Category Archives: Walter Benjamin

Charlotte Heath-Kelly – Politics of Violence

New book out from my Warwick colleague Charlotte Heath-Kelly – Politics of Violence: Militancy, International Politics, Killing in the Name. Great shame about the price though. Critical thinkers like Foucault, Benjamin, Derrida and Žižek have long challenged the liberal separation of … Continue reading

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Gaston Gordillo, The Afterlife of Places: Ruins and the Destruction of Space

At Space and Politics, Gaston Gordillo has a detailed discussion of his forthcoming book The Afterlife of Places: Ruins and the Destruction of Space. It looks to be both theoretically innovative and based on detailed fieldwork. He promises some more theoretical … Continue reading

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Radical Philosophy 174 out

Peter Nyers, Moving Borders: The Politics of Dirt Ackbar Abbas, Adorno and the Weather Peter Osborne, Disguised as a Dog: Cynical Occupy? Andrew McGettigan, The Privatization of Higher Education Nicholas Ray, Jean Laplanche, 1924-2012 Nina Power and Erica Lagalisse on … Continue reading

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Political Theology and Early Modernity

Interesting looking collection edited by Graham Hammill and Julia Reinhard Lupton, with a postface by Etienne Balibar. Political theology is a distinctly modern problem, one that takes shape in some of the most important theoretical writings of the twentieth and … Continue reading

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Anachronic Shakespeare

The Anachronic Shakespeare conference was excellent – a really interesting set of papers, engagingly delivered and with some really good discussion. John Archer gave a talk on sonnets 50 and 51 on the relation between human and animal, which he … Continue reading

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Territory book update

Last week felt like a really important step forward with The Birth of Territory manuscript. This week has been less dramatic, but good progress again. The discussion of Grotius and Selden now forms a brief coda to Chapter Seven which … Continue reading

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Walter Benjamin on writing

This is wonderful – Walter Benjamin’s writing rules, taken from Sean Sturm’s blog. I’ve read this before, but only now does it really resonate. I may say more about why in a bit. I. Anyone intending to embark on a … Continue reading

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