I received an email just now from Scott Hamilton, who has been writing a doctoral thesis on Althusser and E.P. Thompson. He has written a very interesting review of the latest Althusser volume, where he discusses not only the contexts of Althusser’s interventions but also the contexts of its reading, especially its effects in New Zealand.
I haven’t had the chance to read it properly yet but thought I’d share it with you all. Please feel free to post comments on it either here or at Scott’s blog.
Call For Papers
I should have posted this a while ago. Better late than never …
Rethinking Marxism 2006
Thursday, October 26th through Saturday, October 28th 2006.
Rethinking Marxism: A Journal of Economics, Culture & Society is pleased to announce its 6th major international conference, to be held at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst on October 26-28, 2006. The conference is entitled Rethinking Marxism 2006.
Rethinking Marxism’s 5 previous international conferences have each attracted between 750 and 1200 participants, and they have included keynote addresses and plenary sessions, formal papers, workshops, art exhibitions, video presentations, activist sessions, and performances. Versions of all of these events are planned for Rethinking Marxism 2006.
FOR MORE INFO GO TO THE FOLLOWING LINK
A CFP from Elise Thoburn for a Canadian postgrad conference on identity politics
CALL FOR PAPERS: PLEASE DISTRIBUTE WILDLY
Illusions of Identity: resisting (beyond) identity politics An interdisciplinary graduate conference hosted by the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism, University of Western Ontario, Canada
October 14-15, 2006
With the limits of contemporary leftist social movements becoming increasingly apparent, and in the face of advanced capitalism’s relentless appropriation of revolutionary discourses and the rise of the moral right in North America, we feel an urgent need to contribute to the ongoing efforts to rethink identity politics. We imagine this conference as an opportunity to work through and disseminate new frameworks for thinking social movement and resistance. As such, we intend to bring together students and activists whose works traverse disciplinary boundaries in an attempt to articulate some of the possibilities and pitfalls of identity categories (gender, race, nationality, class, sexuality, ability, etc.). Coming from the point of view that the much-contested division between theory and activism is a false one, our aim is that this conference will constitute a site for the proliferation of new conceptual frameworks that will be taken up, and hopefully transformed, by our fellow activists and academics.
We are seeking papers and panels troubling, re-articulating, and creating theoretical frameworks addressing identity politics in areas including, but not limited to:
- feminist theory;
- queer stuff;
- trans/figurations of identity;
- the appropriation and containment of resistance;
- global strategies and local tactics;
- nationalisms and national identities
- race and the racialization of identity categories;
- thinking coalition-building and other political maneuvers;
- capitalism and identity;
- ‘old’ thinkers, ‘new’ readings;
- critiques of capitalism;
- the politics of theoretical practice;
- trans/gressions, incoherences, destabilizations;
- identities and legalities
- law as constraint/law as possibility
- (dis)abilities and identities
- the politics of citizenship
- First Nations and the nation-state
- indigenous identities
Please send abstracts of 250-300 words by August 15, 2006 to: email@example.com (Please include your academic or activist affiliation in your proposal.)
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Yours truly, Conference organizers
Got a nice email just now from Jason Netherton of Misery Index, who has checked out this blog. If you get a chance to check them out on tour for their new album make sure you do! He also directed me to his blog: http://demockery.org/
Rowan Wilson sent the following email today:
NEW TITLE FROM VERSO:
Philosophy of the Encounter Later Writings, 1978-1987
Edited by François Matheron
Translated and introduced by G.M. Goshgarian
“Althusser traversed so many lives—so many personal, historical, philosophical and political adventures; marked, inflected, influenced so many discourses, actions and existences by the radiant and provocative force of his thought—that the most diverse and contradictory accounts could never exhaust their source.” — Jacques Derrida
In the late 1970s and 1980s, Louis Althusser endured a period of intense mental instability during which he murdered his wife and was committed to a psychiatric hospital. Spanning this deeply troubling period, this fourth and final volume of political and philosophical writings reveals Althusser wrestling in a creative and unorthodox fashion with a whole series of theoretical problems to produce some of his very finest work. In his profound exploration of questions of determinism and contingency, Althusser developed a “philosophy of the encounter,” which he links to a hidden and subterranean tradition in the history of Western thought which stretches from Epicurus through Spinoza and Machiavelli to Marx, Derrida and Heidegger.
Louis Althusser taught political philosophy for many years at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, and was a leading intellectual in the French Communist Party. Many major figures studied with him, including Derrida and Foucault, and his work marked a new beginning for post-war political philosophy. His books include Reading Capital (with Etienne Balibar), For Marx, Machiavelli and Us and The Humanist Controversy and Other Writings.
Publication: June 5th 2006 Paperback 1-84467-553-X Price: £16.99 / $27 / $38CAN Hardback 1-84467-069-4 Price: £50/ $90/ $125CAN
VOLUME 4 NUMBER 3, 2005
:: Gandhi, Nonviolence & Modernity :: Editors: John Docker & Debjani Ganguly
INTRODUCTION by John Docker. ESSAYS by Frances Peters Little, John Maynard, Rhonda Y. Williams, Brian Martin, Sean Scalmer, Leela Gandhi, Debjani Ganguly, & John Docker. REVIEWS by Ernesto Verdeja, Daniel McLoughlin, Andrew Jakubowicz, & Jacinta O’Hagan.
This issue is the last under the old editorial board of Anthony Burke and myself. From the next issue (5:1) the editorial board will consist of Jane Mummery, Catriona Elder, Bruce Buchan, & Lorenzo Veracini. Anthony Burke will continue in the role of publisher and I will assume a new (supporting) role of Associate Editor.
A copy of Philosophy of the Encounter arrived in my letterbox yesterday, courtesy of Rowan Wilson in Verso’s publicity department. Angela Mitropoulos (owner of the archive: s0metim3s blog) and myself plan to review this volume for a forthcoming issue of borderlands e-journal. The official release date of the book is June 5, 2006.
I received the following announcement today from Samuel Chambers via the Post-Structuralism and Radical Politics Group of the PSA:
A Politics of Contingency: Critical Assessments of the Political Theory of Judith Butler
The Department of Politics and International Relations at Swansea University is pleased to announce a one day international conference on the political theory of Judith Butler. The conference will be held at Swansea University on 12 May. The conference will bring together political theorists in a forum designed to engage with the political thought of Butler, a thinker famous for her contributions to feminism and queer theory but whose contributions to thinking the political have been less well-explored. Speakers will include Dr. Moya Lloyd, Professor Diana Coole, Professor Terrell Carver, Dr. Lisa Disch, and Dr. Samuel A. Chambers.
You can access and/or download the flyer for the conference through this link.
The conference is free and all are welcome.
IMMATERIAL LABOUR, MULTITUDES AND NEW SOCIAL SUBJECTS: CLASS COMPOSITION IN COGNITIVE CAPITALISM
To be held on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April 2006 in the Keynes Hall, King’s College, University of Cambridge, with additional events in other venues on Friday 28th April.