Social Theory Centre
The Social Theory Centre, founded in 1997, is devoted to the promotion, development and discussion of social theory. We are based in the Sociology Department but have members from across the humanities and social sciences. Our primary activities consist in organising symposia, workshops, the Authority & Political Technologies network, and early career training events. Our members are involved in running important social theory websites including Global Social Theory and Critical Legal Thinking. The centre also provides an important locus of activity for faculty and students involved with the MA programme in Social and Political Thought.
With the Law School the Social Theory Centre is cohosting the Critical Legal Conference 2017. It takes place on September 1-3rd.
- Creative Analytic Writing Workshop Thursday 15th September
- Joyful Ontologies Workshop Friday 16th September
- Warwick Prevent Conference Saturday 15th October
- Embrace of the Serpent Arts Centre Film screening with QnA, Thursday 20th October
- Breaking our silences on the neoliberal academy: facillitating change from a postgraduate perspective. Friday 26th October 9.00-17.30
- Social Theory Centre Masterclass: The Spirit of Revolution: Beyond the Dead Ends of Man with Drucilla Cornell & Stephen Seely. 10.00-17.00, 8th-10th of November. Registration & info
- Sociology & Psychoanalysis: The Unfulfilled Promise, 11th-12th November, UCL (London): Programme ; Registration
- Luce Irigaray Public Lecture 'How Could We Truly Live and Talk Together: Beyond Idealist Dreams and Pseudo-materialists Dictates’. Monday 14th November, 17.00-19.00, free eventbright
- Luce Irigaray & Stephen Seely in conversation on Through Vegetal Being, Tuesday 15th November, 13.00-14.00, OC1.01
- Drucilla Cornell Public Lecture 'Derrida’s method as technique of liberation’ Tuesday 15th November eventbright
- Michele Lamont (Harvard) Public Lecture 'Getting Respect: Responding to Stigma and Discrimination in the Unites States, Irsael and Brazil' 10 March 2017 at 3pm-5pm in Oculus OC1.06
- Susan Buck-Morss (CUNY) Social Theory Centre Annual Lecture. YEAR 1. Wednesday 26th April. 17.00-19.00, OC0.03 Get your free ticket here
- Social Theory Centre Masterclass with Susan Buck-Morss. 'The Philosophy of History is a Centaur' Thursday 27th April. 10.00-13.00. Further info and registration.
PhD/ECR Masterclass on Decolonizing Social Theory
Monday 8th May, 2-4pm, R0.14
Speakers: Andrew Zimmerman, Robbie Shilliam, Akwugo Emejulu (tbc)
Chair: Claire Blencowe
Symposium: Polanyi, Markets, and Socialism in the Early 21st Century, Tuesday 9 May, 2-5pm, R0.14
Speakers: Johanna Bockman, Matthew Watson, Gareth Dale
Discussants: John Holmwood, Alice Mah
Chair: Shirin Rai
PhD/ECR Masterclass on Community Research, Race, and Housing
Thursday 11th May, 10-12pm, R014
Speakers: Johanna Bockman, Nigel de Noronha, Giovanni Picker
Chair: Hannah Jones
- Symposium on Europe and Africa Wednesday 10 May, 2-5pm
- Critical Legal Conference - Catastrophe September 1-3
The Current Director of the Social Theory Centre is Claire Blencowe
Short web address: www.warwick.ac.uk/go/socialtheory
Social Theory Centre Annual Lecture
Annual Lecture 2015
Classificatory Struggle: Class Culture and Inequality in Neo-liberal Times
A Public Lecture with Imogen Tyler
Social Theory Centre Annual Lecture 2015
Warwick University, MS.02
May 13th 17.00-18.30 followed by drinks reception
Classificatory Struggles: Class, Culture and Inequality in Neoliberal Times
The fate of groups is bound up with the words that designate them (Bourdieu, 1984).
This paper begins by arguing that the fundamental problem that the concept of ‘class’ describes is inequality. The transition from industrial to financial capitalism (neoliberalism) in Europe has effected ‘deepening inequalities of income, health and life chances within and between countries, on a scale not seen since before the Second World War’ (Hall, et al., 2014). In this context, class is an essential point of orientation for social theory if it is to grasp the problem of inequality today. Traversing a route through Pierre Bourdieu’s relational understanding of class, Jacques Rancière 's formulation of declassificatory struggles, Beverley Skeggs’ understanding of class as struggles over value, and Wendy Brown’s argument that neoliberalism is characterised by the culturalization of political struggles, this paper develops a social theory of classification, with which we might better apprehend the escalating inequalities which characterise the societies in which we live today. The central argument is that social theories of class should be grounded not in the assumption and valorisation of class identities but in an understanding of class as struggles against classification. That is, the most effective forms of class-analysis are concerned not with undertaking classification per se, but rather with exposing and critiquing the consequences of classificatory systems and the forms of value, judgements and norms they establish in human societies. Only through a movement of declassification can social theories of class contribute to the development of alternative social and political imaginaries to the biopolitics of disposability which characterises neoliberal governmentality.
is Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Centre for Gender & Women's Studies at Lancaster University. Imogen's research is concerned with social inequalities, power, injustice and resistance. It examines why inequalities exist, why inequalities are currently growing (patterns of neoliberalism, marketization, privatisation and the erosion of democracy in the transition to ‘postwelfare’ systems) and the intersections of different histories and forms of inequality. This is interdisciplinary research which employs mixed methods and draws together long-standing research interests in migration, internal and external borders, sexual politics, social class, race & ethnicity, disability and poverty, and an abiding interest in culture, processes of mediation and political aesthetics. Her book, Revolting Subjects: Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain (2013) developed the concept of ‘social abjection’ to examine the operations of neoliberal state-crafting and was shortlisted for the 2014 Bread & Roses prize for political writing. Imogen has also recently edited a special issue of Citizenship Studies on 'Immigrant Protest' (2013) and a book Immigrant Protest: Politics, Aesthetics, and Everyday Dissent (SUNY 2014). Imogen is in the early stages of a new project on the sociology of stigma in neoliberal times, 'The Stigma Doctrine'.
Imogen blogs at http://socialabjection.wordpress.com
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Frantz Fanon: Concerning the Psychoanalysis and Cosmopolitanism of Violence
18th March 2015, 1pm to 7pm
University of Warwick (A0.28, Millburn House)
Frantz Fanon, the son of Martinique who first fought for colonial France in World War Two and then against colonial France in Algeria, is taken as the preeminent thinker of decolonization. Although Fanon died in 1961, his work and life still stir debate and discussion today about the lived reality of racism and the nature of violence and revolution in the post-colonial world. This one-day symposium and screening of Göran Hugo Olsson’s documentary Concerning Violence is designed to engender critical and collaborative engagement between researchers, students, practitioners, and activists with an interest in Fanon’s work and its contemporary connotations. This symposium seeks to establish dialogue between different disciplinary perspectives, such as psychoanalysis, postcolonial theory, and histories of globalization, on Fanon’s two major texts Black Skin, White Masks (1952), and The Wretched of the Earth (1961) and his lesser known works such as the essays contained within A Dying Colonialism (1959) and Towards the African Revolution (1964).
Paper Presentations from:
Dr. Robbie Shilliam (Queen Mary, University London)
Dr. Sheldon George (Simmons College, US)
Professor Kimberly Hutchings (Queen Mary, University London)
Chair: Dr. Julie Walsh (Warwick University)
Film screening introduced by Mireille Fanon Mendes-France:
Göran Hugo Olsson’s documentary Concerning Violence (2014).
Mireille Fanon Mendes-France (Frantz Fanon Foundation)
Professor Gurminder Bhambra (Warwick University)
Dr. Sheldon George (Simmons College, US)
Dr. Kehinde Andrews (Birmingham City University)
Dr. Peter Nevins (the Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis)
Chair: Dr. John Narayan (Warwick University)
It is not necessary to register for this event, but to help us get a sense of likely numbers we’d be grateful if you could email one of the organisers if you are planning to attend (either Julie.email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org ).
This event has been made possible through the financial support of The Global History and Culture Centre at the University of Warwick, The Postcolonial stream of Warwick Global Research Priortiies: Connecting Cultures, University of Warwick Humanities Research Centre, The Leverhulme Trust. The event is also supported by the British Sociological Association’s Sociology, Psychoanalysis and the Psychosocial Study Group and the British Sociological Association’s Race and Ethnicity Study Group. The BSA exists to promote Sociology. The BSA is a Company Limited by Guarantee. Registered in England and Wales. Company Number: 3890729. Registered Charity Number 1080235.
Masterclass Spirit of Revolution
Warwick Social Theory Centre hosts a three day masterclass with renown feminist philosopher Drucilla Cornell and her co-author Stephen Seely. It will explore themes from their new book The Spirit of Revolution: Beyond the Dead Ends of Man.
The book seeks to reclaim revolutionary politics and to embrace human agency for contemporary feminist and queer theory—in which both revolution and humanism have been effectively disavowed. Whilst holding onto the feminist critiques of the supposed sovereignty and universality of Man, they contend that we must nonetheless embrace human agency and the struggle against colonialism and capitalism. The book proceeds through a series of ’creolised readings’, thinking Michel Foucault with Ali Shariati, Jaques Lacan with Franz Fanon, and Baruch Spinoza with Sylvia Wynter. Through this they demonstrate what is at stake in the ongoing debate between humanism and posthumanism, putting this in the context of contemporary global crises and possibilities of revolution.
In their defence of political spirituality Cornell and Seely push for a new trajectory in response to the gross inequalities of today, one that offers us a very different view of revolution and its present day potential.
This masterclass is supported by the IAS, Social Theory Centre, Centre for the Study of Women and Gender, the Connecting Cultures GRP and the ESRC DTC.
The masterclass is open to faculty, researchers and postgraduate students. Unfortunalty the class is now oversubscribed and we can not accept further applicants.
The class will run from 10.00 to 17.00 on November 8th, 9th and 10th at Milburn House.
Drucilla Cornell and Stephen Seely are IAS Visiting Fellows hosted by the Social Theory Centre. Their visit is also sponsored by the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender and the Connecting Cultures GPR.
Other events associated with their visit include:
Luce Irigaray Public Lecture 'How could we truly live and talk together’. Monday 14th November, 17.00-19.00, 0.006
Luce Irigaray & Stephen Seely in conversation, Tuesday 15th November, 13.00-14.00, OC1.02 tbc
Drucilla Cornell Public Lecture 'Derrida’s method as technique of liberation’ Tuesday 15th November 17.00-19.00, room tbc
Max Weber, Markets & Economic Sociology
7th May 2014 - University of Warwick
An event organized by the Max Weber Study Group of the British Sociological Association and the Social Theory Centre at the University of Warwick
In the wake of the recent financial crisis, there is an urgent need for social scientists to think conceptually and critically about the economy and its relation to society. This event will contribute to this task by re-examining Weber’s writings on capitalism, markets and banking, and considering the value of his work for understanding the ongoing financialisation of the economy and of everyday life. While Weber’s economic sociology dates from the turn of the 20th Century, in many ways it continues to speak to the present. The 1890s saw the collapse of several European banks, suspension of payment on sovereign debt bonds issued by the governments of Argentina, Portugal and Greece, and speculative activity in the stock exchanges, with calls for a moralisation of finance in the name of the ‘thrifty average people’, sometimes coming from very interested parties (the Prussian landowner class). Max Weber became actively engaged in the debate on the regulation of the exchanges and published two pamphlets intended for a general audience, which looked at the stock and commodity exchanges as ‘institutions’. Another Weberian theme is what sort of person is produced by financialization: the banker, the trader, the capitalist adventurer as well as the upsurge of acquisitive culture. Recent controversies over bonuses return us to the principal-agent dilemma. In considering such work, this event will position Weber’s economic sociology in relation to recent debates over the limits of neoclassical and neoliberal economics, and will reflect, more generally, on the ways in which it might be used to gain an understanding of the complexities of capitalism - both of the past and of the present.
•Geoff Ingham (Cambridge)
•Scott Lash (Goldsmiths)
•Linsey McGoey (Essex)
•Sam Whimster (Global Policy Institute)
•David Woodruff (LSE)
•‘Market Order and Social Rationality’
•‘Charismatic Authority and the Rise of the 21st-Century Philanthrocrat’
•'Weber and Markets: From Neoclassicism to Neoliberalism’
•‘Weber and Money as an Economic Institution’
•‘The Economics of Power: Max Weber on Banking’
•‘Money, Capitalism, and the West’
Full Programme Available Here
Les Back: For a Social Reconstruction: W.E.B. Du Bois, Stuart Hall and Segregated Sociology
Social Theory Centre Past Events
The Black Panthers: Film Screening and Panel Discussion - 26th November, 6pm Warwick Arts Centre
Debt, Experience and Contemporary Critique - 24th February, 4-7pm A0.23, FME Building, Social Sciences.
Angelos Mouzakitis (University of Crete) - Imagination, Critique and Praxis in Ricoeur's hermeneutics - Monday 29th February R2.41 5pm
Debate: What Shoud Be Our Attitude Towards Risk – Precautionary Or Proactionary? Dr Rupert Read (University of East Anglia) and Prof Steve Fuller (Warwick Sociology) - Friday, 3rd March, 5-7pm, S0.13
Whatever Happened to the Idea of Imperialism? - 18th May, 10am-7pm, registration and details
Social Theory Centre Annual Lecture: Professor Paul Gilroy 'There Ain't No Black in the Union Jack - Thirty Years On' - 24th May, 5-6.30pm MS.01
Joyful Ontologies a workshop - 25th May.
Authority and Political Technologies 2016: Biopolitical Matters - : Key notes: Didier Fassin, Kathryn Yusoff, Celia Lury/Claire Blencowe June 13th-14th.
- Exploring Stigma & Shame: An Interdisciplinary Workshop (14th May 2015)
- STC Annual Lecture with Imogen Tyler: Classificatory Struggles: Class, Culture and Inequality in Neoliberal Times (13th May)
- Theories & Methodologies Cluster, APT Symposium Occupational Hazards: Theories and Methodologies (Palestine/Kashmir) workshop (May 7th). Authority & Political Technologies Dialogues and Works in Progress (May 8th)
- Frantz Fanon: Concerning the Psychoanalysis and Cosmopolitanism of Violence (18th March)
- Narcissism and Melancholia: Reflections on a Century (11th & 12th March)
- Everyday Market Lives (13th February)
- For a Social reconstruction: W.E.B. Du Bois, Stuart Hall and Segregated Sociology (4th February)
- Evolutionary Sociology: New Paradigm or Old Hat? (22nd January)
- Why So Little, Why So Much?: Change in English Society Since the Time of Defoe (22nd January)
- Are We All 'Post-Racial' Yet? (26th November 2014)
Are We All 'Post-Racial' Yet?
Speaker: David Theo Goldberg (University of California)
Humanities Research Institute
Are we post-racial yet? The data strongly suggests that pretty much all societies in which the claim to have achieved post-raciality is advanced are self-evidently not. What sense critically to make, then, of how racisms can proliferate, can be so crudely persistent and obvious, in the face of the equally insistent claims to be over, socially irrelevant, no longer of real concern. I will argue that post-raciality, far from the end of racism, constitutes the newly prevailing mode of racist articulation for the times we inhabit. I will elaborate some of the driving characteristics of this new mode, their new forms of articulation and force, and their new and renewed subjects of expression. And conclude that we are, indeed, all 'post-racial' already, though for non-standard reasons.
Date: 26th November 2014
Debt, Experience and Contemporary Critique - panel and discussion
24th Feburary 2016, afternoon - details tbc
Lisa Adkins - Newcastle (Australia)
Joe Deville - Lancaster
Samuel Kirwan - Bristol
Everyday Market Lives
Everyday Market Lives – the University of Warwick, 13th February 2015
Organised by Lynne Pettinger (Sociology, Warwick) and Liz Moor (Media & Communications, Goldsmiths)
Capitalist societies routinely ask people to make judgements of value and worth, and to decide between an array of competing choices, as part of their everyday lives. Economic knowledge and expertise is thus not something that resides only with bankers, financial journalists and government accountants; it exists in a tacit form within the routines of daily life in capitalist society, and is a key part of people’s experiences at work, in consumption, in leisure, in media use, in practices of caring for children and elderly relatives, or in financial planning and household management. The kinds of resources (economic, social, intellectual and imaginative) that people are able to marshal, and how they understand what they want to, and are able to, make happen with these resources has profound implications for overall wellbeing, and for people’s sense of themselves as parents, workers, citizens, patients, and so on.
The workshop brought together scholars from diverse fields to explore the ways in which people come to understand themselves as economic actors, and the kinds of knowledge about markets that they deploy, develop or acquire in doing so. Everyday economic activity involves people in making sense, making decisions and making meaning through the possibilities and limitations that income affords them: desires are tempered, the judgements of others are felt, and new expertise may need to be acquired. We invite papers with an explicit focus on ordinary, routine, banal, or everyday forms of economic action.
To hear each paper, click on the author’s name:
The moral dimension of financial arrangements in young family households in Poland
Balancing work and care: decision-making in heterosexual couples and mothers’ exit from the workplace
Everyday Brokering: skilled practices of making ends meet in Volos, Greece
Making electricity consumption count
Practices and meanings of lay stock investing in Taiwan
Sensemaking while speculating: collective understandings of risk-taking as an economic skill
Morals, Price and Profit: market knowledge in Final Fantasy XI
The decreasing circulation of cash in contemporary Sweden and the perception of money
An international experiment in mundane market exchanges
The social meaning of migrant money
What is a fish worth? Sensory knowledge and the production of value at Billingsgate
13th February 2015
Deadline for abstracts:
31st October 2014
Evolutionary Sociology: New paradigm or Old Hat?
The Social Theory Centre was delighted to host two events on Thursday 22nd January 2015 with W.G. Runciman:
Why So Little, Why So Much?: Change in English Society Since the Time of Defoe
A workshop with W.G. Runciman based on his recently published book Very Different, But Much the Same: The Evolution of English Society Since 1714
Location: Postgraduate Hub
Time: 3:30 pm
Evolutionary Sociology: New Paradigm or Old Hat?
A debate between W.G. Runciman and Steve Fuller.
Time: 5:30 pm
Exploring Shame & Stigma: An Interdisciplinary Workshop
May 14th 2015, 10.00 – 13.00
Wolfson Research Exchange, 3rd Floor University Library
Email Julie.Walsh@warwick.ac.uk to register
(Please do register for this event as numbers are capped)
‘The normal and the stigmatized are not persons but rather perspectives’ (Erving Goffman)
‘At the risk of sounding ridiculous, it must be acknowledged that shame is a revolutionary feeling’ (Che Guevara)
In sociological and anthropological traditions stigma and shame have long been considered means of regulating the public sphere, of aiding and abetting the creation of categories of normalcy and deviancy, and of expressing social anxiety and distaste with respect to a particular social body. More recently, following the so-called affective turn within the Humanities and the Social Sciences, shame has been elevated as the primary reflective mood, the point where feeling and theory meet, and the signal of an excessive economy of interest or desire. How, then, might the often hidden and ambivalent feelings of shame help us to understand the explicit social operations of stigma, and, conversely, how might the often visible and visual registers of stigma help us to describe the shame pathology?
In this half-day workshop we will hear from researchers and practitioners in the fields of Sociology, Gender Studies, Theatre Studies, and Psychoanalytic Studies about the ways in which the terms stigma and shame are germane to their work. We shall consider the workings of these terms in cultural and critical discourse, and through discussions of class inequality, mental ill health, and the performance of identity. Workshop participants will be engaged in creative explorations of illustrative materials selected by our speakers. An outline of the session is available here.
Imogen Tyler, Centre for Gender & Women’s Studies, Lancaster University.
Imogen's research is concerned with social inequalities, power, injustice and resistance. Imogen is in the early stages of a new project on the sociology of stigma in neoliberal times, 'The Stigma Doctrine'. Imogen blogs at http://socialabjection.wordpress.com
Anna Harpin, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Warwick.
Anna’s work is particularly concerned with questions of politics, representation, and non-normative psychological experiences. More specifically she is interested in the cultural politics of madness and trauma. Anna is the co-artistic director of the theatre company Idiot Child with Susie Riddell, which you can read more about here
Jason Mast, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick.
Jason works in the areas of theory, culture and politics. Some of Jason’s present research interests include: the shifting bases of political legitimacy; resiginfication projects and performative innovation; event-ness; disgust and the symbolic logics that shaped Europe's 2013 horsemeat scandal.
Julie Walsh, Sociology, University of Warwick.
Julie Walsh is a Global Research Fellow in the Sociology department at Warwick University. Her research interests are in psychoanalysis (she is a practicing clinician as well as an academic), social theory, and the developing field of psychosocial studies. Her current research project is entitled ‘Test-Cases in Shameful Sociability’ which you can read more about here
The Work of Shame in the Non-Writing of the Australian Constitution.
Psychoanalysis Across the Disciplines & The Social Theory Centre
Tuesday 23rd February. 5.00 to 7.00 in SO.08 (Social Sciences)
The Work of Shame in the Non-Writing of the Australian Constitution.
Juliet Brough Rogers, University of Melbourne
In 1993 discussion began on the changing of Australia’s Constitution to reflect the existence of Indigenous people. The discussion collapsed with the ‘no’ vote in the referendum on the possible move to a republic. In 2011 an expert panel of Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars sat and recommended change to occur in 2013. In 2015 Indigenous leaders wrote to the then Prime Minister, Tony Abbot, to say they wanted to advise on the terms of that change. Prime Minister Abbot refused the existence of a ‘black process’ in a mode, we could say, that any consultation with Indigenous people has been refused since invasion in 1788.
There is much to be ashamed of in Australia’s past. As Rai Gaita suggests:
Shame is as necessary for the lucid acknowledgment by Australians of the wrongs the Aborigines suffered at the hands of their political ancestors, and to the wrongs they continue to suffer, as pain is to mourning.
But there is little shame applied to the process of recognition of Indigenous people in Australia, and there is little capacity to mourn a Constitution for which one might be ashamed.
In this paper I argue that the non-act of re-writing the Australian Constitution reflects a melancholic relation to the Constitution, one which refuses the work of shame. Or in line with Freud’s and Lacan’s discussion of shame as the exposure of genitals, it is a refusal of the pain of being seen. The paper will briefly map the process toward constitutional change in Australia, and examine the many sites of exposure that appeared in this process. Using a psychoanalytic lens the paper will then consider the modes that shame, and a melancholia for the good of the Constitution, interact to foreclose on possibilities for consultation, for shame or indeed for mourning.
Dr Juliet Rogers is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, and Adjunct Professor at Griffith Law School, Queensland. She is currently an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow examining the ‘Quality of Remorse’ after periods of political and military conflict. She has recently been a Visiting Fellow at the European University Institute, Italy; Yale Law School, US; University of Cape Town Law School, South Africa and Queens University Law School. She is currently a visiting fellow at Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici, at the University of Bologna. She recently published Law’s Cut on the Body of Human Rights: Female Circumcision, Torture and Sacred Flesh (Routledge), and she is completing a monograph on Remorse.
Whatever Happened to the Idea of Imperialism
18th May 2016, 10am to 7pm
From the writings of Lenin and Luxemburg to the global guerrilla activity of Che Guevara, to the Black Power of the Black Panthers and the Third World’s plan for a New International Economic Order, the idea of imperialism and politics of anti-imperialism were a mainstay of academic and political vernacular throughout most of the twentieth century. As we enter the twenty first century the idea of imperialism has seemingly disappeared, lost in the hubris of neo-liberalism and the idea that there is no alternative. This symposium aims to rearticulate the idea of imperialism for the twenty first century through examining different theories and sites of imperialism. This will see the day journey through the theoretical narratives of Marxism, De-colonial and Post-Colonial theory and visit people, places and politics in the Caribbean, Kashmir, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa.
The keynote lecture will be given by Professor Vijay Prashad, historian of the Global South, who will attempt to provide a clearer picture on what exactly has happened to the idea of Imperialism? And, moreover, how we might go about recovering the idea of imperialism and anti-imperialism in the twenty first century.
10: 15am – Welcome– Dr John Narayan (University of Warwick)
10:30 – 12:30pm – Paper Session 1 (Social Sciences Building SO.21)
'Speculative Notes on Sovereignty via Post and Decoloniality'
Dr Goldie Osuri (University of Warwick)
'1.5 to Stay Alive: Climate-Debt, Reparations and Justice in the Caribbean’
Dr Leon Sealey-Huggins (University of Warwick)
'Gendering Imperialism in the Middle East'
Dr Nicola Pratt (University of Warwick)
12:30 – 1:30pm – Lunch
1:30 – 3:00pm – Paper Session 2 (Social Sciences Building SO.21)
'Marx ahead of Lenin: the current relevance of Marx's theory of imperialism’
Dr Lucia Pradella (Kings College London)
‘The Racialized Outsider within the Imperial Metropolis: their Theoretical and Historical significance’
Professor Satnam Virdee (University of Glasgow)
3.15 -4.45 pm - Paper Session 3 (Social Sciences Building SO.21)
‘The Indigenization of Anti-Imperialism in Latin America’
Dr Franciso Dominguez (Middlesex University)
'Spectres of imperialism: China and the new scramble for Africa’
Professor Marcus Power (Durham University)
5:15-7pm- Keynote Lecture (Humanities Building H0.52)
Professor Vijay Prashad (Trinity College, US)
Chair: Dr John Narayan (University of Warwick)
Susan Buck-Morss Social Theory Centre 2017 Annual Lecture & Masterclass
The Social Theory Centre Annual Lecture is a public event aimed at a broad audience - all welcome!
Masterclass: “The Philosophy of History is a Centaur”
On Thursday 27th April Buck-Morss will offer a seminar, where we will be discussing a draft chapter from YEAR 1. Participants are required to read the chapter in advance.
Susan Buck-Morss is Distinguished Professor of Political Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center, NYC, where she is a core faculty member of the Committee on Globalization and Social Change. She is Professor Emeritus in the Government Department of Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Her much acclaimed writings include Hegel, Haiti, & Universal History; Thinking Past Terror; Dreamworld and Catastrophe; The Dialectis of Seeing; The Origin of Negative Dialects and numerous essays. See http://www.susanbuckmorss.info/
Recent Social Theory Centre Annual Lectures:
2016 - Paul Gilroy
2015 - Imogen Tyler
2014 - Danielle Allen
Masterclass The Philosophy of History is a Centaur
Thursday 27th April, 10.00-12.30
This seminar is aimed at postgraduate students, researchers and faculty. We will discuss with Susan Buck-Morss a draft chapter from her book YEAR 1, which will be distrbuted in advance for participants to read.
In YEAR 1 Buck-Morss challenges narratives of identity politics and religious separation in the Middle East, as well as assumptions and traps of thinking through modernity and post-modernity, by returning to the first century and rewriting the histories of how and who we came to be.
In the seminar we will look at the chapter 'The Philosophy of History if a Centaur'.
The session will be in the Oculus Building and light refreshments will be provided. Please register your interest in attending below. Further details and the reading will be sent out to participants.