia), spoke on 6 December 2005.

Materiality and Representation: A talk by Professor Jeffrey Alexander of Yale University, with Dr Luciana Parisi (Goldsmiths). Held on 1 December 2005.

Performance and Power: A talk by Professor Jeffrey Alexander of Yale University, with Professor Klaus Peter Koepping and Dr Vikki Bell (Goldsmiths). Held on 29 November 2005.

Shoot to Kill: A discussion with Ziauddin Sardar (academic, TV presenter), and Arun Kundnani (Institute of Race Relations) on race, war and policing in London post July 7. Held on 11 October 2005.

Public Space in the Media City, a talk by Scott McQuire, University of Melborne, held on 19 September 2005.

Cultural Fictions, A Centre for Cultural Studies/AHRB Workshop on the relations between science fiction and cultural studies, held on 24 June 2005. Speakers were Steven Shaviro, Keith Piper and Kodwo Eshun.

The Theory of Ch’i and Poetry, a lecture by His Holiness Grandmaster Thomas Lin Yun, held on 23 June 2005.

Neuroaesthetics, a two day conference held in May 2005, guest speakers included Paul Bachy-Rita, Diedrich Diedrichsen, Olafur Eliasson, Joseph Kosuth, Sarat Maharaj, Brian Massumi, Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky, Marcos Novak, Barbara Maria Stafford.

Goethe and Nature, a workshop with Michael Taussig and Henri Bortoft held on 10 May 2005.

Creative Evolution, a two day conference held in February 2005, guest speakers included Manuel Delanda, Rem Koolhaus, Luc Steels, Lucy Suchman.


‘Addressing Media. Who? Where?’, a lecture by W.J.T. Mitchell, hosted by the Centre for Cultural Studies in November 2004.

Videobrasil, Solange Farkas, curator of Videobrasil International Electronic Art Festival, gave a presentation in October 2004

MA in Interactive Media Final Show, Summer 2004.

Mapping Intensities, a one day conference on unstable architecture/unstable art. Guest speakers included Stefano Boeri. Held on 4 June 2004.

Globalization: Cartographies of Power, a one day conference held in October 2003, guest speakers included Stuart Hall and Chantal Mouffe.

Antimonuments and Subsculptures, Rafael Lozano Hemmer gave a talk on 13 March 2006.


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