Marianne Janack, María Pía Lara, Eduardo Mendieta, and Martin Woessner – A Forum on Richard Rorty in the Los Angeles Review of Books
AFTER DONALD J. TRUMP was elected president of the United States, the American philosopher Richard Rorty (1931–2007) returned to the pages of many of the major newspapers of the world as one of the few thinkers who had predicted the election of a “strongman” with Trump’s homophobic and racist features. The relevant passage can be found in the lectures Rorty delivered on the history of leftist thought in 20th-century America at Harvard University in 1997, and published as Achieving Our Country a year later. While reprints of this book were hitting several political philosophy best seller lists, Rorty’s Page-Barbour lectures — titled Philosophy as Poetry — were also released. If in Achieving Our Country, Rorty predicted the election of a right-wing populist, in the latter he stresses how valuable the imagination is for the future of philosophy, which is, in many ways, an imperiled discipline. Although these are not his most important books, they indicate that Rorty was a philosopher ahead of his time, a philosopher for the future.
The goal of this forum is not simply to remember Rorty 10 years after he passed away on the June 8, 2007, but also to continue the conversation which he urged all philosophers to pursue. I have invited Marianne Janack, María Pía Lara, Eduardo Mendieta, and Martin Woessner to cover specific aspects of Rorty’s thought, including feminism, social hope, and post-truth. Their concise contributions underscore the significance of Rorty’s writings for the 21st century. My introduction recalls important moments of the American thinker’s life as well as his outstanding contribution to continental philosophy.
— Santiago Zabala
Stuart Hall: In Conversations
Explore the life, work and legacy of a thinker that some call the last of the great public intellectuals and a figure widely credited with being the founder of cultural studies: this man is Stuart Hall. Through conversations with his former students, colleagues, and friends, we’ll seek to better understand this seminal writer and academic. More from Stuart Hall: In Conversations »
Thanks to dmf for the link
Rhetoric, Fascism and the Planetary: A Conversation between William Connolly and Nidesh Lawtoo at The Contemporary Condition.
As well as talking about Connolly’s recent book, Facing the Planetary, it also discusses themes from his next, the forthcoming Aspirational Fascism.
Pamela L Gay, The Unacknowledged Costs of Academic Travel at Medium
An interesting discussion of the procedures for academic travel and its reimbursement. It’s US focused, but the issue is much wider. I seem to be continually owed money by three or more different universities – not always for travel to conferences or lectures, but also for service roles like travelling to examine a PhD or attend a meeting. When you’re in an established position this is usually just a minor inconvenience, but for those at the start of career, being owed these amounts of money can be much more significant.
There are surely things that could be done to improve this – more booking of tickets by the host university, or at least having the reimbursement ready to go immediately after the event, rather than waiting for the event to begin the long, slow process. Some places are good at this, so it’s clearly not impossible.
Remigiusz Ryziński discusses his book Foucault w Warszawie, an account of the short period Foucault spent in Poland in the late 1950s – between his time in Uppsala and Warsaw. While the interview is in Polish, machine translation seems to give a good gist.
The book sounds fascinating, as it has used previously unaccessed archive sources. Hopefully some publishers are exploring translation rights. Thanks to James Tyner for the link.
Marcus Doel’s book Geographies of Violence: Killing Time, Killing Space is now published. This is the third book to appear in the Society and Space book series I edit with Sage.
We experience violence all our lives, from that very first scream of birth. It has been industrialized and domesticated. Our culture has not become totally accustomed to violence, but accustomed enough. Perhaps more than enough.
Geographies of Violence is a critical human geography of the history of violence, from Ancient Rome and Enlightened wars through to natural disasters, animal slaughter, and genocide. Written with incredible insight and flair, this is a thought-provoking text for human geography students and researchers alike
The other books published in the series so far are Dan Bulley’s Migration, Ethics and Power: Spaces of Hospitality in International Politics and Francisco R. Klauser’s Surveillance and Space. Other books in the series are under contract or review. If you’re interested in the series, please contact me.
Some good advice from Raul Pacheco-Vega on ‘Narrowing the research thesis topic’.
Today I begin work on the revisions for Shakespearean Territories. At the end of this work – in about three weeks’ time – I’m off to Provence for a week of cycling, including Mont Ventoux.