8 Critical Theory books that came out in July 2016

Another useful roundup – Benjamin, Malabou, Althusser et. al., Lefebvre, etc.



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Top 10 works of fiction by philosophers

9781784783044-max_221-dc2649eaab4b32baf47f91614058bf98Esther Leslie has an interesting piece in The Guardian on fictions by philosophers. Benjamin, Goethe, Marx, Nietzsche et. al. Just one woman in the list.

Leslie is one of the translators of Walter Benjamin’s The Storyteller, just out with Verso.

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Deborah Cowen and Nemoy Lewis – Anti-blackness and urban geopolitical economy: Reflections on Ferguson and the suburbanization of the ‘internal colony’

An important commentary at the Society and Space open site.

Society and space

Source: Maya Bankovic, cinematographer for "The Prison in Twelve Landscapes." Directed by Brett Story. 2016. Source: Maya Bankovic, cinematographer, “The Prison in Twelve Landscapes.” Directed by Brett Story. 2016.

“I’m also looking at whether the Black Lives Matter movement opens up a broader opportunity to explore what black liberation looks like in the United States. Can this movement that’s narrowly fixated on police brutality become a much broader interrogation of American society?” – Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (2016)

The Black Lives Matter movement has declared an outright crisis of domestic life within the United States. Initiated through social media by Black queer women in response to a string of police murders on the streets of American cities, or in their back officesAmerican prisonsthe movement has grown into a powerful and more organized form that faces extraordinary challenges but holds equally extraordinary potential. Black Lives Matter insists that racial violence is not an accident of police acting badly, but the purpose of police force since…

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Michael J. Shapiro, Politics and Time

1509507809Michael J. Shapiro, Politics and Time, now out with Polity.

Catastrophic events like the bombing of Hiroshima, Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of New Orleans, and drone strikes periodically achieve renewed political significance as subsequent developments summon them back to public awareness. But why and how do different conceptions of time inform and challenge these key events and the narratives they create?
In this book, Michael J. Shapiro provides an approach to politics and time that unsettles official collective histories by introducing analyses of lived experience articulated in cinematic, televisual, musical, and literary genres. His investigation is framed by questions of our responsibility to acknowledge those victims of violence and catastrophe who have failed to rise above the threshold of public recognition. Ultimately, by focusing on time as an active force shaping our conception of political life, we can deepen our understanding of complex political dynamics and improve the theories and methods we rely on to interpret them.
This bold and original book will be of interest to students and scholars of political theory, cultural studies and cinema studies looking for a new perspective on the temporal aspects of political life.

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‘Production of Inequalities: Realities and Prospects for Change in Jerusalem’, Centre for Jerusalem Studies, Al-Quds University, 3-5 December 2016

CONFERENCE _12.2016_ENGLISH.jpgProduction of Inequalities: Realities and Prospects for Change in Jerusalem
Centre for Jerusalem Studies, Al-Quds University 2016

Call for Abstracts

With the benevolent grant from the Ghussein Fund, Al-Quds University through the Centre for Jerusalem Studies, in partnership with the Philosophy, Political Science, and Architecture departments, would like to invite you to submit abstracts for a paper or a proposal for a panel relevant to the theme of the conference on Production of Inequalities: Realities and Prospects for Change in Jerusalem, December 3-5, 2016 (Saturday-Monday). The opening session shall be held in Jerusalem on Saturday afternoon, and the subsequent conference days (Sunday and Monday) shall be held on the AQU Main Campus in Abu Dies.  We welcome the participation of researchers and scholars interested in this topic.

Further details in English and Arabic.


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Beginning work on the proofs of Foucault: The Birth of Power

Foucault The Birth of Power (proof)Today I’m beginning work on the proofs of Foucault: The Birth of Power. They look to be in a good state, so this should be reasonably straight-forward.

The book should be out in early 2017 – January or early February. There is a hold page on the Polity site, but not yet the cover, contents and description. Hopefully that will all be available soon.

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Interviews on Foucault’s Last Decade – one out, one discussion forthcoming

0745683916Peter Gratton kindly links to my Interview with Eugene Wolters at critical-theory.com, which I shared at the weekend, and also mentions that he is currently interviewing me, along with Eduardo Mendieta and Dianna Taylor, for Symposium. The interview uses the book as a starting point, but is really a discussion of mid-late Foucault around a range of themes. Peter says “it will appear early in the fall (if not sooner if we can make it open access)”. There are also at least three reviews of the book in progress.


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Nietzsche & Critical Social Theory – Affirmation, Animosity, Ambiguity, San Diego, 28-29 Jan 2017

NietzscheNietzsche & Critical Social Theory – Affirmation, Animosity, Ambiguity, San Diego, 28-29 Jan 2017. Douglas Kellner is giving the keynote address.

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An Interview with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak in LARB

Interesting interview with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak – the story of her doing the Derrida translation was familiar, the discussion of her work with schools in India was new to me.


Steve Paulson interviews Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak — a joint publication between Wisconsin Public Radio and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Podcast here and text here. The discussion for the most part focuses on her re-translation of Of Grammatology 50 years on, which was critically reviewed by Geoff Bennington in the LARB.

Source: Critical Intimacy: An Interview with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak – Los Angeles Review of Books

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Naomi Klein, ‘Let them Drown: The Violence of Othering in a Warming World’ – video and text

Naomi Klein, ‘Let them Drown: The Violence of Othering in a Warming World’ – the Edward W. Said lecture.

Naomi Klein: Let them Drown – The Violence of Othering in a Warming World from The Mosaic Rooms on Vimeo.

The lecture was published in the London Review of Books.

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