Monthly Archives: February 2012

Steve Mentz – A Poetics of Nothing

Steve Mentz, author of At the Bottom of Shakespeare’s Ocean, is turning to the question of air: ‘A Poetics of Nothing: Air in the Early Modern Imagination’. March 2nd, 2pm, CUNY Graduate Center. Details here.

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Audio recordings

A couple of people have asked how I make the audio recordings I have uploaded here. It’s actually a very low-tech and low-price setup. I make the recording on my iPad, with an app called Audio Memos. I think I … 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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What are Universities for?

Stefan Collini has a book out with that title, with an excerpt in The Guardian. Looks essential. It’s a shame academics are unable to set compulsory reading for their managers as well as their students. Universities are not just good places … Continue reading

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The Geopolitics of King Lear: Territory, Land, Earth – audio

This is the audio recording of my lecture at the Anachronic Shakespeare conference. The accompanying Powerpoint slides are here. Thanks to Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz for the introduction. There was a good, challenging but helpful, discussion afterwards. The recording for that didn’t … Continue reading

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New Perspectives on Bentham’s Panopticon

New book from Ashgate – Beyond Foucault: New Perspectives on Bentham’s Panopticon. Looks interesting, and especially for the largely Francophone contributors – shame about the prohibitive price. Clare O’Farrell wrote a preface. The intro is freely available here. (thanks to Foucault … Continue reading

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Breakfast Geopolitics

Overheard at breakfast this morning: Waiter: Good morning Young woman: Good morning. (Then in Spanish – making a big assumption) Is the orange juice fresh? Waiter: (in English) no, it is not freshly squeezed. Young woman: Okay. Where are you … Continue reading

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Rancière’s books

Thanks to Nicholas Dahmann for sending this – a visual response to my photo from yesterday. I wonder how many of these would fit in that over-sized box?

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Gerry Pratt lecture at Queen Mary, London

Gerry Pratt is giving a public lecture at Queen Mary, University of London “Temporary foreign workers and their children: (neo)liberal compromises and the violence of inclusion”. Thursday 15 March 2012 at 6.00pm in the David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Francis Bancroft … Continue reading

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Borders of Justice

Borders of Justice – new book edited by Étienne Balibar, Sandro Mezzadra and Ranabir Samaddar. You can read the introduction here.

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