Global Capitalism and Forms of Urban Regeneration – tribute conference to Neil Smith

I previously shared the Spanish language call for this conference, but here’s the English details – interpretation will be provided.

Neil Smith, who prematurely died in 2012, has had an immense influence on the discipline of geography and on the social sciences in general: his works on global capitalism, uneven development and processes of urban regeneration and gentrification are key contributions. His theorizations on space as a product of capitalist development and on the strategies of capital over the processes of urban change have been used worldwide in many empirical studies. His militancy and activism in several causes is still today an example of commitment and involvement for all social scientists.

This conference, organized by [espaiscritics], focuses on Neil Smith’s work and is addressed to all those interested in urban social theory. It will rely on the presence of the most prestigious international experts on the work and the topics that defined Neil Smith’s trajectory. The conference is open to the participation of academics and researchers as well as to activists and members of social urban movements.

On the occasion of the conference, volume 6 of the “Espacios críticos” series will be launched. The book is specifically devoted to the intellectual figure of Neil Smith and is written by professors Luz Marina García Herrera and Fernando Sabaté Bel (Universidad de La Laguna). The “Espacios críticos” series (Icaria Edtorial) is directed by Abel Albet (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) and Núria Benach (Universitat de Barcelona).

Keynotes from Deborah Cowen, Don Mitchell, Luz Marina García Herrera, Tom Slater, Fernando Sabaté Bel and Maria Dolors Garcia Ramon. Call for papers and more details here.

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Penser le « néolibéralisme » Le moment néolibéral, Foucault, et la crise du socialisme (2015)


Another volume in the neoliberalism debate…

Originally posted on Foucault News:

Serge Audier, Penser le « néolibéralisme ». Le moment néolibéral, Foucault, et la crise du socialisme, Lormont, Le Bord de l’eau, coll. « Documents », 2015, 570 p., ISBN : 9782356874030.

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Qu’est-ce vraiment que le néolibéralisme ? Et comment en sortir ?

Pour répondre à ces questions, il peut être utile d’élucider d’abord le sens du basculement néolibéral que le monde a connu depuis la fin des années 1970.

Il se trouve que c’est précisément durant cette période, en 1979, que Michel Foucault devait prononcer au Collège de France quelques leçons sur le néolibéralisme appelées à connaître bien plus tard un succès fulgurant. Depuis, un flot ininterrompu de publications ne cesse de célébrer en Foucault le grand prophète du néolibéralisme.

Pour beaucoup, tout a été déjà dit sur l’essence de la « rationalité néolibérale » dans ces leçons géniales qui ont parfaitement su anticiper notre monde, celui…

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Provisionalia: Index Librorum Scholasticorum – guide and repository for texts and translations of scholastic philosophy and theology

Provisionalia: Index Librorum Scholasticorum – collated by Robert Pasnau.

Provisionalia is a guide and repository for texts and translations of scholastic philosophy and theology. The site aspires to list every scholastic author whose works have been the subject of scholarly attention, and to provide the following information:

The titles of their extant works and the dates of composition

Brief publication information for any Latin editions and translations into any language

Information about editions and translations in progress.

Links, where available, to provisional editions and translations.

The site will not in general attempt to provide links to digital reproductions of older books.

Looks an invaluable resource for people working in this area. Thanks to Alfred Denker for the link.

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Andrew Barry, “Geography and Other Disciplines” – discussion of genealogy and the canon

BarryAndrew Barry has a very interesting new essay published, “Geography and Other Disciplines” – a discussion of geography and the canon. There is also an introduction to the theme issue of which this is part by Richard Powell [update: corrected from earlier suggestion this was a reply]. Barry makes quite extensive use of my book The Birth of Territory and some of the more methodological pieces I wrote around that time; situating his argument around the ideas of Quentin Skinner, Michel Foucault and Isabelle Stengers. Both papers require subscription.

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Camilla Boano reviews Lefebvre’s Towards an Architecture of Enjoyment (requires subscription)

LefebvreCamilla Boano reviews Lefebvre’s Towards an Architecture of Enjoyment in The Journal of Architecture (requires subscription).

The review is quite detailed, and makes use of the interview I conducted with editor Łukasz Stanek for the Society and Space open site.

Good to see this book get some more attention – there was also a review by Gastón Gordillo for Society and Space earlier this year – this is open access.

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Osama bin Laden’s bookshelf

A little late linking to this, but the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has released information of what was found in the compound used by bin Laden. (It would appear the timing is linked to the Seymour Hersh story about the raid that killed him, just published in London Review of Books). This includes what was on his ‘bookshelf‘, though they later clarify that all the English-language texts were e-books – see also news reports such as the one from the BBC. I’m sure there’s a joke to be made about Amazon delivery here…

bin-ladin_bookshelf_5Here are some of the books:-

  • Crossing the Rubicon by Michael Ruppert
  • Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance by Noam Chomsky
  • Imperial Hubris by Michael Scheuer
  • New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11 by David Ray Griffin
  • Obama’s Wars by Bob Woodward
  • Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower by William Blum

These are an interesting mix, and assuming they were read, would give a range of perspectives from the Washington-insider approach of Woodward, to the critique of US-foreign policy of Blum and Chomsky to the conspiracy theories of Griffin. There was a section of my book Terror and Territory called ‘Reading bin Laden’. Some of the rest of the book might have been called ‘Reading bin Laden’s reading’.


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My Loss is Your Learning Gain


Thanks to Derek Sayer’s Coasts of Bohemia blog for the alert to this depressing piece about a very real possibility in UK higher education.

Originally posted on Academic Irregularities:

Liz Morrish discusses some new ways the Conservative government will seek to assess and rank universities. ‘Learning gain’ is about to be ‘a thing’.


It is just over two weeks after the General Election, and our thoughts turn to the prospect of more cuts in public spending, a new leader for the Labour Party, some uncertainty over Brexit and the referendum on EU membership, and, post UKIP, a somewhat muted dialogue over immigration. But what lies in the future for higher education? Have you been paying selective attention over the months leading up to the election? A tuition fee cut may have lodged in your memory, but that was Labour Party policy, and we can forget that now. What does a Conservative government have planned for universities? We know that abolition of the cap on student numbers was already in the offing, as was a national postgraduate loan system for…

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Interesting piece on academia and bureaucracy in The Times Higher

The-Utopia-of-Rulesgray-235x271Interesting piece on academia and bureaucracy in The Times Higher Education, partly drawing on David Graeber’s new book The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy.



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Political Geography seeks two new associate editors


Political Geography looking for new associate editors – please spread the word.

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Political Geography is seeking two new associate editors, to start in January 2016.

Political Geography operates in a decentralized manner with each member of the editorial team having full responsibility for her or his queue. Therefore, after being assigned an article, associate editors are responsible for all aspects of manuscript processing, including selecting and recruiting referees, managing the revision process, making acceptance decisions, and, when necessary, facilitating communication between authors and Elsevier production and publishing staff. Typically, each associate editor will process between 40 and 50 articles per year, with about half of these going to publication. As a member of the editorial team, each associate editor will also be expected to work with other team members to chart the journal’s future direction as well as the conceptualization and organization of special issues, conference-based plenary lectures, and other activities that advance the journal’s standing and facilitate the publication and promotion…

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“Foucault and Shakespeare: Ceremony, Theatre and Politics”, abstract for workshop at Theatre, Performance, Foucault!, King’s College London, 4 July 2015

I previously shared the call for papers for the Theatre, Performance, Foucault! workshop at King’s College London on 4 July 2015.

I’ll be presenting on the topic of “Foucault and Shakespeare: Ceremony, Theatre and Politics”. This is the intersection of my two main current projects. Here’s the abstract.

Foucault only refers to Shakespeare in a few places in his work. He is intrigued by the figures of madness that appear in King LearHamlet and Macbeth. He occasionally notes the overthrow of one monarch by another, such as in Richard II or Richard III, arguing that “a part of Shakespeare’s historical drama really is the drama of the coup d’État”. For Foucault, the first are illustrations of the conflict between the individual and the mechanisms of discipline. The second are, however, less interesting than moments when the sovereign is replaced, not with another sovereign, but with a different, more anonymous, form of power. Yet, in 1976, where he treats the theme at most length, he intriguingly suggests that “Shakespearean tragedy is, at least in terms of one of its axes, a sort of ceremony, or a rememorialization of the problems of public right”. Foucault was long fascinated by the theatre, and especially its relation to political ceremony. Drawing especially on his 1972 lectures in Paris and a related presentation in Minnesota, I will begin to sketch how we might understand the relation between ceremony, theatre and politics in Foucault and Shakespeare.

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