Books received – Klein on Climate Change, Skinner on Shakespeare, Lefebvre on Marx, Deleuze & Fascism

photoA re-edition of one of Henri Lefebvre’s books on Marx; Deleuze and Fascism, edited by Brad Evans and Julian Reid; Quentin Skinner’s Forensic Shakespeare; Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything; and the new issues of RIPE and TCS.

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Warwick Graduate Conference in Political Geography – call for papers


Deadline for proposals for this conference extended until 30 October.

Originally posted on Progressive Geographies:

A reminder of this conference coming up at Warwick, with a call for papers. Please spread the word in your institutions to potentially interested participants.tumblr_nb0rcfsHQZ1tkco2xo1_1280.pngPlease consider submitting a paper for the next Warwick Graduate Conference in Political Geography, held at the University of Warwick on 27-28 November, 2014.

Full details here – keynote from Alex Jeffrey (University of Cambridge)

Three travel grants of up to £250 each for non-UK attendees are available by Warwick’s politics department. All potential participants should submit a title, abstract (of no more than 300 words), and evidence of institutional affiliation by 25 October, 2014 to the organisers: Antonio Ferraz de Oliveira and Mara Duer (

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Italian literary mappings: new review by Tania Rossetto


A new review at the Society and Space open site.

Originally posted on Society and Space - Environment and Planning D:


Tania Rossetto from the University of Padua reviews Piani sul mondo: le mappe nell’immaginazione letteraria(Plans on the World: Maps in the Literary Imagination), a volume edited by Italian comparatists Marina Guglielmi and Giulio Iacoli and published by Quodlibet in 2013.

We are currently experiencing a period of robust revival of literary geography and of literary cartography in particular. Piani sul mondo has somehow been stimulated by the current re-emergence of the so-called cartography of  literature (i.e. the concrete mapping of literary settings or literary phenomena). This approach was championed by Italian literary scholar Franco Moretti in the late 1990s, with his seminal book Atlas of theEuropean Novel 1800-1900, and is now embracing the digital transition in cartography while increasingly expanding internationally. In Italy, the occurrence of this phenomenon has been confirmed by the editorial enterprise of the Atlante della letteratura italiana (Atlas of…

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“Foucault, Subjectivity and Truth”, University of Nottingham Centre for Critical Theory lecture, Nottingham Contemporary, 12 November 2014

9782020862592On 12 November 2014, I’ll be giving a University of Nottingham Centre for Critical Theory lecture at Nottingham Contemporary gallery. The title is “Foucault, Subjectivity and Truth”, and I’ll be speaking about the most recently published lecture course within the wider context of the work I’ve been doing for Foucault’s Last Decade. Details are here – the event is free, but needs to be booked.

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Convulsing Bodies. Religion and Resistance in Foucault (2014)


This looks an interesting new book on Foucault, though I’ll be curious to see how much it takes into account the most recent lecture courses.

Originally posted on Foucault News:

jordanMark D. Jordan, Convulsing Bodies. Religion and Resistance in Foucault, Stanford University Press, October 2014

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By using religion to get at the core concepts of Michel Foucault’s thinking, this book offers a strong alternative to the way that the philosopher’s work is read across the humanities. Foucault was famously interested in Christianity as both the rival to ancient ethics and the parent of modern discipline and was always alert to the hypocrisy and the violence in churches. Yet many readers have ignored how central religion is to his thought, particularly with regard to human bodies and how they are shaped. The point is not to turn Foucault into some sort of believer or to extract from him a fixed thesis about religion as such. Rather, it is to see how Foucault engages religious rhetoric page after page—even when religion is not his main topic. When readers follow his…

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Bill Martin discusses animals, Maoism, and more


Interesting interview with Bill Martin.

Originally posted on Species and Class:


By Jon Hochschartner

Bill Martin, a professor of philosophy at DePaul University, emerged from the United States’ Maoist movement and is currently working with the Kasama Project. He is the author of ‘Ethical Marxism: The Categorical Imperative of Liberation,’ which among other things, addresses the treatment of animals.

Species and Class: How would you describe your economic politics? Are you a socialist? Would you consider yourself a Marxist, anarchist, social democrat or something else?

Bill Martin: I consider myself to be a communist, who is working for a world without classes and without exploitation and domination. To be very specific, though without explaining much of anything, I came through the Maoist movement, have been very influenced in recent years by Alain Badiou, and even more recently by Buddhism (and I practice Zen). I am working toward a synthesis that contains and brings together elements of all…

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