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A Weekend of Schizo-Culture

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The closing Schizo-Culture Weekend will activate many of the subjects touched on by SPACE’s current exhibition: Schizo-Culture: Cracks In The Street.

12–14 Dec 2014

SPACE, 129–131 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 3RH

Free entry

Discussions ranging across themes such as anti-psychiatry, philosophy and disciplinary rationalities (and their intersection with artistic practice today) will be programmed alongside performances, screenings and more impromptu interventions. Musical performances from Saturday afternoon will re-visit the bristling energy of 70′s Schizo-anarchy and its legacies and will run into the late evening.

Entry to the weekend is free and open to all,

There will be a bar open throughout.

The event includes contributions from activists, artists, philosophers, filmmakers and musicians including (amongst others) : Sylvere Lotringer, Susan Stenger, Kodwo Eshun (The Otolith Group), Colin Gordon,Vivienne Dick, Patrick Staff, Plastique Fantastique (David Burrows & Simon O’Sullivan and collaborators), 0rphan Drift (Maggie Roberts & Lendl Barcelos) Ciaran Smyth (Vagabond Reviews), Anna Hickey Moody, Hester Reeve, Sidsel Meineche Hansen,  Anne Tallentire, Josephine Wikstrøm, Mischa Twitchin and Empty Cages Collective with additional surprise guests and contributors: further details to be announced.


Friday 12 Dec
3pm: Talk and discussion with Sidsel Meineche Hansen and Josephine Wikstrøm
6pm: Film screening and talk with Imogen Stidworthy on her practice and the work of Fernand Deligny

Saturday 13 Dec
1pm until late: A day-long series of discussions, performances, interventions, workshops, screenings ranging from anti-psychiatry and philosophy to prisons and music, and featuring amongst many others Sylvere Lotringer, Susan Stenger, Colin Gordon, Kodwo Eshun, Vivienne Dick, Plastique Fantastique, 0rphan Drift (Maggie Roberts & Lendl Barcelos), Hester Reeve, Mischa Twitchin, Ciaran Smyth (Vagabond Reviews), Anna Hickey Moody and Empty Cages Collective. The gallery will remain open late into the evening.

Sunday 14 Dec
12pm-6pm: An afternoon of projections, informal drop-in and schizo-screenings including work by Sylvere Lotringer, Vivienne Dick and material from the Semiotext(e) archive.

Weekend curated by Katherine Waugh & David Morris

Supported by the the Arts Council England and the Institut Francais London.
Additional support from Broadstone Studios, Dublin

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Update from organisers. Unfortunately this event is now full and there are no more places.

Neoliberalism and Biopolitics Working Group | Foucault and Marx: A Disjunctive Synthesis?
Lecture | December 9 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

Speaker/Performer: Etienne Balibar, Anniversary Chair of Contemporary European Philosophy at Kingston University London and Visiting Professor at Columbia University

Sponsor: The Program in Critical Theory

Étienne Balibar’s lecture revolves around connections and disjunctions between Michel Foucault and Karl Marx, using Foucault’s 1972 Collège de France lectures on La société punitive as an alternative lens for the question of “reproduction” and its relationship to class struggles. Using these thinkers as a starting point for a new confrontation, he also reconsiders the idea of “communism” today.

Etienne Balibar was born in 1942. He graduated at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Sorbonne in Paris, later took his PhD from the University of Nijmegen. After teaching in Algeria and France, he is currently Anniversary Chair of Contemporary European Philosophy at Kingston University London and Visiting Professor at Columbia University, New York. His books include Reading Capital (with Louis Althusser) (Verso, 1965), Race, Nation, Class. Ambiguous Identities (Verso, 1991, with Immanuel Wallerstein), Masses, Classes, Ideas (Routledge, 1994), The Philosophy of Marx (Verso, 1995), Spinoza and Politics (Verso, 1998), We, the People of Europe? Reflections on Transnational Citizenship (Princeton, 2004), Identity and Difference: John Locke and the Invention of Consciousness (Verso, 2013).

Response by Judith Butler, Professor of Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley

On December 10, The Program in Critical Theory presents a seminar with Professor Balibar on the new configurations of the “debt economy.” In preparation for the seminar, participants are asked to read Professor’s Balibar article, “Politics of the Debt.”

The Neoliberalism and Biopolitics Working Group and Conference is supported by the University of California Humanities Research Institute, organized by UC Berkeley graduate students William Callison (Political Science) and Zachary Manfredi (Rhetoric), and supervised by The Program in Critical Theory faculty Martin Jay (History) and Wendy Brown (Political Science).

Event Contact: info.cir@berkeley.edu

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Le séminaire Actualités Foucault reprendra ses activités le jeudi 4 décembre 2014, de 17h à 19h. La première séance aura lieu à l’Ecole doctorale de Sciences Po (199 bd Saint Germain, troisième étage, métro : Saint Germain de Près – ligne 4 ; Rue du bac – ligne 12).

La séance sera consacré à la présentation du livre de Jacques Bidet : Foucault avec Marx (La fabrique2014), avec la participation de l’auteur.

(org. Frédéric Gros, Daniele Lorenzini, Ariane Revel, Arianna Sforzini)

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Originally posted on Le site de Geoffroy de Lagasnerie:

Je participerai, le samedi 20 septembre 2014, à une rencontre sur le thème “Le savoir/Le pouvoir” avec Didier Eribon et Edouard Louis dans le cadre des Rendez-vous philosophiques de la Fondation Deutsch de la Meurthe

Samedi 20/09/2014, Fondation Deutsch de la Meurthe, salle des Fresques, 37 Boulevard Jourdan, 75014 Paris, 15h-17h.

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Seminar by Mark Kelly (2014)

Mark Kelly

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, 17 September, 3.30pm-5.00pm

PLACE: University of Western Sydney, Bankstown Campus, Building 3, Room 3.G.27  [How to get to Bankstown Campus] http://www.uws.edu.au/campuses_structure/cas/campuses/bankstown

All welcome

ABSTRACT: In this paper, I critically assess Gilles Deleuze’s ‘societies of control’ thesis, in relation to both the work of Michel Foucault which inspired it, and the work of which it inspired in turn, including that of Hardt and Negri, and Lazzaratto. I argue, contra Deleuze and his reading of Foucault, that contemporary society continues to be a form of the disciplinary–biopolitical society identified by Foucault as existing already in the nineteenth century. The argument for this is dual. On the one hand, I point to claims by Deleuze that have not been born out by subsequent development, particularly the claim that disciplinary institutions are breaking down: while some institutions have declined, others (particularly the prison) have massively expanded, leaving no clear pattern of decline. On the other hand, I argue that characteristics specifically assigned to societies of control by Deleuze are already part of disciplinary power as conceived by Foucault, noting indeed that Foucault uses the word ‘control’ as a synonym for discipline.

While acknowledging changes, I thus argue that any transition from Fordism to post-Fordism is at most a modification of disciplinary power, rather than a matter of a new technology of power in a Foucauldian sense. I hence seek to downplay the political importance of this change in favour of a reading of our society as exhibiting continuous tendencies. I conclude by agreeing with commentators who argue that neoliberalism is more accurately characterised as a return to nineteenth century conditions.

Mark Kelly was appointed Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and ARC Future Fellow at the University of Western Sydney in 2014. His ARC project, ‘The invention of norms: how ethics, law, and the life sciences shape our social selves’ aims to show how the concept of the norm has shaped our understanding of the world, changed our society, and become part of our personal lives. He has authored three books on the thought of Michel Foucault – The Political Philosophy of Michel Foucault (Routledge, 2009), Foucault’s History of Sexuality Vol. I (Edinburgh, 2013), and Foucault and Politics (Edinburgh, 2014) – and published on topics in political philosophy, including a forthcoming book, Biopolitical Imperialism (Zero).

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Postponed until later this year

Cartography of Exhaustion

Venue: Morven Brown 310 (map ref C20)University of NSW, Sydney
Who: Peter Pál Pelbart
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School of Humanities and Languages and the Biopolitical Research Network

Drawing on Nietzsche’s problematic of nihilism and the question of exhaustion that Deleuze finds in Beckett, this talk will attempt to trace some of the lines required for a cartography of exhaustion. This cartography will be developed in relation to conceptual pairs such as subjectivation/ desubjectivation, bare life/ a life, biopolitics/ biopower. It will touch on the perspectives of Deleuze, Foucault and Agamben, in each case in relation to our contemporary context.

Peter Pál Pelbart is a professor of philosophy at the Catholic University of Sao Paulo and a member, with Suely Rolnik, of the Centre for the Study of Subjectivity. He is also coordinator of the Ueinzz Theater Company and translator of Deleuze and Guattari into Portugese. He has worked especially with the concepts of time, biopolitics, subjectivity, madness, community and with thinkers such as Guattari, Deleuze, Foucault, Nancy, Blanchot, Agamben. He has published in Chiméres and Multitudes and his recent books include O tempo não-reconcilado (Perspectiva, 1998), A vertigem por um fio: Políticas da subjetividade contemporânea (Iluminuras, 2000), Vida Capital, (Iluminuras, 2003), Filosofia de la Desercion: Niilismo, Locura y Comunidad (Tinta Limon, 2009): Cartography of Exhaustion: Nihilism Inside Out, (São Paulo and Helsinki, n-1 Edições, 2013).

For further information contact Paul Patton prp@unsw.edu.au


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