An Interview with Elizabeth Grosz (2017)

An open-access interview with Elizabeth Grosz in TCS.

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An Interview with Elizabeth Grosz, Theory Culture and Society, 22 May 2017

The Incorporeal’: An Interview with Elizabeth Grosz
Elizabeth Grosz & Vikki Bell
March 2017

VB: Many congratulations on the publication of your new book The Incorporeal: Ontology, Ethics and the Limits of Materialism (Columbia University Press, 2017). The book seems to simultaneously explore a genealogy of a concept ‘the incorporeal’ while also proposing it as a concept that has both explanatory power and ethical promise. I wonder if there is a debate that is un- or under-described here but that drives the desire to explore the incorporeal and these thinkers, since genealogy in both Nietzsche and Foucault’s sense is always a purposive endeavour. Which positions are you taking a stance against, or which oversights are you seeking to correct?

EG: I wouldn’t say that it is a corrective particularly, though there are a number of positions…

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Farge and Foucault, Disorderly Families reviewed in the TLS (and discussed in podcast)

There is also a podcast with a discussion of the book here – http://www.the-tls.co.uk/freedom-books-flowers-moon-may-18/
Thanks to dmf for the link

Progressive Geographies

imageArlette Farge and Michel Foucault, Disorderly Families: Infamous letters from the Bastille archives(edited by Nancy Luxon, translated by Thomas Scott-Railton) reviewed in the TLS: ‘Would you mind imprisoning my wife?‘ by Biancamaria Fontana.

Update: it is also discussed in this TLS podcast.

As I’ve mentioned here before, there is a companion book of essays edited by Nancy Luxon, forthcoming from University of Minnesota Press. I have a piece in that collection (on urban spaces), and Nancy and I will be speaking about this work at the Institute of Historical Studies in London on June 16. More details when available.

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2017 General Election Reading List – All books 50% off!

Pluto’s General Election reading list at 50% off

The Pluto Press Blog - Independent, radical publishing

It is 2017 and for radicals we are finally seeing a candidate that we could vote for. Within our reach is the end of austerity, the restoration of the NHS, the improvement of the lives of underprivileged people and Britain that is not governed by Old Etonians, City boys and tax-dodgers. Vote, and Vote Corbyn! And, in case you needed convincing, here’s our selection of some of the best Pluto books on British politics.

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The Violence of Austerity edited by Vickie Cooper and David Whyte

Was: £16.99 Now: £8.49

Austerity, a response to the aftermath of the financial crisis, continues to devastate contemporary Britain. Unless we vote for a change in government, it’ll continue; austerity is over in name only. COOPER T03205

In The Violence of Austerity, Vickie Cooper and David Whyte…

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New issue of CEE New Perspectives now out

cover.pngNew issue of CEE New Perspectives now out. The editorial, the Zinaić article and the Russia and the World intervention are open access.

1. Editorial: Waiting for the Dark, Waiting for the Light – Benjamin Tallis
2. Twilight of the Proletariat: Reading Critical Balkanology as Liberal Ideology – Rade Zinaić 
3. Helsinki Syndrome: The Parachronistic Renaissance of Finlandization in International Politics – Tapio Juntunen
4. Russia and the World: 2017 IMEMO Forecast – IMEMO, Russian Academy of Sciences
5. Forum – On New Travels in Space-Time: Theoretical Rediscoveries after the Crisis in (Comparative) Capitalism(s)
Richard Westra, Ian Bruff, Matthias Ebenau & Daniel Šitera
6. Cultural Cut: ‘The Absolute Gravedigger’ – Vítězslav Nezval, first translation into English by Stephan Delbos & Tereza Novicka

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Foucault, Subjectivity and Truth course now scheduled for June/July 2017

9781403986641The long delayed translation of Foucault’s Subjectivity and Truth course is now scheduled for June/July 2017. Thanks to Chathan Vemuri for the update. The price has also come down to something comparable to previous volumes in the series. This is the penultimate course from the Collège de France series to appear in English.

It’s a fascinating course, in many ways a draft of much of the material to appear in the History of Sexuality Volume III, and to a lesser extent Volume II. My lecture on this course from a few years ago is available online. There is a long discussion of the course in Foucault’s Last Decade, Chapter 6.

 

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Resurrecting the Forgotten Bike Highways of 1930s Britain in Atlas Obscura

Sarah Laskow, Resurrecting the Forgotten Bike Highways of 1930s Britain in Atlas Obscura

In the 1930s, Britain’s Ministry of Transport built an extensive network of bike highways around the country—at least 280 miles of paved, protected infrastructure dedicated to cyclists alone. For decades, it was entirely forgotten—overgrown and overlooked—so much so that no one seems to remember that these lanes had existed at all. [continues here]

An interesting piece which shows how Britain had similar ideas to what I’m finding here in the Netherlands – segregated bike lanes not just in cities, but between them.

 

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Monstrous, Duplicated, Potent: On Donna Haraway in n+1

Monstrous, Duplicated, Potent: On Donna Haraway in n+1 by Alyssa Battistoni

Nominally a review of Donna Haraway. Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene (Duke, 2016), it’s mainly a fascinating discussion of her work as a whole.

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Clarence Glacken, Traces on the Rhodian Shore fifty years on at the RGS-IBG meeting

9780520032163There is an interesting session coming up at the RGS-IBG meeting in London later this year: Clarence Glacken’s ‘Traces on the Rhodian Shore’ at 50: Nature, Culture and ‘Western Thought’ (1 September, 2.40pm)

Organised by Philip Conway, it will be a discussion involving Innes Keighren, David Livingstone and Georgina Endfield. The book is a classic of geography and the history of ideas, and still in print. I was supposed to be part of the discussion too, but though we asked the organisers to schedule it any day but Friday, that’s the day it ended up. Due to other speakers’ commitments, this can’t be changed. I have an unmoveable commitment on the 1st. 

As well as the book being celebrated, this would also have been a chance to engage with the publication of Genealogies of Environmentalism: The Lost Works of Clarence Glacken – due out any day.

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Farge and Foucault, Disorderly Families reviewed in the TLS (and discussed in podcast)

imageArlette Farge and Michel Foucault, Disorderly Families: Infamous letters from the Bastille archives (edited by Nancy Luxon, translated by Thomas Scott-Railton) reviewed in the TLS: ‘Would you mind imprisoning my wife?‘ by Biancamaria Fontana.

Update: it is also discussed in this TLS podcast.

As I’ve mentioned here before, there is a companion book of essays edited by Nancy Luxon, forthcoming from University of Minnesota Press. I have a piece in that collection (on urban spaces), and Nancy and I will be speaking about this work at the Institute of Historical Studies in London on June 16. More details when available.

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Simondon on Technics: On the Mode of Existence of Technical Objects – audio recordings

image_miniThanks to dmf for pointing me to this – audio recordings of a recent event at Kingston:

Simondon on Technics: On the Mode of Existence of Technical Objects

Speakers: Andrea Bardin (Brunel University), Giovanni Carrozzini (CIDES, MSH Paris-Nord), Xavier Guchet (Paris 1 Sorbonne), Cécile Malaspina (translator), Simon Mills (De Monfort University), Pablo Rodriguez (University of Buenos Aires)

The 2016 English translation of Gilbert Simondon’s 1958 On the Mode of Existence of Technical Objects finally introduces the Anglophone reader to a complete version of the French philosopher’s great work: a complex crossover between ontology, epistemology, psycho-sociology and the philosophy of technology. With the participation of international specialists on Simondon’s writings, this workshop aims to explore the main themes of Simondon’s philosophy of technology, connecting them to the relational ontology of communication processes outlined in Individuation in the Light of the Notions of Form and Information.

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