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BRUNO LATOUR: Whose cosmos? Whose cosmopolitics?

Monday, November 7th, 2011

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Michel Serres: Revisiting The Natural Contract

“A satellite for speed, an atomic bomb for energy, the Internet for space, and nuclear waste for time…these are four examples of world-objects.” — Michel Serres   A leading French philosopher (and mathematician) of the humanities in the age of posthuman culture, Michel Serres’ writings represent the creative edge of a form of thought which […]

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

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Maurizio Lazzarato: Struggle, Event, Media

Why can the paradigm of representation not function in politics, nor in artistic modes of expression, and here especially in the production of works that employ moving images? I will attempt to answer these questions by using the paradigm that imagines the constitution of the world from the relationship between event and multiplicity. Representation is […]

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

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Sandro Mezzadra: The Gaze of Autonomy. Capitalism, Migration and Social Struggles

To engage with the autonomy of migration thus requires a ‘different sensibility’, a different gaze, I would say. It means looking at migratory movements and conflicts in terms that prioritize the subjective practices, the desires, the expectations, and the behaviours of migrants themselves. This does not imply a romanticization of migration, since the ambivalence of […]

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

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Judith Butler: The End of Oslo

Among the many astonishing claims that Barack Obama made in his recent speech opposing the Palestinian bid for statehood was that ‘peace will not come through statements and resolutions.’ This is, at best, an odd thing to say for a president whose ascendancy to power itself depended on the compelling use of rhetoric. Indeed, his […]

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

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Mahmood Mamdani: What does Gaddafi’s fall mean for Africa?

“In the past decade, Western powers have created a political and legal infrastructure for intervention in otherwise independent countries. Key to that infrastructure are two institutions, the United Nations Security Council and the International Criminal Court. Both work politically, that is, selectively. To that extent, neither works in the interest of creating a rule of […]

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

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Naomi Klein: Daylight Robbery, Meet Nighttime Robbery

I keep hearing comparisons between the London riots and riots in other European cities—window smashing in Athens or car bonfires in Paris. And there are parallels, to be sure: a spark set by police violence, a generation that feels forgotten. But those events were marked by mass destruction; the looting was minor. There have, however, […]

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

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Guy Debord: The Decline and Fall of the Spectacle-Commodity Economy

“Looting is a natural response to the unnatural and inhuman society of commodity abundance. It instantly undermines the commodity as such, and it also exposes what the commodity ultimately implies: the army, the police and the other specialized detachments of the state’s monopoly of armed violence” – August 13-16, 1965, the blacks of Los Angeles […]

Monday, August 15th, 2011

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Maria Margaronis: Anarchy in the UK

Perhaps the whole point of a riot is to defy explanation: it’s an eruption of the irrational, a shattering of glass and boundaries, a testosterone-fueled roar that briefly flips anger and emptiness into something like ecstasy. What’s in the minds of the young men (and women, too) in London, Birmingham, Bristol and Liverpool who’ve sent […]

Monday, August 15th, 2011

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Paulo Tavares: Common Rights

“Global history enters nature; global nature enters history: this is something utterly new in philosophy” – Michel Serres Humans as Nature: geological forces In an article published in Nature in 2002, Nobel winner chemist Paul J. Crutzen had argued that, given the unprecedented effects of human activities on the global environment, the planet has entered […]

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

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