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  1. Michael Kenny – E.P. Thompson – Last of the English Radicals? | Backdoor Broadcasting Company

    Event Date: 8 May 2017

    Keynes Library

    Birkbeck University of London

    43 Gordon Square

    London WC1H 0PD

    The Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life presents:

    Professor Michael Kenny (QMUL) – E.P. Thompson – Last of the English Radicals? 

    The English radical lineage has been repeatedly invoked on the British left in recent years: as an antidote to the technocratic character of social democratic thought and rigidity of socialist orthodoxy; and for its intimate relationship with English traditions at a point when ‘Englishness’ appears resurgent. Edward Thompson, one of Britain’s leading public historians, best known intellectuals and leading figure in the peace movement during the 1980s, is often seen as the last exemplar of this tradition. This lecture takes a critical look at this characterisation. It also reappraises standard dismissals of Thompson’s patriotism, asking what kind of Englishness was at stake in the work of the author of The Making of the English Working Class. It explores the shifting ways in which he wrote – as historian, intellectual contrarian and romantic critic — about the English radical tradition, and compares Thompson’s raucous, eclectic and argumentative conception of this lineage with latter-day progressive thinking. The lecture finishes by asking who in British politics can lay claim to the title deeds of Thompson’s brand of English radicalism.

    Michael Kenny is a Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London. He has written widely on British political thought and politics, and is the author of The Politics of English Nationhood (2014), The Politics of Identity (2004) and author of the Preface to the Penguin Modern Classics edition of E.P.Thompson’s The Making of the English Working Class (2013). He is currently writing a book, with Nick Pearce, on The Anglosphere in British Politics, which will be published by Polity Press.

    Chair and Introduction by Dr Jason Edwards (Birkbeck).

     

    Helena Kennedy - Using the Law for Social Justice and other Utopian Ideals - Session 2

    May 4, 2017

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    Gerald Lang - What Follows from Defensive Non-Liability?

    May 8, 2017

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  2. Slavoj Zizek – ‘You have to be stupid to see that’: Ideology in Daily Life 2 | Backdoor Broadcasting Company

    Event Date: 17 May 2017

    Room B01

    Clore Management Centre

    Birkbeck, University of London

    Torrington Sq

    London WC1E 7JL

    The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities presents:

    ‘You have to be stupid to see that’: Ideology in Daily Life – A Masterclass with Slavoj Zizek

    Reality as Constricted Ideology

    Speaker: Slavoj Žižek, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities

    Chair: Stephen Frosh, Pro-Vice-Master Birkbeck University of London

    According to Giorgio Agamben,‘thought is the courage of hopelessness’ – an insight especially pertinent for our historical moment when even the most pessimist diagnostics finishes with an uplifting hint at the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. The true courage is not to see this mirage, not to imagine an alternative, but to accept the consequences of the fact that there is no discernible alternative: the dream of an alternative is a sign of theoretical cowardice, it functions as a fetish which prevents us to think to the end the deadlock of our predicament. The true courage is to admit that the light at the end of the tunnel is most likely the headlight of another train approaching us from the opposite direction, from ecological threat to a new world war.

    The Masterclass will be spread over two sessions:1. Monday 15 May, 2-4pm: Ideology as Augmented Reality

    1. Wednesday 17 May, 2-4pm: Reality as Constricted Ideology

     

     

    Will 2017 be 1984? Rethinking Orwell’s dystopia

    May 17, 2017

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    Simondon on Technics: On the Mode of Existence of Technical Objects

    May 17, 2017

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