Monthly Archives: March 2022

The Early Foucault talk, the end of term and 3 million blog visits

Today I enjoyed speaking about the work that went into The Early Foucault with the Genealogy in the Humanities project (Syracuse University and Cornell University). Thanks to Alex Livingston and Verena Erlenbusch-Anderson for organising, and those who attended and asked questions. … Continue reading

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Saptarishi Bandopadhyay, All Is Well: Catastrophe and the Making of the Normal State – OUP, April 2022 – and discussion at New Books Network

Saptarishi Bandopadhyay, All Is Well: Catastrophe and the Making of the Normal State – OUP, April 2022 Disasters are all around us. In everyday parlance, disasters are understood as exceptional occurrences that destroy human life, property, and resources. For centuries, people … Continue reading

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A brief history of Louis Althusser’s Théorie series at François Maspero – on the Verso blog

At the Verso books blog I have a piece tracing the history of Louis Althusser’s Théorie series at François Maspero in the 1960s and 1970s From 1965 until 1980, Louis Althusser edited the Théorie series of books, each released by the … Continue reading

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Jing Tsu, Kingdom of Characters: A Tale of Language, Obsession, and Genius in Modern China – Allen Lane, January 2022 

Jing Tsu, Kingdom of Characters: A Tale of Language, Obsession, and Genius in Modern China – Allen Lane, January 2022 China today is one of the world’s most powerful nations, yet just a century ago it was a crumbling empire … Continue reading

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Susan Slyomovics and Lorenzo Veracini (eds.), Race, Place, Trace: Essays in Honour of Patrick Wolfe – Verso, February 2022

Susan Slyomovics and Lorenzo Veracini (eds.), Race, Place, Trace: Essays in Honour of Patrick Wolfe – Verso, February 2022 This edited collection celebrates Patrick Wolfe’s contribution to the study and critique of settler colonialism as a distinct mode of domination. … Continue reading

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Jeanne Morefield, Unsettling the World: Edward Said and Political Theory – Rowman & Littlefield, May 2022

Jeanne Morefield, Unsettling the World: Edward Said and Political Theory – Rowman & Littlefield, May 2022 Unsettling the World is the first book-length treatment of Edward Said’s influential cultural criticism from the perspective of a political theorist. Arguing that the generative … Continue reading

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Veronica Della Dora, Where Light in Darkness Lies: The Story of the Lighthouse – Reaktion, March 2022

Veronica Della Dora, Where Light in Darkness Lies: The Story of the Lighthouse – Reaktion, March 2022 Suspended between sea and sky, battered by the waves and the wind, lighthouses mark the battlelines between the elements. They guard the boundaries … Continue reading

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Oliver Davis and Tim Dean, Hatred of Sex – University of Nebraska Press, April 2022

Oliver Davis and Tim Dean, Hatred of Sex – University of Nebraska Press, April 2022 Hatred of Sex links Jacques Rancière’s political philosophy of the constitutive disorder of democracy with Jean Laplanche’s identification of a fundamental perturbation at the heart of … Continue reading

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Books received – Lacan, Althusser, Balibar, Falasca-Zamponi, Jessop

Some second-hand books by Althusser and Balibar, two new Points editions of Lacan seminars, Simonetta Falasca-Zamponi’s Fascist Spectacle: The Aesthetics of Power in Mussolini’s Italy, and Bob Jessop’s new book, Putting Civil Society in its Place, pre-ordered in recompense for … Continue reading

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Mark Neocleous, The Politics of Immunity: Security and the Policing of Bodies – Verso, March 2022 (and New Books Network discussion)

Mark Neocleous, The Politics of Immunity: Security and the Policing of Bodies – Verso, March 2022 Our contemporary political condition is obsessed with immunity. The immunity of bodies and the body politic; personal immunity and herd immunity; how to immunize … Continue reading

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