I’m taking a break from this blog, social media and anything online for two weeks. This blog has been fairly quiet recently, except for various things about the dangers of reopening campuses in the middle of a resurgence of cases, and some book information. I’m heading to a remote farm in Wales, which has no internet and no mobile phone signal. It’s a trip I had booked in the spring, but which had to be rearranged due to restrictions in place then. Part holiday and part working. I hope the break from news and social media will do me good. I’m planning on doing some reading and writing on the next Foucault book, some more general and non-work reading, and some cycling. I’ll be back home and online just before term starts.
I can’t believe universities are about to return to face-to-face teaching when the case numbers are far higher than when campuses were first closed. But a lot can happen in two weeks – either things will start to improve, or they will be so obviously worse that a plan B is inevitable.
Both only expensive hardback and e-book at the moment, but these books usually appear in paperback with Haymarket fairly soon after initial publication.
Revisiting Gramsci’s Notebooks offers a rich collection of historical, philosophical, and political studies addressing the thought of Antonio Gramsci, one of the most significant intellects of the twentieth century. Based on thorough analyses of Gramsci’s texts, these interdisciplinary investigations engage with ongoing debates in different fields of study. They are exciting evidence of the enduring capacity of Gramsci’s thought to generate and nurture innovative inquiries across diverse themes.
Gathering scholars from different continents, the volume represents a global network of Gramscian thinkers from early-career researchers to experienced scholars. Combining rigorous explication of the past with a strategic analysis of the present, these studies mobilise underexplored resources from the Gramscian toolbox to confront the actuality of our ‘great and terrible’ world.
The purpose of Gramsci’s Laboratory is to interpret the relationship between philosophy and politics in Gramsci’s Quaderni del carcere. A milestone in contemporary Brazilian Gramsci reception, the book argues that in Gramsci’s work the unity of theory and practice is unfolded theoretically through the unity of philosophy, history and politics.
Bianchi argues that this unity was developed in the research project that Gramsci carried out in prison, and was thus a product of the ‘determination in the last instance’ of politics itself. His book demonstrates that a correct understanding of this unity requires us to recognise that history and philosophy are constitutive elements of the political field from which they claim to keep their distance.
J.B. Harley Research Fellowships in the History of Cartography – details here.
The J.B. Harley Fellowships were set up in London in 1992 in memory of Brian Harley (1932-91). Prof. Harley was a leading thinker in the history of cartography, working in a range of areas including historical geography, the history of the Ordnance Survey and mapping ideology. Together with David Woodward he founded the History of Cartography project in the early 1980s.J.B. Harley
The Harley Fellowships, the only ones of their kind in Europe, are open to anyone pursuing advanced research in the history of cartography, irrespective of nationality, discipline or profession, who wishes to work in London and other parts of the United Kingdom.
Looks really interesting, but shame about the prohibitive price, even for the e-book…
Explores Jacques Derrida’s distinctive approach to Shakespeare
Offers the first comprehensive and accessible account and discussion of Derrida’s engagement with Shakespeare
Challenges the way we have traditionally come to think about the interdisciplinary relationship between literature and philosophy, as well as literary genius
Contextualises Derrida’s readings of Shakespeare within his wider philosophical project and discusses in how far they relate to – or are distinct from – his engagement with other dramatic or literary works
This book brings to light Derrida’s rich and thought-provoking discussions of Shakespearean drama. Contextualising Derrida’s readings of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice and King Lear within his wider philosophical project, Alfano explores what draws Derrida to Shakespeare and what makes him particularly suitable for philosophical thought. The author also makes the case for Derrida’s singular understanding of the relationship between philosophy and Shakespeare and his radical idea of what literary genius is.
For all the young women and girls sitting in philosophy class wondering where the women are, this is the book for you. This collection of 21 chapters, each on a prominent woman in philosophy, looks at the impact that women have had on the field throughout history. From Hypatia to Angela Davis, The Philosopher Queens will be a guide to these badass women and how their amazing ideas have changed the world.
This book is written both for newcomers to philosophy, as well as all those professors who know that they could still learn a thing or two. This book is also for those many people who have told us that there are no great women philosophers. Please pledge, read this book and then feel free to get back to us.
Christopher Watkin is Senior Lecturer in French Studies at Monash University, he is also the author of French Philosophy Today and Michel Serres: Figures of Thought. In this episode we discuss Michel Serres’ text The Natural Contractalongside discussion on ecology, pollution, possession and nature.
My second monograph, Shattering Biopolitics: Militant Listening and the Sound of Life (forthcoming with Fordham University Press for the Commonalities series), develops my interests in the role of sound and listening in the philosophical tradition from Plato to contemporary French thought. It examines how sound is imbricated in the politics of life as it is theorised in the thought of Derrida, Cixous, Agamben, and Malabou, exploring the ramifications for the politics of sound, listening, and voice today.