Category Archives: Walter Benjamin

Radio Benjamin – Walter Benjamin’s radio transcripts reviewed in Berfrois by David Beer

  Radio Benjamin is reviewed by David Beer in Berfrois. Here’s the opening two paragraphs: Writing at sometime around 1930 or 1931, Walter Benjamin (p.364) suggested that the voice on the radio is a like a visitor in the home, … Continue reading

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Alison Ross, Walter Benjamin’s Concept of the Image

Just published – Alison Ross, Walter Benjamin’s Concept of the Image. In this book, Alison Ross engages in a detailed study of Walter Benjamin’s concept of the image, exploring the significant shifts in Benjamin’s approach to the topic over the course … Continue reading

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Radio Benjamin – Walter Benjamin’s radio transcripts

Walter Benjamin was fascinated by the impact of new technology on culture, an interest that extended beyond his renowned critical essays. From 1927 to ’33, he wrote and presented something in the region of eighty broadcasts using the new medium … Continue reading

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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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