Time, Politics and Becoming

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Event Date: 26 May 2011
Room S274/275
Stewart House
32 Russell Square
London, WC1B 5DN

Time, Politics and Becoming:

A One-Day Conference on William E. Connolly’s A World of Becoming

 

One of the leading voices in political theory today, for over three decades William E. Connolly has systematically brought the critical insights of Nietzsche and Foucault, Bergson and Deleuze, complexity theory, radical neuroscience, and more to bear on questions of individual and collective identity, the role of faith in public political life, the problematic nature of territorial sovereignty in a globalized age, the changing nature of transnational capitalism, and the micropolitics of affective experience. A World of Becoming (Duke University Press, 2011) is onnolly’s most recent contribution to the development of a pluralist politics and ethics appropriate to a world composed of open and complex systems, existing on different temporal egisters and interacting in ways that can engender profound but sometimes unpredictable changes. This conference will interrogate this book and Connolly’s thought more generally from the perspectives of geography, philosophy, critical legal studies, international relations, andpolitical theory.

William E. Connolly is Krieger-Eisenhower Professor in the Department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University. His The Terms of Political Discourse (1974) received the biennial Lippincott Award in 1999 for the “best book in political theory still influential fifteen or more years after publication.” He is also author of Identity\Difference: Democratic Negotiations of Political Paradox (1991), The Augustinian Imperative: A Reflection on the Politics of Morality (1993), The Ethos ofPluralization (1995), Why I am not a Secularist (1999), Neuropolitics: Thinking, Culture, Speed (2002), Pluralism (2005), and Capitalism and Christianity: American Style (2008).

This event is organized by the Contemporary Political Theory Reading Group (CPTRG) at Royal Holloway, University of London and the Department of Politics, University of Exeter, with the support of Royal Holloway’s Humanities and Arts Research Centre (HARC) and Faculty of History and Social Sciences.

PROGRAMME

OPENING REMARKS: Nathan Widder.

PANEL I: Agency and Master

Clayton Chin - Connolly’s Questions: Ontology, Mastery, and Becoming.
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Kimberly HutchingsAgainst Geist: Hegel, Feminism and Expressive Sovereignty
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Rory RowanA Political Cosmology?: The world beyond the ‘long line of death
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Chair: Jane Bennett

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PANEL II: The Ethical Sensibility of William E. Connolly

Terrell CarverEvil Eye for the Nice Guy (AUDIO HERE)

Victoria RidlerThe Torsion of Meaning: exploring the forces impelling us to cultivate sensibility in the work of William Connolly (AUDIO HERE)

Chair: Dario Castiglione

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PANEL III: Immanence, Transcendence, Becoming

Robin Dunford - Immanence and Transcendence: A Matter of Faith?
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Stuart EldenOf: Becoming-World (AUDIO HERE)

Craig Lundy – The Movement and Rest in William E. Connolly’s Conception of Becoming
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Chair: Nathan Widder

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CLOSING ADDERSS

William E. ConnollyTwo Images of Becoming: Whitehead, Nietzsche, and Cosmopolitics
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Media, New Media, Post-Media: What is German Philosophy of Media?

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Event Date: 26 May 2011
Institute of Contemporary Arts
The Mall
London SW1Y 5AH

The Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) presents

Media, New Media, Post-Media:
What is German Philosophy of Media?


Introduction by Professor Peter Osborne (Kingston).

Professor Boris Groys (New York University)

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Professor Lorenz Engell (IKKM, Bauhaus University Weimar)

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Professor Bernhard Siegert (IKKM, Bauhaus University Weimar)

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response: Professor Eric Alliez (Kingston)

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Chair: Professor Peter Osborne (Kingston)

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Mark Nuttall – Maps to resources: energy, environment and Canada’s Northern Strategy

in Academic Service - Archive by on May 26th, 2011

Event Date: 26 May 2011
Room G3, 11
Bedford Square
London, WC1B E

 

The Humanities and Arts Research Centre at Royal Holloway University of London presents:

Professor Mark Nuttall (University of Alberta, Canada) – Maps to resources: energy, environment and Canada’s Northern Strategy

Mark Nuttall, PhD, holds the Henry Marshall Tory Chair in the Department of Anthropology. He joined the University of Alberta in 2003 from the University of Aberdeen, where he held a Personal Chair in Social Anthropology. He also holds a visiting position as Academy of Finland Distinguished Professor at the University of Oulu. His work in the Arctic, North Atlantic and western and northern Canada is concerned with environmental change and resource use issues in rural and coastal communities; large-scale industrial development; depopulation and migration; climate change impacts on indigenous peoples and their livelihoods; and the human dimensions of global environmental and sustainability issues. He has worked extensively in Greenland, Alaska, Canada and Scotland, and is beginning new research and fieldwork in northern Finland in the summer of 2007. He has also recently begun to develop research on the geopolitical anthropology of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.

Nuttall is author and editor of several books, including Arctic Homeland: Kinship, Community and Development in northwest Greenland; White Settlers: The Impact of Rural Repopulation in Scotland; Protecting the Arctic: Indigenous Peoples and Cultural Survival; and The Arctic: Environment, People, Policy. He is also editor of the internationally acclaimed three-volume Encyclopedia of the Arctic (Routledge, 2005). His latest book projects are on indigenous peoples and oil and gas development, and the anthropology and political ecology of global change.

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Talking Books – Absent Minds: Intellectuals in Britain

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Event Date: 26 May 2011
Room B35, Birkbeck Main Building
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

 

Talking Books – Absent Minds: Intellectuals in Britain

This is the first in a series of public debates and conversations in 2011 about academic books of major importance. This event will revolve around Stefan Collini’s book Absent Minds: Intellectuals in Britain. On its publication in 2006, the book attracted extensive comment for its analysis of the concept of the intellectual and its exploration of the traditional claim that ‘real’ intellectuals have not existed in Britain (or, more often, England). For this event, four younger scholars from various disciplines will reflect on the significance of the book and its bearing on their own work. In conversation with the author they will move beyond the immediate reception of the book and consider its subject-matter in a series of longer perspectives.

Speakers to include:

  • Stefan Collini (Cambridge)
  • Matthew Beaumont (English, UCL)
  • Joel Isaac (History QMUL)
  • Clarisse Berthezène (Institut Charles V, Université Paris)
  • Jonathan Derbyshire (New Statesman)
  • Joanna Bourke (Birkbeck) Chair

Matthew Beaumont is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at UCL, where he has recently set up a City Centre. He is the author of Utopia Ltd. (2005) and the co-author, with Terry Eagleton, of The Task of the Critic: Terry Eagleton in Dialogue (2009). In addition, he is the editor of Adventures in Realism (2007) and the co-editor of Restless Cities (2010).

Joel Isaac is Lecturer in History at Queen Mary, University of London. He also currently holds the Balzan-Skinner Lectureship in Modern Intellectual History at the University of Cambridge (Spring 2011). His research focuses on the history of philosophy and the social sciences in the United States.

Jonathan Derbyshire is Culture Editor of the New Statesman. His literary journalism has also appeared in the Financial Times, the Guardian, Prospect and the Times Literary Supplement.

Clarisse Berthezène is a Lecturer (“maître de conférences”) at the University of Paris Diderot. She is the author of Les conservateurs britanniques dans la bataille des idées. Ashridge College, premier think tank conservateur (Presses de sciences po, 2011) and a number of articles on British Conservatism, notably « Creating Conservative Fabians : the Conservative Party, Political Education and the Founding of Ashridge College, 1929-1931 », Past & Present, 182, February 2004, pp. 211-240. Her new book Training Minds for the War of Ideas. The cultural and intellectual politics of Conservatism in the interwar years will be coming out with Manchester University Press.

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Introduction by Joanna Bourke.

Order of Speakers:

Stefan Collini

Matthew Beaumont

Joel Isaac

Clarisse Berthezène

Jonathan Derbyshire

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Roundtable Discussion on ‘Dawn of the Dead’

in Academic Service - Archive by on May 26th, 2011

Event Date: 26 May 2011
Birkbeck Cinema 43
Gordon Sq
London WC1


Birkbeck Arts Week

23 – 28 May 2011

 

This year’s Arts Week includes events from across the five academic departments within Birkbeck’s School of Arts with lectures, workshops, conferences and film screenings in different locations. While the majority of our activities will be in the School at 43 Gordon Square, there will also be events in Waterstones, the National Portrait Gallery, Drill Hall, Wigmore Hall and our Stratford campus.

Discussion of Film: ‘Dawn of the Dead’ (George A. Romero, 1978)

The above is part 1 of the film ‘Dawn of the Dead’ (George A. Romero, 1978).  All other parts (2-10) are also available on youtube.


The film will be introduced by Dr Amber Jacobs (Psychosocial Studies) and followed with a panel and audience discussion with Mark Fisher (Cultural Studies and Music Culture, Goldsmiths) Gordon Hon (Artist and Lecturer in Visual Culture, Winchester School of Art), Paul Myerscough (Senior Editor at the London Review of Books) Dr Catherine Grant (Senior Lecturer in Film from Sussex University). This event is part of the ‘Intrusions: Vampires, Strangers and Monstrous Others’ series convened by the Urban Studies group of the Raphael Samuel History Centre.

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Ed van Hinte and Steve Broome – Scarcity and Consumption

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Event Date: 25 May 2011

University of Westminster

Cayley Theatre

Marylebone Campus

35 Marylebone Road

London NW1 5LS

SCARCITY EXCHANGES

 

A series of exchanges on and around the topic of Scarcity, bringing together the leading thinkers in the field to expound on one of the most pressing, but often avoided, issues of the day.

Scarcity Exchanges brings together some extraordinary speakers around a single, and very pressing, issue. That resources are diminishing is a commonplace, but scarcity is about much more than the destruction of our natural resource base: it is a socially and economically constructed condition that affects us all, and will increasingly do so. If the 2000s was the decade of false abundance, then the 2010s will likely be defined through scarcity. This series of exchanges will open up the discussion as to what scarcity might mean, and its social, economic, and environmental implications.

Ed van Hinte and Steve Broome – Scarcity and Consumption

Ed van Hinte is founder and chair of the pioneering Lightness Studios, a grouping of designers and thinkers who research and practice in the field of lightweight structures and products. He is author of numerous books including Lightness. Steve Broome is Director of Research at the RSA, having previously worked on a London New Deal for Communities programme, where he led evaluation and strategy, community safety and community development programmes. He has led the RSA’s Connected Communities programme.

Introduction by Dr. Ann Thorpe (Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL)

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Steve Broome (AUDIO HERE)

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Scarcity Exchanges are part of a wider research project, Scarcity and Creativity in the Built Environment, led by Jeremy Till at the University of Westminster, with partners at the Oslo School of Architecture and TU Vienna. The project is funded by HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area). For details of the project and Scarcity Exchanges visit scibe.eu

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Theatre Conversation – Image, Text, Theatre: Contemporary Performance and its Sources

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Event Date: 24 May 2011
Room 255 Birkbeck College
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

 

Birkbeck Arts Week

23 – 28 May 2011

 

This year’s Arts Week includes events from across the five academic departments within Birkbeck’s School of Arts with lectures, workshops, conferences and film screenings in different locations. While the majority of our activities will be in the School at 43 Gordon Square, there will also be events in Waterstones, the National Portrait Gallery, Drill Hall, Wigmore Hall and our Stratford campus.

Theatre Conversation – Image, Text, Theatre: Contemporary Performance and its Sources

This round table discussion gathers together a range of theatre artists to discuss the use of source material from literary and visual cultures as the basis for developing new work. Participating artists include Martin Lewton (writer/performer) and Andrew McKinnon (director/dramaturg), who will discuss Theatre North’s current project, a site-specific version of BILLY BUDD SAILOR that explores and exploits codes and hidden messages in Melville’s novella of mutiny and male desire. BILLY BUDD SAILOR is staged as part of this year’s Brighton Fringe Festival, 8-29 May 2011.

Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre’s ongoing series of Theatre Conversations is designed to facilitate dialogue between theatre makers, critics, scholars and audience members.

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Michael Rosen – Poetry as Performance; performance as Poetry

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Event Date: 23 May 2011
Room 321 Birkbeck Main Building
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

Birkbeck Arts Week

23 – 28 May 2011

 

This year’s Arts Week includes events from across the five academic departments within Birkbeck’s School of Arts with lectures, workshops, conferences and film screenings in different locations. While the majority of our activities will be in the School at 43 Gordon Square, there will also be events in Waterstones, the National Portrait Gallery, Drill Hall, Wigmore Hall and our Stratford campus.

Michael Rosen - Poetry as Performance; performance as Poetry

Michael Rosen reads, performs and answers questions about his poetry:

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Michael Hatt – England arise! Carpenter, Ashbee and the Visual Culture of Song in Late-Nineteenth-Century England

in Academic Service - Archive by on May 23rd, 2011

Event Date: 23 May 2011
Birkbeck Cinema
43 Gordon Sq
London WC1

 

Birkbeck Arts Week

23 – 28 May 2011

 

This year’s Arts Week includes events from across the five academic departments within Birkbeck’s School of Arts with lectures, workshops, conferences and film screenings in different locations. While the majority of our activities will be in the School at 43 Gordon Square, there will also be events in Waterstones, the National Portrait Gallery, Drill Hall, Wigmore Hall and our Stratford campus.

Professor Michael Hatt (Warwick) – England arise! Carpenter, Ashbee and the Visual Culture of Song in Late-Nineteenth-Century England

The talk will explore the relationship of art, music and sexuality in two different versions of Socialism: Edward Carpenter’s maverick Utopianism in the industrial North and Charles Robert Ashbee’s guild socialism in the Cotswolds.

Michael Hatt studied for his BA and his PhD at Birkbeck and is now Professor of History of Art at the University of Warwick. This talk is part of a larger project about homosexuality, politics and the visual imagination in late-nineteenth-century England.

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Rhetorics of Pain: Historical Reflections

in Academic Service - Archive by on May 21st, 2011

Event date: 21 May 2011
Room B33 Birkbeck
University of London
Malet Street, Bloomsbury
London WC1E 7HX

 

The Birkbeck Pain Project & Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities present:

Rhetorics of Pain: Historical Reflections

Pain is one of the most influential forces in history. An examination of its many transformations over time provides unique insights into everyday life. This workshop seeks to explore the complex phenomenon of pain from the eighteenth century to the 1960s. We are interested in exploring the biomedical, neurological, psychological, cognitive, and sensory aspects of pain as well as the relationship between bodily sensation and cultural understanding.

Programme:

Professor Joanna Bourke (Chair, Birkbeck College)
Rhetorics of Pain: Historical Reflections .

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Professor Sander Gilman (Emory University)
Seeing Pain
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Dr Anna Carden-Coyne (University of Manchester) 
Cultures of Pain: The Political, Social and Sexual Provocations of War Wounds
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Dr Lucy Bending (University of Reading)
Translating pain – overcoming the ineffability of pain
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Dr Jeremy Davies (University of Cambridge) 
The Distinction between Mental and Physical Pain
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Professor Javier Moscoso (Spanish National Research Council) 
The Topics of Pain and the Anthropology of Experience
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